Here is where you can keep up-to-date with email communications from our Pastors about coronovirus COVID-19,related government information and orders, and church activities. At the bottom of this page are links to view the entire emails.

Coronovirus COVID-19

September 18th, 2020

Dear Church Family,

The following is a devotion from Rev. Dr. R. Lee Hagan, the Missouri District President:

It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline?...For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:7, 11

This section of Scripture deals with those tests from God, meant for our growth and maturation in the faith. We should not be surprised by suffering as a result of our faith, but rather we should grow to expect it. As Martin Luther writes, “For as soon as God’s Word takes root and grows in you, the devil will plague you.” Trials and tests are common to the lives of Christians. The writer to the Hebrews addresses the unpleasant experience of discipline that God allows for those He loves. No one ever enjoys such periods of testing, but these times yield fruits of righteousness among the saints of God.

Luther called these periods “little whiles” from 1 Peter chapter 1. These little whiles – these times of trial and temptation, suffering and discipline all end. But during these little whiles – we are taught to rely more and more on God. We are reminded that we can do nothing of ourselves. We are powerless against the assaults of the devil. Even in the midst of a physical trial that God allows, we need his presence every passing hour. Norman Nagel once wrote, “Temptation teaches us the frailty of our own wisdom and strength. The resources for our strength are not in ourselves, but in our faithful God and His Word. Thus, our Brother overcame temptation with the mighty weapon of God’s Word. Three times Satan was overthrown with the victorious, ‘It is written.

The last six months have not been pleasant for anyone. May the Lord bring about good from this time of trial and testing as we rely upon Him and the strength that He gives to us in His precious Word. May our faith be proved genuine through the Spirit’s work within us!

LIVESTREAM UPDATE: You now have TWO options to view our livestream Bible study (9:30 a.m.) and Divine Service (10:45 a.m.) on Sunday. 1) Facebook page or 2) Vimeo page. If you go to our Vimeo page, you can view the most recent Bible studies and Church Services. You can still view all the church Services, Sunday School Lessons, and Daily Devotions on our YouTube Channel as well. Check it out!

Wednesday Evening Service – MASKS REQUIRED! The pastors, in consultation with the elders committee and those who attend Wednesday Evening Service on a regular basis, have decided to make Wednesday Evening Service a “Mask Required” Service. This means that masks are required while entering and exiting the facility… AND while sitting in our seats during the Service. You may lower your mask when taking Holy Communion and then return it to its original position afterwards. Our goal is to make everyone feel as safe as possible while attending the Divine Service at Christ Lutheran.

Adult Information Class – A new Adult Information Class begins with our first class THIS SUNDAY at 7 p.m. Are you interested? Know anyone who might be? Let us know. All are welcome for a refresher in the doctrines of the faith. Plan to attend. We would love to have you.

Siberian Lutheran Mission Society Guest Preacher -- On Sunday October 18th, the Rev. B. W. Kuhlman will serve us in preaching and leading Bible study that morning. Rev. Kuhlman serves as pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Murdock, NE. He is a very gifted preacher and teacher and has presented at Higher Things Youth conferences as well as several other venues. During the Bible study time, he will speak about the Siberian Lutheran Mission Society, an organization which seeks to rebuild and restore the Lutheran faith in Russia and surrounding countries where Christianity was suppressed under persecution during Soviet communism. More about the Siberian Lutheran Mission Society can be found at Do join us for this special day on Sunday, October 18th!

Stewardship Sunday/Wednesday, October 11th/14th -- Be on the lookout for various opportunities to fill out the time/talent/treasure pledge form. We are brainstorming ways to make it easier for those who are not able to attend Stewardship Sunday/Wednesday in person to send in their pledge. It is important for the members of our parish-family to fill out and send in a pledge form – even if they are unable to attend the Service. We formulate a balanced budget based on the numbers we receive from the parish-family. Also, your church is still in need of active participants in the body of Christ who are willing to share their time and talents. Even during COVID, there is much work that still goes on at Christ Lutheran. Please consider how you can be a part of the ministry of your church-family with your fellow believers.

Weekday School Began In-Person – Weekday School began on August 26th at 4:30 p.m. These are very formative years in the faith of your child. Bible stories, doctrine, time at chapel and music are very important to faith formation. There is still time to enroll and attend.  If you have any questions, contact Deacon Buchholz or Pastor Arnold or Pastor Froiland.

In-Person Sunday School – Phase One: Sunday School will be offered “in-person” for students in Grades 6-12, beginning after Labor Day – on Sunday, September 13. Notice this is a week later than previously published. Protocols will be instituted for this important restart, and shared with everyone in the September Shepherd’s Staff as well as in future church-wide emails and bulletins. In-person Sunday school for students in Pre-K through Grade 5 will begin on a date to be determined.

Don’t Forget to Share with a Friend – I see that many of you have shared information about church services and bible studies with friends and family. Keep doing that! What a wonderful way to reach out with God’s Word to others. Thank you for doing this.

Encouragement – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6). The Lord will direct our coming in and our going out from this time forth and even forevermore. This is His promise. He remains in charge of our days and our nights. It’s difficult for us when so much has changed – with so much that is different. However, the Lord remains the same yesterday, today and forever for us. God is our rock and our salvation… and… from God can nothing move us. In Christ, we will endure our days.

The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord look upon us with favor and grant us His peace. Amen.

In Christ’s Service,

Pastor Arnold


Church Updates

The pastors and elders met last night to discuss updates to our current restrictions and arrangements. The changes include…

  • July 5th – Increase the number of persons allowed to sign-up for Sunday/Wednesday Church Services from 75 to 90.
  • July 10th – Begin Friday morning men’s Bible study.
  • August 4th – Begin Tuesday morning Bible study.
  • August 26th – Begin Weekday School with Orientation the evening of August 23rd
  • September 6th – Begin Sunday School for all ages.



Sign up to attend Church Service – The current maximum of 90 persons allowed to attend Sunday and Wednesday Services starting August 4th. Therefore, please sign up before coming to church by going directly to the sign-up website by clickingsign-up for Church. You may also call the church office at 816-741-0483.

Bible Study and Sunday School – Sunday morning Adult Bible study will take place in the sanctuary from 9:30-10:15 a.m. There will be NO Sunday School for the children at this time.

Tuesday morning Bible Study Resumes:  August 4th at 10:30 a.m. in the Ephphatha room

Friday morning Men's Bible Study Resumes:  July 12th at 6:00 a.m.

Summer Sunday School:  Check out the Summer Sunday School page where Deacon Buchholz will posting videos and lesson study pages to use at home.

Livestream Continues through the Summer – We will Facebook Livestream Bible Study starting at 9:30 a.m. and the 10:45 a.m. Divine Service.

Family Devotions – See the Family Devotions page for links to the videos posted on Facebook and our YouTube channel on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays.

Youth Activities – Some youth activities are still going on. Many are cancelled. Contact Deacon for more information:

Pre-Kindergarten – God willing, summer session will begin on July 6th with proper precautions for children and teachers in place. Our Pre-K Director, Kristina Fredde and her staff have been hard at work putting together a plan and appropriate safety measures for our children and staff.

Visit the Service & Bulletins page for upcoming and past worship service videos and service bulletins you can use to follow along.

Check out our YouTube Channel to view the past Lenten Sunday Divine and Wednesday Matins services, Holy Week and Easter services and continuing Sunday Morning services and daily family devotions.

Christ Lutheran has an on-line giving option called I heard that some members are having trouble with finding our Church on the app or website. If you are having trouble, let me know. If you so desire, weekly offerings may be mailed to the church. We are still counting offerings here at church on a weekly basis, so if sending in your offering envelope by regular mail works better for you, that is just fine. Please keep in mind the stewardship of all of God’s wonderful gifts to us for the sake of His service even while we are away from the Divine Service. If you have any questions, let us know.

To join the Coronavirus & Church Updates email distribution list, you can sign up under the "Join a Mailing List" module on the homepage or email the church at

The Church Office: The office hours at church have been suspended through the “Stay Home” order. However, we will be checking voicemail and email quite regularly. Please leave us a message and we will get back to you. Since your pastors “live where we work” we will be in the office from time to time. Do not hesitate to call if you need anything, (816) 741-0483.

YouTube Channel: Don’t forget that all our videos are on our Christ Lutheran YouTube channel. You will find daily family devotions, Wednesday Matins services, and Sunday morning Divine Service.

Pastoral Care/Visitation: Please contact Pastor Froiland or me for individual pastoral care needs. Because there is a “Stay Home” order in place, we are limited as to how pastoral care will be carried out. Emergencies will be treated differently than an individual’s need for conversation and/or consultation. We will determine the response based on each case.

Love Thy Neighbor: The most vulnerable among us need to be kept safe. Therefore, this virus must be eliminated for their sake and for ours. Please abide by the rules shared with us by our city and county. Honoring the civil authorities concerning these matters is to honor God since God established government to rule over us. Also, please remember to check on your neighbors. Is there anything they need? Keep them in the forefront of your prayers during these difficult days. Pray for our nation and our world during this time of a global pandemic. Christ’s Word and His work joins “separated” Christians together in the same work. Remain in the Word of God. In this changing world, God’s Word never changes. We need Him more now than ever. And we have Him.

While these are unusually stressful times, we can be thankful that the Spirit of God has taken His Word deep down into our being. So when we’re overwhelmed by the challenges that we now encounter in the face of adversity, we remember who and Whose we are. Take courage, beloved in the Lord, we remain firmly in the grip of our Savior. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23).

Let us pray...

Heavenly Father, we call upon You in our perplexity and need. We pray that You will give wisdom to all in this crisis. For the medical community, we ask Your abundant mercies upon their care for the sick who have been stricken by this disease and for those who fear infection. For scientific researchers, we beg You to give insights that lead to swift discoveries in research that will mitigate this crisis. For our governmental leaders, we pray for reasoned and persuasive presentations so that the general public will act with calm discipline for the welfare of all. For those whose employment is curtailed or eliminated, we pray for their aid through efficient governmental and faith agencies of help. For Christ Lutheran Church and all the people of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, we pray Your Spirit will give hope and reassurance that our holy faith offers through Your Word and the ministry of the church. May we all lift up our eyes to the hills, knowing that our help ultimately comes from You, “our very present help in trouble.” In His saving name we humbly pray, Amen.

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2

In Christ’s Service,

Pastor Arnold –

Pastor Froiland –

Deacon Buchholz –

Email: Church Office – - send an email to the church to be put on the email list

Church Office phone: 816-741-0483

Click on the links below to see the entire email communications




Email from 9/18/2020 - Coronavirus & Church Updates: September 18, 2020 - Pastor Arnold

Email from 9/11/2020 - Coronavirus & Church Updates: September 11, 2020 - Pastor Arnold

Email from 9/04/2020 - Coronavirus & Church Updates: September 04, 2020 - Pastor Arnold

Email from 8/28/2020 - Coronavirus & Church Updates: August 28, 2020 - Pastor Arnold

Email from 8/21/2020 - Coronavirus & Church Updates: August 21, 2020 - Pastor Arnold

Email from 8/13/2020 - Coronavirus & Church Updates: August 13, 2020 - Pastor Arnold

Email from 8/07/2020 - Coronavirus & Church Updates: August 07, 2020 - Pastor Arnold

Email from 7/30/2020 - Coronavirus & Church Updates: July 30, 2020 - Pastor Arnold

Email from 7/24/2020 - Coronavirus & Church Updates: July 24, 2020 - Pastor Arnold

Email from 7/16/2020 - Coronavirus & Church Updates: July 16, 2020 - Pastor Arnold

Email from 7/09/2020 - Coronavirus & Church Updates: July 09, 2020 - Pastor Arnold

Email from 7/03/2020 - Coronavirus & Church Updates: July 03, 2020 - Pastor Arnold

Email from 6/26/2020 - Coronavirus & Church Updates: June 26, 2020 - Pastor Arnold

Email from 6/19/2020 - Coronavirus & Church Updates: June 19, 2020 - Pastor Arnold

Email from 6/12/2020 - Coronavirus & Church Updates: June 12, 2020 - Pastor Arnold

Email from 6/09/2020 - Coronavirus & Church Updates: June 09, 2020 - Pastor Arnold

Email from 6/02/2020 - Coronavirus & Church Updates: June 02, 2020 - Pastor Arnold

Email from 5/29/2020 - Coronavirus & Church Updates: May 29, 2020 - Pastor Arnold

Email from 5/26/2020 - Coronavirus & Church Updates: May 26, 2020 - Pastor Arnold

Email from 5/22/2020 - Coronavirus & Church Updates: May 22, 2020 - Pastor Arnold

Email from 5/19/2020 - Coronavirus & Church Updates: May 19, 2020 - Pastor Arnold

Email from 5/15/2020 - Coronavirus & Church Updates: May 15, 2020 - Pastor Arnold

Email from 5/12/2020 - Coronavirus & Church Updates: May 12, 2020 - Pastor Arnold

Email from 5/07/2020 - Coronavirus & Church Updates: May 07, 2020 - Pastor Arnold

Email from 5/05/2020 - Coronavirus & Church Updates: May 05, 2020 - Pastor Arnold

Email from 5/01/2020 - Coronavirus & Church Updates: May 01, 2020 - Pastor Arnold

Email from 4/28/2020 - Coronavirus & Church Updates: April 28, 2020 - Pastor Arnold

Email from 4/24/2020 - Coronavirus & Church Updates: April 24, 2020 - Pastor Arnold

Email from 4/21/2020 - Coronavirus & Church Updates: April 21, 2020 - Pastor Arnold

Email from 4/15/2020 - Coronavirus & Church Updates: April 15, 2020 - Pastor Arnold

Email from 4/13/2020 - Coronavirus & Church Updates: Easter Monday, April 13, 2020 - Pastor Froiland

Email from 4/09/2020 - Coronavirus & Church Updates: Maundy Thursday - April 9, 2020 - Pastor Arnold

Email from 4/07/2020 - Coronavirus & Church Updates: Tuesday of Holy Week - Pastor Arnold

Email from 4/03/2020 - Coronavirus & Church Updates: Information from Pastor Arnold

Email from 3/31/2020 - Information from Pastor Arnold

Email from 3/24/2020 - Parish-family letter from Pastor Arnold

Email from 3/20/2020 - Sunday Church Livestream Instructions and More Resources - Pastor Arnold

Email from 3/17/2020 - Parish family update concerning COVID-19 - Pastor Arnold

Email from 3/13/2020 - Church and COVID-19 - Pastor Arnold