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“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return:” Ash Wednesday (February 22) is a somber day in the church’s calendar, reminding us of our mortality as we receive an ashen cross on our foreheads. It emphasizes just how far we have strayed from God, and why we need a Savior in the first place. The cruciform smudge on the forehead also tells us just how much God loves us, and how God will find us whenever we are lost.

On Wednesday, we will again be offering Ashes To Go in the upper parking lot from 7:00 to 9:30am, Volunteers should arrive no later than 6:45am. Later that day, there will be four Ash Wednesday services: 11:00am in the sanctuary and also at Searstone Retirement Community; a contemporary service at 6:00pm in Nagle Hall and a 7:30pm traditional service in the sanctuary. All services include Holy Communion and the Imposition of Ashes. For the season of Lent, Wednesday evening worship will move into the sanctuary for Vespers beginning at 6:30pm.

Lent is an excellent time to get our spiritual house in order, so CTK is adding spiritual direction to its many classes and activities. Pastor Pam Northrop, a retired Lutheran pastor and trained spiritual director, will offer “Soul Tending Circles” starting on Ash Wednesday. Eight-session circles are offered weekly on Wednesday mornings at 10:00am or Thursday evenings at 7:00pm. Contact Pastor Pam for more information at or 919-987-0102.

CTK members in 2018, providing Ashes to Go, coffee and donuts. 

CTK goes on the road
to rebuild homes in Plymouth, NC

A dozen members of Christ the King Lutheran Church are hitting the road this afternoon along with CTK’s disaster response trailer. The group will join the Carolina Rebuilding Ministry ( in Plymouth, NC for a weeklong work camp to make homes “stronger, safer and healthier” for lower income families. The team will be introduced and blessed at today’s 11:00am worship services. Led by Bill Pate, the group includes David Bass, Ricky Boyce, Fred Burchett, Jeff Hoffert, John Mahoney, Mike McKinney, Fred Staley, Bob Thompson, Kevin Thompson, Bob Wilke and Jim Watts. The team returns on Friday.

New Adult Sunday School classes begin February 26

Lent is a time when we are called to reflection, repentance, confession and perhaps, a change in our habits. Tish Warren’s book, Liturgy of the Ordinary, and our conversations during the class will help to illuminate how our everyday activities, from waking to making the bed, from losing our keys to sitting in traffic, from eating leftovers to drinking tea, can be rethought and re-enacted as a liturgy that deepens our faith life, enhances our relationships and draws us closer to God and to one another. Please join us on February 26 at 9:50am in the Parlor for our first discussion on chapters one and two. Get the book today.

This class, Wendell Berry, and the Sabbath Poetry of Lent, will allow us to reflect together on poetry, nature, and sabbath. In this study, Bible texts walk hand in hand with Berry’s sabbath vision of the natural world, and together they suggest simple, accessible practices we can try out this Lent! Join us for this conversation Sunday mornings beginning February 26 either in West Fellowship or by Zoom during the season of Lent. Check out the Church Center group under Faith Formation for more information and materials for this class.

Big game pizza sales: A big thank you!

Thank you to everyone participating in the youth take and back pizza fundraiser on big game day! A total of 79 pizzas made that morning help send CTK youth to the National Youth Gathering. We hope you enjoyed your pizza and the game!

Book drive benefits children!

CTK is participating in the Annual WAKE Up and Read Children’s Book Drive. Books for ages birth through 12 can be dropped off in the Atrium and will be donated by WAKE Up and Read. This book drive strives to help ensure children’s reading success, assure school readiness and increase learning opportunities. There are three ways to help: new books that are needed can be found on the wish list on the home page in Church Center, gently used books can be donated, and financial donations can also be made online. Help bridge the gap so that kids in need can fall in love with reading!

Opportunities Abound at CTK

Click the links to join or learn more about current and upcoming activities.

Sunday, February 19
Traditional Worship | 8:30 and 11:00am | Sanctuary
Contemporary Worship | 8:30 and 11:00am | Nagle Hall
Sunday School | 9:45-10:45am | Prayer Garden and Classrooms
Awaken, Invite and Living in the Flow of God's Love Adult Sunday School | 9:50-10:45am | Parlor
Restoring the Earth HYBRID Adult Sunday School | 9:50-10:45am | West Fellowship and Zoom
Memorial Service for Greta Port | 2:00-3:00pm | Sanctuary and Online, reception following in the Atrium
Quilters | 2:00-4:00pm | West Fellowship
Youth Group | 6:30-8:00pm | Nagle Hall

Monday, February 20
Stephen Ministry Training | 6:30-8:30pm | Conference Room
Young Adults Bible Study | 7:00-8:00pm | Offsite
King’s Ringers Rehearsal | 7:00-9:00pm | Music Room

Wednesday, February 22
Ashes To Go | 7:00-9:30am | Outside
Soul Tending Circle | 10:00am-11:00pm | Conference Room
Searstone Retirement Community Ash Wednesday Service | 11:00am-12:00pm | Offsite
Traditional Ash Wednesday Service | 11:00am-12:00pm | Sanctuary and Online
Community Dinner | 5:00-5:45pm | Atrium
Children’s Choirs | 5:30-6:00pm | Luther Cafe and Sanctuary
Chancel Choir Rehearsal | 6:00-7:15pm | Sanctuary, Music Room
Contemporary Ash Wednesday Service | 6:00-7:00pm | Nagle Hall and Online
Traditional Ash Wednesday Service | 7:30-8:30pm | Sanctuary and Online

Thursday, February 23
Healing Hearts | 6:30-8:00pm | Parlor
Soul Tending Circle | 7:00-8:30pm | Conference Room

Friday, February 24
Prayer Service | 11:15am-12:00pm | Room 211

Saturday, February 25
Chancel Choir Easter Cantata Rehearsal | 9:00-11:45am | Sanctuary

For more events and activities, check out our calendar.
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