Celebrating Life’s Milestones

Life’s journey is marked by a great number of milestones which are celebrated and recognized within the family of faith at Christ the King Church. The Milestone Ministry reaches deeply into all areas of our life together as the Body of Christ.

When a baby is born the family receives visits and meal drops. Our congregational nurse is available to help as needed.

Don Rice has made and delivered dozens of faith chests. A big perk of the job has been getting to know the recipients, like Hadley Fuerst, who appears to have claimed him as her new BFF.

The milestone of baptism of a child is accompanied with the gift of a faith chest delivered and presented by members of the congregation.

When young children begin to speak fluently the congregation rejoices with them in the gift of language and makes the gift of Luther’s Small Catechism to the family to nurture the beginnings of formal instruction such as teaching the Lord’s Prayer.

When children grow out of the nursery the Nursery Guild holds a party to mark the transition of being at all times in the “big church” during worship and events. Pastor Liebster, Rick Erikson, and the Altar Guild hold a Welcome to Church for this age group.

The process of increasing independence in learning and faith formation is supported by the gift of a children’s Bible to all entering third grade students.

Children are invited to begin serving as leaders when they join the Choristers who sing in worship. Children can become acolytes (torchbearers) in worship when they are fourth grade. Parents can be ushers with their children and ring the bells together.

As children grow into youth, 6th graders may join our youth group called Luther League and confirmation class is offered for youth in grades 7 and 8. Within the context of the ELCA synodical and church wide youth organizations there are opportunities to develop Christian leadership.

High school graduation is celebrated with a rite of recognition during Sunday morning worship. All who graduate from programs of study or certification are recognized at the same time.

A driver’s license milestone recognition is planned.

Milestones which occur in the life of adults are shared and recognized in the life of the community as they occur. The pastoral care ministries of the congregation reach out in times of crisis. Two groups assemble around the theme of life’s transitions: Transitions Group for women age 50 and above, and Writing Life Stories.