Events, Opportunities, Calendar

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

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Christ Lutheran Church and PreSchool continues to use extra caution and care.

We require masks when inside the building. We continue to practice social distancing. We take Holy Communion in our seats with individual servings. We follow recommendations of MCSELCA, Lake County Health and CDC. Thank you for your compassion as we work to protect each other..

If you need support outside of worship, please send an email to and we will link you to  resources. If you have prayer requests, please send them along.

We Share a Message of Love and Inclusion

We are a place of welcome and respite. We are also a place where our voices and actions must reflect Jesus’ directives to all of us. We are a work in progress, but we will work to examine our hearts, minds, words and actions so that we can be part of the solution.

Prayer Concerns
Our Prayer Chain is ready to pray for you. You may remain anonymous. Simply email to and we will begin praying for you.

Our Journey in Pictures!
Check out the slide show of some of our memories here at Christ Lutheran Church and PreSchool. Thanks, Penni.

What It Means to Be Lutheran
Check this October 2015 essay entitled ‘What is ‘Lutheran’? from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton. The ELCA website also delves into beliefs and theology on their Faith webpages.

Mission Review Project

  • Who are we?
  • What work does God have for us?
  • How do we accomplish God’s work?


Christ Lutheran Church & PreSchool members and friends recently completed a series of Purpose and Plan Meetings lead by Pastor David Daubert,assisted by Rev. Kyle Severson, Associate to the Bishop. Thank you to MCSELCA for providing this support.

We are now working on two major tasks 1)What is our Mission (Who are we? Who does God want us to be?) and 2) Structure (How do we accomplish this Mission from a practical and financial standpoint?).

To assist with this task, here are three quick Worksheets that have been distributed over the past several weeks. Each worksheet is designed to quickly gather information about how each member, friend and stakeholder views the situation. Please take a few minutes to complete and return these worksheets. Your ideas are important!


Nan Dahlke will lead a Mission Work Group to look through these responses and provide a synopsis for the larger Congregation. Are you interested in helping on the Mission Work Group? Please reach out to Nan (

Notes from the first two meetings – CLCWorkshopSummaryJuly2021


We Welcome Trinity Grace Church

Sunday school at 9:30 / Worship at 11:15 / Lunch at 12:30

We are blessed to join in partnership with Trinity Grace Church, a Mandarin-language congregation planting a congregation in our community.

Earlier this year, Pastor Yamin Huang, whose kids went through our preschool a number of years ago, called to talk about whether our congregation would be open to sharing space with his church as they seek to minister to Mandarin-language Christians in the Vernon Hills and Buffalo Grove area. The church is Trinity Grace Church, formerly named Chinese Christian Unity Church – North. After meeting with Pastor and our church council, we formalized an agreement that will allow Trinity Grace Church to hold Sunday School, worship and fellowship time here at Christ every Sunday starting October 6. Please keep the people and ministry of Trinity Grace Church in your prayers.


Open Doors… Open Hearts…

In July we Spiced it Up!

We collected seasonings and spices, something the pantries rarely receive but which can really make a meal taste so much better.

In August, we have been Open to Pastabilities!

Collecting pasta sauce for delivery to COOL, Vernon Township Pantry, St. Joe’s Pantry and more…

Thank you to all who donated to our June effort of Open Cans – more than 150 can openers were donated!


Caring Hands – 2021 Schedule TBD

The Caring Hands team ties blankets, crochets prayer shawls, makes hats and enjoys fellowship. Dates and times are still being determined in an effort to be cautious and take care of members. At-home projects and updates are available by contacting


COOL Ministries – Help Stock the Food Pantry

  • June – Tuna
  • July – Canned Veggies
  • August – Pasta
  • Or Any Nonperishables
  • Or Any Toiletries and Personal Care Items
  • Always welcomed – Cash! You can give at church or go online and give directly to

headerEach month we collect a different item (or any nonperishable item), which will then be delivered to the COOL food pantry in Waukegan. Donation bins are located under the church mailboxes in the hallway. Please note that pantries cannot receive expired items.

As background, COOL Ministries was founded by a group of Lutheran churches in Waukegan/North Chicago to provide food, clothing, shelter and job training. During 2016, our congregation donated more than 400 pounds of food to the pantry – enough to feed a family of four for 11 months. COOL makes a huge impact on hunger here at home. For more information about COOL ministries, please contact volunteer Rob Jost, who has been working to help stock the pantry shelves for years (815-341-0127).

Rummage Sale Supported India Covid Relief

  • Nearly $4000 was raised, which was provided directly to grass roots efforts in India
  • ORGANIZER:  Our partners at Redeemer Life Church
  • HOST:  Christ Lutheran Church & PreSchool
  • CAUSE:  Proceeds to Redeemer Life’s sister church (Hindustani Covenant Church) in India, who has been working hard to provide Pandemic supplies and support in their community
  • Thank you for your support!


Love Inc. Looks for Donations and Volunteers

  • Special request: Twin-size blankets and sheets

Partners in ministry Love Inc. helps people transition from homelessness to hope. This local organization is always looking for things to help set up new apartments. Think about thinks like can openers, dishes, flatware, towels… Keep this ministry partner in mind when you look through your cabinets or see a great sale. They come and pick up at local locations as well. Learn more about volunteering from Natalie (who goes almost every week to work in the Love Inc. warehouse) and Allie (whose heart was touched and who fed us with a wonderful spaghetti meal in support of this ministry). Learn more about Love Inc. at


Project Warmth: Coats for Vets and More…

  • During cold weather…
  • Delivering gently used adult-size coats, hats, gloves, boots, socks, sleeping bags, blankets…
  • Going to Midwest Veterans Closet in North Chicago
  • Visit to learn more


Kindness Rocks
Keep on Painting…

Stop in for what is sure to be a fun time as we turn regular rocks into solid pieces of encouragement. Supplies provided. We then put these around town (not in the grass to cause problems with lawnmowers!) — and we will grow our art installation to welcome and encourage those coming to church and preschool. Questions? Want to do this at home? Contact Penni at




Next Congregation Meeting – October 24, 2021 after worship


Purpose and Plan Meetings – June 19 and July 10, 2021

Congregation Meeting – April 17, 2019

As a matter of good practice, the congregation holds a couple of Congregation Meetings each year to talk about our general direction as a ministry as well as update everyone on the business end of things. During the April 7 meeting, we reviewed the budget, discussed specific current and future capital expenses, shared ideas and ask questions. People with an interest in taking on a leadership role are strongly encouraged to give it a try – let the Nominating Committee of Kathy Davis, Donna Barry and Pastor Amy know.  Note that we are holding solid. Thanks to tremendous generosity, we are pretty close to being on track for the target of $1000 in weekly giving. Also thanks to generosity, we are have replaced the playground fence!


Congregation Meeting Recap – October 28, 2018

Thank you for those who attended our congregational meeting following worship on Sunday, October 28, 2018. Topics included a financial update, a bylaw change  (see article that follows), and decisions on the organ, which is still under construction. Draft notes appear below:


Approved Addition to By-Laws

At our council meeting on August 19, the council of Christ Lutheran Church and Preschool approved the motion set forth below. In order for it to be adopted to our bylaws, the proposal will need to be voted on by our congregation at the next Congregational Meeting on Sunday, October 28 after worship. Please attend!

Motion to add the following description to our bylaws (revised 2013) under Part 7 titled Preschool Education Committee: Add:
E. One parent or guardian of a registered preschool student (who is not a voting member of this congregation) may be appointed to the Preschool Education Committee at the discretion of the church council with input by the Preschool Director.


Looking for Teachers/Faith-Sharers…

Christ Lutheran has some terrific opportunities to give a little time, share a little faith, and get to know some of our young people. Right now we are looking for people to help in any capacity with…

Sunday School – About a half-hour multi-age session provided each Sunday. Curriculum/activity suggestions (including a video) provided. Join the team as teacher or helper, and pick the Sunday’s you are available. Please contact Mir Pawlak ( for details.

Confirmation Team – Join the team working to plan and deliver core faith lessons to a very cool group of young people. Pastor Amy will provide direction. Contact her at for details.

Bible Time Story Teller – About once each month, volunteers come into each PreSchool classroom to re-tell the Bible Story for that month. Conversation is quick and simple, and while you probably know all of the stories by heart, Director Kathy Davis has guiding books and props to help. To learn more, please contact Kathy at

And you can probably think of may more ways to share your faith and connect within and outside of our community. Please share your ideas and interests with Pastor Amy Becker-Perez to help you take the next step –

Thank You, Troop 273!

Have you seen the work that has been done around the building? Amazing — and so appreciated. Special thanks to Eagle Scout Project Leaders Drew, Matt and Nathan, and to all of the Scouts and adults volunteers who work so hard. Congratulations to all of the Scouts working toward Eagle Rank — this Troop has a bunch. Just look at the names on the plaque in the Fellowship Hall. More names coming soon!


Congregation Update Meeting – March 18, 2018

On Sunday, March 18 the congregation gathered for an update meeting. Thanks to God’s tremendous power combined with the generosity and vision of His people here at Christ Lutheran, we have reached all of the goals we set in January. We continue to strengthen our processes so that we can focus on His Vision for this ministry. Thank you all. Below are resources from that gathering:

Donate Responsibly…
Hurricanes, Floods, Earthquakes, Fires – Lutheran Disaster Response is There!

Lutheran Disaster Response, part of our parent church, has been hard at work assisting through storms, floods, fires, earthquakes, famine, war and every other disaster. ELCA Lutheran Disaster Response is one of the most respected relief agencies in the world. They are usually the first one’s in, and are nearly always the last ones to leave – staying to help rebuild when most other volunteers have gone home. You can trust that your donations will go to very good use through this organization. To learn more or donate to this relief effort, please visit the ELCA Hurricane Relief webpages.


Empty Bowls Project Feeds the Hungry –More than $1000 Raised!

  • THANK YOU to all who supported the November 6 Soup Supper – we raised more than $800 that night!
  • Hand-painted bowls are still available – and your donation will be gratefully accepted!
  • ALL DONATIONS go directly to the COOL Food Pantry – every single dollar!

All of our efforts for the Empty Bowls grassroots effort to end hunger go to COOL Ministries, which supports not only the people around it’s headquarters in Waukegan, but hundreds of people coming to them from all over Lake and Kenosha counties.  (COOL stands for Christian Outreach of Lutherans.) Thank you to Penni Sauer and her crew for putting on a wonderful Soup Supper on November 6 – more than $1000 raised to date, and additional donations gratefully accepted. Every dollar raised will go to COOL!


Cottage Meeting Worksheet

As part of our journey through the Pastoral Call Process, it is important for us to look at our ministry from a God’s Eye view. Please share your thoughts on some general questions about Christ Lutheran by downloading, completing, and returning (to offering plate) the quick Worksheet that was first distributed on on the November 12 Cottage Meeting –  (CottageMeetingWorksheet12Nov16 ). Thank you to all who participated in the Cottage Meeting and who have provided their viewpoint.

Saturday with St. Nick was Dec. 3
A Good Time had by All!
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  • Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016
  • Sing Along started at 9:30 a.m.
    St. Nick was available for photos from 10 to 11(ish)
    Songs, crafts, snacks until 11:30 a.m.
  • Thank you for enjoying the morning with us! And thank you to all who helped make the day happen! Merry Christmas!

September 2016 Congregation Meeting – Notes and Info

At least twice per year we gather as a congregation to discuss the “business” and mission of our church. We gathered on Sunday, September 18 after worship. Our meeting included the opportunity to celebrate the first anniversary of the arrival of Pastor Padraig McGuire – thank you, Pastor, for your leadership. Materials from that meeting follow. Thank you to all who participated – and to everyone for their support of our ministries.


Orlando Quilt Project –Notes of Love and Encouragement

  • Delivered to Orlando in Late Summer 2016
  • Part of more than 2000 quilts dist13770459_1049479101753984_5290397846254356157_nributed in October 2017

Deb Barnstable was moved to create a quilt of comfort to honor the victims, survivors, families and first responders impacted by the Pulse Night Club shooting in Orlando. The back of the quilt included a special pocket where she included our congregation’s notes of encouragement and love. We prayed over this beautiful quilt on July 17, and Deb delivered it to Orlando July 24.  Deb reports that the Orlando Quilters Guild was able to gather enough quilts and quilt blocks to have 2000 quilts to distribute to those most closely  impacted by the tragedy. Here is just one YouTube video showing one of the first responder quilt distributions. May all feel our prayers and the love of God through this project. (Deb was instrumental in creating the huge “Jesus the Good Shepherd” art quilt that hangs above the sliding doors.) Thank you, Deb, for your hands and your heart!


Just for Fun…Next Activity in the Works 

Harrison Menis (AKA Christ Lutheran Minister of Fun) has gathered folks of all ages for laser tag and bowling, with other activities in the works after things slow down this winter. Harrison’s events offer a great time to meet people and have fun. Friends are invited and encouraged – you don’t have to go to church with us to enjoy some fun together. For info or to get on “the list” so you get the notices, check with Harrison at

Lutheran Disaster Response –Working at Home and Around the World

  • Helping now to support those hit by recent hurricanes and floods
  • Give Directly through ELCA Disaster Response website
  • The need is great – our response team is at work

The ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America), of which we are a part, provides one of the world’s most effective and immediate disaster responses. Through this ministry, we provide support to those in need locally (such as those who were hit by recent hurricanes) and globally (such as the victims of the African drought, earthquakes and war). If you are looking for a way to help, consider learning more about this effort and then donating through the ELCA Disaster Response ministry. You will find a “Give Now” button on the right side of the webpage – once you click you will find an online giving form or an address where you can mail your donations.

Updating Our Directory Info

We are updating our information so that we can communicate important information amongst our Christ Lutheran family, and so we can reach out to you if you need support. Please consider going online to fill out a quick form for you and your household – just names, street address, phone, emails. Should take about 5 minutes, and one person can complete for the entire household. Fill out as much or as little as you wish. It all stays here – we don’t sell information or anything like that! If you would rather provide info on a paper copy, please download and print out this form and return it to church – SurveyContactInfoJuly2016. Thank you!

Pet Blessing –
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Thanks to all who gathered. He’s got the whole world in His hands!


What a Blast…Christ Luther-palooza was August 28, 2016

  • FellowshipHallSept2016Blessing of Backpacks!
  • Teacher Installation!
  • PreSchool Open House!
  • Picnic Lunch!

On Sunday, August 28, we enjoyed a huge day of fun and faith. We started with 9:30 a.m. worship, which included blessing of the backpacks and installation of teachers. by 10:30 we were all enjoying PreSchool Open House as well as a big church picnic, including Morgan and Hunter’s fabulous bounce house. Thank you to all who cooked, baked, bought, cleaned, mowed, set-up, cleaned up, and otherwise helped make such a fantastic, fun day.


Happy Independence Day 2016!

It was great to see everyone at the Vernon Hills Independence Day Parade! Thanks for cheering us on!




Thanks for the New Stove, Boy Scouts

As you probably know, we sponsor Boy Scout Troop 273 and Cub Scout Pack 273. Those groups meet here in our building and we work together on projects. Recently, Boy Scout leaders were able to locate an almost-new stove, which they purchased, transported and installed. (The old one had temperature issues and we turned it on and off with the circuit breaker.) Scouts are also looking to install a shelf above for our microwave. Thank you!

Other Scout News…

  • Congratulations to the Troop’s most r1228ecent Eagle Scouts – Alex Munro (April 10), Collin Turley (May 1), Jordan Calabrese (June 12) and Ben Paterson (May 7).
  • Scouts have installed an Eagle Displ
    ay near the kitchen to highlight all of the Eagle Scouts from the 

  • Please keep the Scouts and leaders in prayer.

Thank You for Participating in the Spring 2016 Congregation Meeting


50 Soups for Super Bowl 50…

 Actually, we collected closer to 150 cans of soup on Super Bowl Sunday 2016! Thanks to all who provided. Those items will be delivered to the COOl Food Pantry in Waukegan. Also, we plan to again provide Easter Meals for the COOL program. More information, including grocery bags and shopping lists, will be provided in the coming weeks.


Happy Birthday to Christ Lutheran Church!

Our group first gathered 38 years ago on January 15 at Hawthorn School. Back then we were known as American Lutheran Church (that was the name of our Synod then – it has since become the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America). So many memories have been made in this community – building the organ, raising the big cross out front, constructing the PreSchool wing… And new memories continue to be made. Whether you are old friends or new acquaintances, please know you are welcome here.

Blessed Christmas! 12391440_10208196002800865_6140814767649497683_n

Click to see our Video Christmas Card, and thank you to all who gathered on Christmas Eve. May you feel that peace all through the season.

Honoring Parkview Lutheran Church & School…
Thank You for the New Altar

We are blessed to receive a beautiful wooden altar from Parkview Lutheran Church anChristmasAltard School, which is being demolished. What an honor to be able to bring this beautiful worship piece into our sanctuary. We will decide as a congregation whether to keep or donate it on to another church. What a privilege to receive this important piece, which is not only beautifully made, but is also filled with the history of Parkview’s faith journey. Please keep our brothers and sisters at Parkview in your prayers as they move into new ways of worshipping as a community.


Saturday with St. Nick! Thank you!IMG_1132

Thanks to all who made Saturday with St. Nick (December 5) such a fun event. Songs, crafts, snacks and visit with both St. Nick and Santa Claus!



Empty Bowls Hunger Project…
We Raised More than $1000 – and Doing it Again!

10353232_1043284315682695_3483326086857707615_oOne of our church’s missions is to help end hunger right here in our community. Our church hosted an Empty Bowls soup supper on October 25, 2015 with proceeds supporting the Vernon Township and COOL Food Pantries. Thanks to your support, more than $1000 was raised, with all money going directly to the pantries. (We’re doing it again on November 6, 2016.) Thank you to all who painted, planned, cooked, served, set up, cleaned up and enjoyed the event. Special thanks to Penni Sauer for making this event happen. For more information, please contact us at Also, check out the Empty Bowls website for information about this grass roots effort –


Scenes from Blessing of the Animals 2015

Taking a cue from St. Francis of Assisi, Pastor Padraig  blessed a gathering of creature friends on October 24.

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Congregation Meeting Actions – June 28, 2015

On Sunday, June 28, we gathered for our semi-annual congregation meeting. The meeting included formal election of officers, a review of finances, and an update on the process of calling a pastor. For information, please refer to the following documents:

The roster of leaders, who will continue on until next year, includes the following: Lynn Brandl, Pres; Tom Pfenning, VP; Rich Davis, Financial Sec; Judy Tetour, Secretary; Jodi Jost, Education; Penni Sauer, Outreach; Lois Menis, Fellowship; Scott Marler, Youth; Carlene Lichter, PreSchool Pres; Rob Jost, PreSchool VP.  Thank you to all who participated in the meeting, and who continue to support this congregation with energy and prayer.


Lutheran Disaster Response at Work at Home and Around the World

The ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America), of which we are a part, provides one of the world’s most effective and immediate disaster responses. Through this ministry, we provide support to those in need locally (such as those who were hit by recent floods and tornados) and global (such as the areas hit by the Nepal earthquakes). If you are looking for a way to help, consider donating through the ELCA Disaster Response ministry. You will find a “Give Now” button on the right side of the webpage – once you click you will find an online giving form or an address where you can mail your donations.



ELCA RELIEF:  Working to Feed the Hungry, Support the Flood Ravaged, Fight Ebola, and Help Where Help is Needed

Christ Lutheran is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), which offers one of the strongest and fastest relief and humanitarian responses in the world. Early on, churches and relief workers in Africa requested ELCA support in dealing with the Ebola outbreak. As part of that larger church, we are responding with our resources and our prayers. If you would like to learn more about what we are doing through ELCA, and how Phebe and Curran Lutheran Hospitals in Liberia are serving thousands, please visit



Thanks for Playing!
Family Game Night Rocked the House 

Thanks to all of the folks who came out for Fame Night on Sunday, February 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. We shared a light supper and played games, including White Elephant Bingo (which turned into Speed Bingo, just to keep things extra interesting). Thanks to all who brought food, white elephant prizes and more. Special thanks to Please contact Penni Sauer for getting it organized.



Did you notice our sign last month? Or marks above some of our doorways? You might see this more often in Europe during Epiphany, which is our current liturgical season. The letters C, M and B stand for the initials of what tradition says are the names of the Magi: Caspar, Melchior and Belthasar. These letters also abbreviate the Latin phrase Christus Mansionem Benedicat – Christ bless this house. The beginning and ending numbers are the year and the crosses represent Christ.


Thanks to Our Feed My Starving Children Packing Team!

On January 2, an energetic group from Christ Lutheran Church & Preschool icked off the new year by helping pack meals at our local Feed My Starving Children site. The group packed 32,400 meals – enough to feed 89 children for a year! What a great day for a great cause. JonesFamStay tuned for upcoming packing dates. More photos are posted on the Events Gallery page. Learn more about the effort by visiting the Feed My Starving Children website.



Congrats on a Great Eagle Scout Project

Jordan Calabrese, representing our partner Boy Scout Troop 273, organized the assembly of  250 emergency backpacks – enough to supply each teacher/classroom at Hawthorn District 73.  As part of Jordan’s Eagle Scout project, the 16-year-old Vernon Hills High chool student coordinated the work of 60 volunteers who assembled emergency kits complete with water, blankets, rain ponchos, clipboards and paper/pens, hand sanitizer, flashlights, first aid kits and a variety of other essentials.   1228“The packs can help with lots of emergencies,” Jordan said, “If there were a fire in winter students would have the blankets. If schools lost power, students would have access to water and glow sticks.” Great work, Jordan. 


Collecting Hats, Mittens, Scarves…

This November 2014, our Caring Hands group put together 150 sets of hats/mittens/scarves for children who visit or who are served by the Lake County Court system. These children are in desperate need of warmth and comfort. That 150 sets will be used up right away – so Caring Hands will continue to gather items all winter. If you see a good sale, or if you are handy at making things, please consider supporting this effort. Collection bins are under the church mailboxes.


Thanks for the Refreshments!

Thank you to everyone who has donated funds or treats for our after-worship refreshments, and thank you to those who volunteer to set up and clean up. We all enjoy the opportunity to catch up with each other and have a little snack. And while we don’t all have the baking skills of our friends Natalie and Lois, or the exceptional bakery connections of Fay, the group is appreciative of anything – you can never go wrong with Oreos, right? If you would like to help, there is a sign up on the bulletin board across from the mail slots as well as “Fellowship Food” envelopes to go toward the cause. Or just drop your Oreos off in the kitchen. They will be joyfully consumed. Thank you to all who help make fellowship fun. Thank you, also, to our partner Boy Scouts who provided us with a new Kuerig machine!


 ELCA World Hunger Efforts

We are part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, which for decades has been feeding people here at home and around the world through the ELCA World Hunger initiative. As a partner of churches, social ministry organizations and development and advocacy organizations, ELCA World Hunger helps reach communities most in need throughout the world. From health clinics to microloans, food pantries to soup kitchens, advocacy to community organizing, our gifts are supporting innovative solutions that get at the root causes of hunger. Last year, gifts to ELCA World Hunger supported at least 636 projects around the world, including 388 food pantries, homeless shelters and other projects in the United States; and 239 sustainable development, health and other projects around the world. Learn more about our efforts to feed the world on the ELCA’s World Hunger webpages.


A Thank You Card to God

As we approach Thanksgiving, we take time to count our blessings. In the church world, we often also take time to ask members to pledge their giving for the upcoming year. Christ Lutheran does not approach the business end of church in this manner – we do not distribute pledge cards and ask people to continually dig deeper. Rather, we hope each of us will take time to reflect and think of just one blessing God has given us, and then just one small thing we can do to give honor and glory back to Him. Please do this not from guilt or obligation, but rather from a mindset of trying to find something that feels right – something we are each “called” to do. One can of corn to the C.O.O.L. Food pantry drive, a note of encouragement to a friend who needs a lift, an effort to start your day with a quick prayer of gratitude and thanks… No matter what blessing you decide, we pray that the blessing you give will, in turn, bless you as well.  To help guide your, please consider using the Thank You Card, Stewardship2014ThankYou. Visit online internet casino guide.