Posts by Dean Porzel

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“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

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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   

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   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 […]

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

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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 […]

LWML – Women in Mission

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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

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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 […]

“Growing in Christ” through CELC Sunday School

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“Growing in Christ” through CELC Sunday School      By Heather Green    September marks the unofficial start to fall – pumpkin spice begins to flavor everything from ice cream to coffee, children are back in school, and at church, the summer worship schedule is ending. Returning to the fall worship schedule also means kicking off […]

Learning More with LHM

by Dean Porzel

Learning More with LHM    By Pete Schrank   On August 1st 2017 LHM.org launched a line of online courses (webinars) to help you and I reach out to those people that we care about, to share the good news of Jesus Christ. As we look at the world around us and our church family, I hope […]

ATTENTION VETERANS

by Dean Porzel

Welcome to Orland-Palos VFW 2604! We are looking forward to offering you the many benefits that come with membership in our organization, as well as the camaraderie and friendships you will make. We represent all service branches, and our members have served in all of the nation’s military actions. With your participation we will continue […]

The Season for Travel

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The Season for Travel      By Pete Schrank    Summer time is when we pack up the car or jump on a plane for the family vacation.  Some of us get to travel for business, or are retired and working on our travel bucket list.  Most people long for those adventures to faraway places.  […]

Michigan’s Little Bavaria

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Michigan’s Little Bavaria       By Barb Mazarakos       Frankenmuth, Michigan has long been known as “Michigan’s Little Bavaria”. Set about 300 miles from Christ Lutheran, Frankenmuth is a town known for having the World’s Largest CHRISTmas Store and delicious chicken dinners. But it also is a town with deep religious ties that are evident […]

There’s No Place Like Home

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There’s No Place Like Home      By Heather Green      “I am with you. I will watch over you everywhere you go. And I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” (Genesis 28:15)   In this issue of the newsletter […]

Stewardship Overview of Committees: What Do They Do? – Our Pastor

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Stewardship Overview of Committees:  What Do They Do?   Pastor   By Barb Mazarakos    Oh boy. Talk about a daunting assignment to write on. What does a Pastor do? I suppose I could provide you with a list of Pastor Ray’s current duties, but honestly? It wears me out just to read it. I […]

PRAYER SHAWLS

by Dean Porzel

Thank you to everyone who continues to crochet shawls for our Prayer Shawl Ministry. ► If you drop off a completed shawl in the Church Office, we ask you please put your name on it so we can thank you for your hard work and dedication to this ministry.

FOR SHARON’S ANGELS

by Dean Porzel

Honoring her cousin Sharon’s memory, CLC member Sandie Falco is collecting desperately needed school supplies. These supplies will be distributed first to the children of unemployed and underemployed members and friends of the Christ Lutheran congregation; any additional supplies will be divided between the Orland Township and Sanctuary Lutheran Church (Manhattan). Items can be deposited […]

Do Unto Others     

by Dean Porzel

  By Barb Mazarakos       There is nothing like looking around the opening of Vacation Bible School every year and feeling the buzz of excitement as old friends are reunited, teachers see former students who are now serving on staff, and music fills the room to be reminded of how truly blessed we are. We may […]

Old Fashioned Summer    

by Dean Porzel

  By Heather Green    Memorial Day weekend typically kicks off summer activities. Pools open, schools close for summer, and baseball is in full swing (pun intended). Since becoming a mother, I can’t help but get a little nostalgic this time of year, especially when dressing the little one in head-to-toe safety equipment so she can […]