February Newsletter

You Are Still On Your Way

You’re still on your way. January 1, 2017 marked start of another year of your journey through this life to your final destination. As you continue to travel through this life, making your way towards your heavenly home, do so with Psalm 121 on your lips and on your heart.  Where does your help come from? Say with confidence, “My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will keep me from all harm. He watches over my life. He watches over my coming and going both now and forevermore.”

How can you be sure of this? You can have the confidence that God watches over you both now and forever because he sent his Son to be your Savior. Jesus Christ lived a perfect life, died an innocent death, and then rose again triumphantly. Now through faith in him you have the certainty that your final destination is heaven. Learn more about this certainty by regularly attending our worship services where you will spend time connected to God’s powerful Word and Sacraments.

Updates to God’s House

On January 9, Pastor, Dan Verner, and John Hammermeister met with a representative from Builders for Christ. Builders for Christ is an organization that helps Lutheran churches remodel their facilities. This organization has generously volunteered to send a team to Bell Gardens in the summer of 2017. This team will replace the flooring, ceiling, lighting, and make revisions to the altar area. Christ the King will have to purchase the supplies and provide the volunteers with meals. More information on this exciting project and ways you can help will be coming soon.

A Night with the Police Department

On January 13, Pastor Matt spent the night riding along with Officer Ramirez of the Bell Gardens Police Department. Officer Ramirez showed Pastor around Bell Gardens, explained some of the challenges that the residents face, and described some of the ways that Christ the King can help. Pastor Behmer also got to accompany Officer Ramirez to several emergency calls. This was a great opportunity for Pastor to learn more about the community. We are very thankful to the Bell Gardens Police Department for this unique opportunity!

Mission Festival Recap

On January 22, Missionary Mike Hartman presented and preached at Christ the King. Missionary Hartman serves as the coordinator for Latin American missions for the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). He explained the work of Academia Cristo and iglesialuteranacristo.com. He also described how both Academia Cristo and iglesialuteranacristo.com will be using our streamed Spanish services to reach people around the world. He delivered an outstanding message based on Luke 14:15-24. This theme was, “God Loves to Party.” He reminded us that God has prepared a wonderful banquet in heaven and has invited all. This was a very encouraging visit from Missionary Hartman.

Home Mission Seminar

On January 23-24, Pastor attended a home mission seminar hosted by the Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS). The keynote speaker was Rev. Keith Free, the Home Missions Administrator for the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). His presentation focused on utilizing the proper process, people, and direction in mission work. There was also an emphasis on meeting needs in the community, offering outreach events, conducting follow-up on visitors and guests, and providing quality sermons and music during worship.

Spanish Services

Starting on February 19, 2017 Christ the King will offer worship services in Spanish every Saturday at 6:00pm. This is a new date, after we ran into some technical difficulties with our sound and streaming equipment. These worship services will be streamed on our website and on iGlesia Luterana Cristo (iglesialuteranacristo.com).  While anyone is welcome to attend these Spanish services, they will serve as an opportunity to “test” our service style, music, and audio/visual equipment. We will put even more focus on inviting Spanish speakers in our community to our worship services in the future.