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 offers Vacation Bible School each summer. Together 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. The 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 youth leader Anthony of Central / Alaska Native/ Lutheran Church of Hope. The class meets weekly here at Central in Rooms 1-2. 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. 2020 is the ELCA Western States Youth Gathering in Thousand Oaks, California, on the California Lutheran University campus from June 25 - 29. And 2021 will be the ELCA Youth Gathering in Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 29-July 3, 2021.
Our youth group finds times to meet for fellowship, study, service projects, and to visit with youth from other ELCA congregations. Events on the calendar include a family dinner and planning meeting on Sunday, December 8, and youth group takeover of the Alaska Club East on Friday, January 17, and a sledding party and retreat February 13 - 14. We have a history of running a hospitality and snack booth at the corner of 15th and Cordova Street during the Fur Rondy sled dog races and the Iditarod ceremonial start.
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 Morning Bible Studies:
Sundays 8:15 am “The Bible Project” with Pastor Jeff
10:45-11:45 am Study of The Christian Writings of C. S. Lewis with Craig Carlson (September 8 - November 24), Elder Care (December 1 & 8)
10:45-11:45 am Sunday School classes for toddlers and elementary-school age youth are offered -- toddlers in Room 7 and school-age youth in Room 3. Classes include a Bible story for the day, singing, snack, and an activity or craft. Classes are offered through May 20, and then take the summer off.
Sundays 3:30 pm: Confirmation Class for 6th – 8th grade youth (during the school year)
Tuesday Morning Bible Study:
Early Bird Bible Study: Tuesdays at 7 am with Pastor Jeff "Intro to the New Testament"
Wednesday Afternoon Bible Study:
Noon-1 pm Text Study: This class meets weekly 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 study the Lutheran Woman Today study from the ELCA.
Women's Bible Study Schedule
Lydia Group - 2nd Mondays 5:30 pm
Elizabeth Lois Group - 2nd Wednesdays 9:30 am (during the school year)
Sarah Fellowship Circle - 3rd Tuesdays at 10 am at Bell’s Nursery on Specking Road
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.
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