Welcome to the Central Lutheran Church website. (If you'd like to check out our Facebook page, click here.)  We hope this site will help you learn more about us and our witness for Christ. We strive to recognize and nurture the Christ in ourselves and each person that we encounter along the way. Our church is a thriving community of believers, and lovers of the word of God. Central has a long tradition of outreach and service to its members and the community. We hope you will join us for service on Sunday to experience for yourself the fellowship of Christ.
                      CENTRAL LUTHERAN CHURCH

512 S. Bernard St          Spokane  WA

509- 624-9233 



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          Worship Schedule



          Education Hour at 9:15am

            Fellowship at 11:45am    






CLCW Dates for Bazaar Preparations

Lefse          October 9 - 13

Meatballs        October 17

Cookies    October 23 - 27


Worship and Music Team Needs Your Help! 

Central Lutheran is in need of more persons to help serve in two capacities at Sunday Worship:  Ushers and Greeters.  If you would be interested in either of these two, please sign up online at

http://clspokane.ivolunteer.com or call the church office 624-9233 or one of the coordinators listed below.

Karen Gehret and Debbie Gehret have agreed to coordinate the Ushers and Marilyn Rounds has agreed to coordinate the Greeters.  Many thanks to all of these gals for serving in these roles and helping our Sunday service be special!

Education News

Childrens’ Church (Sundays during worship) begins again on the 10th. CC 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 9:15am) resumes on Sunday, Sept. 17th.

Exploring Faith (Tuesdays at Noon) begins on Oct. 3rd. A weekly study that will be broad-based drawing on a variety of resources to consider the role faith plays in our lives and in our world.

Sunday, Sept. 24

16th Sunday after Pentecost



Matthew narrates one of Jesus’ controversial parables, in which Jesus says the reign of God is like workers who get paid the same no matter when they start. When God changes his mind about punishing Nineveh for their evil ways, Jonah is angry. Yet God is gracious and merciful, abounding in steadfast love. In baptism we receive the grace of God that is freely given to all. As Luther wrote, in the presence of God’s mercy we are all beggars.

Readings and Psalm

Discomfort: Sign of Grace?

Poor Jonah. The guy never could get comfortable. He was uncomfortable with his God-given call to preach to Nineveh; he was uncomfortable in the arms of the sailors as they hoisted him over the boat’s edge and tossed him into the sea; he was uncomfortable as the ocean’s raging waves flung him about like flotsam; he was—undoubtedly—uncomfortable in the fish’s belly; and he was uncomfortable and downright angry with God’s mercy on the people of Nineveh. Jonah had a hard time getting comfortable with himself, and, even more so, Jonah was uneasy embracing the wideness of God’s grace.

The same can be said about the laborers in Jesus’ parable here in Matthew 20. The laborers who came in the early morning hours grumbled against the landowner because they were paid the same as others who started later and worked fewer hours. These laborers are ill-at-ease with the landowner’s choice “to give to this last the same as I give to you.” Like Jonah, they are uncomfortable with the unchecked mercy offered by the landowner/God. God doesn’t play by our rules, and that can be very discomforting for us all.

Our discomfort with grace manifests itself in all sorts of ways. It can be discomforting for us to engage the poor and the outcast of our society. It can be discomforting for us to welcome immigrants into our communities. It can be discomforting to address the pervasive racism that still surrounds us. And it can be very discomforting for us to open our lives to the transforming power of the cross of Christ, whereby “the last will be first, and the first will be last” (Matt. 20:16).

Could it be that the more uncomfortable we become with the reckless love of God, the closer we are to understanding the meaning of grace?


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

Bandage Rolling --



Six of us went over to Church of the Master in Coeur d’Alene and learned about this fun and helpful project. The good folks at LCM sent us home with enough supplies to get started on our own project. Come roll with us on God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday. In the meantime, check out the work of Global Health Ministries by visiting their website: www.ghm.org.

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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!!!            


                                     DATES TO REMEMBER





Save the Date — Saturday, October 14, 2017  4PM


Last year we had an opportunity to come together to celebrate the many ministries we share at Central Lutheran Church at the 2016 Stewardship Dinner.   This year, your stewardship team is planning to offer another edition of the dinner. We are determining a menu for the dinner at our next meeting. We are hoping to get more people involved in shaping the whole evening. Be willing to help if you are asked… in fact don’t wait to be asked. Please talk to Gary Dahlke, Sandy Fink, Kathie Phillips, Elvira Henderson or Paul Brueggemeier. We want to make it better, different and inspiring: Save the date and join with us to make it happen!



Reformation 500 HYMN Festival



Once in a Lifetime Festival at Central Lutheran Church




We have an opportunity to experience the Commemoration of the 500 Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation here at Central on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 3:00 pm.  The festival will include timely reflections by Rev. Susan Briehl, congregational singing of some of your favorite hymns and new songs accompanied by many of the city's organists, mass choir and other musicians.  Don't miss this once in a life time event.




The Festival is free and open to the public.  An opportunity to give a freewill offering will be available at the door.



Sunday, October 29, 2017    3:00 pm             

       Central Lutheran Church        512 S Bernard St   Spokane, WA


                    Remembering History

                   Celebrating  Diversity                         

                       Anticipating Unity


             In grateful remembrance of Janice Newell



      CLCW Dates for Bazaar Preparations

                                                     Lefse          October 9 - 13

Design3Meatballs        October 17

Cookies    October 23 - 27



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