Let's Worship Together!
Do YOU feel as if there is something missing in your life? Are YOU searching for answers – for something to make your life complete? Are YOU seeking a way to give back your community?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, we welcome you to Christ Lutheran. Christ Lutheran is here to help you.
We believe that once you have entered Christ Lutheran Church, you are no longer a stranger, but a friend. We are the little Lutheran Church where you can know and be known. If that sounds like what you have been looking for, come visit. The doors are wide open. We have been praying for your presence.
Christ Lutheran is a Church in the process of rebirthing to be more deeply in relationship with God, with one another and in service to our community. If you want to make a difference you are invited to join us at Christ Lutheran as we determine our mission and ministry together.
Holy Week 2017
The generous response of many has helped to lighten an otherwise heavy burden for the congregation of Christ Lutheran in Cheyenne. In mid-March, our congregation of 32 households was met with surprise expenses due to necessary asbestos abatement work: neither anticipated nor budgeted. Truly surprising!
But another unexpected outcome met us. This was a wonderful surprise! Perhaps we should not have been surprised by the measure of support. At this writing, $7,811 has been received, which allowed us to pay the $3,975 cost for the testing and remediation work. The balance has been used for our regular running expenses, including the 3/31 payroll and taxes.
All bills received to date have been paid, with $4,700 left for bills not yet but soon to be received. The property insurance premium is one of them. That large, up-front sum is still in savings.
We guardedly wait for response to our claim for “interruption of business” insurance for the loss of two weeks of income while our AKIDemy Preschool could not use our church. We are so appreciative of Faith Baptist Church, whose preschool made room for several of our AKIDemy children and who allowed two of our AKIDemy teachers to care for children there, with Christ Lutheran paying those two teachers.
We deeply hope to be able to pay our AKIDemy teachers who, through no fault of their own, were not employed by us for two weeks. While all before us is not clear, we are greatly encouraged by the many hands and hearts who are making the best of what was a very difficult situation.
We are thrilled that all 17 families and 27 children returned to AKIDemy when our doors re-opened on March 27. In fact, we have gained a new family who chose AKIDemy for their son.
Please receive this letter of thanks, for all prayerful support you provide. Please continue!
We especially ask for prayers of healing for our AKIDemy Preschool Director Michele McCoy, who has begun radiation and chemotherapy treatments and expects her surgery for cancer in the very near future. In the midst of all of these unexpected obstacles for AKIDemy, our most urgent prayer is for the recovery and health of our friend and leader, Michele. Also, please remember Interim Preschool Director Liz Schissler and Assistant Interim Director Melinda Weber and the entire staff during this time.
We are planning three events in the near future and invite your presence and further camaraderie and support at Christ Lutheran:
--The spring rummage sale on Saturday, April 29.
--A Reformationfest on Sunday, April 30 at 7 pm, with a German supper, a Luthermania trivia game and a reader’s theatre presentation by East HS students titled, “The Monk who Changed the World”.
--A benefit for Michele McCoy (date and time to be announced)
In behalf of the congregation at Christ that I am privileged to serve, thank you! May our Holy Week journey and Easter celebrations proclaim the Risen Savior and God’s persistent grace in our lives!
A Funding Request
In mid-March, Christ Lutheran Church was in the process of preparing for new carpeting throughout the church and preschool. Removal of the old carpet from the fellowship room revealed the need to conduct testing for asbestos. The preschool was closed until testing could be completed to assure that any possible asbestos was handled and staid according to industry and state health standards. That testing has been completed; the Congregation Council met and is moving forward to re-open the preschool as soon as possible, perhaps on Monday, March 27, 2017.
Financial costs for these unplanned challenges are beyond the $5,600 available and anticipated for the original carpeting project.
At the March 16, 2017 council meeting, $3,875 was approved to cover these unanticipated and real costs: a) preliminary tests after the March 11, 2017 carpet removal and disturbance of suspected floor tiles; b) asbestos abatement and c) testing at the conclusion of the abatement.
Council leadership is in conversation with our insurer to learn if the congregation’s coverage would include partial or full payment to our preschool staff, who are without employment for at least two weeks for no fault of their own. As a group, these employees risk a loss of $4,400 of income for the
During this two-week period, loss of tuition income from AKIDemy is estimated at $5000.
New carpet will still need to be purchased and installed. The council awaits two different bids for carpet and installation: a bid to carpet only the fellowship room and a bid to carpet the fellowship room and hallway. Carpet for the sanctuary, as initially planned, will likely not occur.
These details are for your prayerful consideration.
Please consider a tax-deductible financial gift payable to Christ Lutheran Church, no matter how small, to allow our church and preschool a more secure financial footing during this unintended period of upheaval.
In gratitude for your consideration,
Pastor Rebecca Aardahl and the council leadership at Christ Lutheran: President Sandi Arnold, Vice President Lisa Cahoon, Secretary Shawna Tuttle, Treasurer Bonnie Baumeister and these members at large: Dave Adams, Paula Egan-Wright and Norm Pralle
Children's Sunday School will start on September 11 and run from 9:30 am to 10 am so that children may attend worship services with their family. Pastor Rebecca will be teaching the class.
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