Posts by Dean Porzel

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Arrangements for Josephine A. Dudek

by Dean Porzel

Josephine A. “Jay” Dudek (nee Dallio), loving mother of CELC member Michael (Natalie) Dudek, died on Saturday, November 9.   Visitation Friday 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Funeral Saturday 10 a.m. from Thornridge Funeral Home 14318 S. LaGrange Rd., (Northbound traffic, U-turn permitted at 143rd St.), Orland Park to St. Michael Catholic Church Mass 10:45 […]

BOOK CLUB

by Dean Porzel

    BOOK CLUB The next meeting of the Book Club will be Tuesday, November 26, at 7:15, in the Fireside Room. We will discuss Being Lutheran by A. Trevor Sutton, Concordia Publishing House.

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 […]

Dealing With Change

by Dean Porzel

by Pete Schrank             As the CELC Newsletter heads into its seventh year, I know we are touching on some subjects we have covered before. I know we have talked about change in the past but this subject can be viewed from many different perspectives. As Christians, we know that God never changes. […]

Time to Give Thanks

by Dean Porzel

    Time to Give Thanks by Barb Mazarakos             As Thanksgiving comes upon us and we start to plan menus, think about trips to Grandma’s house (over the river and through the woods, perhaps?) and mark flyers for Black Friday shopping trips, don’t forget to make Thanksgiving Worship part of your holiday […]

Pastor’s Corner:  November, 2019

by Dean Porzel

  Installation of Associate Pastor!   We are rejoicing these days at the acceptance of the Call to serve as Associate Pastor by Charles Johnson.  Pastor Chuck and Lauren, Russell and Ellie are excited to begin ministry here.   God has blessed the consecrated and patient efforts of our Call Committee, and we thank the […]

SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

by Dean Porzel

  The Sunday School Christmas Program will be held on Saturday, December 14, during the 5:00 p.m. worship service. Two rehearsals are scheduled: Saturday, November 30 (grades 1-8), from 10:00 to 12:00, and Saturday, December 7 (all students), from 10:00 to 12:00. The annual Christmas party will follow the rehearsal on December 7 (approximately 12:00 […]

CONFIRMATION CLASSES

by Dean Porzel

CONFIRMATION CLASSES On Wednesday, November 20, we will meet for a mini-class at 4:45, pizza supper at 5:25, trip to Tinley Court Seniors Residence at 6:00 for singing and Thanksgiving visit. We will return to church by 7:20. Each student is to bring $5 for pizza and pop and gifts for 3 to 4 residents. […]

YOUTH EVENT

by Dean Porzel

YOUTH EVENT All LYTES and VOYAGERS are invited to join us next Sunday, November 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 for Turkey Ball. We will have pizza and dessert! Bring a friend and plan on joining us!

THANKSGIVING

by Dean Porzel

  WORSHIP SERVICES Thanksgiving Eve – Wednesday, November 27, at 11:00 a.m. Thanksgiving Eve – Wednesday, November 27, at 7:00 p.m. Holy Communion will be served at both services. (There will be NO SERVICE on Thanksgiving Day.) USHERS NEEDED Ushers are needed to serve at our two Thanksgiving Eve services, Wednesday, November 27, at 11:00 […]

LWML MITES

by Dean Porzel

    LWML MITES Thank you for your continued support of the vital mission work of the LWML by gathering your pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters! Our goal is $1,000 again this year. Please return your mite boxes to the designated purple box in the narthex and help us reach our goal! We appreciate your […]

CHRISTMAS EVE CHILDREN’S ORCHESTRA

by Dean Porzel

  Hey kids (7th grade and older)! Sign up to play for the Christmas Eve Family Service, Tuesday, December 24, at 4:00. Practice will be on Saturday, December 21, at 10:00. Please sign-up on the bulletin board by the gym.

SUNDAY SCHOOL PROGRAM PRE-SERVICE MUSIC RECITAL

by Dean Porzel

    Sunday School students are invited to participate in a music recital before the Sunday School Christmas Program, on Saturday, December 14. Please have your child select a religious Christmas song to play, and complete the form on the narthex table. Completed forms should be placed in the box outside of the Music Room […]

Celebrate the Sounds of Christmas Featuring Jonathan Beyer

by Dean Porzel

    On Friday, December 13th  at 7:00 p.m.  Christ Lutheran Church presents the famous baritone Jonathan  Beyer as he and others perform an evening of sacred and secular Christmas music . An evening not to miss.  Tickets to be sold after each service beginning on November 9th. Advanced tickets: Adult $20, at the door […]

IN THE BEGINNING…

by Dean Porzel

  Faith Lutheran Church (Oak Lawn) is hosting a Seminar on Science and Scripture, presented by Dr. Michael Young, on Saturday, November 23, from 8:30 to noon. There will be two sessions: Science & Christianity and Science & Creation. A continental breakfast and lunch will be served. The cost is $5/adult; students age 18 and […]

PALOS HEALTH

by Dean Porzel

  PALOS HEALTH is offering the following free classes during the month of November: Diabetes: What You Need to Know (November 5), Suicide Prevention (November 7), and Nutrition & Cancer Care (November 14). Call Palos Health at 708-226-2300 to register to attend.

2020-2021 PLANNERS

by Dean Porzel

A beautiful assortment of 2018-2019 planners have arrived! Check them out at the Book Shoppe counter or ask a member of the Ladies Aid for help. They are $2.00 each.

No Time To Pray

by Dean Porzel

      by Monsignor Lawrence Luciana I knelt to pray but not for long, I had too much to do. I had to hurry and get to work For bills would soon be due. So I knelt and said a hurried prayer, And jumped up off my knees. My Christian duty was now done […]

Give Me a Break!

by Dean Porzel

      by Barb Mazarakos    Stress. It is something we talk about regularly, an always-present part of the daily lives of so many people. Trying to balance work, family, and volunteer commitments along with paying the bills, keeping up the home, and caring for young children or aging parents- sometimes both at the […]

REFORMATION: Penance vs. Repentance

by Dean Porzel

      by Heather Green   At Christ Lutheran, the order of worship usually begins with the confession of sins, by Pastor Ray making the following statement: “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” The congregation responds with, “But if we confess our sins, […]

Christian Unity

by Dean Porzel

      by Pete Schrank             In October, we traditionally talk about the reformation and how Luther changed the Christian faith and the world. The reformation brought about many doctrinal changes. As Lutherans, we are free from the rules of the Pope, the penalty of Purgatory, the deification of Mary, the purchase […]

Pastor’s Corner: October 2019

by Dean Porzel

  Pastor’s Corner:     Martin Luther an Angel?   In the early 80s, with the development of our former, blue LW hymnal, the readings for Reformation Day (observed) were reviewed. In the earlier TLH hymnal, the Revelation 14 text for Reformation was listed as the Epistle Lesson.   Some wondered if it should be retained or […]

LOAVES AND FISHES

by Dean Porzel

    LOAVES AND FISHES is our monthly effort to collect food for area food pantries. During the month of September we collected 390 POUNDS of food! This month’s donations were given to St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Midlothian. Pick up your Loaves and Fishes this weekend and remember this important ministry when you do […]

CALLING ALL KIDS!

by Dean Porzel

  Our children’s music ministry is in need of more registered members! Please help us continue these wonderful programs. We are in need of kids for our JR. CHIMERS (Grades 2-8), CHERUB CHOIR (Grades K-4), and our YOUTH CHOIR (Grades 5-8). For more information, contact Sandra Knopp by email at sandraknopp@yahoo.com or in the Church […]

SUNDAY SCHOOL PROGRAM PRE-SERVICE MUSIC RECITAL

by Dean Porzel

Sunday School students are invited to participate in a music recital before the Sunday School Christmas Program, on Saturday, December 14. Please have your child select a religious Christmas song to play, and complete the form on the narthex table. Completed forms should be placed in the box outside of the Music Room or turned […]

The Calm in the Storm

by Dean Porzel

by Barb Mazarakos      Working in the church office is definitely not for the faint of heart. While we may look in the window as we pass by and see the smiling faces of our Office Manager Julie Jancik and Administrative Assistant Jamie Deckinga with an office space that looks well under control, keeping […]

Service: The Stewardship Committee: Why We Serve

by Dean Porzel

    (Part 2 of 2) by Heather Green In part one of this series I provided some biographical information about the members of the Stewardship Committee and highlighted our roles within the team. In this part I will explain briefly why each of us has chosen to be on the Stewardship committee.   As […]