MAY NEWSLETTER


Christ Lutheran Family,
 
Last month you received a "Pledge Card" along with a letter from our            Stewardship Team.  On Palm Sunday we brought forth our Pledge Cards in commitment to the Altar of Consecration.  If you were unable to bring your Pledge Card on Palm Sunday we urge you to do so as soon as possible.  There is a basket on the Heartline for all Pledge Cards and extra cards are available   at the Heartline desk if you have misplaced yours.  Be assured that your           commitment is confidential and will not be publicized in any way.                   Remember, generosity  is not only a "Mark" of Faith, it is an  important             component in securing the future of Christ Lutheran for generations to come.
 

 
 
BLESSING OF THE GRADUATES
We celebrate with the following Christ Lutheran youth as they take another step in life's journey, High School Graduation. 

Jared Elledge
Alex Klinker
Angelise Male
 
We will offer a special blessing and congratulations to these                           graduates at our worship service on Sunday, May 28.
MISSION


GOD'S WORK. OUR HANDS 
 
CAPS FOR CANCER
All of you who knit, crochet or sew are urged to take up your needles or hooks) and begin making caps again for the cancer patients who lose their hair because of             chemotherapy. We will have a Blessing of the Caps later this year.  The caps will be gifts to the American Cancer Society in Bryan. There are cap patterns on the Heartline Desk  if you feel called to this ministry

HUNGER

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

LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF
The sanctuary of Christ Lutheran Church was filled beautiful handmade quilts on Sunday,  April 2, 2017 for the Blessing of the Quilts.  A total of 65 quilts were all cut, pieced, tacked and sewed by members of Christ Lutheran Church.  On Tuesday, April 11th Jeanette Fair, Shirley Mueller, Tanya Rosenbaum and Wallene Ludwig packed and labeled these quilts in boxes for their next shipment destination.  They also packed 59 school kits that were donated by Christ Lutheran Church.  Willie and Wallene Ludwig transported all the boxes to Zion Lutheran Church collection center on April 17 th  joining all the other churches for shipment to Houston for transport/shipment to Lutheran World Relief. Thank you Christ Lutheran for your support and generosity!

WORLD HUNGER
Thank you to everyone for their generous donations to the 'Stuff the Piggy" Lenten offering.  Your offerings to World Hunger to date have yielded $2,400.47 and offerings continue.  Your offering will be sent to World Hunger to buy food for the hungry children in this country and all around the world.

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
May 23, 9:00 am Conference Rm

GROUNDS COMMITTEE
Grounds Committee #1 (Ron Kuecker, Lisa Wellmann, Ronald Bentke, Daryl Ganske, Philip Zander) will be maintaining the routine tasks at the church during May.
 
RECYCLING AT CHRIST LUTHERAN
Volunteer(s) are needed for recycling at the church and day school for the month of May.   Can you help?
Please visit the Heartline desk and sign-up for a month of volunteering.   

SPECIAL THINGS
  • Gluten free host and grape juice are available for Holy Commuion
  • Portals of Prayer for April - June are available at the Heartline Desk.
  • Living Lutheran magazine is available for anyone who would a copy at the Heartline Desk.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Welcome to our newest members,
Elliott Davis, Laityn Davis, Larissa Green and Betty Randermann.
Welcome to Christ Lutheran Church as we walk together to Love God. Love People. Serve the World.
IN OUR PRAYERS                                    

Our Christ Family:
Shirley Beckermann, Patt Crabtree, Sterling Crabtree, Bonnie Demuth, Verna Mae Druckhammer, Charles Heller, Shannon Heller, Laverna Jacob, Laura Metheny, Esther Neumann, Jack Rhine, Larry Schulz, Nicole Schulz Carr, Emily Schultz, Allen and Jeanie Stepan, Craig Stickley, Vernon Wellmann, Laura Winkelmann Jones           

Our Personal Concerns:           
Donnie Appling, Christina Ashorn, Betty Boeker, Betty Bryant, Dane Bybee, Lyrik Campbell, Olen Craig, Betty Crain, Susan Deski, Gary Devlin, Rita Diamond, Andrew Dietz, Brandy Dillard, Don Dolson, Scooter Dillard, Wanda DuBose, Allen Gene Eckermann, Isabella Edmondson, John Exter, Jr., Anna Finke, Donna Fourroux, Angela Gentry, Pat Gentry, Larry Glenz, Dorothy Goodlett, Gary Grantham, Teresa Gutierrez, Wanda Hamilton, Beatrice Helwig, Michael Hendricks, Cris Hernandez, Jamie Hobson, Lee Horak, Amber Kirschke, Harry Kluttz, J. Frank Lamp III, Baily Lantz, David Lawrence, Tara Limmer, Allene Machet, John Meadows, Shirley Mueller ( Renee's mother), Naomi Naper, Michael Parker, Lucas Paul, Rita Perkins, Spencer Ramirez, Matthew Rotter, Mary Ann Ruhland, Bobby Schlabach, Amanda Sebastian, Kyree Koehne Shaver, Jeff Smith, Erin Stavros, Noelle Stokes, Wade Thoron, Renee Turner, Ginger Vaudrey, James Vaughn, Lisa Wise, Brian White, Deloise Wright 
                                                               
           
Those in Military Service: 
Kyle Babbitt, David Crabtree, Spenser Ganske, Danny Hart, Johnathon LeBoeuf, Colton Logan, Kim & Elijah Nemeir.
CELEBRATIONS
If you see one that is missing, please let us know.

May Birthdays
2
Nathalie Luedke
18
Renee Mueller
4
Don Holley
19
Erica Beckermann
 
Alex Klinker
21
Lauren Kmiec
5
Scott Applewhite
22
Charlie Naudin
 
Derek Federwisch
24
Kaci Federwisch
 
Morgan Stickley
 
Todd Hertel
 
Olivia Weiss
 
Charlie Kelm
6
Shirley Mueller
25
Daryk Ganske
7
Roy Beckermann
26
Loraine Roeske
7
Philip Zander
 
Pastor Walt Schindehette
8
Rachel Allen
27
Gene Herrmann
9
Derrell Krebs
 
Sharon Logan
11
Anne Schindehette
 
Richard Peterson
12
Connie Bohack
28
Judy Werth
 
Carleigh Hightower
29
Mary Hightower
14
Sydney Naudin
30
Adam Mantey
15
Hayden Fontenot
31
Davis Lonsert
 
Dan Klinker
 
JD Willms
16
Katie Collins
 
 

May Anniversaries 
May 1
Jimmy & Linda Priesmeyer
May 3
Derrell & Janie Krebs
May 5
Ricky & Shun-Dale Federwisch
May 5
Philip & Jeanne Zander
May 16
Lloyd & Shirley Beckermann
May 19
Aubrey & Sandra Perry
May 24
Bobby & Janie Branham
May 25
Dan & Sharon Klinker

CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS
April 18, 2017
  • Approved minutes
  • Approved Don Langley as the Scout Chartered  Organization Representative beginning June, 2017;  Approved line item for Boy Scouts in the church Holding account.
  • Financial Report indicated a shortfall, hoping that giving will increase. Approved Mike Grunder to look into investment options for special funds.
  • Youth Report - First Communion given to 9 youth.  17 youth attended Lutherhill Spring Retreat. 
  • Day School Report - October Fall Festival is being planned; CLASS organization is looking for a representative from the congregation that will help in planning the fall festival; two smart boards have been installed at the Day School
  • Pastor Mark will be out of the office May 7-15 for Continued Education.
  • Foundation Grant Applications are due June 15.
  • Foundation approved 4½%.  Distribution for 2017-18
  • Council Youth Representative tabled to next meeting
FOUNDATION BOARD MEETING HIGHLIGHTS
April 17, 2017
  • Received the Financial Report from John Mott with Morgan Stanley
  • Approved minutes and Treasurer's Report
  • Reviewed/Approved all Foundation Policies and Guidelines  (Removed clause to post all letters, etc. from grant recipients on Foundation church bulletin board)
  • June 15, 2017 Deadline for all Grant Applications for 2017-18
  • Approved Renee Mueller as Nominating Committee Chair
  • Approved Derrell Krebs to the Investment Committee
  • Approved 2017-18 Distribution Percentage of 4½%. 
  • Received Management Proposal from Don Holley
  • Investment Committee will meet May 15, 2017.
  • Next Foundation Board Meeting July 17, 2017
DAY SCHOOL NEWS

It is graduation time at Christ Lutheran Day School.  Our Superheroes Pre-K class will graduate May 25 and our Pandas Pre-K class will graduate May 26.
Congratulations to our Graduates!  Here are their responds when asked---
"What I like most about Christ Lutheran Day School..."
 
Superheroes - Teacher, Darlene Hertel   Assistant, Kasey Bertsch
Alex - "Learning about bugs"
Autrie - "Learning about insects"
Braden - "Loving people"
Colten - "Counting with numbers"
Gretta - "Coloring for my mom and my work stuff"
Kaden - "Building with blocks"
day schoo letterhead
Kameron - "Singing ABC's"
Kinley - "Ms. Hertel"
Leah - "Doing Easter egg hunting"
Maddox - "Playing and Ms. Hertel"
Madisyn - "Learning about stuff"
Presley - "Love Ms. Hertel"
Thomas - "Doing work making stuff"
Wes - "Playing on the play scape"
 
Pandas - Teacher, Paula Bartels   Assistant, Jessica Palacios
Adrian - "Sometimes I get scared, but I like the Magnetics"
Arrianna - "Playing outside with Nala"
Blakely - "Learning and playing with friends, and snack too"
Caitlyn - "Ladybugs in the garden and lizards"
Carter - "That we get to learn stuff"
Christopher - "Everything!"
Collin - " Ms. Ginny and playing with Carter"
Courtney - "Butterflies in the garden
Gadiel - "Playing outside and the Magnetics"
Greyson - "Going outside and John and Ms. Paula"
John - "Everything!  Ms. Paula, Jessica and all my friends"
Madelyn - "Ms. Paula, Miss Jessica, and playing with Blakely on the playground"
Taylor - "Playing on the playground with friends and learning about God and Jesus, and learning that Jesus died on the cross for my sins"
FIRST COMMUNION
Joined by their parents, sponsors, family and friends the following Christ Lutheran youth received their First Communion on Maundy Thursday, April 13, 2017:
 
Bobbie Appling            Laynee Appling          Cooper Atkins                                 Chet Eckert                   Logan Grabarschick   Colten Norsworthy
Tyler Norsworthy         Sydney Moore (First Communion March 19, 2017)
 
A First Communion Instruction was held on Saturday, April 8th.   These first communicants learned about Holy  Communion, baking communion bread and painted their own First Communion chalice as reminders of Jesus'  invitation to us all to come to his table.
 

YOUTH AND FAMILY MINISTRY

Children's Ministry
Wiggle and Worship:  Sundays 9:15 am; Wednesdays 6:30 pm
Diary of a Godly Kid: (3 rd -6 th graders), May 21, 11am-3pm

Confirmation  
Bible Year:  Wednesdays (May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31)  3:30-5:30 pm
Confirmation - June 4

Family
Mother's Day Event - May 11, 5:30 pm
 
High School
Blessing of the Graduates - May 28
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)
YOUTH AND FAMILY MINISTRY DRIVE THRU FUNDRAISER
Tuesday,  June 6       4:30-6:30 pm  $9.00
Sausage, potatoes, green beans & dessert (Prepared by Schovajsa Catering)
Pick up your dinners at Christ Lutheran Church.
Tickets are available from any Christ Lutheran Church youth or at the church office.
Proceeds benefit Christ Lutheran Youth and Family Ministry.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Mark your calendar!
Vacation Bible School
July 24-28,2017
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