PHOTOS IN FIRESIDE ROOM ANNEX

by Louis

PHOTOS IN FIRESIDE ROOM ANNEX We thank Phyllis Schrank and her daughter Mary for the beautifully framed photos of the former sanctuary of Christ Lutheran, 143rd and West Ave. Mary took the photos in 1972, and they capture the renovated interior of the church complete with the striking white pews. Stop by the Fireside Room […]

DELIVERY TO ST. MATTHEW’S SOUP KITCHEN

by Louis

DELIVERY TO ST. MATTHEW’S SOUP KITCHEN On Thursday, December 20, a group will be going to St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church & Soup Kitchen. In addition to delivering a check, we will also help serve a meal. If you are interested in going along, please contact George Zoellick (708-949-8013) or Ron Weber (708-598-6232) . The group […]

POINSETTIA PLANTS

by Louis

POINSETTIA PLANTS If you would like to buy a poinsettia plant (or plants) to help decorate the church on Christmas, a sign up and payment envelopes are available in the narthex (a stand is set up by the narthex table) . PLEASE SIGN YOUR NAME ON THE LIST WHEN YOU ORDER! Please return payment envelopes […]

LESSONS & CAROLS

by Louis

LESSONS & CAROLS Next Sunday, December 16, at 8:00 and 10:00, Christ Lutheran Church will present the beautiful Service of Lessons and Carols with Holy Communion. The Festival of Lessons and Carols was first presented on Christmas Eve in 1918 at the King’s College, Cambridge, England. Our Christ Choir, Youth Choir, soloists, handbells, and special […]

OPLATKY

by Louis

OPLATKY A limited number of Oplatky Christmas wafers are available in the narthex. “Oplatky” is derived from the Latin for “atonement” and is a symbol of forgiveness in Christ. The wafer is often broken and given to loved ones at Christmas gatherings as a sign of peace and sometimes with the words: “In honor of […]

CHRISTMAS CAROLING

by Louis

CHRISTMAS CAROLING All confirmation students, LYTES, VOYAGERS, and their families are invited to go Christmas caroling to the homebound members of our congregation on Sunday, December 16, after the 10:00 Lessons & Carols service. Worship as a family and then join us for cookie decorating and lunch around 11:30. We will leave for caroling after […]

O, Come Let Us Adore Him!

by Dean Porzel

    by Barb Mazarakos        You’ve heard it said that “Jesus is the Reason for the Season”, and that is quite true. So this year around parties, shopping, and last minute baking please be sure to make time for worship and remembrance of the birth of our Savior so many years ago. Advent […]

When Did Christmas First Get Celebrated on December 25th?

by Dean Porzel

      by Pete Schrank        Christmas is a special time of the year. Each year the children of Christ Lutheran lead us through the journey to Bethlehem, from the Angel’s announcement to Mary that she will be pregnant before her wedding, to the faith of Joseph to believe in God’s plan and […]

Sounds of Silence

by Dean Porzel

    Sounds of Silence by Barb Mazarakos            It was Christmas Eve, 1818. A young priest, Josef Mohr, was preparing to celebrate Christmas Eve service when it was discovered that the church’s organ wasn’t working. Not prepared to give up celebrating the night before Christmas just yet, he pulled out a poem […]

Pastor’s Corner – December

by Dean Porzel

     “An Undateable Date”   A blessed Advent and coming Christmas to all!   My title is in quotes because it is just that: I borrowed it from the heading of the fourth chapter in Dr. Paul Maier’s insightful book, In the Fullness of Time, which was our October Book Club selection.  (Thanks to Jane […]

DIRECT BURIALS AT ABRAHAM LINCOLN CEMETERY

by Louis

DIRECT BURIALS AT ABRAHAM LINCOLN CEMETERY The 2019 dates for direct burial at Abraham Lincoln Cemetery are Tuesday, January 8, Thursday, April 11, Friday, July 12, and Monday, October 21, 2019. All services begin at 9:00a in Shelter C. The public is invited to attend.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

by Louis

CHRISTMAS CONCERT Salem Lutheran Church (Homewood) presents Behold, A Savior! Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 9, at 8:30 and 11:00. Choirs, Handbells, and Instrumentalists will perform. A Holiday Brunch will be served from 9:45 to 10:45. For more information call Salem Church at 708-798-1820.

JONATHAN BEYER IN CONCERT

by Louis

  JONATHAN BEYER IN CONCERT Join Christ Lutheran’s own Jonathan Beyer, along with Tammy Coil, and Amanda Crider, for an exciting evening of arias, musical theater, jazz, and holiday music. The concert will be held at The Presbyterian Church in Orland Park on Tuesday, December 18, at 7:30. Admission is $20, and tickets can be […]

THE ELDERS’ MEETING

by Louis

HE ELDERS’ MEETING for December has been rescheduled to Tuesday, December 11, at 6:30. If you are unable to attend, please notify Dennis Smith.

BABY GRAND PIANO FOR SALE

by Louis

BABY GRAND PIANO FOR SALE Samick Baby Grand Piano, glossy mahogany, for sale. Very good condition, asking $2,500. CLC member, Palos Park area. For more information, call 708-448-6586.

LOAVES AND FISHES

by Louis

LOAVES AND FISHES is our monthly effort to collect food for area food pantries. During the month of November we collected 336 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 your shopping!

MITTENS AND MORE TREE

by Louis

MITTENS AND MORE TREE is up and ready to be laden with mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, ear muffs, and socks. We will be distributing the items through the Orland Township Food Pantry Holiday Program. The deadline for donations is Sunday, December 16.

LADIES AID / LWML

by Louis

LADIES AID / LWML The next meeting of the Ladies Aid and LWML will be our Christmas party on Wednesday, December 5, at 1:00. Ladies are reminded to bring their stocking with a donation for the Mittens & More tree, dues for 2019, and a $10 wrapped gift for the Crazy Bunco game. Everyone should […]

GPS IN CHRIST: NAVIGATING THROUGH GRIEF

by Louis

GPS IN CHRIST: NAVIGATING THROUGH GRIEF will meet from 10:00 to 11:00 on Advent Thursdays, December 13 and 20 (before services). This is an ongoing support group; feel free to come at any time if you are grieving the death of a loved one. Questions may be directed to Pastor Ray.

BOOK CLUB

by Louis

BOOK CLUB The Book Club will not meet in December. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at 7:15, in the Fireside Room. Our book for January will be The Boys in the Cave: Deep Inside the Impossible Rescue in Thailand, by Matt Gutman (2018) .

SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

by Louis

SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM The Sunday School Christmas Program, “The Cross in the Christmas Tree will be held next Saturday, December 15, during the 5:00 p.m. service.

USHERS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

by Louis

USHERS FOR THE HOLIDAYS Many ushers are needed for the Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years’ services. A sign-up sheet is on the table in the narthex.

Advent

by Louis

ADVENT SERVICES “God with Us”, our series of weekday Advent communion services, continues this Thursday, December 13. The morning service begins at 11:00, followed by a luncheon provided by the OWLS, and the evening service begins at 7:00 in Duehr Chapel.

VOTERS’ MEETING

by Louis

VOTERS’ MEETING The final Voters’ Meeting for 2018 will be held on Sunday, December 9, following the 11:00 worship service. Parish officers will be elected and other congregational business will be addressed. All communicant members of Christ Lutheran Church, 18 years of age and older, are eligible and encouraged to vote. Church Council will meet […]

CHRIST LUTHERAN CEMETERY

by Louis

CHRIST LUTHERAN CEMETERY At a previous meeting, the Cemetery Board voted to raise the purchase price of a cemetery lot to $1,000.00 on January 1, 2019, based on charges at comparable local cemeteries. Lots are currently available for $800.00 until January 1, 2019. Please direct requests for funeral lots and all other inquiries for the […]

OFFICE HOURS

by Louis

CHURCH OFFICE HOLIDAY HOURS The Church Office will close at noon on Monday, December 24, and will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 25 and 26, for the Christmas holiday. The office will also close at noon on Monday, December 31, and will be closed on Tuesday, January 1, for the New Year’s holiday.

Dr. Kent Burreson

by Louis

Dr. Burreson is the Professor of Systematic Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis; he is also an Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Dean of the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus. He teaches courses on the confessions, systematics, religious bodies, Byzantine theology and many different courses in worship. Along with his ministerial degrees, […]

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