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Summer goes too fast…

At Cafe Du Monde - Chicory coffee and beignets

At Cafe Du Monde – Chicory coffee and beignets

As many at Christ the King know, I’ve been missing in action for a couple of weeks. Not without reason of course! The week of August 8th was spent in New Orleans at the ELCA’s 2016 Church Wide Assembly. I didn’t have too much free time to explore the city, but I did have a chance to visit the famous Cafe Du Monde. Most of the time was spent listening (A LOT of listening!), praying, worshiping, and connecting with others. Here’s a link to Bishop Eaton’s report https://www.youtube.com/embed/0KhBWJKTmTc – well worth your time.

The following week was spent in Minnesota visiting family. John, Heather’s father, gave us quite a scare being in the hospital for four days due to heart issues. Thanks be to God, we could be there with him and even more than that, all is well! I also gave my wife a scare when I was riding her aunt’s horse; she took off on me and all I could do was hang on. Thanks be to God we were inside which contained “the beast” and thanks be to God I didn’t fall off! As always, there’s never enough time to see everyone we would have liked to. I regretfully had to miss Pastor David Hendrickson’s wedding due to things going on in Escanaba today (Monday, August 22nd). Keep him and his wife, Yen, in your prayers as they celebrate the beauty and joy of marriage.

And just like that, after 14 days, I’m back (well all us Johnsons are back). And just like that, the summer is almost over too! But before I get too saddened about this reality, I’m reminded of these words from Ecclesiastes 2:24-25 – “There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, for apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment?”

I have thoroughly enjoyed this summer and will continue to do so, but more than that, I have thoroughly enjoyed all the Lord has done for us this summer: Bringing us safely to travel destinations, blessed us with wonderful friends and family, and placed His Holy Church throughout this great country so that even when we are away from our church in Esky, the Church is never too far away from wherever we travel – New Orleans, Milwaukee, or St. Paul.

Yours in Christ,


This week at Christ the King:

Monday – 8/22 – Stewardship seminar at Immanuel Lutheran Church @ 6PM
Tuesday – 8/23 – Executive Committee @ 1PM
Wednesday – 8/24 – Bible Study @ 9:30AM – Finishing up Esther
Faith Formation Meeting @ 4:30PM
Thursday – 8/25 – Coffee Clutch @ 10AM
Thursday Theology @ 11:30AM
Church Council @ 6:15PM
Saturday Worship – 5PM
Sunday Worship – 10:30AM

bpackBlessing of the Backpacks

There will be a special Blessing of Backpacks at this weekend’s worship service for students returning to school this week (September 4, 2016). May these students feel the presence of the Holy Spirit as they embark on a new year of learning. Kids bring your backpack and all its contents and join us at worship this weekend.

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Weekend Worship is at
5 p.m. on Saturdays
10:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings.
Communion is celebrated at every service and a staffed nursery is available during the 10:30 worship

Youth Faith Formation
(Sunday School)
Every Sunday from
9:00 – 10:15 am

Christ the King Lutheran Church
1230 N. 18th St.
Escanaba, Michigan
Phone: 906-786-7400


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