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The Connection is your weekly news update at CTK

Sunday, Mar 17, 2024


Pastor Jackie Cook

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Services are live-streamed and available on YouTube, or the CTK Website



Visitors are always welcome. Our Greeters will help you get seated for worship and acquaint you with our facility and child-friendly sanctuary.  Available in the entrance areas and around the building are hand sanitizing stations. We ask that if you are not feeling well, or feel that you may have been exposed to COVID, you view the service via live-streaming. You can find this on our website. Click HERE

Read more on what to expect below.

What to Expect

March 17th

Weekly Calenddar...

March 14 - St John's Military Acadamy Drill 1:30 pm (using CTK parking lot)

March 17 - Girls Scout cookies SALE after worship

March 18 - Women's Bible Study @ 9:30 am

March 19 - The Chosen @ 11 am

March 20 - Wellness Wednesday @ noon in the Bell Room

March 20 - Lenten potluck @ 6 pm, mid-week Worship 7 pm

March 24 - Palm Sunday with Noisy offering by CTK children for God's Global Barnyard

*Donations for individually wrapped candy is now being collected for our children's annual Egg hunt

Commitee/meeting Schedule

The Sunday School students are doing a service project! They are collecting money on Palm Sunday to buy animals for families in need through God’s Global Barnyard program: https://goodgifts.elca.org/gods-global-barnyard  

I hope you will support them in their service project!

Save the Date!

Vacation Bible School

June 10-13

"Operation Restoration!"

Watch for more details and registration


In addition to our Prayer List you are now able to click on the Icon to the left and submit a prayer at any time.

Individual Prayers: John and Norma, Alice, Jeff, Brenda, David, Eileen R., Alice S. Sandy M, and for all those who grieve, and those who suffer from mental illness.

Ongoing Prayers: Elaine, Tim, Maddie, Dave, all military persons and their, families all those who are in hospice and care facilities, and the healthcare workers who care for them.

Ministry Partners: The Evangelical Lutheran Churches in El Salvador and Tanzania and their Bishops, and Imbaseny parish in Tanzania, Serenity Inn, Family Promise, Reformation Lutheran Church, Lutherdale Bible Camp, All God's Children, Mt. Meru Coffee Project & Outreach for Hope Congregations, and those who work to end human trafficking.

2024 Midweek Lenten Series:

“You Shall Love the Lord Your God”

3/20 Midweek 5: You Shall Love the Lord Your God with All Your Strength 

*Lenten meal: Sign up for the Potluck in the upper Sanctuary!


You are invited to Holy Week and Easter Opportunities:

Palm Sunday - 9 am Bring your change for a noisy collection by the children for God's Global Barnyard.

Maundy Thurs.Worship 7 pm.

Family-friendly worship. Instead of a sermon, there will be a time of “open spaces.” The stations will be: foot washing, prayers (with coloring pages), hand washing, healing, and

Foods of the Last Supper (foods to sample). 

Good Friday Prayers and Reflections open Sanctuary noon-1 Tenebre Worship 7 pm Tenebre which means there are readings, music, and the gradual extinguishing of candles. 

Easter Sunday 8:00 am (changed from 8:15 am) and 10:30 worship

Egg hunt for kids following first service

Easter breakfast at 9:30 am in the Great Hall (Freewill donation taken for youth Lutherdale Bible Retreat and ELCA Young Adult Gathering).



CTK welcomes and celebrates the musicians who make our morning worship sing.

March 17 - St. Patrick's Day - Hear and sing hymns of Irish origin; Haley Griffin, guest soloist

March 24 - CTK Sanctuary Choir and children lead us in the music of Palm Sunday 

March 31 -Easter Sunday morning

8 AM- Sanctuary Choir and Handbell Ensemble

10:30 AM - Heather Maciolek, song leader/soloist. Caleb Waltz, flute

"A glory, laud, and honor to you, Redeemer king, 

to whom the lips of children 

made sweet hosannas ring."

Mark your Calendars!

Pr. Gary Grindeland will be preaching on Memorial Day Sunday. He will be spending a month in our area and will also have a Bible Study at CTK on the gospel of Mark. Watch for more details.

Come and See!!

Come to Christ the King Church on Tuesdays during Lent to watch


Tuesdays at 11:00 AM through

March 26th!!

Following each episode we will have a short discussion to let everyone share their thoughts. Allow about 90 minutes for this community building experience!

Lent Wellness Wednesdays with Pr. Jackie

Noon-1:00 pm in the bell room.

Ministry Initiatives or CTK church goals for this year are Preparing, Caring and Sharing. How does this fit into your committee and daily life?

Click Here for Initiatives

Youth and Family News

Sunday School March 17 Children and teachers will be dismissed after the Communion in Worship to their classrooms. Fun Palm Sunday activities

Confirmation This Sunday, March 17th @5:45-7 pm - The Lord's Supper

Easter Egg hunt for the kids on Easter morning between services. Please only donate individually wrapped candy - no loose candy. We do not need eggs at this time. 


●    Mini candy bars

●    Mini bags of M&Ms

●    Fruit snacks

●    Individually wrapped candy that will fit into Easter Eggs

●    Quarters

Leave in the basket by the Library.

The Sunday School students are doing a service project! They are collecting money during Lent to buy animals for families in need through God’s Global Barnyard program: https://goodgifts.elca.org/gods-global-barnyard  

The kids are so excited to pick out animals for people! They have each been given a bank to collect change from family and friends, and they have been encouraged to do extra chores in order to earn money to put in their bank.  

On Palm Sunday (March 24th) the kids will be walking around church collecting any extra change you would like to give. I hope you will support them in their service project!


It’s Back!

Mar 17

Support our CTK/Cushing Girl Scouts by enjoying delicious cookies! A Win-Win event! Lizzie, Anna and some friends will be set up to sell right after service. Each box costs $5.00 with possibly gluten- free cookies available for $6.00. Payment may be made by cash, check, Venmo or Zelle. Come prepared as they went fast last year!


The next coffee order will be placed on Sunday, March 17th and be ready for pick up on Sunday, March 24th.


Mt. Meru coffee is available for purchase in the upper sanctuary. Orders placed by the 3rd Sunday of each month will be available for pick up on the 4th Sunday after Service.

This global outreach is helping farm families in the Meru Diocese in Tanzania. This project is giving the farmers a hand-up rather than a handout.

See the display in the Narthex for more information.

The Missions of the Church

Outreach for Hope – A ministry that helps provide resources to inner-city and struggling congregations in our synod. 

Family Promise - Homeless prevention program and services for homeless families.

Reformation Lutheran – A Milwaukee inner-city congregation.

Click here for information on their Community Bible Study.

Serenity Inn – a drug and alcohol rehabilitation house for men in Milwaukee. Monthly, we prepare meals and enjoy a time of fellowship with men at the inn.

Boy Scout Troop #20

The Mt. Meru Coffee Store | Order Here

All God's Children  AGCisfun@Allgodschildrenpreschool.com***

Greater Milwaukee Synod News

Equipping the Saints Greater Milwaukee Synod Mission Appeal

Members of Christ the King:

Last week, CTK announced its involvement in the Greater Milwaukee Synod’s Equipping the Saints Campaign. Below is a letter from Bishop Paul Erickson which provided an update of the Campaign’s status in the Fall of 2023:

Dear Leaders in the Greater Milwaukee Synod:

When launched in early 2020, Equipping the Saints was a bold initiative to position the Synod for effective ministry into the future. Little did we know that future would come so quickly with the Covid pandemic. What we have accomplished together, considering all the challenges we are facing, is a testimony to your faithfulness and to God’s goodness.

Together, we have raised over $1 million for ministry, and congregations are still conducting appeals this fall. Here are a few highlights of the impact this campaign has already made:

• Innovation and Collaboration: 6 ministries have already received collaboration grants; all congregations can apply for innovation grants starting in November!

• Racial Justice: Pastor Afi Dobbins-Mays has joined the staff as Assistant to the Bishop for Authentic Diversity and Leadership; the Synod Council has appointed a task force to guide the strategic planning growing out of the Authentic Diversity Audit, and that work has begun.

• Leadership: 60 rostered ministers have received grants for continuing education, student loan reduction, or to augment retirement funds.

• Mission tithes have supported leadership development in Meru, Tanzania and El Salvador and refugee resettlement in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.

To date, 13 congregations have conducted a 5-week campaign; 5 congregations have conducted a campaign in conjunction with a capital or special appeal; and 14 congregations have given a special gift through their budget, an endowment or other additional gift. Those gifts and pledges total $535,596 from over 360 giving units of individuals or congregations. Though we often live within a mindset of scarcity, this was a clear demonstration of God’s abundance and how the people of our synod are eager to strengthen our churches for the journey ahead.

Friends, CTK now joins a successful funding initiative that will strengthen our churches in the Greater Milwaukee Synod to live into God’s preferred future. For detailed information, the second half of the prospectus is available following this link: https://www.equippingthesaintsgms.org/ (also below) If you desire a hard copy of it, there are copies available on the back table in the upper sanctuary. You can also learn more about the campaign during midweek worship on Wednesday, March 20th “Love the Lord Your God with All Your Strength” when videos will be shown during the message time about the campaign. Please consider how we are stronger as we work together as you prayerfully consider supporting this campaign.


Pr. Jackie

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Learn more part I 
Equipping part II

2024 Synod Assembly registration is now open!

We hope you'll join us for our annual Assembly on Friday, May 17 - Saturday, May 18 at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee. Pastors, deacons and lay leaders from across the Greater Milwaukee Synod will gather to worship, enjoy fellowship, and vote on business including our budget and elected positions.

Every congregation is allowed at least two lay voting members, plus one additional person, as long as that person is 30 years old or younger. See below.

Learn more and sign up
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The Heart and Soul Program

The Heart and Soul program is an initiative of Aurora Health Care, now a part of Advocate Health, that integrates spiritual practices to help people manage their blood pressure, decrease stress, and improve their health.

The program is co-led by Aurora's Faith and Health Partnerships program, the Mobile Health Team, and Community Health.


The program is designed to lower hypertension rates and stress.

There are seven sessions focused on:

  • Understanding blood pressure
  • Exploring other risk factors that increase heart disease
  • Managing stress
  • Incorporating movement
  • Eating well
  • Integrating spiritual care practices


We provide one-on-one consultations, as well as resources and tools to assist participants in taking charge and managing their heart health that can lead to lower stress, lower blood pressure, and healthier outcomes.  

To learn more, connect with us at aah-faithhealth@aah.org

Pastor Jackie Cook

Office Coordinator - Maggie Thompson

Music Director - Maria Tyksinski

Care Ministry - Sylvia Kreutzmann

Office hours:

Mon. - Thurs 9am-3pm

Friday 9 am - noon

Worship Sundays at 9 am