July 21 and 22, 2007 Christ-o-Gram Christ Lutheran Church Blaine, Minnesota www.clcblaine.com Pastors John Bucka Margaret Guelker IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE NEEDED We now have a closing date to convert our construction loan to a mortgage. We will close on the mortgage on or before September 4. As indicated in the letter which accompanied the most recent gifting statement, it is vitally important we are all current with our gifting; for ministry and outreach (which supports our monthly expenses) and for the building fund (which supports the construction/remodeling and soon the mortgage payment). If you are behind in giving to the building fund it would be extremely helpful if you could be current by August 15 which will help make the mortgage closing go smoothly. If you are behind in ministry and outreach it would also be extremely helpful to become current as soon as possible. With our mortgage closing approaching we CANNOT borrow from the building fund to support ministry and outreach this summer. Sincerely, Mark Bacigalupo President, Church Council You Can Help! VBS is in need of various supplies. Please check the clip board at the Welcome Center near the main entrance for needed donations. We expect about 200 kids and helpers for Vacation Bible School the week of August 6, so donations are very appreciated! The Rummage sale is in need of volunteers to help between now and the end of the sale. Women, men and accompanied kids are welcome to help. Sign up on the stand by the Welcome Center. A guitar teacher is needed for LOGOS. This volunteer would work with 6-8th graders five times during the two sessions of LOGOS (fall and winter/spring). CLC Dinner Club If you attend Christ Lutheran Church, then YOU are a member of the CLC Dinner Club! That means YOU are invited to the potluck on Saturday, July 28 at 6:30 pm at the home of Nancy and Dick Haluptzok, 11773 Van Buren Street NE in Blaine. Please bring a dish to share and a lawn chair if possible. We will provide pop and water--if you would prefer something else to drink, please feel free to bring whatever you would like. Please call us at 763754-1114 and let us know you are coming. If you forget to call, come anyway! ALL ARE WELCOME! CLC Food Shelf Needs Thank you to everyone who has donated food items over the last weeks to refill Christ Lutheran’s food shelf. More of the following are especially needed: peanut butter, pancake mix and syrup, canned fruit, all-in-one boxed meals that include meat, instant potatoes or rice. July Shelter Meal Christ Lutheran will be cooking and serving the evening meal for Our Saviour’s Housing on Thursday, July 26. Sign up on the bulletin board to bring food items, cook, or deliver and serve at the shelter. The time commitment for cooking at the church is about 4:00 – 6:15pm, and for picking up the food from church, delivering and serving is 6:15 – 8:30pm. Cooking and driving instructions are provided on the day of the meal. Questions? Call Eric Horner at 763-784-1606. Rummage Sale Are you cleaning out your closets, basement or garage? Remember to save the good stuff for the WELCA rummage sale that will be held at CLC Wednesday evening, August 1, through Saturday noon, August 4. Remember, we cannot accept tires, computers or electronics, mattresses, water beds or exercise equipment. You may drop off items between 9:00am and 7:00pm, through July 31 and on Wednesday, August 1, until 4:00pm. More information on the sale is in the newsletter. The Rummage sale is in need of extra tables and/or plywood. Please bring them to church or call Eileen at 763-786-7491. CEAP Back to School Program Make a positive impact on the lives of children in your community. Assist CEAP with their Caring Tree which provides children with new backpacks and school supplies. Donate your time at CEAP’s Caring Tree in Northtown Mall or Brookdale Center. They need 250 volunteers in teams of at least two people to fill four-hour shifts at each mall. You will answer questions and accept donations from shoppers who visit the Caring Tree from August 3 – August 20 (mall hours). Volunteers are also needed August 23 – 27, 8am – 4:30pm to sort and organize donations, and then fill backpacks for CEAP to distribute to families. Call Tammy at 763-4503679 to sign up. You will have the opportunity to donate items here at CLC toward the end of July when the Giving Tree for CEAP school supplies goes up in the new Gathering Space. WELCA Grant Are you a woman who is entering college or continuing your higher education? WELCA grant applications are available at the Welcome Center. Completed forms should be brought to the office or put in the WELCA mail slot outside the office area.. Deadline to apply is Sunday, August 5. Call Jan with questions at 763-757-6977. GHM Crocheted Bandages Discontinued Global Health Ministries thanks all who have knitted and crocheted the thousands of bandages for tropical ulcer patients that have been delivered to their warehouse for the past 3 – 4 years. At this time, the supply exceeds demand so they are discontinuing the project. You are encouraged to divert your energy and enthusiasm to knit or crochet baby caps or blankets. See www.ghm.org for baby cap instructions. Baby blankets should be approximately 30 inches square and can be made from cotton or acrylic. Altar Bouquets There are a few openings on the Altar Bouquet chart which hangs in the narthex hallway. Cost for each bouquet is $20.00. You may sign up for a third bouquet if spaces are filled. We will take care of ordering the flowers. Bookkeeper Position Christ Lutheran Church has an immediate opening for a part-time bookkeeper. The Bookkeeper is responsible for accounts payable processing, income recording, functioning accounting transactions and providing accounting/finance advice. He/she will also support payroll processing which may range from completing all steps of the processing to coordination of outsourced processing. The bookkeeper will also prepare financial reports and support the Treasurer, the Finance Ministry Team, and the Council as needed. This position will range from 20-30 hours per week. The complete job description is available in the church office. Applications should be received in the church office by August 8. Questions can be directed to Tim Devaney or Mark Bacigalupo. The Return of ALPHA ALPHA, a basic course in Christianity is scheduled to begin at CLC on Thursday, September 6, and continue through November 29. Classes will begin with a large group presentation followed by small group discussion time, ending at 8:30. Refreshments will be served between the two segments. Child care will be provided. If you are interested in leading a small group for ALPHA, please call Pastor Margie at 763784-3300, ext. 3403. Did you forget your envelope today? You are encouraged to use an envelope located in the pew rack. We want to credit your account, so make sure you know your church envelope number or someone else may receive credit for your donation. If you are not sure of your envelope number, please write your name clearly and we will look up your number. Thank you. New Member Class If you are interested in becoming a member of Christ Lutheran, the next class will be held on Sunday, August 26, from 12 – 3 pm. Lunch and childcare are provided. New members will be received on Sunday, September 9. To register for the class, please call Joyce in the office at 763784-3300 by Monday, August 20. Metro Lutheran Have you picked up your copy of the Metro Lutheran this month? Look for a story about a new musical comedy based on the life of Martin Luther and the Reformation. St. Olaf College theatre majors created the production, which will be staged at Augsburg College in early August. Pancake Breakfast, August 4, 8-10am A breakfast of two sausages, beverage and all you can eat pancakes for $6 will be served at Applebees in Northtown on August 4, 8-10am. All donations will benefit the Susan G. Kolman Breast Cancer Fund. Get tickets at Applebees or call Carol at 763-786-8907, or get tickets at the door on August 4. Carol, a CLC member, will be walking 60 miles, with her twin sister who has cancer, on August 24-26. Interest Free Car Loans CEAP offers car purchase loans up to $4000 and car repair loans up to $800 at 0% interest to lower income families throughout Anoka County, several cities in Hennepin County, as well as Mounds View and New Brighton. Eligibility requirements include being employed for a minimum of six months at an average 30 hours per week, being an involved parent of a dependent child/children, and being unable to borrow from a conventional financial institution at standard rates. If you are interested in learning more, please call CEAP at 763-566-9600 and ask for a Ways to Work staff member. Host a YFU Exchange Student Share your home and change the world by hosting a teenager from another country through Youth for Understanding International Exchange. Hosting an international exchange student can be an enriching experience that will last a lifetime, for the entire family. By opening your home and heart to a student from overseas, your family will gain a new global perspective, many memories, and - quite possibly - a new family member! Call Jessica, YFU Area Coordinator at 763-458-8475 or visit www.yfu-usa.org for more information. Stewardship Connections Seek and ye shall find! Knock and the door shall be opened! Ask, and it shall be given! Those three phrases are another way not only to sum up our spiritual lives, but they also give us our motivation for faithful stewardship as well. Seek, knock, and ask! As we look forward to continuing our partnership in ministry together, God calls on us to seek to do God's will in everything we do. God knocks on our hearts and invites us to open them to the love of Christ. Finally God continues to encourage us to ask God, not only for what we need, but on behalf of others and their needs as well. Seek, knock, and ask! Isn't it amazing how God blesses us as we continue to do those three things? Peace and Power in Christ, Pastor John Rummage Sale set up all week Sunday, July 22 8:00 Worship with communion 9:15 & 10:45 Worship & nursery 10:45 Summer Sunday School 1:30 Sr Hi Mission trip Ice Cream Social/program 6:30-8:00 Middle School Book Study at Caribou Monday, July 23 6:30 VBS training 7:30 VBS training Tuesday, July 24 9:30 VBS training 10:00 VBS training 12:00 Staff meeting 7:00 Long Range Planning - staff initiative Wednesday, July 25 10:30 Bible study 9:00-4:00 Day Camp –camping & movie day 4:00-5:30 High School Book Study at Panera 6:30 FAYTH team meeting Thursday, July 26 Shelter meal 5:00-7:00 Counseling 6:00 & 7:00 Contemporary worship rehearsals 7:00 Walking and Wellness - 8:30 meet at CLC Contemporary worship small group Friday, July 27 No scheduled meetings Saturday, July 28 6:30 CLC Dinner Club (potluck) at Haluptzoks’ 5:30 Worship Sunday, July 29 8:00 Worship with communion 9:15 & 10:45 Worship & nursery 10:45 Summer Sunday School 6:30-8:00 Middle School Book Study at Caribou Claude – ignore the following. I’m saving it to use later if I have room Host a YFU Exchange Student Share your home and change the world by hosting a teenager from another country through Youth for Understanding International Exchange. Hosting an international exchange student can be an enriching experience that will last a lifetime, for the entire family. By opening your home and heart to a student from overseas, your family will gain a new global perspective, many memories, and - quite possibly - a new family member! Call Jessica, YFU Area Coordinator at 763-458-8475 or visit www.yfu-usa.org for more information. The Return of ALPHA ALPHA, a basic course in Christianity is scheduled to begin at CLC on Thursday, September 6, and continue through November 29. Classes will begin with a large group presentation followed by small group discussion time, ending at 8:30. Refreshments will be served between the two segments. Child care will be provided. If you are interested in leading a small group for ALPHA, please call Pastor Margie at 763784-3300, ext. 3403. Did you forget your envelope today? You are encouraged to use an envelope located in the pew rack. We want to credit your account, so make sure you know your church envelope number or someone else may receive credit for your donation. If you are not sure of your envelope number, please write your name clearly and we will look up your number. Thank you.