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Lunch for a Buck Ministry at Crossroads
Christ the King will be providing food and serving Lunch for a Buck at Crossroads Campus Ministry.  Meet some hungry college students, and serve up a hot lunch on January 9, 23, and 30. Volunteers are needed to serve food from 11:00am-1:00pm. We need 4 individuals each day. If you're available and willing to help out, please contact Justine Carlson at 507-345-5056 ext. 38.
The Wave: New Depression and Anxiety Support Group

Romans 8:26-27.  Likewise the Spirit helps us in weakness: for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

Depression and Anxiety are difficult health factors to manage alone. We go through many waves of emotions and do not always know how to cope. Many have found success by working on the Mind and Body, but we also need to feed our Soul.  The Wave is a new support group that will focus on riding the Wave with the   Spirit. The Wave will focus on spiritual coping skills guided by inspirational Bible verses and prayer. Mary Beth Patterson,  a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, will be facilitating this group. The 8-week session will meet on Tuesdays starting January 9th from 6:30-7:45pm in the Library. Space is limited to 10 people. Please sign up by emailing Mary Beth Patterson at pattersonkato@gmail.com. Note: This group is not intended to replace therapy, and will only be working on coping skills.

January Forum: Chile Mission Trip Recap

On November 19, ten members of Christ the King joined 10 members from Trinity Lutheran in Owatonna to begin a 22 hour journey to Santiago, Chile. This group had been planning the mission trip for nearly a year in cooperation with our mission partner EPES in Chile. EPES was founded 35 years ago by Karen Anderson from Owatonna. EPES engages a method called popular education to teach Chileans about health issues and to raise up leaders for positive change in their communities. Our ten days were amazing. 

From CTK, John Frey, Doug Anderson, Phil and Nancy Patterson, Roger and Barb Nelson, Mary and Hannah Oudekerk, and Pastor Patrick and Aaron Patterson walked with the health teams and leaders through a variety of activities and experiences to learn more about their culture and challenges. We were stretched and awakened to many of the same systemic issues affecting lives in Chile and the U.S. The sense of hospitality and welcome overwhelmed us at times as we grew in relationship with folks who have a different language and culture, but found ways to connect beyond words. Please join us for forums on Sunday, January 14 at 9:30am or Wednesday, January 17 at 7:07pm in the Fireside Room to hear about our journey in greater detail.

Volunteers Needed for Emergency Shelter at Christ the King

CTK will be hosting a week of the emergency rotating shelter – a collaboration of Connections Ministry, a partnership of some of the downtown Mankato churches – January 28 through February 4.  We’ve been asked to be a partner in this ministry, and hosting for a week is an opportunity for our community of faith to respond to the needs of the larger community. 

The shelter has been up and running since late October, and serves up to 25 people nightly.  Cots and bedding are provided by Connections Ministry, and host churches provide the space and hospitality.  That hospitality begins on Sunday afternoon, as cots and bedding are delivered and get set up.  Those in need of shelter then check in at Centenary UMC each evening at 7:00pm.  At 7:30, people arrive at the host church, either in their own vehicles or by van (supplied by VINE).  The church provides a light snack and evening hospitality until bedtime, with Connections Ministry providing overnight staffing.  In the morning, volunteers arrive to make the coffee and help people get up and out for the day.  Centenary operates their Common Grounds ministry every day except Sunday beginning at 7:30pm.

People in need of shelter who check in on Sunday night are often utilizing the shelter for the whole week. Women and families have first priority for the space (since single men can also be served at the Salvation Army shelter).  Shelter guests also have a number of rules they are asked to follow, and it includes a nightly bag check and medication check.   

There are not special requirements to be a volunteer and help!  There will be a training at CTK (watch the Good News) for first time volunteers prior to January 28, but if you can’t make the training, you can still volunteer. Volunteers are also asked to supply their birthdate, and Connections Ministry completes a short background check. Please click here to sign up for dates and times you can help (Again, Christ the King's dates are January 28-February 4). As noted elsewhere, volunteers are needed to provide set-up, hospitality, snacks, and washing of bedding once the week is over. Can you help? Do you have more questions?  Please let us know! 

Baby Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief

We have been collecting items for baby care kits for Lutheran World Relief to be assembled during service projects in March. Our goal is to collect enough items for 150 and will have an official kickoff for collecting during Faith in Motion worship services at the end of January. We need clothing in any size from 6-24 months: T-shirts (no Onesies!), gowns/sleepers (without feet), jackets, sweaters or sweatshirts with a hood or with accompanying baby cap. These items can be new or gently used, but used clothing needs to be in excellent condition to make it through customs. In addition, receiving blankets, cloth diapers, baby socks, dark colored hand towels, bath size bars of gentle soap and diaper or large safety pins are needed for the kits as well. Click here for more details and guidelines from the LWR website. Item dropoff is located near the education wing and another will soon be available in the Narthex. We’ll provide weekly updates beginning in February to let you know what we have and still need, so watch your Good News!

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