Table Talk

Volume 59 Issue 9-10

September-October 2017

Council President's Corner

A new chapter for Christ the King

Grace and peace to you in the name of our risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is with much joy that I share the news of the Sierra Pacific Synod and the Christ the King Lutheran Church Council extending a call to me to be as the Interim Pastor for CTK. My journey and Interim Pastor work with CTK started on August 1, 2017. My wife Lynn and I are appreciative of the warm welcome and delicious potluck we received on our first Sunday. The Tuesday following the welcome Sunday, I met with the CTK Council and we began the conversations of our interim journey unfolding, i.e. we started planning our work during this transition time.

We have much work to do in the months ahead. But we go, we continue this work knowing the Holy Spirit accompanies us. We work side-by-side to see where we have been, where we are currently, and where and how God is calling us to share Christ's message with our neighbors near and far. I look forward to working with you all as we live into the promises of God and as we are being called to “do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with God” (Micah 6:8). We know Jesus came that we may have life, and life abundantly (John 10:10). We as the church, the body of Christ, are called to share the Good News, loving and serving our neighbor so that all may have abundant lives.

The Council and I will be sharing more details in the weeks and months ahead but here is a snapshot of the Interim Process and how we look forward to your participation:

The purpose of this transition time is to mobilize discovery and generate the capacity to thrive and anew. The two major goals are 1) to discover a new and deepened sense of identity and purpose for the congregation and 2) to establish a healthy relationship with the next pastoral leader who will walk with the congregation toward the renewed sense of purpose.

We will be forming a Call Committee in the not to distance future. While the CTK Council continues to focus on continuing to support ministries of the congregation and the regular business of the church, the Call Committee will:

  • Help congregation members reflect on their past, celebrate the joys and grieve the losses; and gain perspective on the chapter of congregational life that has now ended.
  • Gather the feelings and ideas of both members of the congregation and people living in the surrounding community about their church.
  • Provide a forum for sharing and focusing hopes and aspirations for the future.
  • Help the congregation move from a preoccupation with the past to a state of readiness for a new chapter in its life under the leadership of a new pastor.
  • Involve the congregation in accomplishing the developmental tasks of the intentional interim period.

Sisters and brothers, this is an exciting time for CTK and the church. I look forward to our time together as CTK explores, plans and prepares for this new chapter in ministry.

Pastor Ray Waespi

Council President's Corner

Finally! I am very happy we finally have an interim pastor. I have really enjoyed working with Pastor Ray to bring him on board CTK since he was first recommended by Bishop Mark back in May. I have really enjoyed his sermons (and I have heard very positive comments from some members) and I truly believe he will be very helpful with our "call" process.

We will have a Congregation meeting in a few weeks with the main goal of starting our process to determine the future direction of CTK. I would like everyone involved. This time of self-reflection and celebration of our past will help us determine where to point our future. We need to hear all of our voices to help us determine our future path. The next few months will require extra work and time by all of us to get solid solutions, but the effort will be well worth it. Please recommit yourself to our mission and help me help CTK.

God bless you and God bless CTK.

Bob Kufeld, CTK Council President

Eternal sanctuary candle for September is given by

Bob and RoseAnne Lawrence in memory of their son Mike Covey
Also given by Ina Ketcham in memory of her parents Don and Pauline Ketcham.

Eternal Sanctuary candle for October is given by

Ina Ketcham and Michelle Hughes in honor of St. Francis of Assisi and in celebration of their summer camp animal herd, Thatcher James, Kitty Cat, Magnus, Bella Fay Fey, Navy, Koda, Lexi, Sadie, Bruno, Buddy, and in memory of Princess.

Chancel Flowers

September 3rd given by Dave and Bunny Dubel in celebration of their 53rd wedding anniversary.
September 10th given by Ina Ketcham in memory of her niece Stacy Christine Huntoon.
September 17th given by Betty Wargo in honor of loved ones.
September 24th given by Debbie Pollak in celebration of her birthday.
October 1st given by Ina Ketcham in celebration of Myra and Michelle Hughes' birthday.
October 8th given by Christine O'Halloran in memory of her mother Marie Hill.
October 15th given by Tony, Veronica and Emily Pang in memory of loved ones.
October 22nd still available for giving
October 29th still available for giving

Silver Barrel Donations for June 2017

13 Cans of Tuna
10 Cans of Chicken
2 Boxes of Pasta
6 Cans of Cat Food

Silver Barrel Donations for July 2017

9 Bags of Rice
10 Bags of Beans; 7 Cans of Beans
1 Can of Green Beans
2 Cans of Olives
1 Can of Chili
2 Cans of Mushrooms
1 Can of Soup
2 Cans Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 Jar of Peanut Butter; 1 Jar of Sunflower Spread
1 Jar of Butterscotch Caramel Topping; 1 Container of Chocolate Fudge Topping
1 Jar of Beef Gravy
3 Bags of Doritos
7 Packets of Instant Oatmeal
9 Packets of Hot Chocolate Mix
1 Packet of Fruity Snacks
1 Mini Lotion; 1 Mini Shampoo; 1 Mini Conditioner

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.

Our focus for September is infant formula, baby foods, baby wipes, diapers, and baby clothes. Our focus for October is 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.

Upcoming Events and News You Can Use

Bible Study Pastor Ray will begin Bible Study again Thursday September 7, 2017 at 10:00am in the library. Hope to see you there.

Get Ready for Rally Sunday, September 10, 2017 We will change to the Fall/Winter Worship time at 10:15am. The Choir and Praise Ensemble return for our musical inspiration.

Adult Forum will start again on Sunday September 10, 2017 at 9:00am in the Forum Room in Carlson Hall.

Congregational Meeting September 10, 2017 It will be an information meeting to discuss Phase 2 of the Call Process for a new Pastor. "CTK Self Study Period". It will follow our regular worship service, in the Worship Center we hope to see you all there.

Tri-City Interfaith Council is looking for volunteers at their annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on November 20, 2017. Also they are forming a choir from all the churches in the area that attend this group and are looking for volunteers. CTK is a member of the Tri-City Interfaith Council, if you would like more information about their upcoming events or to volunteer please contact Laurel King.

CTK Membership Directory Update We are planning to make a new Directory for 2017. Please stop by the table in the narthex, check the CTK Membership Directory for accuracy. If your name address and all the information is correct please put a check mark next to your name. If it is not correct please write the correct information in the margin. The directory will be in the narthex until the end of September, please be sure you check it by then.

Mt. Cross Ministries Fall Women's Retreat 2017
What? The Fall Women's Retreat is a long standing tradition that offers women of all ages a chance to experience spiritual renewal and fellowship in the beauty of God's creation. This weekend event will also include morning and evening worship, campfires and devotions, a variety of recreational activities, a special fall menu, and plenty of time for fellowship.
Where? Lodging accommodations are on a first-come-first-serve basis. Those registering early will have the opportunity to stay in one of our two lodge facilities, which includes bed linens. Once the lodge spaces have been filled, remaining guests will be housed in our cabin facilities. Cabin guests will need to bring a sleeping bag, pillow, and towels. The weather will be cooling off by then, but each room is equipped with a heater and thermostat. Extra blankets are available upon request.
When? Friday September 22nd to Sunday September 24th, 2017
Focus: Women and the Reformation
Guest Speaker: Pr. Kerstin Weidmann
Reserve your space now! General Registration ends September 15th, 2017
Weekend Guest: $150.00 (Includes lodging, 4 meals, snacks, and all programming)
Saturday Only: $100.00 (Includes lunch and dinner)
Late Registration: September 16-22nd, 2017
Weekend Guest: $175.00(Includes lodging, 4 meals, snacks, and all programming)
Saturday Only: $115.00 (Includes lunch and dinner)
Check in begins at 7:00pm on Friday, and 8:00am for Saturday arrivals. Email

Pet Blessing October 22, 2017 - 9-9:30am Bring living animals that can safely be in a group. Pictures or stuffed animals are welcome, with a special emphasis on endangered species. We celebrate all life with music and movement and words. We celebrate the earth and all of god’s creation with song and dance. We ask for forgiveness and receive absolution. We praise our pets with prayers and scripture readings. Each pet will receive an individual blessing. Festivities will be in the courtyard outside Carlson Hall. Everyone is invited and all are welcome. We hope to see you there.

Game Night at Christ the King Lutheran Church
Friday, September 15 and Friday, October 20 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
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: Chess, Checkers, Tri-ominos, Clue, Monopoly, and a table for Canasta or Pinochle. Novices welcome. Bring yourself, a friend, and family and a snack if you want to. We will provide drinks and popcorn.

Lunch Bunch
Love to eat? Love to talk?
Why not join the CTK Lunch Bunch at 1:00pm on Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Black Bear Diner
5035 Mowry Avenue
Fremont, CA 94538 510.796.8000

Next month CTK Lunch Bunch at 1:00pm on Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Jack's Brewing Company
39176 Argonaut Way
Newark, CA 94538 510.769.2036

CTK September 2017 Worship Schedule

Sunday, 3 Sept
Thireenth Sunday after Pentecost
9:30am Worship Service with Holy Communion
Sunday, 10 Sept
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost/Rally Sunday
9:00am Adult Forum
10:15am Worship Service with Holy Communion
11:45am Congregational Meeting
Sunday, 17 Sept
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
9:00am Adult Forum
10:15am Worship Service with Holy Communion
Sunday, 24 Sept
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
9:00am Adult Forum
10:00am Lift Your Voices
10:15am Worship Service with Holy Communion

CTK October 2017 Worship Schedule

Sunday, 1 Oct
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
10:15am Lay Worship Service
Bill Kemp will deliver the sermon.
Sunday, 8 Oct
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
10:00am Lift Your Voices
10:15am Worship Service with Holy Communion
Pastor Tita Valeriano
Sunday, 15 Oct
Ninteenth Sunday after Pentecost
9:00am Adult Forum
10:15am Worship Service with Holy Communion
Sunday, 22 Oct
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
9:00am St Francis Pet Blessing
10:00am Lift Your Voices
10:15am Worship Service with Holy Communion
Sunday, 29 Oct
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
9:00am Adult Forum
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 // Fax: 510.797.3982

Last updated 12 Sept 2017