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.

Central Lutheran is an ELCA congregation in downtown Anchorage Alaska.

Our Worship Times

Join us for Worship and Study:
Worship services at 9:30 am
Sunday School and Adult Ed classes 10:45 - 11:45 am through May 17
Sunday Summer Study at 8:15 am begins June 7
Early Bird Bible Study 6:30 - 7:30 am
Bible Text Study Noon - 1 pm
Evening Worhsip Services 7 pm June 3 - August 26
Evening Worship Services at 7 pm, April 16 - May 21

Join us for Fellowship and Service:
See our weekly updates for news of potlucks, special events, and invitations to serve others with us


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 descent 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 spring 2015 worship service schedule will be one worship service each Sunday at 9:30 am. We 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. 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 a different way to worship, a quieter, more meditative and candle-lit offering. Join us for Holden Evening Prayer (a song-based liturgy, short readings from the Bible, and the sharing of holy communion) on first, third, and fifth Thursdays of the month. Try Holden Prayer Around the Cross (a short liturgy of spoken prayers and scripture) on second and fourth Thursdays. Both of these liturgies were created at Holden Village.

Sunday School and Christian Education classes are offered during the school year for all ages, at 10:45 am each Sunday. In 2014-2015 we will use the "Godly Play" model in our children's Sunday School classes, which follows the same schedule of Bible texts used in Sunday services, and offers children a chance to explore the text in song, crafts, play-acting, and discussion in multi-age groups. Our confirmation program will use the Here We Stand Confirmation curriculum by Augsburg Fortress.

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 Holden Prayer Around the Cross liturgy.

On special holidays, we adjust our service times (please see main page above 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.

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