AUGUST NEWSLETTER


Dear Christ Lutheran Family,

As you're probably aware of by now, we've been working and developing a Vision for Christ Lutheran that will help guide us as we grow into the future.  Much time and effort has been given for this purpose by the leadership of the three expressions of our community, which include the Congregation, Day School, and Foundation.  Our progress has resulted in a Vision Statement and explicatory document, which hopefully you've had a chance to read. We're now moving into the next phase of this process which, requires your help and participation.
 
By now, you should have received a survey, either electronically, or in the mail for those who do not access the internet.  This is to be completed by you or per household.  We believe your input will not only help us gain a clearer view of where we are currently, but it will reveal to us where we can rely on our strengths, as well as shore up our growing edges for the future of Christ Lutheran. 
 
Please complete the survey to the best of your ability, answering all questions thoughtfully and honestly.  If the question doesn't apply to you, please choose 'N/A' (not applicable).  Please be assured that this is an internal survey and all information is for compilation only and specific information will not be shared with              anyone outside of some Christ Lutheran staff and leadership.
 
Finally, please complete this survey by Monday, August 15, 2016, so we can continue to Enrich, Grow and Enhance the Christ Lutheran Experience for one purpose;  Love God. Love People. Serve the World.
 
See you along the way.
Pastor Mark
Our Vision

Church Office
 
Office hours for the summer are as follows:
Monday - Thursday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday - Closed
 
If you need immediate pastoral assistance when the office is closed, please call         Pastor Mark, 412-974-8378 or Pastor Walt 979-203-0822.                                           

Christ Kids Summer School Program will operate at the church 
M-F 7:15am - 5:30pm
MISSION
God's Work. Our Hands.

MISSION PROJECTS CONTINUE AT CHRIST LUTHERAN  
Christ is still raising up the ministries of World Hunger and the Water Well program. Please consider supporting one or both of the efforts. We are helping our Synod raise $500,000 for this year's world hunger project and we are well on our way to collecting enough to dig Well No. 8 in Africa.
 
Lutheran World Relief is again asking us to gather school supplies....this year the need is even greater as children are displaced from their schools because of war in Syria and South Sudan. School supplies are on sale right now at WalMart and Target and the total cost of one set of supplies is less than $10. Lists of the supplies needed is on the Heartline desk and a basket is in the Narthex for you to drop off your gifts.
 
A reminder to those who knit, crochet or sew that we are still collecting caps for cancer victims who lose their hair because of treatment. Patterns are available on the Heartline. We'll gather these after the end of the year for our  annual Blessing of the Caps. The caps are donated to the American Cancer Society unit in Bryan.
 
SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR LWR
During August we are collecting school supplies for Lutheran World Relief. A list of the supplies needed is available at the Heartline and supplies are now on sale at area stores-you buy the supplies and we'll furnish the backpack. Supplies are approximately $10 to fill two backpacks.  

HUNGER
Canned and non perishable food donations in August will be donated to Bread Partners of Washington County. Please help by bringing your donated food items to the food table located in the narthex. 

NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
September 11, 2016
An opportunity to celebrate who we are as the ELCA church in America - one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.  Quilting 1:00 pm, Fellowship Hall.  More activities are being planned and will be announced when finalized.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Wednesdays        6:30 pm    Wiggle & Worship
Sundays               9:15 am    Wiggle & Worship  
Sundays             10:30 am    Fresh Coffee Adult Conversation - Fellowship Hall
Sundays             10:30 am    Word and Wonder - Adult study - Conf. Rm.      
1st Saturday        8:00 am     Men In Mission - Fellowship Hall
2nd Tuesday        7:00 pm    Mary Martha Ruth Circle Bible Study - Conf. Rm.
DISCUSSION GROUP AND BIBLE STUDY
OFF FOR THE S UMMER
For more information contact:                                            
Pastor Walt 979-203-0822
MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES
Your call to serve is always welcomed,encouraged and needed.
 
BUILDING AND GROUNDS
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED   
A Building and Grounds committee is being organized to care for our church on a regular and on going basis. Ron Kuecker is heading up this committee and will organize and set-up a schedule for maintenance at the church. A sign-up sheet is at the Heartline desk.   The care and maintenance of our church and property is an important ministry here at Christ Lutheran.   Please consider giving a little of your time to help at the church.  We need YOU!
                                     
COLLATE NEWSLETTER
August 23, 9:00 am Conference Rm

RECYCLING AT CHRIST LUTHERAN
Shirley Mueller will be taking the recycling at the church during the month of August. A Volunteer for the Day School is needed.

There are still opportunities for you to help with recycling during 2016.  The sign-up schedule is  at the Heartline desk.  Our schedule is:
 
                      CHURCH                   DAY SCHOOL
    August       Shirley Mueller          Needed
    Sept.          Cheryl Howk              Cheryl Howk
    Oct.            Ron Kuecker              Ron Kuecker
    Nov.           Needed                      Needed
    Dec.            Needed                     Needed
 
SPECIAL THINGS
  • Gluten free host and grape juice are available for Holy Commuion
  • Portals of Prayer for July - September are available at the Heartline Desk.
  • Living Lutheran magazine is available for anyone who would a copy at the Heartline Desk.
Welcome
We welcome our newest member, Connie Cadenhead, to Christ Lutheran Church.   Welcome to Connie as we walk together to Love God. Love People. Serve the World.
IN OUR PRAYERS                                    

Our Christ Family:
Sawyer Atkins, Willie Brinkmeyer, Sterling Crabtree, Bonnie Demuth, Pete Demuth, Mildred Hair, Laverna Jacob, Laverna Landua, Esther Neumann, Shirley Schultz, Caroline Schulz, Nicole Schulz Carr, Allen & Jeanie Stepan
 
Our Personal Concerns: 
Donnie Appling, Christina Ashorn, Lilia Avila, Cindy Black, Betty Boeker, Donna Bridges, Betty Bryant, Lyrik Campbell, Bill Clanahan, Betty Crain, Susan Deski, Gary Devlin, Andrew Dietz, Brandy Dillard, Scooter Dillard, Wanda DuBose, Allen Gene Eckermann, Anna Finke, Donna Fourroux, Robert Galaber, Larry Glenz, Dorothy Goodlett, Wanda Hamilton, Beatrice Helwig, Michael Hendricks, Greg Hester, Bernice Hintz, Jamie Hobson, Michael Holder, Lee Horak, Amber Kirschke, Harry Kluttz, Baily Lantz, Tara Limmer, Troy Lischka, Houshang Masudi, Harold Mueller, Shirley Mueller ( Renee's mother), Naomi Naper, J. F. Oppermann, Michael Parker, Lucas Paul, Rita Perkins, Spencer Ramirez, Matthew Rotter, Bobby Schlabach, Amanda Sebastian, Kyree Koehne Shaver, Dorothy Sommerfeld, Patricia Stanley, Erin Stavros, Noelle Stokes, Tracy Sullivan, Ginger Vaudrey, James Vaughn, Dr. Mike Wirtz, Chris White, Deloise Wright        
        
Those in Military Service: 
Kyle Babbitt, David Crabtree, Spencer Ganske, Johnathon LeBoeuf, Kim and Elijah Nemeir 
CELEBRATIONS
If you see one that is missing, please let us know.

August Birthdays
1
Bubba Grabarschick
15
Tracey Curlee
  
Cheryl Naudin
  
Cash Rogers
2
Skyler Johnson
16
Bill Beach
  
Allen Stolz
17
Shirley Moehlmann
3
Angie Stickley
18
Patt Crabtree
4
Wayne Fairman
19
Nicole Schulz Carr
6
Jody Kistner
20
Stephanie Fairman
7
Amy Boeker
23
Matthew Allen
8
John Brieden
  
Greg Holloway
9
Lori Finke
26
Jordyn Branham
  
Vernon Wellmann
  
Elton Steffen
10
Coltyn Hupe

Connie Cadenhead
  
Laura Metheny
27
Wendy Hupe
11
Dawson Jacobs
28
Cooper Atkins
12
Collin Livengood
29
Jeanette Fair
13
Isaac Klihne
30
Sarah Fairman
  
Judy Willms
  
  

August Anniversaries 
August 4
Stephen & Misty Johnson
August 11
Jeff & Donna Kaltwasser
August 12
Butch & Betty Bugaj
August 14
Kevin & Renee Mutscher
August 24
Ronnie & Pat Lueckemeyer
August 27
Jodie & Diane Vaughn
August 28
Ryon & Laura Jones

CHURCH COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS
June 15 2016
  • Approved minutes and treasurer's report.
  • Stephanie Fairman elected to church council to fill vacancy.
  • Stewardship will kick off in September.
  • Brenda Schultz will head up the CLC Red Cross preparations; Mike Grunder will visit with City of Brenham about flooding issue from Carlee Dr.; Stephen Johnson will check cost of water cooler replacement.
  • Phyllis Weiss will be providing the Sunday music five times during the summer; Music committee has met and continues to gather information about music needs at Christ Lutheran Church.
  • Pastor Mark reported that the AC unit for the sanctuary is being repaired again.
FOUNDATION BOARD HIGHLIGHTS
July 18, 2016               
  • Approved minutes and treasurer's report.
  • Accepted 2016-17 Grant Applications - will be forwarded to the Mission & Ministry Committee.
  • Received letter from Stephanie Crabtree.
  • Moved next Foundation Board meeting to October 24, 2016.
DAY SCHOOL NEWS
day schoo letterhead
                                                                                        
It's hot outside, but the staff and   children at the Day School know how to beat the dog days of summer! They have enjoyed our Wacky Wednesday themed water play days including  Noah's Ark, camping, picnic and an all- out art extravaganza that we call Playground Picasso!  We weave bible stories and water play into activities throughout the playground, garden and outdoor classroom - a welcomed     distraction from the heat!

On July 1 st , we held our annual Patriotic Parade.  If you were there, "thanks" for coming, if not go ahead and save the date for next year.  This is an event NOT to be missed!  The Scouts were there to raise the flag and lead us in the pledge.  We had a clown this year and the usual array of farm animals, some even wearing red, white and blue stars!  Even our infants in strollers and toddlers in a wagon got in on the action! 


VBS at Christ Lutheran is always a hit with our children and families.  Our three year olds and Pre-K participate with our staff becoming VBS staff for the week.  "Thank you" to everyone who goes out of their way to make this a fun and meaningful time for children to learn about God.  Cave Quest was a huge a huge success!
 
In Christ,
Ginny Gaskamp

Mission Trip


REFLECTIONS from our youth about their Mission Trip:

Jacob Elledge ...working on the Native American church and hearing the history of the Navajo people..native American food is the best.                                                                             
Emily Fairman ...finding love in places that are unseen, like in the warm hearts of the people around me who willingly took the time out of their busy lives to serve and bond with people far less   fortunate than me.

Sarah Fairman ...I knew God had sent these people in our lives to build relationships and create bonds .....they will be in our hearts forever.  Seeing smiles and laughter in the kids brought love to my heart.

Sam Gaskamp... painting and building fences was worth all the work and to see how happy the Navajo are...my  experience was good....my faith is stronger.

Trey McNeil... making a difference... Hold Us Together in song...we love God by loving others...learning the history of the Navajo people and the struggles they faced.

Gracie Schwartz ...Telling the kids about God...spreading the Good News...learning about the Navajo people and the lesson of forgiveness.

Laramie Zelenka ...We love because he first loved us...seeing everyone work together as one to serve God and praise Jesus!  Trust God because he knows the plan he has for me.
Vacation Bible School

 



Vacation Bible School was filled with 90+children for Cave Quest-Following Jesus the Light of the World.  A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who helped our children exper ience Jesus the Light of the World.
 
             
YOUTH NEWS

Back to School Blessing
August 17 (Wednesday), 6:30 pm
August 21 (Sunday), 9:15 am

Children's Ministry
Elementary camp sending - 9:15 am (during worship)
Elementary Summer Camp @ LutherHill - August 7-12

Confirmation
Begins in September- Bible year

Faith Formation
Wednesdays - 6:30 pm  Wiggle and Worship (3 yrs-5th grade)
Sundays - 9:15 am Wiggle and Worship (3 yrs-5th grade)
 
Jr. High and High School Youth
Youth Nights - 2nd & 4th Wednesdays - 7:30-8:30 pm
                        2nd & 4th Sundays - 6-8 pm
 
Upcoming events:
September- Confirmation begins
                    Third grade bibles
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