News for the Congregation

Cross of Life and Christ the King are now UNITY Lutheran Church!
On January 31, 2016, Cross of life and Christ the King voted to enter into a full Collaborative Union. On April 17, 2016, Cross of Life and Christ the King voted on several items pertaining to that union. Please see below for more info. Documents were voted on can be reviewed by clicking

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April 17, 2016 - A Day for COL & CTK to Celebrate ... Share ... Renew!
Thanks to all Cross of Life and Christ the King members who attended our combined congregational morning at Cross of Life on Sunday, April 17. We worshipped together at 8:30 a.m., held our voting meeting at 9:30 a.m., and celebrated our full collaborative union with a potluck brunch at 10:45 a.m.

Our voting meeting resulted in several exciting outcomes, including:

 ~ UMBRELLA NAME of our combined congregation:
“Unity Lutheran Church”
 ~ New MISSION WORDS: “Celebrate, Share, Renew”
 ~ New MISSION STATEMENT: “United in Christ we … Celebrate in our worship and lives; Share with generous purpose; and Renew our communities and the creation ... all through the One who keeps us together in ministry.”

We also voted on a new Constitution, Bylaws, and long-range planning proposals, in addition to several other actions that will enable us to make changes to our legal identity.To view the materials we voted on, click HERE.

More details can be found in COL's MAY NEWSLETTER and our JUNE NEWSLETTER.

We're in the NEWS! Check out the articles about our unity that appeared in the following publications:
April 26 issue of 
April 27 issue of
Waukesha Freeman (Go to PAGE 3.)

Take a moment to read our PRESS RELEASE about Unity Lutheran Church.


If you have questions about the COL-CTK Collaboration, please contact Pastor John Horner-IblerPastor Sherrie Lorbeck, or any of our Council Members.

Read more about the collaboration on page 1 of our

You may review COL's 2015 ANNUAL REPORT by clicking HERE.

Three important Forums were held on January 10, 17 & 24 at 9:30 am to discuss moving forward in our collaboration with Christ the King. We held these forums to help members become as fully informed as possible prior to our Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 31, from 9:20-10:40 am.

To watch the forums, click on the titles:

January 10: Vision Team
January 17: Marketing Team

ABOVE: COL & CTK staff members met for their first TRULY Joint Staff Meeting on February 2, 2016.

Curious about our collaboration with Christ the King? Find answers to COLLABORATION FAQ's by clicking HERE!


You will find all Stewardship materials for our 2016 budget in the "Stewardship Zone" section of Cross of Life and Christ the King's shared website. See Links below.

To access the Stewardship Zone, click 
HEREYou will be able to: Pledge Online or Download a Printable Pledge Form, Download an EFT Form, or Complete a Time & Talent Form.

To check out the homepage of Cross of Life and Christ the King's shared website, click HERE. (Please note: this website is in its initial stages of development.)

Please take a moment to view our video so you can see the impact your stewardship dollars have on the lives of so many others. Click HERE.

If you have any questions regarding our Stewardship forms, please contact Ann Hill at or 262-785-9420.



Thank you to all who stayed after worship  to attend Cross of Life's Annual Congregational Voting Meetings on September 26 & 27. This was the time we elected new leaders to our Church Council.

You can get the names of our outgoing, incoming and remaining Council Members on page 2 of our OCTOBER NEWSLETTER.



Cross of Life and Christ the King held their annual meetings on the same day (January 25, 2015) to facilitate a relatively simultaneous vote on Year Two of our three-year plan toward a collaborative union. Both congregations voted to move into Year Two.

To read about this and more from our Annual Meeting, check out page 2 of our FEBRUARY 2014 NEWSLETTER.

Why would Cross of Life want to move forward with a collaboration with Christ the King? What is our plan, and what do we hope it could look like? For answers to these questions and more, click HERE.

Cross of Life's Annual Meeting of the Congregation was held Sunday, January 25, 2015, from 12:00-2:00 p.m. Given the significance of our topics (i.e., furthering our collaboration with Christ the King), it was held at noon instead of between services to allow ourselves sufficient time for discussion.

BONUS: If you attended our Annual Meeting for the first time, got to be one of the first people to "connect the dots." (Hint: it's got something to do with Lent and Sabbatical and 2015 Goals.)

If you haven't already done so, we encourage you take a few moments to review our 2014 ANNUAL REPORT.


On Sundays, January 11, 18, and 25, our 9:30 a.m. Forums were devoted to updates on our relationship with Christ the King as we considered entering into Year Two of our Three-Year Plan toward a collaborative union. Below is a summary of those Forums: 

On JANUARY 11: We reviewed our Year One goals: Build collaborative church councils; Build a collaborative staff; and Build a common technology. We also examined our Year Two goals: Establish a common operating budget; Establish a common vision-setting group; and Consider undertaking a common fund appeal for a Wellness Center.

On JANUARY 18, the Joint Architectural Work group, along with Brian Hatzung, Project Architect from Zimmerman Architectural, presented the possibilities for a future Health and Wellness addition to be built at Christ the King's site. To read more from the Architectural Work group, click HERE for a brief look at the purpose and possible Master Plan for a Health and Wellness expansion. (This work group was formed because of a generous grant of $25,000 received from the Siebert Lutheran Foundation to carry out a feasibility study for a potential Health and Wellness building.)

On JANUARY 25 , we provided an overview and update of the presentations made on January 11 & 18.  We also reviewed the proposed 2015 budget, congregation and council goals for 2015, and ongoing ways of adjusting our staff to match our ministry needs. All of this led us to our Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 25, from noon to 2:00 p.m. 

To view summaries of our Three-Year Plan, visit our CHRIST THE KING web page.


At our Annual Meeting of the Congregation on Sunday, January 26, 2014, the Cross of Life congregation unanimously voted to enter into Year 1 of a proposed 3-year plan leading to a collaborative union with Christ the King Lutheran Church. Read more about it on our Christ the King web page.


While we strive to keep our website as up-to-date as possible, we encourage you check out our MOST RECENT NEWSLETTER for the latest and greatest Cross of Life news!