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Upcoming Events
OCT

22

TUE
Quilters
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Lifelight Bible Class
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Join us in the study of the second half of the book of Acts. (The 10:00 study has been combined into the noon class.)
Girl Scout Meeting
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
OCT

23

WED
Adult Bible Study
12:00 PM to 1:15 PM
A repeat of the Sunday morning study for anyone who missed it
OCT

27

SUN
Adult Bible Study
9:00 AM to 9:45 AM
Reformation Service for the zone
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
All the churches in our zone will gather at Christ Lutheran for the annual Reformation Service. Pre-music starts at 3:30. German meal to follow from 5:15-7:00.
Bible Search
Opportunities to Learn and Serve

OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN OR SERVE

If you have any questions, please contact the Church Office 863-682-7802 they will be happy put you in touch with the particular Ministry Leader.

 

Service Usher

Usher duties include handing out the worship bulletin, assisting with seating, greeting visitors, gathering the offering, and counting the number of people attending the worship service.  Anyone can serve as an usher. Please inform any current usher of your interest to serve in this way.

Service Greeter

What a nice way for you to begin your Sunday by welcoming all who enter God’s House.  Two or more people function as greeters each Sunday. This is a great way to get to know people in our church family and have them get to know you. Sign up sheet is on the narthex bulletin board.

Acolyte

Acolytes participate in the worship service by lighting and extinguishing chancel candles.  They also assist the Elders with communion duties.  Children from sixth grade through high school are encouraged to serve as an acolyte.

Sunday School

Sunday School is offered September through May at 9:00am every Sunday.  Classes are held for children 3 years of age through high school.  We are always in need of Sunday School teachers, substitute teachers, and helpers.

Adult Bible Study

Every Sunday morning at 9:00am an Adult Bible Study is held in our fellowship hall. Our studies vary from the study of individual books of the Bible, to topical studies, and even a study on “How We Got the Bible.”  It is always interesting and questions and discussion are encouraged. The Sunday study is repeated on Wednesdays at noon.

Adult Information & Membership Classes

Our pastor will hold special one-day classes once a quarter for those who are interested in learning more about the Bible or are interested in becoming members of Christ Lutheran. Watch the bulletin and newsletter for information regarding the next class.

Teen Confirmation Classes

Our teen confirmation classes are held as noted on the Church Calendar.  It is a two year program typically for 7th and 8th graders.

Vacation Bible School

One week each summer we hold our Vacation Bible School.  This is open to all children of the community.  Teachers and helpers are always needed.

Lector

Congregational members are encouraged to offer their talents to the Worship Service by reading the first two lessons on Sunday morning.  The Pastor follows with the reading of the Gospel. A sign-up sheet may be found on the narthex bulletin board.

Sound System

An important area of volunteer service on Sunday morning is with the operation of our sound system and the recording of our worship service.  Anyone with an aptitude for this is welcome. Please contact one of the elders on duty if you are interested in helping in this way.

Tellers

Tellers are divided into teams of three and are assigned one Sunday per month to count our weekly offering.  They report to the Financial Secretary.  There is always a need for volunteers for this position. This position requires one to be a member for at least 6 months.

Choir

Nothing adds to the power and beauty of worship more than the choir.  The only prerequisite to joining the choir is your desire to sing to the Lord from your heart.  Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings in the choir loft.  Check the calendar for times. Contact Connie Timmons if you are interested.

 No try-out’s required, and all voices are needed.

Youth Group

The youth group of Christ Lutheran is a vital organization in preparing Middle School and Senior High School aged kids to become the leaders of our church in the years ahead.  The Youth Board consists of counselors, parents, and our pastor, that cooperatively organizes and plans the program.  Our youth are not only encouraged to participate in church functions, but also participate in regional, district, and national gatherings. The main thrust of the Youth Group is to teach our teens how to focus their lives on Christ, and to become the responsible leaders of tomorrow.

Christian Education

This board serves by fostering spiritual growth through Christian education classes. It oversees Sunday School, Bible Classes, Youth Classes, and Vacation Bible School.

Outreach Committee

The outreach program is devoted to reaching out with Christ’s love to those in the community and those in our membership.  Regular outreach projects include: monthly prayer breakfast; monthly food, clothing, and toiletries drive for Talbot and Lighthouse Ministries. They raise monies for groups in need such as Senior Orphans, a Honduras orphanage, and a local group called Options for Women as well as many, many more groups in need. Contact Rev. Jerry Munz if you are intersested in joining this group.

Trustees

The Board of Trustees volunteers work with the physical aspects of the Church buildings and grounds.  They are a “hands-on” group of willing workers ready to tackle both minor and major repairs and maintenance.  If you enjoy tinkering and fixing, you’re welcomed to join this group.  Contact Jon Pearson if you would like to help in this area.

Board of Elders

The Board of Elders are men assigned with the task of assisting the Pastor to oversee the spiritual well-being of our congregation and its’ members. Each Elder serves a three-year term, assigned an area of worship responsibility, and is entrusted with the spiritual care of their assigned portion of the membership. Contact head elder Mike Kaniecki if you are interested in joining this group.  

Stewardship Committee

Our Board of Stewardship encourages all members to be fruitful stewards of the Lord’s gifts.  An annual drive seeks to prepare Christians to respond with joyous hearts and hands to the outpouring of God’s blessings in their lives.  It is educationally based, and tries to give equal emphasis to time, talent, and treasure.

We maintain a program to discover and enlist the talents God has given members new and old, young and mature. Periodically, we arrange for seminars to help our families and youth to better understand finances and financial planning. We also have seminars on other topics which may be helpful to members.

We also assist long-term visitors in becoming members; contacting first-time visitors; and new member reception. Janet Pearson is the chairperson of this group. Please contact her for any interest in this group.

Endowment Committee

The Endowment Committee is about planned giving for the long term.  The Endowment Committee’s purpose is to help our members plan a gift of their assents, wills, life insurance, property, cash grants, etc.  The Endowment fund will help Christ Lutheran continue its mission beyond our lifetime.

Mary-Martha Guild

The women of the Mary-Martha Guild are always ready to serve the members of Christ Lutheran in many ways.   Started in 1963, this group has grown from just a few to the over 35 dedicated workers we see today.  The Mary-Martha Guild is divided into teams of workers who help prepare bereavement meals, assist with pot-luck dinners, and keep our church kitchen well stocked and in good working order.

The Mary-Martha Guild meets at 9:00am on the second Wednesday each month from September through May. Please contact Belinda Freer if you would like to join this group.

Altar Guild

This group of devoted workers could just as easily be called the “Hannah Guild”.  Just as Hannah served in the temple of old, these devoted workers serve in the temple of today.  A team of two workers comes in each week to prepare the meal and set the table for the Lord’s Supper to be served in our worship services. After the worship service has ended, they clean up and make sure all is in order for the next week. In addition to preparing the Holy Meal, these workers insure that the proper paraments and banners are in place for the various liturgical seasons.  Additional duties include: preparation for baptisms, overseeing fresh and silk flowers each week, and the ordering and placement of the Christmas poinsettias and Easter flowers. Barbara and Alfred Miller currently lead this group. Please contact them if you are interested in helping in this way.

Cooperative Lutheran Services

This organization is a joint endeavor with other Lutheran churches in Lakeland for social service work.  One of the chief areas of work is in support of Lighthouse and Talbot House ministries.  There is always a need for more ministry-minded people to serve on this board.  The board meets quarterly.  

 

MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS

The Christogram

Each month you can keep up with all that is going on at Christ Lutheran Church by getting a copy of our newsletter, The Christogram.  If you are a member, it is placed in your mailbox each month.  There are always extra copies that visitors are welcomed to take. Listings of Council members and Ministry Leaders are posted in the Christogram.

Becoming a New Member

If you are currently a member of another LCMS church and would like to become a member here at Christ Lutheran Church, please call the church office to arrange for a transfer.

If you are currently a member of any church other than an LCMS church and would like to become a member of Christ Lutheran Church, we will need a letter of peaceful release from your current congregation.  See Pastor for details.

If you are not a member of any church nor have you received instructions in the Lutheran Catechism, you are encouraged to attend an Adult Bible Information and Membership class before becoming a member of Christ Lutheran Church.  Pastor will be glad to answer any questions you may have.