Welcome to Central Lutheran Church
Called to Share God's Love
Our Worship Times
Join us for Worship and Study:
Worship services at 9:30 am
History of Early Christianity 8:15 am (no meeting June 12 due to Church council)
Bible Text Study Noon - 1 pm
Holden Evening Prayer Worship services at 7 pm
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 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 Evening Prayer liturgy. Holden Evening Prayer was composed by Marty Haugen, a prolific liturgical composer, while he was on sabbatical in Holden Village, a Lutheran retreat center in Washington State, during the winter of 1986. It is a lovely setting of vespers following the traditional form while using contemporary and inclusive language. Learn more about Holden Village.
Sunday School and Christian Education classes are offered during the school year for all ages, at 10:45 am each Sunday. In 2015-2016 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 spring, fall, and winter worship service schedule is 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).
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.