This Week at UNITY

ctk-30-30.pngcol-30-30.png  This is the 25th Sunday after Pentecost. This church year is coming to a close… just three more weeks until Advent!  Which means we are near the end of our year in the Gospel of Mark, and near the end of Jesus’ ministry in today’s Gospel reading. Gathered in the Jerusalem temple with his disciples, Jesus has them look first at the rich and then at a poor widow as they put their offerings into the temple treasury. His comments to the disciples are harsh, and don’t so much commend the widow as they do castigate her counterpoints, but we trust Scriptural harshness is always designed to push us not towards guilt or blame but towards a better way to live. Today we’ll look for examples of this better way both in the readings and in our church family.

What a filled and meaningful weekend this is at the Christ the King campus! In worship, we host our combined UNITY Adult Choir (with brass) for a special anthem. We also give thanks for the service of our many veterans on Veterans Day and the 100th anniversary of the armistice which ended World War I. And, we also give thanks for the ministry Jennifer Carlson Olson has done in our midst for the past 14 months.  Even as we attend to all those important things, we get to listen in on a unique set of readings which lift up the plight and faithfulness of 4 widows across 3 readings in our scriptural tradition. Like any heroes of the faith, their deeds are almost beyond our capacity to imitate and yet in the absence of ideals, we tend to forget how much God’s people can do.  May their examples not just awe us but inspire us to our best selves!  

Adult Education Hour Offerings: Make sure to check out our Sunday morning educational offerings as you RENEW your faith and your relationships here at UNITY!  Childcare is always available in the nursery.

Bible Study at CTK: 9:00 in the Library.  Join us for a study led by Pastor John. Finding Your Identity By Exploring God’s. So often we try to figure out who we are in life but spend virtually no time trying to comprehend the nature of God.  We probably have it reversed!  If we invest first in knowing God, then finding our passion, self, and purpose will emerge from a deeper sense of the One who made us!  

Bible Study at COL: 9:30 a.m. in Room 202.  Join Pastor Room 202 as we reflect with with gratitude in our hearts as we prepare for the Thanksgiving season.   We’ll take a look at the Scripture passages that remind us to rejoice and be glad!

Forum at COL: 9:30 a.m. in the North Fellowship Hall. Join us to experience Iceland with the Karrels ~ What do Paul Karrels, Tracy Karrels and Flat Jesus have in common? They’ve all been to Iceland! Together, in fact! Join Paul and Tracy Karrels as they share their experiences in Iceland. (A special guest appearance by Flat Jesus may or may not occur.)

Sr High Event: Youth Board, Nov 11th, 6-7:30 PM. It’s time for us to plan our winter Sr High events! Join us for Youth Board - dinner will be served!

Last Weekend’s Congregational Call Meeting.  Thank you to the 273 people who made up our quorum at last Sunday’s meeting (we needed 196...what a GREAT turn-out).  Those present voted to call Josh Evans to be a pastor at Unity Lutheran Church (Votes recorded as:  247 yes, 3 no and 8 abstaining). Josh has accepted the call and will be ordained at his home congregation in Chicago on Saturday, December 1.  We will pull together a few carloads of people to attend… please consider going. Josh’s first day at Unity will be Monday, December 10.  His installation as one of our pastors will be sometime in January 2019.  

Live Love is the theme of this year’s Stewardship appeal. Envelopes have been mailed out and you should have received yours by now.  Please read through it, give thanks to God, and pray about what you can give in 2019.   Fill out the enclosed Giving Goal or go to our website, to fill it out there.  

If you’d like to make giving even easier, click on the Donate to UNITY box on the homepage  to give through Electronic Fund Transfer via your checking or savings account or credit card.  Create a profile and you can set up when you’d like to give…weekly, monthly, semi-monthly, the choice is yours and you can change it at any time! (you no longer need to file a form and cancelled check with us).  And best part, you no longer have to worry about grabbing your checkbook when you leave for church.  It’s already DONE!  Thank you for all that YOU do and for your generosity!  Thanks to all who shared their stories of how UNITY make a difference!

Keep in mind there are a lot of exciting ministry visions on the horizon for 2019. We will likely do a special financial appeal to add new features for the backyard at the CTK campus (pavilion-outdoor worship space and playground being the most significant), retire debt at COL, and complete indoor improvements at both campuses.

BEGIN Interfaith Thanksgiving Service - At a time where we grieve with our Jewish brothers and sisters over the tragedy in Pittsburgh, let us come together as people of faith to join together with others from faith tradition all around our area. We’ll gather at Congregation Emanu-El, on Wednesday, November 14th at 7:00 p.m. for a time of worship, prayer, music followed by a time of fellowship and some of the best desserts you’ll ever eat! The speakers this year include: Pastor John, Father Ed Kornath from St. John Vianney and Imam Noman Hussain from the Islamic Society of Milwaukee West along with our host, Cantor Deborah Martin from the synagogue. We’ll take an offering as part of the service for the Waukesha Food Pantry either in the form of monetary or non-perishable food donations.

CTK Sanctuary: Thank you to everyone who were able to help on Saturday to begin the move out and preparation for the new carpet installation:

Today following the second worship service we’ll gather from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm: Join us for lunch in the library and then work to finish moving the rest of the pews, furniture, and other items from the CTK sanctuary and narthex into the Gathering Place. We hope to have everything cleared out in time for you to get home for the Packers game at 3:25 pm!
Or if you could help us next week, let us know.  We hope to have a Move-In the sanctuary day on Saturday, November 17th from 9- Noon.

Thank you to Jan Constable at jrconstable@ for organizing this effort.

A special thanks to Pete Meiklejohn who arranged for us to borrow 12 furniture dollies to aid in moving all the pews! Needed: If you have a 7/16 open wrench, please bring it along for removing the pews.  In addition to moving, we thank Patty Zais, Mike Yohnk and Jeff Furness for replacing the regular light bulbs with more efficient LED bulbs, not only to save money but also to brighten our worship space.

CTK and COL Sanctuary Updates.  Lots of things are beginning to happen!  

Thanksgiving for Jennifer Carlson Olson’s Ministry Among Us ~ Jennifer’s time as our Bridge Pastor will come to a close on November 30. Jennifer has blessed UNITY since the day she walked in the door with her energy for people, strength in team ministry, willingness to try new things and cool ideas like finding a way for kids to “walk on water” during VBS.

We will mark Jennifer’s time with us at each campus. At the Christ the King campus, we’ll give thanks for Jennifer during the Sunday services on November 11. At the Cross of Life Campus, we’ll do the same the weekend of November 17-18. We keep Jennifer in our prayers as she moves on to the next chapter in her ministry. For November, however, it is a time of thanksgiving. Add your individual thanks to Jennifer even as we collectively do so on the 11th and the 17th-18th.

Photos to Ed Dominski.   Ed creates our annual Christmas video postcard (usually e-mailed to the congregation just prior to Christmas) which is a re-cap of our year in mission and ministry together.  If you have a photo of the people or ministries at either campus or any of our partners that would be cool to have in that slide display, please email it to Ed between now and Thanksgiving.  His email is:

ADVENT FEST IS COMING! Mark your calendars and save FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30 for our annual celebration to ring in the season of waiting for Jesus. Everyone is invited to Advent Fest.  Dinner is served at 5:30. There is a short worship at 6:15 and then the rest of the evening is filled with making a “Christ in Christmas” craft or decking the UNITY COL halls.  CRAFT SIGN UP IS READY!  Go to the UNITY website and click on the Advent Fest box to see the crafts and sign up.  See the sample table in the Narthex/Fellowship Hall.

Sign up to donate to the Sr High Food Pantry Scavenger Hunt! Next Sunday, November 18th, Sr High students will be traveling throughout the area to pick up non-perishable food donations for the Waukesha Food Pantry! Sign up on the sheet by the servanthood wall, and our Senior High youth will show up at your house between 6-7:15 PM. Or, send an email to Matt with your address. Thanks in advance for your donations!

Thrivent Members Needed.   Do you have a life insurance policy or investments through Thrivent?  If so, we could use your help.  First, as a member, you are able to ask for a $250 Gift Card to support serving that happens through UNITY TWICE a year.  It’s super easy.  You go online and enter the information we can send your way (one of our members, Chris Nelson, will coordinate this...basically when we know of a need, she’ll contact one or more people on the list and send them a link so they can fill out an online request.  If it takes you 10 minutes to fill out and we get $250 in return, just think, you’re earning at the rate of $1,500/hour for UNITY!)  The gift cards can then be used to buy food for our recovery ministry meals, medical supplies at Bread of Healing, office needs at the Waukesha Food Pantry, shipping of Mission of Healing equipment to El Salvador, Youth Group service projects, Sew Comfy and Quilting fabrics, etc.) We estimate that if all our Thrivent members participated it could amount to well over $10,000 a year.    

Second, depending on the amount invested through Thrivent, you may be able to choose a non-profit to receive your “Thrivent Choice” dollars.   Unity Lutheran in Brookfield is now being shown in their system, so take a few minutes to select UNITY.   In years past, we have received over $1,000/year  through Thrivent Choice dollars!

If you are a Thrivent member willing to help with the first item, please e-mail your name to Pastor John, Muriel, or Sherrie and they will: A: thank you, and B: get you connected to Chris Nelson!

Invite people to UNITY.  Grab one of our “welcome bags” from the narthex and use it to invite someone.  Or just invite. People are longing to be part of a community, or to learn, or to praise God, or to do significant things in the lives of others… this is the essence of discipleship here at UNITY. Nothing is more meaningful than a personal invitation. Pray about who might need an invitation that might come only from you this week.  

UNITY Member Care

Contact Debbie Riederer, c: 414-587-2656, e:

“Surviving the Holidays” Workshop for Grievers: November 13 at Holy Cross. The holiday season can be painful if you’re grieving a loved one’s death. Our Member Care Provider, Debbie Riederer, is co-facilitating a workshop that can help you prepare for the holidays. A “Surviving the Holidays” workshop will be held at Holy Cross Lutheran Church on Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 6:00-8:00 pm (if you missed the one on Saturday). Holy Cross is located at W156 N8131 Pilgrim Rd. in Menomonee Falls. Questions? Contact Debbie Riederer at debbie@ or 414-587-2656.

Care.  Communication issues with your parents? Friend issues? Sadness in your life? Anxiety about a relationship that’s not healthy? Taking more pills or drinks than you’d like? Don’t face these things alone. Don’t face deaths, hospitalizations, a job loss, or bad grades alone either. Our pastors and pastoral care Coordinator Debbie Riederer are always available to you. Sometimes we’re the only stop you’ll make in reaching out… other times, we are the first stop in a healing process that might include more skilled professionals or supportive connections that get made in the process. All of that works itself out once we start talking, but the hard and yet blessing-filled first step is just knowing you can reach out.

Worship & Music Opportunities

Contact Janet Day, c: 414-975-0286, e:

Contact Matt Griepentrog, c: 262-787-8820, e:

You're Invited! To sing and play with the UNITY YOUTH CHOIRS! You are always welcome at anytime! Sign up on the UNITY Website or just show up! If you have any questions, get in touch with Janet Day for kids choirs or Matt Griepentrog for handbell choirs.

A Joyful Noise Choir for PreK to Grade 1, Monday from 5:30pm – 6:00pm @ COL.

Celebration Choir for Grades 2 – 6, Monday from 6:00pm – 6:45pm. @ COL

Alleluia Handbells for middle school Gr 6-8. Learn the basics of handbell ringing and play in worship once a month. Mondays from 6:30-7:15pm @ COL.

Hosanna Handbells for high school Gr 9-12 Mondays from 7:15-8:00pm @ COL.

UNITY Adult Choirs:
COL Adult Choir
for high school to adult. Every Tuesday from 7:15pm–8:15pm. We will share our music at three services a month all on one weekend. Interested?  Contact is Cheryl Caraulia (, filling in for Molly Pufall-Brown (, on maternity leave through October.

CTK Adult Choir for high school to adult. Every Thursday from 7:00pm–8:00pm. We will share our music at two services a month all on one Sunday. Interested?  Contact Janet Day

Gloria Dei Handbells (COL Handbell Choir) welcomes adult ringers, and rehearses in the sanctuary at the COL Campus every Tuesday from 6:15pm–7:15pm. We will share our music at three services a month all on one weekend. Interested?  Contact Christine Bjorklund (

CTK Handbell Choir welcomes adult ringers, and rehearses in the sanctuary every Thursday from 6:00pm–7:00pm. We will share our music at two services a month all on one Sunday. Interested?  Contact Stacey Nordmeyer (

Servanthood Opportunities

Contact Muriel Otto, c: 712-254-6515, e:                

Upcoming Servanthood Opportunities:

Sign Up is Live for Next Unity Blood Drive: Saturday, December 8, 7 am - 12 pm, COL

Can’t travel but want to be part of what God is doing in El Salvador? Sponsor a student with scholarship funds! Last year UNITY again fulfilled EVERY single scholarship request, funding 70 students plus transportation, computer teacher and internet fees, social worker, and vocational classes for adults. AMAZING! Let’s see how many we can cover for 2019! Giving options range from $20/month (elementary) to $100/month (university) or the amount of your choosing, and can be paid monthly or with one-time payment. Applications on the church website or outside adult ministry office.

Thanks to all our Cross Lutheran Tutors! 2 More Tutors Needed for Thursdays     Thank you to all Unity volunteers tutoring young people at Cross Lutheran. The program is up and running, and they are excited for a great year. They could still use a couple more tutors who can work 1-on-1 with a student every Thursday evening. Talk to Cross Advocate Jean Qualmann-Anderson for more info (

Holiday Bag Sale for Waukesha Food Pantry, November 17/18 and 24/25. No one should have to go hungry during the holidays! To help stock food pantry shelves for the season, volunteers will be collecting donations after each service for two weekends in November. $10 buys a bag, and donations will be used to purchase in bulk from local stores. Thanks for helping feed hungry people this holiday season!

Help with Pill Sort for Bread of Healing Free Clinic, Tuesday, November 27th, 1:00-2:30 pm, Lower Level at COL. Come help de-package and re-package donated medications for the free clinic. No experience necessary! All are welcome. Contact Diane Dressler ( for more info.

 Ongoing Servanthood Opportunities

Donate Blood at Quarterly Blood Drives: 1st Saturdays of Oct, Dec, Feb, and May   Give the gift of life! Next drive is December 8.

Bake, Cook or Serve Serenity Recovery Program 2nd Fridays. Each month, volunteers shop, bake, cook, and serve a meal for the men at Serenity Inns. Share a meal, hear the stories from these experts in resurrection, and support them in their recovery journey. Questions? Ready to sign up? Contact Brian Flynn ( Kids welcome!

Shop, Bake, Cook, or Serve for Family Recovery Lunches, 3rd Saturdays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Every month Genesis House Recovery Program brings together residents with supportive family members to learn about the disease of addiction and heal together. To cheer them on in this inspirational work, we serve them lunch! To help with side dishes, desserts, or help prep and serve the meal, talk to Chris Lehmann (, 262-781-8442).

Serve Folks at the Waukesha Food Pantry, 4th Saturdays, 5th Thursdays. Jesus fed people, so should we! A UNITY crew serves customers at the food pantry fourth Saturdays 9am-12pm and fifth Thursdays 6-8pm each month. Can you help? Sign up on the church website or talk to Ron ( or Ellen Vermillion (

Save the Date for Upcoming El Salvador Trips: February 16 - 23 and August 8 - 15, 2019

For a complete list of our Ministry Partners go to and look for Servant Ministries in the Share menu.

Small Groups

Contact Jennifer Carlson, C: 414-405-7945,

The Last Podcast!  This is our last week of podcasts… for now.  You can check out all of them on our web site under the RENEW tab. Take some time to RENEW your soul and listen.  This week’s theme is Control. To listen to the podcast here, or go to the UNITY website and look for the Small Groups box on the Signup Links page.

Long Term Small Groups - Check even more options this week to RENEW your faith and relationship through these groups below.  For more information check out our website, and click the RENEW tab at the top, then click small groups.  

Yarn Wanted for new small group coming in January 2019.  We are looking for non standard yarn scraps or full skeins of yarn that are multi-colored or single color with fun and interesting textures (thick, fuzzy, bumpy, etc.)  Donation boxes wrapped in brown paper labeled YARN can be found at COL (in the main church entry) and at CTK (in the narthex). Questions about the yarn?  Are you curious about the new small group?  Contact Joan Krause ( or Fonda Kapitan (  Stay tuned for more details!

Upcoming Small Group Meetings:

Quilters ~ Love to sew?  Send your prayers with every stitch and tie, as you join our quilters any Monday 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Art room at COL.  Surround people (literally) with God’s love as you create and serve others.  Talk with Holly Rusk or Carole Bock for more information.

Join us for Chair Yoga at the CTK Campus on Wednesday mornings!  Begin and end in your chair, use standing and sitting poses while you enjoy health benefits and the wonderful stretch of Yoga.  Kathy Nevermann will lead us weekly each Wednesday, through the end of November, 10:30 a.m. in the CTK Gathering Place.  Any questions??? Ask Kathy Nevermann (414-940-5932). She has lots to share.  Want to come and try it out?  We welcome you!  Sign up on the UNITY website or just come and join us.

Bible Journaling - Nov 12th: Unleash Your Inner Artist, 2nd Mondays, 7 - 8:30 pm Looking for a way to fall in love and stay in love with all the Bible has to offer? Engage the Bible in a new way with our Bible Journaling Small Group! We meet the second Monday of each month from 7:00 - 8:30 pm at the COL campus Art Room (206). Interested? Contact Erin Quinnell at Let us know if you’d like childcare! In December, we meet on December 10.

Lunch Bunch - Join us for lunch and conversation at Perkins on November 14 at 11:30 a.m.  Talk with Judie Born for more details.  

Women’s GIFT - Growing in Faith Together: This small group is for all women and meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month.  Join us November 15, 7 p.m. at Cross of Life for our next gathering.  Currently, we are reading and discussing “Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis (this week’s chapters are 16-20).  Talk with Melanie Rooney for more details.  

Saturday Men’s Breakfast - Join the men for breakfast and faith filled conversation Saturday, November 17, at 7:30 a.m. at COL in the kitchen.  Talk with Mark Miller for more information.  

Men’s Soccer:  UNITY’s “Men over 40” soccer team called The HOLY CROSSERS plays Indoor soccer with Brookfield Indoor Soccer.  We would love for you to participate.  Talk with Brian Klick if you are interested in participating.

For a complete list of current long term small groups go to and look for Adult Small Groups in the Renew menu.  Don’t see what you’re looking for?  Let’s start a new one! Talk with Pastor Jennifer for more details.  

Adult Programs

Contact Jennifer Carlson, c: 414-405-7945, e:

THIS WEEK AT UNITY:  See the TODAY box for this Sunday’s Adult Studies at Forums at the CTK and COL campuses.

Upcoming Adult Forums:

Experience Iceland with the Karrels: COL: November 11 at 9:30 a.m. ~ What do Paul Karrels, Tracy Karrels and Flat Jesus have in common? They’ve all been to Iceland! Together, in fact! Join Paul and Tracy Karrels as they share their experiences in Iceland. (A special guest appearance by Flat Jesus may or may not occur.)

Learn About Your Housing Options: CTK: November 18 at 9:00 a.m. ~ Do you see your parent(s) struggling to stay in their house? Do you wonder if you should move in the next few years? Come learn about the many housing choices that are available at our Housing Options Forums. Jen Nowak, Advanced Practice Social Work Care Mgr. and Laura Strehlow, Social Worker for Older Adults will share expert advice on: Choosing the best places to live; Completing Power of Atty. Forms; Navigating Medicare; Planning for Health Care Needs.

Ham Radios ... a Hobby! Tim Nustad: COL: November 18 at 9:30 a.m. ~ Amateur Radio (called ham radio) is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communication together. It’s used to talk around the world and even into space without the Internet or cell phones. It’s fun, social, educational, and can be a lifeline in times of need.

Ongoing Bible Studies:

Pastor-Led Bible Studies Offered at Both Campuses ~ On Sundays mornings at both of our campuses we are currently offering a “Pastor’s Bible Study.” Come enrich your understanding of the scriptures through discussions led by our pastors.

Education News

Contact Jo Ann Tomm, w: 262-781-7600, c: 262-510-9593, e:

The Widow’s Offering.  This weekend in Sunday School Jesus and the disciples do some observing in the Temple.  Some rich people are giving lots of money and a poor widow gives two small coins.  Whose offering was greater?  Well, with Jesus it isn’t about the size of the offering… it’s about the size of your heart!  The widow’s gift wasn’t spare change… it was all she had, and she gave it to God out of a place of love and trust.  What a beautiful message for us as we head into a season of getting ready for Baby Jesus.

Bring Sunday School Home!  Check out the Education Page on the UNITY website. Each week there are updates that include a Family Page with information about the Sunday School story, prayers and activity ideas.

Take Sunday School on the ROAD!  As you work to make being a part of Sunday School a priority - consider going to the “other campus!”  You always have options - attend any campus, any day and any hour!  When your calendar gets complicated OR just for fun - be bold and take it on the road!  Check out the Education pages on the UNITY website for lots of other info about what UNITY has for young learners Contact Jo Ann Tomm ( or Education Chair, Jolene Epding ( with Sunday School questions.   

WE ARE GETTING READY FOR THE CHRISTMAS PROGRAMS: This year there are two weekends of Sunday School Christmas programs! Kids participate in one program during their hour of Sunday School. The kids in SS at COL campus will share their programs the weekend of December 15-16 ... Saturday at 5:00pm, Sunday morning during the 8:30 and 10:45 service AND a special evening program on Sunday, December 16 at 5:00pm for the kids in COL 9:30 Sunday School.  Kids in SS at the CTK campus will share their program during the 10:15 service on Sunday, December 23. Practicing for all this awesomeness will begin this weekend during each Sunday School Hour.

Important Lutherdale Summer Camp Update:  Lutherdale is a summer Bible camp near Elkhorn that we have encouraged kids finishing Grade 1 through Grade 6 to attend. Spending a week at camp is a great way to connect with God, learn new skills, make friends and have fun. (It’s where we learned how to play Ga-Ga Ball!)  You can attend any week that works for you. NOTE: The week of the “all ages” program and half-week options has changed this summer… it is now Week 5 - July 7-12, 2019.  Check out the Lutherdale website for more information and to sign up.  Registration opens November 7. Very Early Bird discounts end January 9.  The all-program week fills up fast.


Contact Matt Griepentrog, c: 262-787-8820, e:

Or, your student’s lead teacher for the current trimester:

Sherrie Lorbeck ~

Jo Ann Tomm ~

 John Horner-Ibler ~

Sunday Fusion: Confirmation kids gather on Sunday mornings for food, fun, faith and friends. Fusion meets in Room 208 at the COL campus at 9:30 am.

Confirmation Information. Parents and students are reminded to sign up for servanthood events, fellowship events and small group leading. Go the the Confirmation page at the Unity website for all the Sign-Up Genius links.

Sr. High

Contact Matt Griepentrog, w: 262-781-7600, c: 262-787-8820, e:

Sr High Cafe, Sunday, 9:30 AM . This Sunday’s cafe will be special! We’ll be making candles with students from the Jewish Temple, Mosque, and other religious groups from BEGIN. These candles will be used at the BEGIN Thanksgiving service on Nov 14th. Meet us upstairs in the art room at 9:30 to join in!

Youth Board, Nov 11th, 6-7:30 PM. It’s time for us to plan our winter Sr High events! Join us for Youth Board - dinner will be served!

Food Pantry Scavenger Hunt, Nov 18th, 6-7:30 PM. This year we will once again be driving to homes in the Brookfield area and collecting food donations for the Waukesha Food Pantry! Drivers are needed for this event - please let Matt know if you can help drive.

Boundary Waters Summer Trip Registration - Due Nov. 30th. Trip Dates: July 27-August 3, 2019. If you missed our Boundary Waters meeting, get in touch with Matt to get all the information you need for this incredible trip! Information packets are available on the table outside of Matt’s office. Permission slips and deposits are due on Nov. 30th.

Kickin’ It With Jesus Soccer Session 1 Is Starting This Weekend! Our first game is this Saturday, November 10th. Games will be on Saturday nights. Schedules have been sent out via email. If you have any questions about soccer, get in touch with Matt!

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