Volume 61 Issue 3-4
Christ the King Lutheran Church, led by the Holy Spirit and directed by the Transition Team is well into the process of identifying and calling a pastor. The journey has involved many hours of prayer, reflection, conversations, investigation, and discrenment by the Transition Team and congregation as to where the Holy Spirit is calling CTK to serve in the months and years ahead.
In addition to congregational analysis and CTK resource assessment, one of the many areas the Transition Team explored are the characteristics of the neighborhood. The Transition Team looked at the changing face of the neighborhood over the last few years and its anticipated change in the future. They have been looking at how might CTK resources be best used to minister to the greater community and what might evangelism look like today and in the years ahead.
During this transition period, CTK, beign a cross culture, is trying to identify ways to be more of a cross-culture congregation. Allow me to explain: We are Christians and as Christians, we look to scripture, tradition, and experience to inform and enlighten us about God and God's love shown to all creation. No place do we see this more than in Jesus' life, death, resurrection and ascension, through and in which we have salvation. The cross, though a symbol of torture, mutilation and crucifixion, is deeply woven into the very fabric of our culture as Christians. It is through the cross we see the extent loving and compassionate God goes to be in relationship with us as individuals and as the whole of creation. In this sense, CTK is a cross culture, i.e. culture of the cross.
In addition, CTK is trying to identify ways to be more of a cross-culture congregation. In our research and investigation, as well as simple observation, we have learned that the Fremont area has changed culturally. The ethnic and socio-economic characteristics are changing at an increasing rate. The latest data on City of Fremont website reports, the City has a population of 226,000 (51% Asian, 33% white, 13% Hispanic, and 3% Black/African American); more than 50% have a Bachelor's degree or higher; dozens of different languages are apoken; 5% of folks are below the poverty line; and though having many homeless shelters and food pantries, many people are hungry and living on the streets and lack proper medical care.
CTK as a cross culture is looking at ways to respond to the needs of the community, ways to miniter to and support our sisters and brothers from different cultures. Just as the early church evangelized and ministered to all, i.e. Jew and gentile, rich and poor, slave and free, male and female, we too are called to evangelize and show mercy and compassion to all our neighbors. The early church faced many struggles in ministry, just as we face. Reaching out to others can be seen as an extremely difficult task, prompting responses such as, "well we never did that before", "we need to worry about only ourselves", "we don't have the resources to do that" and so on. But this has not been the response at CTK. Instead of people responding with, "we can't do that because...", we are responding with, "how might we use out God-provided resources to respond to a hurting world, more specifically, the needs in our community." Though at times it is challenging, empowered by the Holy Spirit, we are taking seriously the biblical mandate to participate in the community we live -- to love and care for one another. Praise God!
By the grace of God our journey of growing in understanding of God's love for us al all of creation continues to unfold. And by the grace of God we are energized and blessed to continue serving in our multicultural setting.
Rev. Ray Waespi
Council President's Corner
Alan and I have called CTK our church home since settling in Fremont in 1978--in so many ways, it seems like just yesterday. Neither of our backgrounds are Lutheran--Alan was raised a Mennonite and I was raised Catholic--yet this was the perfect fit for us. Why? For me, the church is made up of many elements but one of the most important is the people of CTK. We have made many friends over the years through the church and also seen many of them move on for various reasons. It has been sad to see the dwindling numbers but on the flip side it has been energizing to see the rebound and the potential for a new exciting albeit different future for CTK. Change happens. I am in awe of the dedication of so many individuals who have given of their time and talents to fight for the survival and metamorphous of CTK--it is so inspiring. This includes serving the many ministries of CTK as well as the day to day business side of running a congregation. I never saw myself in the role of president of this congregation; but I will embrace it with your help and guidance as we continue to move forward.
The Call/Transition Committee has been continuing the process through the Synod of a search for a permanent pastor. In the meantime, we are very fortunate that Pastor Waespi is able and has agreed to continue to serve as our interim pastor.
We are looking forward to opportunities to bring the four ELCA Fremont/Newark congregations together during the Lenten season. More information will be forthcoming.
I am pleased to tell you we ahve concluded our negotiations with Kidango and they will be able to continue their very needed services utilizing our facilities while increasing our income to fund ministries.
At its last meeting, CTK Council approved a charter to sponsor Scouts BSA (previously Boy Scouts of America) Troop 2447 providing a youth driven skills and leadership program opportunity for girls. There are currently 5 girls signed up for the program. They will meet concurrently with the boys Scouts BSA Troop 447.
I am forever amazed by the spirit of volunteerism at Christ the King--we are small but we are mighty. Continued thanks to those who serve.
Yours In Christ
Eternal sanctuary candle for March is given byMarilyn Shaner in loving memory of her daughter Kimberly Christine
Eternal Sanctuary candle for April is given byIna Ketcham in celebration of son-in-law Ralph Boston II, and granddaughter Nia Boston
also given by
Wes, Scott and Cindy Schilling, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in memory of Marilyn Schilling
Chancel FlowersMarch 3rd given by Wes, Scott and Cindy Schilling, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in memory of Marilyn Schilling
March 10th through April 7th Lenten Greens donated by Gail Queenan in memory of loved ones.
April 14th Palm Sunday
April 21st Easter Lilies
April 28th given by Christine O'Halloran
Silver Barrel Donations for January 2019
3 pkgs rice mix; 1 pkg soup mix
1 pkg mashed potatoes
1 pkg pasta; 1 pkg pasta side
5 cans chili; 2 cans black beans; 1 can corn
1 jar peanut butter; 1 bottle salad dressing
4 deodorants; 5 hand sanitizers; 1 aloe vera gel; 10 soap bars
6 toothbrushes; 2 tubes toothpaste
1 bag cat food; 22 packs cat food
1 origami game
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 March we are focusing on macaroni and cheese, pasta, and pasta sauce. For April, our focus is toilet paper, personal hygiene items and feminine products.
Upcoming Events and News You Can Use
Abode Sock Drive
Lenten Coin Offering
Tri-City Interfaith Council
Note for Thrivent Members
Game Night at CTK
Boy Scout Troop 447-2447 Pancake Breakfast
Everyone is welcome! We look forward to seeing you.
CTK March 2019 Worship Schedule
CTK April 2019 Worship Schedule
Christ the King Lutheran Church
Last updated 01 Mar 2019