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January 6, 2023 News

January 6, 2023

“Entering the house,

the wise men saw the child with Mary;

his mother and they knelt down

and worshipped him…

And having been warned in a dream

not to return to Herod,

 they left for their own country

on another road. --Matthew 2: 11-12

 

Dear Disciples of Christ the Lord,

 

TODAY IS EPIPHANY DAY! Epiphany means ‘Coming to Light’. On this day Christians celebrate the light of a new star that guided to Bethlehem distant wise men from the east. Drawn by God’s light they came seeking the newborn King of the Jews. 

 

FOLLOWING THE STAR, THESE ENLIGHTENED WISE MEN find the baby Jesus, kneel to worship Him, and then give Christmas gifts honoring the newborn king. Yet, despite God’s enlightening actions, this story is also riddled with darkness. The dawning of Jesus’ light also brings fear and opposition. The light of infant King Jesus clashes with the dark motives of King Herod. 

 

KING HEROD TOLD THE WISE MEN, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and worship him.” But, after the wise men worshipped Jesus and gave their gifts, they were, “…warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.” 

 

WHEN HEROD REALIZED the wise men left without telling him where to find the newborn KING OF THE JEWS, he ordered the slaughter of all male babies age 2 and younger in Bethlehem. Herod would do anything to kill the newborn rival “King of the Jews.”

 

POLITICAL INTRIGUE, DECEPTION, AND MURDER OF CHILDREN are the demonic offspring of Herod’s fears. This stirring story is packed with images of our world today. Have we noticed how this world’s powerful--more than anything else--desperately seek to remain in power? Yet, no matter what, Christ the Lord is still Christ the Lord.

 

Recently at CTL, we took an enlightening theme from our Lord’s words in Revelation 21, “Behold, I am making all things new.” The light of our Lord was making all things new when baby Jesus arrived. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it” (John 1:5).

 

THIS WORLD IS CHANGING. OUR GOD KEEPS COMING TO LIGHT. Our Lord comes to make all things new. Those wondering, wandering Gentile wise men from the east delivered messages, including that the reach of our Lord’s embrace is broadening. All nations are included in God’s plan for salvation.

 

THIS IS NOT A NEW THEME! It goes all the way back to God’s promise to bless Abraham, so that he may be a blessing for the whole world. The distinctions between Jew and Gentile--people of different ethnicities and religions--are starting to dissolve. Our Lord’s plan is to make all people new and make all people One in Christ

 

WHAT ABOUT US? WHAT DOES FEAR DO TO US? Do we install more security systems? Do we build barriers, or buy more guns? Out of fear of not having enough, do we hoard God’s gifts? Do we close our hearts–and minds–to those who are different from us?

 

JESUS IS EMMANUEL: GOD WITH US. (Matthew 1:23). Jesus is the living, breathing, and vulnerable promise that God chose to come live with us, and die for us, just as we are. In Christ’s resurrection, we also are brought into the light of new life. 

 

THIS IS MORE THAN JUST A NEW YEAR; OUR LORD IS BRINGING A NEW AGE. An age of mercy, forgiveness, and new life is on the way. Let’s keep listening to our Lord’s unfailing Word for us. And keep watching for the light of our Lord’s new kingdom shining. The Spirit of the risen Jesus will keep enlightening us and will keep sending us out as disciples of Christ the Lord, who makes all things new.

 

Beloved children of God, Epiphany light be with you,

Scott Peterson

Interim Pastor

Proposed Amendments to Our Constitution


A redline version of the recommended amendments is available HERE, showing proposed insertions and deletions to our current constitution. A paper copy of the proposed changes is also available upon request to the church office.

All Confirmed Members of

Christ the Lord Lutheran Church


Annual Congregation Meeting

Sunday, January 29 at 10:00 a.m.


Agenda Items Include:

Presentation of the Annual Report

Election of New Council Members

Vote on the 2023 Budget

Proposed Amendments to the Constitution.

Thank You from the Staff


We are so very grateful for the Christmas gifts given to us this year. We are continually humbled by your generosity. 2022 has been a year of anticipation and change. The support of this congregation has inspired us to meet these new challenges with confidence. We look forward to an exciting year of service to you and alongside you in this community. Your Partners in Service, Diane, Diliana, Jenny, Janice, and Pastor Scott.

Christ in Our Home

January, February, and March 2023


Christ in Our Home, a devotional, is available in the Welcome Center at church. If you wish to have one mailed to you, email Jenny Lanning (here) and indicate if you prefer a large print or pocket-size version. She will be happy to have one delivered to your mailbox.


Offering Envelopes for 2023

are Available for Pick Up


While you are at church please take a moment and collect your offering envelopes. Won't be at church? No worries any envelopes remaining after this Sunday, January 8 will be mailed. If you have questions email Janice in the church office (here)


Sunday Morning Faith Formation

Resumes This Sunday


10:00 a.m.

Sunday Morning Classes

Sunday School - Prek to Grade 5 and High School

Confirmation Grades 6, 7 and 8


11:00 a.m.

Children's Chime Choir

First grade through 8th grade

Family Fun Night

Friday, January 27  

6:00 – 9:00


Elementary students and their families are invited to Family Fun Night at church on January 27, 6:00-9:00. We will begin in the fellowship hall for games and some pizza. After dinner, we will watch a family movie on the big screen in the sanctuary. Bring a sleeping bag or blanket and pillow to get comfy on the sanctuary floor for the show. We encourage you to bring some friends to this fun night at church. Sign up on the children’s ministry bulletin board or online (here).

Youth Event - Winter Fun

License to Chill Snow Island Lake Lanier Islands


Our middle school and high school youth are invited to join us for a fun day at Lake Lanier Snow Island on Saturday, January 21. We will go snow tubing, and ice skating, to enjoy the winter fun with friends. We will leave the church at 10:00 and return at about 5:00. It will be a day packed with excitement and fellowship. Bring a friend to share the fun on this exciting day. The cost is $40. Scholarships are available. Sign up at the youth ministry bulletin board or online (here).

Save the Date

All Georgia Youth Gathering


Youth, sixth grade through twelfth grade will meet for an in-person All Georgia Weekend February 24-26. We will be returning to Camp Grace in Roberta, Georgia for a weekend with Lutheran youth from around the state. Dave Scherer and Joe Davis will be our worship leaders and musical entertainment. This pair of musicians are excellent at reaching youth with the Word. The cost for food, lodging, and activities is $120. Scholarships are available. Sign up no later than February 3 at the youth ministry bulletin board or online (here).


If you have any questions about Faith Formation Ministry and how you can be a part of it, contact Diane Thomas through the church office or by email (here)

Join the Choir


All are welcome.

Rehearsals are held Wednesday evenings beginning at 7:15. We will begin a new season January 11


Bell Choir


Handbell choir rehearsals are Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. John Miller will make himself available to help new ringers individually.

Worship Band


The CTL Band gathers each Wednesday evening at 6:30. We are currently seeking percussionist to keep the beat. Contact Diliana for details.


If you have any questions about Music Ministry and how you can be a part of it contact Diliana Slavova through the church office or by email (here)


Start the New Year as

a New Member

Make Christ the Lord

Your Church Home


We would love for you and your family to become an active part of our congregation. If you have been visiting for some time and feel comfortable with joining, why not make it official? The process is easy. Simply complete a one-page membership form with your family profile (name, address. etc.) to be entered into the church database. Jenny Lanning, our Director of the New Member Ministry, has the necessary forms at the welcome podium in the narthex. She would be happy to assist you. Email Jenny if you would like forms sent to you.

Ladies Night Out

for January


All adult ladies are invited to the Ladies' Night Out. Make a resolution to attend in the new year. Our first dinner for 2023 will be held on Monday, January 16 at Biba's Italian Restaurant. Biba's is located at 4850 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30044 We gather for dinner at 6:30 p.m. RSVP to Robin Eggleston.

Men's Fellowship Dinner


Join the men of CTL at Tooey's on Thursday, January 12 at 6:30 p.m. Email Jim Clark (here) to have a seat saved for you. 


Book Club

  

The book club meets in room 7 on the second Friday of each month at 1:00 p.m. Email Kathy Friton if you want to join (link here).


Upcoming Dates and Titles


  • January 13: America's First Daughter by Laura Kamoie
  • February 10: The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict
  • March 10Woman of God by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro


The Bible study topic is

Strength Will Rise


Orientation will be held for new participants on January 10 at 6:00 p.m.


A New Session Begins

Tuesday, January 17

From 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.


Email Deb Grier

with questions or for more information.

First Place For Health

A New Session Begins Next Week


Based on proven techniques and 25 years of experience, First Place 4 Health invites you to try the most complete, Christ-centered healthy living program available. If you are tired of going up and down on the dieting roller coaster, of not feeling confident in public or with your friends and family, of suffering from ill health, then we invite you to give us a year to discover a new way to healthy living. Not simply another diet plan, First Place 4 Health will show you how to create balance in the four core areas of your life—spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical. The results? Weight loss and positive life change. In this all-new inspirational book, you will read about the heart and soul of the First Place 4 Health program. You will experience real-life stories of people who learned to make healthy choices while following the program with trusted group members. Regardless of your current level of weight, fitness or spirituality, you will find motivation and inspiration to succeed with First Place 4 Health.

Adult Sunday School

10:00 a.m.

Resumes This Week


Adult Sunday school is facilitated by Pr, Scott, and meets in the fellowship hall. The topic of study is the book A Handbook for the Christian Faith by John Swartz There are a few books available for $5.. Adult Sunday School Meets at 10:00 a.m.

Men's Tuesday Bible Study

The Book of Job


A study of the book of Job will continue each Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. Named after its central character Job, the Book of Job attempts to understand the sufferings that engulf Job and bring him everlasting Hope. The reason for this study is - We all need Hope. Our only true Hope comes from God, who has given us His Son Jesus, to save us and bring us to Him, for Joy everlasting. Email Richard Burgess for more information.

Thursday Morning Bible Study

The Gospels

Will Resume January 12


Pr. Dale Sillik leads this informal study of the Gospels currently studying the Gospel of Matthew. This class is held on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. in room 7. All are welcome. We hope to see you there

We support the Lawrenceville

Co-Op Food Bank


The Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry is a Christian organization providing food assistance for people in need in Lawrenceville and Dacula.


Most Needed Food Items

Instant or canned potatoes, Jelly, Canned Mixed Veggies

Applesauce, Oatmeal, Canned chicken


Most Needed Personal Care Items

Adult diapers and Laundry detergent


Visit the Co-Op Website (here) to learn all the ways to volunteer

Men’s Fellowship Dinner - January 12

Ladies Night Out - January 16

Youth Fellowship Event - January 21

Family Fun Night - January 27

Annual Congregation Meeting - January 29 

Children’s Sunday - February 12

Red Cross Blood Drive - February 17

Ash Wednesday - February 22

All Georgia Youth Gathering - February 24-26 

Youth Sunday - March 5

Easter Sunday - April 9 

Google Calendar

    

Keep up to date on all the events and activities happening at Christ the Lord. Access the google calendar on our website by clicking on the icon on the left side of this article. 

We continue to pray for these friends to feel God's presence during
their challenging times: You may submit prayers below:

Terrell Anderson

John Bacon

Laura Bacon

Wanda Bacon

John Boy Bryant

Riley Casteel

Kenny Clark

Jeff Dahlin

Mark Edwards

Donna Howard

Hannah Johnson

Ed Kennedy

Darleen Krautwurst

Dottie Mack

Lloyd McArthur

Kathy Morales

Gert Rhein

Steve Rozinka

Janet Schuman

Darlene Swaim

Jean Todd

Leroy White

Evelyn Wragg

Linda Yeargin

Stewardship

You may mail checks to 1001 Duluth Highway, Lawrenceville, Ga 30043
Set-up electronic funds transfer by emailing our Treasurer, Brandon Witt (here)
Reminder: No one on staff will ever contact you one-on-one through email or text for help with any ministry needs.... Be alert and vigilant to scammers' attempts to take advantage of our kind nature. We have had some reports of suspicious text. If you ever have questions we encourage you to call the church office.


Christ the Lord Lutheran Church

1001 Duluth Highway, Lawrenceville, Ga 30043

770-963-4499   ctllutheran.org

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Location
Christ the Lord Lutheran Church is located at 1001 Duluth Highway (State Route 120) at McKendree Church Road in Lawrenceville, GA. We are between University Parkway (State Route 316) and Interstate 85. Our phone number is 770-963.4499.

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Worship Times
9:00 a.m. Traditional Worship Service
11:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship Service

Education and Fellowship
10:00 a.m. Adult Fellowship/Coffee Available
10:00 a.m. Sunday School Classes for all ages
10:00 a.m. Confirmation (6th ,7th and 8th grade)

Nursery is available for children birth – 4 years, 9:00 a.m. to noon