May Newsletter

Almost Swept Away

When you’re a kid, and you go to the beach, lifeguards are the mean people who enforce the rules and ruin your fun. Maybe later in life, before you have kids of your own, you think lifeguards are necessary because so many parents are careless and negligent. When you’re the parent, things look different. You say thanks to the lifeguards. You’re grateful for them, and don’t even give a thought to what they might think of you.

Now you’re glad they’re there, because the waters can be so swift, the children can move so fast, and with one step, a child can be in over his head. Even in a little, family-friendly pool, with a little current to provide a lazy river. A dad stands in water to his waist, and before you know it, a little boy is being pulled away. Dad doesn’t even realize what’s happening. Thank God for lifeguards, and for others who keep an eye out: people watching out for each other. That’s when the lifeguard jumps in. Dad rushes to him. The child is safely back in the arms of his parents. With a very large lump in his throat, Dad thanks the lifeguard, and does all he can to reassure the boy. Meanwhile, kicking himself, “And we were only trying to have fun.”

As we look forward to summer, as we get busy with life, and recreation, and so on . . . what carries you along? God speaks to you, giving you safety. He forgives sins and comforts and gives everlasting life and salvation to all who believe. But before you know it, the swift currents of the world can carry us away, as we try to get ahead, or just try to have fun. Maybe we’re vaguely aware that something’s missing . . . maybe it no longer seems to matter.

This little newsletter reaches out to you, so that you won’t be swept away and lost. Only in Jesus Christ is there life and light in this world of death and darkness. Only at His Word do we have safety against sin and Satan. You are safe in the arms of your Savior when He gathers you up in the Sunday Service, and when He speaks to you in His Sacred Word. That’s where all ends well. He has come to get you.

This devotion was prepared by the Evangelical Lutheran Synod´s Board for Home Outreach.

California Lutheran High School Visit

On May 7, Campus Pastor Andrew Schroeder from California Lutheran High School (CLHS) preached and presented at Cristo Rey Lutheran. His sermon focused on building our lives and faith on Christ Jesus, our Firm Foundation, based on I Corinthians 3:10-17. California Lutheran High School is in Wildomar, CA and exists to mold the Christian leaders of tomorrow. It was a wonderful opportunity to spend a Sunday focusing on the important work of Christian Education.

Support for Our Mission

Recently, Cristo Rey Lutheran has experienced a variety of support from congregations throughout the Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS) and Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). The Mary Martha Society from First Trinity Lutheran Church in Marinette, WI made banners for the interior of our church. They also hosted a luncheon fundraising to support our work. The Christian day schools at Trinity Lutheran Church in West Bend, WI and St. Paul’s First Lutheran in North Hollywood, CA have designed their mission offerings to us for this quarter. Finally, the offering from the Divine Service during the 2017 Evangelical Lutheran Synod’s West Coast Pastor’s Conference was designated to our mission. We are very thankful for all the support we have received.

New Sanctuary Seating

Cristo Rey Lutheran was blessed with new pews this past month. They were purchased from a local church in Downey, CA. Purchasing these used pews was a great cost alternative to purchasing new pews or repairing and reupholstering the former pews. Many thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers who helped transport the new pews from Downey to our location in Bell Gardens. It took three trips with two trailers. Fortunately, we were able to purchase some extra pews to use in our sanctuary after the building remodel.

Upcoming Building Meetings

In order to prepare for the upcoming building remodel project, several special meetings have been organized. On May 28 and June 4 open forums will be held before our worship service at 10:00 AM. On these two Sundays, the anticipated remodeling plans will be presented and discussed. On June 11, all are invited to a voter’s meeting after church at 12:00 PM. At this meeting, the voting members will officially designate funding for the building remodeling project. The team from Builder’s for Christ is expected to arrive in July.