ASH WEDNESDAY - MARCH 1ST
Lent is the somber season of
repentance and reflection leading up
to Easter that begins on Ash
Wednesday, which is March 1st this
year. We will join Christians around
the world by having a cross of ashes
drawn on our foreheads to symbolize our human
mortality and frailty. Pastor Matthew will lead the 7 PM
Ash Wednesday worship service which includes the
imposition of ashes and Holy Communion. You may stop
by the church from 10 AM through 4 PM that day to
receive ashes from the pastoral staff if you are unable
to attend evening worship.
NEW FAITH WEDNESDAY SERIES BEGINS
On Ash Wednesday, March 1st,
Pastor Matthew will begin a six-week
noontime Faith Wednesday study of
Creed: What Christians Believe and
Why by Adam Hamilton. The subject
matter is in keeping with the ELCA’s
emphasis on studying Luther’s Small
Catechism in this 500th Anniversary of
Each session will include a video introduction and
discussion time. There may be copies of the book
available at the Twinsburg Library, or you may order a
book. The Wednesday evening study group will not meet
during Lent but will discuss this book after Easter.
THE SMALL CATECHISM AT MIDWEEK WORSHIP
Each Wednesday from March 8th
through April 5th, CtK will hold a brief
Lenten worship service at 7 PM. The
homily will be based on Luther’s Small
Catechism, and services will include the Holden Evening
Prayer liturgy, which many members find very inspiring.
One usher is needed for each of these services, and
there is an usher sign-up sheet on the bulletin board.
SOUP & SANDWICH SUPPERS DURING LENT
Join us at 6 PM every Wednesday from
March 1st through April 5th for a Soup &
Sandwich Supper. Diners are asked to
sign up to bring a soup, sandwiches, or
beverages. If you will be dining, please
consider bringing food to share at the meals.
CtK youth will set up, serve, and clean up each meal.
On Ash Wednesday, March 1st, the Confirmation Youth
are the kitchen helpers; on subsequent week`s, the
youth going to the 2018 National Youth Gathering will
work in the kitchen. The March 1st free will offering
will defray the cost of Confirmation Camp, and the
other weeks’ offerings will help fund the trip to
Houston for the National Youth Gathering.
Christ the King is a Stephen Ministry
Congregation. See our website for more
READ ALL ABOUT IT!
50 Reformation Quotes pp. 14-15
CtK Photo Directory p. 2
Day Camp Registration pp. 11-12
Lutheran Laundry Love p. 13
THE MESSENGER MARCH 2017 The Mission of Christ the King
To Shine the light of Jesus, Reflect his unconditional love, and Mirror his kindness to all people.
CHRIST THE KING PAGE 2 TWINSBURG, OHIO
LENTEN DEVOTIONAL MATERIALS
When Lent begins on March 1st,
consider beginning a new spiritual
discipline by choosing from the display
of Lenten devotional materials near the mailbox hallway.
In addition to resources for children and families, one
adult option is a booklet of daily devotions, Return to
the Lord, Your God, written by CtK’s Dave Denes.
2017 DIRECTORY PHOTOS SCHEDULED
Directory pictures will be taken
from 2 to 9 PM on Thursday, March
9th, and Friday, March 10th, and
from 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday,
March 11th. Everyone who gets their picture taken will
receive a free 8x10 portrait in addition to their own
copy of the finished directory. CtK members and
friends are reminded to schedule their directory
photography session by Monday, February 27th. Please
see directory coordinator MJ Neel or sign up on the
bulletin board if you are able to serve a shift as a host
to greet those arriving to have their pictures taken on
March 9th, 10th, or 11th .
There is an address directory on the glass table for
you to review and correct any changes to your contact
information before the directory is completed.
ENDOWMENT GRANT REQUESTS DUE
Requests for springtime grants from
the Lestor Endowment must be placed in
the Endowment mailbox by Sunday, March
26th. Members of the Endowment Ministry
who can answer your questions are Mike Pereksta, chair,
Lisa Doty, MJ Neel, and Mike Procop. Dave Denes is the
2017 Council representative to Endowment.
EASTER CANTATA PREPARATION TO BEGIN
CtK Music Director Kevin Basom will lead all
interested CtK singers in an Easter cantata for 2017.
Most singers are high school aged and older, but
talented younger singers with a burning desire to
participate should talk to Kevin. Rehearsals begin after
Ash Wednesday worship (at around 8:00) on March 1st.
On the next five Wednesdays, rehearsals will be at 7:30
PM, after the midweek Lenten worship services.
At press time Kevin had narrowed the choice of
cantata to three options. The cantata will be presented
at worship after Easter Sunday, April 16th, and may
also be presented at a public venue. Watch upcoming
Messengers for details. Please see Kevin with questions.
VISIT STAINED GLASS
STUDIO IN MARCH
On Saturday morning,
March 18, LAFF (Life After
Fifty Fellowship) will travel
to the Azure Stained Glass
Studio at 15602 Waterloo
Road, Cleveland, for an tour
given by its owner. Lunch
will follow at Bistro 185,
about two miles from the studio. Everyone is welcome
to attend! We don’t check IDs.
Carpools will leave CtK at 10:15 AM for the 11AM
tour. Please sign up on the LAFF kiosk by Thursday,
March 16th, to make the lunch reservations. See D.
Urban with questions.
BLOOD DRIVE TUESDAY, MARCH 7TH
The Red Cross will hold a blood drive at
CtK from 2 to 7 PM on Tuesday, March
7th. Volunteers are needed to staff the
registration table and the canteen. Please sign up on
the bulletin board for a one-hour shift or longer.
Blood donors are encouraged to go to the website
redcross/rapidpass on the day of the blood drive to
save time in the registration process. Make sure you
either print the Rapid Pass form or have it on your
smartphone when you arrive at CtK.
Christ the King Lutheran Church
10285 Ravenna Road
Twinsburg, OH 44087
Reverend Matthew Groenke, Senior Pastor
Deacon Patricia Jabre, Minister of Discipleship &
Kevin Basom, Director of Music
Linda Mondry, Saturday Worship Musician
Wendy Gibbons, Office Administrator
From the CTK Minister of Discipleship and Youth
WOMEN OF FAITH…. “They walked for six hours in darkness…” At dawn “Twenty-five fugitives hunkered down in a
remote swamp… Morale was low. Deprived of food, wet, uncomfortable and exhausted…
Suddenly one man stood up and declared it was too much: he had decided to take his chances
and return to the plantation. A stout woman turned to face him, insisting that his return
would compromise the entire party. When he refused to continue with the group, she
stepped close to him, pulled a revolver from the folds of her dress, and aimed it at his head,
hissing, ‘Move or die!’ The man complied, and less than a week later she led him across the
border into Canada, a free man.”
Thus the legend of one of the few slaves to be included in our history books grew. Harriet Tubman was born in
early spring, 1822 as Araminta “Minty” Ross, on a plantation in Maryland. She worked as a housekeeper, a nanny, and
a field hand where she sustained a severe blow to her head, suffering seizures and narcolepsy for the rest of her
In September 1849, now married to John Tubman, a free black man, she fled with her two brothers. Her brothers
got cold feet and returned to the plantation, but she forged ahead alone. “When I found I had crossed that line
[into Pennsylvania, a free state] I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person. There was such a glory over
everything; the sun came like gold through the trees, and over the fields, and I felt like I was in heaven.” Like
most fugitive slaves, she changed her name to Harriet Tubman, the name that would carry through history to us
Harriet soon realized that freedom didn’t necessarily guarantee happiness as she missed her family. She
masterminded the escape of many, including several of her family, even after