Table Talk

Volume 61 Issue 9-10

September-October 2019

Pastor's Message

Dear Members and Friends of Christ the King Lutheran Church,

Grace and peace to you in the name of our Risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

I write this letter with sadness for I will be leaving Christ the King in September. I have been called by the Sierra Pacific Synod to serve another congregation as their Interim Pastor.

In August 2017, I was called to serve as your Interim Pastor at Christ the King. I don't think that you or I knew how the journey would unfold. All that we knew was that there was a degree of uncertainty, mystery, and that the Holy Spirit would be with us through the time ahead.

From day one, Lynn and I were welcomed with open arms. During our time with you, we have been shown enthusiasm and excitement for ministry. We saw and continue to see a spirit of creativity and an openness to new ideas and new direction. A more welcoming and enthusiastic congregation one could not ask for. We are very grateful for the opportunity to be wiht you these last two years.

You and I have engaged the interim process with hopeful hearts; we looked to what God may be stirring up in us and the ministry at Christ the King. We have explored what, where and how God is calling Christ the King to respond to the needs of those in the community with love and compassion.

During the last two years we have looked at:
Christ the King's heritage, seeing how the congregation has been shaped and formed, celebrating its wonderful history
The mission and vision statements, bylaws and organizational structure; and then set about defining and redefining purpose and direction
We looked at our neighborhood and greater community in order to grow in awareness of the existing needs and concerns; and then we worked on discerning how best 'to be neighbor' to others
We looked at existing Christ the King resources, including financial and human, and how God is calling us to use these resources in serving our community
Along the way we documented our findings and developed the Ministry Site Profile for use in calling a pastor

Praise God for the energy and dedication you have shown and will show on this journey.

I started this letter with sharing my sadness. I am also joyful and excited about the ministry Christ the King is doing and will be doing in the years ahead. Guided by the Holy Spirit, you along with your new called pastor will have a future filled with joy, challenges, mystery, and opportunities to make a difference in the world as you witness to God's love shown to us in Christ Jesus.

What a long strange trip its been... and delightfully so. It is Lynn and my hope and prayer that you remain steadfast in your call to ministry as individuals and as a beloved congregation.


Rev. Ray Waespi

Council President's Corner

It's been a very busy and eventful couple of months with many changes to come as we enter fall of 2019.

As we discussed at the August 4th worship service, the Council and Call Committee members met with Bishop Mark Holmerud and Assistant to the Bishop Pastor Kety Grindberg, to discuss the possibility of Christ the King calling Pastor Ray Waespi as our permanent called Pastor. Long story short: unfortunately, the answer is no. The Interim Pastor has specific training to guide a congregation through the transition and call process: it is the current Sierra Pacific Synod ELCA policy not to allow an Interim Pastor to be the Called pastor to a congregation where the individual is serving or has served as Interim. Bishop Holmerud was unbendable. We must move on.

We have been very blessed these past two years to have Pastor Ray serve as our Interim Pastor. He has been a tremendous asset to our congregation in this transition period. The interim work is nearing completion as the Call Committee continues their work in interviewing potential candidates. An opportunity has come up to allow Pastor Ray to accept and Interim Pastor position for his next assignment to share the gifts he brought to us and help that congregation start on their journey of self-discovery as they start the call process. Pastor Ray's last Sunday with CTK will be September 15th per the terms of his contract with us. Let us celebrate our time with Pastor Ray and Lynn, being thankful for where they have brought us.

We have requested the Sunod staff provide us with options for a bridge pastor — between the Interim and Call pastor — to perform pastoral duties. Supply pastors have been arranged for the Sundays in September and the first part of October as well. More to come... Celebrate!

Thanks especially to Bonnie and Roseanne in planning and coordinating our backpack ministry&58; also, thanks to all who contributed. Thanks to all who planned and contributed to the very successful picnic with CTK, Bethesda and the Scouts on August 18th. Special thanks to Linda and Terry Pearson for providing the venue. Thanks to Barney Tiller and Todd Anderson who are providing music at our Worship Services in Diane's absence.

Thanks to all members of this congregation for the many gifts you share in making CTK the church it is!

Yours In Christ

Peggy Claassen

Eternal sanctuary candle for July is given by

Ina Ketcham in memory of her niece, Stacy Christine Huntoon

Eternal Sanctuary candle for August is given by

Chris & John O'Halloran in memory of her mom Marie Hill, Aunt Virginia & Uncle Charles

Chancel Flowers

Sept 1 given by Bob and Roseanne Lawrence in memory of their son Mike Covey
Sept 8 given by Dave and Bunny Dubel in celebration of their wedding anniversary
Sept 15 given by Debbie and Doug Ward in celebration of Katherine and Gabe's 1st wedding aniversary
Sept 22 given by Debbie Pollak in celebration of her birthday
Sept 29 given by Ina Ketcham in celebration of Michelle and Myra Hughes' birthdays
October 6 given by Chris O'Halloran in memory of her mom, Marie Hill
October 13 given by Bob and Melinda Kufeld
October 20 given by Karen Mueller in memory of her friend Joanna Linzey
October 27 given by Laurel King in memory of her father Walter King

Silver Barrel Donations for June 2019

1 can beef chili
1 can beef ravioli
3 cans Spam
14 cans chicken
45 cans tuna
5 cans cat food
1 bag multigrain snack crispy rolls

Silver Barrel Donations for July 2019

10 bags rice
2 boxes Rice-a-Roni®
9 bags beans
5 cans beans
1 box cereal
1 bag cracker meal
1 can of chili
2 cans of tomatoes
2 jars salsa
1 can pork
1 bottle hot sauce
1 bottle balsamic vinegar
2 bags of cat treats
2 cans of cat food
1 bag paper lunch bags

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.

For September our focus is infant formula, baby foods, baby wipes, diapers, baby clothes. For October, our focus is canned fruits and vegetables.
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, September 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.

Backpack Project 2019
THANK YOU for your support for our Backpack Project! We copleted a record number of 110 backpacks filled with school supplies — 40 each for middle school and high school students and 30 for elementary school. We used every coupon, discount and sale price we could find. We had a donation from Thrivent and the generaous donations from CTK members and friends. We had shoppers, sorters, helpers with the tags identifying which grade level each backpack was for and helpers setting up tables and laying out all of the school supplies. After the church service on August 11, 28 CTK members helped stuff the backpacks. The morning of August 12, we delivered the backpacks to Tri-City Volunteers. They are so appreciative that 110 children will have the supplies they need when they start school. In 2009, with a donation from Thrivent we started the project by donating 26 backpacks to Tri-City Volunteers. To date, we have donated a total of 843 backpacks! Our CTK Backpack Project is so successful because of the joint efforts of so many people who donated gifts of time and money. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Call Process Update
Following our meeting with Bishop Mark at the end of July, which clarified why we cannot pursue Pastor Ray as a permanent pastor, our focus is turning to revisiting the Ministry Site Profile. The MSP is a form that candidates review to highlight what we as a congregation view as our strengths and vision for the future and what qualities we will be seeking in a pastor to complement our strengths and fulfill our visions. We will seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit as we work to extend the work of bringing the message of Christ as Savior and Lord beyond the doors of our church. Please keep our work in your prayers.
Bunny Dubel, Call Committee Chair

Choir Practice begins on Wednesday, September 4 at 7:45pm.

CTK Clean Up/Fix Up Work Party
Saturday, September 7, at 8pm.
Scout Troop 447/2447 will participate. Work includes weeding, trimming, shrubs, trimming trees, planting of no–mow grass shrubs and normal clean up of area. Morning treats to be supplied. Cold water and other drinks will be available. Bring whatever lawn and gardening tools you might need. Church will supply what we have in garden tools.

Niles Discovery Church September Documentary: The Great Invisible
See the powerful documentary, The Great Invisible, on Saturday, September 14 at 1:30pm. at Niles Discovery Church, 36600 Niles Blvd, a film that exlpores the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig as seen through the eyes of oil executives, survivors, and Gulf Coast residents who experienced it first-hand and then were left to pick up the pieces he world moved on. The screening is free.

Niles Discovery Church October Documentary: True Justice
Explore the work of Alabama public interest attorney Bryan Stevenson when we screen and discuss True Justice, Bryan Stevenson's Fight for Equality, on Saturday, October 12 at 1:30pm at Niles Discovery Church, 36600 Niles Blvd. Stevenson has advocated on behalf fo the poor, the incarcerated, and the condemned, seeking to eradicate racial discrimination in teh criminal justice system for over three decades. Follow his struggle to create greater fairness in the system steeped in racial injustice. The screening is free.

Chemo Bag Ministry
Recently, I became a member of the Sewing Bee (SAVE pillows/pillowcases) and also joined Gail Queenan and Alka Bazaj in sewing tote bags for our ChemoCare Bag Ministry. These bags are given to H.E.R.S. Breast Cancer Foundation for those going through chemotherapy. The purpose of the bags is to provide an easy way for patients to carry personal items to their therapy sessions. Bonnie Immeker has been in the leadership role since its inception, coordinating the making, filling and delivery of the bags.
Bonnie’s leadership began with the first 9 bags delivered in July 2018. Since then, an additional 50 bags have been sewn by our ChemoCare Bag Ministry team. Besides the bags, the Ministry has included 68 scarves knitted/crocheted by our members, 3 fleece blankets and miscellaneous travel size toiletries, adult puzzle and coloring books and chicken soup (for the soul).
n support of our ChemoCare Bag Ministry, Thrivent Financial members have requested and received funds to purchase fabric and notions for bag construction. Our next line of bags is in production. In May, more fabric was purchased with Thrivent Financial funds. Eight new bags have been completed and at least 6 additional bags are in various phases of completion.
As of August, Bonnie graciously passed the responsibilities for the ChemoCare Bag Ministry to me. Sewing is my passion that has been dormant for too long. I am thrilled to be part of a Ministry that puts my passion to work for such a worthy cause. I look forward to working with the dedicated Ministry members as we continue to build up the foundation Bonnie has laid out for us.
Your ongoing support and prayers are important to this Ministry. Please contact me if you are interested in joining the team. If you don’t sew, keep us and the recipients of our works in your prayers. If a monetary donation is within your means and you feel this ChemoCare Bag Ministry is a something you wish to support, there are donation envelopes specific to ChemoCare Bags in the Narthex.
Blessings and thank you for your support and prayers,
Patricia Bauer

Lunch Bunch
Love to eat? Love to talk?
Why not join the CTK Lunch Bunch at 1pm on Wednesday, September 11
Black Bear Diner
5035 Mowry Avenue
Fremont, CA 94538 510.796.8000

Next month join the CTK Lunch Bunch at 1pm on Wednesday, October 9
Bosco's Bones and Brew
11982 Main Street
Fremont, CA 94538, 510.862.0821

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

CTK September 2019 Worship Schedule

Sunday, Sept 1
TWelfth Sunday After Pentecost
9:30am Worship Service with Holy Communion
Sunday, Sept 8
Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost
10:15am Worship Service with Holy Communion
Sunday, Sept 15
Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost
10:15am Worship Service with Holy Communion
Sunday, Sept 22
Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost
10:15am Worship Service with Holy Communion
Guest Pastor: Rev. Karen Bloomquist
Sunday, Sept 29
Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost
10:15am Worship Service with Holy Communion
Guest Pastor: Rev. Karen Bloomquist

CTK October 2019 Worship Schedule

Sunday, Oct 6
Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost
10:15am Worship Service with Holy Communion
Guest Pastor: Rev. Adisa Armand
Sunday, Oct 13
Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost
10:15am Worship Service with Holy Communion
Guest Pastor: Rev. Adisa Armand
Sunday, Oct 20
Ninteenth Sunday After Pentecost
10:15am Lay Worship Service
Sunday, Oct 27
Reformation Sunday
10:15am Lay Worship Service

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1301 Mowry Avenue
Fremont, CA 94538
Phone: 510.797.3724

Last updated 03 Sept 2019