NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER


ALL SAINT'S SUNDAY
November 6, 2016
We will remember those in our church and those family members and friends who have died in the previous year.
 
Our members:
Myrtle Grabarschick
Eddie Zibilski
Helen Bockhorn
Peter Demuth
Wesley Schlechte
Mildred Hair
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS
Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday, November 6.  Remember set your clocks BACK one hour before going to bed Saturday, November 5th.  

Church Office
 
Office hours :
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.                                          
MISSION
GOD'S WORK. OUR HANDS 

MISSION TREE 
Our annual "Mission Tree" will soon be here.  This is a wonderful way to share God's blessings as part of your Christmas giving to bless those in need.
 
LUTHERAN DISASTER RESPONSE - GULF COAST FLOODING  
We are all aware of the massive floodwaters that sweep across southern Louisiana recently. Lutheran Disaster Response is there to assist those in need.  Your gifts are needed.  Gifts designated for "Gulf Coast Flooding" will be used to assist those affected by the floodwaters.  You will find more information about support to help those affected by the Gulf Coast Flooding at the Heartline desk.
 
CAPS FOR CANCER PATIENTS
Patterns are available at the Heartline for knitting, crocheting and sewing caps for cancer patients who lose their hair because of treatment. We will gather at the end of year  for our  annual Blessing of the Caps.  All caps will be donated to the American Cancer Society in Bryan. 
 
WORLD HUNGER & WATER WELL #8 
We are 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. Your support is appreciated.
 
HUNGER
Canned and non perishable food donations in November will be donated to Faith Mission. Please help by bringing your canned and non-perishable food items to the food table located in the narthex. 
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
For more information contact:                                            
Pastor Walt 979-203-0822
CLC THANKGIVING & PASTOR APPRECIATION LUNCH

Sunday, November 13  (following worship)
Meat and dessert will be provided
(Please bring a side dish to accompany the meal)

We hope that everyone can join us on the 13th for this time of fellowship as well as a time of thanksgiving for the ministry of Christ Lutheran and appreciation for Pastor Mark and Pastor Walt!

MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES
Your call to serve is always welcomed,encouraged and needed.
 
LAY MINISTERS CHANGE
Heartline and Greeter duties have been combined on the Lay Ministers schedule.   The new title of these lay ministers is CLC Greeters. As you welcome guests and members please direct them to the Heartline desk for  sign -up opportunities,  Portal of Prayers, Living Lutheran magazine, etc.
                                     
COLLATE NEWSLETTER
November 29, 9:00 am Conference Rm

RECYCLING AT CHRIST LUTHERAN
Clarence Eben will be taking the recycling at the church and Day School during the month of November. Volunteers are needed for December at the church and the Day School 

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
    Nov.           Clarence Eben           Clarence Eben
    Dec.            Needed                     Needed
 
PASSIONS, SKILLS, AND CALLINGS SURVEY

COMING IN NOVEMBER
" Passions Skills and Callings Survey "
More details about this survey coming in the next few weeks.

SPECIAL THINGS
  • Gluten free host and grape juice are available for Holy Commuion
  • Portals of Prayer for October - December are available at the Heartline Desk.
  • Living Lutheran magazine is available for anyone who would a copy at the Heartline Desk.
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING NOTICE
T o the congregation of Christ Lutheran Church                                                     CONGREGATIONAL MEETING SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2016
(Following 9:15 am worship)
Items for Review and Approval:
  • Election and approval of Council, Day School and Foundation Board Nominees
  • Election and approval of Nominating Committee for 2017
  • Election and approval of Synod Assembly Delegates
  • Approval of 2017 Budge
CHRIST LUTHERAN PICTURE DIRECTORY

Our NEW directory won't be complete with YOU!
 
Photo dates will be:
Thursday, December 15
Friday, December 16
Saturday, December 17
Sign-ups will be every Sunday and Wednesday. More information to come.

 
Number of Responses                75
 
Profile of Respondents:
81% have been members for 10 years or more
64% drive 10 minutes or less to church - while 15% drive 20 minutes or more
89% attend worship at least twice per month
28% attend bible study
65% serve on a board, committee or organization - with 30% serving on more than one
34% have increased involvement citing increased interest in faith and positive feelings about the church
27% have decreased their involvement with health issues topping the list of reasons
55% rarely visit our website
57% are Facebook users of which 80% have "Liked" our page, 56% have shared posts,  and 25% have invited others to "Like" our page
65% are female, 35% male
49% are below age 65 with even distribution by age from 35-64, 23% are 75 and over
46% have children living in the household
11% have either children or grandchildren enrolled at the Day School                           
The survey was essentially dividing into the 3 segments of our Vision - Enriching the Christ  Lutheran Experience, Growing the Number of Lives Touched and Enhancing our Resources.  The survey results overall showed very positive responses in most areas of our Church life.  Below are some common areas identified in the responses where we can continue to improve and grow - which will be utilized by the Leadership Team to develop a roadmap for the future.
 
Enriching the Christ Lutheran Experience:
-Hospitality
-Music & Worship
-Building & Grounds
-Communication
-Youth Ministry
 
Growing the Number of Lives Touched:
-Public Presence                           -Social Media
-Outreach in Community              -Partnering with Other Ministries
-New Programs
 
Enhancing Our Resources:
- Talent Inventory                                          -Special Giving Appeals
-Use of Talent (Engaging the Congregation) -Stewardship Education/Campaign
-Pledges

IN OUR PRAYERS                                    

Our Christ Family:
David Beckendorf, Willie Brinkmeyer, Sterling Crabtree, Bonnie Demuth, Verna Mae Druckhammer, Mildred Hair, Laverna Jacob, Laverna Landua, Esther Neumann, 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 and Liz Fenton, Anna Finke, Donna Fourroux, Angela Gentry, Larry Glenz, Dorothy Goodlett, Teresa Gutierrez, Jane Hair, Wanda Hamilton, Beatrice Helwig, Michael Hendricks, Brenda Herrmann, Greg Hester, Bernice Hintz, Jamie Hobson, Michael Holder, Lee Horak, Amber Kirschke, Harry Kluttz, Baily Lantz, Tara Limmer, 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, Ginger Vaudrey, James Vaughn, Deloise Wright            
       
Those in Military Service: 
Kyle Babbitt, David Crabtree, Spencer Ganske, Johnathon LeBoeuf, Kim and Elijah Nemeir 
CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to Laura and Tyler Hertel on the birth of their son, Rhody Tyler Hertel, born  October 16.  Welcoming Rhody are grandparents Darlene and Todd Hertel and great-grandparents Glenwood and Willie Mae Hertel. 
CELEBRATIONS
If you see one that is missing, please let us know.

November Birthdays
1
Doris Beach
13
Kellie Fontenot
2
Pat Lueckemeyer
 
Kathy Steffen
 
Aubrey Perry
14
Roger Buro
3
Parker Atkins
17
Kyle Curlee
 
Daryl Ganske
 
Andrew Schwartz
 
Dottie Herrmann
19
Craig Stickley
4
Emily Fairman
21
Justin Herms
 
Craig Kirschke
 
Melissa Winkler
 
Glenn Kovar
22
Tanya Rosenbaum
5
Sydney Moore
23
Peggy Lampe
 
Leon Roberts
25
Keith Brinkman
 
Jessica Wellmann Bozon
 
Bonnie Demuth
6
Billie Beckers
 
Debbie Groves
8
Jamie Schwartz
 
Linda Priesmeyer
10
Butch Bugaj
27
Ronald Bentke
 
Jack Rhine
 
Evan Curtis
11
Kourtney Hajek
 
Eddy Jezisek
 
Kathy Winkler
28
Kay Ochsner

November Anniversaries 
Nov. 8
Allen & Jeanie Stepan
Nov. 10
Richard & Peggy Peterson
Nov. 13
Jamie & Sharon Schwartz
Nov. 14
Robert & Janet Mantey
Nov. 15
Robert & Brandi Schwartz
Nov. 20
Vernon & Katherine Wellmann
Nov. 21
Todd & Darlene Hertel
Nov. 22
Brandon & Jessica Wellmann Bozon
Nov. 28
Phil & Lydia Engelke

CHURCH COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS
October 19, 2016
  • Pictures for directory scheduled for Dec. 15,16,17.
  • Pastor Mark met with high school youth to maybe begin a high school youth group.
  • Property team will be making repairs to church  building and youth house.
  • Budget committee has begun to meet working and preparing 2017 budget.
  • Council will bring to Congregational meeting the names of those council members going off council for approval for 2017 Nominating Committee
DAY SCHOOL NEWS
day schoo letterhead
                                                                                        
HAPPY FALL FROM ALL OF US AT THE DAY SCHOOL

Our Fall Family Fest was such a success again this year, that it really does highlight the  collaboration between the Day School and congregation.  We appreciate the many ways that members were involved.  You may have dropped off drinks and snacks or prizes, mapped out the booth locations, helped coordinate food sales, set up or donated to silent auction, sold pumpkins, painted faces, hauled tables and corralled farm animals or any of the many other tasks required to offer our children and our community an event that brings us all together for some good old fashioned fall fun!

Our amazing parent group C.L.A.S.S. seems to set the bar a little higher each year, and our volunteers certainly deliver!  We especially thank our C.L.A.S.S. officers and active members for their many hours of planning and preparing for the event.  Our program enjoys the many improvements that are made possible through their organization, and Fall Family Fest is the crown jewel of their efforts. 

In Christ,
Ginny Gaskamp
WIGGLE and WORSHIP
Fall Wiggle & Worship's bible lessons based on Candy Bars.
November:
Butterfinger - Luke 7:36-50
Hersey's Bar - Luke 8:42-48
Almond Joy - Luke 17:11-19
Runts - Thanksgiving
YOUTH AND FAMILY MINISTRY

Children's Ministry
Faith Formation -
Wednesdays - 6:30 pm  Wiggle and Worship (3 yrs-5th grade)
Sundays - 9:15 am Wiggle and Worship (3 yrs-5th grade)
Fellowship -  Nov. 20, 3-6 pm, Candy Land : Join us for an afternoon of candy fun as we conclude our bible lessons based on candy bars. 

Confirmation  
Bible Year: Wednesdays (November 2, 9, 16, 30), 3:30-5:30 pm
NO CONFRIMATION - November 23- Thanksgiving
Fellowship -
Jr. High Retreat - Nov. 11-13, Lutherhill
Service - 
CLDS Drive Thru - Nov. 3 3:30-6:30 pm, Jackson St. Park  (transportation is provided for students to Jackson St. Park from the church after school, parents pick-up students at Jackson St. Park.)
 
High School Youth
Teen talk - Wednesdays - 7:30-8:30 pm                        
           
Silent Auction
Sunday, Nov. 20- Sunday, Dec. 11)  Each student is asked to bring TWO items to include in the auction.  All the items need to be NEW or UNUSED.  All the items need to be at the church NO LATER than Sat., Nov. 13th.  We need everything here so we can set up tables and mark items.
                      
Upcoming events:
December- Elementary (1st-6th grade) Advent retreat @ Lutherhill, Dec. 2-3
                   Christmas program - Dec. 18 
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