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OWLS MEETING

by Dean Porzel

OWLS MEETING The next meeting of the OWLS will be held IN PERSON at Christ Lutheran on Thursday, August 13, beginning at 10:00 SHARP. Magician Bill Cook will be our entertainment, and we invite ADULTS ONLY from the congregation to join us. Mandatory masks and social distancing will be required. Canned/bottled drinks and individually-wrapped snacks […]

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 […]

SPECIAL MUSIC FOR THE SUNDAY 9:30 STREAMING SERVICES

by Dean Porzel

During these weeks of streaming our worship services, I have been inviting the congregation to participate in special music for our streaming services. All you would need to do is record yourself at home with my accompaniment and return to me before that designated Sunday. If you wish to accompany yourself, that is fine too. […]

NO RUMMAGE SALE THIS YEAR

by Dean Porzel

The word from the OWLS is that there will not be a Rummage Sale this year. We have limited storage and cannot accommodate holding any items until next year, so please do not bring any rummage treasures our way.

WOMEN’S SCRIPTURE AND PRAYER

by Dean Porzel

WOMEN’S SCRIPTURE AND PRAYER continues this Wednesday, August 5, both in-person and via Zoom, simultaneously, from 9:00 to 10:15. The in-person sessions will meet in the Fireside Room, and follow the safety guidelines for social distancing. For this session: page 21 in the booklet and John 17:6ff.

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. […]

CHILDREN’S MESSAGES FOR THE SUMMER

by Dean Porzel

Do you have a child or grandchild that would love to have an opportunity to spend a few moments with Pastor Ray or Pastor Johnson doing a children’s message? Volunteer your child at the church office. Your child will need to find something special to put in a bag and surprise Pastor with it during […]

ADULT BIBLE STUDY

by Dean Porzel

ADULT BIBLE STUDY continues this Monday, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Pastor Johnson leads the discussion on The Book of Acts.

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 […]

BOOK CLUB

by Dean Porzel

BOOK CLUB The next meeting of the Book Club will be Tuesday, August 25, at 3:30, both in person and Zoom. We will be discussing The Message of the Psalms by Walter Brueggeman.

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 […]

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 […]

No Time to Serve? That’s What You Think!

by Dean Porzel

  No Time to Serve? That’s What You Think! by Barb Mazarakos    Time. For so many of us, it is our most precious commodity. After all, we can earn more money, but we can’t get back lost time. Often when it comes to volunteering at church, we seem to think we need a tremendous […]

You Are Enough

by Dean Porzel

    by Heather Green   When you become a parent, your time is no longer your own. When you have a baby, your schedule revolves around the baby eating and sleeping. If you also have to work, this is exhausting, but as children get older, there is even less “you” time as kids want […]

It’s Better to Give

by Dean Porzel

    by Barb Mazarakos   Remember when Black Friday was single day? Literally, it was the day after Thanksgiving when you could get some of the best “deals” of the holiday season. Stores would open early- some at the crack of 6am- and shoppers could fill their carts without completely emptying their wallets. Every […]

Service Announcements

8:00 a.m. Outdoor Pavilion Worship will continue and will now be limited to 70 worshipers.
Holy Communion will be offered at all 8:00 a.m. services. The gymnasium will be set up for
worship should the weather become an issue.
9:30 a.m. Sanctuary Service will continue to be live streamed but will involve in-person
worshipers with a limit of 80 total (sanctuary, narthex, and Fireside Room capacity).
Holy Communion will be offered:
8:00 a.m. every Sunday
9:30 a.m. every second and fourth Sunday of the month
Drive-up Communion every first, third and fifth Sunday of the month
from 11:00-11:30 a.m.
Worship capacity and hygiene will continue to follow state recommendations. Both the gym, if it
is used, and the sanctuary will be "air scrubbed" after services.
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.