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Carol Hokel Brings Ministry to a Close

May 11, 2017

Dear Friends at Christ the King,

I am writing to share with you the news that Carol Hokel has resigned from her position as Organist at Christ the King Lutheran Church. She will be bringing her work among us to a close as of Pentecost Sunday, June 4, 2017.

In her letter, Carol writes, “I would like to thank the people of Christ the King for all the kindness, friendship, love and support over the thirty years it has been my privilege and joy to have been among you. I love you all and you have become our family. This decision has come with prayer, tears, thought and much conversation with my family. Although I feel tremendous sadness, the time has come for me to take the next step in my life and that means leaving my work among you. My years here have been the very best of my church music career. I have truly loved that work and all of you. I thank you all so much for the wonderful times we have had together.”

We give thanks to God for the variety of ways Carol has shared her gifts with us over the years: leading hymns for worship, providing accompaniment for the Sanctuary Choir and other ensembles, and of course, for her stirring and beautiful organ preludes and postludes. We will take the opportunity on Pentecost (June 4th) to celebrate Carol’s thirty years of ministry among us, and to give thanks for the gift she has been to Christ the King. Details of this celebration will be shared widely as soon as they begin to take shape.

I will be working closely with Director of Worship and Music Nate Crary and Choral Director Heather Nelson to establish a transition plan and search process. While it is too soon to say with any certainty, we hope to have completed this transition by the end of summer. We will be sure to communicate regularly with the congregation as these plans unfold.

Carol has indicated that she and Gary intend to continue to consider Christ the King as their church home, and that after some initial time away, they hope to join us once again as part of the CtK worshiping community. In the meantime, I invite you to join me in showing your deep and heartfelt appreciation to Carol for her many years of service to God and to CtK.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Peter Hanson

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