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Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church

Plainfield Avenue and Spooner Street, Floral Park, NY  11001

Rev. Robert Cederstrom, Coverage Pastor




Volume 67                                  November 2019                                                          No.9


Annual Meeting

Please plan to participate in the annual meeting of Christ Lutheran Church to be held after worship on Sunday, November 17th. 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. Among the items to be considered is that of hiring a new organist. 

Fall Back

It’s time to change our clocks for the end of Daylight Saving time. Don’t forget to adjust your clocks and watches back by one hour before retiring on Saturday, 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. Members should have already received a Stewardship letter in the mail. A pledge card was enclosed and your response is requested by November 10th, which has been designated as Stewardship Sunday. Additional pledge cards are available in the narthex at church.

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. Many 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. will have the opportunity to take an angel with a wish on it off of the Christmas tree in the narthex on November 17th. When you take an angel, please put your name on the sign-up sheet that will be located nearby. Then, shop for the requested item and bring it to church no later than Sunday, December 1st. 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. 

Christmas Party at the Milleridge Inn

If you would like to attend the congregation’s Christmas celebration to be held on December 8th, please make your reservation as soon as possible. We are hoping to have at least 30 people attend so that we can have our own private room. The festivities are slated to begin at 4 PM and will cost $70 per person. There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex or you may call Carole Ferlazzo at 516-437-3719 or Karyn Tripmacher at 516-354-9202. 

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, will be officiating and has invited the congregations in our local Lutheran conference to attend.

Prayer List

Everyone on our prayer list is included in our prayers each week during worship and you are encouraged to include them in your personal prayers as well. Requests to add names to the list are always welcome. Conversely, anyone that has asked for a name to be added to the list should also be calling the church office to remove the name when the particular prayer request is no longer needed, hopefully because the person has gotten well. 


Lighting Project Completed

As noted in the stewardship letter, the lighting in the church basement rooms and hallways is noticeably brighter now that the new fixtures have been installed. Updating has also been completed in the church nave, but appears about the same. We are expecting a rebate on the cost of the project itself and are looking forward to having to spend less on our electric bill each month.


Dolletta (Dolly) Kalberer died on October 1st. A funeral service was held here at Christ Lutheran on October 5th. Rev. Robert Cederstrom officiated and Vicar Christian Cederstrom assisted and also sang Ave Maria in German. We praise God for the gift of eternal life and ask that you remember her husband Bill, daughters Bonnie and Lori, and their families in your prayers.


-Congratulations and God’s Blessing to Nicholas Leighton and his bride Pamela Sarner who were married by Pastor Bob Cederstrom at their reception venue on October 19th. Nicholas is the son of Marie Stein.

-Nancy Sitone (nee Krupp) married John Schultz at their reception venue on October 20th. Pastor Cederstrom officiated. We offer our best wishes to them as well.


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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