Praise the Lord and thank you for the overwhelming celebration of retirement last Sunday. Our
family was moved and impressed by your great show of love and appreciation. Comments that
you shared about worship services, visits, baptisms, weddings, funerals, etc., stirred our hearts.
Thank you to the committee, musicians, staff, Pr. Chuck and all the volunteers who made our
worship of the Lord so special and celebration so meaningful. And thanks so much for the many
cards and gifts. The monetary gifts have exceeded $19,000 and will go towards our “camper
and truck traveling grandparent and family show.” Thank you for your generosity, and for your
faithful stewardship over the years. You are truly graced and gracious in the LORD.
While the days ahead will mean stepping back into retirement and part-time ministry in NID
congregations, you will be in our prayers. When you send devotional prayer requests to Pastor
Chuck and the office, please feel free to copy us at firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be part of
our devotional prayer.
And…Lord God, grant your grace and direction, we pray, to Christ Lutheran and Pastor
Johnson that the Gospel of Christ might go forth in new and effective ways for the life of many,
in Jesus’ name; and as Pr. Walt always added, In the name of the Father and of the † Son and
of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Pr. Ray and Jo Ann, June 29
PASTOR JOHNSON will be attending the National Youth Gathering from July 8-15. If you have
a pastoral emergency, please contact the Church Office. Pastor Dan Gensch will be handling
pastoral needs during Pastor Chuck’s absence. Pastor Gensch will also be leading worship next
weekend, July 9 and 10.
T-SHIRT COLLECTION FOR LWML To celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Lutheran
Women’s Missionary League, the Ladies Aid/LWML is hoping to collect 80 women’s and
children’s t-shirts for residents of the Crisis Center. The t-shirts can be any size and color and
will be collected during the month of June. If you’d like to help us reach our goal of 80 tees,
we’d be very grateful! A box is located in the narthex for your donations.
BRIDGE CLUB is taking a short break. We will resume on Monday, July 11, at 10:00 a.m.
➢ We’ve had some interest in games of Pinochle. If you would be interested in playing
Pinochle, please call the Church Office at 708-349-0431.
Anyone interested in singing and/or playing an instrument for
our worship services during the summer season is asked to contact Sandy Knopp to sign up.
Sandy can be emailed at email@example.com or in the Church Office at 708-349-0431.
A CLC member that lives at Evergreen Senior Living (108th Ave. and
183rd Street, Orland Park) is in need of a ride to doctor’s appointments. Dates and times will vary. If
you would be willing to assist, please call Pastor Chuck.
Use this link to get to the VBS registration site:
We are looking for one or two teachers to lead art classes at church this summer. We will have separate classes for children and for adults, and one teacher can possibly lead both classes. Energy and flexibility are necessary for the
children’s class! A stipend will be provided. If interested, please contact Pastor Chuck at 309-531-4868.
OWLS MEETING The next meeting of the OWLS will be on Thursday, July 14, at 10:00.
Following the general meeting, Pastor Dan Gensch will have a presentation about Thrivent. A
lunch by Thrivent will be provided for OWLS members who have pre-registered. Please contact
Ellen Weber if you have any questions or need to register for the lunch.
OWLS MEMBERS needing a ride to the monthly meetings should call Sharon Mulcahy at 708-429- She has drivers that will pick you up.
The Ladies Aid/LWML has a limited number 2022-2023 pocket
calendars for sale at $2.00/each. To purchase, see an LWML member or the Church Office.
We are in need of more Jr. Chimers! Kids in Grades 2 – 8, please
consider joining us! Our next rehearsal is Tuesday, October 5, at 5:00. If your child is interested, please contact Sandy Knopp at firstname.lastname@example.org or 708-349-0431, x227.
If you are interested in becoming a member of Christ Lutheran Church,
Pastor Johnson will be leading a New Member Class for three weeks on
Sundays, October 10, 17, and 31. Class will meet in Fellowship Hall
from 11:15a to 12:00p. Please text Pastor Johnson at 309-531-4868 or
notify the Church Office if you will be attending.
WELCOME COMMITTEE With all of the new faces coming to our
church, we need friendly volunteers who would help make visitors feel
welcome here at Christ Lutheran. This is something new, so we can
most certainly entertain ideas you may have. Text Pastor Johnson at
309-531-4868 for more information.
HOLY SMOKERS ARE RECRUITING!! When we originally asked for volunteers to join this fun
little group, we had well over 30 people interested. I will be sending out letters shortly from that
list (which we gathered before Covid). However, if you are interested in cooking with the Holy
Smokers, we would love to have you! Level of involvement is strictly up to you. If you want to
learn how to smoke excellent food only, that is fine. If you want to help with fund raisers and
church events, that is fine. If you want to be part of a group that will respond to disasters in
efforts to feed the displaced and emergency workers, you can do that too. Please text Pastor
Johnson at 309-531-4868 if interested.
HELP IN THE NURSERY If you love little babies and would graciously give up
some time during the 10:00 service, we could use your help! Our nursery has
moved, been remodeled, and we have new toys and pagers for parents. Help
young families by volunteering your time to watch young ones in the nursery
during the 10:00 service. Text Pastor Johnson 309-531-4868 for more
With all of the new faces coming to our
church, we need friendly volunteers who would help make visitors
feel welcome here at Christ Lutheran. This is something new, so
we can most certainly entertain ideas you may have. Text Pastor
Johnson 309-531-4868 for more information.
I am part of a wonderful international women’s philanthropy organization: P.E.O. International. We help women of all ages fund their education through grants and low-cost loans. Women all across the U.S. and Canada contribute to these educational funds through local fundraisers. Our fundraiser is called “Education Is Our Bag”. We collect gently used handbags and resell them at local fairs. 100% of all the money we raise is used to fund women’s education. All you have to do is go through your closet and pull out those unused handbags. Text or email me (708-334-0277 or email@example.com), and I will pick them up. To learn more about this organization, visit the website: www.peointernational.org.
~ Cindy Miller”
The Elders and Church Council have approved the continuation of Sunday services at 8:00am and 10:00am. Until further notice, services will be held on Saturdays at 5:00p and Sundays at 8:00a and 10:00a. Sunday School will be held during the 10:00 service and begins with Rally Day on Sunday, September 12.
Pursuant to CDC recommendations, masks are now optional during all worship services for those who are fully vaccinated. Seating on the baptismal side of the sanctuary will be every other row, and the pulpit side of the sanctuary will have seating in every row. Summer services are at 8:00 a.m. in the pavilion (weather permitting, otherwise sanctuary) and 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary.
There are hospice patients in your area that would benefit greatly from your companionship and encouragement. VITAS Healthcare is currently looking for knitters, crocheters and sewers for their comfort care hospice program. Volunteers would create blankets, robes, draw string bags, prayer shawls and other needed items for hospice patients. Your volunteer time would suit your schedule and your location. Also donations of yarn, fleece and material are also needed and welcomed.
To find out more about the VITAS Volunteers, call Joanna Voorhees at VITAS
Healthcare of Chicagoland South, 708-781-4401.
Please remember to share our weekly worship and event posts on your Facebook page. Let’s share the word of Christ and Christ Lutheran Church with our family and friends!