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.




                              Please join us at the church

    for services  

     Summer Schedule

     Worship  at 9:30am

512 S Bernard St
Spokane, WA 99204
Office: 509-624-9233

For the scriptures for this Sunday, scroll down!


Wednesday BBQs at 6pm 


We have been having such good response to our BBQ  that we are extending for two additional weeks…through September 9th. Thanks to everyone who has brought something to share!  Please consider providing a salad type dish or a dessert to help us supplement the hot dogs and chips we provide. Sign up at www.clspokane.ivolunteer.com/wedbbq_002.



                       Rally Sunday – September 13th

10:30 am Worship & Potluck


Education News

Childrens’ Church (Sundays during worship) begins again on the 13th. Thanks to those who have volunteered to help out again this year. CC is for kids up to 5th grade and is held in the Sunday School room upstairs. The kids come forward for the Kids’ Time during worship and are then dismissed to CC. They rejoin their families during the sharing of the peace. Lessons are based on the lectionary so families can talk about what they learned learned together each Sunday.

Adult Forum (Sundays at 9:15am) resumes on Rally Sunday (the 13th). We will start out with a look at the lives of our biblical ancestors using some brief and entertaining videos and then talk about their influence in our life of faith together as church.

Exploring Faith (Tuesdays at Noon) begins on the 15th. 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 the faiths of others, how they intersect with ours, and how we relate to those who believe differently than do we.

Men’s Group Interest Meeting (Sunday, Sept. 20th, after worship) Some interest has been expressed in having a men’s group that meets here at Central. This gathering is to assess the overall interest and, if warranted, select a day and time to meet. Content options include a study of Sunday texts, book studies, traditional Bible study, or topics related to men and faith. Grab some coffee and join us in the conference room (just off the Fireside Room) to chat about this.

Financial Peace University (FPU) Preview (Sunday, Sept. 27th, 6pm) Now more than ever, having the tools to be good stewards of ALL that God has given us is critical. FPU gives you all that along with a biblical foundation to build on. This preview is an opportunity to check it out for yourself…you’ve been hearing about it for years now…and/or invite someone you know (kids, grandkids, co-workers) to come check it out. The course itself begins Oct. 11th at 6pm.


Kennedy Family

The Kennedy Family provided 

special music on Sunday, August 30. 


To hear some of the latest preludes and postludes by Alice and to hear recent bell choir anthems and choir anthems from Anthem Sunday,

             click here Music Selections and scroll down the podcasts.

Pastor Dave's "Weekly Update"

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



Our school supply drive is complete! Thank you to everyone that provided backpacks and other necessary supplies!



New Addition to the Chancel

Grand PianoMany of you have commented on the beautiful sounds of the grand piano we now have in the chancel.  Thank you to all of  you who donated or pledged toward its purchase...we have all that we need! It has truly been a blessing to our worship and we look forward to its continued use.   


Opportunities at Central -- To view the pamphlet click here Opportunities at Central - tri fold June 7A 2014.pdf


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... 


*Wednesday BBQs at 6pm through September 9th!*

Chancel Choir Begins

Thursday, September 10th -- 7:30 pm

All are welcome -- WE Need YOU!

Sept. 13 – Rally Sunday with service at 10:30

and potluck after the service


*Dates for Bazaar preparations are as follows:*


Lefse — Sept 14th – 18th

                        We will need people to roll, bake, sort and package. Set-up for lefse is

                        Sept 9th.        A sign-up sheet will be available in the Fireside room.


Cookies (Scandinavian Cookies) – Sept 28th – Oct 2nd

                        28th = few people for batter and dough

                        29th = These people are available to make the following:

                                    Russian T Cakes – Edna & Colleen

                                    Date Filled – Janice & Carole Nichols

                                    Spritz – Joan Schmitt, Pat Lundquist, Mary Robinson, Sharon Smith,                                                             Elvira Henderson

                                    Waffle Cookies – Joan Schmitt

                                    Peanut Brittle


Lefse — Oct 12th – 16th

                        We will need people to roll, bake, sort and package. Set-up for lefse is

                        Sept 9th. A sign-up sheet will be available in the Fireside room.


All are invited to add their own special craft items to the Bazaar.


 Oct. 4 – Hymn Festival (2pm)


This year’s festival theme is “Singing through the Church Year” and we will visit some of our most beloved seasonal hymns. We invite you to celebrate our musical tradition by joining us at 2pm for this uplifting event.

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" --  "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.


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 Sunday, Sept 2

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost


James tells us to stop showing favoritism in the assembly, treating the rich visitor with more honor than the poor one. Jesus himself seems to show partiality in his first response to the Syrophoenician woman in today’s gospel. Was he testing her faith in saying Gentiles don’t deserve the goods meant for God’s children? Or was he speaking out of his human worldview, but transcended those limits when she took him by surprise with her reply? Either way, the story tells us that God shows no partiality. Everyone who brings her or his need to Jesus is received with equal honor as a child and heir.

Readings and Psalm

Like streams in the desert, God comes with healing

I will praise the Lord as long as I live. (Ps. 146:2)

Faith without works is dead

Christ healing a little girl and a deaf man

God Is Partial

Again and again throughout biblical history, God is partial to caring for the poor, the weak, and the outcast. Which is why, perhaps, Jesus’ response to the Syrophoenician woman takes us by surprise: “Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs” (Mark 7:27).

The Syrophoenician woman acts in faith. She engages Jesus with what she believes to be true about him: that through him God’s mercy will extend even to her. Despite the distinctions that separate them (including race, gender, and religion), she believes Jesus is a Savior who has the power to heal all people and that she, although not a Jew, is a member of the household of God.

The second reading, from James, reminds hearers then and now that the Christian community’s actions are to be shaped by God’s partiality. God has chosen the poor to be rich in faith. While the world values the rich, the poor are God’s own treasure, made honored guests and royal heirs through baptism. The community is called to a partiality based on God’s values, not the world’s.

The waters of baptism wash away all distinctions. Like streams breaking forth in the desert, these waters surprise us with mercy in unexpected places. These waters open our eyes, unstop our ears, and loose our tongues to see, hear, and speak God’s partiality for the poor, the weak, and the outcast. Baptized into Christ’s death and resurrection, the Spirit fills us with faith—a faith active in showing mercy that knows no limits.

Around the table, rich and poor, haughty and humble, all who gather receive a feast fit for the family of God. All are honored and all are fed, because the Lord is the maker of them all.


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 Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Agust 30th), the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost (August 23rd), and the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost (August 16th) are available by clicking here.


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