This Sunday at Central

SUNDAY, JANUARY 19, 2020     8:30am and 11:00am

PROCESSIONAL HYMN #511 Thy Strong Word

(8:30) ANTHEM       A Repeating Alleluia Hampton                      Chorale

SERMON                                                                    Pastor Laurie A. Jones

HYMN OF THE DAY #841 Let Every Voice and Sing

(One of the great hymns of the Civil Rights Movement)

(8:30) OFFERTORY HYMN #574 Here I Am, Lord

  (11:00) MEDITATION  Gaudeamus                                Instrumentalists

COMMUNION HYMN #476 Thee We Adore, O Savior

HYMN #632 O God, Our Help in Ages Past


We encourage you to read next Sunday’s lessons ahead of time, they are:  Isaiah 9:1-4, Psalm 27, I Cor. 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23

Semi-annual Congregational Meeting  Sunday, January 26, 2020  Our congregation’s semi-annual meeting will take place in the Parish Hall between services on Sunday, January 26, 2020. The primary purpose of the meeting will be to approve the Mission and Ministry Budget for 2020. A recap of 2019 year-end financials, reports from ministry teams and committees, and an update from the Call Committee will also be addressed. At the conclusion of the congregational meeting, the Central Lutheran Foundation annual meeting will be convened. 

Central Lutheran Foundation Scholarship Fundraising Update Your Central Lutheran Foundation initiated a six-month fundraising effort on September 15, 2019. The goal was $50,000, which would establish two, one thousand-dollar annual scholarships for Central Lutheran Church High School graduates. Our objective was to complete the campaign by March 15, 2020.  To date, we have raised $37,456, leaving the balance of $12,544 to raise by March 15.   Since 2015, the CL Foundation has granted scholarships to nineteen of our graduates. Looking forward to the 2020 potential recipients, we have identified eight individuals who may be eligible. To effectively serve and grow this program, we need your help! Ten dollars, a hundred or whatever you can spare is important. We need your involvement.  Your CL Foundation Board

Organ Concert   On Sunday, February 2, at 4 p.m. Dr. A. ElRay Stewart-Cook will play an organ concert as a part of the Afternoon of Organ Music Series. The program will include music by Bach, Mendelssohn, Buxtehude and Messiaen. A donation to Food for Lane County of $10 per person or $20 per family is suggested.

 The CLC Book Club will meet on Monday, Feb.10, 2020, at 7:00pm in the CLCW Room to discuss The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life by David Brooks. In this book, Brooks explores the four commitments that define a life of meaning and purpose: to a spouse and family, to a vocation, to a philosophy or faith, and to a community. Our personal fulfillment depends on how well we choose and execute these commitments. Brooks looks at a range of people who have lived joyous, committed lives, and who have embraced the necessity and beauty of dependence. While this book is meant to help us all lead more meaningful lives, it is also a social commentary on the excesses of the prevailing cultural ideal of individualism and independence. Brooks argues that we have taken individualism to an extreme— and in the process we have torn the social fabric in a thousand different ways. He maintains the path to repair is by making deeper commitments and shows what can happen when we put commitment making at the center of our lives. The discussion will be led by Sue Kilber. Come join us! Looking Ahead: The CLC Book Club will meet on Monday, March 9, 2020, at 7:00pm in the CLCW Room to discuss Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. The discussion will be led by Tonya Cockram.

Church Council Members:

Jack Bennett (Sec.)

Matt Haugen

Chris Henry

Debbie Hudson

Lauralie Kallinen

Dennis Lindsay (Pres.)

Sonia Macke

Ike Olsson

Sheri Pyron

Joyce Spence, (Treas.)

Larry Sutton (VP)






































































Christmas Eve Festival Eucharist and Music

Christmas Eve Music and Eucharist

Preservice Music

Fantasie upon Pics cantonies – arr. Stewart-Cook
The Central Brass Ensemble with Timpani and Organ

The Echo Carol – a German Carol
Blake Hodgetts & John Shields, Soloists
Megan Susuico Scott, Violin; Martha Griffith, Harp

Away in a Manger – congregation

Carol of the Bells – Leontovitch/Stewart-Cook
The Central Handbell Ensemble

El noi de la Mare – a Spanish Carol
Stephen Rdgers, Tenor; with Megan Susuico Scott, Violin & Martha Griffith, Harp

Lute Book Carol – Snell
The Central Brass Ensemble

Candlelight Carol – Rutter
The Central Chorale

What Child is This – congregation

O Holy Night – Adams
David Gustafson, Tenor

Worship Music

Once in Royal David’s City
Solo – Brittany Rudoi; The Central Chorale; the congregation

Sussex Carol – Wilcocks
The Central Chorale

Hark the Herald Angels Sing – congregation

O, Come All Ye Faithful – congregation

A European Christmas – Stewart-Cook
The Central Handbell Ensemble

There’s a Song in the Air – Hearne
The Central Chorale

Fantasie upon I Saw Three Ships – Stewart-Cook
The Central Brass Ensemble with timpani and Organ

O Little Town of Bethlehem – congregation

Silent Night, Holy Night – congregation

2019 Chi Rho Speaker


Beverly Gaventa to be the 2019 Chi Rho Speaker

2019 Chi Rho lectures November 1 – 3, 2019  

Beverly Roberts Gaventa joined the Baylor faculty in 2013. She previously taught at Princeton Theological Seminary, Columbia Seminary, and Colgate Rochester Divinity School. She has been active in a number of professional societies, including Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the American Theological Association. She has served on a number of editorial boards and lectured widely in the United States, Canada, Europe, South Africa, and Australia.

A series of lectures on Romans offered on Friday November 1, Saturday, November 2, and Sunday November 3. 

The Gospel on the Brink: Listening to Paul’s Letter to the Romans

Listening to a Pauline Letter (Romans in Particular)

Listening or reading a Pauline letter can be a challenge. How were the letters put together and who was Paul’s audience in Rome?Friday, Nov. 1, 7:30 pm, Central Lutheran Church, 1857 Potter Street

Romans: It’s About God

The central feature of Romans is what God has done, is doing, and
will do. What is Paul’s concern with power, welcome, trust, and praise?Saturday, Nov. 2, 9:30 am–12:30 pm, Northwest Christian University, Library, Rm 203, 1188 Kincaid

Romans: The Gospel for Jew and Greek (And What About Us)

Paul says that the gospel was written for Jew and Greek alike. How do Paul’s words speak to our current crises around human difference? Saturday, Nov. 2, 7:30 pm, Central Lutheran Church

Romans: Christian Hospitality in a World of Difference

Paul writes “Welcome one another,” but this can be difficult where there are deeply held differences of judgment. What might we learn from Paul about Christian hospitality?
Sunday, Nov. 3, 9:45 am, Adult Education Hour, Central Lutheran Church

Save the dates.

See Dr. Gaventa on YouTube click here

Help us publicize this program. You can click here to see and copy our poster. Thank you for your support.

For more information on Dr. Gaventa and her work, see her faculty page at Baylor University here.

Ronald Heine 2018 Chi Rho Lecturer

The 2018 Chi Rho Lectures 

You can listen to each lecture by clicking on the link.

Lecture 1: The Unity of Scripture: What It Means and Why It Matters  – Friday Evening, Nov. 9, 2018             
  Q and A for Lecture 1

Lecture 2: Reading the Exodus Story as a Symbol of Salvation – Saturday Morning, Nov. 10, 2018
Q and A for Lecture 2

Lecture 3: The Christological Reading of the Prophets – Saturday Morning, Nov. 10. 2018
 Q and A for Lecture 3

Lecture 4: Origen on Scripture and the Life of Discipleship – Saturday Evening, Nov. 10, 2018
 Q and A for Lecture 4

Lecture 5: Early Christian Interpretations of the Psalms – Sunday Morning, Nov. 11, 2018
Q and A for Lecture 5

2017 Chi Rho Lectures Now Available Here


Bernard, Fischer, Westberg Distinguished Ministry Professor Emeritus 
of Reformation History
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

Dr. Kurt Hendel of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago was the 2017 Chi Rho speaker.  A renowned reformation scholar, Dr. Hendel will provide prospective on this 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation.  Below you will find links to recordings of Dr. Hendel’s lectures along with his handouts for downloading.


Spiritual Reform – Martin Luther: Person of Faith Friday, Oct. 27, 7:30 pm
Central Lutheran Church, 1857 Potter Street, Eugene

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Click here to see his outline.

Ethical Reform – Martin Luther: Faith Active in Love
Saturday, Oct. 28, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Northwest Christian University, Library, Rm 203, 1188 Kincaid, Eugene

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Click here to listen to the follow-up questions.

Click here to see his outline.

Theological Reform – Martin Luther: The Hidden and Revealed God
and the Church’s Mission

Saturday, Oct. 28, 7:30 pm

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Click here to see his outline.

Luther on Marriage and Family
Sunday, Oct. 29, 9:45 am
Central Lutheran Church, Adult Education hour

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Click here to see his outline.





Reformation 500 Events and Information

We commemorate Luther’s Reformation during 2017 with many events.  Here you will find information about the reformation and a listing of the events to come in and near Eugene.  More will be added as information becomes available.

A good start would be to view Rick Steves’ Luther and the Reformation here.

On Reformation week-end, the Chi Rho Lecture Series is presenting Dr. Kurt Hendel, of the Luther School of Theology, in a series of lectures, October 27 – 29, 2017.  

Dr. Hendel will also be presenting on Thursday, October 26 (PM) and Friday October 27 (AM) in Corvallis, Oregon.