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2020 NERF BLAST!

by Dean Porzel

  Everyone is welcome to join us in the gym on Sunday, February 16, at 6:30, as we gather together for a fun game of Nerf Blast! Nerf guns have been ordered (more can be ordered if numbers are high), we just ask if you plan to come, let us know so we have enough […]

CALLING ALL VOYAGERS & LYTES

by Dean Porzel

  The Super Bowl Sub Sandwich Fundraiser is coming up on Sunday, February 2, and we need your help! We are raising funds exciting youth group events. Please join us for fun and fellowship as we assemble and sell sub sandwiches on Saturday, February 1, from 3:30 to 6:00. Then again we will need help […]

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY

by Dean Porzel

  The Alpha Alumni Chapter of Beta Sigma Psi-National Lutheran Fraternity is offering a $1,500 scholarship given out to a Lutheran male freshman attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Fall 2020. There is no obligation to join Beta Sigma Psi or be related to a member of the fraternity to receive this award. […]

HOLY SMOKERS!

by Dean Porzel

  Seeking amateur and professional cookers who have a passion to learn and cook barbecue. No experience necessary. If you want to learn how to smoke/bbq pork butts, briskets, salmon, chicken, turkey, lamb, pork & beef ribs, deviled eggs, etc…then sign on up! Eventually, our goal will be to cook quality bbq for large groups […]

NEW PICTORAL DIRECTORY

by Dean Porzel

  NEW PICTORAL DIRECTORY Don’t recognize the family sitting in front of you? Know a familiar face but not a name? Then it must be time for a new Church Directory! Are you willing to help? We need to assemble a task force for this project, so please contact Julie in the Church Office if […]

STARBUCKS HOT CHOCOLATE BAR

by Dean Porzel

  This weekend is your last opportunity to get a cup of Starbucks Hot Chocolate from our Hot Chocolate Bar. Thank you for your support and generosity to our youth!

ST. MATTHEW’S THANKS AND SERVING OPPORTUNITY

by Dean Porzel

On December 19, twelve volunteers from Christ Lutheran Church delivered gifts given by members, plus items donated by UPS, to St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church. In addition, we delivered the very generous door offering of $2,500.00. We then joined Pastor Ray and Rev. & Mrs. Sifuentes in their Christmas devotions of scripture, songs and prayers, in […]

FAITH AND CONGREGATION CLASS

by Dean Porzel

FAITH AND CONGREGATION CLASS begins this Sunday, January 19, from 11:00 to 12:30 in the office conference room. The class will review the basics of our Christian Faith, Lutheranism, and the specifics of Christ Lutheran congregation. The class will prepare both those without and with Lutheran background for membership here; it will also help nonconfirmed […]

BOOK CLUB

by Dean Porzel

    BOOK CLUB NOTES We will meet on January 28, at 3:30 (NOTE TIME CHANGE!). Our book for January will be The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers (Paperback, April 6, 2012), by Amy Hollingsworth. Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 25. The time will be determined after our meeting on January […]

A LITTLE BIT OF GERMANY

by Dean Porzel

  Shepard High School (Palos Heights) presents “A Little Bit of Germany” on Saturday, February 1, from 4:00 to 8:00. Tickets include bratwurst, sauerkraut, and German potato salad. The German band Paloma will provide entertainment at the event. The cost is $10/adults and $5/children 12 and under. Proceeds will support the Shepard students hosting German […]

SOUPER BOWL CHALLENGE

by Dean Porzel

    Orland Township is hosting the 3rd Annual Souper Bowl Challenge on Saturday, February 1. Kick-off Super Bowl weekend by joining us! We are seeking soup cooks! Each participating cook is to prepare 1.5 gallons of their best soup for the competition and an additional batch, which will be donated to a local soup […]

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. […]

DO YOU HAVE YOUR TICKET FOR THE ARK?

by Dean Porzel

    DO YOU HAVE YOUR TICKET FOR THE ARK? We have a tentative month planned for a potential church trip down to see the life size Ark in Kentucky. Would you be interested in going? Family? Friends? Please contact Pastor Chuck at talonheart1@gmail.com.

ERIN’S AAIM FOR CHANGE DONATION DRIVE

by Dean Porzel

ERIN’S AAIM FOR CHANGE DONATION DRIVE If you would like to make a donation (through January 30, 2020), checks should be made payable to The Erin Olmsted Scholarship Fund and 2 mailed to: The Erin Olmsted Scholarship Fund, 15336 Teebrook Drive, Orland Park, 60462, or donate on-line with a credit card at www.erinsaaimforchange.org Information/donation brochures […]

CHOICE Bakers Cookies

by Dean Porzel

  SAVE THE DATE for our CHOICE Bakers Cookie Baking Event on Saturday, February 8. Bring your family and friends and help us bake & decorate Valentine’s Day cookies. Sign up will begin next week in the Fireside Room. If you have any questions, please contact Karen Delcourt at 708-785-7247.

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 […]

C.L.E.W.S. NEWS

by Dean Porzel

C.L.E.W.S. News By Patti Bareither   At C.L.E.W.S. we are looking forward to a NEW YEAR, NEW FAMILIES AND NEW CLASS OFFERINGS! CLEWS REGISTRATION FOR 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR Members of Christ Lutheran Church may register for the THREE AND FOUR YEAR OLD PRESCHOOL PROGRAM starting NOW! Being a Christ Lutheran member, your child will have […]

LOAVES AND FISHES

by Dean Porzel

  LOAVES AND FISHES is our monthly effort to collect food for area food pantries. Pick up your Loaves and Fishes this weekend and remember this important ministry when you do your shopping! NO GLASS JARS PLEASE!

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 […]

GYMNASTICS INVITATIONAL & DONATION DRIVE

by Dean Porzel

On Saturday, January 4, 2020, the Olmsted family, along with Sandburg Gymnastics, will be hosting The Erin Olmsted Memorial Gymnastics Invitational, from 10:00 to 1:30, in the West Gym of Andrew High School. All monies raised from ticket sales to this event will support the Erin E. Olmsted Scholarships as well as the Alliance Against […]

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 […]

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. […]