Welcome to the Central Lutheran Church website. (If you'd like to check out our Facebook page, click here.)  We hope this site will help you learn more about us and our witness for Christ. We strive to recognize and nurture the Christ in ourselves and each person that we encounter along the way. Our church is a thriving community of believers, and lovers of the word of God. Central has a long tradition of outreach and service to its members and the community. We hope you will join us for service on Sunday to experience for yourself the fellowship of Christ.
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                      CENTRAL LUTHERAN CHURCH

512 S. Bernard St          Spokane  WA

509- 624-9233 





                 Education Hour at 9:15am

                   Worship at 10:30am

                 with Children's Church

               as scheduled

                 Fellowship at 11:45am







Fall Banner



Central Lutheran Ministry Celebration Dinner


Saturday, October 1st, 4pm in the Fellowship Hall.  We will have a catered meal, entertainment and a guest speaker.   PLEASE plan to arrive a little early so that you can pick up your Name Card and find a table.  Salads will be on the tables at 4pm sharp!

To hear some of the latest preludes and postludes by Alice and to hear recent bell choir anthems and chancel choir anthems

click here Music Selections and scroll down the podcasts.


Education News


Childrens’ Church (Sundays during worship) There will not be regularly planned Children’s Sermons during worship this fall. Rather, if you know you will have your children (or grandchildren) in church with you, let Pastor know in advance and he will plan something for that Sunday. 


Adult Forum (Sundays at 9:15am) resumes on Sunday, Sept. 11. Our guest will be Bishop Martin Wells. Conversation will include topics like the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, electing a new Bishop, and the “state of the church.” Beginning Sept. 18th, we will do an overview of the Old Testament, with special emphasis on the prophets and how their message speaks to us today. This study will take us up to the start of Advent. Come to the first class to see the synopsis.


Exploring Faith(Tuesdays at Noon) begins on the 20th. A weekly study that will be broad-based drawing on a variety of resources to consider the role faith plays in our lives and in our world. We’ll begin by looking at several of the social statements of the ELCA that have to do with living as a Lutheran Christian in an increasingly turbulent world. Copies of the studies “For Peace in God’s World” (1995) and “Living in a Time of Terrorism” (2004) will be available.


Men’s Group (Second Saturday of the month) Men’s Group returns on Saturday, September 10th with breakfast at Frankie Doodles at 8am. Conversations will include planning activities for the year and talking about an emphasis for service.

Pastor Dave's "Weekly Update"

Check out Pastor Dave's "Weekly Update" by clicking here.


Opportunities at Central -- To view the pamphlet click here Opportunities at Central - tri fold - for merge.docx


Volunteer for Church Activities -- clspokane.ivolunteer.com -- we use this site for all our volunteer needs at Central, from activity sign-ups  such as helping with Sunday mornings! Check it out!!


Here's what's going on at central... 

                  MARK YOUR CALENDARS




CLCW Dates for Your Calendar

       Making Lefse – October 10-14

  Making Meatballs – October 18

   Making Cookies – October 24-28


                     Scandinavian  Bazaar – November 5

 The members of Central Lutheran Church will hold their annual Scandinavian Bazaarfrom 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, November 5th. Items for sale featureScandinavian Specialties such as lefse and cookies Bazaar Poster

including rosettes, krumkake,and sandbakkels plus other holiday cookies, meatballs, and crafts. Preorders accepted for Lefse and Cookies while supplies last..


Proceeds from this event are given back to the community through local charities. Last year support was given to local organizations, including Central Christian Action, Samaritan Fund, Lutheran Community Services, Mid-City Concerns, Safety Net, and Second Harvest Food Bank.


A Kaffe Stua will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Norwe


gian "coffee hour" will feature homemade Scandinavian desserts served by women in traditional dress Cost is $6.00 for five treats and coffee


Commenoration of the Reformation Concert


We are inviting you and your worshipping family to attend a significant ecumenical event on Saturday October 29, 2016, at 7:00 pm in the evening at Central Lutheran Church. The choir from the St. Mary Magdalene Church (The Madeleine) of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland Reformation 10-16will join the choir from Central Lutheran Church, Spokane, Washington in presenting a combined commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the protestant reformation.


We are giving this concert in the spirit expressed by Pope Francis when he stated: Differences still remain in doctrine and in practice. This must not discourage us, but instead spur us along our journey towards ever greater unity…” and Rev. Martin Junge the General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation stated: “By working towards reconciliation between Lutherans and Catholics, we are working towards justice, peace and reconciliation…”


Please come celebrate our common faith through the gift of music as the audience members join together singing Christian hymns, listening to combined choral anthems and experience a Spokane premiere of a beautiful Jazz Requiem written by Michael Kissinger. Maria Manzo of Portland and Paul Brueggemeier of Spokane will be directing the choirs.



The “Estate Planning for the Heart”TM curriculum we’ve been hearing so much about at our last two Synod Assemblies will be making its public debut at Central Lutheran Church in Spokane on November 18th and 19th for the EWALK (Eastern Washington) Network area. With module topics that include “Good, Better, Best: Funeral Decisions Made Simpler”, “A Good Document Is A Done Document”, and “Playing Cards And Talking Straight”, the series of modules helps us address the issues related to end-of-life circumstances. It teaches us how to best prepare and then handle the various ways in which we might end up facing these difficult situations and the decisions they demand. Schedule will be a Friday noon through Saturday dinner. Registration will be available through Central’s website.


Watch our “EWALK” FB page, Central’s website (www.clspokane.org), and Synod email communication for details as they become available.


Central Concert Series 

Saturday, October 22nd

Northwest Sacred Music Chorale

Saturday, October 29th

Reformation Concert with The Madeline Catholic Church Choir

Friday, December 9th

Eastern Washington University Christmas Choral Concert

Sunday, December 11th

 Eastern Washington University Jazz Ensemble

Saturday, December 17th

 Northwest Sacred Music Chorale


NURSERY STAFF AVAILABLE FOR HOURLY CHILDCARE --  Our capable nursery staff are available for offsite childcare as your needs arise.  Their contact information is available on the bulletin board at church.  If you’ve enjoyed and appreciated their service during the service, why not give them a call when you want a night out? 


Sounds of Music and Bells

Want to hear the sounds of music?  To listen to the sounds of music at Central --   the Chancel Choir, the Bell Choir, the new Carillon and Alice playing various organ pieces click here and scroll down the listing.


Photo Galleries

Take a look at the new "Photos" --   "Gloria," " Apple Cider Pressing Event 2015,"  "3rd Annual Hymn Festival, Oct., 2015," "Pastor's 25th Anniversary of Ordination,"         "VBS 2015," Felix Mendelssohn's "Elijah," "Children's Church,"  "It's A Wonderful Life,"  "Dishman Mica Hike," "Outdoor Services," "ABC Picnic," "Summer BBQs", "Seven Last Words of Christ Presentation," "God's Work Our Hands," Scandinavian Bazaar," "Decorating the Church for Advent/Christmas," and "Advent Fair"  by clicking here.


Online Giving -- You can now make a contribution to the work of Central Lutheran through our website by clicking here.  You may use your PayPal account or the credit/debit card of your choice.  (And thank you!)


Looking ahead to Sept. 25

19th Sunday after Pentecost



Consideration of and care for those in need (especially those “at our gate,” visible to us, of whom we are aware) is an essential component of good stewardship. It is in the sharing of wealth that we avoid the snare of wealth. It is the one whom death could not hold—who comes to us risen from the dead—who can free us from the death grip of greed.

Readings and Psalm

  • Amos 6:1a, 4-7
    Warnings to those who are comfortable or wealthy
  • Psalm 146
    The Lord gives justice to those who are oppressed. (Ps. 146:7)
  • 1 Timothy 6:6-19
    Eager to be rich or eager to pursue richness of God’s justice?
  • Luke 16:19-31
    Story of poor Lazarus and the wealthy man


Today’s gospel evokes our sympathy. It opens the possibility—described as an impossibility—of place-sharing, trading or sharing places with each other. It also echoes a common theme: the pursuit of wealth in this world can lead us into idolatry and away from faith in Christ. Instead, as the reading from 1 Timothy reminds us, we should pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness, so that there is no “poor man named Lazarus” dying at our gates. After all, the greatest treasure—our eternal salvation?has already been procured for us through Jesus’ death and resurrection. Knowing this, we can share all we have with our neighbors, even our very place and salvation, confident that God will continue to provide for our needs.


The nursery is open and staffed with  our nursery attendants…Sicily, Selena, and Emily…are doing a great job.  The nursery is open from 9-11 each Sunday during the worship service!  Whether you have kids for the nursery or not, why not stop in and chat with our nursery staffers on Sunday! 


Meet Pastor Dave

Our Pastor, David Kappus, has been an inspiration to our community and our congregation (just ask him, he'll tell ya!).  Pastor Dave's sermons often include insightful stories that have real-life meaning, scriptural relevance, and even the occasional reference to Star Trek.



Our Newsletter

Want a good look at what's going on here at Central? Click here to see our latest newsletter! (It will open a new window and download a .pdf file for you to view or print. Simply close the newsletter window when you're finished reading or printing.) 


Listen to Recent Sermons

Pr. Dave's sermons from the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost (August 7th), the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost (July 31st), and the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost (July 24th) are available by clicking here.


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