LWML MITES

by Dean Porzel

  Give your pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters (mites) in the mite boxes for mission work through the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. These boxes will be collected during Lent and Holy Week in the large purple/white box in the narthex.

EASTER BREAKFAST

by Dean Porzel

LYTES, Voyagers, and parents are needed to help us prepare and serve Easter breakfast. We will be preparing breakfast on Saturday, April 20, from 10:00 to 12:00. Please bring a donation of fresh fruit. We will have two shifts on Sunday, April 21, to help with cooking, serving, and clean-up from 6:30-9:00 and 8:00-10:30. Please […]

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

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, April 30 (5th Tuesday), at 7:15, in the Fireside Room. Our book will be The House by the Side of the Road: The Story of Frank W. Sanders and The Center [of Palos Heights], by Lois Lauer. Looking to May, our book will be Places Along the Way: Meditations […]

OWLS EVENT

by Dean Porzel

Are you weary of winter? Tired of ice and snow? Don’t worry about planning an expensive trip to the islands….the OWLS are bringing the Royale Polynesian Revue to perform at Christ Lutheran Church! Enjoy Polynesian costumes, music and dance, and a delicious catered lunch. This event will be held on Thursday, May 9, at 11:00 […]

OWLS ANNIVERSARY LUNCHEON

by Dean Porzel

The OWLS will be celebrating 28 years of fellowship and service with an Anniversary Luncheon on Sunday, May 5, at Jenny’s Steak House (11041 Menard Avenue, Chicago Ridge). OWLS members and their guests may purchase tickets for $21 per person, due by April 28. Please see Diane Linkowski for tickets.

OWLS NOTES

by Dean Porzel

 28th Anniversary Dinner at Jenny’s Steak House on Sunday, May 5 ($21 per person).  Royale Polynesian Revue on Thursday, May 9, at 11:00 ($22 per person).

YOUTH ORCHESTRA

by Dean Porzel

    YOUTH ORCHESTRA Hey kids (5th Grade and older)! Sign up to play in the Easter Family Service Youth Orchestra, Sunday, April 21, at 9:00 a.m. There will be one practice on Saturday, April 20, at 10:00. Please sign up on the bulletin board by the gym.

USHERS NEEDED FOR HOLY WEEK

by Dean Porzel

     Ushers are needed for the Maundy Thursday, April 18, and Good Friday, April 19, 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. worship services. A sign-up sheet is located on the narthex table.  Ushers are also needed for the 6:30 Sunrise Service and the 9:00 Family Service on Easter Sunday, April 21. There is […]

EASTER PLANTS

by Dean Porzel

    Easter lilies and a variety of spring flowers will adorn the chancel on Easter Sunday, April 21. The cost of each plant is $12.00. If you would like to purchase a plant to decorate the chancel, a sign up and payment envelopes are available in the narthex (a small table is set up […]

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 […]

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