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Volume 61 Issue 11-12

November-December 2019

Pastor's Message

Bridge Pastor Introduces Himself

I'm looking forward to providing a secure pastoral bridge for Christ the King between Pastor Ray's departure and the arrival of your new called pastor.

I live in Vallejo wiht my wife of 49 years, Nancy Satterford. We have three children and three grandchildren.

I was ordained in San Francisco in 1975. Since then I've served 14 years in that city, 18 years in the little foothill town of Mariposa, and shorter periods in Nevada and Arkansas. My last assignments have been as Interim Pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church in Hayward and as Bridge Pastor at St. Mark's, Fairfield.

Pastor Ray and Lynn are friends of many years' standing. They've told me how much they appreciate you.

I enjoy family time, gardening, reading, community service, travelling, and being out in nature. I'm working on a writing project, applying the "best practices" concept to the numerical growth of congregations.

Last December 2 was my introduction to Sunday worship at Christ the King. I look forward to experiencing more of life in Christ with you. I'm available 24/7 for emergency pastoral care and respond to text messages. My email is

See you in November!


Pastor Paul Theiss

Council President's Corner

I am very pleased to share with you that Reverend Paul Theiss will be joining us at CTK as a Bridge Pastor on a part time basis starting November 1. REverend Theiss brings to us a wealth of experience. He has held multiple pastoral positions as well as positions within the Sierra Pacific Synod and comes highly recommended by all. A bridge pastor is meant to serve a congregation during the period of time after and interim pastor's service and prior to the call of a permanent pastor. The primary role of the bridge pastor is to preside at worship, administering the sacraments and provide pastoral care and leadership in this time of transition. Our thanks and prayers for the Call Committee as they continue with the Call Process for a permanent pastor as well as our thanks to Pastor Theiss for continuing pastoral care for the CTK congregation during this bridging period.

Also, many thanks to Pastor Adisa Armand and Dr. Karen Bloomquist leading us in worship as supply pasters these past six weeks since Pastor Waespi's departure. Continued prayers as well for Pastor Waespi and Lynn as they start their new call.

We start our next chapter as we enter the last month of Pentecost into Advent and the Christmas season. Much to look forward to!

Yours In Christ

Peggy Claassen

Eternal sanctuary candle for November is given by

Bob and RoseAnne Lawrence in memory of their son Mike Covey
also given by
Tony and Veronica Pang in memory of loved ones

Eternal Sanctuary candle for December is given by

Ina Ketcham in memory of Pauline Ketcham and Theresa Hughes

Chancel Flowers

Nov 3 given by the CTK Council and Congregation to welcome and celebrate Pastor Paul Theiss, as CTK's new Bridge Pastor
Nov 10 given by Bonnie and Gary Immeker in celebration of their 51st wedding anniversary
Nov 17 given by Ina Ketcham in celebration of her aunt Vonna Kay Ketcham's birthday
Nov 24 given by Karen Mueller in memory of her father
Dec 1 given by Betty Wargo in honor of her parents James & Rosalie McClune
Dec 8 given by Joe, Jan and AMy in memory of Peggy Tuleen
Dec 15 given by the Ketcham and Hughes families in celebration of Ina Ketcham's birthday
Dec 22 through 29 Poinsettias

Silver Barrel Donations for August 2019

1 backpack, 3-ring binder, 16 packs binder paper, 23 spiral notebooks
10 pocket folders, 3 planners, 3 10-pack washable markers
2 12-pack colored pencils, 65 bookmarks, 1 pack index cards
12 highlighters, 3 bottles glue, 12 glue sticks, 1 pair scissors
2 post-it note pads, 2 pencil sharpeners, 12 sharpies, 220 pens, 38 erasers
9 notepads, 1 photo album, 2 journals
3 cans cat food, 26 dog pads
1 jar coffee, 1 box tea bags
7 cans vegetables, 1 can fruit
1 trael size shampoo, conditioner, lotion and soap

Silver Barrel Donations for September 2019

14 pkgs baby wipes
2 pkgs diapers
3 containers baby powder
4 bars soap
1 toothbrush
1 bag cat food

Items were dontated by CTK Members, sorted, counted and delivered to Tri-City Volunteers by Bonnie Immeker and RoseAnne Lawrence. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

We are focusing on Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner items such as canned ham, canned green beans, canned pineapple, Jell-O, cranberry sauce, stuffing mix, canned broth, instant mashed potatoes, etc.
Please bring your donations by Sunday, November 17 for Thanksgiving
Please bring your donations by Sunday, December 15 for Christmas

There is an urgent need for food donations because of the large number of families in the tri-city area in need. If you wish to donate a turkey or a ham, you may drop it off at Tri-City Volunteers, 37350 Joseph Street.
Tri-City Volunteers want you to know they can use donations of cat and dog food in addition to our regular monthly Silver Barrel donations as they have clients who have pets in need of food as well as themselves.
Please DO NOT donate goods with expired "Use by" dates OR canned goods that are in dented cans. In the past we have received canned goods that had EXPIRED "USE BY" dates. PLEASE check your canned goods and boxed dry goods before depositing in the silver barrel. These items will not be accepted by Tri-City and they must be discarded. Thank you!

Upcoming Events and News You Can Use

Game Night at CTK
Friday, November 20 • 7pm-9pm
Come one, come all, and bring a friend of any age. If you have a game you may or may not have played for a while, bring it along. Board games stocked include Chess, Checkers, Tri-ominoes®, Clue®, Monopoly®, and a table or two for Canasta and Pinochle. Novices are welcome. Bring yourself, a friend, family and a snack if you want to! We will provide drinks and popcorn.

Sewing Bee
A Sewing Bee will be held November 3, 2019 in the worship center to assemble the pillows and attach tags for distribution. The Sewing Bee team gathers three or four times a year to provide the Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments (SAVE) shelter residents with pillows in colorfoul homemade pillowcases. If you are a seamstress, and would like to make one or several pillowcases please let Laurel King know. they will provide you with kits of fabric and instructions. If you don't sew, we can always use the help with stuffing the pillows into pillowcases for distribution. If you would like to make a donation to cover costs, there are special envelopes in the narthex.

Safe Zone Training
Tuesday, November 5 2019 at the Fremont Main Library 2400 Stevenson Blvd.
A safe place to learn and talk about gender and sexual diversity. Featured is speaker Brenda Ahntholz, Ohlone College professor. Free and open to the pubic. Come early to get a seat. Flyers are available in the narthex.

Laurel's Christmas Tea 2019
Enjoy a classic 5-course English Tea with our host in her holiday home. Laurel Seymour-Beebe welcomes you into her home and treats you as a royal guest. It is a joyful way to welcome the Christmas season. There is nothing else like it!
Our confirmed tea date is Sunday, November 17 a 1pm.
The cost is $45 per person. It is a once in a lifetime experience for sure as no other teas can compare. What makes it even more special: she donates all of her proceeds to fund the county Adopt an Angel program. If you are interested, please contact Linda Pearson at 510.509.8458 right away before the guest list closes.

Candleligt Vigil
Monday, November 18 at 7pm.
A candlelight vigil will be held at St. James Episcopal Church. Please join us for an interfaith candlelight vigil to remember and reflect on the lives affected by homelessness. For more information, contact Amber Beeson at 510.657.7409x213 or

Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Monday, Novermber 25 at St. Joseph Catholic Church
Sponsored by Tri-City Interfaith Council, an offering to support the justice work of the Tri-city Interfaith Council will be received. For more information, visit

Women's Annual Christmas Dinner
All ladies are invited to attend the annual CTK Women's Christmas Dinner at the Olive Garden Restaurant, 39145 Farwell Drive on Tuesday, December 17 at 6:30pm. Cost will be your menu items ordered plus tax and 18% gratuity. In order to provide ample seating for all, please sign the sheet on the table in the narthex or contact RoseAnne Lawrence at not later than December 5.
For those that wish to participate in a small gift exchange, bring a wrapped gift not to exceed $10 and after our meal each lady who brought a gift may select a gift of her choice. You will then have the opportunity to confiscate a gift from someone else if you wish to exchange it. No more than two switches per person can take place. It's fun to see what gift you end up with to take home for your to keep.
Note: It is NOT mandatory to bring a gift if you do not wish to participate in this exchange. Please feel free to invite a guest. We look forward to seeing you at the dinner.

Lunch Bunch
Love to eat? Love to talk?
Why not join the CTK Lunch Bunch at 1pm on Wednesday, November 13
Bosco's Bones and Brew
11982 Main Street
Sunol, CA 94586 925.862.0821

Next month join the CTK Lunch Bunch at 1pm on Wednesday, December 11
BJ's Restaurant
5699 Mowary Ave
Newark, CA 94560 510.456.3750

Everyone is welcome! We look forward to seeing you.
The Lunch Bunch meets on the second Wednesday of every month.

CTK November 2019 Worship Schedule

Sunday, Nov 3
All Saint's Sunday
10:15am Worship Service with Holy Communion
Sunday, Nov 10
22nd Sunday After Pentecost
10am Lift Your Voices
10:15am Worship Service with Holy Communion
Sunday, Nov 17
23rd Sunday After Pentecost
10:15am Worship Service with Holy Communion
Sunday, Nov 24
Christ the King Sunday
10am Lift Your Voices
10:15am Worship Service with Holy Communion

CTK December 2019 Worship Schedule

Sunday, Dec 1
1st Sunday of Advent
10:15am Worship Service with Holy Communion
Sunday, Dec 8
2nd Sunday of Advent
10:15am Worship Service with Holy Communion
Sunday, Dec 15
3rd Sunday of Advent
10:15am Worship Service with Holy Communion
Sunday, Dec 22
4th Sunday of Advent
10:15am Worship Service with Holy Communion
Sunday, Dec 24
Christmas Eve
5:30pm Family Worship with Holy Communion
10pm Candlelight Worship with Holy Communion
Sunday, Dec 29
1st Sunday of Christmas
10:15am Worship Service with Holy Communion

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Christ the King Lutheran Church
1301 Mowry Avenue
Fremont, CA 94538
Phone: 510.797.3724

Last updated 03 Nov 2019