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.
                      CENTRAL LUTHERAN CHURCH

512 S. Bernard St          Spokane  WA

509- 624-9233 



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                 Education Hour at 9:15am

                     Worship at 10:30am

                    with Children's Church

                          as scheduled

                   Fellowship at 11:45am

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Midweek Lenten Services  held on Thursdays Mar 9, 2017 through April 6, 2017.
The soup supper is served between at 5:45 pm and 7:00 pm.
The Lenten Worship Service is at 7:00 pm.

CLCW Dates for Bazaar Preparations

Crafting - Wednesdays starting March 8th until the Bazaar from 9 to Noon

Lefse          March 27 - 31


PLEASE complete your "Who Am I" biography sheets and return them to the office or bring to church on Sunday.  We have received completed forms from 56 individuals so far.  Sandy is hoping to have 75 individuals in our notebookSmile!!!  THANKS!!!

40 Days of Giving -- Clean Up

Say Hello to “Communitas”

. Beginning in March, they will have worship on Sunday nights from 5-6:30pm along with a potluck once a month for their group.

Sunday, April 2

Fifth Sunday of Lent


In today’s gospel Jesus reveals his power over death by raising Lazarus from the dead. The prophet Ezekiel prophesies God breathing new life into dry bones. To those in exile or living in the shadows of death, these stories proclaim God’s promise of resurrection. In baptism we die with Christ that we might also be raised with him to new life. At the Easter Vigil we will welcome new sisters and brothers at the baptismal font, as we renew our baptismal promises.

Readings and Psalm

The Hope of New Life

Hope overcomes despair for God’s people: this is the message of the readings for today. The hope of new life is evident in the story of “dry bones” from Ezekiel. The children of Israel declare their hope is lost. The prophet’s experience in the valley of dry bones inspires him to preach renewed hope to the people. Psalm 130 sings of hope in God and God’s word. The work of God’s Spirit gives hope of new life in Paul’s letter to the church at Rome. The Gospel of John tells the hope-filled story of the raising of Lazarus from the dead. The gospel gives us encouraging words to sustain us through the approaching despair of Christ’s passion and brings us to the fulfillment of hope on Easter. Martha’s wistful words to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here. . . . But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him” (John 11:21-22), reflect the hope of God’s people in the face of despair, even in the face of death.

Each text encourages hearers to hope in God and God’s word. How do Christians experience unfulfilled hope? This is the challenge for those who interpret today’s texts for hearers. Israel’s woes are not at an end; other psalms tell of struggle and pain; the Christ-believers at Rome are persecuted; Jesus who raises Lazarus from the dead soon dies. And yet hope is fulfilled as Paul proclaims “all Israel will be saved” (Rom. 11:26). Psalm 46 sings of God’s presence in time of trouble. A preview of the hope of the resurrection will sustain believers in these final days of Lent (John 20:17). The Christian’s confidence in the resurrection of the dead epitomizes their hope in Christ.


Education News          

Childrens’ Church (Sundays during worship) CC is for kids up to 5th grade and is held in the Sunday School room upstairs. Lessons are based on the lectionary so families can talk about what they learned together each Sunday.

Adult Forum (Sundays at 9:15am) During the Lenten season, we will be revisiting some of the great aspects of our Lutheran tradition. Watch your worship bulletins and weekly updates for more!

Exploring Faith (Tuesdays at Noon) A more in-depth look at the Adult Forum material from the previous Sunday. (See above)

Men’s Group (Second Saturday of the month) Men’s Group meets on Saturday, March 11th with breakfast at Frankie Doodles at 8am.

Opportunities at Central -- To view the pamphlet click here Opportunities at Central - January 2017.pdf


Music -- Click on Music Presentations to hear the latest of musical presentations by our music staff.  Just scroll down the podcasts to hear the latest musical presentations.  Enjoy!!!



In February/March we hope to have some congregational events to raise money for the Journey through Lent with ELCA’s World Hunger’s 40 days of Giving 2017 campaign..   We would hope that many members would participate either by working or pledging support for the work of other members.

We do things locally to support hunger such as supporting the food bank; offering our own food bank; and Meals on Wheels participation.

However, this is a unique opportunity to be supportive of alleviating World Hunger on a worldwide scale with the greater church in ways that would not be possible as individuals or members of a single congregation.

SO. . .what might YOU be willing to do: WORK, SUPPORT?

Here are two ways you might be involved:

  1. Could your cleaning skills be put to work in some area of the church and you seek sponsors to support you with a pledge OR could you put out a challenge for someone to clean a specific church area and then pledge a certain amount to the World Hunger initiative?
  2. Could we give even more generously to the freewill offerings collected at our Ash Wednesday service, Thursday evening Lenten Soup Suppers, Maundy Thursday Service, and Good Friday service and add these offerings to the World Hunger initiative?

The goal is for us to work TOGETHER to support this cause. We could have lots of fun and fellowship and feel the sense of accomplishment together as we support the Journey through Lent with ELCA’s World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving 2017 campaign (PLUS the church will be clean for EasterJ).


  • Nearly 800 million peop0le – that’s 1 in9 people in the world – are hungry.
  • Gifts to ELCA World Hunger make it possible to respond to community needs: health clinics, water wells, microloans, community meals.
  • 795 million people around the world – that’s 1 in 10 – can’t access the food they need to live active, healthy lives.
  • 46.7 million Americans were living in poverty in 2014. For a family of four, this means their annual household income was below $23, 850.

The goal of the Journey through Lent with ELCA’s World Hunger’s 40 days of Giving 2017 campaign is to have congregations raise $1 million.

YOUR Stewardship Team – Paul Brueggemeier, Gary Dahlke, Elvira Henderson (Council Liason), Kathy Phillips, Sandy Fink, and Pastor Kappus



Midweek Lenten Services  held on Thursdays Mar 9, 2017 through April 6, 2017.
The soup supper is served between at 5:45 pm and 7:00 pm.
The Lenten Worship Service is at 7:00 pm.


Sunday, April 9th —Palm Sunday

9:15 am Education Hour

10:30 am Worship w/ Holy Communion

Thursday, April 13th — Maundy Thursday

Noon Worship

Friday, April 14th — Good Friday

Noon Worship

Sunday, April 16th — Easter

8:45 am Easter Breakfast

10:30 am Worship with Holy Communion

11:45 am Fellowship

CLCW Dates for Bazaar Preparations

Crafting - Wednesdays starting March 8th until the Bazaar from 9 to Noon

Lefse          March 27 - 31

Lefse    Septembner 11-15

Lefse          October 9 - 13

Meatballs        October 17

Cookies    October 23 - 27


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