Posts by Dean Porzel

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OWLS NOTES

by Dean Porzel

OWLS MEMBERS & GUESTS Join us on Thursday, August 8, as we travel down the Illinois River on The Spirit of Peoria paddle wheel boat. We will depart Christ Lutheran at 8:30 on a handicapped accessible motor coach, and return at approximately 5:00. The 2-hour cruise includes Dixieland entertainment and lunch. The cost is $70/OWLS […]

LCMS NATIONAL OFFERING

by Dean Porzel

    Join the LCMS in participating in the 2019-2021 LCMS National Offering. All gifts received go directly to the mission of the LCMS to make known the good news of Jesus Christ, joy incarnate, to the world. A flyer is available on the narthex and gym tables if you would like more information, and […]

COLOR GUARD VOLUNTEERS WANTED

by Dean Porzel

  Veterans please join your fellow veterans in Posting Colors for special occasions at church. No experience is necessary. Training will be half an hour before the service. Proper attire will be a VFW or American Legion uniform or black slacks, white shirt and military hat/cap. There is a sign-up sheet on the table in […]

Living Your Christian Faith/ Bearing Witness

by Dean Porzel

    by Pete Schrank             My faith is very important to me but I can say that I do not walk around asking people “Do you know Jesus?” “Are you saved?” “Do you have a personal relationship with Christ?” That does not mean when I am asked about my faith or through […]

Show Me the Way

by Dean Porzel

    by Barb Mazarakos            We are at the great stage in our life where most of our social activities revolve around our kids. Now if you know me, you may not be sure if I say this with sincerity or that snippet of sarcasm you know and love, but I assure […]

Pastor’s Corner:  June 2019

by Dean Porzel

  “Hair-on-Fire Christian Witness”   As the third of the great Church Festivals – Pentecost – approaches on June 9, our hearts turn in the direction of Christian witnessing as prompted and empowered by the Holy Spirit. On that first Pentecost, the disciples/apostles were topped with “flames” and enabled to speak the “wonders of God” in […]

Faith Bigger Than Fear

by Dean Porzel

  Faith Bigger Than Fear by Heather Green      This has been one of the more difficult articles to write. I kept thinking that I needed to share something profound or of deep significance to make it important. But then I realized sometimes simple is more.   As many of you know, I had […]

MOMMY/DADDY & ME

by Dean Porzel

  A play group for children ages 0-3! This interactive play group for children and parents (or other favorite adults) will be led by Patti Bareither, CLEWS Director, on Fridays, September 13, 20, and 27, from 9:30 to 11:30. The group will meet downstairs in the classrooms at Christ Lutheran Church. For more information or […]

PART-TIME TEACHING ASSISTANT NEEDED

by Dean Porzel

Immanuel Lutheran Preschool (Mokena) is in need of a teaching assistant to begin in August, 2019. The position would be Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30 to 12:00, and additional hours for continuing education, staff meetings, and special events. This job requires taking care of physical, emotional, and social needs of children ages 2 1/2 […]

Cemetery Board Actives and Duties

by Dean Porzel

  Cemetery Board Actives and Duties by Arlene Gronwold         The Cemetery Board has six members who care for all the activities of Christ Lutheran Cemetery (147th Street and 82nd Avenue). These activities include transacting the selling of lots ($1,000.00 current price) and making the arrangements with our contracted grave digger to assure the […]

Pastor’s Corner:  May, 2019

by Dean Porzel

      “Graduation”   Not long ago in worship we sang a “Gradual Hymn.” During Lent the Alleluias are omitted, so an added Lenten hymn is sometimes inserted. At our worship planning meeting it was noted that a little triangle (Stand) needed to precede the Gradual Hymn. Why? It is the song that precedes […]

Eastertide

by Dean Porzel

    by Pete Schrank           Easter is far and away the most important Christian Holy Day (Holiday). However we seem to make so much more of the Christmas Season than Easter Season. I know the liturgical season of Lent is about remembering our sin and Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, so we […]

Plan A

by Dean Porzel

    by Barb Mazarakos       Plans. We all make them. Plans for vacation, plans for home repairs, plans for the future. Sometimes things don’t go quite the way we had hoped the first time, so we default to Plan B. (Sometimes Plan C. Or D. Sometimes it’s a good thing we have 26 […]

Easter Traditions at Christ Lutheran

by Dean Porzel

by Heather Green        Everywhere you look at Christ Lutheran, there is evidence that the Easter season is in full swing. From the Thursday morning and evening Lenten services with Holy Communion, the preparations by the Sunday School children for their Easter performance, and the rehearsals of the choirs and orchestras, to the donations […]

Why Infant Baptism?

by Dean Porzel

    by Pete Schrank         The focus for Easter is our salvation in Jesus, and His three-year ministry starts with His baptism in the Jordan River. Christ’s baptism was as an adult. John the Baptist was baptizing many people out in the wilderness by the Jordan River during his ministry. Baptism was the […]

Time for Worship

by Dean Porzel

    by Barb Mazarakos        Easter is a busy time around Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, and there are plenty of opportunities for worship during Holy Week.   We begin with Palm Sunday services on Sunday, April 14. Holy Communion Services in anticipation of the Passion of our Lord will be at 8am, 9:30am […]

Pastor’s Corner:  April, 2019

by Dean Porzel

    “Lent to Easter Lillies”   As I write this April article the days are getting longer. Last week marked the Vernal Equinox and signaled, by both the increasing light and the warming temperatures, the creation is awakening from its winter slumber. Among the signs of spring are the shoots emerging from flowering bulbs. […]

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 […]

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 […]