The Messenger

Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church

Plainfield Avenue and Spooner Street, Floral Park, NY  11001

Rev. Robert Cederstrom, Coverage Pastor




   Vol. 67                                     May 2019                                                       No. 5


Come One and All to the Fair – Saturday, May 4th

Everyone is invited to come and bring along their friends and neighbors for, what organizer Tracey McGinn would like to call the Mother’s Day Fantastic Vendor and Craft Fair. There will be vendors with merchandise ranging from farm fresh eggs to jewelry and clothing, as well as craftsman with stained glass, wood working, and décor. Outside you will find kittens to adopt through a rescue organization. Stop to enjoy a chair massage or learn about some of the organizations that will have information booths at the fair. Our church kitchen will be offering home baked goodies packed in individual portions and Philly hot soft pretzels. The fun begins at 9 AM and will wrap up at 3 PM, so take some time out of your day to come and check it out. You might find the perfect gift to give on Mother’s Day or for other upcoming occasions such as graduation.


Sad News

As many of you are already aware, our long time organist and choir director, Gregory Leonardo, passed away on April 10th. Greg was unexpectedly not at church for worship on March 31st and underwent heart surgery that day. Unfortunately, it was some time after he died that we found out about it and we missed the chance to pay our respects or attend his funeral mass. Greg taught music for many years at Arch Bishop Molloy High school, and the family requested in his obituary that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his name to the Molloy music program. Please keep Greg and his family in your prayers as we praise God for the gift of eternal life.


Scholarship Applications due by June 2nd

Congregation members attending college, graduate school, or trade school are reminded that Endowment Fund Scholarship applications are available in the narthex. The required essay question about whether or not religious institutions that are attacked should receive assistance from the government was inspired by a course that Vicar Christian Cederstrom took on Christian Ethics. Recipients should plan to attend worship on June 9th, at which time the awards will be presented.



Vicar Christian Cederstrom will be attending the Philadelphia campus of United Lutheran Seminary. For his first semester there, he was not assigned to an internship, which will make it possible for him to be on our supply list for Sunday worship through the end of the year. We look forward to seeing him here on some Sundays during the school year and wish him well as he continues his seminary education.

Our organist through July will be Gladys Astor-Philibert, who has been with us since early April. Please welcome her to Christ Lutheran.


First Holy Communion

Congratulations and God’s Blessing to Olivia Marley, Joseph Sica, Charli Tesoriere, and Amelia Varon, who received the sacrament of Holy Communion for the first time on Sunday, April 28th.


Off to the Races

The race track chaplaincy at Belmont Park is part of the New York Race Track Chaplaincy of America, which ministers to the backstretch communities at Belmont, Aqueduct, and Saratoga race tracks. In addition to non-denominational religious services, they provide social service programs, educational opportunities, and recreational programs. One small way in which we can assist them is to provide toiletries for their food pantry. This is especially timely during this month because the backstretch population will be increasing with workers from other locations that travel here to join the Belmont workers before most of them head to Saratoga for the racing season there. Please contribute items such as tooth paste, shampoo, deodorant, disposable razors, soap, and the like. Please keep in mind that although the workers are both male and female, and include single people as well as families, the greater need is for products for men rather than women. There will be a collection box designated for the Race Track Chaplaincy in the narthex. Thank you.


Additional Lighting Projects Being Planned

The council and property committee are pleased with the recently completed project to replace the lighting in the education building basement with more efficient, energy saving fixtures. When it was determined that we are eligible to sign up for rebates on additional projects, planning was begun to employ the same contractor to install new lighting in various areas of the church basement.



The Metropolitan NY Synod of the ELCA will be meeting in assembly on May 16th and 18th at the Westchester Marriott. Chief among the business to be conducted is that of electing a new bishop. Detailed information about the election process as well as the biographies of some pre-identified candidates along with their responses to a series of questions can be found on the synod web site. (use mnys in a search engine such as google). Pastor Robert Cederstrom and Vicar Christian Cederstrom both plan to attend.


Flowers in the Garden

April showers bring May flowers only if they have been planted. It has been suggested that the church gardens, especially at the front of the church, would look much nicer with the addition of some colorful flowers. Planting plans are in the works, with details expected soon, so get out your gardening gloves in case there is a work project day for us to get plants in the ground while the time is right.



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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