FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER
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MISSION
GOD'S WORK. OUR HANDS 

2017 MISSION OUTREACH
This year the Mission focus for our congregation will be world hunger, with a goal of raising at least $10,000 by October to be added to the synod's campaign to raise $500,000 for world hunger as a way of celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. We'll begin with the Souper Bowl of Caring...everyone is asked to bring canned food items on Sunday, February 5th. Our donations will be added to the Boy Scouts food drive and given to our two local food banks...Faith Mission and Bread Partners.

The annual Pancake Supper will be hosted by the Men of the Church on Shrove Tuesday, February 28th. Admission will be by free will offering and this year all proceeds will go towards our world hunger project.  

Lent begins on March 1st, Ash Wednesday, and we will have Piggy Bank coin boxes for everyone to collect money during Lent for world hunger. During Lent there will be a special devotional guide, Free Indeed, for all of our friends and family to use for your Lenten study.

Other fundraising projects will happen during the coming months, all focused on helping to bring food to hungry people...one out of every five children in Texas suffers from hunger...more than 800 million people live in poverty with hunger and disease their lot in life. God blesses the earth with harvests plentiful enough for everyone to have enough food...but somehow many are left out of the distribution while 25% of the food in America is wasted. Our donations will not only buy food for the hungry, but also work to bring justice and equity to the food supply system. Join your brothers and sisters in Christ in this mission focus for 2017!

8 WATER WELLS!
Christ Lutheran Church has completed eight water wells for Water to Thrive! As we move forward with our primary mission project for 2017 - World Hunger - we want to thank everyone for their support to bring clean, safe water to those in rural Africa. Our Water to Thrive project began in 2014 collecting $40,000 over the years to build eight water wells.   THANK YOU CHRIST LUTHERAN!

HUNGER


The World Hunger project will begin Sunday, February 5th with the Souper Bowl of Caring food drive.  The congregation is ask to bring non-perishable food items to combine with the Scouts food drive.  All food collected will be shared with our two local food banks --                                                           Bread Partners and Faith Mission.
 
Canned and non perishable food donations in February will be donated to Faith Mission and Bread Partners. Please help by bringing your canned and non-perishable food items to the food table located in the narthex. 
4 STARS FOR CHRIST LUTHERAN DAY SCHOOL!

A Special Day
After months and months of hard work and dedication Christ Lutheran Director, Ginny Gaskamp and Assistant Director, Sharon Schwartz, received the Four Star Banner from Texas Rising Star Provider from Texas Workforce Solutions on Thursday, January 26 th, making Christ Lutheran Day School on of the premier Day Schools in the State .  Congratulations to Ginny, Sharon and the entire staff at Christ Lutheran Day School- Four Star Rating!  The school will also receive a $4,000 award, teaching materials and staff education incentives.
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.
MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES
Your call to serve is always welcomed,encouraged and needed.
                                       
COLLATE NEWSLETTER
February 28, 9:00 am Conference Rm
                  
RECYCLING AT CHRIST LUTHERAN
Volunteer(s) are needed for recycling at the church and day school. Thank you Ron Kuecker  for taking the recycling at the Church and day school during the month of February. Please visit the Heartline desk and sign-up for a month of volunteering.  This is a wonderful opportunity to help out the Church and Day School with recycling. 
SPECIAL THINGS
  • Gluten free host and grape juice are available for Holy Commuion
  • Portals of Prayer for January - March are available at the Heartline Desk.
  • Living Lutheran magazine is available for anyone who would a copy at the Heartline Desk.
CHRIST LUTHERAN VISION MEETINGS

Thursday, February 2 Vision Team Meeting @ 5:30 pm Conf. Rm

Tuesday, February 7 Joint Leadership Meeting @ 6:00 pm  FH 
This meeting is for all those who are serving on Council, Day School Board and Foundation Boards.   The survey results will be reviewed, sharing current planned initiatives tied to the Vision and develop the next steps.
IN OUR PRAYERS                                    

Our Christ Family:
Avery Applewhite, Shirley Beckermann, Annie Mae Buerger, Sterling Crabtree, Bonnie Demuth, Verna Mae Druckhammer, Laverna Jacob, Laverna Landua, Esther Neumann, Jack Rhine, Larry Schulz, Nicole Schulz Carr, Allen and Jeanie Stepan, Laura Winkelmann Jones   

Our Personal Concerns:           
Donnie Appling, Christina Ashorn, Lilia Avila, Betty Boeker, Donna Bridges, Betty Bryant, Lyrik Campbell, Betty Crain, Susan Deski, Gary Devlin, Rita Diamond, Andrew Dietz, Brandy Dillard, Scooter Dillard, Wanda DuBose, Allen Gene Eckermann, John Exter, Jr. Carol Fenton, Liz Fenton, Anna Finke, Donna Fourroux, Angela Gentry, Larry Glenz, Dorothy Goodlett, Teresa Gutierrez, Wanda Hamilton, Beatrice Helwig, Michael Hendricks, Brenda Herrmann, Greg Hester, Jamie Hobson, Michael Holder, Lee Horak, Bill Kielman, Amber Kirschke, Harry Kluttz, Baily Lantz, David Lawrence, Tara Limmer, Emma Lischka, Allene Machet, Houshang Masudi, Shirley Mueller ( Renee's mother), Naomi Naper, Michael Parker, Lucas Paul, Rita Perkins, Spencer Ramirez, Lamont Rothrock, Matthew Rotter,  Mary Ann Ruhland, Bobby Schlabach, Amanda Sebastian, Kyree Koehne Shaver, Dorothy Sommerfeld, Erin Stavros, Noelle Stokes, Tracy Sullivan, Renee Turner, Ginger Vaudrey, James Vaughn, Lisa Wise, 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.

February Birthdays
2
Cynthia England
17
Angelise Male
3
Jeri Bentke
 
Dorothy Ziese
4
Kandi Elliott
18
Randy Markwardt
 
Kay Roberts
 
Jeanie Stepan
 
Larry Schulz
19
Marley Lonsert
5
Beth Metheny
 
James McCune IV
10
Katie Brinkman
21
Heidi Hillgartner
 
Randy Gaskamp
 
Robert Schwartz
11
Pat Kohring
23
Jeramie Zelenka
14
Mark Boeker
24
Frankie Rose Ochsner
 
Conrad Goeth
25
Bob Grabarschick
15
Lloyd Beckermann
 
Jim McCune III
 
Misty Johnson
26
Caleb Allen
 
Lisa Wellmann
27
Sandy Elledge
 
 
 
Emma Edwards

February Anniversaries 
February 4
Ronald & Jeri Bentke
February 14
Bubba & Linda McCulloch
February 25
Jim & Melissa McCune

CHILI DRIVE-THRU DINNER FUNDRAISER
Boy Scout Troop 577 - Cub Scout Pack 577
Sunday, March 5, 2016 at KC Hall
Cost $10.00   Includes Chili, Rice, Beans, & Dessert
See any scout family for tickets.
ANNUAL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS
January 22, 2017
  • Elected Daryl Ganske, Cheryl Howk (retiring board members), Charles Heller, Ruth Parker, Katie Brinkman and Terry Logan as the Nominating Committee for 2017. 
  • Approved the minutes of the December 11, 2016 Congregational Meeting.
  • Approved the Annual Report
  • Pastor Mark presented the State of the Congregation report.  Pastor Mark stressed attendance, reported that 2017 is the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's nailing the ninety-nine Theses on the door at Wittenburg in 1517.  The official recognition will be October 31st.  
  • Pastor Mark reported that the Vision Team will continue to work on a roadmap for the future utilizing the survey compiled in 2016.
  • Questions were ask about the repairs needed at Youth House; Recognition was given to Ron Kuecker for his efforts in organizing the Grounds Committee for minor church repairs; Continued success at the Day School was noted.
CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS
January 18, 2017
  • Officers for 2017 were elected as follows: President: Don Holley, Vice President:   Brenda Schultz, Secretary: Sharon Logan, Treasurer: Mike Grunder
  • Reviewed the Financial report.
  • Reviewed the Day School report
  • Reviewed the Mission Board report:  World Hunger will be the focus for 2017 -$10,00 goal,  Super Bowl of Caring February 5th,  Shrove Pancake Supper - February 28th
  • Approved the Audit Committee:  Pat Lueckemeyer, Katie Brinkman, Darrell Winkelmann
  • Changed Council meeting date to 3rd Tues. of each month.
CHRIST LUTHERAN FOUNDATION HIGHLIGHTS
January 23, 2017
  • Rescheduled Investment Committee meeting for February 13, 2017.
  • Welcomed new board members Bill Beach, Eric Winkler and Matthew Wehring (for 2nd term).
  • Officers for 2017 were elected as follows: President: Vic Fair,  Vice President: Matthew Wehring,  Secretary: Diana Markwardt,  Treasurer: Pat Lueckemeyer,  Investment Committee Chair: Vic Fair,  Mission & Ministry Committee Chair: Bill Beach, Nominating Committee Chair: Tabled, Gift Acceptance Committee Chair: Renee Mueller, Communications Committee Chair: Pastor Mark
  • Approved all 2017 committee members.
  • Approved the minutes, treasurers report, Independent Accountants' Report on Applying Agreed-Upon Procedures
  • Completed 2017 Conflict of Interest Statements.
DAY SCHOOL NEWS
day schoo letterhead
A Special Day
January 26, 2017
 
After months and months of hard work and dedication Christ Lutheran Director, Ginny Gaskamp and Assistant Director, Sharon Schwartz, received the 4 Star Texas Rising Star Banner for being a Texas Rising Star Provider from Texas Workforce Solutions on Thursday, January 26 th, making Christ Lutheran one of the premier Day Schools in Texas .  Congratulations to Ginny, Sharon and the entire staff at Christ Lutheran Day School- Four Star Rating!  The school will also receive a $4,000 award, teaching materials and staff education incentives
 
 
YOUTH AND FAMILY MINISTRY

Children's Ministry
Wiggle and Worship:  Sundays 9:15 am; Wednesdays 6:30 pm
February 12,  11 am -3 pm: Diary of a Godly Kid Valentine Event (3rd-6th grade)

Confirmation  
Bible Year:  Wednesdays (February 1, 8, 15, 22)  3:30-5:30 pm

High School & Jr. High
February 24-26:  Youth Quake @ Double Tree Hotel, San Antonio, Cost $150

High School
February 17-19: Senior High Retreat @ Lutherhill, Cost $130
Teen talk Wednesdays - 7:30 -8:30 pm, meet after church for faith & life
discussion.
High School Youth Activities with Pastor Mark to be scheduled (watch for
the details)
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