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Connect & Serve


How do we connect with our fellow Christians at Central? By breaking bread at dinner groups, engaging in fun activities, praying for one another, devoting time to service projects which show the Love of God in our church and in the community, and sharing joys and sorrows. It’s been said that “Fellowship is a relationship of inner unity among believers that expresses itself in outer co-participation with Christ and one another in accomplishing God’s will on earth.” 

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Coffee Klatsch for coffee lovers and those that prefer tea or a steamer. Wednesdays at 8:30 am at Kaladi Brothers on Brayton Drive.

Book Group gathers the third Monday of the month at 4:30 pm and read books like Three Cups of Tea, The Shack, and Lovely Bones.  May 20 we're discussing Next of Kin, a sci-fi retalling of the Book of Ruth, by Melinda Mitchell.

Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study is held the first Saturday of each month at 9 am, often at Flo's Pancake House. Come for breakfast, casual conversation and more. Men of all ages and backgrounds welcome!


After worship on Sundays, gather in the Narthex and meet new people or catch up with those you may already know after worship with coffee and a treat.  


Music Ministry is always looking for new singers for Chancel Choir and ringers for the handbell choir. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings. The choirs are a fun and easy way to meet new people who share a love of music.


Central Lutheran Prayer Chain will sincerely pray for your needs, joys and sorrows. Our prayer chain always welcomes new links. If you would like to contact the prayer chain with a prayer request or become a part of the chain, contact the church office.


Service is an act of thanks.  We believe that we serve others as a way of living out our lives in Christ. You may be asking yourself: “I want to be involved, but how do I start? I don’t know anyone.” Fear not! Each of us has been equipped by God with Spiritual Gifts.  If you like to bake or set up meals, you have the gift of serving/hospitality. If you like telling others about Jesus love for you and feel comfortable inviting them to worship at Central, you are gifted with evangelism or outreach.  And there are others: leadership, giving, administration, healing, mercy, service, apostle, pastor, teaching, wisdom, faith, exhortation, prophecy, tongues, giving and knowledge. If you’d like to pinpoint where your gifts lie, Pastor Jeff can assist.  Time and Talent forms are available. These help us know where your gifts lie and where you can plug in. Here's a PDF of the form for you to print out and complete. It's simple! Please pray about how you can serve at Central and return this to the church office so we can reach out to you when the need arises.


When all of us share our gifts, we are a living and active body of Christ.  If you are interested in helping, please contact the church office for information. 


Outside of Worship

Garden Group: Assist in trimming bushes, mowing the lawn and other seasonal upkeep.


Kitchen Cleaning: If you can spare a few hours a month by keeping our kitchen looking its best, contact the church office. Please bring rags, bucket and gloves. 


Clare House Meals: Clare House is a 24-hour emergency shelter open to women with children and expectant mothers over the age of 18. Central provides a meal to Clare House the 4th Thursday of every month. Two to three volunteers cook a meal for 50 and deliver to Clare House at 3 pm. More information at 

Caring Ministers: Caring Ministers are available for hospital visits, home visits, check-in phone calls and other support for those dealing with illness, grief or loss. This group also supports a prayer shawl ministry. Members pray regularly for those in need. The Caring Ministers meet every fourth Friday at the home of Dahna Graham.


Community Rewards: Did you know you can help earn dollars for LSSA just by shopping with your Fred Meyer Rewards Card?  If you haven't signed up simply join the program by linking your Fred Meyers Rewards Card to Lutheran Social Services of Alaska at rewards.  You still will receive the Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates at the same time you are helping LSSA.

Farmer’s Market: Central Lutheran provides the parking lot space for the Anchorage Farmer's Market (the only non-profit market in the area). Each Saturday, May through October, local farmers bring their locally grown and organic produce, seedlings, and even honey and oysters. This partnership between Central Lutheran and the market began in 2007 and has been a great blessing to all.  Additionally, Central staffs a hospitality and informational booth at the market serving coffee and baked goods. Please contact the church office for the Saturdays you can help.


AFACT: Central is a member of AFACT (Anchorage Faith and Action - Congregations Together), a faith-based community organizing member. Our congregation's local organizing ministry group meets monthly. We have 1 on 1 conversations with members and those in our Fairview community. We discuss issues that matter to our families. We research those issues with public officials. We host public meetings (actions) with those officials to ask them to follow through on issues that matter to our families. Our AFACT group is currently focusing on the issues of homelessness and public inebriates in the West Fairview area. More information at

Helping Hands Clothing Closet: We've rearranged a few rooms here at Central to create a clothing closet stocked with bins of t-shirts, pants, socks, winter gear, backpacks and sleeping bags, and all the accessories.  Volunteers from both Central Lutheran and Christ Church Episcopal staff the closet each Tuesday 1-3 pm, third Saturdays 1-3 pm, and third Thursdays 1-3 pm.  Donations of clean, usable clothing and gear are welcome any time the closet is open, the church office is open, or around worship service times.

Emergency Cold-Weather Homeless Shelter For Families: The Emergency Cold Weather Shelter (ECWS) was designed to provide a warm and secure location for homeless families who have no other place to stay overnight. Families in need can call 2-1-1 to get referred to the shelter, now located in a south Anchorage neighborhood.  Central Lutheran Church provides volunteer hosts on Wednesday evenings and the evening meal, snacks, and a light breakfast. (Six other churches provide the volunteers on other nights of the week.)

Lutheran Social Services of Alaska (LSSA): We partner and support Lutheran Social Services by collecting donations of funds and foods for the LSSA food bank. We also volunteer for LSSA programs such as the Anchorage Thanksgiving Blessing and Neighborhood GIFT programs, and participating in other special events like the annual Charity Walk. More information at


Council and Ministries: Central's Church Council works hard to take care of the day-to-day business of being a church. Additionally, the council organizes ministries and helps envision the future of the church.

Adopt-a-Road: Central has adopted a section of 15th Avenue from E Street to Cordova, which travels right past our property. Members and friends gather twice each year to pick up litter and keep our neighborhood looking great. To volunteer, contact coordinator Anna Bryant.

In and Around Worship


Altar Flowers: The 2024 Altar Flower Chart is now posted near the Sanctuary entrance with open dates. If you would like to provide the Altar Flowers as a memorial to a loved one, to celebrate a birthday or anniversary, just fill in your name and phone number for the Sunday that you desire. The cost will be $40 and may be taken home to be enjoyed following the service.

Altar Guild: Members meet monthly to maintain, clean, and prepare our worship space, including communion supplies, banners, and paraments. Members volunteer at one or more services each month to set out or clean up the communion elements and vessels. No experience necessary and training is provided.


Lectors: Each week, the lector reads Old and New Testament lessons during worship. Text is provided in advance if requested.


Children's Sermon: If you have a fun story or lesson that relates to how we can serve Jesus better, you can prepare and lead the children's message during a service.


Chancel Choir: The choir rehearses on Wednesdays at 7 pm during the school year, and sings one or more anthems each Sunday. Works performed range from simple to challenging, classic to modern, and may be a capella or accompanied by pianist, flutist, trumpet, African drums, or even full orchestra. We may sing at additional services on special occasions. Contact director Tai Wai Li after worship for more information.


Bell Choir: Our bell choir rehearses on Wednesday during the school year, and performs sacred music at worship approximately six times each year, especially on Easter and Christmas Eve. New members are welcome and do not need bell choir experience. Contact Debbie Pankow after worship for more information.

Assisting Ministers: Supporting the pastor during worship, the assisting minister leads portions of sung liturgy and / or prayers during service and assists with communion.


Greeters: Share your smile! Greet Central’s incoming visitors and members before worship and guide them where to find the sanctuary, facilities, etc.


Ushers: Our ushers distribute bulletins, collect offering, monitor the sound system and direct congregation to communion during services.


Projectionist:  The projectionist assists with placing the worship elements on the screen using a computer program. Some computer literacy required and training will be provided.


Acolytes: We actively invite our 5th through 8th grade students to participate as acolytes. Acolytes light the altar candles carry the cross on special Sundays, accept the offerings, and extinguish the candles.


Communion Assistants: Distribute the elements (wine or juice and bread / wafers) during worship services.

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