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September 2015: Christ Lutheran Church & PreSchool

Welcome to the eMail edition of The Call, our monthly newsletter. Information is also available in the Sunday bulletin and at

Sept. 20 – Christ Luther-palooza II

• Welcome Pastor McGuire!
• Worship at 9:30 a.m.
• Sunday School Begins
• Brunch Follows! 

Friends – please join us on Sunday, September 20 for a special celebration – Christ Luther-palooza II. At 9:30 a.m. we will worship with our new pastor – Pastor Padraig McGuire. Our Sunday School activities will be available mid-way through the service. We will provide a light brunch after worship at about 10:30 a.m. – please stay and eat! All are always welcome here – please join us this Sunday and any Sunday you are available!
All are welcome – all the time.
  • Sunday Worship – 9:30 a.m.
  • Sunday School returns Sept. 20
All are welcome at Christ Lutheran. You do not need to be a member of this congregation or Lutheran to take part in the sacraments here. We ask that you desire a relationship with Jesus. Please join us any time. Visitors are frequent, children are cherished, and "church clothes" are whatever you have on.

Upcoming Dates to Note...
  • Saturday, Sept. 19 – 8:30 to 12:30: Caring Hands
  • Sunday, Sept. 20 – 9:30 a.m. worship with Pastor McGuire – plus Sunday School and brunch!
  • Sunday, Oct. 25 – 5 to 7:30 p.m.: Empty Bowls Soup Supper 
Worship Volunteers...
Please check the volunteer schedule – and let the office know of any changes you need. Thank you for all you do!

Welcome, Pastor McGuire!

Or we should say, "welcome back!"  
Many of you know Pastor McGuire, who was with us several years ago as an interim pastor. The first question is often on his name. Padraig is Irish for Patrick (translates to Peter). Pastor McGuire began using this traditional Irish spelling of his first name after the death of his father and namesake to give him honor. Say "Patrick" and you have it! (We also give a shout-out to his lovely mother, pictured here with Pastor Padraig.)

As further background, Pastor McGuire was ordained an minister in the ELCA in 1995, and has served a number of congregations throughout the Metro Chicago Synod over the last fifteen years – interim pastor, regularly called pastor, parochial school teacher and cantor/musician. Pastor is a trained musician and brings this gift to his ministry. He also holds Master of Theological Studies and Master of Divinity Degrees.

His ministry in a sentence:  To bring light and hope to the place we find ourselves in Jesus' name..
Journey in Pictures...
Check out this slide show with some of our Christ Lutheran memories. Thank you to Penni for creating it.

You Are Cordially Invited to Sunday School!
  • Sundays Starting September 20
  • Activities for PreK through 6th Grade
  • Drop In When You Can
About Sunday School...
Sunday School Activities are available during Sunday worship service.  At 9:30 a.m. families start worship together in church. After the Children's Message (at about 9:45 a.m.), children are invited to take part in Sunday School activities. Children are escorted back to the church in time for Communion/Blessing and then finish worship with you. Of course, children are welcome to stay in church for the entire worship service – we are a very informal, energetic, family-friendly group. Feel free to join us any Sunday you are free.

Would you like to lend a hand? Please contact Education Director Jodi Jost,
We Lift Up our PreSchool Students, Families and Staff!
The year has started off wonderfully. Thank you to our families and staff for being part of the Christ Lutheran family. We hold you all in prayer.

Visit our website for more info on all of these activities.

With all ministries, please do not feel pressured to give time, talent or resources. We offer these opportunities as ways that we as a community of Christ can use our blessings to bless others. That said, the most important offering you can give is your prayers. Thank you.

Caring Hands Day – This Saturday!
Saturday, Sept. 19 from 8:30 to 12:30

Caring Hands provides blankets to Project Linus for distribution at hospitals, prayer shales for those who need comfort, hats and mittens for the children of Lake County Courts, and more. The next work day will be Saturday, September 19 from 8:30 to 12:30 here at church – drop in as you can. And mark your calendar for the October 17 Caring Hands Day, when all Thrivent members are urged to log in at least a few hours. For more information, please send an email to

PreSchool Chapel Service
September 23 & 24 starting at 10:40

Each month, parents, siblings, grandparents, care givers and visitors are invited to join us for Chapel Service in the church. The children sing songs, review a Bible Story they have learned, and celebrate birthdays. This month's Chapel Services will be Wed., Sept. 23 and Thurs., Sept. 24 (depending on when your child attends). Doors open at 10:30; Chapel begins at 10:40; All done by 11 a.m. dismissal. Please mark your calendar and join us.

Empty Bowls Soup Supper – October 25
Sunday, Oct. 25 from 5 to 7:30 to help our neighbors

Empty Bowls is a grassroots effort to end hunger on a local basis. We will host an Empty Bowls soup supper on Sunday, October 25 from 5 yo 7:30 p.m. (there is no Bears game that day!). All proceeds will go to the COOl and Township food pantries. Cost is $10 per person (children 5 and under free), for which you receive a meal, a hand-painted bowl and the joy of helping our neighbors. Interested in helping? Please contact Penni Sauer ( More information about the effort is at

COOL Ministries Collection – Bars of Soap
Collection baskets are under the church mailboxes
COOL Ministries was founded by a group of Lutheran churches in Waukegan/North Chicago to provide food, clothing, shelter and job training. Each month we collect items for their clients. In September we are collecting bars of soap – or any nonperishable you feel called to contribute. Thanks to Rob Jost for delivering our donations.

Consider Manna Shopping Cards
A portion comes back to support our ministries

Whether you buy groceries at Jewel, gas at Shell, or clothing at Macy's – we've got a Manna Scrip shopping card for you! Please check out the dozens of local vendors who participate in this program designed to support nonprofit groups – for every dollar you spend our ministries receive 2 to 25 percent back! Check the Favorite Vendors List, which is posted on our church website under "News and Events." Orders using a paper form and a check made out to Christ Lutheran will be turned in twice each month. Cards are delivered to church within a week. You can also go online any time to place an order, including some instant certificates that you can print immediately from your home computer. (Please note that Manna reports some outages on the eScrip online program - so if you are having trouble, it could be the system.) Online orders require you to set up a log in and payment account, but once you are set up, it is so easy to do. Then, instead of taking cash or a credit card to the grocery store, you can use the shopping card! Our organization number is 2384. Contact Penni Sauer ( to receive your family log in code and for further assistance. And thanks, Penni, for your work on this project.

Boy Scout Troop 273 Selling Raffle Tickets
Supports Local NonProfits at VH Oktoberfest
Our partner Boy Scout Troop 273 are selling raffle tickets for the Vernon Hills Oktoberfest celebration. Tickets are $5 each, and all prizes are worth at least $50. Because all prizes are donated, all proceeds go back to the local nonprofit groups taking part in the Oktoberfest celebration, which will be held September 26 at the Metra station. You need not be present to win. Would you like to buy a ticket from our Scouts? Please send an email to leader Theresa at More information about Oktoberfest is on the Vernon Hills Village website. A partial list of prices is posted on our church website.

Thanks for Christ Luther-palooza I!
Good Time Had by All.
Thanks to all who set up, cooked, brought, greeted, ate, cleaned up and enjoyed our celebration on Sunday, August 30. We blessed backpacks, installed teachers, hosted families at the annual PreSchool Open House and enjoyed a wonderful picnic. Thank you to Pastor Fred Rajan for leading us in worship.

DivorceCare Seminar and Support
Monday Meetings at Joy Lutheran, Gurnee
DivorceCare is a video seminar series featuring some of the nation's foremost Christian experts on divorce and recovery topics as seen from a biblical perspective. The video seminars are combined with support group discussion of the materials presented during the video. Sessions are Mondays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Joy Lutheran Church, 749 S. Hunt Club Road, Gurnee from September 14 through December 7. For information call Joy Lutheran at 847-362-4569.

We Support "Rebuild the Churches"
Interfaith Community Reaches Out

We support our brothers and sisters in Christ in the rebuilding of sanctuaries that have been demolished by suspicious fires and other attacks. Through the Rebuild the Chuches Fund, we join dozens of other interfaith communities – Jewish, Christian and Muslim – who have pledged support. If you wish to contribute, Christ Lutheran will deliver your donation. Or contact fund organizer Dean Kinman directly at More information is on one of our Facebook pages – Rebuild the Churches.

Bethel Book Drive Expands to CDs and DVDs
Collection Bin is Under the Mailboxes

One of the ministries we support is Bethel New Life, a non-profit organization formed by a small Lutheran church on the West Side of Chicago. Bethel works on a variety of initiatives to support the people of their beleaguered neighborhoods, helping with everything from affordable housing to youth intervention to job training. A huge part of the Bethel ministry is parent education and early childhood learning. With that in mind, Bethel greatly appreciates our donations of gently used (or new) children's books. Bethel also distributes regular books through their senior center. They have recently let us know that they would appreciate CDs and DVDs as well. If you have some material that you would like to contribute, Bethel will be happy to have it. Our collection is ongoing – the bin is under the mailboxes in the hallway. For more information about Bethel, visit

Thank You, Volunteers!
Please Check the Worship Volunteer Schedule on the Website
Thank you to everyone who chips in and is a part of our important ministries. Worship volunteers are reminded that we do post a volunteer schedule on the website. Please check the schedule and let us know if you see problems with your assignment – or if you would like to help.
If you or someone you know needs prayer or support, please let the church office know. For prayer needs, Prayer Chain members pray for you immediately, and you may remain anonymous. For prayer and pastoral support, please call the church office at 847-367-5787, email the church office at, or contact Pastor Padraig McGuire directly at
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