Celebrating our Connections to Christ, Eachother and Community

The Connection is your weekly news update at CTK

Sunday, April 7, 2024


Pastor Jackie Cook

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

Having a birthday? Wedding anniversary? Or just like making things beautiful? Sign up for Altar flowers to commemorate your special date! Sign up on the church office bulletin board. $40 and return the vase to the church.


Weekly Calenddar...

April 7 - Confirmation with Mentors or parents 5:45- 7 pm

April 8 - Women's Bible study 9:30 am Prayer Shawl 1 pm

April 9 - Wednesday Wellness @ noon Education @ 5:30 pm

April 10 - VBS meeting @ 5 pm

April 11 - Outreach meeting off site

April 12 - Lulmber Inn 7 am Men's Bible study

April 25 - Sr Young at heart 11 am

Commitee/meeting Schedule

Save the Date!

Sr. Young at Heart luncheon on

April 25th here at CTK from 11-2pm. Lunch, Entertainment and Fun!

Anyone 65 yrs or older is invited. Watch here for more details.


November 2023: $671.77

December 2023: $992.25

January 2024: $1000.81

February 2024: $1650.83

 Total of Receipts: $4,478.78

1% Back to CTK: $44.78

The Previous submission of Receipts in 2023 yielded $4077.33 or $40.77 back to CTK.

On average, most submissions yield between $40.00 and $60.00. Let’s try to break $150.00 for April, May and June!

Receipts are collected in a large jar in the Upper Sanctuary.

This Sunday, April 7th is Installation of the CTK church officers:

President - Jeff ittrock                        

Vice President Jim Haas                       

Secretary - LeeAnn Quinlan

Treasurer - Barb Hamman   

Audit & Budget-Bob Wierich                   

Membership—Jan Guetzke

Education - Katie Varrelmann

Prop & Grounds—Paul Sternemann

Outreach—Pam Kroening                        

Worship & Music—Vicky Jaeger



Message from Pastor Jackie


Blessed Holy Week and Happy Easter, friends in Christ.

As you enter into the celebration of Holy Week, how will your spiritual cup be filled?

On Tuesday, I attended the Chrism mass with other Rostered leaders in the Greater Milwaukee Synod. A Chrism mass is a special service where oil is blessed for use in anointing, Rostered leaders renew our ordination vows, and share Holy Communion. God renewed me and filled my cup, preparing me to experience Holy Week.

The preacher asked the question—how do we live into Holy Week?

Click below for the full article.

Easter blessing,

Pr. Jackie

Pr. Jackie's article

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,  MattAudrey, Casey, John and Norma, Alice, Jeff, Brenda, David, Eileen R.Alice SSandy 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.

Nature Spirituality Retreat

May 10-12, 2024

Dear Freidns,
I would like to invite you to join me for a weekend Nature Spirituality Retreat at Lutherdale Bible Camp in Elkhorn, WI. 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. More details below.
More details



2024 – 2025

CTK’s Scholarship program began giving out awards for the 1988 – 1989 year. Since then scholarships have been provided annually to encourage students to consider church-liberal arts colleges where there is a small professor/student ratio, and the focus is on educating the whole person for life.

Scholarships are generally provided for the first four years of attendance at a church related college upon application renewals, and may include part time online as well as full time campus attendance.

           To apply for a Newman Scholarship please contact the church (office@ctkdelafield.org) or jonmkilmer@gmail.com for an Application via email. Applications are to be received at the church office by May1st. 2024 for recognition and disbursement to the college in 2024.

          Thank you to those who continue to support the Newman Scholarship program over the last 36 years of allowing financial assistance to more than 65 achieving Christ The King students.

Scholarship Committee: Jon Kilmer, Diane Crowley, Jennifer Varrelmann

Mark your Calendars!

Pr. Gary Grindeland will be spending a month in our area and will have a Bible Study at CTK on the gospel of Mark Sunday, April 21st and Sunday April 28th after worship. Grab your coffee and head to the bell room for some great discussion.

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

Save the Date!

Vacation Bible School

June 10-13

"Operation Restoration!"

Watch for more details and registration

Planning meeting on April 10 @ 5 pm If you are interested come and join us!

Check out Lutherdale Summer Camps!

Every day at Lutherdale is an adventure. Whether you are starting your day with a polar plunge or ending your night with a night climb at the ropes course, each data has something for everyone. A typical day includes worship, bible study, swimming, arts and crafts, gaga ball, specialty games, and more! This is for families, and children ages ranging from k-`12. See the complete flyer on the board outside of the church office.


Mark Your Calendars!

Adult Education Opportunity May 8, 2024 6 pm at CTK. Please join us as

Dr. Moira Martin from the Lake Country Health Center presents, "Get Balanced in Retirement" a chiropractic perspective.


LINE DANCING in the Great Hall   Yee-Ha!!!

We have a chance to get moving and dancing on Sunday May 5th! Dianne Thayer is a line dancing instructor who uses a variety of styles of music to get people dancing! Wear your cowboy boots is you wish but any shoes will do! We will gather on Sunday afternoon at 3pm for about an hour or so to have an introduction to line dancing – NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED!! Come and have some fun – in fact, invite some friends!!! Please sign up on the clip board in the upper sanctuary if you are planning to attend so we have a rough idea of how many people will be joining in the fun. Come and have some fun!!!

April's Serenity Inns

Serenity Inns meals are April 23rd and April 29th. April 23rd is all planned. It will be breakfast for dinner. April 29th is still open. The guys have requested fajitas or Pot roast. Ask Vicki Jaeger to send you the sign up genius link for connections if you don't already have it! Need volunteers to make food and do dinner fellowship!

The question for the guests at March 26th Fellowship was "Why do you want to help people recovering from substance abuse?"

And the question for the residents was "If you saw someone from the program using would you tell and who?" The answer to this question had mixed responses ranging from none of my business to "Yes" to save their life I'd absolutely tell!


Orders will be ready for pick up on Sunday, April 28th.


The Mt. Meru Spring Blend is now available to order.

This blend is 80% regular beans and 20% Peaberry beans. Cupping notes (natural flavors) include dark chocolate, citrus and coffee blossom.

The next coffee order will be placed on April 21st and ready for pick up on

April 28 th .

Please see the display in the upper sanctuary.


FP Giving Day on April 11 is an opportunity to change lives.

Help us reach our ambitious goal of raising $100,000 in one day on Family Promise Giving Day, Thursday, April 11. Our theme is: $100K in one day will give families a home to stay! 

These funds will be used to:

  • Prevent family homelessness
  • Provide shelter to families experiencing homelessness
  • Expand our Apartment Shelter Program into Oconomowoc

As the need to expand services to families has grown, so have our expenses. It is imperative that we respond to maintain and grow our level of service. 

We are hopeful that we will be able to meet this goal thanks to the challenge grant fund established by a few individuals and businesses. The generosity of two anonymous individuals along with Mike and Amanda Hallquist, the American Transmission Company, Bank Five Nine, and GE HealthCare (matching an individual gift), over 50% of our goal is committed already! 

Even with this great start, we need your help! 

Raising the additional funds is a significant increase over past Giving Day years. This will not be easy.  We need everyone to give generously and share this need in order to reach this ambitious goal. LEARN MORE ABOUT FP GIVING DAY Below


10 Ways to refresh your evening routine.

Whether you both work in or out of the home, have children, pets, or just a busy life in general, the evening hours are often time to unwind before hitting the sack. But relaxing doesn't have to mean same old, same old. Sick of settling in for the same old streaming session?

Read More

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***

Hey CTK!Wondering about how to follow God in congregational renewal? Looking for new ideas? Want to gather with other congregations to share and hear inspiring stories? We’d like to gather a group of people to attend this event with possibly, Jeff Wittrock, our council president.


Here’s the exciting invitation from the Greater Milwaukee Synod:


Adventures in Renewal Co-Lab Day

APRIL 28 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This event is for all who are engaged in, or curious about, mission renewal, mission coaching, and innovation! Join us as we gather to share stories of how God is renewing our sense of mission, learn from those who have been experiencing renewal, and be energized together for our next steps.


There is no cost to attend, because of the generosity of the congregations participating in the Equipping the Saints Mission Appeal. However, we do ask that each person from your congregation who plans to attend register in advance so we have an accurate count for materials.

Location: Schuetze Recreation Center (Activity Room)

1120 Baxter Street

Waukesha, 53186


For more information and to register: https://milwaukeesynod.org/event/adventures-in-renewal-co-lab-day/


If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Jackie or Jeff Wittrock

Reformation Good Friday Walk - Thank you

Thank you to those who were able to join us this afternoon for our annual Good Friday Walk. We visited six stations that mark signs of both suffering and transformation, just like the cross. During the reflections and prayers at each station, it was often hard to hear. A simple sound system is not always a good match for being outside in city noise. Perhaps the noise is appropriate; I think Jesus prioritizes the "noise" and "traffic" of our lives as a place to meet us, offering a hand to say, "Here, this way, I got you."


I have attached a copy of the reflections and prayers for each of our stations this year. They are worthy signs of hope to know about in the Washington Park Neighborhood that we dearly love and deeply feel God's call to continue to serve.


Again, thank you for joining us today. Blessings to each of you as we now continue walking toward Easter morning.


Grace and Peace,

Vicar Steve Smart

Greater Milwaukee Synod News

An Easter Message from Bishop Erickson

Last November, I participated in an ELCA Regional Consultation for synods that have companion relationships with churches in Latin America and the Caribbean. The theme for this event was “Reconnect, Renew, Rise Again,” and as you can see in the event logo, it was based on the Japanese art form known as “kintsugi.” This describes the process in which broken pottery is repaired by using a special gold lacquer, treating the breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.

Read more

Easter Message From ELCA Presiding Bishop Eaton

In her Easter message to the church, Bishop Eaton focuses on three words that describe what the women at tomb experienced when the angel announced that Jesus had been raised from the dead: fear, amazement and being seized or possessed.

Read maessage

Equipping the Saints Greater Milwaukee Synod Mission Appeal


Members of CTK, we have the opportunity to participate in the important work of donating to this campaign alongside other churches in the Greater Milwaukee Synod area.


The amount already collected has had a far-reaching impact on the mission and ministries of the church. Here’s a story from Pastor Karl-John Stone at House of Prayer in Franklin. The congregation has received one of the innovation grants to support a coach to guide a process of listening and growing in ministry.


At House of Prayer, our team of 6 was enthusiastic and curious about learning the Faithful Innovation process, but we didn’t know how to get started. We needed a wise and helpful guide to help us learn what Faithful Innovation was all about, begin our experiments, reflect on the results, and make adaptations for the future. The synod provided Pastor Andy Fetters as our coach, and he was exactly who we needed. Faithful Innovation has really helped us to grow spiritually as a congregation, and to begin the slow but essential process of becoming more connected with people outside the walls of our church. The funding of a coach from the “Equipping the Saints” mission appeal is making a lasting impact on the vitality of our congregation!

Additionally, ETS funds are supporting rostered ministers as part of the ETS initiative in leadership by the way of leadership grants. General Grants are open to all rostered ministers and can be requested for continuing education, additional retirement contributions, or student loan payments. BIPOC/LGBTQIA+ grants are given to candidates or rostered ministries of these communities that often have additional needs during candidacy, wait longer for a call, and serve in ministries that pay below guidelines.



57 grants given totaling $69,100

·        General Grants totaled $50,100

·        BIPOC/LGBTQIA Grants totaled $19,000


2024 to date (we are still open)

44 grants totaling $88,200

·        General Grants totaled $31,200

·        BIPOC/LGBTQIA Grants totaled $57,000 (these are closed)


 This week, your bulletin will contain more information about the campaign. Pledge cards will be due to the office by April 14th

Please prayerfully consider a generous donation to this campaign.


Pr. Jackie

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. Click below.

Save $25 per person if you register before April 17!

Learn more and sign up
Past Newsletters

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