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

Volume 66                          November 2018                                         No. 9



Annual Meeting

Please plan to participate in the annual meeting of Christ Lutheran Church to be held after worship on Sunday, November 18th. As always, a quorum is required to vote on council member elections and any other items of business that may be brought to our attention. Updates will be given on congregational activities also.


Fall Back and Be Ready for Confirmation

Don't forget to set your clocks and watches back by one hour before retiring on Saturday, November 3rd so that you will be on time for church and any other activities you plan to participate in on Sunday, November 4th. One of the activities we hope you will be participating in on November 4th is Confirmation for several young adults from the congregation. Please be at our regularly scheduled worship service to show your support. They have been studying with Vicar Christian Cederstrom in preparation to affirm their Baptismal promise on that day. There will be a rehearsal as well as a dinner in their honor hosted by the Altar Guild and Woman’s Circle on Friday, November 2nd.



It’s that time of the year when we ask for a formal indication of your financial support for Christ Lutheran Church in the coming year. When you pledge a particular amount, it helps the congregation council anticipate what funds they can expect to have to work with next year. If you are not able to make such a commitment, but want to have offering envelopes to use weekly, please hand in your pledge card indicating that you want envelopes. Please give prayerful consideration to your response, not necessarily in terms of a budget, but rather as a joyful response to all that God has first given you. A Stewardship letter will be arriving in your mail box soon along with a pledge card and information on when the Stewardship committee would like it back so that they can prepare the offering envelopes for us. 


Be Someone’s Angel

You can help bring some holiday joy to clients of Lutheran Social Services this year by fulfilling a Christmas wish for one of them. Children and seniors have made their wishes known to LSS. Since they are people that depend on LSS for basic needs such as food, it is not surprising that the items on their lists, even for the children, are often clothes rather than an indulgence. You will have the opportunity to take an angel with a wish on it off of the Christmas tree in the narthex on November 18th. Please shop for the requested item and bring it to church no later than Sunday, December 2nd. It is up to you whether or not the gift is wrapped, but the Christmas Angel should be attached to indicate who the gift is for.


Mitten Tree

Once the angels have been removed from the Christmas tree in the narthex, it will become our annual Mitten Tree, ready to be decked with your donations of mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves. LSS clients of all sizes and ages need to keep warm this cold winter, so please bring gloves, etc. for men, women, and children. We will deliver them to LSS to have on hand to give out as needed all winter long. 


Give Thanks

This is the month when people throughout the United States celebrate Thanksgiving. Although it is not a religious holiday, but a time for people of all faiths or no faith to reflect on and celebrate their many blessings, it certainly fits well with gathering in church to thank God. Everyone is invited to a Thanksgiving Eve service at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in New Hyde Park at 7:30 PM. Our coverage pastor, Rev. Robert Cederstrom, has invited the congregations in our local Lutheran conference to attend.


Paint Party Fund Raiser Planned for the Benefit of Bright Horizons Preschool

Adults are invited to a Paint Party on Friday evening, November 30th, from 7 to 9 PM. Come and create a festive wooden door hanger here at church. Tickets will be $35 per person for supplies and refreshments. Reservations are required by November 21st since there will be a limited number of spots available. Come to have some fun while supporting Bright Horizons.



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

-Eleanor and Dominick Balletta in loving memory of her parents, Else and Walter Gutjahr, on their November birthdays and wedding anniversary


-Ken and Linda Kalberer in loving memory of his parents, Joan and Arthur Kalberer


-Diane Kelly in memory of her beloved husband, Frank

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