The Messenger

Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church

Plainfield Avenue and Spooner Street, Floral Park, NY  11001

Rev. Robert Cederstrom, Coverage Pastor

Mr. Gregory Leonardo, Organist/Choir Director

Best Wishes for a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year!


   Vol. 67                                             January 2019                                                  No. 1


Souper Bowl Soup Pot

Now that it is almost time for the Super Bowl football game and all of the special events that go along with it, we would like to ask everyone to consider the less fortunate before indulging in the abundance of food that usually is offered on the occasion of the Super Bowl. The Souper Bowl Soup Pot will appear in the narthex until the week after the Super Bowl on February 3rd. The pot will be the collection point for donations for the ELCA World Hunger Appeal. Literature detailing the many ways in which the Hunger Appeal works to alleviate hunger here in this country and around the world will also be in the narthex so that you can learn more. Matching funds are expected to be made available by the Christ Lutheran Endowment Fund.


Looking Ahead

Preliminary plans have been made to hold a fair here at Christ Lutheran sometime in February. Except for a snack bar to be run by church volunteers, the plan is for this to be a fair featuring outside vendors. Tracey McGinn is coordinating this event and will be recruiting vendors. If anyone is interested in having a vendor spot, please contact Tracey at 917-855-5111 or e-mail her at More specific details will be announced as they develop.


Also, a non-denominational Christian congregation that worships at Christ Lutheran in New Hyde Park has approached us about holding their annual summer camp program in our building this year. Members of the council have been holding discussions with them and they expect to come to an agreement soon.


Offering Envelopes for the New Year

Boxes of offering envelopes for 2019 have been prepared for those that submitted a pledge card. If you have not already picked up your box from the table in the narthex, please do so. Anyone that did not sign up but would still like to have offering envelopes for this year, please fill out and hand in a green pledge card (also available in the narthex) and the Stewardship Committee would be happy to prepare a box for you. In addition to the envelopes for each Sunday, there are also some envelopes for special purposes. Please consider making a contribution in the envelope marked as “Initial Offering” to help offset the cost of the envelopes. There is also an envelope for the Organ Fund. Donations received in that envelope are kept for the specific purpose of maintaining our beautiful Casavant Organ and to have funds available if any emergency organ repair needs arise.


Sanctuary Candles

Anyone wishing to sponsor the sanctuary candle at the altar for a week in memory of a loved one can contact the Altar Guild. Note that the donation for sponsoring a week has been increased to $5.



Carol Rey died on December 13, 2018. A funeral service was held here at Christ Lutheran Church on December 18. Rev. Robert Cederstrom officiated and was assisted by Vicar Christian Cederstrom. Please keep Carol, her family, and friends in your prayers as we thank God for the gift of eternal life.



This issue of The Messenger is dedicated to the Glory of God and sponsored by:

-Bill and Dolly Kalberer in loving memory of his parents, Joan and Arthur Kalberer

-Diane Kelly in memory of her beloved husband, Frank.


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