Brothers and Sisters at Christ,
In June, after months of thoughtful deliberation, the leaders of Christ Lutheran distributed a document conveying our newly crafted Vision statement, along with its explanation. Its purpose is to provide a road map for our community and its three expressions, the Congregation, Day School, and Foundation, as we work together to ensure a clear and creative future, grounded in faith and always moving us toward our mission to - 'Love God. Love People. Serve the World.'
Please take time to discern this important document. Read it. Read it again. Give appropriate time in prayer, asking that God reveal to you opportunities to, 'Enrich the Christ Lutheran experience, Grow the number of lives touched by this experience and Enhance the many resources, human and otherwise, known and unknown, which God has already provided in our midst.
Very soon, you shall receive a Vision Survey. It will come to you in the same manner by which you received this newsletter, either electronically or by physical mail. Please pray for objectivity and insight, taking time to consider its questions and complete it as best you're able. Then, either submit it electronically or return it by mail or in person to the church office.
Though not distributed to a scientific sampling, the survey will be distributed to every member and is not dependent on disclosing your identity. However, you may add your name if you wish. Finally, you are encouraged to be specific and constructive in your responses. Once all surveys are completed and returned, we will use this information, as we are able, to Enrich, Grow and Enhance our Christ Lutheran home.
See you along the way.
Please take note of the following change in our office hours. The office will be closed each Friday during the summer months beginning June1.
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
God's Work. Our Hands.
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.
Canned and non perishable food donations in July will be donated to Faith Mission. Please help by bringing your donated food items to the food table located in the narthex.
Wednesdays 6:30 pm Wiggle & Worship
Sundays 10:30 am Wiggle & Worship
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 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
For more information contact:
Pastor Walt 979-203-0822
Your call to serve is always welcomed,encouraged and needed.
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!
During July and 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.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR LWR
July 10 1:00 pm...... Fellowship Hall Everyone old enough to use a needle and pair of scissors is invited to help tack quilts for Lutheran World Relief. These beautiful quilts will be sent all over the world providing warmth and comfort to those in need. Come join us for a Christ-Style Quilting Bee.....for Men, Women and Children!
June 28, 9:00 am Conference Rm
RECYCLING AT CHRIST LUTHERAN
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
July Moore Family Moore Family
August Shirley Mueller Needed
Sept. Cheryl Howk Cheryl Howk
Oct. Ron Kuecker Needed
Nov. Needed Needed
Dec. Needed Needed
pecial Thank You to Eddy and Cara Jezisek for leading our worship music each Wednesday evening during the summer months
; and all who help with music during our Sunday worship services.
- 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.
Our Christ Family:
Sterling Crabtree, Bonnie Demuth, Pete Demuth, Mildred Hair, Lois Holley, Esther Neumann, Winston Rosenbaum, Caroline Schulz, Nicole Schulz Carr.
Our Personal Concerns:
Donnie Appling, Christina Ashorn, Lilia Avila, Cindy Black, Betty Boeker, Donna Bridges, Betty Bryant, Lyrik Campbell, Bill Clanahan, Betty Crain, 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, Quincy Hambrick, Beatrice Helwig, Michael Hendricks, Greg Hester, Bernice Hintz, Jamie Hobson, Michael Holder, Lee Horak, Amanda Hugo, Amber Kirschke, Harry Kluttz, Baily Lantz, Tara Limmer, Troy Lischka, Harold Mueller, Shirley Mueller (Renee's mother), Naomi Naper, Michael Parker, Lucas Paul, Rita Perkins, Spencer Ramirez, Matthew Rotter, Amanda Sebastian, Kyree Koehne Shaver, Birdie Sommerfeld, Dorothy Sommerfeld, Patricia Stanley, Erin Stavros, Noelle Stokes, Tracy Sullivan, Dr. Joe Townsend, Ginger Vaudrey, James Vaughn, Charles Welch, Dr. Mike Wirtz, Chris White, Deloise Wright
Those in Military Service:
Kyle Babbitt, David Crabtree, Spencer Ganske, Johnathon LeBoeuf, Brandon McCord, Kim and Elijah Nemeir, Joshua Stevens
1 Richard Curlee
2 Maressa Werth
3 Taylor Grabarschick
Ora Nell Kuretsch
4 Glenwood Hertel
5 Rachel Klussmann
6 Jared Elledge
9 Judy Smith
11 Bobbie Appling
12 Peter Demuth
13 Betty Urban
15 Sterling Crabtree
17 Clarence Eben
18 Shirley Beckermann
19 Debra Stewart
20 Darin Beckermann
21 Jessica Mantey
22 Kelsey Beckermann
24 Jaime Stelter
25 Richard Baker
26 James Morgan
28 Phil Engelke
30 Helen Bockhorn
If you see one that is missing, please let us know.
July 5 Roger & Linda Buro
July 5 Randy & Lois Klussmann
July 9 Richard & Tracey Curlee
July 13 Scott & Kim Applewhite
July 15 Fred & Brenda Schultz
July 17 Bubba & Molly Grabarschick
July 23 Dave & Doris Exter
July 23 Mark & Judy Werth
July 25 Kevin& Angela Moore
July 27 Robert & April Estrada
July 29 Matthew & Stephanie Wehring
July 30 Glenwood & Willie Mae Hertel
July 31 Sterling & Patt Crabtree
July 31 Chase & Rheagan Mulder
July 31 Jack & Betty Schramm
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
May 9, 2016
- Heard Financial Report from John Mott
- Approved minutes from the Jan. 18, 2016 board meeting; Approved Treasurer's report
- Approved the recommendation from the Investment Committee to move certain investments to other investment funds.
- Yearly review of all Foundation policy was conducted. Adopted policy change to Investment Policy. All other policies adopted with no change.
June 15, 2016 - Deadline for all 2016-17 Foundation Grant Applications
The night of May 26th was a rough one for the Day School, the record rainfall overloaded our drainage systems causing some minor flooding in a couple of our classrooms. Donald and I were joined by Jeramie Zelenka, Stephen Johnson, Mike Grunder, Sharon Schwartz and Kandi Elliott to vacuum and sweep the water out of the building. Fans and dehumidifiers were put in place and Don Langley volunteered his services and knowledge to monitor moisture levels in the walls. Outside, soil from our neighbor's yards washed into our playground, causing a non-playable situation! Thanks to YoYo Scheel, Charlie Heller and a whole crew of church members and scouts coming to the rescue on Memorial Day morning, our kiddos had no interruption in their outdoor time! Since then, Mike Grunder, Don Holley and Jim McCune have gone to great lengths to present our Board with options to prevent any further drainage issues. More than $7,000 has already been donated by CLC members to make our plans a reality. We are incredibly blessed to have people who take such ownership of our facility and grounds! Thank you ALL!
Seven youth along with their adult sponsors will be leaving for their mission trip to the Navajo Nation in Arizona June 30-July 10. Our youth will serve through painting, yard work, cleaning, simple work projects and programming for the community children at the Navajo Nation. We ask that you keep our youth and their sponsors in your prayers as they travel to serve the Lord. They will return July 10 and we look forward to their reflections of this summer mission trip.
Vacation Bible School
July 18-22, 2016
Join us for the brightest week of the summer ....... July 18-22
where kids (3yrs-5th grade) follow Jesus, the Light of the World, as they explore the Rock-Solid Foundation of God's love.
You Can Help Us Rock our expedition by hiking into Cave Quest with kids as a crew leader, craft leader, music leader, game leader, snack leader, or a bible story leader.
Registration forms and Sign-up opportunities are at the Heartline desk.
Register by July 3.
For more information or questions contact Kandi.
Elementary (1st-4th grade) lock-in and Bake Sale- June 25-26
Sending service- June 19, 9:15 am (during worship)
Confirmation Camp - June 19-24
Faith & Family Night at the Astros - June 18
Wednesdays - 6:30 pm Wiggle and Worship (3 yrs-5th grade)
Sundays - 9:15 am Wiggle and Worship (3 yrs-5th grade)
Sundays - 10:30 am - NEXTGENERATION - Junior High
Jr. High and High School Youth
Youth Nights - Wednesday, June 8 - 7:30-8:30 pm
Sunday, June 12, 26 - 6-8 pm
Parent & Student Meeting - June 12, 5 pm
Commissioning to serve - June 26, 9:15 am (during worship)
Navajo Nation - June 30- July 10
July 3-8 Mission Trip
July 18-22 Vacation Bible School
Aug 7-12 Elementary Summer Camp
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