Welcome to Central Lutheran Church
The family of Central Lutheran Church comes together in the Word and goes out proclaiming God's presence, love and power. Coming and going...all we do is for the worship of God.
Our Worship Times
Sundays, April 7 - May 19
Worship services at 9 and 10:30 am
Wednesdays, April 3 - May 15
The Central Way: Meal and Christian Education, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
includes a meal, Bible study, children's Bible classes, confirmation class, choir and bell choir rehearsals, parent's group, and fellowship time for all
Thursdays, April 4 - 18
Worship at 7 pm featuring the Taize music on 1st, 3rd, and 5th Thursdays
Worship at 7 pm featuring the Holden Evening Prayer liturgy on 2nd and 4th Thursdays
What to Expect when Visiting - Here at Central Lutheran you'll see and meet a variety of people. Our members and regulars include families of Norwegian and other European ancestry who've attended for more than sixty years, and Hmong and Sudanese immigrants who've been here only a short time, and everything in between; we share our facility with the members of Alaska Native Lutheran Church and welcome all.
As our backgrounds vary, so does all else about us! You'll see some dressed in their "Sunday best" and others in jeans and t-shirts; in our parking lot you'll find a new Prius right next to an early 80's Honda, mini-vans and Subarus from various decades; Republicans and Democrats and others; in our diversity we come together to share the Word of the Lord.
Our fall worship service schedule is two worship services each Sunday at 9 am and 10:30 am. They use a liturgy (way of worship) from With One Voice or Evangelical Lutheran Worship, hymns both ancient and modern, lectionary readings from the Bible, and Holy Communion. The 10:30 am service includes a children's chapel on the first, second, and third Sundays of the month, in which children go during the readings and sermon to another room for age-appropriate lessons and activities, and return to their families in the Sanctuary by Communion. Entire families and participants of all ages are welcome in the Sanctuary throughout all of our services, and volunteers of all ages are invited to serve as they are able (lectors, communion assistants, musicians, and more).
During part of the year on Thursday evenings we offer some different ways to worship. On 1st, 3rd, and 5th Thursdays of the month we share a candle-lit, quiet, contemplative service using Taize hymns (simple, repetitive melodies) and short readings from the Bible. On 2nd and 4th Thursdays, we celebrate Holden Evening Prayer. Holden uses a song-based liturgy, features short readings from the Bible, and includes the sharing of holy communion.
Sunday School and Christian Education classes are offered during the school year for all ages. In 2012-2013 we will use the Spark rotation curriculum by Augsburg Fortress in our children's Wednesday Christian Education classes, which focus deeply on a Bible story for a few weeks in a row. Our middle school youth will use the Re:Form curriculum by Augsburg Fortress. Our adult Sunday class for fall 2012 is reading Faith Forming Faith: Bringing New Christians to Baptism and Beyond.
Our summer worship service schedule is one worship service each Sunday at 9:30 am. The service always includes a liturgy (way of worship) and some new and some familiar hymns, most from Evangelical Lutheran Worship, readings from the Old and New Testaments (New Revised Standard Version), a short message or sermon illustration for children, a sermon or skit, holy communion, and perhaps special music from our members or musicians. Entire families and participants of all ages are welcome in the Sanctuary throughout all of our services, and volunteers of all ages are invited to serve as they are able (lectors, communion assistants, musicians, and more).
During the summer, we offer Wednesday evening worship services at 7 pm. This service follows the weekly lectionary readings from the previous Sunday, includes Holy Communion, and uses the Unfailing Light liturgy.
On special holidays, we adjust our service times (please see main page or calendar) and change the worship formats. During summer, Lent, and Advent, we add Wednesday evening services. On Christmas Eve, we sing lots of carols, hear special music, and share candle-light.
Childcare - We welcome your children in the Sanctuary and prefer they learn to worship by sharing the services with you, but also understand that some children prefer to be highly active at times. Thus, we offer a staffed nursery for children under age five, at no cost, during most Sunday and major holiday services. You may choose to use the nursery for just a few moments or for the whole service.