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Living Your Christian Faith/ Bearing Witness

by Dean Porzel

    by Pete Schrank             My faith is very important to me but I can say that I do not walk around asking people “Do you know Jesus?” “Are you saved?” “Do you have a personal relationship with Christ?” That does not mean when I am asked about my faith or through […]

Show Me the Way

by Dean Porzel

    by Barb Mazarakos            We are at the great stage in our life where most of our social activities revolve around our kids. Now if you know me, you may not be sure if I say this with sincerity or that snippet of sarcasm you know and love, but I assure […]

Faith Bigger Than Fear

by Dean Porzel

  Faith Bigger Than Fear by Heather Green      This has been one of the more difficult articles to write. I kept thinking that I needed to share something profound or of deep significance to make it important. But then I realized sometimes simple is more.   As many of you know, I had […]

Cemetery Board Actives and Duties

by Dean Porzel

  Cemetery Board Actives and Duties by Arlene Gronwold         The Cemetery Board has six members who care for all the activities of Christ Lutheran Cemetery (147th Street and 82nd Avenue). These activities include transacting the selling of lots ($1,000.00 current price) and making the arrangements with our contracted grave digger to assure the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

In the Footsteps of the 12

by Dean Porzel

    by Barb Mazarakos            Happy New Year! It seems like each year goes a little faster and here we are now with the start of 2019, another 365 days of blank slate in front of us. Some of us may have made resolutions: lose weight, eat more veggies, read a book […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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- […]

The Tradition of Lessons and Carols

by Dean Porzel

The Tradition of Lessons and Carols    By Pete Schrank  There are many traditions we hold dear.  The Candlelight Christmas Eve service, where we welcome our long-expected Savior, and the Sunday School Children’s Christmas Program, with this year’s new, professionally designed costumes.  Our little angels will spread the message of the season to all who […]

Make Time For Jesus

by Dean Porzel

Make Time for Jesus  by Barb Mazarakos   According to the beloved Christmas hymn Silent Night, “All is calm, all is bright” on that blessed night so long ago. Unfortunately, our current climate of Do, Shop, Buy tend to make many of us feel anything BUT calm and bright as we approach December 25th. So […]

Time to Give Thanks

by Dean Porzel

Time to Give Thanks      By Barb Mazarakos      As Thanksgiving comes upon us and we start to plan menus, think about trips to Grandma’s house (over the river and through the woods, perhaps?), and mark flyers for Black Friday shopping trips, don’t forget to make Thanksgiving Worship part of your holiday weekend plans. […]

Meet the Teachers

by Dean Porzel

Meet the Teachers     By Melissa Petersen    With a new school year well underway, our Christ Lutheran Early Weekday School (CLEWS) teachers are back to work with a bright and wonderful group of students. As always, the program aims to combine play and learning with activities that are age-appropriate, experimental, sensory and manipulative in a […]