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  

                          Please join us at the church

    for services  

 Adult Bible Study  9:15am    

Worship with Children's Church at 10:30am

512 S Bernard St
Spokane, WA 99204

Office: 509-624-9233
 

For the scriptures for this Sunday, scroll down!

 

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

                                                                   Christmas Eve Service – December 24th – 6:00pm

                                                                   Christmas Day Service – December 25th – 10:30am


Advent  

 

Friday & Saturday, December 19 (7:30 pm) & 20 (2:00 pm) at Central Lutheran Church

“It’s a Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play” IAWL3

A true holiday classic comes to life at Central Lutheran Church! “It’s A Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play” will be presented on Friday, December 19th at 7:30pm and Saturday, December 20th at 2:00pm. Featuring a 1940s-style presentation and (mostly) live sound effects, this is sure to be a family favorite during this holiday season. There is no admission charge for this event although donations will be gratefully accepted. I strongly encourage you to re-arrange your holiday to-do list and move “It’s A Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play” toward the top!

 

Sharing Tree

As part of our partnering with Lutheran Community Services, we will again be having an opportunity to help a couple families.  The Sharing Tree will be up soon and you can pick a gift tag to purchase a gift item.  The tags are suggestions only.  It is to give you an idea of who you are getting a gift for.  It will have their age and gender and a suggestion of what they have put on their wish list.  If you cannot find the item, you may make a substitute.  This is a tough year for many families in our community and they appreciate being remembered at Christmas.  You have always been very generous in helping make Christmas special to those in need.  Thank you in advance for your generosity.  If you have questions or just want to give a monetary gift towards the family's Christmas meal, let Marilyn Rounds know.  Again thank you! 

  

 Impromptu Christmas Pageant

At our Christmas Eve service (6:00pm), we will be holding our “Impromptu Christmas Pageant.” If you and/or your children would like to participate, please arrive between 5:30 and 5:45pm to get into a costume of your choosing.  This way, everyone can be ready when the service begins.  Also, if you are handy with a sewing machine, we could use some help updating/repairing/supplementing our Christmas costume cache. Contact Pastor Dave if you can help with that.

 

FREE LITTLE LIBRARY at Central Lutheran! -- have you brought books or taken one or more???

 

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 the upcoming BBQs to helping with Sunday mornings! Check it out!!

 

Here's what's going on at central... 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS              

 

Friday, December 26, 2014: “A Christmas Carol Walk!” sponsored by the American Guild of Organists. Beginning 4:00 pm at Central United Methodist then walking to Westminster UCC at 4:45 then walking to Central Lutheran at 5:30 with holiday treats at 6:00

                                                             

   Central Concert Series

 

Second Annual Epiphany Choral Concert

featuring selections from “Messiah” by Handel

Saturday, January 10, 2015  2:00 pm

 

Requiem by Faure with Choir and Soloists

Sunday, March 29, 2015  

 

 Northwest Sacred Music Chorale presents "Elijah" -a Choral Masterpiece

Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 3:00 pm

 

"Le Donn" Concert (new women's choir)

May 6, 2015     7:00 pm

 

We have taken delivery of the “new” van and its already in use.  If you would like to have it pick you up for Central activities like Sunday services, midweek services, concerts and events, New Vanjust call the office and let us know.  And if you get stuck for a ride to a doctor appointment or eye exam, call us for that, too! And contrary to the picture, it’s not really as big as the sanctuary so call early if you want to be sure to get a spot! And don’t forget…it’s lift-equipped so wheelchairs and scooters are no problem!  Help us spread the word to those in the congregation who may not have email that they can now get a ride to church if they want one!

 

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.  To enjoy the postlude played on April 6th; the choir anthem, "The Palms," on April 13th; the Bells playing,"The Strife is O'er," on April 20th; Alice playing various organ pieces click here and scroll down the listing.

 

Photo Galleries

Take a look at the new "Photos" --  "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.

 

Pastor Dave's "Weekly Update"

Check out Pastor Dave's "Weekly Update" 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, December 21
Fourth Sunday of Advent
  

 

Introduction

 

God keeps the promise made to David, to give him an everlasting throne. The angel tells Mary that God will give David's throne to her son Jesus. She is perplexed by Gabriel's greeting and by the news of her coming pregnancy, but she is able still to say, "Count me in." We who know that Jesus is called king only as he is executed still find it a mystery hard to fathom, but with Mary today we hear the news of what God is up to and say, "Count us in."

 

 

 

Readings

 

2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
    The LORD's promise to David
Luke 1:46b-55
    You, Lord, have lifted up the lowly. (Luke 1:52)
Romans 16:25-27
    The mystery of God revealed in Jesus Christ
Luke 1:26-38
    The angel appears to Mary

 

 

 

Those Who Hear and Do

 

Who is God's family? Where is God's home? In the church we often speak of our home parish as a family. Many of us grew up thinking of the church building as God's house. But the readings for this day call us to anticipate that Emmanuel might understand kinship and home in different ways. As we approach Christmas, which in our culture is increasingly a celebration of hearth and home more than a public festival, the inclusiveness of God's promise rings out from these readings.

 

 

 

The temple often stood in the imagination of Israel as the "house of God," but in 1 Samuel God expresses reservations before the temple is even built. The promise made to David is not about the building. Instead of the expected places of wealth and power, God chooses to dwell in a people instead of a "house of cedar" (2 Sam. 7:2, 7).

 

 

 

So if God is dwelling in a people, who is included in that promise? Although no one disputes that Jesus is born of the "house of David," Luke's gospel stresses Mary's lowliness instead of her bloodlines, reminding us that Christ became flesh in the most unlikely circumstances. Later in Luke's gospel, when someone mentions his family to Jesus, he says his family includes all "who hear the word of God and do it" (8:21). In today's gospel we see Mary acting out that definition of family.

 

  

NURSERY OPEN

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.

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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 December 14th and December 7th, and Pastor Selley Wee's sermon from November 30th are available by clicking here.

 

 
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