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Arrangements for Gail Hefka

by Dean Porzel

Gail, wife of Bill Hefka, mother of Tracy (Rob) Driver and Laura (Erik) Andersen, and long-time Office Manager of Christ Lutheran, died on Wednesday, October 21. Service will be at     Lawn Funeral Home   17909 S. 94th Avenue,Tinley Park,   on Friday, October 30,   with visitation from 2:00p until time of service […]

CEMETERY FALL CLEANUP

by Dean Porzel

It’s time for the fall cleanup! Weather permitting, please remove all summer decorations by November 1, before the landscapers start working at the cemetery. Stones, lava rocks, edgings, candles, wire holders, pottery, etc. that can be broken or caught in the lawnmowers is prohibited and should be removed. Christ Lutheran Cemetery is located at 14700 […]

ALL SAINTS’ SUNDAY

by Dean Porzel

ALL SAINTS’ SUNDAY is the focus our November 1 Sunday Worship. Our Banner Committee has crafted banners that commemorate the eternal life of members and friends of Christ Lutheran who received funeral ministry through the clergy of our congregation during the year past. The 29 families of the sainted are invited to take their respective […]

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS

by Dean Porzel

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS next Sunday, November 1. Remember to turn your clocks back one hour on Saturday night so you’re on time for church!

Sandy has been HACKED!!

by Dean Porzel

  Sandra Knopp’s email and phone have been hacked. Please note she is not requesting any favors, money $$, nor does she want to sell you a gift card.  Should you receive any such messages from her, please delete them.  She is aware of the situation and is working on a resolution.    

8 TH GRADE CONFIRMATION

by Dean Porzel

8 TH GRADE CONFIRMATION In Wednesday’s class, we continued our study of the Lord’s Prayer, covering pages 178 to 183 in the Catechism. We responded to Matthew 5:16. Dr. Garrett offered a presentation upon the understanding of the divine in the Greek and Roman religions. For next time: Read pages 182-184, and complete Lesson 29 […]

SUNDAY SCHOOL START UP

by Dean Porzel

Next Sunday, September 13, we will start Sunday School via Zoom beginning at 10:45 a.m. Parents, please keep an eye out for an email/post regarding our start up, student registration and the fun events we have planned. Registration forms can be downloaded from our website. Christlutheranorland.com, click on Christian Education, scroll down to Sunday School […]

Christ Lutheran Church Face Masks

by Dean Porzel

Christ Lutheran Church Face Masks CLC MASKS ARE IN Pick up your CLC Face Mask today. Masks are available in two colors, yellow (for those who are health compromised) and green, both printed with our church logo. A variety of sizes are offered; adult small, adult large, and child size. Each mask has a double […]

SANCTUARY VIDEO SCREEN PROJECT

by Dean Porzel

Praise the Lord! To date, a total of $10, 725 has been received from the following people for the purchase and installation of TV monitors on each side of the Chancel wall in the Church Sanctuary: Johann Alm Karen Jelinek Lee & Kathi Reinbolt William & Millie Bard Richard & Luz Jelinek Pete & Debra […]

VOYAGER BIBLE STUDY

by Dean Porzel

VOYAGER BIBLE STUDY continues to meet three times a week via Zoom on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, at 1:00 p.m. These short, 15-minute Bible Studies are led by Pastor Johnson and cover in depth the Book of Acts, the development of the apostles, and their journeys.

GREETINGS

by Dean Porzel

Recently, both Mark and Paul Ledogar sent their greetings and prayers along to Christ Lutheran. Paul conveyed a letter he found that his parents wrote to the family on Christmas, 1965. The faithful sentiments expressed in that Christmas letter are very meaningful both to the Ledogar and Crane families and to this family of faith. […]

SPRING/SUMMER LYTES BIBLE STUDY

by Dean Porzel

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 […]

SPRING/SUMMER VOYAGER BIBLE STUDY

by Dean Porzel

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.

General Information During Covid-19 Restrictions

by Dean Porzel

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 […]

Financial Support

by Dean Porzel

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 […]

A MESSAGE FROM SANDY KNOPP

by Dean Porzel

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 […]

Pastor’s Corner for March, 2020

by Dean Porzel

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.  […]

Remote Worship

by Dean Porzel

Christ Lutheran Church will provide a live stream of the 9:30 service on the Christ Lutheran Church Facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/ChristLutheranOrlandPark/ 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 […]

DIGITAL PICTURE EASTER CONTEST

by Dean Porzel

  Do you have an artistic eye that you would love to share with our church? This Lenten season use your skills for photography and submit a digital picture that best represents an aspect of the Christian faith and a connection to Christ Lutheran Church or surrounding area. No family portraits, pet photos, or selfies. […]

HOLY SMOKERS

by Dean Porzel

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 talonheart1@hotmail.com.

BUST THE BOX!!!!

by Dean Porzel

    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 […]

There’s a Little Bit of Heaven Everywhere

by Dean Porzel

by Dean Porzel    I look forward every year to the end of October, when I transfer my IPod preferred music playlist from my ” 5 Star” or “Road Trip” mix to a playlist called “Holiday Mix”. This folder contains the best of my easy listening 5 Star playlist with a blend of my favorite […]

Being SMART About Resolutions

by Dean Porzel

  Being SMART About Resolutions by Heather Green   We are in the midst of the holiday season with a new year looming before us. That signals that it’s time to start thinking about making resolutions for 2020. I’ve written about resolutions before and how over 80% of resolutions made fail by February. One reason […]

The Sounds of Christmas Come Home

by Dean Porzel

    by Barb Mazarakos   Nothing sets the tone of the Christmas season for me as much as music. I’m not embarrassed to admit that I eagerly flip to the local radio station when it switches to 24-hour Christmas songs (though I don’t listen to it ALL of the time until after Thanksgiving). If […]

Four Different Churches

by Dean Porzel

    by Pete Schrank       I had the pleasure of attending all four church services last week in order to deliver the yearly Stewardship message, and it made me think of the bigger picture. Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church is not a Mega Church but it is a large congregation that needs to work […]

Make Time for Jesus

by Dean Porzel

    by Barb Mazarakos               According to the beloved Christmas hymn Silent Night, “All is calm, all is bright” on that blessed night so long ago. Unfortunately, our current climate of Do, Shop, Buy tend to make many of us feel anything BUT calm and bright as we approach December 25th. So […]

Pastor’s Corner:  December, 2019

by Dean Porzel

  Our Advent Greeting   Again, seasonal greetings are in the news.  Many “Merry Christmas” greetings will be forthcoming.  Arlette Zimmerman would edit it to: “Blessed Christmas!”   London-born Jo Ann might say, “Happy Christmas.”   And most of us would try to be aware and bid a “Happy Hanukkah” to our Jewish neighbors.  Let’s do so […]

LADIES AID / LWML

by Dean Porzel

LWML SUNDAY This Sunday we celebrate the mission work of the women of our church through the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, Ladies Aid, and LWR Quilters. The ministry of the LCMS faithful women began with the establishment of an orphanage in 1868 and assistance to the Lutheran Hospital in St. Louis. That involvement grew into […]

EASY, SECURE GIVING DURING OUR STEWARDSHIP DRIVE

by Dean Porzel

  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 […]

8:00 a.m. Gym of Ledogar Hall Worship will begin now for the season. Communion will be
celebrated in the 8:00 service on the 1st , 3rd, and 5th Sundays of the month. No preregistration required at this time.
9:30 a.m. Sanctuary Service will continue to be live streamed and involve in-person
worshipers with a limit of 80 total (sanctuary, narthex, and Fireside Room capacity). Communion will be
celebrated on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month. No pre-registration required at this time.


Holy Communion will be offered:
8:00 a.m. every first, third and fifth Sunday of the month
9:30 a.m. every second and fourth Sunday of the month
Portico Drive-up Communion every first, third and fifth Sunday of the month
from 10:50-11:30 a.m.


Worship capacity and hygiene (face coverings are required) will continue to follow state
recommendations. Both the gym and the sanctuary will be "air scrubbed" after services.
Please, if you have traveled to a virus hot-zone, please read and follow the Cook County
requirements for self-isolation. During that time, if you need help to connect with worship
remotely or by DVD, please contact Pastor Ray for assistance.
Videos of the services can now be found on our website and YouTube. Should a family member
or you want a DVD of the service, please contact the Church Office at 708-349-0431.