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Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church

Plainfield Avenue and Spooner Street, Floral Park, NY  11001

Rev. Robert Cederstrom, Coverage Pastor




Volume 67                                      September 2019                                                  No.7


LSS Counting on Us This Month

Our members and friends generously bring donations of non-perishable food for Lutheran Social Services throughout the year. What makes September different is that we are being specifically counted on to provide food this month. In order to have a steady supply throughout the year, each participating congregation has been assigned a particular month to bring them food, and September is “our” month. There is a list of the items most needed at the current moment posted in the narthex. In addition to food, the list also includes baby and personal care items. Please bring your donations to church and place them in the boxes in the narthex. Thank you for caring and sharing.


Sunday School Classes to Resume

Parents of young children please note that Sunday School classes will meet again on Sundays during the worship hour beginning on September 15th.


Service and Fellowship Opportunities

Also resuming in September will be coffee hours after worship several times each month as well as meetings of church organizations. The first coffee hour will be on September 8th, sponsored by the Social Ministry Committee. The Altar Guild and Women’s Circle meet jointly on the fourth Sunday of the month following worship. Various council committees would welcome new members or helpers for particular projects. Please take the time to get to know your fellow parishioners as you enjoy refreshments at a coffee hour and help out with the work of the congregation as you are able.


Blood is Life….Pass It On

Each October, the churches in Floral Park have traditionally participated jointly in a Blood Drive sponsored by the Floral Park Ecumenical community through the Long Island Council of Churches. This year it is expected that the blood drive will be on October 7th. (Listen for announcements in church or see the October issue of The Messenger to confirm the date.) Potential donors should go to the United Methodist Church of Floral Park on Verbena Avenue between 3 PM until 9 PM.



Jordan Louise Axente, infant daughter of Jennifer Small and Mark Axente, was baptized here at Christ Lutheran during worship on Sunday, June 23rd. Rev. Robert Cederstrom officiated. Congratulations and God’s blessings to Jordan and her family.



Long time congregation member Helen Bowen died on July 31st, only a few weeks before she would have turned 97 years old. She and George Bowen were married here at Christ Lutheran in 1950 and remained active in the life of the congregation until they moved away several years ago. We offer our condolences to her husband, George, and children, Janet Blohm and Tom Bowen, as well as their families as we thank God for the gift of eternal life.


ELCA Bishop Reelected

Rev. Elizabeth Eaton was re-elected as presiding bishop of the ELCA during the church wide assembly held in Milwaukee in early August. She is the first bishop to be re-elected on the first ballot, with more than 81% of the votes cast in her favor. Please keep Bishop Eaton and the ELCA in your prayers.


Organist Search

The congregation council, with the assistance of Vicar Christian Cederstrom, is in the process of looking for a new organist to replace Greg Leonardo, who died unexpectedly in April. Anticipating that Greg would be able to return to us by the end of July following heart surgery, a temporary replacement was engaged for that time period. Since then we have also had several other supply organists. Three candidates are currently under consideration. More details will be available once the council meets in September following the summer hiatus.


Lighting Update

Plans for replacing lighting in the church basement and corridor so as to be more energy efficient, as well as updating the lights in the church itself using the existing fixtures have progressed to the point that evaluations have been made and fixtures ordered. As this is being written, no dates have been determined for the installation to take place. Since Bright Horizons will be holding classes again very soon, their schedule will have to be taken into consideration when arrangements are made.


Scholarship Recipients

Endowment Fund scholarships were presented to the applicants in June. The thought provoking question that they addressed in their application essays was whether or not religious institutions that suffer from terrorist attacks should be given government assistance. The question was inspired by a Morals Vs Ethics seminary class that Vicar Christian Cederstrom was taking. Congratulations and best wishes to Henry Ferchau (Drew University), Christopher Giarratani (Doctorate in Nursing candidate at SUNY University of Buffalo), Brian Hamerman Jr (St Thomas Aquinas College), and Alexandria Vithal (Baruch College), as they begin the new school year.



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


-Karol Davidson in loving memory of her parents, Dorothy and Felix Skwirski


-Diane Kelly in memory of her beloved husband, Frank


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