The Messenger

Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church

Plainfield Avenue and Spooner Street, Floral Park, NY  11001

Rev. Robert Cederstrom, Coverage Pastor




   Vol. 67                                   June 2019                                                       No. 6


New Bishop Elected

Rev. Paul Egensteiner was elected the next bishop of the Metropolitan New York Synod of the ELCA to succeed interim bishop, Rev. Donald McCoid. The election took place during the May Synod Assembly. Rev. Egensteiner is currently the pastor of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Pleasantville NY and will be installed as bishop at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on November 16th.


Fair Report

Thank you to Tracey McGinn for all her hard work to prepare for and run the Spring Fair on May 6th. She reported to the council that a total of $1000 was raised from a combination of vendor fees, the snack bar, and donations. The money raised has been designated for the Organ Fund. When the organ was tuned before Easter, several maintenance and repair items were recommended. Additional contributions from members and friends of the congregation would also be welcome at this time. (There was an Organ Fund envelope included in the boxes of offering envelopes)



The June 2nd application deadline for scholarships from the Endowment Fund is already here and awards are expected to be distributed on Sunday, June 9th. Congratulations to the recipients and may God Bless them all as they continue with their education.


Food for Lutheran Social Services Food Bank

Non-perishable food items, especially nutritious things with unexpired use by dates, are needed throughout the year by LSS in Uniondale. Please continue to bring food to church throughout the summer and place it the marked boxes in the narthex. Your assistance is greatly appreciated, especially at this time of the year when free school lunches are not available at the same time as various organizations that donate food may take a vacation.


School Supplies Being Collected

Many families with school age children are among those served at the LSS food pantry. Just as it is difficult for the poor to get enough food, it is also difficult to afford the various school supplies needed to start the new school year in September. To help them out, we will be collecting school supplies here at Christ Lutheran throughout the summer so that LSS can have everything ready to give out before school starts. Needed items include pencils, pens, notebooks, paper, glue, erasers, backpacks, etc. for children in all grades. The cost of required items adds up to what could be a burdensome amount for a poor family. A few items from each of us would help lighten their financial burden and help the students off to a good start for the new school year. A collection box will be available in the narthex throughout the summer.


Additional Lighting Projects Being Considered

Following the successful completion of the lighting improvement project in the education building basement, plans are proceeding toward replacing the fixtures in the church basement and hallways. Improving the lighting in the church itself without replacing the fixtures is also being investigated. The summer months, when there is no nursery school in session and organizations are not holding meetings, would be the ideal time to work on such projects, but as this is being written, no specific plans have been put in place.


Vacation Time

As you take a vacation from work, school, or everyday routine, please don’t take a vacation from worship. Services continue to he held here in Floral Park every Sunday at 9:45 AM or look for a nearby place of worship while you are away. You may come home having had a new experience, with a new perspective, or some interesting details to share. Remember, God doesn’t take a vacation!


Memorial Gift

A donation has been made to the music department at Archbishop Molloy High School in memory of our late organist, Gregory Leonardo.



Robert Steinke died on May 27th. Visitation was on Friday, May 31st, followed by burial on June 1st with Pastor Cederstrom officiating. Please keep Bob, his wife Linda, and the rest of the family 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:


-Viola Haufler in loving memory of her husband, Bob, on his June 28th birthday


-Diane Kelly in memory of her beloved husband, Frank

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