October 2016 Newsletter

Dear Sisters and Brothers of Calvary Lutheran Church in Wellington, Kansas, and our Friends,

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

The last day of October, Monday the 31st, is the traditional day the Lutheran Church has celebrated the Reformation through the centuries. It is the date that Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of the castle church at Wittenberg, Saxony, challenging the many abuses that had grown in the medieval church, such as indulgences, the selling of papers granting remission of penance for sins. The Theses were hand-written by Luther himself, but were soon copied, printed, published, and distributed widely, causing a stir in Germany that would reach all the way to Rome. Martin Luther, a monk, pastor, and professor at the University in Wittenberg was seeking to reform the church’s teaching and practices that were obscuring the pure Gospel of salvation by the grace of God alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone.

This reformation that Luther set in motion changed the world, and was the beginning of the church that later was to be called Lutheran, and it began almost 500 years ago. On October 31, 2017, we will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Lutheran Reformation.

This year, a 499th anniversary celebration will be held at Grace Lutheran Church in Wichita, on Sunday afternoon, October 30.  There will be a communion service at 4:00, followed by a banquet at 5:30 and a guest speaker, Rev. Dr. James Bushur. Tickets will be $15 a plate, and $25 for a couple, paid at the door.  Yours truly will be playing piano during the meal.

If you would like to attend the banquet, let the secretary at Grace know by October 25th, please: graceoffice@glc.kscoxmail.com (316) 685-6781.

One of the great gifts that Martin Luther gave to the church was his Small Catechism. It was created to teach the core of Christian faith in a simple manner, so that the head of the family could teach it to his household. We use it as the core text for our confirmation instruction.

The Catechism is not just a confirmation text, but should be an aid to our understanding of the faith for our whole lives. It stresses over and over what gifts God has given us in Jesus Christ, in His Word and Sacrament, in His body, the Church. The Catechism is structured so that one can look at a section a day, The Ten Commandments, The Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, Holy Baptism, Confession and Absolution, Holy Communion. In addition, it includes examples of daily prayer for morning and night, and at meals. It has a section on the duties of Christians in their various vocations, and a section of Christian questions and answers.

It is so compact and short, that it can be printed in a pocket version and carried around with you.  But it contains enough material to keep you busy for a whole lifetime. Luther said himself that he never expected to fully mine the depths of the Catechism. With that in mind, and to prepare us spiritually for the upcoming 500th anniversary celebration of the Reformation, there will be a “Catechism Spotlight” every week in our Sunday bulletins, with a quote from the explanation to one of the articles from the Small Catechism every week. There will also be a Catechism section in our monthly newsletter. I hope you will enjoy refreshing your memory of these explanations of the tenets of the Christian faith, and that you will be richly blessed and encouraged to read from your Catechisms daily. If you are a smartphone user, Concordia Publishing House (CPH) has put out a beautiful free app with the Small Catechism, for Android and iPhone.

This month we are celebrating the women of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, and our Mary chapter. In church, on the 2nd of October, we will begin our worship with the hymn, “For All the Faithful Women”, LSB 855, followed by the LWML pledge. I hope you will join us then to celebrate this faithful organization that supports works of mercy and outreach in our community, and is a great place for the women of our congregation to gather and support each other in prayer and devotion, and to grow in faith in God, and in love for one another.

I will be in Manhattan October 3-5 for the annual pastor’s conference. Besides attending the sessions, I will also be accompanying the devotions on a keyboard. The district pastors’ conference is always a good time to learn about ministry from the guest speaker at the main sessions, and from other pastors and speakers in the many breakout sessions. It is also valuable to meet and connect with the other pastors in our Kansas district.

Last weekend I attended a meeting of PALS, (Post-seminary Applied Learning and Support), with my wife Vickie, and our children at Messiah Lutheran Church in Emporia. The conference was facilitated by Pastor Mark Boxman, with the assistance of his wife Lynne, from Redeemer Lutheran Church in Arkansas City. I got to meet the newly graduated and ordained pastors in Kansas, and their families. We talked about the many blessings and challenges of beginning in pastoral ministry. I was encouraged and enlightened by the experiences of the Boxmans, as well as by the discussions with the other new pastors. The group is planning on meeting once a quarter. The program is designed for new pastors and their families who have been in ministry for three years or less, so Vickie and I will have a year left in the program.

In other news, I have started leading a regular chapel service on Fridays at Wellington Health and Rehab Center on 8th St., by the golf course. It is a blessing to me to be able to bring Jesus to the residents in their charming chapel. We sing hymns, hear Scripture readings, hear a sermon, and close with prayer, blessing, and song. I also conduct a chapel service every Wednesday afternoon at the hospital, but it is a more informal service, more like a Bible class.

Before I go:  the wonderful movie, “The Gospel of John” put out by Lionsgate Films in 2104, (there is another “Gospel of John” which was made earlier) the film we watched last summer, is now joined by DVDs of the remaining Gospels, Matthew, Mark, and Luke, with the same actor playing Jesus. They are available on DVD right now from online stores like Amazon. They would make great Christmas gifts. The DVD of “The Gospel of John” is on the table in the church library for anyone who wants to borrow it to watch. It is truly an amazing movie, a word for word reading of the Bible in either King James or NIV translation, with actors acting out what is being read. The locations, (Morocco), the costumes, the music, and the acting are first rate. I look forward to seeing the Christmas story in the Gospel of Matthew and Luke. We will probably watch these in Sunday School and Bible Class around Christmas.

Have a blessed month of October and please join us in our Bible Class every Sunday at 9:15 and our worship at 10:30!

God’s blessings,

Pastor Wingfield

Life as Stewards

October 2016

Reprinted from LCMS Stewardship Resources

 

Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose again. If you believe this gospel, if you stand upon it, and cling to it, you are saved. Trust in this is the dividing line. It defines, either positively or negatively, all men. It separates and divides Cain from Abel, Job from his so-called friends, Abraham from Abimelech, Isaac from Ishmael, Jacob from Esau, David from Saul, Daniel from Belshazzar, Joseph from Herod, Lazarus from the rich man, and the tax collector from the Pharisee. What defines men is not whether they are good or bad, but whether or not they believe in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins.

The problem with man is his heart. Our hearts are fallen and predisposed to think that we can impress God. We think that if we do all the right things God will rewards us, and we will escape evil. We think that God will be impressed with our gifts, that our prosperity and goodness is evidence that God loves us or that it should motivate God to love us.

But we know better because God has blessed us with the faith of Abel, Job, and Abraham. We know that God’s grace in Christ saves us, not our works.

We know that God is not impressed with our giving. He is not impressed when we give him that which is already his. God doesn’t benefit from our giving and He doesn’t need it. But our neighbor does need it. And God delights in us growing more and more like Him. He blesses us, and He invites us to bless one another with our giving: so that the Gospel may be proclaimed, so that the poor may be fed, so that all God’s work through the Church may be done.

So consider God’s priorities in comparison to your own. And be honest. Reevaluate where you are and where God has called you to be.  Look into your own bank statement. Would any accountant think that the Church was your priority? He would see a spreadsheet filled with where your money actually goes: into house and clothing and cars, into eating out and beauty supplies and entertainment. Indeed, much of it wasted on frivolous things. But would he find great percentages going to the church? Figure up the percentage. Put it in relation to the proportion of your income. What percentage of your income do you give for the mission of the church: the preaching and teaching, the baptizing and communing, the help for the weak and poor brothers of Christ? Is it even enough for a deduction when you file your income taxes? The widow gave all she had and thought nothing of it. She was glad to do it. The rich man gave what to him was meaningless, trifle amount and desired a plaque in his honor. Why is it that the less we give the prouder we are and the more credit we expect?

All your works, even your monetary gifts, done in faith please God now for Christ’s sake. No matter how great or small, frequent or infrequent. They are all washed and cleansed by grace through faith on account of Christ. Whatever you do from faith in God pleases him for the sake of the Son. So reevaluate your generosity in the light of the grace of Christ. Freely you have received, freely give.

Lutheran Hour Ministries

October 2
“The Only Way to Live: By Faith!”
Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz
God cares about you, listens to you, and answers your difficult questions with grace and compassion.
(Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4)

October 9
“Lord, Give Me What I Need — Give Me Faith!”
Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz
You don’t have to settle for what the world hands you. You can live by faith in the Son of God who heals, forgives, and restores.
(Luke 17:11-19)

October 16
“Know This Word — Your Life Depends on It”
Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz
The Bible provides a strategy for survival in an uncertain world. It can break hearts of stone and replace them with living hearts open to God’s truth.
(2 Timothy 3:16)

October 23
“Running the Race of Faith”
Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz
Because Christ has already won the victory for us, our race of faith is worth the struggle of the run.
(2 Timothy 4:6-8)

October 30
“The Best Bequest”
Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour: Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus
A legacy of faith is the best bequest, giving the gift of Jesus to those who come after you.
(Luke 12:19-21)

GRIEF SHARE:

Grief Share is a nondenominational, biblical support group that focuses on helping people who are dealing with a loved one’s death. This group will meet every Sunday beginning July 31 and will continue through October 30, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at St. Andrews Lutheran Church. Grief Share is a positive, uplifting, caring group in which participants can learn how to deal with the emotions and challenges that come when a loved one dies. Anyone who has experienced the death of a family member or friend, whether recently or in years past is invited to attend our new Grief Share series. For more information contact St. Andrews at 838-0944.

If you would like to receive Portals of Prayer for 2017, please sign up on the sheet in the Parish Hall. The price for the small size is $5.00 for the year and $14.90 for the large print. Please earmark your check and leave in the offering plate.

FILL THE BASKET! We have three students heading off to college this fall, Allison McCue, Allysa Allton and Shelby McNamara.  Helpful items to include are toiletries, towels, detergent and change for laundry, gas cards and gift cards to purchase all of those things that used to be on mom and dad’s shopping list. Baskets will be in the parish hall. Thank you for helping!

The LWML will be meeting on Wednesday, October 5th, at 7pm in the parish hall. This is going to be used as a work night to repair the chrismons that decorate our tree in the sanctuary at Christmas time. You are welcome to join us!

The ladies of our Mary Circle will be celebrating our annual LWML Sunday this coming Sunday, October 2nd. Please join us in wearing purple to church, saying the creed, and meditating on our theme, “Come and see what God has done…” Psalm 66:5a.

Happy Birthday to…

Rose Dickinson             October 4

Chad Whaley                 October 5

Elmer Naasz                 October 6

Chris Loughmiller        October 6

Norma Fischer             October 9

Callie Snowden             October 12

Jim Scheerger              October 24

Jerry Zoglmann            October 25

Kevin Lawrence            October 26

Stephanie Short           October 26

Happy Anniversary to…

Jerry & Joan Loughmiller     October 23

Otto & Norma Fischer           October 28

Officiating Elder

Tracy McCue

Usher

In need of volunteers

Altar Guild

Joan Loughmiller

Ellen Kerr

Sunday School Teachers

October 2            Darlene

October 9            Loryn

October 16          Joan

October 23          Angela

October 30         Vickie (movie)

 

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