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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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

Saved By Grace – Pastor Walt Ledogar

by Dean Porzel

Saved By Grace – Pastor Walt Ledogar by Barb Mazarakos   When I was in my 2nd year of high school journalism, we were tasked with writing an article on someone local for the Penny Saver. For this writing we had to come up with interview questions, set up an appointment, and conduct the interview […]

“Growing in Christ” through CELC Sunday School

by Dean Porzel

“Growing in Christ” through CELC Sunday School      By Heather Green    September marks the unofficial start to fall – pumpkin spice begins to flavor everything from ice cream to coffee, children are back in school, and at church, the summer worship schedule is ending. Returning to the fall worship schedule also means kicking off […]

Learning More with LHM

by Dean Porzel

Learning More with LHM    By Pete Schrank   On August 1st 2017 LHM.org launched a line of online courses (webinars) to help you and I reach out to those people that we care about, to share the good news of Jesus Christ. As we look at the world around us and our church family, I hope […]

The Season for Travel

by Dean Porzel

The Season for Travel      By Pete Schrank    Summer time is when we pack up the car or jump on a plane for the family vacation.  Some of us get to travel for business, or are retired and working on our travel bucket list.  Most people long for those adventures to faraway places.  […]

Michigan’s Little Bavaria

by Dean Porzel

Michigan’s Little Bavaria       By Barb Mazarakos       Frankenmuth, Michigan has long been known as “Michigan’s Little Bavaria”. Set about 300 miles from Christ Lutheran, Frankenmuth is a town known for having the World’s Largest CHRISTmas Store and delicious chicken dinners. But it also is a town with deep religious ties that are evident […]

There’s No Place Like Home

by Dean Porzel

There’s No Place Like Home      By Heather Green      “I am with you. I will watch over you everywhere you go. And I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” (Genesis 28:15)   In this issue of the newsletter […]

Stewardship Overview of Committees: What Do They Do? – Our Pastor

by Dean Porzel

Stewardship Overview of Committees:  What Do They Do?   Pastor   By Barb Mazarakos    Oh boy. Talk about a daunting assignment to write on. What does a Pastor do? I suppose I could provide you with a list of Pastor Ray’s current duties, but honestly? It wears me out just to read it. I […]

Do Unto Others     

by Dean Porzel

  By Barb Mazarakos       There is nothing like looking around the opening of Vacation Bible School every year and feeling the buzz of excitement as old friends are reunited, teachers see former students who are now serving on staff, and music fills the room to be reminded of how truly blessed we are. We may […]

Old Fashioned Summer    

by Dean Porzel

  By Heather Green    Memorial Day weekend typically kicks off summer activities. Pools open, schools close for summer, and baseball is in full swing (pun intended). Since becoming a mother, I can’t help but get a little nostalgic this time of year, especially when dressing the little one in head-to-toe safety equipment so she can […]

Stewardship Overview of Committees: What Do They Do? 

by Dean Porzel

  Vacation Bible School       By Barb Mazarakos       School is out and summer is on the way- it must be time for Vacation Bible School! Each year, hundreds of children and their adult leaders converge on the church grounds for a week of fun, worship, and witness and this year will be no exception. This […]

C.L.E.W.S. News

by Dean Porzel

      By Patti Bareither        This is for all the mothers who shivered on cold metal benches at football games Friday night instead of watching from the car so that when their child asked, “Did you see me?” they could say, “Of course, I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.” […]

A Box of Chocolates

by Dean Porzel

     By Barb Mazarakos    One of the most quoted cinematic lines comes from the 1994 film Forrest Gump, in which Tom Hanks as the title character tells his friend, “My mom always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” Isn’t that the truth? One day […]

C.E.L.C. Outreach    

by Dean Porzel

    By Peter Schrank        Outreach to the community happens in many ways and is done by many groups at Christ Lutheran, Orland Park. Education leads VBS, Evangelism does CHOICE Bakers, MBS sponsors the Have-A-Heart spaghetti dinner, Stewardship supports our web and social media outreach, First Fruits support many different organizations outside […]

Reflecting His Light to the World

by Dean Porzel

By Barb Mazarakos       The life of a teenager can be a busy one: school, sports, jobs, friends, and social activities can fill a calendar in no time. Fortunately, for many young people church remains a priority and fills a good portion of that schedule. Parents and teens alike understand the importance of keeping God front […]