CHILDREN’S MESSAGES FOR THE SUMMER are planned to follow the tradition of Christ Lutheran: a child will select an object and bring it forward for the message. Details and technical connections are yet to be worked out, but at this time we are seeking the names of children who would like to sign up to offer an object for a Children’s Message. We plan to incorporate these children into the Children’s Message via technology TBA. Wouldn’t that be fun?? Sign-up by emailing Office Manager Julie Jancik at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us on Mondays, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. via Zoom, beginning this Monday, May 18, for Adult Bible Study. Led by Pastor Johnson, we will discuss The Book of Acts. We will explore the culture, economics, and reality the disciples faced when they began their missionary journeys. We will cover in-depth the development of disciples, the growth of the Church, and problems they encounter.
SPRING/SUMMER LYTES BIBLE STUDY will meet three times a week via Zoom on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, at 1:30 p.m. These short, 15-minute Bible Studies, led by Pastor Johnson, continue this week, so feel free to join us! We will be covering the life and journey of the 12 disciples found in the Gospels and Acts.
Voyager Bible Study will meet three times a week via Zoom on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, at 1:00 p.m. These short, 15-minute Bible Studies, led by Pastor Johnson, continue this week, so feel free to join us! We will be covering in depth the Book of Acts, the development of the apostles, and their journeys.
This serves to inform the members of the congregation that, in light of the dysfunctional times we are going through, at a regularly scheduled meeting on May 12, 2020, the Church Council reviewed the feasibility of having a Voters’ Meeting in June. The decision of the Council is that we will continue as we have been, holding live streaming devotional services and Communion served outside at the portico. Until things progress toward normal, there is no need for a Voters’ Meeting. Please rest assured that all matters of church administration continue smoothly. Thank you for your understanding.
WORSHIP SERVICES WILL BE STREAMED LIVE ON SUNDAY MORNINGS AT 9:30 A.M. ON FACEBOOK. AVAILABLE TO VIEW ON THE CHURCH WEBSITE AT 12:00 NOON.
DVDs of services are available by contacting Pastor Ray, 708-341-0431.
PORTICO DRIVE-UP CAR COMMUNION SUNDAYS FROM 11:00 a.m. TO 12:00 noon
ALL AT-CHURCH ACTIVITIES, MEETINGS, AND MUSIC REHEARSALS HAVE BEEN CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
SEE BULLETIN FOR CLASSES AND MEETINGS BEING HELD VIA ZOOM OR CONFERENCE CALL.
PRAYERS AND DEVOTION REFLECTIONS ARE BEING POSTED IN THE “PASTOR’S CORNER” ON THE WEBSITE.
The graveside service for † Marian Ritter to be held on Friday, May 15, has been postponed. Please watch the bulletin for more information.
As you are able during this time of financial distress, your offering to support CELC on an ongoing basis can be made by one of four ways: 1) Use the Giveplus smart phone app; there will be a small service change. 2) Use the website https://www.christlutheranorland.com. You will find the donation link at the bottom of the page (enabled by GivePlus). 3) Set up direct withdraw from your checking account through ACH (automatic Clearing House); the form will be sent by e-mail to all members on Constant Contact (Church e-mail list). 4) Mail your envelopes to the church by US Mail. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO CONTINUE TO GIVE THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS THROUGH MAIL, ACH, AND E-GIVING
A MESSAGE FROM SANDY KNOPP (DIRECTOR OF MUSIC) PARTICIPATING IN SPECIAL MUSIC FOR THE SUNDAY 9:30 STREAMING SERVICES
PARTICIPATING IN SPECIAL MUSIC FOR THE SUNDAY 9:30 STREAMING SERVICES During these weeks of streaming our worship services, I have been including the congregation to participate in special music for our streaming services. These weeks I have been recording the musicians/vocalists music at church or at home and emailing the accompaniment and sheet music. All you would need to do is record yourself at home with my accompaniment and return to me before that designated Sunday (either by email or text). If you wish to accompany yourself, that is fine too. Yours in Christ, Sandy Knopp
DIEFENTHALER FOUNDATION GRANTS 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.
On Wednesday, June 10, we will meet remotely to discuss Psalm 103.
On Wednesday, June 17, we will begin a new series to continue through the summer months. Our study will be: Prayers of the New Testament (in the Life Guide IVP series). Class will be taught by Pastor Ray on Wednesday mornings via ZOOM at 9:00 a.m.
Grace, peace and strength be to you during this critical time. We pray that you are well and caring for yourselves and others with the love of Jesus. Know that the Holy Spirit interprets even our “sighs” before the throne of grace so that we may have hope in our Lord, Romans 8: 15 ff. Know that a good resource for home devotions is found on page 4 of the Portals of Prayer. We hope that in the days ahead you will join us for live stream worship, see not below, or request a CD as noted, so that we worship the Lord, are strengthened by his promises and stay connected in Christ. We pray to the Lord that soon it will be safe to congregate together again at Christ Lutheran. If you have access, please also check our website and Facebook through this time. After much prayer and consultation of the Board of Elders, the decision has been made at this critical time to conduct services via live stream and Facebook only (no physical congregating at this time). The services will be live streamed on Thursday at 11:00 and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and should be available on Facebook thereafter. Should you need a CD of the service for pick up at the church or to be mailed, please email the church office at email@example.com and copy to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Prayer at this critical time by people of faith, hope and love,
offered by Pastor Ray+
Heavenly Father, we are called anew in urgent prayer before you, together with loved ones in our homes or alone but really one with the whole Church by the Holy Spirit in the Community of Saints. Thank you, Lord, for the technology you have given so that we come together this way before you. We come in prayer: people of abiding “faith, hope and love,” I Cor. 13: 13.
Faith. Lord, drawn us near in trust worked by the Holy Spirit. There is much we do not know at this time, and it is frustrating. We know that sickness was not part of the “God saw that it was good”-world. But sin entered the world and so did sickness and death. We know that sickness is not part of your ultimate will, but we struggle with why you sometimes allow these pandemics over time. Truly, it is a struggle of faith. Draw us near in faith to you, the everlasting and merciful Lord. Assure us of your love grounded and alive in Jesus and the truth that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus,” Romans 8: 35-39. Draw us in humility, Lenten repentance and grace-filled faith.
Draw us near as people of hope. It is so easy caught up in Godless anxiety and despair. Remind us that you are God, Psalm 46: 10. Your gracious promises hold as anchor of the soul, Hebrews 6: 19. Help us to turn to you in prayer and lead others to you, maybe back to you. Bring people together with their loved ones in prayer again. Work, Lord, through the amazing immune system you have created, for we are “fearfully and wondrously made,” Psalm 139: 14. We pray, Lord, work through caring and brave doctors, scientists and health care workers to put down this evil virus. Renew us in hope and in peace. Remind us in hope that Jesus gives peace beyond anything the world can offer as we remember a favorite passage of sainted Pr. Ledogar: John 14: 25-27.
Finally, finally. The greatest of these is love. Help us love neighbors as we love ourselves. Call us to that Upper Room love: To love “as you have loved us,” John 15:12. So prompt us to the discipline of practicing healthy etiquette in care for self, and, hey, we are Christians, for others! If I am praying this and know that I am a hugger, help me to hold back in love. Help us to hold back from congregating physically at Christ Lutheran and beyond right now and from sharing gathered Holy Communion for now. Our hearts are heavy at this spiritual distancing, but we know love requires even that pause. In faith and love continue to inform our Board of Elders’ and pastors’ counsel regarding worship by live streaming and otherwise, and Lord guide our congregational leaders in evaluation of all activities that would gather here. In love help our first responders, utility worker, plumbers, grocery store workers and all other essential service providers like these: ____________________ to continue to serve others in real need. So move us in love that means no handshakes and even congregating worship for a time, but also to move in love when you call us to be there for one is urgent need. Give us that brave love in and for the world, Savior and Lord.
O Lord, hears us, faith, hope, love people alive by grace in you, the living God. Lord Jesus Christ you are “the same yesterday, today and forever,” Hebrews 13:8. In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
Duehr Chapel Devotions
Christ Lutheran Church will provide a live stream of the 9:30 service on the Christ Lutheran Church Facebook page;
This opportunity for “remote worship” will be provided as an option during the current COVID-19 health emergency for those who choose not to physically attend Sunday worhip services.
We would like to remind you that you can take advantage of our new “Mobile” giving service through Give+.
Instructions on how to use this service can be found here:
Any giving through this service, or through the acces to Give+ from our web page will be posted to your annual ontributions account.
HOLY SMOKERS Due to the large number of smokers and would-be smokers we’ve been
blessed with, information on multiple start dates will be given next weekend. If you have
questions, contact Pastor Johnson at 309-531-4868 or an email at email@example.com.
Each month we gather many canned goods for Loaves and Fishes. Let’s start this year with a hefty goal, more than 500 lbs! Beginning January 26, let us dig a bit deeper and make a huge donation of non-perishable food items (no glass please). This is a great way to get your family involved in helping those in need.
CLEWS REGISTRATION FOR 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR Members of Christ Lutheran Church may register for the THREE AND FOUR YEAR OLD PRESCHOOL PROGRAM starting NOW! Being a Christ Lutheran member, your child will have first choice of class times and days. Registration packets are available in the CLEWS office or the Church Office. As soon as your application and registration fee are received, you will be contacted. Open Registration begins on Sunday, January 26, so take advantage of this early opportunity to enroll your child before all classes fill up! Call Patti Bareither at 708-448-2614 if you have any questions, or contact the CLEWS office directly at 708-349-0171. Open Houses: January 26, 10:30 to 1:00, and January 28, 5:00 to 7:00
CLEWS REGISTRATION FOR 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR Registration packets are available
in the CLEWS office or the Church Office. If you have any questions, contact the CLEWS office
directly at 708-349-0171.
EASY, SECURE GIVING DURING OUR STEWARDSHIP DRIVE During our stewardship drive, we ask that you consider making a one-time donation or set up a recurring payment using our eGiving methods. It only takes a few seconds to make a weekly offering, give during our stewardship drive. Thank you for your generosity and support as we move toward this season of gratitude. Visit christlutheranorland.com and click our “Make Donation” button, or download the “GivePlus” mobile app.
LWML MITES Thank you for your continued support of the vital mission work of the LWML by gathering your pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters! Our goal is $1,000 again this year. Please return your mite boxes to the designated purple box in the narthex and help us reach our goal! We appreciate your generosity!
Our children’s music ministry is in need of more registered members! Please help us continue these wonderful programs. We are in need of kids for our JR. CHIMERS (Grades 2-8), CHERUB CHOIR (Grades K-4), and our YOUTH CHOIR (Grades 5-8). For more information, contact Sandra Knopp by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or in the Church Office
MOMMY/DADDY & ME continues this Friday, September 20, from 9:30 to 11:30. The group meets downstairs in the classrooms. Sign-up forms are still available on the narthex table.