APRIL NEWSLETTER


BLESSING QUILTS
On March 13, the s anctuary of Christ Lutheran Church was filled with an array of colors.  It was Blessing of the Quilts.  These quilts were all cut, pieced, tacked and sewed by members of Christ Lutheran Church.  A total of 77 quil ts, along with 38 school kits and 133 bars of soap, were later packed, box ed and shipped to Lutheran World Relief.  Lutheran World Relief will then send our quilts all over the world.
 
Did you know these works of your hands can be:
  • A cozy, clean new bed cover
  • A baby carrier, tied around a mother's back
  • A market display, spread on the ground and piled with vegetables
  • A sack for transporting those goods to market
  • A sunshade 
  • A shawl                                                                                                                
  • And most importantly - a constant reminder that someone, far away, cares a lot.
MISSION
God's Work. Our Hands.

Hunger

Canned & non-perishable food donations received in March will be donated to Faith Mission. The Food Table is located in the narthex.
   
ELCA World Hunger 2016
This year the ELCA is making hunger the  focus of outreach and giving.  Coin boxes are available at the Heartline to collect a dollar a day during the Lenten season.  The World Hunger Appeal saving boxes can be returned to the church during Holy Week.  A collection basket will be in the Narthex starting Palm Sunday.

Caps for Cancer- A Special Thank You 
Thank you to everyone who crocheted, knitted or sewed caps for cancer patients.  A special Blessing of the Caps was held on Sunday, February 14 where 93 caps were brought forward.  All these caps have been sent to the American Cancer Society.  Christ Lutheran you have " showing love for others one stitch at a time. "
WELCOME
Welcome our newest member at Christ Lutheran Church.  Avery Leigh Feist was baptized Sunday, March 13.  Avery is the daughter of Jordan Feist and Tiffanie Fritz. We welcome Avery in to the body of Christ and into the mission we share.
LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Wednesdays        6:30 pm    Wiggle & Worship
Sundays             10:30 am    Wiggle & Worship
Sundays             10:30 am    Holy Moly Sunday School - 2nd-4th grade 
Sundays             10:30 am    NEXTGENERATION for Jr. High Youth 
Sundays             10:30 am    Fresh Coffee Adult Conversation - Fellowship Hall
Sundays             10:30 am    Word and Wonder - Adult study - Conf. Rm.           
1st Thursday      10:00 am    Discussion group and Bible Study 
1st Saturday        8:00 am     Men In Mission - Fellowship Hall
2nd Tuesday        7:00 pm    Mary Martha Ruth Circle Bible Study - Conf. Rm.
Wednesdays        3:30 pm    Confirmation
DISCUSSION GROUP AND BIBLE STUDY
With new name and meeting location... 
The former HOPE Bible Study is now Discussion Group and Bible Study.  The group will continue to meet the first Thursdays of each month at 10:00am.  The Discussion Group and Bible Study will meet at the home of Dorothy Ziese, 2420 Stone Hollow Dr.,  Brenham, TX.  You can contact Dorothy at 979-830-19979-830-1995 for more information or Pastor Walt at 979-203-08979-203-0822 who will continue to lead the study. 
All are invited --Come join the Discussion and Bible Study.
MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES
Your call to serve is always welcomed,encouraged and needed.
ALTAR CARE AND SUPPORT
Gluten free host is available each Sunday for communion
COLLATE NEWSLETTER
April  26, 9:00 am Conference Rm
Brazos Cluster Women of the ELCA              
Spring Happening
Saturday:  April 30, 2016
Martin Luther Lutheran Church  Carmine, TX
Registration begins at 8:30am
Guest Speaker:  Rev. Brianna Merkel,  St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brenham
All are welcome!
SPECIAL THINGS
  • Gluten free host and grape juice are available for Holy Commuion
  • Portals of Prayer for April - June available at the Heartline Desk.
  • The Lutheran magazine is available for anyone who would a copy at the Heartline Desk.
IN OUR PRAYERS                                    
Our Christ Family:
Pat Crabtree, Sterling Crabtree, Bonnie Demuth, Pete Demuth, Diego Estrada, Wayne Fairman, Mildred Hair, Esther Neumann, Loraine Roeske, Nicole Schulz Carr  
 
Our Personal Concerns: 
Donnie Appling, Joyce Averitt, Lilia Avila, Betty Boeker, Donna Bridges, Betty Bryant, Lyrik Campbell, Bill Clanahan, Betty Crain, Gary Devlin, Andrew Dietz, Brandy Dillard, Scooter Dillard, Dalton Dunfield, Allen Gene Eckermann, David Exter, Carol & Liz Fenton, Anna Finke, Donna Fourroux, Robert Galaber, Larry Glenz, Dorothy Goodlett, Wanda Hamilton, Quincy Hambrick, Michael Hendricks, Greg Hester, Bernice Hintz, Jamie Hobson, Michael Holder, Lee Horak,  Richard Jacobs, Amber Kirschke, Brian Knebel, Baily Lantz, Tara Limmer, Shirley Mueller (Renee's mother), Naomi Naper, Michael Parker, Lucas Paul, Rita Perkins, Perry Post, Spencer Ramirez, Helen Reeves, Matthew Rotter, Marge Runge, Amanda Sebastian, Jeff Schwartz, Kyree Koehne Shaver, Birdie Sommerfeld, Dorothy Sommerfeld, Patricia Stanley, Erin Stavros, Noelle Stokes, Tracy Sullivan, Dakota Thomas, Dr. Joe Townsend, Ginger Vaudrey, James Vaughn, Charles Welch, Chris White, Sandy Winkelmann, Debbie Wammel                
Those in Military Service: 
Kyle Babbitt, David Crabtree, Johnathon LeBoeuf, Brandon McCord, Kim and Elijah Nemeir, Joshua Stevens 
CELEBRATIONS
If you see one that is missing, please let us know.

April Birthdays
1
Chandra Jankowiak
19
Ely Jones
2
Annie Mae Buerger
20
Rachel Boeker
4
Pat Collins
 
Tyler Hertel
 
Betty Schramm
21
Brook Klussmann
 
Skylar Stickley
 
Renee Mutscher
5
Jamey Curtis
22
Sheila Abel
7
Kyle Branham
 
Ben Boeker
10
Dylan Hillgartner
 
Suzanne Hannath
11
Coy Fontenot
23
Landry Zelenka
 
Jack Schramm
24
Caitlin Beach
 
Brenda Schultz
 
Jennifer Livengood
12
Stephen Johnson
25
Cynthia Eben
13
Melinda Faubion
27
Joyce Gaskamp
 
Ronnie Lueckemeyer
 
Jillian Werth
15
Gretchen Jones
28
Landon Zelenka
 
Randy Sonnenburg
30
April Estrada
17
Katy Beckermann
 
Mike Grunder
 
Ashlyn Gajewski
 
 
 
Sara Winkelmann
 
 

April Anniversaries 
April 4
Tom & Kay Ochsner
April 4
Ricky & Leslie Weiss
April 5
Keith & Katie Brinkman
April 8
Paul & Mary Hightower
April 25
Mark & Lynn Boeker
April 25
Greg & Kimberly Kenjura
April 27
Chris & Rachel Allen
CHURCH COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS
March 15, 2016               
  • Approved minutes and treasurer's report.
  • Approved construction of a veranda at church parsonage.
  • Council retreat will be held April 9, 9am-3pm at Camp Allen in Navasota TX  The retreat is for all those in leadership of the Church Council, Day School Board and Christ Lutheran Foundation Board. 
  • Due to conflicts with council members schedules Church Council meeting changed to third Wednesday of each month.
  • Before next council meeting Pastoral Review will be completed.
DAY SCHOOL NEWS
day schoo letterhead
This month finds me thankful for the ownership that the members of Christ Lutheran take of the Day School.  Our recent work day was well attended by the Men in Mission group and other members.  Many honey-do jobs were taken care of thanks to Stephen Johnson's careful planning.  It was just what we needed to head into spring on the right foot!  A few Day School parents joined us on the playground and, for a small band ofplayground warriors, got so much accomplished.  The children are enjoying their new sand digging area and the outdoor classroom is rockin' with a fairy garden and a spring sensory table.  Veggies have been planted in the garden and the toddlers have loved walking through the pool noodle forest on their playground.  A special "thanks" to Jodie Vaughn for building a perfectly sized and weather proof podium for our Garden Chapel.  Church is back in session!   

In Christ, Ginny Gaskamp           
COUNCIL RETREAT
April 9, 2016
Camp Allen-Navasota Texas
9am - 3pm
This retreat is for all those in leadership of Church Council, Day School Board and Christ Lutheran Foundation Board.  Please let your council/board presidents or the church office know if you are able to attend.  Details for traveling to Camp Allen will announced and emailed to you.
YOUTH NEWS

Confirmation
Confirmation - Wednesdays (April 6, 13, 20, 27 ), 3:30-5:30 pm
Faith formation - Sundays (April 3, 10, 17, 24), 10:30 am
Eighth Grade Confirmand Faith Story retreat - Aril 1, 9 am-3 pm

First Communion
On Maundy Thursday, March 24, the following children recei ved the Sacrament of Holy Communion:  
Henry Loza,  Landrey Zelenka, Dylan Hillgartner, Taylor Grabarschick


Faith Formation
Wednesdays - 6:30 pm  Wiggle and Worship (3 yrs-5th grade)
Sundays - 10:30 am Holy Moly Sunday School (2nd-4th grade)
Sundays - 10:30 am - NEXTGENERATION - Junior High
 
Jr. High and High School Youth
Youth Nights - Wednesdays, April 13, 27 - 7:30-8:30 pm
                        Sunday, April 10, 24 - 6-8 pm
 
Upcoming events:
May 15       Confirmation
May 22       Honoring of the Graduates
June 19-24  Confirmation Camp
July 3-8      Mission Trip
July 18-22  Vacation Bible School
Aug 7-12    Elementary Summer Camp
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