September 2016 Newsletter

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ of Calvary Lutheran Church,

May God richly bless you this month with the light of the Gospel in your hearts!

This is the time of year when many of our young people go back to school after a couple months’ break in the summer. Some, like our daughter Vanessa, will start classes after Labor Day. Some students have already begun their classes. Some are going to universities or community colleges, full-time or part-time. Some are staying close to home; some are headed across the country. We pray for all our young people that they may grow in knowledge and wisdom in their studies.

Last Sunday, the sermon text was from the book of Proverbs, the collection of sayings King Solomon prepared for the education and instruction of his children. In the first chapter, in verse 7, are these words, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Solomon was considered the wisest king of ancient Israel. He studied nature and history and politics. His wisdom was so renowned that kings and queens came from all over to meet him and talk with him. His judgments in court cases were marveled at for their equity.

King Solomon credited his wisdom and knowledge to God.  Solomon believed that the fear of the LORD, that is, the recognition of God’s work in creating, upholding, and redeeming the world, is the beginning, the foundation of all other knowledge.

We pray that the children and young adults in our congregation may grow in the knowledge of God’s love for them in Jesus Christ, as they grow in the knowledge of His marvelous creation. We pray that they may always use their knowledge in the service of God and neighbor. We pray that they always put God’s Word above all other words. And we pray that they, and we, continue to love instruction in the Word our whole lives.

Continuing education is a practice that has grown in appeal in our modern world. The idea is that unless we continually grow in knowledge in our fields we will either stagnate, or lose what we already know. In the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, continuing education is highly encouraged for pastors, as well. We are encouraged to get continuing education credit after we receive our degrees from the seminary. Last year I earned continuing education credit from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne for a day of lectures I attended. This year I will get continuing education credit from the same institution for the theological book study group that I attend every month in Wichita. I believe you can all recognize the value of continuing education, and would encourage me to continue my post-seminary studies.

So I also encourage you to continue to grow in your knowledge of the faith by regularly attending worship, bringing your children to Sunday School, and joining us in Bible Class at 9:15 on Sundays. Like God’s grace, you can’t get too much of the knowledge of God. Martin Luther said that he read from his Small Catechism every day, and never expected to exhaust the riches of it in his lifetime.

Continuing education in the Word of the Lord is a very good thing, whether you have a master’s or doctor’s degree, or if you didn’t finish high school. It is the beginning and the end of all knowledge and true wisdom, for, as Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” (St. Matthew 24:35, ESV).

September 11 is Rally Day for Calvary Lutheran, the day to kick off the school year. Let this be a rally day for you too, around the banner of continuing education in the Word of God.

God be with you and keep you safe as you travel this Labor Day weekend.

In Christ,Pastor Wingfield

The Lutheran Hour Ministries

September 2016

September 4
“Choose Life!”
Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz
In Christ, you have been called God’s friend. Now you get to befriend others in His Name.
(Deuteronomy 30:15-20)

September 11
“There’s No Other Friend Like Jesus”
Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz
We befriend, love, and show care for other people because Jesus loved, befriended, and saved us.
(Luke 15:1-10)

September 18
“Be Careful Who Sings Your Praises”
Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz
God invites us to take all that He gives us and then put it to work for others.
(Luke 16:1-15)

September 25
“Unlimited Patience–Almost”
Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour: Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus
In this life the Lord of perfect patience invites sinners to faith and forgiveness. But remember, it is an invitation for this life only.
(1 Timothy 1:15-16)

Happy Birthday to…

Ashlyn Whaley              September 1

Brecken Lawrence        September 3

Quinn McCue               September 8

Paula Oldridge              September 9

Matt Biehler                 September 11

Lois Hofmeier              September 12

Brian Smith                  September 13

Heath Carroll                September 15

Tracy McCue                September 17

Karlie Biehler                September 19

Jennifer Biehler            September 21

Aaron Hodson              September 21

Lynne Lawrence           September 22

Jace Lawrence              September 24

Allysa Allton                 September 27

Happy Anniversary to…

Wayne and Debbie Galliart Sept. 4th

Kevin and Lynne Lawrence Sept. 26th

Officiating Elder

Brent Cooper

Usher

Jim Scheerger

Altar Guild

Darlene Ferguson

Sharon Zoglmann

Sunday School Teachers

September 4       Loryn

September 11    Rally Day-

All teachers

September 18    Joan

September 25    Angela

LWML

The ladies of our LWML will begin meeting again the first Wednesday of each month. Please join us Wednesday, September 7th at 7pm in the parish hall for devotions, fellowship, and service to our Lord and our neighbor.

To Sing or Not to Sing

The Lutheran Service Book, our hymnal, is a treasury of Lutheran hymnody spanning almost five centuries, proclaiming the Gospel of salvation in Christ Jesus our Lord by grace alone through faith alone.

Some of the hymns may have melodies that are new to you. If you don’t know the tunes, you can still follow the words and even speak them quietly as others sing. This way, you won’t miss out on the richness of the Gospel message contained in the words of these wonderful songs of praise and thanks.

Blessings, Pastor Wingfield

Bible Class Sunday, September 4th we will resume our study of the Augsburg Confession, the Confession of the Lutheran Reformers, and of Lutherans today, 500 years later.

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!

Rally Day September 11, 2016, Come celebrate with crafts and a pinata during Sunday School from 9:15-10:15 a.m. A freewill taco dinner will follow service at 11:30. Make plans to attend!

St. Andrews Lutheran Church

2555 N. Hyacinth Ln. Wichita, KS. 67204

(I-235 Bypass & 25th St. N.)

INVITES YOU TO:

Every One His Witness Workshop

Saturday, September 17, 2016

8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Free of Charge

Lunch Provided

This workshop considers the real world context in which Lutherans find themselves as witnesses of Jesus Christ.  It puts sound doctrine into practical action for sharing the faith with the people whom God has placed alongside His witnesses in their everyday lives. Not sure how to witness?   “LASSIE” is the answer.  This relational, contextual witnessing approach teaches us to naturally share the Good News of Jesus Christ as we Listen-Ask-Seek-Share-Invite-and-Encourage people in our lives who are not yet part of the church. Please call St. Andrews church office at 838-0944 no later than Friday, Sept. 9 to register to attend.

 

 

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