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    512 S. Bernard St       Spokane  WA


509- 624-9233




   Worship Schedule


         Adult Education at 9:45am

           in Fireside Room    

               Fellowship at 12:00pm          










Huzzah!! Final figures as of today have congregational donations of $4,083.05 added to the endowment fund challenge match of $3.095.72 for a grand total of $7,178.77!! That means that we raised just over 7.5% of World Hunger’s $95,000 goal for this project. Our gifts to ELCA World Hunger help congregations and community organizations provide food, clothing and care to refugee families and unaccompanied minors, meeting their immediate needs. For more information on this work of our church, click here.  Thanks to everyone who contributed their time, talents, and/or treasures!


Childrens’ Church (Sundays during worship) is for kids up to 5th grade and is held in the Sunday School room upstairs. Lessons are based on the lectionary so families can talk about what they learned together each Sunday.

Adult Forum (Sundays at 9:45am) meets in the Fireside Room. Jesus says, “I am the vine and you are the branches.” We all know what happens to branches that get separated from the source. What does it mean for you to be connected to Jesus and to those around you?

Exploring Faith (Tuesdays at Noon)

In 2007, A. J. Jacobs published “A Year of Living Biblically” in which he Chronicles (see what I did there?) his commitment to living 100% by the Bible for a year. And not just the big rules but the little ones, too, like “don’t wear clothes of mixed fabrics” and “stone adulterers” (okay, that might be a big one). Now his book has been brought to TV in the show “Living Biblically.” What better way to “explore faith” than to walk with someone who tried to “do it perfectly.” The show is a mix of modern comedy and religious insight. It approaches the subject seriously and the characters are earnest, including the main character’s “God Squad” of Father Gene and Rabbi Gil. We will watch the show together and then discuss our own impressions of living by the Bible. We begin on May 1: Love Thy Neighbor; May 8: thou Shalt Not Steal; May 15: Honor Thy Father; May 22: Let Us Pray.


Sunday, May 20

Day of Pentecost 


On the fiftieth day of Easter we celebrate the Spirit, through whom and in whom the people of God are created and re-created. Pentecost is sometimes called the church’s birthday, but might more appropriately be called its baptism day, since the gift of the Spirit is the fullness of baptism. Ezekiel’s vision shows the Spirit resurrecting and re-creating not just individuals but a whole people. Romans makes it clear that God is in the process of re-creating the entire cosmos; yet the Spirit is also at work in the most intimate and personal way, praying in us “with sighs too deep for words” when we do not know how to pray.

Readings and Psalm

The Holy Spirit’s Groaning

Few sounds capture a groan like birth pangs. It is the raw sound of life and birth as well as of pain. It is the guttural desire for the end of the waiting for what has been anticipated and desired. For any who have been present through such an event, it is difficult to ever forget. It is in equal parts beautiful, stunning, and holy, as well as raw, painful, and horrific. “Creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves . . . groan inwardly while we wait for adoption,” writes Paul to the church in Rome. He describes aptly that painful wail of our souls for the redemption we know so well, the restoration of all things promised in Christ. As Lutherans we know this all too well as the “now but not yet” proposition of our faith. We have been told of the return of the Messiah. We prepare for this coming and see how the whole of creation groans for her own restoration. We join this creation waiting for our own hearts, souls, and bodies to be restored. We know this is coming and as in pains of labor groan for this reality. While we wait, we are given a midwife, a Spirit of God to join us in our waiting for the birth of a new world and a new reality. This gift is given this day, the day of Pentecost. May the Spirit join us in our cry to God, eagerly awaiting the begotten, the Son of God, Jesus.

  Chrismon Symbols

The symbols that make up our Chrismons date back to the early church and served to transmit the faith and beliefs of the followers of Jesus Christ.  Each Chrismon is described in scripture and refers to some aspect of Jesus Christ. 

Click here to view descriptions and biblical references  Chrismon Symbols.docx

Click here to review the Chrismon Service Bulletin Chrismon Service Souvenir Bulletin 002.doc


Light on the Liturgy

Why do we worship using the traditional form of the Liturgy?


What does it all mean?


Light on Liturgy 

The topics contained in this pamphlet are short essays on elements of Liturgical Lutheran Worship.  These were shared; one each week, during Sunday morning Worship Services at Central Lutheran Church.  These essays may be freely reproduced for non-commercial purposes with credit and mention of the Light on the Liturgy series and the web page as the source. Authors: Paul Boden, Paul Brueggemeier, Joel Zellmer.  To read this pamphlet click here Light on the Liturgy.docx

Opportunities at Central -- To view the pamphlet click here Opportunities at Central - june 2017.pdf

Music -- Click on Music Presentations to hear the latest of musical presentations by our music staff.  Just scroll down the podcasts to hear the latest musical presentations.  Enjoy!!!   

Newsletter -- to read the current newsletter please click here 3 - March 2018 Newsletter.docx

Weekly Update -- to read the most recent Weekly Update click here Weekly Update



In honor and appreciation…


Believe it or not, our three nursery workers have all been with us for 5 years! Sicily, Selena, and Emily have staffed the nursery, taught Children’s Church, helped with VBS, provided childcare for workshops, and just generally been safe, reliable caregivers for our kids. Due to the changing demographics of our congregation and budgetary concerns, the council has decided to discontinue staffing the nursery as of May 31st. We would like to thank these women and honor their service with a reception during coffee hour on May 20th. I hope you will take the opportunity to be here and show your appreciation for their years of dedicated service!



Well, it’s been almost two years but I am back on stage again at Lake City Playhouse in Coeur d’Alene as Mr. McAfee in “Bye Bye Birdie.”  This foot-stomping, hip-swinging, classic American musical has been delighting audiences for decades. “Bye Bye Birdie” tells the story of the people of Sweet Apple, Ohio, when recently drafted rock and roll superstar Conrad Birdie comes to give one lucky American teenage girl a goodbye kiss before he is inducted into the Army. With the whole town caught up in the frenzy of Conrad's visit, parents complain, girls swoon, boys fret, and no one is left the same.


The show runs May 11-27th and the ticket prices are $23 for seniors, students, and active military and $25/Everybody Else. You can buy tickets for any night you want…OR…you can save almost 30% by going with a group from Central on Sunday, May 20th. Group tickets would be $17/19. Rides in the van are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You can sign up for the group outing by going to or by calling the office. Sign up and pay by May 6 to guarantee a spot with the group.


Central Lutheran Church Women


Can you believe it? One successful week of lefse is done! We want to thank everyone who worked hard; peelers, rollers, bakers and packagers. It was fun to get together with those of us who’ve been doing this for years and exciting to see the new faces of those who joined us for the very first time! Rest up because fall will be here faster than we think.

Here are the dates for the other bazaar preparations to put on your calendar:

                        Lefse - weeks of September 10th and October 8th

                        Meatballs – Tuesday, October 16th @ 4pm

                        Cookies – week of October 22nd

The weather may not feel like spring is here, but it is and so is our Spring Tea. It will be held on Saturday, April 28th @ Noon. There will be three different courses, each featuring a different tea. Entertainment will be a fashion show, with all fashions being provided by Christopher & Banks. We are in need of 6-8 models to help with the fashion show – please contact Colleen Gilbert if interested.

Tickets for the tea are available for a $10 donation from any of the CLCW Board members (Sharon Smith, Colleen Gilbert, Joan Schmitt, Edna Karjalahti and Elvira Henderson). All proceeds will be given to a local charity. Come join us for a fun afternoon!








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