September 9th was National “God’s Work, Our Hands”, an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. Service activities offer an opportunity for us to explore all of life in Jesus Christ – every act of service, in every daily calling, in every corner of life – flows freely from a living, daring confidence in God’s grace.
On August 5th, two more families joined King of Kings. Of course, we enjoyed fellowship and refreshments following!
The Sunday School children’s garden includes a variety of vegetables and fruits, AND bunnies!
On July 8th, King of Kings welcomed two new families to our congregation and said goodbye to another. Afterwards, we enjoyed a reception in their honor.
The Senior High Group and advisors headed for Houston, Texas, on June 27th for the ELCA Youth Gathering “This Changes Everything.”
The Sunday School children planted squash in our garden for harvesting later this year.
Sunday, June 10th, King of Kings honored and said good bye to its high school graduate/exchange students as they move on to further education and/or return home. We wish the best of luck to all.
Sunday, June 3rd, was our Sunday School closing and Annual Congregational Picnic. The youngsters sang a song, presented a slide show about the prodigal son, and wrote their own prayers. Afterwards, we all enjoyed good food, the playground, a bouncy house and the ice cream man! Great day.
On May 20th, we not only celebrated Pentecost, but the Confirmation of four of our youth.
On Easter Sunday, much happened at King of Kings. Most importantly, celebrating our most Holy day, the resurrection; meeting new and old friends, enjoying varied music during services; a congregational breakfast; and a kids’ party. The pics you’re going to see are the kids’ party. What could be cuter?
On March 11th, our Sunday School pre-K class was treated to a very hands-on lesson, Jesus Feeds the 5,000. First they heard the story, then they made bread and fish from Play-Doh, then got in Jesus’ boat to catch their own fish. Thanks to Pat Lebel for a very fun lesson!
A Lutheran Ladies Women’s Retreat was held on February 2/3 at Christ the King Retreat Center in Syracuse. Women from Good Shepherd in Fayetteville, King of Kings in Liverpool, St. Mark’s in Baldwinsville, and St. Peter’s in Verona attended.
Pastor’s last day! Sad but exciting……….laughter, tears, memories. This week was even bigger than last! Out-of-towners, charter members (over 50 years ago), friends, neighbors, children, coffee, punch, cake. Lots of cake, but not one piece left over. Lutherans do love to eat. Rev. Dr. Paul Herpich will be a hard act to follow after 32 years, but, with God’s help, King of Kings will find the perfect fit! Enjoy retirement, Paul and Betsy.
January 21st was Pastor Paul’s last sermon and so many present and former members showed up, we spread out into the narthex.
At the Annual Congregational Meeting held directly afterwards, he was presented with this gift crafted by the King of Kings’ quilters featuring the last names of every member over the past 32 years. What can we say? WOW!
Pastor Paul’s retirement party was held January 13th at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool. Children from ages eight months to 90 had a great time! Have a wonderful life relaxing, Pastor. We will miss you. Click here for a cute video of King of Kings’ version of Dancing With the Stars, accompanied by Tangled Blue!
Our Sunday School Pageant was held on December 17th. It is always very enjoyable and full of surprises. This year one of the sheep broke loose early to parts unknown, only to be found later in the arms of a lovely couple!
Our annual Living Nativity was held on December 10th. Everyone enjoyed the pageant, soup, chili, desserts and fellowship. It even snowed!
The fellowship hall was a busy place on November 26th as we gathered for our annual Advent workshop. Kids, teens and adults were busy with crafts, coloring, and a graham cracker manger. Check out their creative results.
Our 11th annual Thanksgiving Dinner was our biggest ever, over 100 guests! Not only were we all thankful, but also filled with plenty of food and blessings.
Lorraine Savidge, with friends, has graciously been knitting hats and mittens for Head Start of Oswego County. She is donating over 60 sets (hats and mittens) and 53 mittens. She is always looking for others to help knit, crochet, or donate yarn to expand this project. Thanks, Lorraine, for using your God-given talent so little ones will be warm this winter.
In May, our every-three-years-or-thereabouts Heart’s Desire Auction was held at King of Kings. As always, part of the proceeds is given to local not-for-profits or charities. This year, Maureen’s Hope, The Salvation Army, and St. Paul’s Food Pantry each received $1,000. Thanks so much for everyone’s generosity!
Pastor Paul’s retirement picnic was held in the pavilion on October 1st. It was a beautiful, sunny day with a large attendance. Fun was had by all, even Pastor, who was dunked numerous times!