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VOTERS’ MEETING

by Dean Porzel

  On Sunday, June 9, at 11:30, we will have our semi-annual Voters’ Meeting. The meeting will be held in Fellowship Hall. Members of the congregation who are 18 years of age and older are encouraged to come and join in the decision-making process. ► Church Council will meet on Tuesday, June 4, at 6:30.

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 […]

MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE

by Dean Porzel

  On Monday, May 27, we will have the annual Memorial Day service at 10:00 at Christ Lutheran Cemetery. The Memorial Day service will include a ceremony by the American Legion Orland Memorial Post #111 honoring the veterans buried there. We will also include the names of the sainted whose remains were interred at Christ […]

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 […]

DIEFENTHALER FOUNDATION GRANTS

by Dean Porzel

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. […]

GRADUATE RECOGNITION

by Dean Porzel

  On Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2, at all worship services, we will recognize graduates from high school, college and graduate school. Graduates will be invited forward for a prayer and acknowledgment. Fill out the form on the table in the narthex and return it in the offering plate or to the Church […]

SUMMER WORSHIP SCHEDULE

by Dean Porzel

    The summer worship schedule begins Saturday, May 25, and continues through Sunday, September 1. The Saturday worship service will be at 5:00, and Sunday services will be held at 8:00 and 10:00. ☼ Beginning Friday, May 24, the Church Office will begin summer hours. The Church Office will be open Monday through Thursday […]

MEMORIAL SERVICE

by Dean Porzel

A Memorial Service will be held for † George Olmsted on Saturday, May 25, at 1:00 p.m. Pastor Rohlfs will conduct the service at Christ Lutheran Church. George, father of Gerry (Sandy) Olmsted, died on Sunday, April 7.

MEMORIAL SERVICE

by Dean Porzel

A Memorial Service will be held for † Bobbi Scott on Saturday, May 18, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Michael’s Church in Orland Park. Bobbi, mother-in-law of Janet († Donald) Scott, died on Tuesday, April 16.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2019

by Dean Porzel

  MIRACULOUS MISSION – Jesus Saves the World June 17 – 21, 2019, 9:00a to NOON SUMMER SERVANTS NEEDED Sign up to be a SUMMER SERVANT for VBS 2019! We need ALL of you – adults and teens – to help in many different areas! So sign up today to volunteer! Teen servants will be […]

CONFIRMATION CLASSES

by Dean Porzel

  CONFIRMATION PRACTICE/PICTURE The confirmation class picture and practice is this Wednesday, May 15. Class photo will be taken by Wehmeier Portraits from 4:45 to 4:55. Students need to bring their robes, lightly ironed, and wear appropriate apparel and shoes. Practice for the Rite of Confirmation will immediately follow and conclude by 5:45.    […]

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 […]

BOOK CLUB

by Dean Porzel

BOOK CLUB Our final meeting of the season will be Tuesday, May 28, at 7:15, in the Fireside Room. Our book will be Places Along the Way: Meditations on the Journey of Faith, by Martin Marty & Micah Marty. ♦ Several copies of the May selection are available for Book Club members on the Fireside […]

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 […]