Greetings in Christ!
+ Council Tuesday at 7pm at the CLC
+ There is a Stewardship Town Hall Meeting Thursday January 15th at 6:30pm at Luther Memorial in Blacksburg. We need at least two representatives to help us discern the best practices for stewardship and pledging for CLC. Let Pastor know if you’re interested!
+ If you’d like a copy of one of the old hymnals or songbooks, they’re on tables in the Fellowship Hall. Please leave a freewill donation to benefit our Highlander Lutherans campus ministry. Leftover copies will be donated.
+ Installation and Welcome of our new Parish Administrator, Matthew Atkinson, at worship on Sunday January 18th.
+ Those interested in volunteering for communion assistant or to read scripture are encouraged to sign up in advance.
+ New Office hours: Monday through Friday 9:00am to 1:00 PM
This month, our Sunday school emphasis is the intersection of faith and health. And this Sunday’s reading from 1st Corinthians 6 help us to contextualize our bodily health with a key phrase: “Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself?”
Simultaneously, we live life in our own bodies, and yet those bodies help to constitute to the Body of Christ. The decisions we make with our bodies, then, have effects far beyond our personal lives. How we use our bodies affects the body of Christ.
All too often, we choose to use our bodies in ways that bring division or destruction to Christ and the church. Actions of sin and selfishness work against the love and selflessness inherent to the work of Christ, who shares His body with us on the Cross and on the altar.
As we continue to discern how we might develop Healer’s Hands, our ministry that focuses on wellness and wholeness, we must find ways to use our bodies that help to strengthen the Body of Christ, to bring joy to Jesus, and to bless the world God calls us to love and serve. We are members of Christ Jesus in these bodies. Let us use them in ways that reveal Christ in goodness and glory to the world.
Grace and peace,
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