LOST & FOUND CONCERT

by Dean Porzel

On Sunday, October 28, at St. Paul Lutheran Church (Matteson), the Christian singing combo Lost and Found will be performing Luther: The Rock Opera, the story of the start of the Reformation through 24 songs with projected images directly from the pages of Luther, the graphic novel, by Rich Melheim. Beginning at 5:00, this show […]

HELP! THIS WAS NOT IN THE BOOK!

by Dean Porzel

HELP! THIS WAS NOT IN THE BOOK!, a workshop designed to support and empower parents of children with mental health challenges, will be offered on Friday, October 26, at 6:30, at Christ Lutheran. Stephanie Thompson, ordained pastor, speaker, writer, and mental health advocate, will provide nuggets of wisdom and encouragement, as well as resources, for […]

FAMILY FUN NIGHT

by Dean Porzel

FAMILY FUN NIGHT Benefitting Trinity Lutheran School (Burr Ridge), come on out for carnival fun and games for the whole family on Friday, October 26, from 6:00 to 8:00. Game tickets will be sold, and pizza will be available for purchase between 6:00 and 7:00. Bring your own pumpkin for pumpkin painting! Everyone is welcome! […]

OWLS OUTING – MARRIOTT THEATRE

by Dean Porzel

The OWLS are on the go again and are hoping you will join them! On Wednesday, November 14, travel to the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire to enjoy a delicious lunch and see the play “Holiday Inn”. A handicapped accessible deluxe motor coach will leave Christ Lutheran at 9:30 and return to the church at approximately […]

CEMETERY FALL CLEANUP

by Dean Porzel

It’s time for the fall cleanup! Weather permitting, please remove all summer decorations by November 1. Stones, lava rocks, edgings, candles, wire holders, pottery, etc. that can be broken or caught in the lawnmowers is prohibited and should be removed. Christ Lutheran Cemetery is located at 14700 S. 82nd Avenue, Orland Park. If you have […]

BOOK CLUB

by Dean Porzel

Our new season of the Book Club will begin on Tuesday, October 30, at 7:15, in the Fireside Room. We will discuss In the Fullness of Time by Paul Maier. Several copies of this book are available; please contact Pastor Ray if you need one.

CHURCH BALCONY VANDALISM

by Dean Porzel

Between the hours of Thursday, October 4, 12:00 noon, and Saturday, October 6, 5:00, the Church Balcony was vandalized. The organ keys were pulled in different directions and were not playable. The church cameras and microphones were disturbed as well. If you, the congregation, have any information about this incident, please contact the Church Office […]

PUMPKIN PALOOZA PICNIC

by Dean Porzel

      Join us on Sunday, October 21, for FUN, FAMILY, and FALL FESTIVITIES! Beginning at 3:00, kids ages 1-14 can pick a pumpkin to decorate from Christ Lutheran’s Pumpkin Patch followed by a delicious picnic meal including chili, pulled pork, hot dogs, mac & cheese and MORE! Invite your friends and neighbors! THIS […]

LWML MITES

by LouisP

Thank you for your continued support of the vital mission work of the LWML by gathering your pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters! On the insert in today’s bulletin is a list of the grants that are provided with the mites collected – over $1.5 million! To date we have collected $550.86, and our goal is […]

CALL COMMITTEE UPDATE

by LouisP

A special Voter’s Meeting was held on Sunday, September 23. The purpose of the meeting was for the voter’s assembly to approve a candidate submitted by the Call Committee for the Associate Pastor position here at Christ Lutheran. The voter’s assembly unanimously voted that a call be extended to Rev. Paul Ernewein of Lacombe, Louisiana. […]

WOMEN’S SCRIPTURE AND PRAYER GROUP

by LouisP

WOMEN’S SCRIPTURE AND PRAYER GROUP continues this Wednesday, October 3, with our study of Ruth: More Than a Love Story. Class meets in the office conference room from 9:30 to 11:00. Next week, Pastor Ray teaches from Ruth 2 and pages 64 and following in the book. ► RECLAIM13   The WSPG is supporting a […]

LWML WORKSHOP

by Dean Porzel

The LWML Zone 16 Fall Workshop will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, (Tinley Park), on Saturday, October 20. A “Gifts from the Heart” ingathering will be held for Operation Care Packages, an organization that collects and sends small packages to deployed service men and women around the world. It would be appreciated if you […]

STEPHEN MINISTRY

by Dean Porzel

STEPHEN MINISTERS Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 19, at 10:45, in the Fireside Room. Our September meeting will focus on Discovering your Spiritual Gifts. This subject should be beneficial to all of us, so please make every effort to attend!

ADULT BIBLE STUDY

by LouisP

SUNDAY ADULT BIBLE CLASS The 9:30 Sunday Adult Class (9:30 AC) will begin its new year on Sunday, September 9, and meet in Fellowship Hall under the sanctuary with Lee Reinbolt serving as leader. Please use the stairs or elevator. Our material for this year is entitled “A Longer Look at the Lessons” and focuses […]

Teaching the Future

by clcadmin

 Christ Lutheran EarlyWeekday School (CLEWS) has quite a reputation in the Orland Park area. If you tell someone that your child attends CLEWS, chances are they will respond with “I remember the Teddy Bear Picnic!” or “I loved the Thankful Feast they did!” And Director Patti Bareither, who just celebrated her 25th year with the program, is a […]

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 […]

Pastor’s Corner – February

by Dean Porzel

Pastor’s Corner:  The Feast of Stephen   As I write in the cold days of January, a Christmas-season song comes to mind, and with it a very important ministry of Christ Lutheran Church. The song, in part, goes like this: “Good King Wenceslas looked out on the Feast of Stephen. When the snow lay round […]

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 […]

CLEWS REGISTRATION FOR 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR

by LouisP

CLEWS REGISTRATION FOR 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR Registration packets are available in the CLEWS office or the Church Office. Only a few spots remain for both the THREE and FOUR programs! Enroll your child before all classes are full! Call Patti Bareither at 708-448- 2614 if you have any questions, or contact the CLEWS office directly […]

NEW STEPHEN MINISTER

by LouisP

Next Sunday, January 21, during the 9:30 worship, we are blessed to commission Tammy Marr as a new Stephen Minister to Christ Lutheran Church. Stephen Ministers provide one-on-one, Christ-centered care to people experiencing grief, unemployment, hospitalization, loneliness, divorce, financial stress, terminal illness, and other life difficulties. We praise God for our new caregiver!

“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 […]

Pastor’s Corner for January

by Dean Porzel

Pastor’s Corner – Faith and Congregation Okay, I am leading with a shameless plug for the upcoming Faith and Congregation Class.  In case you missed the announcement in the weekly bulletin:   FAITH AND CONGREGATION CLASS  The next session of FCC will be held on the Thursday evenings of January 18 and 25, and February […]

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- […]

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