OCTOBER NEWSLETTER




On Sunday, September 24, we began a series intended to help us to reflect on how we can live more faithfully as followers of Jesus Christ.  As we continue this   journey through October, we will examine how our choices about what's important to us, can deepen our faith, as well as increase our joy and purpose as His Disciples and as members of His Church.

How we spend our time and our money is a sign of both our priorities and our faithfulness and so, we will consider the financial concerns and challenges that we face in our lives, as we walk the walk of Discipleship.  We will examine the stewardship of our time, our financial goals, our spending, saving and giving habits as we consider some of the Biblical principles associated with LIVING a life that is simpler and generous.

We will be given some tools to help us live free from the financial traps of a world that tells us that we always need... More.  We will learn how this freedom can lead each of us to lives of joy through Simplicity and Generosity.

As an important part of your faithful membership in Christ's church, your                ongoing  commitment is vital to the ministry we share at Christ Lutheran.

In order to plan for the upcoming year, you will be receiving a 2018               Commitment Card within the next couple of weeks.  Please pray and consider the value of your part in this ministry, as well as its value to the many lives touched by the Christ Lutheran experience.

On Reformation Sunday, October 29, we will not only celebrate the Freedom of Grace proclaimed 500 years ago by the hero of our faith, Martin Luther, we will also take this historic day as an opportunity to Bless our Commitments together, through faith as Christ's Church.

Please gather with us this month to listen, learn and discover the abundant life Jesus  promised through faith by LIVING Simply and Generously.
BLESSING OF THE PETS
Sunday, October 8 4:00 pm Christ Lutheran Church
Pastor Mark will have a Blessing of the Pets.
Come and bring your pet for this blessing.
MISSION


GOD'S WORK. OUR HANDS 
 
CAPS FOR CANCER
If you sew, crochet, or knit we have patterns to make caps for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. In the past two years we've taken more than 150 caps to the American Cancer Society in Bryan. We'll have a Blessing of the Caps later this year so check the Heartline Desk for the patterns and start now on yours.
 
HUNGER
Canned and non perishable food donations in October 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.
 
GOD'S WORK OUR HANDS
Special Thank You for the sixty-four volunteers who, on God's Work Our Hands Sunday, packed 1500 pounds of rice, soy and veggies in small plastic bags to make up more than 10,000 meals for hungry school kids in areas of the world with poor nutrition or famine. Our partners, Rise Against Hunger, will let us know when our meals ship and where they're delivered. Thank you to Wallene, Cheryl and Ruth for fixing goodies for the volunteers to keep up their energy levels. Thanks to Bishop Rinehart for dropping by to cheer us on and fill a few bags himself.
 
LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF
Thank You everyone who brought school supplies to church for our annual LWR collection. We'll be putting supplies in the back packs and shipping these when we ship our quilts in Spring.
 
Lutheran World Relief is collecting soap, so please bring new, wrapped bar soap for the collection basket in the Narthex during the month of October.
 
QUILTING BEE
Everyone is invited to join in the fun and fellowship as we tack and tie quilts in the Fellowship Hall at 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 15th. No special skills needed, just the ability to cut and tie thread.
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 - Resumes in September
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
October 24, 9:00 am Conference Rm

GROUNDS COMMITTEE
Grounds Committee #3 (Kyle Branham, Bobby Branham, Mitch Dreyer, Aubrey Perry, Michael Appling) will be maintaining the routine tasks at the church  during October.

PAINTING PARTY 
Thank you to the twenty-three folks who came out for the Painting Party and raised $373 for World Hunger. A special thanks to "Signs From Above" who hosted the event and helped us create
   
MEN IN MISSION
Men in Mission meets the first Saturday of the month at 8:00 a.m. for breakfast.  Beginning in October, we'll offer breakfast, a brief devotion and then we will try to complete a few small jobs around the Day School or the Church, none lasting more than an hour.  So, bring a few tools just in case, an appetite for breakfast and a servant's heart. 

RECYCLING AT CHRIST LUTHERAN
Thank you Emma Edwards for taking the recycling in September. Clarence Eben has volunteered for the recycling duties in October.  
EMERGENCY DEFIBRILATOR TRAINING 
The church now has an emergency defibrilator - a gift from Don and Gayle Langley.  The defibrilator is housed on  the wall across from the church office.  Training on the use of the defibrilator by the Washington Co. EMS will be Saturday, October 21 @ 8:00 am in the fellowship hall.  Signup at the heartline desk for this training.
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.
IN OUR PRAYERS                                    

Our Christ Family:
Shirley Beckermann, Patt Crabtree, Sterling Crabtree, Bonnie Demuth, Verna Mae Druckhammer,   Phil Engelke, Charles Heller, Shannon Heller, Laverna Jacob, Ora Nell Kuretsch, Laura Metheny, Jack Rhine, Nicole Schulz Carr, Emily Schultz, Pastor Walt Schindehette, Allen and Jeanie Stepan and the family of Larry Schulz         
                                                
Our Personal Concerns:           
Donnie Appling, Christina Ashorn, Betty Boeker, Betty Bryant, Dane Bybee, Lyrik Campbell, Jessica Chatham, Betty Crain, Ms. Curry, 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, Angela Gentry, Debbie Giammalva, Larry Glenz, Dorothy Goodlett, Gary Grantham, Cassie Green, Teresa Gutierrez, Wanda Hamilton, Beatrice Helwig, Michael Hendricks, Cris Hernandez, Jamie Hobson, Lee Horak, Bubba Jurries, Amber Kirschke, Harry Kluttz, J. Frank Lamp III, Baily Lantz, David Lawrence, Tara Limmer, Mark Lundquist, Allene Machet, John Meadows, Shirley Mueller ( Renee's mother ), Naomi Naper, Michael Parker, Lucas Paul, Rita Perkins, Spencer Ramirez, Matthew Rotter, Bobby Schlabach, Amanda Sebastian, Kyree Koehne Shaver, Pat Smith, Jeff Smith, Erin Stavros, Noelle Stokes, Jimmy Strieder family, Bruce Thiesen, Wade Thoron, Renee Turner, Ginger Vaudrey, James Vaughn, Lisa Wise, Brian White, Zachery Wilke, Deloise Wright, Richie Zochand the families of Kate Fontenot and Wilford Pfeffer  
                                                               
           
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.

October Birthdays
1
Miranda Bohack
14
Kimberly Norsworthy
 
Laverna Jacob
16
Rhody Hertel
 
Christian Male
17
Willie Mae Hertel
2
Linda Buro
 
Tim Klussmann
 
Brandi Schwartz
18
Tyler Kaltwasser
 
Julie Zander
 
Gayle Langley
4
Skylar Schulz
19
Shelly Ganske
 
Jolie Schwartz
 
Shelby Herms
5
Kary Brinkman
21
Robert Estrada
 
Katterli Brinkman
 
Linda McCullough
6
David Beckendorf
23
Lois Klussmann
7
Mitchell Davis
25
Jaxon Peschel
10
Hunter Allie
26
Caroline Schulz
 
Taylor Allie
27
Karla Stelter
 
Michael Appling
28
Tammy Hajek
 
Kristy Collins
30
Eddie Galle
 
Jacob Elledge
 
Wallene Ludwig
12
Maysen Fontenot
31
Pastor Mark Groves

October Anniversaries 
October 1
Pappy & Sheila Abel
October 2
Monte & Jean Warmke
October 3
Allan & Karla Stelter
October 10
Kyle & Randi Branham
October 18
Mark & Caylee Scheel
October 20
Joe & Kimberly Norsworthy
October 22
Catherine & Richard Rowell
October 26
Sidney & Karen Roeske
October 30
Elton & Kathy Steffen

CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS
September 19, 2017
  • Approved minutes; Fall Festival Oct. 28; CLDS Chicken Spaghetti drive -thru dinner Nov. 9; CLDS Thanksgiving Feast November 16.
  • CLDS Board and CLC Council approved water fountain for CLC hallway in education wing.
  • Boys Scouts trimmed trees; fixed fascia board at youth house as a scouting project.
  • Work continues on stewardship program "Enough".
  • Gods Work Our Hands packaged 10,000 meals in conjunction with Rise Against Hunger Sept. 10; Painting Party raised $373 for World Hunger; Pastor Mark & CLC members helped with Harvey Relief September 9th.
  • Financial Report:  Two months left from this years Foundation Distribution
  • Parsonage garage door opener replaced.
  • Lois Holley and Misty Johnson are working to finish the church directory.
  • Confirmation Ministry changes are as follows: 6th gr. will begin a once a month bible orientation; 7th and 8th grade will meet Wednesdays; 9th grade will meet three times in Sept & Oct. with Confirmation being Reformation Sunday.
  • CLC is now a member of a co-op for discounted prices for software.
  • Voted to withdraw from Red Cross due to change of focus of Office of Emergency Management.
DAY SCHOOL NEWS
day schoo letterhead

As we turn the corner from Summer to Fall, we prepare for some our favorite things. Pumpkins are always at the top of the list!  Our pumpkin patch will have a new look this year.  The company we have collaborated with for many years will not be involved, but we have a family who has made it their mission to "save the pumpkin patch"!  The pumpkins will be   donated by these dedicated folks and sold October 16-28 th from 7:30am - 5:30pm, Monday thru Friday. Bring your family and friends for a special photo opportunity in the patch! Proceeds will benefit our parent organization, CLASS.  As always, our children will reap the benefits of having the pumpkin patch right at our front door, with opportunities for activities, story circles and snack times! 
 
Don't miss our Fall Family Festival on October 28 th from 2-6pm.  Come enjoy food, games, rides, glow room, costume contest and silent auction.  We are thrilled to add a "Walk Through the Bible", a meaningful way to trick or treat through Bible scenes set up in classrooms.  CLASS, parents, and church members will work side by side to make this event a memorable time for families with children.

Happy Fall!
Ginny Gaskamp
YOUTH AND FAMILY MINISTRY

Children's Ministry
Wiggle and Worship:  Sundays 9:15 am; Wednesdays 6:30 pm
3yrs-6th grade: Corn Maze - P6 Farms ($15), October 15, 11am
CLDS Fall Family Festival - October 28 - 2-6 pm

Bible Milestone
Third Grade Bible Orientation: Parents and Children - October 21, 10:30am
Presentation of Bibles - October 29, 9:15am

Confirmation
Confirmation: Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30pm
Sixth grade Bible Orientation - October 4, 3:30-5:30pm
Service Opportunity: CLDS Fall Family Festival , October 28th, 2-6 pm
 
High School Youth
ELCA Youth Gathering - parent /student meeting - October 8

Middle - Jr. High School
Scary, Gross, Weird Stories from the Bible - October 8,22,29, 1-3pm

Family Ministry
Corn Maze - October 15, 11am
CLDS Fall Family Festival - October 28, 2-6pm

Upcoming Activities:
Jr. High Retreat at Lutherhill - November 10-12
Advent Elementary Retreat @ Lutherhill - December 1-2
CUB SCOUT PACK 577
Popcorn Sales

Cub Scouts are selling popcorn again this fall.  Buy from our in-stock popcorn for sale after worship.  You may also place an order for December delivery from any Scout.
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