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posted Aug 24, 2017, 11:53 AM by Jon Ellingworth

SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING TONIGHT WITH ATLANTIC DISTRICT PRESIDENT - Thursday, August 24, 7:00pm. All are invited to attend this meeting.

Pastor Ellingworth's Call Decision

posted Jul 28, 2017, 1:19 AM by Jon Ellingworth

July 25, 2017

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ of The Lutheran Church of Christ the King, 

It is with both joy and sadness that I announce that the Lord has led me to accept the call to serve as Pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Waverly, Iowa.

This decision fills me with joy because the Lord has opened a new chapter in the ministry to which He has called me to serve having new challenges and possibilities and potentials. Perhaps unexpectedly, this decision fills me with joy because I have learned and grown so much these past fifteen years at Christ the King, Pawling, and my family and I hold so many great memories and experiences. Truly, I became a pastor here with you, and you have been a part of my Christian formation as much as I have been a part of yours. Through good times and through bad times, we have lived, worked, worshipped, and prayed together, celebrating each other’s joys and shouldering each other’s sorrows. I am joyful that another pastor will have the opportunity to experience the unique love and blessings I have enjoyed with you, and that you will have the opportunity to grow in new ways as the Lord will surely provide you a faithful shepherd to preach, teach, and minister to you as He knows best.

My family has planted deep roots in the Pawling community, roots that will be painful to dig up and transplant, and many which simply cannot be transplanted, but such is the nature of the Office of the Holy Ministry and, truly, of the Christian faith and life in general. For those who truly seek to follow God’s path and to do His will, we find that often His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts. Nevertheless, we trust in the Lord, that He is faithful and good, and that He will guide us in the way we should go, bless us by His Holy Spirit, and make us a rich blessing to others.

Amidst the sadness of saying goodbye, of the coming distance between us, and of no longer having the divine blessing and privilege of serving you with the Lord’s most holy gifts in Word and Sacrament, there is also a great sense of hope, peace, and joy, for these fifteen years with you have not been for naught, but truly the Lutheran Church of Christ the King has grown and has become established in a strong Confessional Lutheran Christian identity, in worship, in the classroom, in the community, and in your vocations lived in the world, but not of the world, in service to your neighbor, to the glory of God. And, I am confident in the Lord that the good work He has begun and has continued in you these fifteen years, He will bless and will continue to foster and grow in your future. Everything is in place for you to call a new shepherd with new gifts and abilities to lead you, feed you, equip you, and shepherd you where the Lord would have you go next. The Lord is faithful, and He provides for His flock, always.

We have not yet finalized plans concerning timing, but I expect my last Sunday at Christ the King to be near the end of August. We will certainly inform everyone as our plans continue to solidify.

I have many more things to say to you, but I cannot bear to tell them now. Please keep all the flock at The Lutheran Church of Christ the King in your prayers, and please keep my family and I in your prayers as we make this transition. 

In Christ,

Jon M. Ellingworth


Music and Hymns of the Reformation - Presentation and Luncheon

posted Jul 18, 2017, 11:31 AM by Jon Ellingworth

The Lutheran Church of Christ the King invites you to a Reformation Hymn Sing and Presentation on Music and Hymnody of the Reformation this Sunday, July 23 at 11:00am.

Musician, composer, and music educator Stephen Johnson will lead us in singing some of the great hymns of the Reformation while providing fascinating and enlightening information about our rich musical tradition.

Lutheran Church of Christ the King
14 Pine Drive
Pawling, NY
(845) 855-3169

Then, join us for a luncheon immediately following the event!

"Stuff the Bus" and Help the Pawling Resource Center!!!

posted Jul 15, 2017, 6:59 AM by Jon Ellingworth

"Stuff the Bus" TODAY - Saturday, July 15 - 8am-1pm

Reformation Hymn Sing and Luncheon

posted Jul 7, 2017, 4:57 AM by Jon Ellingworth

Join us for REFORMATION SINGING with Stephen Johnson

SUNDAY, JULY 23 - 11:00 am
Lutheran Church of Christ the King
14 Pine Drive
Pawling, NY
(845) 855-3169


Luncheon will follow

The Fellowship Committee

Congregational Meeting & Potluck

posted Jun 9, 2017, 6:32 AM by Jon Ellingworth

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING: A congregational meeting will be held Sunday, June 11 at 11am. A potluck lunch will be held at noon following the meeting. Please plan to attend this important meeting and join us for some food, fun, and fellowship!


posted Jun 8, 2017, 5:31 AM by Jon Ellingworth


Confessions Study

posted Jun 2, 2017, 7:21 AM by Jon Ellingworth

Confessions Study will meet Saturday, June 3 at 9:00am. We will continue our study and discussion of The Apology of the Augsburg Confession. Light breakfast fare and coffee will be provided. Join the conversation!

Cleric's Corner - Why are Millennials backing away from God and Christianity?

posted Jun 1, 2017, 7:04 AM by Jon Ellingworth

Cleric’s Corner on Pawling Public Radio WPWL 103.7FM, streaming live at www.pawlingpublicradio.org - Thursday, June 1, 4:00pm

Listen in today at 4pm as Pastor Ellingworth and Pastor Bouffard continue their discussion “Why are Millennials backing away from God and Christianity” - Part 2. This time we will include four Millennials in the discussion: Robert Bouffard, Jake Cohen, Gabrielle Iannucelli, and Joshua Iannucelli.

What are Millennials looking for in a church?
ARE Millennials even looking for a church?
What is the ground of morality and ethics?
Is there such a thing as absolute truth?
Is the church too judgmental?
How important are adult Christian role models in faith formation and continuance?
How does modern science challenge faith?
And more!

Listen live today if you can. Or, I will post a link to the audio of the program later when it becomes available.

+ Pastor Ellingworth

Book Study: The Benedict Option

posted Jun 1, 2017, 6:49 AM by Jon Ellingworth

Join us for a new book study of "The Benedict Option - A Strategy for Christians In A Post-Christian Nation" by Rod Dreher tonight (June 1, 2017) at 7pm!

"This book is both manifesto and rallying cry for Christians who, if they are not to be conquered, must learn how to fight on culture war battlefields like none the West has seen for fifteen hundred years. The Benedict Option is for all mere Christians - Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox - who can read the signs of the times. Neither false optimism nor fatalistic despair will do. Only faith, hope, and love, embodied in a renewed church and resilient culture, can sustain believers in the dark age that has overtaken us. These are the days for building strong arks for the long journey across a sea of night."

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