Sunday, March 3, 2024


Pr. Jackie Cook

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This week's bulletin

"Welcome to the Advocate!"

A publication of celebrations and happenings in the lives of CTK family and friends. This Advocate will summarize what's happened, and give a preview to new events coming your way! So keep a lookout for this publication every 1st of the month. Birthdays and Anniversaries are near the bottom!

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



2024 Preparing, Caring, and Sharing in God’s grace                       



  1. Our hearts through Bible Study and education in order to participate in the Kingdom of Heaven here on Earth.
  2. Communication and technology to share the news of God’s story with all God’s people
  3. The building for the future through capital improvements


  1. For all of God’s children: our community, and neighbors near and far
  2. Helping those who suffer through authentic conversation and relationships
  3. Creating a community of connection by hosting events and sharing space
  4. Embracing each unique child of God, in a culture of belonging.


  1. God’s story of love and grace through personal and intentional invitation
  2. Listening to the stories of God, others, and our own
  3. Nurturing relationships through shared stories
  4. Sharing God’s story through mission trips and service


New Members

Picured here are new members Brooke and Brian Muente and daughter, Katarina. Brooke is in the choir. Brian works at GE Healthcare. Katarina is 6 years old and in 1st grade. The entire family enjoys nature camping and playing with their 3 dogs.

March 10!

Don't forget to turn your clocks ahead 1 hour on Saturday, March 9


Celebrating our connection with Christ

Mission Statement: Alive and Growing through God's Grace

What to Expect at Worship

For your convenience, masks will be made available in the entrance areas and hand sanitizing stations are also available around the building. 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:

More on What to expect

2024 Midweek Lenten Series:

“You Shall Love the Lord Your God”

In Mark 12, a scribe comes to ask Jesus, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answers, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength’” (Mark 12:28-30).

3/6 Midweek 3: You Shall Love the Lord Your God with All Your Soul  Women's Bible Study providing a salad bar with protein

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 


3/24 Palm Sunday 9:00 am

3/28 Holy Thursday worship with communion 7:00 pm

3/29 Good Friday 7:00 pm

3/31 Easter Sunday services 8 am and 10:30 am


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

Individual Prayers: Alice S., Sandy M., Elaine, Dan,  family and friends of Mike, the Cramer family, Chuck, Marlee, Jim and for all those who grieve, and those who suffer from mental illness.

Ongoing Prayers: Tim, Maddie, Dave, and Anthony, 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.

PLEASE NOTE: Are you missing out?? If you see "Message Clipped: View entire message" in this email, that is not the end! There are more announcements!

Click "View entire message" to read more.

Celebrating the Connection with Each Other


Sunday School

Sunday School (4 years old through 6th grade) SS is held twice a month on an irregular schedule. Check on the CTK website for dates. Sunday, March 3 is Sunday School. After communion children will be dismissed with their teachers.

 Sunday School children Will participate in the Palm Sunday processional by taking up a noisy collection for God's global barnyard.

Confirmation 2023-2024

Confirmation meets tthis Sunday, March 3, at 5:45- 7:00 pm. They meet again on Wed. March 13th, at 7 pm to lead the Lenten worship.

 Don't forget to sign up to Acolyte online!

VBS 2024

Planning meeting-- come with your ideas and suggestions for VBS 2024. Thursday February 29th at 3:30pm. All are welcome! If you have any questions, please speak with Pr. Jackie. Google meet available to meet online as well.


Property and Grounds: Mondays at 6:30 pm

Prayer Shawl Ministry: 2nd & 4th Monday at 1:00pm 

Al-Anon: Mondays 6:30 pm

Women's Bible Study: select Mondays at 9:30 am March 11 &18

Worship and Music: 2nd Monday of the month at 3:00 pm

Executive Team: Second Tuesday at 6:30 pm

Church Council3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm 

Education: second Tuesday of the month at 5:30 pm

Outreach: 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:00 pm

Men's Bible Study: Fridays at 7:00 am

Alcoholics Anonymous: Fridays 7:00 pm

Boys' Breakfast Bible Study: 1st & 3rd Saturdays at 8:00 am (at CTK & via Zoom)

Special Dates

Feb 29 VBS planning meeting at 3:30 pm

Tuesdays in Lent- the Chosen @ 11

Wednesdays Wellness Wednesdays with Pr. Jackie @ noon

Lenten Midweek meals and worship series. " Love the Lord Your God with all your heart, soul and mind.

Feel free to attend a committee meeting of your choice to be part of the exciting things happening at CTK!

*Please remember that events and times are subject to change. Check the CTK calendar on the website for updates!


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

March 3 - Emmerson Nuemiller, 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!

Celebrating our Connection with Community

https://www.familypromisewaukeA couch is Not a Home

A recent New York Times article, A Life Without a Home, captures the many forms of homelessness and the impact it has. Often we think of homelessness as those living on the streets. Unfortunately, there are a significant number of individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness under the radar by doubling up with families, sleeping in tents, cars and in motels. It is enlightening to hear their stories.

Read full article

It’s Back!

Mar 24 - Palm Sunday

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!

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.


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

Please see the display in the upper sanctuary.

Nurturing Friendships through All Seasons of Life.

Are you in a stage of life where you see your friends often, with little effort or planning? Or is it difficult to find the time, coordinate schedules, and execute plans - not because you don't want to, you're just busy with your own lives.

While this is a natural progression, those friendships outside of your marriage are still important, even when they take more effort. Click below to read more.

Read Article Here

Synod News

Past Synod Newsletters

March Birthdays

Irwin, Elaine Mar 2

Zayas Aponte, Carmen Mar 2

Feil, Sandra Mar 3

Varrelmann, Jennifer Mar 4

Wittrock, Deb Mar 4

Christy, Tina Mar 5

Marshall, Ruth Mar 6

Petersen, Fredrik Mar 6

Daniels, Linda Mar 7

Lieske, Sheila Mar 9

Stoner, Brady Mar 13

Timm, Dustin Mar 13

Doll, Gerald Mar 15

Dowd, Ellen Mar 17

Koch-Sadowski, Debra Mar 17

Maney, Gayle Mar 18

Susa, Mary Mar 18

Carlson, Gilbert Mar 20

Neumiller, Bruce Mar 20

Engeswick, John Mar 21

Feld, Marilyn Mar 22

Waedekin, Lynn Mar 22

Kohl, Tom Mar 25

Ferree, Kathie Mar 27

LaFond, Jacalyn Mar 27

Doremire, Karen Mar 28

Behrend, Jim Mar 29

Quinlan, Megan Mar 30

Varrelmann, Katie Mar 30

Guetzke, John Mar 31

Kroening, Robert Mar 31

March Anniversaries

Robert & Tara Lesniak March 2

Deane & Vicky Jaeger March 5

Richard & Rita Klick March 11

Rich & LeeAnn Quinlan March 12

Jerry & Arlene Spencer March 14

Our Mission – Alive and Growing through God’s Grace

Our Vision – A dynamic congregation and growing in service to Christ and the Community. All are Welcome

                                                          Core Values

Celebrating our connection to Christ and each other

Harmony through the difference we make and the smiles we create

Recognizing the infinite worth of each person

Investing in ourselves, our energy, and our resources

Supporting the growth of the individual, the congregation, the community, and these relationships

Transforming through action, effort and commitment

Things to submit to the "Advocate" should be sent to by the 20th of the month.

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