WELCOME TO CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH, CONYNGHAM!

The congregation of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church would like to welcome you to our website!  We are an active mission-focused congregation that seeks to proclaim the love of God in Jesus Christ in our community and in the world.
We invite you to join us at our worship services or in our works.  Please feel free to explore our website and our Facebook page to learn more about us.  We hope to see you in the future!  

 

FROM THE PASTOR:

Greetings,
Praise God, for he is good!  This month, we’re heading into the season of Thanksgiving where we often share hospitality with family, friends, neighbors, and sometimes strangers.  It is a time when we usually have the opportunity to catch up with old friends and family we don’t get to see too often.  This year many families will return to opening their homes, and lives to others in person, after over a year of restrictions and isolation. Celebrating holidays and special times with family and friends, by inviting people to share in our abundance, is a joy and a gift from God.  It is also a time to remember and reach out to our siblings who may be having difficulty.  In Matthew’s gospel Jesus said, 
“for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me…” (Matthew 25:35, NRSV)
As followers of Jesus Christ, and we are called to share our very selves, and to make room at the table God sets before us for all who are hungry and thirsty.   In chapter 53 of the Rule named after him, St. Benedict wrote,
“ Real hospitality lies in bending some efforts to change things, to make a haven for the helpless, to be a voice for the voiceless. Hospitality means we take people into the space that is our lives and minds and our hearts and our efforts. Hospitality is the way we come out of ourselves. It is the first step toward dismantling the barriers of the world. Hospitality is the way we turn a prejudiced world around, one heart at a time. “(RB 53)
Rejoice in this season of Thanksgiving beloved!  Rejoice in sharing yourselves and your lives through the love of Christ which lives in you!
Your Sibling in Christ, 
Pastor Deb 

Thanks to everyone for the wonderful welcome over the past year. Our installation service last month was beautiful!  Thank you all for all of your generosity of spirit in welcoming me as your pastor,  and for your well-wishes, calls, texts, cards, and gifts!    

 
 

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