LENTEN WORSHIP SERVICES Lenten communion services continue this Thursday, March 1, at 11:00 (a lunch after) and 7:00, under the theme: “Prayers of the Passion.” The messages will be in dramatic dialogue form. Assisting Pastor Ray and Pastor Dan with the dialogue throughout the Lenten series are Celeste Branding, Helen Duehr, Mike Fisher, Don Gronwold, Dolly Hoffer, Barb Krueger, and Tammy Marr. Lenten services will continue on Thursdays, March 8, 15, and 22. The evening Lent services will take place in Duehr Memorial Chapel.
The 2019 dates for direct burial at Abraham Lincoln Cemetery are Friday, April 10, Monday, July 9, and Tuesday, October 9, 2019. All services begin at 9:00a. The public is invited to attend.
The 8th grade Elder/Parent/Confirmand meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 14, from 5:30 to 6:20 in the sanctuary. We will discuss very important information about the Rite of Confirmation at that time, so it is critical that the student and at least one parent participate in this meeting. If you are unable to attend this meeting, please contact Pastor Rohlfs at email@example.com or 708-349-0431.
OWLS will not have a meeting on Thursday, March 8, because of Lenten lunches. Our next meeting will be Thursday, April 12, at 10:00.
We will begin collecting items for our Rummage Sale on March 1. Please leave donated items in Ledogar Hall. NOTE: NO car seats, sofas, TVs, entertainment centers, or computers will be accepted. The Rummage & Bake Sale will be held on Friday, April 27, from 9:00 to 3:00 and Saturday, April 28, from 9:00 to 1:00.
The OWLS are planning a bus trip to “Festa Italiana” at the Jacob Henry Mansion Estate in Joliet on Tuesday, June 19. A tour of the 40-room mansion, an Italian-style lunch, and entertainment by “The Tenors 3” is included. The cost will be $65 for members of the OWLS, and $70 for guests. Check the narthex table for more information.
Give your pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters (mites) in the mite boxes for mission work through the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. These boxes will be collected during Lent and Holy Week in the large purple/white box in the narthex.
We are privileged to welcome the following new members into Christ Lutheran congregation at the 9:30 Sunday service:
- Keith Bartelmey – Completion of FCC, member
- Janice Janiszewski – Completion of FCC, member
- Jim Maday (FCC) – Profession of Faith / Affirmation of Baptism
- Donna Maday – Completion of FCC, member
- Joe Mattera (FCC) – Profession of Faith / Affirmation of Baptism
- Lola Montoya-Mattera (FCC) – Profession of Faith / Affirmation of Baptism
- Michael Wanroy (FCC) – Profession of Faith / Affirmation of Baptism
- Shawna Wanroy (FCC) – Profession of Faith / Affirmation of Baptism
- Eloise Wanroy, Hunter Wanroy – Baptized Members
- Sarah Wokurka (FCC) – Reaffiliation with the Lutheran Church
The CHOICE Bakers wish to thank the many volunteers who participated in the recent cookie sale. We also thank our wonderful congregation for their very generous freewill donations. Proceeds of $1,430 were collected and, along with a
donation of $570 from First Fruits, will be evenly divided between Trinity Services and Bethshan Association. ~ The Evangelism Committee
WOMEN’S SCRIPTURE & PRAYER GROUP continues this Wednesday, February 28, at 9:30, with page 50 and following in Grace: A Bible Study on Ephesians for Women. WSPG meets in the Office Conference Room.
ADULT BIBLE STUDY continues this Sunday, February 25, at 9:30, downstairs in Fellowship Hall. Please join us!
The next meeting of the Book Club will be Tuesday, February 27, at 7:15. Our book for February will be Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time: The Historical Jesus and the Heart of Contemporary Faith by Marcus Borg (Paperback – April 7, 2015). The Book Club will not meet in March, but will resume in April with The Message of the Psalms (Augsburg Old Testament Studies), by Walter Brueggemann (Paperback – January 1, 1985).
In the assurance of eternal life, we offer Christian comfort to the family and friends of:
† Elmer Sitkawitz. Elmer, father/grandfather of Susan (Paul) Vorel and family, passed to glory on Friday, February 16. The funeral was held on Wednesday, February 21, at St. Peter Ev. Lutheran Church in Chicago.
† Mary Trendl. Mary, wife of Joseph and mother of Theresa (Mark) Struppa, was born into eternal life on Monday, February 19. A memorial service is being planned for a later date at St. George Catholic Church in Tinley Park.
† Edie Wieher. Edie was called to heaven on the early morning of February 21, at the age of 93 years. The visitation and funeral will be held on Wednesday, February 28, at Chapel Hill Gardens South Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 3:00 to 5:30, and Pastor Rohlfs will officiate the service beginning at 5:30.
We ask abiding comfort for the family of † Courtney Ischinger, much loved daughter of Roberta Ischinger Skrip. Courtney passed to heaven on April 27, 2016.
A memorial service for † Fred Beyer, husband of Mary Karstens, and father of members Jonathan Beyer, Morgan (John) Barry, and Alex Beyer, will be held this Saturday, March 3, at Christ Lutheran Church. Visitation will be held from 10:30 to 11:30, and Pastor Rohlfs will officiate the service beginning at 11:30.
Mark your calendars and plan on joining us for Splash Canyon: God’s Promise on Life’s Wild Ride Vacation Bible School from Monday, June 18, through Friday, June 22. At Splash Canyon VBS, kids discover that, on life’s wild ride, Jesus is by our side. God saves us through Jesus and gives us life and hope every day and forever! Summer servant forms and VBS registration forms will be available in March.
The 8th Grade Confirmand Retreat will be held on Sunday, March 11, from 3:00 to 8:30. Devotions on “Growing in Prayer,” volleyball and fellowship with the VOYAGERS youth, really good pizza, and fireside fellowship (bonfire, if
the weather cooperates) will enhance the confirmation experience.
We will celebrate Scout Sunday on March 4. Come celebrate with us at the 9:30 worship service. We will recognize Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts. Scouts – – wear your uniform, and you will be called to the front of the church prior to the Children’s Message. Patches will be given to all Scouts that participate! For more information contact Kathi Sterling at 708-371-3672 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Call Committee will have a meeting on Wednesday, February 28, beginning at 6:00. We will meet in the Office Conference Room. Please contact Jan Johnson if you have any questions.
Qualified charitable distributions have been permanently extended. A QCD may be made when the IRA holder is age 70 ½ or older. Individuals can donate up to $100,000 per year directly from a traditional or Roth IRA to qualifying charities. This is attractive to some investors because QCDs can be used to satisfy required minimum distributions from an IRA without having the distribution included in their income. Contact your IRA Administrator for more information.
Hey kids (5th Grade and older)! Sign up to play in the Easter Family Service Youth Orchestra, Sunday, April 1, at 9:00 a.m. There will be one practice on Saturday, March 31 at 10:00. Please sign up on the bulletin board by the gym.
Easter lilies and a variety of spring flowers will adorn the chancel on Easter Sunday, April 1. The cost of each plant is $12.00. If you would like to purchase a plant to decorate the chancel, a sign up and payment envelopes are available in the narthex (a stand is set up by the narthex table). PLEASE SIGN YOUR NAME ON THE LIST WHEN YOU ORDER! Please return payment envelopes via the offering basket or the Church Office front desk. Deadline to order is Sunday, March 25. Donors are welcome to take their plant(s) home after the 11:00 Easter service. Plants left after a week will be discarded.