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News Bulletin for Lent 1 Weekend Worship
The Weekend of March 9 and 10, 2019
The First Sunday of Lent is a time to reflect upon Jesus’ temptations, so we back up from our previous Sunday Gospels to just after the baptism of our Lord and before his entrance into public ministry. Luke tells us that He is full of the Holy Spirit and enters into a time of quiet reflection in the wilderness. What sort of Messiah would he be? The devil tempts Him with a personalized, an worldly and a spectacular direction of ministry. This is defining moment. The whole story must have come from the Lord Jesus himself. We listen to our Lord call us into His story of hope and victory.
SPECIAL GIFTS With glory given to God, we acknowledge the following gifts presented in support of our church’s ministry:
$125 from Vince and Judy Oliva in loving memory of † Erin Olmsted. VOYAGERS
THIS WEEK’S PRAYER REQUESTS Altar/Prayer Power request slips on narthex table. For healing and strength: Adam, Andrea, Bill, Brenden, David, David L., Diane, Grace,
Howard, Jeanne, Katherine, Michael, Sarah, Sue, Teresa, Theresa, Dick Balboa, Karen Bergstrom, Laura Bohm, Emily Brockman, Clarence Chleboun, Joe Darguzas, Elaine Gavac, Jerry Gross, Ken Kosman, Evelyn Kovac (friend of the Rohlfs family),
Fred Langer, Lori Lauraitis, Barb Luka, Trudi McCormick, Carole Robison, Earl Schmitz, Janet Scott, Marvin and Joy Smith, Janis Sobun, Les Stark, Phyllis Steinhauer, Betty Suhr, Thomas Unton, Gail Wren, Wendy Zerbs, Lillian Zielnik.
CALLING ALL LADIES The Christ Lutheran LWML unit is hosting the NID’s “Lenten Inspiration” on Saturday, March 30. The event begins at 8:15 with Registration and fellowship and concludes at 1:15 following lunch. Registration forms can be found on the narthex table. The deadline for registration is March 14. Everyone is invited. Come and enjoy a day of fellowship and fun with your Lutheran sisters. See Arlene Gronwold if you have any questions.
EASTER PLANTS 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 small table is set up next to the main narthex table). PLEASE SIGN YOUR NAME ON THE LIST WHEN YOU ORDER! Please return payment envelopes via the offering basket or the Church Office front desk. Deadline to order is Sunday, April 14. Donors are welcome to take their plant(s) home after the 11:00 Easter service. Plants left after a week will be discarded.
EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA This year’s Easter Eggstravaganza will be held on Saturday, April 13, from 10:30 to 12:00. Volunteer forms available soon.
- We will be stuffing eggs on Mondays, March 25 and April 1, at 6:30, 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 need thousands of pieces of candy, individually wrapped and small enough to fit into a plastic egg, for the Easter Eggstravaganza. Donations can be placed in the designated box in the narthex or brought to the Church Office.
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.
SPECIAL MUSIC SCHEDULE Anyone interested in singing and/or playing an instrument for our worship services is asked to sign up on the schedule posted on the bulletin board by the gym. For more information, contact Sandy Knopp, 708-349-0431, x227.
LWML MITES 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.
CHILDCARE NEEDED A member family is in need of part-time childcare in their home beginning in April. Three children, ages 3, 8, and 11. Located in Orland Park. If you would like more information, please email email@example.com.
THIS WEEK & UPCOMING EVENTS
WOMEN’S SCRIPTURE AND PRAYER GROUP continues this Wednesday, March 13, with our study of Judges. For next class: Read Judges 6 and Chapter 4 in the book.
8th GRADE CONFIRMANDS The 8 th grade Elder/Parent/Confirmand meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 13, 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 this meeting, please contact Pastor Rohlfs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 708-349-0431.
LENTEN WORSHIP SERVICES Lenten communion services begin this Thursday, March 14, at 11:00 (a lunch after) and 7:00, under the theme: “Beatitudes of Promise.” Lenten services will continue on Thursdays, March 21, 28, April 4 and 11. The evening Lent services will take place in Duehr Memorial Chapel. Pastor Dennis FitzPatrick to lead the Lent evening Duehr Chapel services at 7:00 on March 14, 28, and April 11.
VBS LEAD TEAM The VBS Lead Team will have its first meeting on Tuesday, March 19, at 5:30, in the office conference room. Sub City sandwiches will be provided. If you would like to join the 8+ members of this team in a leadership role, you are welcome to attend this meeting. Please call or text Pastor Ray at 708-341-0431 to reserve a spot.
- No regular meeting in March.
- Next meeting Thursday, April 4 (1st Thursday), at 10:00 (prior to service at 11:00).
- 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).
OWLS ANNIVERSARY LUNCHEON 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 EVENT 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 (after the OWLS meeting). Tickets are $22, and everyone is welcome! (Please purchase tickets by Sunday, April 28. Checks may be made out to Christ Lutheran Seniors.)
HOW POLICE RESPOND TO A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) invites you to a presentation by Officer Joseph Carlson (Palos Heights PD) and Sergeant Troy Siewert (Orland Park PD), as they provide perspective on the challenges police officers face when responding to a call that involves a mental health crisis. This event will be held here at Christ Lutheran Church on Friday, March 22, from 6:30 to 8:00. For further information, call NAMI South Suburbs of Chicago at 708-335-4008.
SUPPORT THE PEDIATRIC ONCOLOGY TREASURE CHEST FOUNDATION’S 10th Annual Treasuring Our Kids Annual Fundraiser, “A Mad Hatter Dinner Party”. Enjoy a wonderful evening of dinner, auctions, and entertainment for only $70. The event takes place Saturday, March 23, from 5:00 to 10:30 at the Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park. Information is available on the narthex table or you can contact CLC member Cindy Miller at 708-671-0980.
BOOK CLUB Our next meeting will be Tuesday, April 30 (5th Tuesday), at 7:15, in the Fireside Room. Our book for April 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 ahead to May, our book will be Places Along the Way: Meditations on the Journey of Faith, by Martin Marty & Micah Marty.
LOCAL AREA CONCERTS
CONCORDIA-CHICAGO WIND SYMPHONY SPRING TOUR CONCERT On Sunday, March 17, beginning at 4:00, Trinity Lutheran Church (Tinley Park) will host the Spring Concert of the Concordia University Chicago Wind Symphony. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 708-532-9395.
FERNANDO ORTEGA IN CONCERT Calvary Church (Orland Park) welcomes Fernando Ortega on Saturday, March 23. Doors open at 6:00, and the concert begins at 7:00. General Admission is $17; VIP Tickets (including access to post-concert Meet-and-Greet) are $39. Buy your tickets at www.1160hope.com/concert.
LUTHERAN SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL Join LSM alumni and friends for a recital and service of evening prayer on Sunday, March 31, beginning at 4:00, at Grace Lutheran Church (River Forest). The recital is free and open to all. A freewill offering will be collected to support LSM 2019. For more information, call 612-879-9555 or www.lutheransummermusic.org.