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

Best Wishes for a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year!


   Vol. 67                                             March 2019                                                       No. 3


Ash Wednesday Worship

Our Ash Wednesday worship service is scheduled for March 6th at 7 PM. All are invited to observe the beginning of the Lenten Season.


Girl Scout Sunday

March 3rd will be celebrated as Girl Scout Sunday. Many members and leaders of the several troops that meet here at Christ Lutheran will be attending worship with us on that day and hosting the coffee hour afterwards. Please plan to come.


First Communion Instruction

First Holy Communion will be celebrated on April 28th, the Sunday after Easter. In preparation for that day, Vicar Christian Cederstrom will be meeting with the children and their parents after worship each Sunday from March 10th until April 7th. Please call the church office if you have any questions.


Anniversary Brunch

This year’s celebration of the church anniversary – our 107th – will take place at Crabtree’s Restaurant here in Floral Park on Sunday, April 7th. A brunch buffet costing $34 per person will begin at 12:30 PM. (Note that this is a change in the scheduled time that was made at the request of Crabtree’s) There are sign-up sheets in the narthex or you may contact Carole Ferlazzo at 516-437-3719. Please RSVP by Sunday, March 31st. Checks should be made payable to Christ Lutheran Church. Hope to see you there!


Altar Guild Invitation

We wouldn’t be able to come to church and find a beautifully set altar adorned with flowers each week without the time devoted to it by the members of the Altar Guild. New members are invited to participate and although the members have traditionally been female, everyone can help. The more people that are available to prepare the altar on Saturday and put everything away again after Sunday worship, the less often any one person will be needed. Meetings take place on the fourth Sunday of each month after worship. Please consider offering your time in this way.


Keeping in Touch

People these days commonly walk around with their cell phone in their hands, keeping them constantly in touch with friends and loved ones. Others sit down with their lap top to send e-mail messages. If there is a special occasion, such as a birthday or anniversary, they might select a special card and send it in the mail. Inmates in the local jails have very limited access to many means of communication, yet it is important for them to maintain their connections with their friends and loved ones. We can help them keep in touch with very little effort on our part. There will be a collection box in the narthex during the month of March. We ask that you donate new greeting cards and forever stamps. The cards and stamps will be given to the Long Island Council of Churches so that their chaplains can distribute them to inmates when they visit. Cards for all occasions are needed.


Endowment Fund Scholarship for Bright Horizons Presented

Young children who faithfully attend Christ Lutheran’s Sunday School and are also students at Bright Horizons Nursery School are eligible to receive a small scholarship from our Endowment Fund. Such an award was given after worship on Sunday, February 10th. Karen Tripmacher accepted on behalf of her great nephew, Dean Meserole. Congratulations and God’s Blessings to Dean and his family.


Lighting Project

Plans are moving forward to replace the lighting fixtures in the Educational Building basement (the main room and the nursery classroom, but not the Quiet Room). PSE & G has completed the evaluation that was mentioned in last month’s Messenger and we have been presented with several proposals. The next step will be for us to choose one and make arrangements for the work to be done.


“Souper” Bowl Results

Thanks to the generosity of our members and friends, we have collected $438 dollars in our Souper Bowl Soup Pot. This amount will be matched by our Endowment Fund and sent to the ELCA World Hunger Appeal for their work in alleviating hunger in the USA and around the world.


Spring Ahead

It’s time once again to change your clocks, watches, and all of those digital devices to Day Light Saving Time. Don’t forget to set them ahead by one hour before you retire on Saturday, March 9th, so that you will be on time for church and any other planned activities on March 10th.



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


- Christine Hollingsworth in loving memory of departed family and friends


- Diane Kelly in memory of her beloved husband, Frank


- Tom and Elizabeth Leddy in loving memory of Elizabeth Cromer


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