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Fight for social justice could renew struggling churches​

Central Lutheran's Pastor Jeff Hackler was recently featured in an article by the Alaska Dispatch News.

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Congregations come together to create Valentines for shelter residents​

2022: Six congregations including Central Lutheran created and donated valentine cards, candy, and new socks.

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Upcoming Events

 

Our worship and study schedule: 

† Join us in-person or via our livestream for 9:30 am Sunday worship services.  Masks are currently optional, and we have masks to offer you upon request.  

† Join us in-person only on Ash Wednesday (February 22) at Noon for Imposition of Ashes or 7 pm for an Ash Wednesday worship service

† Join us in-person only on Lent Wednesdays (March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29) at 7 pm for Holden Evening Prayer services

 

The Anchorage Farmers Market will return in spring and summer 2023. 

 

Coming up:

† All ages ice skating party at Westchester Lagoon on Saturday, January 28, 1- 3 pm.  Bring your own, rented or borrowed skates and dress for the weather.  Not a skater? Come, anyway!  We'll have cookies and cocoa to share, and the city Parks & Rec Department will have warming barrels and those adorable learn-to-skate dolphins for kids. 

Ladies, save the dates: Saturday, February 4 tea party from Noon to 2 pm; April 22 virtual retreat; June 10 Run for Women; September 8-9 fall retreat in Fairbanks

Third Saturdays of the month (January 21, February 18, March 18, April 15) our Foot and Wound Clinic is open 11 am - 2 pm, Helping Hands Clothing Closet is open 1- 3 pm, Listening Post is open 1 - 3 pm, and Eddie hosts his AA monthly dinner

Dine with Nine returns with monthly dinner groups.  Members and friends, contact the church office by January 27 to opt in to the home-hosted meals groups or the restaurant meet up groups.

The Listening Post is a nonprofit volunteer organization under the umbrella of LSSA that has encouraged the importance and value of listening in the community with a preference for the poor. Established in 2008, it has grown to 8 sites in Anchorage and 1 in Palmer that listened one on one with compassion and respect. Prior to the pandemic, listeners met with over 2500 visitors a year. The Listening Post training consists of approximately a 2.5 hour session, learning about the philosophy of the Listening Post, practicing listening with others and going over volunteer guidelines and safety issues.

We are looking forward to training new volunteers to help meet the growing need and interest in listening.  After fourteen years, we are still learning about listening and we hope you will come to explore this kind of compassion with us. Listening Post training will be held at Central Lutheran Church on Thursday, February 2 from 2:00-4:30 in the balcony area. Please contact Debbie Sis if you plan to attend or if you have any questions (contact info available from the Church office). 

Wanted: donations of shelf-stable foods like pre-packaged trail mix, granola bars, dried fruits, meal bars, jerky, packets of tuna, canned meats and bottled water for the church office to have on hand for hungry neighbors.  It’s a blessing to be able to offer two or three items to a hungry person along with the directions to the Food Pantry.  Also welcome, donations of canned and boxed foods that we can pass on to the Lutheran Social Services of Alaska Food Pantry.  

 

Our Thanksgiving Blessing location here at Central Lutheran Church served all 1400 complete holiday meals in a drive-through format, and referred a few more neighbors in need to another site to get their meal.

Local Organizing Ministry:  Want to make a difference in your community? Along with Anchorage Faith & Action Congregations Together AFACT, Central folks and Pastor Jeff, listens to our congregation and Fairview neighbors, builds relationships, and develops leaders.  Through these relationships, we identify issues and work to effect change in ourselves and in the public sphere. Contact Pastor Jeff  to find out how you can get involved. We meet every other Tuesday and the current focus is to get to know our Fairview neighbors and our homeless neighbors and see how we can grow relationships with them.   

Central Seniors/Golden Opportunities:  Wednesday coffee klatsches are again being held in person with 8:30 am gatherings at Kaladi Brothers Coffee on Brayton Drive.  

Our Helping Hands Coat Closet is newly expanded, cleaned and organized, and every item of donated clothing has been washed and sorted.  This closet, near the main entry to the Church, is stocked with extra coats and other items that can be given to visitors and shelter guests in need of a warm and clean layer.  We welcome freshly laundered donations of wearable items in a variety of sizes.  Needed now: belts, blankets or sleeping bags, walking shoes and boots in good condition in a variety of adult sizes, women's pants and leggings, men's sweat pants and track pants.

 

The Lutheran Social Services of Alaska (LSSA) Food Pantry welcomes your donation of canned meats, chili, soup, canned fruit, dried potato mixes, tuna and peanut butter, and more, and your donation of time if you're able to help prepare food boxes for clients.  

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