The Messenger

Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church

Plainfield Avenue and Spooner Street, Floral Park, NY  11001

Rev. Robert Cederstrom, Coverage Pastor

Ms. Noel Yue, Organist



Volume 68                                                                 May 2020                                                                     No. 5

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bob Murphy. Bob was a very important member of our congregation. For many years he was our property manager and always ready to lend a hand when needed. We all know that during these times family is not permitted to visit, but Bob was fortunate enough to be visited by Devi Vithal who works at Winthrop. Bob will be greatly missed. Please remember him and his family in your prayers.
Rest eternal grant to him, O Lord. And let light perpetual shine upon him.


Since all activities are still on hold we suggest that you check out the Church website later this month for any updates.  Please refer to the April issue of The Messenger below for our most recent information. Be well and keep each other safe.



Ongoing Changes Due To The Corona Virus Pandemic

The life of the church and the use of our building is in the midst of many changes to our routine just at it is for so many aspects of our daily lives at the current time. When the congregation council met on March 16th, they considered the best action to take to protect everyone from the corona virus. The decision at that time was to cancel worship services on March 22nd and 29th as well as any scheduled meetings of church organizations and to advise all outside groups that use our facilities that they cannot meet here until further notice. Bright Horizons classes are not being held as mandated by New York State. They will follow the same schedule as the public school district as to when classes begin again. As this is being written, it is most likely that worship here at church will not be resumed until sometime after April 19th. The situation will be evaluated on an ongoing basis and further developments will be communicated as needed.


The Metropolitan NY Synod of the ELCA has posted extensive information and suggestions about the pandemic and how to deal with it on their web site (google mnys) and also sent a letter to all synod congregations. Here is an interesting quote included on the web page: “I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for my own death of the death of others. If my neighbor needs me however I shall not avoid place or person but I will go freely as stated above. See this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God.” Sounds like good advice for today, but this quote is from Martin Luther!


Anniversary Lunch to Be Rescheduled

Needless to say, our Anniversary Luncheon at Crabtree’s Restaurant did not take place on March 29th. It is expected that a new date will be arranged for once businesses are allowed to re-open and gatherings are not a health threat.


April Showers

The Social Ministry project that was planned for April is to collect Baby Shower items for the Layette Program at Lutheran Social Services. Our project is in the form of a collection box for your donations that will be located in the narthex rather than that of an actual shower, which is what many churches and organizations do. Because of the current need to stay at home and distance ourselves from others, as well as the uncertainty about how long this may go on, showers that were scheduled for March through June have been cancelled. So, while the shopping we can do at the moment is limited to items from the grocery store or the drug store or making on-line purchases, we ask that you keep this project in mind and respond as soon as things go back to normal. Whatever we can provide will be doubly important because of the events cancelled at a time that the need may become more urgent due to many people having been put out of work by the pandemic.


Mothers to be and new mothers need a lot of “stuff” to keep their infants fed, clothed, and comfortable. Items that are needed include baby toiletries, disposable diapers, bibs, socks, blankets, and clothing in sizes up to 24 months. Pantry items such as formula and baby food are also needed, but must have expiration dates in the future. Please place your donations in the special collection box that will be in the narthex as soon as we are able to come back into church and throughout the following month or two.

Endowment Fund Scholarship

The essay question is being devised and applications are expected to be available soon so that congregation members attending college can apply for the scholarships offered each year at this time through our Endowment Fund. Completed applications need to be submitted by June first, and awards will be presented during Sunday worship shortly thereafter.


Lutheran Social Services Food Pantry

Please continue your generous donations of food for the pantry in Uniondale. The need will be urgent due to the disruption in donations currently combined with increased requests for help expected from increased unemployment.

Rest In Peace Pastor Fred

Rev. Frederick L McElderry, who served for many years as the pastor of St. Andrews Lutheran Church in West Hempstead, died on March 4th. Visitation and a funeral service were held at the church. You may remember him from attending a conference event or worship service, or perhaps you may remember him as the pastor who, when leading us in worship here in Floral Park during a pulpit exchange, not only led the service and preached the sermon, but joined the choir too. Also, his wife Amy was our church secretary for a short time until she unexpectedly passed away in 2013. Please keep Pastor’s mother Charlene, his brothers Mark and Curtis, and the people of St. Andrews in your prayers, as we praise and thank God for the gift of eternal life.



This issue of The Messenger is dedicated to the Glory of God and sponsored by Diane Kelly in memory of her beloved husband, Frank.



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