GREETINGS

Being newly elected as president of the congregation I thought it might be helpful to give you some background since my wife and I are new members at St. Luke. Growing up in Minnesota I attended a Lutheran church from the time I was a toddler. My parents both sang in the church choir so I was delegated to sit with Tante Willer during the service until I was old enough to sing in a choir. She was a loving grandmother that was a friend of our family. As all young Lutherans, I was baptized, attended Sunday school, Luther League, and Confirmation classes. I was fortunate to grow up in the faith-filled communities of Minneapolis, Ortonville, and Moorhead. There seemed to be a Lutheran church around every corner in Minnesota and still is today.

I attended Moorhead High School and North Dakota Agricultural College (now-North Dakota State University) studying architecture. This was during the Korean War and I was fortunate enough to be selected to attend The Air Force Flight Program in San Antonio, Texas. After my service I again went to NDAC. Pizza was just becoming popular so I opened a pizza parlor in Grand Forks, N.D. This turned out to be successful so I opened another pizza parlor in Detroit Lakes, MN. It was here I met my wife, Sandi. We were married four years later and I was going back to school at the University of Minnesota when I was offered a job with Becton Dickinson, a surgical manufacturer that sounded exciting. Within months of our marriage we were on our way to Omaha, Nebraska. From then on we moved six times across the United States. My final position was a Division Manager in the Consumer Group for half the United States. Sandi and I adopted a daughter in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a son in Oakland, California and then came a big surprise – a son born in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey. We are very fortunate that all three children, their spouses, and six grandchildren live within minutes of us.

During our many moves we have found that the church has been a supportive and vital part of our lives. Both Sandi and I have had many opportunities to serve the Lord from the planting of lawns to being a president of a congregation and in all capacities we have loved doing the Lord’s work. I am looking forward to all the upcoming projects here at St. Luke and feel blessed that I can be a part of such a positive and friendly congregation. Please feel free to come to me with any ideas, or problems as I look forward to getting to know all of you personally.

May God continue to bless this Congregation.
Chuck Wilkening