Also on Easter Sunday, we welcomed into God’s Kingdom two little ones who were born during the pandemic.
On Easter Sunday, an outdoor sunrise in-person service was held as well as a live virtual broadcast later in the morning. Here are a few of the fearless souls who braved the 30 degree temperatures at 6:30 a.m.
King of Kings celebrated Ash Wednesday with a DIY (Do It Yourself) Ashes to Go drive-through. Each car was given a packet of enough ashes for four people with instructions for its application. Prayers were also heard. The temperature was in the teens but Pastor and her helpers managed to keep as warm as possible and make many attendees happy!
The drive-up Thanksgiving Dinner giveaway was such a success, we did it again at Christmas. This is a prep team packaging the dinners.
Pastor Tara (alias Ginger Rogers) had a bit of fun while waiting for the next car to pull up. Check it out here.
Since 2007, King of Kings has been hosting a community sit-down Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings on Thanksgiving Day. Because of the pandemic, obviously that couldn’t happen this year. So we introduced a drive-up Thanksgiving dinner giveaway a few days before the actual holiday. Even though it was the usual Upstate New York rainy, cold November day, it was a huge success!
Sunday, November 22nd, was a day of celebration as Pastor Tara installed Deacon Nancy Wagner as King of Kings’ Coordinator of Lay Ministries and Faith Formation. We hope to work with you for a long time, Deacon Nancy!
Pastor Tara was a recent guest on the podcast Beta Male Revolution talking about her Holy Shenanigans podcast and how it became a reality. Click here to listen. Billy, who is a counselor, and his wife, Brandy Eldridge, are the hosts.
The Women’s Group sponsored a Feed500 initiative. The goal was to secure 500 food items and apply for a competitive $500 Thrivent grant for the pantry at Brown Memorial, Syracuse. Despite limited building access and the pandemic, King of Kings donated over 500 items in a short four day period. In addition to the food and a successful $500 Thrivent grant, we received an extra $150 to purchase hygiene supplies for the community served by Brown Memorial.
On Sunday, September 27th, our three confirmands, Jack, Elizabeth and Jacob, were confirmed in a very special outside ceremony that was videotaped and shared with the congregation.
September 22nd was the first episode of Pastor Tara’s “Holy Shenanigans” weekly podcast. Subscribe, listen, and share to help get the word out.
On September 19th, the Sunday school kids stopped by the pavilion to assemble school kits for Lutheran World Relief. It was great to see their smiling faces behind those masks! Thank you to the everyone that donated school supplies for our project. A special thank you goes to Lorraine Savidge for the beautiful backpacks that she sewed for us!
Thank you to Howie Mansfield for all his support and labor during the quarantine to make broadcasts of worship and communications for King of Kings possible. Here he is receiving his certificate of “Essential Person of Distinction” during the pandemic sponsored by the Greater Liverpool Chamber of Commerce.
Congratulations to Nancy Wagner! The vote was unanimous to call her as Deacon of King of Kings’ Lutheran Church. July 15, 2020.
Stephanie and Lee Ann were planning a wedding for December 2020. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic hit and Lee Ann, an RN, accepted a two month assignment to assist with medical emergencies in hard-hit NYC at Queens Mount Sinai Hospital. The wedding took place on April 7th, but the big party is still planned for December. Stay safe, ladies. (Yes, that is a mask on Pastor Tara’s face.)