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
Education Hour at 9:15am
Worship at 10:30am
with Children's Church
Fellowship at 11:45am
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PLEASE complete your "Who Am I" biography sheets and return them to the office or bring to church on Sunday. We have received completed forms from 55 individuals so far. Sandy is hoping to have 75 individuals in our notebook!!! THANKS!!!
Say Hello to “Communitas”
. Beginning in March, they will have worship on Sunday nights from 5-6:30pm along with a potluck once a month for their group.
Sunday, March 26
Fourth Sunday of Lent
Baptism is sometimes called enlightenment. The gospel for this Sunday is the story of the man born blind healed by Christ. I was blind, but now I see, declares the man. In baptism God opens our eyes to see the truth of who we are: God’s beloved sons and daughters. As David was anointed king of Israel, in baptism God anoints our head with oil, and calls us to bear witness to the light of Christ in our daily lives.
Readings and Psalm
- 1 Samuel 16:1-13
David is chosen and anointed
- Psalm 23
You anoint my head with oil. (Ps. 23:5)
- Ephesians 5:8-14
Awake from sleep, live as children of light
- John 9:1-41
Baptismal image: the man born blind
God’s Eyes Are Not Our Eyes
One heresy in the early church was called Donatism. The Donatists held that the sacraments were only efficacious if presided over by priests who were sinless. It didn’t take the church long to realize that if it held to this policy there would be no sacraments for anyone. So if the gospel can be proclaimed through the preaching of a sinner, then we must allow for the possibility that God’s healing may be accomplished through extraordinary means. God chooses a boy too young to be taken seriously to anoint as one chosen to lead Israel. When the prophet Samuel is sent by God to find the new king who will replace Saul, Samuel goes through a long line of all Jesse’s tall, strapping, competent-looking sons of appropriate age. When none of them are chosen, finally Jesse sends for young David. All of the obvious-to-us choices were declined in favor of a boy. What we may see as authoritative, respectable, and trustworthy may not always align with God. Today’s first reading reminds us that “the Lord does not see as mortals see” (1 Sam. 16:7).
This theme of sight runs throughout today’s texts, both in terms of how God does not see as we see and also in Jesus’ healing of a man born blind. Jesus chooses to heal a blind man on the sabbath with dirt and saliva, much to the dismay of the good religious people who were certain they knew better than to display such questionable judgment and behavior. Lent is a time to reevaluate. Let it also be a time to examine the ways in which we do not see what God is doing around us because we too think we know better. Bottom line: God often uses the unexpected to accomplish redemption.
Childrens’ Church (Sundays during worship) 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) During the Lenten season, we will be revisiting some of the great aspects of our Lutheran tradition. Watch your worship bulletins and weekly updates for more!
Exploring Faith (Tuesdays at Noon) A more in-depth look at the Adult Forum material from the previous Sunday. (See above)
Men’s Group (Second Saturday of the month) Men’s Group meets on Saturday, March 11th with breakfast at Frankie Doodles at 8am.
Opportunities at Central -- To view the pamphlet click here Opportunities at Central - January 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!!!
In February/March we hope to have some congregational events to raise money for the Journey through Lent with ELCA’s World Hunger’s 40 days of Giving 2017 campaign.. We would hope that many members would participate either by working or pledging support for the work of other members.
We do things locally to support hunger such as supporting the food bank; offering our own food bank; and Meals on Wheels participation.
However, this is a unique opportunity to be supportive of alleviating World Hunger on a worldwide scale with the greater church in ways that would not be possible as individuals or members of a single congregation.
SO. . .what might YOU be willing to do: WORK, SUPPORT?
Here are two ways you might be involved:
- Could your cleaning skills be put to work in some area of the church and you seek sponsors to support you with a pledge OR could you put out a challenge for someone to clean a specific church area and then pledge a certain amount to the World Hunger initiative?
- Could we give even more generously to the freewill offerings collected at our Ash Wednesday service, Thursday evening Lenten Soup Suppers, Maundy Thursday Service, and Good Friday service and add these offerings to the World Hunger initiative?
The goal is for us to work TOGETHER to support this cause. We could have lots of fun and fellowship and feel the sense of accomplishment together as we support the Journey through Lent with ELCA’s World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving 2017 campaign (PLUS the church will be clean for EasterJ).
- Nearly 800 million peop0le – that’s 1 in9 people in the world – are hungry.
- Gifts to ELCA World Hunger make it possible to respond to community needs: health clinics, water wells, microloans, community meals.
- 795 million people around the world – that’s 1 in 10 – can’t access the food they need to live active, healthy lives.
- 46.7 million Americans were living in poverty in 2014. For a family of four, this means their annual household income was below $23, 850.
The goal of the Journey through Lent with ELCA’s World Hunger’s 40 days of Giving 2017 campaign is to have congregations raise $1 million.
YOUR Stewardship Team – Paul Brueggemeier, Gary Dahlke, Elvira Henderson (Council Liason), Kathy Phillips, Sandy Fink, and Pastor Kappus
HOLY WEEK SERVICES
Sunday, April 9th —Palm Sunday
9:15 am Education Hour
10:30 am Worship w/ Holy Communion
Thursday, April 13th — Maundy Thursday
Friday, April 14th — Good Friday
Sunday, April 16th — Easter
8:45 am Easter Breakfast
10:30 am Worship with Holy Communion
11:45 am Fellowship
CLCW Dates for Bazaar Preparations
Crafting - Wednesdays starting March 8th until the Bazaar from 9 to Noon
Lefse March 27 - 31
Lefse Septembner 11-15
Lefse October 9 - 13
Meatballs October 17
Cookies October 23 - 27
SCANDINAVIAN BAZAAR -- SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH