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The Connection is your weekly news update at CTK

Sunday, Mar 10, 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

Don't be early for church! Turn your clocks ahead 1 hour Saturday night!

Weekly Calenddar...

March 8 - International Women's Day

March 10 - Daylight savings begins

March 11 - Women's Bible Study @ 9:30 am

March 11 - Prayer Shawl meets @ 1

March 12 - The Chosen @ 11 am

March 12 - Education Committee - 5:30 pm

March 13 - Wellness Wednesday @ noon in the Bell Room

March 13 - Lenten meal @ 6 pm, mid-week Worship 7 pm led by confirmation youth

Thursday, March 14th St John's Military Academy will have a Disaster Drill between 1:30-2 pm. They will use CTK parking lot to gather their students and personnel. Alarms will sound but it is only a drill.

Commitee/meeting Schedule


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

March 3 - Emmerson Neumiller, Peyton Goetz join the CTK Sanctuary Choir

March 10 - (remember to move your clocks forward). - Katie Ellenberg and Marty Tyksinski

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 

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

to whom the lips of children 

made sweet hosannas ring.":

Also, thank you to those that braved the weather and came to hear our CTK choir at the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Waukesha Choral Union concert! Your support was greatly appreciated!


Nature Spirituality Retreat

May 10-12, 2024

This retreat will focus on ways to learn about the sacred and the divine through creation, take a look at Jesus own nature spirituality, and focus on practical ways to find the sacred in your backyard and in your heart.
Pricing includes 2 nights, 3 days, 4 meals, and 1 snack. Single rooms are $299 and
Double Occupancy rooms are $249. Register at 
Rooms are on a first come, first serve basis and scholarships are available.
 The gathering is from Friday evening, May 10 to Sunday morning May 12. The retreat will conclude with a 10 am Wild Church Worship Event on Sunday morning.  To register you need to call Lutherdale at 262/742/2352 or register online at info@lutherdale.org.

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: Jeff, Brenda, David, Eileen R., Alice S. Sandy M, the family and loved ones of Mike, Cramer family, Chuck, Jim, Dan, 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, all who are in hospice, 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”

3/13 Midweek 4: You Shall Love the Lord Your God with All Your Mind 

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

Holy week:

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

Maundy Thurs.Worship 7 pm led by Confirmation youth.

Good Friday Prayers and Reflections open Sanctuary noon-1 pm  Tenabre Worship 7 pm  

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 Free will donation taken for youth Lutherdale Bible Retreat and ELCA Young Adult Gathering.



It's Time to Celebrate!

March 15th is National Preschool Teacher Appreciation Day. We will be celebrating our amazing All God's Teachers all week long with daily themes and activities.  

If you haven't had a chance to visit our facility and meet our staff, please call to schedule a visit today!

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.

During this hour, we will discuss and engage a variety of beginner level activities to tend to our bodies. Activities may include and are not limited to: listening to our bodies through breathing, mediation, and visualization. Sharing recipes, discussing healthy eating habits. Participants will want to bring light weights or soup cans for some basic exercises. The group may decide to read a book together about health such as: Women, Food, and God.

Message from Pastor Jackie


Some hold the Epiphany tradition of choosing a “star word” which becomes their focal point for the year. During coffee with a dear friend with whom I shared both my joys and struggles, she suggested the word—embrace for me. Hmm, "embrace", is an interesting word. I can’t quite grasp what it all means and that is the point of a “star word”. It is meant to be a journey of learning and growing with God guided by that "star".


What does it mean to embrace life as it is, not as we wish it would be? How do we embrace a difficulty and make the best out of it? How can I open my eyes and heart to the beauty of the people and circumstances that God has placed before me? As I reflect on these questions and the word this week, my heart is filled with gratitude and joy for you dear people of Christ the King.


With the open position of the Faith Formation coordinator, the leadership of those on the education team continues the educational programs of the congregation. With a variety of parents teaching Sunday School, the children enjoy the lesson in creative ways. I loved the art project with the big listening ears! Due to the different personalities and gifts of parents and mentors assisting with Confirmation, we have learned in different ways, including reading skits and singing old songs like: “Dem Bones.” The group who began the staff-led “At Heart” Bible study continued by rotating the leadership. They plan on moving forward by selecting another book study.


At the annual meeting, VP Jeff Wittrock presented the exciting ministry at CTK and Treasurer, Barb Hamann presented the good news about CTK’s current financial position. Thank you all, for your passion for ministry and generosity! CTK elected Jeff Wittrock as the President and Jim Haas as Vice President. Thank you, for stepping up to these leadership roles. I am grateful for and so blessed to work with the leadership of Jeff, Jim, Barb and the rest of the council.


As CTK follows God into 2024, we embrace the ministry initiates or goals to follow. I commend these to each of you and to our committees for implementation. What does it look like for us to embrace these and move forward with faith?


In Christ’s Service,

Pr. Jackie

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.

Confirmation CTK– At-home lesson for 3/3-3/10 on website. Written answers due to Pr. Jackie March 11th. Student lead Lent worship March 13th.

*Donations for individually wrapped candy is now being collected for our children's annual Egg hunt after 1st service Easter Sunday. Place yours in the basket by the church library.



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.

When I was CTK’s intern, over a decade ago, Pr. Gary Grindeland would say: “We are stronger when we are together.” I recall how he connected CTK to the community, when I think about the Equipping the Saints GMS Synod Mission Appeal which has been in existence since 2022. The Synod has given churches the grace of time to implement in their own way.

The purpose of the funding appeal is to come together to find new ways to follow Jesus, form communities and invite all. Money is being raised and has already been spent in two main areas: innovation and collaboration, and leadership.

In the next couple weeks, CTK will show some videos and share the story of how this appeal equips the saints for the work of ministry and builds up the body of Christ.  The theme for the service is Wednesday March 20th— “You shall love the Lord your God with all your strength.” During the message time, we will watch the video to learn how we can be stronger together by contributing to this appeal. There will be a special collection taken for the appeal on March 20th.

For more information go to: https://www.equippingthesaintsgms.org/

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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
Past Newsletters

Can Faith Manage Stress?

Various spiritual practices can assist in managing stress. Here are just a few ideas of things that can help. Regardless of your religious tradition, you are probably already doing these things!

Breathing Techniques involve taking deep breaths, focusing on breathing, and counting breaths to create a rhythm that regulates the body.

Prayer is a widely practiced method of addressing your thoughts and concerns to God or a higher power. You can use your own words or read prayers written by others.

Scripture is taken from the Bible and has been considered an anchor and blueprint for many individuals. It includes verses about hope and strength.

Gratitude can help release dopamine (the hormone that helps you feel content and motivated) which helps us feel good and builds our inner strength to manage stress.

Social Connection is also essential; having a solid support network can help you improve your ability to navigate stress.

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