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cornerstone - Christ the King Lutheran Church
C OR N E R ST ON E
CHRIST THE KING LUTHERAN CHURCH
1505 S. F ORD STREET, REDLANDS, CA 92373
(909) 793-5703
ctkredlands.org
MESSAGE FROM PASTOR SMITH
APRIL 2015
Dearly beloved of Christ the King;
The Lord be with you.
Some time ago, my beloved wife bought me some
cologne. Genius marketing met a hopeful consumer and
my bride of twenty-eight years brought home a promise
in a small red bottle.
I was skeptical, but she said I should at least try it.
The name of the cologne? Really Ripped Abs. I asked
her if they sold one named Really Thick Hair. Anyway,
I used my new cologne for a week or so and then one
day, after doing the yard work, I came into the house and
pulled off a gross t-shirt in the laundry room on my way
to the shower.
My beloved wife happened by and, looking at me,
her face dropped. “Awww,” she said, “it doesn’t work.”
I know the name of the stuff is a gag, but imagine if it
did what it said. Dab on a little “Really Ripped Abs” in
the morning and then, presto, a washboard stomach that
night. You wouldn’t be able to keep it on the shelf. The
fact is, the stuff smells really great, but it doesn’t do
what it says.
God’s Word is the contrast here – it does what it
says. In the beginning the Lord God said: “Let there be
light,” and there was light. God speaks and His Word
accomplishes what He desires.
Martin Luther pinpoints the moment the Lord Christ
was conceived. The angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and
announced God’s intention. Mary was befuddled at the
words of the angel and asked inquisitively, “How will
this be, since I am a virgin?” Gabriel unveiled the
divine blueprint, saying: “The Holy Spirit will come
upon you, and the power of the Most High will
overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be
called holy – the Son of God” (Luke 1:35).
Luther insists that right as Gabriel spoke the words
regarding God’s intention, right as Gabriel spoke the
Gospel regarding Christ’s conception, that was precisely
when Mary conceived. She received the Word, the Holy
Spirit overshadowed her, she believed the promise, and
the Messiah was conceived. God’s Word does what it
says.
Jesus stood at the tomb of dead Lazarus. Four days
had elapsed since Lazarus had died. Some thought that
the Master was tardy. “Lord, if you had been here, my
brother would not have died.” So spoke Lazarus’ two
sisters, Mary and Martha.
In the face of death the Lord spoke timeless words of
consolation: “I am the resurrection and the life.
Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,
and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never
die” (John 11:25-26).
To confirm the veracity of these words, Jesus strode
to Lazarus’ tomb. There He unleashed the power of His
Word. “Lazarus, come out!” God’s Word does what it
says. By the power of God’s Word, Lazarus was
brought from death to life.
There are a great many who look at the church and
say: “Awww, it doesn’t work.” There are a great many
people who look at holy baptism and say: “Awww, it
doesn’t work.” There are a great many who look at the
Lord’s body and blood and say: “Awww, it doesn’t
work.” There are a great many who look at Christ and
His cross and insist that it just doesn’t work.
It is not marketing; it is not hopeful consumers – it is
the power of God’s Word alive with a sin crushing
crucifixion and a tomb rending resurrection. The power
of God’s Word has an event behind it, within in, all
through it – Jesus’ once-for-all sacrifice on the holy
cross. God’s Word does what it says.
What does God’s Word say? Your sins are forgiven.
What does God’s Word say? Be holy for I am holy.
What does God’s Word say? Today you will be with me
in paradise.
Peace be with you,
Pastor Smith
We can only imagine how the angel Gabriel’s
divine message must have struck Mary’s ears initially.
All we hear is her innocent query as to the “how” of
the incarnation of Our Lord and then the response of
her Holy-Spirit-given faith, “Behold, I am the
handmaiden of the Lord; let it be to me according to
your word.” [LK 1:38] It was a great message Mary
heard—full of the promise of a Savior … yet bringing
with it a certain conflict with the world (and
humanity’s sinful flesh). Whatever Mary’s doubts and
concerns might have been as she learned she would
conceive (apart from her betrothed Joseph) and bear
the very Son of God, they all faded away as the Holy
Spirit did His work through the divine Word
proclaimed by God’s holy angel. Most important, as
we learn from the other Gospels, the human name the
Father gives His Son—Jesus—indicates that this Holy
One will save His people … all people … from their
sins! He will do so by His willing suffering and death
on Good Friday—sealing eternal life for all believers
by His Own resurrection from the grave on Easter
Sunday. How very blessed are we among the
multitudes of the world—to hear God proclaim to us
by His Word the forgiveness of sins, the death of our
death, and the certainty of our eternal life by means of
that One conceived by the Holy Spirit and borne of the
Virgin Mary, Who suffered under Pontius Pilate, was
crucified, dead, and buried ... and the third day rose
again from the dead.
Academically front, I am in my last full quarter of
courses. After this spring, I will have only two
intensive studies—one in June, the other in July—to
finish the required 21 courses (63 quarter-hours). In
addition to my classes, I will be taking “Preliminary
(Competency) Examinations” this quarter, consisting
CTK Cornerstone
of four 2-hour written exams in the areas of Biblical
Foundations, Historical Foundations, Culture &
Communication, and World Religions & Area Studies.
In the area of the Hispanic Pastoral (and Diaconal)
Formation Program, I am currently remotely
mentoring the four students in the program from
Panamá (3 who hope to become pastors, and 1
deaconess). In total, there are some 40 students from
around the world (Mexico, Panamá, Venezuela,
Argentina, and Spain). The current course was
developed at Concordia Seminary, Argentina entitled
“Confessional Theological Framework” covering the
Theology of the Cross, the Trinity, Lutheran
anthropology, Christo-centricity, Justification and
Faith, Law and Gospel, Word and Sacraments, and
Luther’s Two Kingdoms. This is a wonderful course
laying the groundwork for all the other courses in the
program—some of which are yet to be developed
(indeed, my own course on preaching will need to be
“revamped” a bit in this new and improved program).
We are all learning in the development and
deployment of this program. We are very blessed to
have the expertise of the seminary of our sister
Lutheran Church in Argentina as we make this
program the best it can be in preparing pastors and
other church workers for service to the Lord and
God’s people. Please keep the program and all its
participants in your prayers.
Holy Week and Easter Blessings!
Pastor & Renée Wiley
Feast of the Annunciation of Our Lord
March 25, 2015
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April 2015
2015 LENTEN EVENTS
THE PASSION OF OUR LORD DRAWN FROM THE FOUR GOSPELS
EVENTS OF
HOLY WEEK
EVENTS OF
EASTER
H OLY THURSDAY
APRIL 2ND AT 7:00PM
H OLY SATU RDAY
APRIL 4TH AT 7:00PM




THE GRE AT V IGIL OF E ASTER
Divine Service
Order of Tenebrae

Stripping of the Altar

The New & Better Passover


The Service of Readings

GOOD F RIDAY
APRIL 3RD AT 7:00PM
The Service of Light
Holy Communion
E ASTER SUN DAY
APRIL 5TH
THE RESU RRE CTION
O UR LORD
Divine Service
Stations of the Cross
OF
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6:30AM - Sunrise Service

7:30AM - Easter Breakfast

9:00AM - Festival Service of
the Resurrection of our
Lord
THE RESURRECTION
The Sacraments and Prayer in Action
A Catechism Convocation for the People
Saturday April 18, 2015
9:00am - 3:30pm
(Lunch will be provided)
Presented by Servants of the Word and Hosted by
Grace Lutheran Church
3967 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92103
609.299.2890
Van-pool available will be available from Christ the King
Please sign-up in the church overflow
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April 2015
Thanks for making Wesley's Baptism so special. We are so blessed in having
you be a part of his spiritual foundation, and we look forward to more times
spent at the church for spiritual growth. We are so thankful once again and
hope that you enjoy the pictures. See you soon. Thank you! The Coco Family
PALM SUNDAY
The beginning of Holy Week
“So they took branches of palm trees and went out to
meet Jesus, crying out, ‘Hosanna! Blessed is he who
comes in the name of the Lord!’” John 12:13
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April 2015
Christ the King – Missions
We at Christ the King support numerous missions locally and around the world.
February 2015 Mission Support
Pacific Southwest District LCMS
$200.00
LCMS World Mission, Rev. Jeff Horn in Papua New Guinea
$250.00
LCMS World Relief and Human Care
$200.00
San Bernardino Pregnancy & Resource Center
$150.00
Lutherans for Life
$200.00
Concordia Theological Seminary—Ft Wayne, IN
$200.00
Tian Shan Mission Society—Kyrgyzstan
$200.00
Youth Hope Foundation
$200.00
Total Cash Contributions
$1,600.00
CTK FEBUARY 2015 TREASURE’S REPORT
Ordinary Income/Expense
Income
400.00 GENERAL OFFERINGS
OTHER OPERATING INCOME
Total Income
Expense
500.00 ACTIVITIES
520.00 ADMINISTRATION
530.00 MAINTENANCE
540.00 MISSIONS
550.00 SALARIES AND WAGES
560.00 PAYROLL EXPENSES/BENEFITS
570.00 PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT
580.00 WORSHIP
Total Expense
Net Ordinary Income
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Feb 2015
Jan-Feb 2015
22,809
4,952
27,761
43,375
7,367
50,742
2,894
2,650
4,159
1,600
11,307
3,265
231
640
26,746
1,015
6,411
3,471
4,300
3,000
21,980
6,515
519
1,067
47,263
3,479
April 2015
CTK April 2015 Events
COUPLES BIBLE STUDY
NO MEETING IN APRIL
WEDNESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY
Please join us at 9:30 on Wednesday
Mornings for Bible Study resuming on
April 8 in the St. John Hall. Everyone is
welcomed.
See you Friday, May 1st.
CTK Lutheran Preschool & Daycare
Registration Week
April 6th-10th
In house school registration for
church members and returning students
With Deacon Russ in the Church Office
*Note: No study on April 4 th or 18 th
Join us for food and
fun from 6:30PM - 8:30PM
on Friday, April 10th, in the Youth Room.
Bring a friend! All are welcomed.
04/04 Larry & Donna Woolace
04/05 Jiggs & Randy Gallagher
04/07 Loren & Ruth Scott
04/09 Dale & Mary Burns
CTK WOMEN’S COFFEE FELLOWSHIP
3RD TUESDAY, April 21 st AT 9AM
Set aside an hour to have to enjoy some
sisterly fellowship and café refreshments
at the ESRI Café, located at 380 New
York Street in Redlands (south of the
post office). Hope to see you there.
04/09 Tom & Kathy Gross
04/10 Bill & Joy Phillips
04/10 Chistopher & Olha Hauschild
04/12 Fred & Margaret Nowak
04/21 Marc & Laura Rodgers
04/27 Ed & Mary McCarthy
04/28 Dennis & Karen Prill
04/01
04/03
04/04
04/04
04/05
04/09
04/10
04/10
04/11
04/14
LWML is no longer able to sell used postage stamps
to raise funds for smaller ethnic projects. Please do
not save stamps for us any longer. There will be
other ways to support these missions. As soon as
some ways are decided, you will be
informed. Thank you for your past efforts.
Remember that mites are collected each
month, on the 3rd Sunday, or any time
your mite box is full.
Sammy Marshall
James Hanson
Emma Hinkleman
Pat Krahn
Hannah Miller
Madison Smith
Anastasiya Fomenko
Brooklynn Reeves
Pastor Don Wiley
Esther Iverson
04/15
04/16
04/19
04/20
04/21
04/22
04/25
04/28
04/30
Anastasiya Fomenko
Sherri Dixon
Sharen Ross
Emma Dixon
William Nye
Deanna Constant
Joanne Bates
Duncan Marshall
Jonathan Torrance
If your special date did not appear or is incorrect, please
contact Cindy Currier at the church office 909-793-5703.
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April 2015
CTK April 2015 Events
Sunday
29
Monday
30
Tuesday
31
Wednesday
1
9:00 AM
Divine Ser vice
10:30 AM
Adult Bible Study &
Sunday School
11:30 AM
Jr. Confirmation Class
5
6
7
9:00 AM
Lutheran Braille
Wor kers
9:00AM
Lutheran Braille
Wor kers
6:00 PM
Evangelism
Committee Meeting
6:30AM
Sunrise Ser vice
7:30AM
Easter Breakfast
9:00 AM
Divine Ser vice
12
13
9:00 AM
Divine Ser vice
10:30 AM
Adult Bible Study &
Sunday School
11:30 AM
Jr. Confirmation Class
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Saturday
4
7:00 PM
Divine Ser vice
7:00 PM
Divine Ser vice
7:00 PM
The Great Vigil
of Easter
9
10
11
7:00 PM
Stewards hip
Meeting
9:30AM
Adult Bible Study
with Pastor Smith
6:30 PM
Choir Practice
6:30 PM
Middle & High
School
Youth Group
8:00 AM
Bible Study with
Deacon Russ
14
15
16
17
18
7:00 PM
School Board
Meeting
9:30AM
Adult Bible Study
with Pastor Smith
6:30 PM
Choir Practice
20
9:00 AM
Divine Ser vice
10:30 AM
Adult Bible Study &
Sunday School
NO Jr. Confirmation Class
26
Friday
3
PRESCHOOL & SCHOOL REGISTR ATION WEEK
9:00 AM
Divine Ser vice
10:30 AM
Adult Bible Study &
Sunday School
11:30 AM
Jr. Confirmation Class
19
8
Thursday
2
21
9:00 AM
Women's
Coffee Fellowshi p
7:00 PM
Elder Meeting
27
22
Catechism
Convocation
23
2
8:00 AM
Bible Study with
Deacon Russ
9:30AM
Adult Bible Study
with Pastor Smith
6:30 PM
Choir Practice
28
29
25
30
1
2
7:30 PM
Couple Bible Study
8:00 AM
Bible Study with
Deacon Russ
7:00 PM
Church Council
Meeting
9:30AM
Adult Bible Study
with Pastor Smith
6:30 PM
Choir Practice
7
April 2015
Christ the King Lutheran Church
1505 S. Ford Street
Redlands, CA 92373
S e r v ant s fo r Ap r il 2015
DATE
ACOLYTES
ALTAR
ELDERS
Apr. 5
Justin Davidson & Samuel Smith
Bernice David
Tom Crowley
Apr. 12
Sophie Haarala & Elisa Torr ance
Marianne Anderson
Dwayne Danielson
Apr. 19
Sierra Scott & Abby Hanson
Joy Phillips
Don David
Apr. 26
Brett Crowley & Brendan Davidson
Kathy Beliew
Vic Haynes
DATE
FINANCE
Apr. 5 & 12
Sharen Ross & Jeff Reeves
Apr. 19 & 26
Jeff Egeland & Lucy Becker
DATE
USHERS
Apr. 5 & 12
Ron Murphy & Glenn Henderson
Apr. 19 & 26
Tom Crowley & To be determined
Apr. 5
FLOWERS
Lilies
Apr. 12
Lilies
Apr. 19
FLOWERS NEEDED
Apr. 26
Josh & Emily Torrance
DATE

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