Grace and Peace to you in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
I hope this newsletter finds you well.
Our busy season is upon us and activities have really picked up around our growing congregation. This season kicked off with great attendance at our Pairs & Spares event. Thank you, Mike, Ann and Dottie for the delicious brisket and pork, and everyone else for the great food! Our Brown Bag Bible Study in Genesis began as well, with over 30 in attendance. Fantastic! Catechism classes began and are held on Sundays at 10am. Rehearsals for our Christmas Play, “Guiding Star,” have begun, and our stage has been expanded to accommodate the larger play. Thank you to the Lutheran Men for making the stage expansion happen! I started a little Tuesday Jam session from 10 am to Noon in the Fellowship Hall for any pickers and grinners out there who play guitar, banjo, mandolin, and so on. It is my hope to develop a group of players available for special events around our church. We also had a great Back to Church and luncheon Sunday that was well attended. We got to meet a lot of new people as well as some familiar ones who have been away for a while. Also, our choir has begun rehearsals on Wednesdays at 6pm to add special music for our Sunday mornings and to prepare for our annual Christmas Cantata December 17. And we have the return of Supper Club!
Now, October has arrived on our doorstep and all the kids are back in school, the summer tourists are gone, and the weather has cooled a bit. It looks like October is going to be just as exciting as September with the arrival of our pumpkins on October 7th at 9am. The Pumpkin Patch will run the entire month of October. In addition, we have our annual Yard Sale and Bake Sale on the 14th starting at 7am. And on the 21st, we have our first of what I hope to be, annual Pumpkin Fest, with not only pumpkins for sale, but a bouncy house for children, a professional face-painter for kids, a BBQ dinner, The End of the Road Bluegrass Band on our stage from 11am until 1pm, and open mic for local talent from 2pm until 4pm. You can get your tickets for the BBQ at church between services. There may be even more if we can squeeze in anything else in time. It’s going to be an exciting day!
We also accomplished some other goals recently. We installed a new camera in the sanctuary to improve our live streaming thanks to money donated in memory of Karen Beaton. We made some adjustments to our altar. No, we didn’t shorten the pulpit, but we did adjust the paraments so they can be seen better. We also got some much-needed repairs done and some new toilets installed. Many thanks to the Property Committee for that one!
As i look over the fall scheduling and think about what is till coming up this year, I'm amazed at how far we've come in a year and how much we're doing. We have collected much for those in need in our community, our Vets, and Blue Star Mothers just to name a few. We have given benevolence to our mothership, the LCMC. We are active in our visitations and caring ministries. In essence, I think we are firing on all cylinders, and I am excited for what this means for our mission and ministry here in Conway.
I am reminded of a Bible verse I think is good for us to keep in mind especially as we look toward all the things we are doing in mission, ministry and fellowship together. Psalm 37:5 “Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.” Proverbs 16:3 states, “Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established.” These are good words for us to remember and live by as we seek to fulfill our plans and dreams not only for our church, but for our own lives as well.
As you make your plans this Fall, commit them to the Lord by praying over them, get involved wherever you can. These are all parts of our ministry together. Remember us all in your prayers each day as you trust Him, for He will act. Best regards and may the Lord’s peace be with you!
New Member Sunday!
We are delighted that many persons have expressed interest in membership. Sunday, October 29th will be the next New Member Sunday. At each service, Christ the Servant Lutheran Church will officially receive new members into our fellowship. There are two types of membership offered, which are: 1) Member; and 2) Associate Member. According to the church’s constitution, a Member is someone who is formally received by the congregation, signs the church scroll, communes no less than once per year and attends no less than two worship services as registered on a Communion Card in the pew rack and recorded by the Church Secretary. Members are allowed to vote at congregational meetings, serve on church council, hold a church office, and lead committees of the church. Associate Members are also formally received but do not want to be Members due to some reason, such as continuing to hold membership in another church body up North, their spouse may be a Member of CTSLC but they want remain a member of another church body, and so on. Associate Members do not vote in congregational meetings, serve on church council or hold church offices, but can serve on church committees and ministries. If a person does not want to seek to be a Member or Associate Member, they are always welcome to worship and commune with us, attend all fellowship events, and volunteer on committees of the church.
Typical paths to membership happen by way of transfer from another Lutheran church congregation, affirmation of faith if from another Christian denomination, and Baptism. For those seeking membership and associate membership, there is a form to fill out located in the church office and an orientation class to attend. For those seeking Baptism, there is an instructional class and orientation to attend. Please speak to the pastor if desiring Baptism. The New Member Orientation will be held October 22nd immediately after the 11:00 am service and Wednesday 25th at 6:00 pm, both held in the Conference Room.
The next New Member Sunday will be Pentecost Sunday, May 19, 2024.