From special appeals to Extra Mile Giving

By Pastor Peter Hanson, Lead Pastor
“Go the Extra Mile.” (Matthew 5:41b)

At this year’s annual congregation meeting, Christ the King approved a limited number of Special Offerings during the course of 2017. These gifts are understood to be over and above the regular offerings that members contribute in support of the ongoing ministries of CtK. Another way of describing these additional donations, based on the passage from Matthew, is “Extra Mile Giving.”

In the past, CtK has had a large number of special appeals available to its members throughout the year. More recently, however, we’ve tried to relocate many of those ministries funded by special appeals into our annual budget for ministry.

After our pledges were received, we began to realize that our projected offerings for 2017 would not fully cover the funding of these ministries. In January, the Finance Committee and Council recommended the addition of four special offerings highlighted at different times during the year:

  1. SUNNY Lunches: March
  2. Tanzania Scholarships: April
  3. Local Mission Partners: November
  4. Alternative Christmas Gifts: December

The first of these special offerings will be collected during the month of March, in order to support SUNNY Lunches, CtK’s summer community meal program. While offerings can be made anytime during the month, there will be a special focus on Sunday, March 19. For several past summers, SUNNY (Serving Up Nutrition Now for Youth) has provided over 5,000 bag lunches to school-aged neighbors and their families. Contributions collected in March will ensure that this program will be able to provide nutritious lunches again while school is out this summer.

The remaining three appeals will be for Tanzania Scholarships during the month of April (and especially on Global Mission Sunday on April 30); Local Mission Partners in November (LMP Sunday is Nov. 19); and Alternative Christmas Gifts during the month of December. We’ll be sure to highlight more about these ministries as these “Extra Mile” opportunities get closer.

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Greetings from newly elected Council President

A New Year cycle at Christ the King has started with the election of new members for our council and Nominating and Audit Committees at the first part of our Annual Meeting last Sunday, Feb. 5. We welcome in new council officers and members: Isaac van Bruggen, Adam Miller, Joel Hoeger, Anna Grimm, Cheri Aldridge, Brett Kosec, Annalise Scamehorn, and Jessica Kennedy; new Nominating Committee members Roger Bloomquist, Dale Erickson, Jeanne Nelson, George Seju, and Alija Triviski; and new Audit Committee member Phil Burfeind. I would also like to take a moment to thank continuing council members Priscilla Berg, Nick Clark, and Robert Moreno. While I am sure many of the just elected persons are still wondering what they got themselves into, there will be many opportunities and items to discuss in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

Finally, I want share a special thanks for and say goodbye to council officers who have now completed their terms: Kristen Goligowski, Kristine Frost, Kirk Kleckner, Joann Knuth, Jacob Stenstrom, and Erika Krahn. Thank you for good and faithful work!

Please welcome the new committed and council members as you see them and especially thank the outgoing members of the committees and their families for their services.

In addition to these elections, members at Sunday meeting also unanimously passed the 2017 Budget for Ministry and the proposed updates to the CtK Constitution and By-Laws. The recommended updates from the synod and CtK Council were sent out to the membership for review ahead of this vote.

The high attendance was appreciated by the leadership and shows us all that there is genuine interest in what goes on at CtK. I hope you—CtK Members—will continue to be engaged with the work and ministry of CtK. We want to know your thoughts, ideas, likes, and yes, even your dislikes. Anyone involved with life at CtK is welcome to attend council meetings which are held at 6:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month. Our next meeting will be held at CtK on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 6:00 p.m.

Thank you for your continued participation in life at CtK!

Mark Chace, Council President

For more on the council, visit lifeatctk.org/council.

For more on the 2017 Budget for Ministry, newly elected committed and council members, and other information discussed at Annual Meeting on Feb. 5, visit lifeatctk.org/annualmeeting.

November 2016 Financial Report

by Treasurer Kirk Kleckner

Our Ministry Fund net results for the 11 months ended Nov. 30 is a net total expenses over total revenues of ($19,356). This interim year-to-date loss is small as it represents 1.6 percent of our annual budget. It is important to note December giving is typically disproportionately large.

Our Nov. 30 financial position is strong with fund net assets (assets less liabilities) as follows:

  • Ministry fund: $139,000
  • Council designated fund: $90,000
  • Donor restricted: $333,000

Our capital fund has cash and capital campaign pledge receivables amounts totaling approximately $420,000. The real estate loan approximates $347,000. Based on what is currently known, the property committee estimates $150,000 of capital needs over the next three years. The property fund assets include $50,000 dedicated for new initiatives and $52,000 dedicated for certain uses described in prior capital campaign materials.

 

2016 Year-End Planning

As mentioned above, the month of December is typically a strong financial results month bolstered by high contributions. We will also recognize revenue from restricted funds that will cover some ministry fund expenses already incurred and reported during 2016. In addition, we will have a few typical year-end adjustments to adjust vacation accrual and prepaid expense amounts. My expectation is we will end the year with a small net income amount.

 

2017 Ministry and Capital Budgets

On behalf of the Finance Committee, I am reporting on the status of the 2017 Ministry and Capital Budgets.

Earlier this year the Property Committee reported its estimate of capital needs over the next three years was $150,000. I will ask the committee to convert this estimate into a 2017 capital budget.

With regard to the ministry fund budget, the Stewardship Committee reported preliminary results that indicate 2017 pledges at a similar level to 2016 pledges. The Finance Committee is working under that assumption and expects to present a balanced budget at the Council’s January meeting.

October 2016 Financial Report

by Treasurer Kirk Kleckner

The Christ the King Ministry Fund—which supports our annual budget for ministry—net results for the ten months ended Oct. 31 is a net total expenses over total revenues of ($13,635). This interim year-to-date loss is small as it represents 1.2 percent of our annual budget for ministry. It is important to note December giving is disproportionately large. This reminds us to bring our current year giving up to date. Our current total Ministry Fund outstanding pledges total $166,200.

Our Oct. 31 financial position is strong with fund net assets (assets less liabilities) as follows:

  • Ministry fund: $144,300
  • Council designated fund: $86,600
  • Donor restricted: $333,300

Our capital fund has cash and capital campaign pledge receivables totaling approximately $425,000. The real estate loan approximates $355,000. Based on what is currently known, the property committee estimates $150,000 of capital needs over the next three years. The property fund assets include $50,000 dedicated for new initiatives and $52,000 dedicated for certain uses described in prior capital campaign materials.

 

Meet Robert Moreno

My wife, Stephanie, and I have been members of Christ the King for over 14 years. We have been married for 19 years and have four children; twins David and Daniel (15), Simon (12), and Rebekah (9).

I was born in St. Paul, MN and have traveled the world as a son of a retired career military father. I returned to Minnesota to attend college where I graduated from Augsburg College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion. Stephanie and I met, graduated from, and married at Augsburg College in Minneapolis.

I have been working for Northrop Grumman as an Information Technology Manager since 2009. My teams are part of the Civil Solutions Division that is contracted to oversee the technology infrastructure of the United States Postal Service.

moreno-familyWe keep busy as a family in Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, our children’s STEM schools, as PTO parents, and community volunteering. Last school year, I somehow found time to get involved as a mentor with my sons’ FIRST Lego League Middle School team and FIRST Robotics Competition High School Team. At CtK, I have been blessed to be involved over the years as a Sunday school teacher, Vacation Bible School activity leader, Confirmation Small Group leader, Christmas Pageant volunteer, and most recently as a member of Pastor John’s Call Committee.

Finally, my top five StrengthsFinder Signature Themes are Adaptability, Harmony, Maximizer, Intellection, and Input.


This year, we will be publishing bios for each council member as an opportunity for you to get to know us a little bit better. Be sure to read about all of the CtK Council’s current members.

Meet Adam Miller

millersMy wife Jen and I joined Christ the King shortly after we were married in 2003. Throughout all the changes, we have enjoyed being active members in a variety of committees and programs. By day I am a software developer at Voya Financial, a role that I’ve been in for 15 years and really like (most of the time!). Here’s a picture of me (in my least favorite article of clothing, a bow tie), Jen and our two kids: Zoe, age 8 and Henry, age 6. (Strangely, Henry didn’t seem to mind the bow tie.)

Outside of work, I tend to get involved in many hobbies, and I feel like I accumulate more and more of them as time goes by. My current top five hobbies are the following:

  1. Woodworking. Over the last year or so I’ve gotten into woodworking. My first half-dozen projects were relatively simple cutting boards, but I’m working on finishing up my first piece of furniture, a coffee table made of cherry and maple hardwood.
  2. Beekeeping. Jen and I got into beekeeping about 5 years ago. We currently just have one hive but have had as many as 3.
  3. Camping. We have been working our way through all of Minnesota’s 76 state parks. We’re hoping hit the halfway point this fall.
  4. Fishing. I only have a canoe, but ever since I was a little kid I have loved almost any kind of fishing. Some seasons I don’t get out very often but I enjoy any chance I get.
  5. Fly tying. I got into this quite a while ago and it is very seasonal. Sometimes I go quite a while between tying flies, but I find it to be a great activity when it’s too cold for anything else.

Next time you talk to me, I might have a new hobby to add to this list, or a new project that I’m working on. Just ask me, and I’d love to tell you all about it!


This year, we will be publishing bios for each council member as an opportunity for you to get to know us a little bit better. Be sure to read about all of the CtK Council’s current members.

Kleckner Family

Meet Treasurer Kirk Kleckner

Karen and I met at Wartburg College. Karen works at Medtronic. I have my own firm ValuationUSA that performs business valuations, financial opinions, and business succession planning services.

Who is Kirk Kleckner?

  • I was born in Iowa and raised on a farm.
  • I came to Minnesota in 1981 and started my career in public accounting (19 years).
  • I was the Chief Financial Officer for Walser Automotive for seven years before founding ValuationUSA.
  • My academic and professional credentials include a CPA and MBA and two accreditations in business valuation.
  • I have been a member at Christ the King since moving to New Brighton in 1988. We moved to Blaine in 2015.
  • CtK involvement includes two years as Council President, three years as Treasurer, eight years on the Personnel Committee, and past member of the Congregation Council and Stewardship committee.
  • I am the current Treasurer of Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul (formerly known as the St. Paul Area Council of Churches).
  • I am a member of the St. Paul Rotary. My previous community involvement includes President of the St. Paul Jaycees and Board Member terms for the Salvation Army, Boy Scouts of America, and Minnesota Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board.

This year, we are publishing bios for each council member as an opportunity for you to get to know us a little bit better. Be sure to read about all of the CtK Council’s current members.

Meet Secretary Kristine Frost

I have been a member of Christ the King since my parents (Joerg and Mary Steinbach) moved to New Brighton over 45 years ago. I went to Sunday school, VBS, and confirmation classes here. My husband and I were married almost 18 years ago here. Our daughters, London (16) and Gretchen (13) were both baptized here, also went to Sunday school, VBS, and confirmation classes here. They have taken it a step further by becoming active in the musical , BTDT, volunteering, and ASP.

I have a BA from the U of MN, Twin Cities in International Relations, minor in German and a Master’s in Business Communications from the University of St. Thomas. I use these in my role as a Senior Director of Brand Management and Integrated Planning at Ameriprise Financial, a job I truly enjoy!

FrostFamily.pngIn my free time, I enjoy reading, camping, skiing, swimming/boating, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. I also volunteer on the booster club of the girls’ high school swim team.

My strengths are Maximizer, Woo, Positivity, Communications, and Activator from the StrengthFinders survey, which I found very helpful.

While I have volunteered at CtK over the years supporting a variety of youth programs, last year was the first year I served on council. I have enjoyed helping support the vision and mission of our church and getting to know so many more people in our community. It’s been a blessing.


This year, we will be publishing bios for each council member as an opportunity for you to get to know us a little bit better. Be sure to read about all of the CtK Council’s current members.

What’s the role of Council?

By Kirk Kleckner, Treasurer

This year, the Congregation Council has invested time to evaluate and clarify the roles of council and staff. At our May meeting, we discussed that the role of the Council includes:

  1. Articulating mission
  2. Selecting strategies
  3. Delegating authority
  4. Ensuring accountability
  5. Protecting people and property

Within the context of the Council delegating authority, ensuring accountability, and protecting people and property, one of the Council’s 2016 goals is to enhance Christ the King’s policies and policy documentation. To that end, we have updated the Council page at lifeatctk.org to include more robust menu options linking people to CtK policies as well as Council minutes, committee descriptions, and more. These menu options were created in an effort to improve policy access and understanding and will continue to be updated as council and staff revisit these documents.

CtK policies are typically recommended by our standing committees—Finance, Personnel, and Property—to the Council for consideration. The standing committees and Council are working through the policy enhancement work utilizing the following framework:

  1. Governance Policies: These include Strategic Planning, Orientation, Nominating Committee, Operations, Transparency. Generally, these policies need further development.
  2. Financial Policies: The Finance Committee recently sent updated and new financial policies to the Council for consideration.
  3. Accounting Policies: The Finance Committee updated the CtK accounting policies which were recently approved by the Council. These policies are available on the Policies menu at lifeatctk.org/council.
  4. Employment Policies: The Personnel Committee updated our Personnel Manual which includes employment-related policies. The Council at its October meeting approved the new Personnel Manual to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2017.
  5. Giving Policies: Currently in development.
  6. Fundraising Policies: Currently under development.
  7. Property Policies: These policies are available on the Policies menu at lifeatctk.org/council.
  8. Safe Boundaries (Child / Youth Protection): In early 2016, a task force created Safe Boundaries policy aimed at the protection of child and youth. The Personnel Committee reviewed this new set of policies and the Council approved them. Pastor John is leading the implementation effort.These policies are available on the Policies menu at lifeatctk.org/council.

If you have comments or questions on these policies, policy areas, or would like to help with their development, please contact me at 612.760.8400.

August 2016 Financial Report

by Treasurer Kirk Kleckner

Our ministry fund net results (for the eight months ended Aug. 31) is a net positive of $10,762. Actual total revenue of $747,114 is below budget by approximately $52,000. Actual total expense of $736,352 is below budget by approximately $42,000. After netting the budget differences our bottom line is behind budget by approximately $10,000.

Our Aug. 31 financial position is strong with fund net assets (assets less liabilities) as follows:

  • Ministry fund: $169,000.
  • Council designated fund: $86,000
  • Donor restricted: $342,000

Our capital fund has cash and capital campaign pledge receivables totaling approximately $438,000. The property fund assets include $50,000 dedicated for new initiatives and $52,000 dedicated for certain uses described in prior capital campaign materials. The real estate loan balance approximates $370,000.

Our building and equipment are insured at about $12 million. Based on what is currently known, the Property Committee estimates $150,000 of capital needs over the next three years including scheduled roof replacements for two of the seven roof areas.