LENTEN WORSHIP SERVICES

by LouisP

LENTEN WORSHIP SERVICES Lenten communion services continue this Thursday, March 1, at 11:00 (a lunch after) and 7:00, under the theme: “Prayers of the Passion.” The messages will be in dramatic dialogue form. Assisting Pastor Ray and Pastor Dan with the dialogue throughout the Lenten series are Celeste Branding, Helen Duehr, Mike Fisher, Don Gronwold, […]

DIRECT BURIALS AT ABRAHAM LINCOLN CEMETERY

by LouisP

The 2019 dates for direct burial at Abraham Lincoln Cemetery are Friday, April 10, Monday, July 9, and Tuesday, October 9, 2019. All services begin at 9:00a. The public is invited to attend.

8th GRADE CONFIRMANDS

by LouisP

The 8th grade Elder/Parent/Confirmand meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 14, from 5:30 to 6:20 in the sanctuary. We will discuss very important information about the Rite of Confirmation at that time, so it is critical that the student and at least one parent participate in this meeting. If you are unable to attend […]

OWLS NOTES

by LouisP

OWLS will not have a meeting on Thursday, March 8, because of Lenten lunches. Our next meeting will be Thursday, April 12, at 10:00.

RUMMAGE SALE COLLECTION

by LouisP

We will begin collecting items for our Rummage Sale on March 1. Please leave donated items in Ledogar Hall. NOTE: NO car seats, sofas, TVs, entertainment centers, or computers will be accepted. The Rummage & Bake Sale will be held on Friday, April 27, from 9:00 to 3:00 and Saturday, April 28, from 9:00 to […]

OWLS EVENT – JOIN US!

by LouisP

The OWLS are planning a bus trip to “Festa Italiana” at the Jacob Henry Mansion Estate in Joliet on Tuesday, June 19. A tour of the 40-room mansion, an Italian-style lunch, and entertainment by “The Tenors 3” is included. The cost will be $65 for members of the OWLS, and $70 for guests. Check the […]

LWML MITES

by LouisP

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.

NEW MEMBERS RECEIVED

by LouisP

We are privileged to welcome the following new members into Christ Lutheran congregation at the 9:30 Sunday service: Keith Bartelmey – Completion of FCC, member Janice Janiszewski – Completion of FCC, member Jim Maday (FCC) – Profession of Faith / Affirmation of Baptism Donna Maday – Completion of FCC, member Joe Mattera (FCC) – Profession […]

CHOICE BAKERS THANKS

by LouisP

The CHOICE Bakers wish to thank the many volunteers who participated in the recent cookie sale. We also thank our wonderful congregation for their very generous freewill donations. Proceeds of $1,430 were collected and, along with a donation of $570 from First Fruits, will be evenly divided between Trinity Services and Bethshan Association. ~ The […]

WOMEN’S SCRIPTURE AND PRAYER GROUP

by LouisP

WOMEN’S SCRIPTURE & PRAYER GROUP continues this Wednesday, February 28, at 9:30, with page 50 and following in Grace: A Bible Study on Ephesians for Women. WSPG meets in the Office Conference Room.

ADULT BIBLE STUDY

by LouisP

ADULT BIBLE STUDY continues this Sunday, February 25, at 9:30, downstairs in Fellowship Hall. Please join us!

BOOK CLUB

by LouisP

The next meeting of the Book Club will be Tuesday, February 27, at 7:15. Our book for February will be Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time: The Historical Jesus and the Heart of Contemporary Faith by Marcus Borg (Paperback – April 7, 2015). The Book Club will not meet in March, but will resume […]

Christian Comfort

by LouisP

In the assurance of eternal life, we offer Christian comfort to the family and friends of: † Elmer Sitkawitz. Elmer, father/grandfather of Susan (Paul) Vorel and family, passed to glory on Friday, February 16. The funeral was held on Wednesday, February 21, at St. Peter Ev. Lutheran Church in Chicago. † Mary Trendl. Mary, wife […]

SAVE THE DATE – VBS

by LouisP

Mark your calendars and plan on joining us for Splash Canyon: God’s Promise on Life’s Wild Ride Vacation Bible School from Monday, June 18, through Friday, June 22. At Splash Canyon VBS, kids discover that, on life’s wild ride, Jesus is by our side. God saves us through Jesus and gives us life and hope […]

8TH GRADE CONFIRMATION RETREAT

by LouisP

The 8th Grade Confirmand Retreat will be held on Sunday, March 11, from 3:00 to 8:30. Devotions on “Growing in Prayer,” volleyball and fellowship with the VOYAGERS youth, really good pizza, and fireside fellowship (bonfire, if the weather cooperates) will enhance the confirmation experience.

SCOUT SUNDAY

by LouisP

We will celebrate Scout Sunday on March 4. Come celebrate with us at the 9:30 worship service. We will recognize Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts. Scouts – – wear your uniform, and you will be called to the front of the church prior to the Children’s Message. Patches will be given to all […]

CALL COMMITTEE MEETING

by LouisP

The Call Committee will have a meeting on Wednesday, February 28, beginning at 6:00. We will meet in the Office Conference Room. Please contact Jan Johnson if you have any questions.

QUALIFIED CHARITABLE DISTRIBUTIONS (QCD)

by LouisP

Qualified charitable distributions have been permanently extended. A QCD may be made when the IRA holder is age 70 ½ or older. Individuals can donate up to $100,000 per year directly from a traditional or Roth IRA to qualifying charities. This is attractive to some investors because QCDs can be used to satisfy required minimum […]

YOUTH ORCHESTRA

by LouisP

Hey kids (5th Grade and older)! Sign up to play in the Easter Family Service Youth Orchestra, Sunday, April 1, at 9:00 a.m. There will be one practice on Saturday, March 31 at 10:00. Please sign up on the bulletin board by the gym.

EASTER PLANTS

by LouisP

Easter lilies and a variety of spring flowers will adorn the chancel on Easter Sunday, April 1. 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 stand is set up by the narthex […]

EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA

by LouisP

This year’s Easter Eggstravaganza will be held on Saturday,March 24, from 10:30 to 12:00. Volunteer forms available soon. We will be stuffing eggs on Mondays, March 5 and 12, at 6:00, downstairs in Fellowship Hall. Please come help us out…and bring a bag of candy if you can. We have many eggs to fill! We […]

NEW MEMBER WELCOME

by LouisP

Next Sunday, February 25, during the 9:30 worship service, we will welcome new members who have been received by Letter of Transfer and those who have completed our Faith & Congregation Class. A cake reception will follow in the Fireside Room.

COFFEE NEEDED

by LouisP

Thank you to everyone who has donated coffee! We could still use some more if you would like to donate. Donations can be dropped off in the Church Office.

CEMETERY SPRING CLEANUP

by LouisP

It’s time for the spring cleanup! Weather permitting, please remove all fall/winter decorations by March 15, before the landscapers start working at the cemetery. Stones, lava rocks, edgings, candles, wire holders, pottery, etc. that can be broken or caught in the lawnmowers is prohibited and should be removed. There is a sheet on the narthex […]

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 […]

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