Dear Members and Friends of Christ the King,
What a whirlwind of uncertainty, consternation, and outright fear we have on our hands in these days! The Wuhan Coronavirus crisis is upon us with great force. Our government leaders are striving to mitigate and treat this disease. Some of the prescriptions are very distasteful for us as a free people in a free nation.
But God is on our side! We needn’t fear because His guiding hand in Christ Jesus and His Word of Life provides us with all that we need to bear this particular cross and that we might remain calm, optimistic, and strong in our faith. The best thing you can do is enter into prayer and ask God to be with you and especially with all those whose work is dangerous and necessary and that our leaders be given wisdom from on high. Your Father in Heaven always hears your prayers and is ready to answer them with what is best according to His will. Fear not!
Here at CTK we are doing that which makes for safety and sanitation while still offering Word and Sacrament ministry to all our members.
1. We will continue to meet for our scheduled worship services. It is Lent so we are blessed with our Wednesday Lenten Services at 7:00 pm. Thus we have Saturday 5:30 Sunday 9:30 and Wednesday 7:00.
2. The CDC recommends that group events host 50 or fewer people. This number is well within our regular attendance with Sunday being slightly higher in attendance. You may choose to attend on Saturday (with Daylight Savings Time there is plenty of daylight and no fear of driving home in the dark) where we generally have 10-16 in attendance. But, fear not! We are taking all steps necessary to be completely sanitized and safe.
3. The regular worship services of CTK are not your only option for staying in the Word. Pastor Loewe is ready to serve you at all times. Home visits to our Home Bound members will continue. Also Pastor Loewe is ready to meet you at church for small group Holy Communion and Prayer Services that will further mitigate possible worry over being in large groups. Please call 989-280-4690 and we can set a time that is convenient for you and your family to receive the consolation of the Gospel in Word and Sacrament. Also you may desire to check out "Worship For Shut Ins" that is available on TV at various times. Some of our sister congregations are up and running with live stream services on Facebook that you may wish to check out ( and we are looking into what is necessary for us to offer online streaming, too). And, of course, your "Portals of Prayer" devotion book has a great section regarding worship at home.
4. We will strive to keep you fully informed of what is going on here at CTK. You are part and parcel of the ministry of the Gospel here because you are the Flock of Jesus Christ our King. We will send you information as necessary via email. We are also on Facebook and other social media platforms. Call Pastor Loewe if you have trouble accessing these.
5. Fear not, dear sheep and lambs of CTK! God will surely lead you into pleasant pastures and protect your faith.
Much Love in Christ, Pastor Loewe.