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Arrangements for James D. Ross

by Dean Porzel

James D. Ross, husband of Donna and son-in-law of Arlette Zimmermann, died on Friday, February 15.     A memorial service will be held for +James Ross on Saturday, March 23, at Christ Lutheran Church. Visitation will begin at 9:00, and Pastor Rohlfs will conduct the memorial service beginning at 11:00.    

FERNANDO ORTEGA IN CONCERT

by Dean Porzel

  Calvary Church (Orland Park) welcomes Fernando Ortega on Saturday, March 23. Doors open at 6:00, and the concert begins at 7:00. General Admission is $17; VIP Tickets (including access to post-concert Meet-and-Greet) are $39. Buy your tickets at www.1160hope.com/concert.

PLOWS MEMORY CAFÉ SOCIAL GATHERINGS PLOWS

by Dean Porzel

Council on Aging is sponsoring a new Memory Café to serve as a social gathering for people living with dementia and other forms of cognitive impairment and their care partners. The free events offer friendly conversation, an opportunity to relax and feel welcomed by and connected to the community, and informative presentations from local experts […]

BOOK CLUB

by Dean Porzel

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, April 30 (5th Tuesday), at 7:15, in the Fireside Room. Our book will be The House by the Side of the Road: The Story of Frank W. Sanders and The Center [of Palos Heights], by Lois Lauer. Looking to May, our book will be Places Along the Way: Meditations […]

HOW POLICE RESPOND TO A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS

by Dean Porzel

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) invites you to a presentation by Officer Joseph Carlson (Palos Heights PD) and Sergeant Troy Siewert (Orland Park PD), as they provide perspective on the challenges police officers face when responding to a call that involves a mental health crisis. This event will be held here at Christ […]

OWLS EVENT

by Dean Porzel

Are you weary of winter? Tired of ice and snow? Don’t worry about planning an expensive trip to the islands….the OWLS are bringing the Royale Polynesian Revue to perform at Christ Lutheran Church! Enjoy Polynesian costumes, music and dance, and a delicious catered lunch. This event will be held on Thursday, May 9, at 11:00 […]

OWLS ANNIVERSARY LUNCHEON

by Dean Porzel

The OWLS will be celebrating 28 years of fellowship and service with an Anniversary Luncheon on Sunday, May 5, at Jenny’s Steak House (11041 Menard Avenue, Chicago Ridge). OWLS members and their guests may purchase tickets for $21 per person, due by April 28. Please see Diane Linkowski for tickets.

OWLS NOTES

by Dean Porzel

 Next meeting Thursday, April 4 (1st Thursday), at 10:00 (prior to service at 11:00).  28th Anniversary Dinner at Jenny’s Steak House on Sunday, May 5 ($21 per person).  Royale Polynesian Revue on Thursday, May 9, at 11:00 ($22 per person).

NID’s “LENTEN INSPIRATION”

by Dean Porzel

NID’s “LENTEN INSPIRATION” is Saturday, March 30, here at Christ Lutheran Church. We will begin at 8:15 with Registration and fellowship and conclude at 1:15 following lunch. See Arlene Gronwold if you have any questions. Pre-registration was required.

LENTEN WORSHIP SERVICES

by Dean Porzel

  Lenten communion services continue this Thursday, March 21, at 11:00 (a lunch after) and 7:00, under the theme: “Beatitudes of Promise.” Lenten services will continue on Thursdays, March 28, April 4 and 11. The evening Lent services will take place in Duehr Memorial Chapel.

WOMEN’S SCRIPTURE AND PRAYER GROUP

by Dean Porzel

WOMEN’S SCRIPTURE AND PRAYER GROUP continues this Wednesday, March 20, with our study of Judges. For next class, we will pick up at Judges 6:17 and page 22 in the book.

VBS LEAD CREW

by Dean Porzel

  The VBS Lead Crew will have its first meeting on Tuesday, March 19, at 5:30, in the office conference room. Sub City sandwiches will be provided. If you would like to join the 8+ members of this crew in a leadership role, you are welcome to attend this meeting. Please call or text Pastor […]

YOUTH EVENT – ROMANS & CHRISTIANS

by Dean Porzel

Calling all LYTES and VOYAGERS for Romans & Christians this Sunday, March 17, from 6:00 to 8:30. Ice cream sundaes will be served after the fun, and friends are welcome!

YOUTH ORCHESTRA

by Dean Porzel

    YOUTH ORCHESTRA Hey kids (5th Grade and older)! Sign up to play in the Easter Family Service Youth Orchestra, Sunday, April 21, at 9:00 a.m. There will be one practice on Saturday, April 20, at 10:00. Please sign up on the bulletin board by the gym.

USHERS NEEDED FOR HOLY WEEK

by Dean Porzel

     Ushers are needed for the Maundy Thursday, April 18, and Good Friday, April 19, 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. worship services. A sign-up sheet is located on the narthex table.  Ushers are also needed for the 6:30 Sunrise Service and the 9:00 Family Service on Easter Sunday, April 21. There is […]

EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA

by Dean Porzel

    This year’s Easter Eggstravaganza will be held on Saturday, April 13, from 10:30 to 12:00. Volunteer forms available soon. We will be stuffing eggs on Mondays, March 25 and April 1, at 6:30, downstairs in Fellowship Hall. Please come help us out…and bring a bag of candy if you can. We have many […]

EASTER PLANTS

by Dean Porzel

    Easter lilies and a variety of spring flowers will adorn the chancel on Easter Sunday, April 21. 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 small table is set up […]

PUBLIC HEARING

by Dean Porzel

The church received notice for a public hearing regarding an 11.2 acre development on the southeast corner of the mall property. President Peter Schrank or Vice President Allen Morris will attend this March 19 hearing. For more information, contact Pete through the Church Office, 708-349-0431.

Save the Date!

by Dean Porzel

Save the Date!   Portraits in Grace by Joseph M. Martin   On Good Friday, April, 19th at 7:00PM. The Christ Choir of Christ Lutheran Church will perform the Good Friday cantata, “Portraits in Grace” Written by Joseph M. Martin. This Tenebrae (a service in gradual darkness) includes choral music, hymns, narration, readings and congregation […]

Be a Blessing

by Dean Porzel

      by Barb Mazarakos       Those who have been around Christ Lutheran Church for a long time know that a favorite saying of +Pastor Walt+ was that we are “blessed to be a blessing”. So strong was his sense of outreach and helping our neighbors that it became a calling card of […]

A Woman’s Place

by Dean Porzel

  by Dean Porzel        A woman’s place is…….? Our perspective is certainly changing with respect to this age old question. In our faith life, it is true that we may continue to see the role of the female in the church distributed as represented in this chart:     While this graphic may […]

How Well Do You Know Your Neighbors?

by Dean Porzel

      by Barb Mazarakos         “What a small world!” How often have you heard that phrase, or maybe even said it yourself, when you realize that two people you know from different areas of your life also know one another, independent of you? Social media has been a big reason why we […]

Mary the Mother of Jesus

by Dean Porzel

    by Pete Schrank        The theme this month is Women in the Church. Many people say the Christian religion is at worst anti-woman or at best places women in a secondary position to men. I believe that this is not the case. We have many examples of influential women such as Mary […]

Pastor’s Corner: March, 2019

by Dean Porzel

      Pastor’s Corner:     “Shrove Sunday… Ash Wednesday… Easter!” So we are at the entrance to Lent with Ash Wednesday on March 6 this year. For Lent we line up with the lunar calendar following our ancient faith-lead of Passover and marking time with the risen Savior in the celebration of Easter. So […]

C.L.E.W.S. News, January 2019

by Dean Porzel

    by Patti Bareither        A new year is already upon us and at C.L.E.W.S. we are eagerly planning an exciting year, as we begin holding  registration for the 2019-2020 school year.   PHASE I: Now through January 19, 2019 for Christ Lutheran and CLEWS families. Early registration enables Christ Lutheran and CLEWS […]

Overseas in the Early Days

by Dean Porzel

    by Barb Mazarakos        Missionaries have long faced challenges in their efforts to spread the Word of God to all nations, but perhaps none faced the struggles that the first overseas missionaries of the Lutheran Church-Missouri synod, Rev. Theodore Naether and Rev. Franz Mohn, did.   Commissioned at what now is the […]

The Mission of the Apostles

by Dean Porzel

    by Pete Schrank During a recent trip to India, one of my business colleagues who lives there and is not at Christian said to me, “Do you know that the Apostle Thomas was sent to India?” I answered, “Yes, ‘Doubting Thomas’ was sent to bring the message of resurrection and redemptions and is […]

In the Footsteps of the 12

by Dean Porzel

    by Barb Mazarakos            Happy New Year! It seems like each year goes a little faster and here we are now with the start of 2019, another 365 days of blank slate in front of us. Some of us may have made resolutions: lose weight, eat more veggies, read a book […]

Pastor’s Corner for January

by Dean Porzel

  “Going Forward with God”   Year of Our Lord 2019.   Or is it just 2019?   As we enter the New Year, we are encouraged in faith to go with the hope and strength that comes with God’s presence. One of my favorite devotional writers over these now many years has been Rev. Herman […]

John Newton: Amazed By Grace

by Dean Porzel

John Newton: Amazed By Grace   By Barb Mazarakos   There is a common piece of advice given to writers when they start out to “write what you know”. These words are often the purest, coming from a place close to the heart where feelings and thoughts mostly unspoken find their way into the world. Such […]