A Letter from the Congregational Council

The following is a letter sent to members of Christ the King Lutheran Church by Council President Kristen Goligowski on behalf of the Congregational Council on April 2, 2015. More on the council at CtK. 

Dear Christ the King Members,

I am writing to share my excitement about the year ahead at our church. As you are likely aware, we are in a phase of transition at CtK. Changes can be scary for some and exciting for others. I hope you will view this transitional journey with joyful anticipation.

The changes started with Pastor Paul’s retirement. Prior to that, the church had already started strategic planning which was picked up again and finalized in 2013. This strategic planning involved many of you. After Pastor Paul’s retirement, a call committee formed and with much input from the congregation, they created the Ministry Site Profile which drew Pastor Peter to us. In the Ministry Site Profile, we informed the pastoral candidates that we wanted change and weren’t afraid of it.

Thankfully, we were open to change because change is what we got. Some changes were planned, like the change of worship times and the blended style. Some changes were not, like Carrie Gubsch’s move and resignation as well as Dawn Fernstrom’s and Bruce Phelps' retirements. And more changes will occur, both planned and unplanned, as we move forward with the strategic planning process.

Out of discussions on the strategic planning process between council and Pastor Peter, nine mission objectives emerged. These objectives honor the spirit of the 2013 Strategic Plan, and at the same time reflect perspectives of Pastor Peter’s pastoral leadership. They are being rolled out weekly and are exciting to see, as they guide our decisions. I hope you take the opportunity to check them out. You can find them at lifeatctk.org/council. There, you will also find the 2013 strategic challenges and objectives and the ministry site profile I referenced. A link to the mission objectives is also on the lifeatctk.org homepage.    

The Congregational Council fully supports the strategic plan and the mission objectives. We also recognize that there may be questions about the changes or a lack of clarity of what is occurring. As a result we invite you to join us for Coffee with Council in the Fireside Lounge for five Sundays beginning April 12.

To include as many members as possible, we will alternate holding these discussions during the 9:00 and 10:15 a.m. services (see schedule below).  

It will give us the opportunity to communicate with you what’s happening as well as to answer your questions. The council was elected by the members of CtK so we value your input. We try our best to be the voice of the congregation, which is one of the reasons we want to have conversations with you.

Finally, on behalf of the council I would like to thank Pastor Peter for accepting the call to come to CtK and lead us through these changes. We know they were needed and it’s a tough job to be the one to weave them all together. We appreciate his thoughtfulness and constant collaboration throughout this process.

In closing, please join us for Coffee with Council. If you’re not able but want to chat, please feel free to seek out any council member either in person, with a phone call or an email.  We look forward to talking to you.


Kristen Goligowski
On behalf of the Congregational Council: Scott Black, Mark Chace, Nick Clark, Kevin Ebben, Kristine Frost, Kirk Kleckner, Joann Knuth, Robert Moreno, and Isaac van Bruggen

Coffee with Council        

Sunday April 12, 10:15 a.m.

Sunday, April 19, 9:00 a.m.

Sunday, April 26, 10:15 a.m.

Sunday May 3, 9:00 a.m.

Sunday May 10, 10:15 a.m.