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There’s a Little Bit of Heaven Everywhere

by Dean Porzel

Hits: 0 by Dean Porzel    I look forward every year to the end of October, when I transfer my IPod preferred music playlist from my ” 5 Star” or “Road Trip” mix to a playlist called “Holiday Mix”. This folder contains the best of my easy listening 5 Star playlist with a blend of […]

Being SMART About Resolutions

by Dean Porzel

Hits: 0  Being SMART About Resolutions by Heather Green   We are in the midst of the holiday season with a new year looming before us. That signals that it’s time to start thinking about making resolutions for 2020. I’ve written about resolutions before and how over 80% of resolutions made fail by February. One […]

The Sounds of Christmas Come Home

by Dean Porzel

Hits: 0    by Barb Mazarakos   Nothing sets the tone of the Christmas season for me as much as music. I’m not embarrassed to admit that I eagerly flip to the local radio station when it switches to 24-hour Christmas songs (though I don’t listen to it ALL of the time until after Thanksgiving). […]

Four Different Churches

by Dean Porzel

Hits: 0     by Pete Schrank       I had the pleasure of attending all four church services last week in order to deliver the yearly Stewardship message, and it made me think of the bigger picture. Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church is not a Mega Church but it is a large congregation that needs […]

Make Time for Jesus

by Dean Porzel

Hits: 0    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. […]

Pastor’s Corner:  December, 2019

by Dean Porzel

Hits: 0   Our Advent Greeting   Again, seasonal greetings are in the news.  Many “Merry Christmas” greetings will be forthcoming.  Arlette Zimmerman would edit it to: “Blessed Christmas!”   London-born Jo Ann might say, “Happy Christmas.”   And most of us would try to be aware and bid a “Happy Hanukkah” to our Jewish neighbors.  Let’s […]

No Time to Serve? That’s What You Think!

by Dean Porzel

Hits: 0   No Time to Serve? That’s What You Think! by Barb Mazarakos    Time. For so many of us, it is our most precious commodity. After all, we can earn more money, but we can’t get back lost time. Often when it comes to volunteering at church, we seem to think we need […]

You Are Enough

by Dean Porzel

Hits: 0    by Heather Green   When you become a parent, your time is no longer your own. When you have a baby, your schedule revolves around the baby eating and sleeping. If you also have to work, this is exhausting, but as children get older, there is even less “you” time as kids […]

It’s Better to Give

by Dean Porzel

Hits: 0     by Barb Mazarakos   Remember when Black Friday was single day? Literally, it was the day after Thanksgiving when you could get some of the best “deals” of the holiday season. Stores would open early- some at the crack of 6am- and shoppers could fill their carts without completely emptying their […]

Dealing With Change

by Dean Porzel

Hits: 0 by Pete Schrank             As the CELC Newsletter heads into its seventh year, I know we are touching on some subjects we have covered before. I know we have talked about change in the past but this subject can be viewed from many different perspectives. As Christians, we know that God […]

Time to Give Thanks

by Dean Porzel

Hits: 0    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 […]

Pastor’s Corner:  November, 2019

by Dean Porzel

Hits: 0   Installation of Associate Pastor!   We are rejoicing these days at the acceptance of the Call to serve as Associate Pastor by Charles Johnson.  Pastor Chuck and Lauren, Russell and Ellie are excited to begin ministry here.   God has blessed the consecrated and patient efforts of our Call Committee, and we […]

No Time To Pray

by Dean Porzel

Hits: 0      by Monsignor Lawrence Luciana I knelt to pray but not for long, I had too much to do. I had to hurry and get to work For bills would soon be due. So I knelt and said a hurried prayer, And jumped up off my knees. My Christian duty was now […]

Give Me a Break!

by Dean Porzel

Hits: 0      by Barb Mazarakos    Stress. It is something we talk about regularly, an always-present part of the daily lives of so many people. Trying to balance work, family, and volunteer commitments along with paying the bills, keeping up the home, and caring for young children or aging parents- sometimes both at […]

REFORMATION: Penance vs. Repentance

by Dean Porzel

Hits: 8      by Heather Green   At Christ Lutheran, the order of worship usually begins with the confession of sins, by Pastor Ray making the following statement: “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” The congregation responds with, “But if we confess our […]

Christian Unity

by Dean Porzel

Hits: 0       by Pete Schrank             In October, we traditionally talk about the reformation and how Luther changed the Christian faith and the world. The reformation brought about many doctrinal changes. As Lutherans, we are free from the rules of the Pope, the penalty of Purgatory, the deification of Mary, […]

Pastor’s Corner: October 2019

by Dean Porzel

Hits: 0   Pastor’s Corner:     Martin Luther an Angel?   In the early 80s, with the development of our former, blue LW hymnal, the readings for Reformation Day (observed) were reviewed. In the earlier TLH hymnal, the Revelation 14 text for Reformation was listed as the Epistle Lesson.   Some wondered if it should be […]

The Calm in the Storm

by Dean Porzel

Hits: 0 by Barb Mazarakos      Working in the church office is definitely not for the faint of heart. While we may look in the window as we pass by and see the smiling faces of our Office Manager Julie Jancik and Administrative Assistant Jamie Deckinga with an office space that looks well under […]

Service: The Stewardship Committee: Why We Serve

by Dean Porzel

Hits: 0    (Part 2 of 2) by Heather Green In part one of this series I provided some biographical information about the members of the Stewardship Committee and highlighted our roles within the team. In this part I will explain briefly why each of us has chosen to be on the Stewardship committee.   […]

Make a Joyful Noise

by Dean Porzel

Hits: 5 by Pete Schrank               As the season of summer moves to my wife’s favorite season, fall, we get back into the swing of things. Weekday School begins and the teachers, students, and support staff start getting back to the important tasks of learning. In the church, we get back to Sunday […]

Pastors Need the Sabbath, Too!

by Dean Porzel

Hits: 0     by Barb Mazarakos      We’ve all heard the old joke about Pastors only working one day a week. However you only need to spend a few minutes speaking with any member of clergy to know that statement couldn’t be more wrong. Around planning and leading worship services there are visits […]

Closed on Sunday?

by Dean Porzel

Hits: 0     by Heather Green      In today’s society where we have come to expect instant gratification, much thanks to the Internet, social media, and superstores which are open 24/7/365, it seems an anomaly to think that any business is closed on Sunday. Even Amazon delivers on Sundays and Holidays, including Christmas […]

Remember the Sabbath Day

by Dean Porzel

Hits: 0     by Pete Schrank             In 2019, the words “remember the Sabbath Day” seem to get harder and harder for Christians to follow. Long ago, the Jews had the 10 commandments as the law. People would be punished for breaking the law or even killed for desecrating the Sabbath. A […]

Pastor’s Corner: July, 2019

by Dean Porzel

Hits: 0       Say “Thank You” — and “Please”   In catechism/Confirmation class the eighth graders are learning about prayer as we study Dr. Luther’s instruction on the Lord’s Prayer. Among our topics has been our motivation for prayer, the “why” of our prayers. To help the students evaluate their prayerful motivations, our […]

Living Your Christian Faith/ Bearing Witness

by Dean Porzel

Hits: 0    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 […]

Show Me the Way

by Dean Porzel

Hits: 0     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 […]

Faith Bigger Than Fear

by Dean Porzel

Hits: 0   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, […]

Service: The Stewardship Committee – Who We Are and What We Do (Part 1 of 2)

by Dean Porzel

Hits: 0    Service:  The Stewardship Committee – Who We Are and What We Do (Part 1 of 2) by Heather Green        If you are reading this article, then you are familiar with the Stewardship committee (even if you don’t realize it); the Stewardship Committee develops and distributes the monthly e-newsletter. The purpose […]

Cemetery Board Actives and Duties

by Dean Porzel

Hits: 14   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 […]

Eastertide

by Dean Porzel

Hits: 0    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 […]