STEPHEN MINISTERS Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 19, at 10:45, in the Fireside Room. Our September meeting will focus on Discovering your Spiritual Gifts. This subject should be beneficial to all of us, so please make every effort to attend!
SUNDAY ADULT BIBLE CLASS The 9:30 Sunday Adult Class (9:30 AC) will begin its new year on Sunday, September 9, and meet in Fellowship Hall under the sanctuary with Lee Reinbolt serving as leader. Please use the stairs or elevator. Our material for this year is entitled “A Longer Look at the Lessons” and focuses on the lessons/readings in church for the weekend. Context, important words and phrases, and current applications for the lessons are highlighted. Occasional DVD lessons related to church festivals will also be incorporated. We hope that you will consider joining 9:30 AC regularly or occasionally, and we look forward to the insights of our new leaders.
WOMEN’S SCRIPTURE AND PRAYER GROUP Led by Pastor Ray, join us this year as we study Ruth: More Than a Love Story. The Holy Spirit is constantly remaking us, transforming us into Christ’s image and workmanship. Just as Ruth is about commitment to faith and to family, it is about God’s commitment to His promises, even when we can’t see those promises being fulfilled. Through this study, we will come to see God’s holiness and wholeness revealed. Bring your favorite Bible or Bible app and plan on attending. Wednesday mornings, from 9:30 to 11:00, in the office conference room, beginning September 5.
The WSPG is supporting a charity called Reclaim 13. Age 13 is the average age when most girls are introduced to sex trafficking. Their bodies and their lives are taken to benefit the adults who are supposed to care for them. The best she can hope for is to survive…unless somebody shows her there is another way, a community where she can find love, compassion, and healing– the world God intended, where His love is greater than the fear she has known. Reclaim13 was created to do this – to show these children that they are NOT alone, that people DO care, and people WILL help! For more information on this organization, visit reclaim13.org.
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.
FAITH AND CONGREGATION CLASS concludes this Thursday, February 8, from 7:00 to 8:30, in the office conference room.
Pastor Rohlfs will lead the group in a study of Christianity from
the Lutheran perspective and in an overview of congregational life, history, and building space
at Christ Lutheran. A good review for current members, the class also enables those from non-
Lutheran backgrounds to join the congregation if they choose to do so. A sample class book is
on the narthex table. Class will continue on January 25, February 1, and February 8.
CLEWS REGISTRATION FOR 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR Registration packets are available
in the CLEWS office or the Church Office. Only a few spots remain for both the THREE and
FOUR programs! Enroll your child before all classes are full! Call Patti Bareither at 708-448-
2614 if you have any questions, or contact the CLEWS office directly at 708-349-0171.
CLEWS is in need of cylindrical salt boxes for a February project. Please save your
empty salt containers and bring them to a CLEWS classroom or the Church Office!
Thanks for your help!
Next Sunday, January 21, during the 9:30 worship, we are
blessed to commission Tammy Marr as a new Stephen Minister to Christ Lutheran Church.
Stephen Ministers provide one-on-one, Christ-centered care to people experiencing grief,
unemployment, hospitalization, loneliness, divorce, financial stress, terminal illness, and other
life difficulties. We praise God for our new caregiver!
Stop by our tables in the Fireside Room following all services on Saturday and Sunday, December 16 and 17. The Haitian Christmas Market will have handmade Haitian artwork and crafts available for purchase. All proceeds will go to support our continuing efforts in Haiti.
If you would like to borrow a DVD copy of † Pastor Ledogar’s Homegoing Call to Glory Service, please sign the sheet and return the copy when you are finished. The DVDs and copies of Pastor’s service liturgy can be found on the bookshelves in the Fireside Room.
Our children’s music ministry is in desperate need of more registered members! Please help us continue this wonderful program. We are in need of: JR. CHIMERS: Grades 2-8. Practices begin Tuesday, September 12, in the sanctuary, 5:00 to 6:00. CHERUB CHOIR: Grades K-4. Practices begin Wednesday, September 13, in the music room, 5:00 to 5:45. YOUTH CHOIR: Grades 5-8. Practices begin Wednesday, September 13, in the music room, 6:00 to 6:45. For more information, contact Sandra Knopp in the Church Office.
We have available Military Challenge Edition Bibles for our military family members and friends. Please take a copy from the table near the military photo board and give it to your service member. They are provided free of charge in appreciation for our service men and women. Should you wish to make a donation to support this Bible distribution, please make a check payable to Christ Lutheran Church, earmarked “Pastoral Ministry Resources.”
Thank you to everyone who continues to crochet shawls for our Prayer Shawl Ministry. ► If you drop off a completed shawl in the Church Office, we ask you please put your name on it so we can thank you for your hard work and dedication to this ministry.
The Diefenthaler Foundation for Professional Church Workers was established in August 1983 as a testimonial to † Mark Diefenthaler and his ministry as Director of Christian Education at Christ Lutheran. Scholarships from the fund are available to students preparing for full-time church work. Applications are available in the Church Office. Applicants must reapply every year. Applications are due by June 30.
Noah’s Nursery is in need of volunteers during the Sunday 9:30 a.m. service. The nursery is open to all infants and children through the age of 3. If you are interested in volunteering in the nursery, please contact Jennifer Herrmann at 708- 268-4496 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WIND CHIMES FOR WELFARE is an effort to help increase funds for the Home Welfare Ministry of Christ Lutheran Church. The wind chimes, in different designs, will depict symbolism of colors, themes, and organizations. These chimes are for indoor use only. Chimes will be displayed and available in the Book Shoppe area for a free-will donation to Home Welfare. If you have any questions, please see John Meister.
“JUST 3” – A CLASS AT CLEWS If your child missed the September 1 cut-off for 3-year old preschool, no need to worry!! Just after your child turns 3, they can begin the “Just 3” program at CLEWS…starting with a birthday celebration! This program will help your child develop social skills, build self-confidence, follow directions, and much more, as well as participate in activities that are age-appropriate and geared toward their developmental levels. For more information or to enroll contact CLEWS at 708-349-0171.
THE STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE has so many ideas for growth, but we need YOU to make it happen! If you are a high school student who knows your way around a website (or you know someone who is!) we could use your help in keeping the church website updated. We are also always in need of new voices for our newsletter articles. No professional writing experience is needed to work as part of our team; topics are decided on collectively and editing help is given along the way. We just need you and your desire to help us reach out to our congregation! Contact Barb at email@example.com if you can help with either area or if you have any article ideas you would like to see us cover. Also, don’t forget to check out our updated on-line calendar at www.christlutheranorland.com to keep up on church events. If you can’t get our emailed version of the newsletter, be sure to look for hard-copies on the narthex table.
|A message from Mark Ledogar
A note from Pastor Ledogar:
Dear loved ones,
It’s hard for me to comprehend that one month ago today, Carol was hospitalized which began our journey towards her life’s end. What a surreal experience – but one that has been guided by God’s loving hand every step of the way. And the love and support that you have shown to me, Mark, Paul and our entire family has been a cherished testament to God’s love made known through dear friends and family like each of you. Thank you.
We will gather on Saturday, October 1 to celebrate Carol’s life and the community of faith that surrounds her. A gathering and visitation of friends and family will begin at 9 am, followed by the Celebration of Life Memorial Service at 10:30, with a reception to follow from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. The service and adjacent gatherings will be held at Christ Lutheran Church in Orland Park (14700 S. 94th Avenue, Orland Park). Whether you are with us in person or remotely in spirit, we invite you to join us in celebrating Carol’s life, and rejoicing in God’s love made known to us through Carol, through one another and through Christ Jesus.
Memorials may be directed in remembrance of Carol to:
Lutheran School of Nursing Student Education Foundation
3547 S. Jefferson Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63118
Christ Lutheran Endowment Fund
14700 S. 94th Avenue
Orland Park, IL 60462
Please note that this message has been sent from my new personal email address, (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please feel free to reply to this email. And please let me know if you will be joining us in person on October 1.
In Christ’s love and with my own,
Honoring her cousin Sharon’s memory, CLC member Sandie Falco is collecting desperately needed school supplies. These supplies will be distributed first to the children of unemployed and underemployed members and friends of the Christ Lutheran congregation; any additional supplies will be used for the children of the Chicago Uptown area. Items can be deposited in the designated box in the narthex. Contact Sandie at 708-403-5999 if you have any questions. Needed items include plain backpacks, notebooks, 3-prong folders, pens, pencils, paper, glue sticks, erasers. If you prefer, checks can be written to Christ Lutheran Church earmarked “school supplies”, and we will do the shopping for you. Please do not write checks to “Sharon’s Angels.” If your children or the children of someone you know are in need of a backpack filled with school supplies, contact Pastor Ledogar in the Church Office at 708-349-0431.