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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. […]

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 […]

Christian Faith in Action: William Wilberforce

by Dean Porzel

Christian Faith in Action: William Wilberforce  by Pete Schrank   We see in the press every day the claim that this person or this action is racist. As followers of Christ, we are obligated to speak out and support those that seek justice. The word justice is found 131 times in the Bible in both […]

FAITH AND CONGREGATION CLASS

by Dean Porzel

FAITH AND CONGREGATION CLASS concludes this Thursday, February 8, from 7:00 to 8:30, in the office conference room. Pastor Rohlfs will lead the group in a study of Christianity from the Lutheran perspective and in an overview of congregational life, history, and building space at Christ Lutheran. A good review for current members, the class […]

“Where Everybody Knows Your Name…”  

by Dean Porzel

  By Heather Green Years ago there was an extremely popular sitcom with a very sentimental theme song. I actually learned to play the theme song on the piano and played it for a recital. Incidentally, the recital was held at Christ Lutheran because Sandra Knopp was my piano teacher. I absolutely loved the lyrics: […]

My “Other” Home 

by Dean Porzel

  by Barb Mazarakos   When you hear the word “home”, many sayings may run through your mind: Home sweet home. Home is where your story begins. ET phone home (ok, that one may pop up more for those of us of a particular generation). Whatever phrase you may think of, “home” has a certain […]

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!   We are excited to revamp some class offerings and open a second JUST 3 class. OPEN REGISTRATION for the 2018-2019 School Year for new families to CLEWS will begin Sunday, January 21, […]

The Musichorale Experience   

by Dean Porzel

   By Dean Porzel     Every year, as Christmas nears, I look forward to the many televised holiday musical specials. A favorite has always been the offering from PBS of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert. I have always found the sound of many human voices singing in beautiful harmony a wonder and an inspiration, […]

St. Lucia    

by Dean Porzel

  By Heather Green     Christmas is a time when we really focus on traditions and family. Some of our traditions are based on historical or cultural traditions which go back hundreds of years. One of these traditions is the predominantly Swedish celebration of St. Lucia’s Day.   Since the late 1700’s, St. Lucia’s Day […]

Holiday Traditions of Germany 

by Dean Porzel

   By Barb Mazarakos    When it comes to Christmas traditions, we all have our favorites. Maybe it is a special movie you watch as a family (For us, it is Elf. I know, it doesn’t exactly ring of the true meaning of Christmas, but a grown man who believes in the magic of Santa- […]

The Tradition of Lessons and Carols

by Dean Porzel

The Tradition of Lessons and Carols    By Pete Schrank  There are many traditions we hold dear.  The Candlelight Christmas Eve service, where we welcome our long-expected Savior, and the Sunday School Children’s Christmas Program, with this year’s new, professionally designed costumes.  Our little angels will spread the message of the season to all who […]

Make Time For Jesus

by Dean Porzel

Make Time for Jesus  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 […]

DART LEAGUE

by Dean Porzel

  The First Lutheran Dart League is sponsoring a Dartball Recruitment Day on Sunday, January 7, from 1:00 to 3:00, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Chicago Heights. The purpose of this event is to invite more players into the league, to fill spots on existing teams, and bring more teams into the league while […]

SUPPORT OUR HAITIAN MINISTRY

by Dean Porzel

  Stop by our tables in the Fireside Room following all services on Saturday and Sunday, December 16 and 17. The Haitian Christmas Market will have handmade Haitian artwork and crafts available for purchase. All proceeds will go to support our continuing efforts in Haiti.

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 weekend plans. […]

Meet the Teachers

by Dean Porzel

Meet the Teachers     By Melissa Petersen    With a new school year well underway, our Christ Lutheran Early Weekday School (CLEWS) teachers are back to work with a bright and wonderful group of students. As always, the program aims to combine play and learning with activities that are age-appropriate, experimental, sensory and manipulative in a […]

Honoring the Saints    

by Dean Porzel

  By Barb Mazarakos  “Saints” are not something that many would associate with the Lutheran church in the same way that we do with our Catholic and Orthodox brothers and sisters. We don’t elevate them to a higher “position”, or offer prayers to them as intercessors to God. As Lutherans we are taught that we […]

Opportunities to Step Up and Serve 

by Dean Porzel

  by Pete Schrank   As Chairman of the Stewardship Committee, and also President of the Congregation, I would like to take the time to ask those who are part of Christ Lutheran to seriously consider serving on one of the four open positions I will explain below. November is stewardship month when we prayerfully […]

† PASTOR LEDOGAR’S SERVICE

by Dean Porzel

If you would like to borrow a DVD copy of † Pastor Ledogar’s Homegoing Call to Glory Service, please sign the sheet and return the copy when you are finished. The DVDs and copies of Pastor’s service liturgy can be found on the bookshelves in the Fireside Room.

LWML – Women in Mission

by Dean Porzel

LWML – Women in Mission     By Barb Mazarakos    For 75 years, women have been working together to fund mission projects at both national and international levels through Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. Relying solely on their twice a year mite collections (no additional fundraising is done through LWML), they have been able to support projects such […]

Our Love of Music

by Dean Porzel

Our Love of Music      By Pete Schrank   Most Lutherans, at least this Lutheran, love to sing. Even if we can’t sing, we like to listen to and appreciate music. Who does not love to see the little ones in their robes singing “Jesus Loves Me”, or the Saint Olaf College singing the traditional Christmas Hymns? […]

The Unintentional Reformation

by Dean Porzel

The Unintentional Reformation    By Heather Green   This month we commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. When Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany, he did not intend to start a new church nor did he imagine his actions would begin a cultural revolution.   As Lutherans we know […]

Saved By Grace – Pastor Walt Ledogar

by Dean Porzel

Saved By Grace – Pastor Walt Ledogar by Barb Mazarakos   When I was in my 2nd year of high school journalism, we were tasked with writing an article on someone local for the Penny Saver. For this writing we had to come up with interview questions, set up an appointment, and conduct the interview […]

NOW OPEN: “RELIGIOUS CHANGE AND PRINT, 1450-1700”

by Dean Porzel

NOW OPEN: “RELIGIOUS CHANGE AND PRINT, 1450-1700” Now open to the public through December 27, 2017, plan your visit to the Newberry Library to see this exhibit. Featuring over 150 objects from the Newberry’s collection, “Religious Change and Print, 1450-1700” views the Reformation through the eyes of the people who experienced the social, cultural, and […]

CALLING ALL KIDS!

by Dean Porzel

Our children’s music ministry is in desperate need of more registered members! Please help us continue this wonderful program. We are in need of: JR. CHIMERS: Grades 2-8. Practices begin Tuesday, September 12, in the sanctuary, 5:00 to 6:00. CHERUB CHOIR: Grades K-4. Practices begin Wednesday, September 13, in the music room, 5:00 to 5:45. […]

MILITARY BIBLES

by Dean Porzel

We have available Military Challenge Edition Bibles for our military family members and friends. Please take a copy from the table near the military photo board and give it to your service member. They are provided free of charge in appreciation for our service men and women. Should you wish to make a donation to […]