True faith does not grow by being passive. When we are engaged in study of scripture, prayer and fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit, our personal faith life actively grows us into caring, concerned and celebrating Christians. Central has many opportunities in which to gather and grow.
Vacation Bible School
Central Lutheran and Lutheran Church of Hope often partner in offering Vacation Bible School, however, no VBS was held in summer of 2020. due to public health needs. We're still evaluating whether we will offer a program in 2021.
In past years, we've clowned around at the circus, attended camp with Davey and Goliath, lived as a tribe in Galilee, traveled the rails, and swung through the rain forest in our search for connection with God and each other. VBS week is always chock full of games, stories, crafts, snacks, fun, new and old friends, songs, acting, and devotion.
Middle School, 6th - 8th grades:
Sundays 3:30 - 5 pm Middle school youth attend confirmation class with Pastor Jeff, Pastor Lisa and youth of Alaska Native Lutheran, Pastor Carol of St. Mark Lutheran, Pastor Erika of Christ Our Savior Lutheran, and other local leaders. The class meets weekly during the school year here at Central in Rooms 1-2 or online, though the program has been on hold in spring 2021 due to zoom burnout. This three-year program of study, service, questioning, fellowship, and fun prepares the youth for high school youth group and adult membership in the church. For current and future youth happenings, click here and plug in or contact our office staff directly.
Youth in 8th - 12th grades are invited to travel with our youth group each summer. 2019 was a road trip to visit multiple ELCA congregations in Mat-Su, Trapper Creek, Fairbanks and North Pole, Delta Junction, and Valdez. The 2020 ELCA Western States Youth Gathering was unfortunately canceled due to Covid-19. The 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has been moved to new dates: July 24 - 28, 2022.
We look forward to resuming weekly gatherings for indoor activities (meals, Lent worship, games, movies) and outdoor fun (skiing, sledding, ice skating, broomball and later hikes). In summers, we often offer multi-generational hikes on Wednesday nights. Watch our weekly email (contact the Church office to subscribe) and bulletins for information on each week's hike time and location.
College & Seminary Scholarships
Learn more about our scholarships to Pacific Lutheran University, ELCA Colleges and Universities, and ELCA Seminary programs on our scholarship page.
Sunday Bible Studies:
Sundays 6 pm “What it Means to be Lutheran” with Pastor Jeff is meeting via Zoom link during Lent.
Kids Sunday School Sunday School classes for toddlers and elementary-school age youth are currently on hold due to Zoom burnout among our school-age families. Packets of Sunday School materials, activities, and kids' bulletins have been mailed and home-delivered to families.
Sundays 3:30 pm: Confirmation Class for 6th – 8th grade youth (during the school year) -- will resume in the future
Tuesday Morning Bible Study:
Early Bird Bible Study: Tuesdays at 7 am with Pastor Jeff "Intro to the New Testament" is meeting via Zoom
Wednesday Afternoon Bible Study:
Noon-1 pm Text Study: This class meets weekly via Zoom to discuss the texts appointed for the upcoming Sunday worship service
Central women meet in monthly Bible studies during the school year. You are welcome to join one that fits your schedule best. Most use the Gather magazine studies. A combined group is currently meeting via Zoom on second Mondays at 7 pm.
Women's Bible Study Schedule
Lydia Group - 2nd Mondays 5:30 pm -- will resume in the future
Elizabeth Lois Group - 2nd Wednesdays 9:30 am (during the school year) -- will resume in the future
Sarah Fellowship Circle - 3rd Tuesdays at 10 am at Bell’s Nursery on Specking Road -- will resume in the future
Parents of wee ones meet monthly to visit, let the toddlers play, and provide support to each other over a meal. Location rotates between the Church and member homes. Chat with Mardell Kiesel or Courtney Forbes to learn more.
Central Lutheran Church Women (CLCW)
Central women fill Easter Baskets and sew and fill Christmas stockings for Lutheran Social Services of Alaska each year. They attend retreats and large events at the state (Alaska Synodical Women's Organization) and national Lutheran (Women of the ELCA) gatherings, and hold occasional gatherings to bless expectant mothers or simply for fellowship. Many of these ladies also provide goodies and serve as hostesses for special events including weddings, funerals, and potlucks.
The Men's breakfast and Bible study meets 1st Saturdays of the month at 9 am -- will resume in the future
Independent Study Resources:
We can all use a little help in our spiritual walk. Pastor Jeff suggests the links/resources below as a way to inspire new thought, find comfort, be challenged, or simply take a moment during the day to focus on God during the new year.
Sojourners daily blogs, news, and devotions. http://sojo.net/
Devotional that takes you through the Bible in a year. http://www.backtothebible.org/devotions
Journey through the Psalms each day of the year. http://www.backtothebible.org/authors/warren-wiersbe
On-line passage look-up, multiple versions/translations, concordance search. https://www.biblegateway.com/
Free Bible on your phone, tablet, and computer, includes reading plans https://www.bible.com/
www.daveramsey.com Financial Peace university offers Christian money management