Campaign Info

Our Purpose

The purpose of the Living in Mission, Building the Faith campaign repair and revitalize our facilities to allow more effective mission. We are raising funds for the replacement of our heating and air conditioning systems, for the modernization of Christus House (our campus student ministry), and to re-carpet, paint, and generally make our classrooms and office space more attractive and efficient.  

Our Goal

We hope to raise $800,000 to support the above projects.

What We Will Do

There are various components of the campaign.  Click on the various activities to get more information about some of these events.

If you have any questions, please contact our church office or Brent Moeller, the campaign chairman.

 

Living Stewardship This Month

Fearless in Faith Fearless in Giving

“Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love.” 1 Cor 16:13-14.

Our Annual Stewardship Financial Campaign started October 23 and concludes on November 13 with Commitment Sunday. The theme is Fearless in Faith – Fearless in Giving. What does fearless in faith really mean? Fear is part of life. Fear has kept alive through the ages; protecting us from wild animals and such. Fear is part of the wiring God has giv- en us. It lets us know instinctively when we are in danger even when we aren’t consciously aware of it. Self-defense classes teach you to trust fear – if a situation feels wrong, then it is wrong. Bold and brave describe fearless.

You see, when we are afraid, we revert to our most primal selves. We protect ourselves and our tribe at all costs, because somewhere, deeply embedded in our gray matter, are these circuits that convince us that, suddenly, every- thing is at stake. There are times when fear serves us well. And there are times when it trips us up. The hard part is knowing the difference. To be faithful, at times, means to be fearless. And the only way to make that happen is through discipline and practice.

We now know this about ourselves as a species. Those neural pathways aren’t as hard-wired as we used to think. Through consistent practice and readjustment, we can be rewired for the kind of fearlessness that faith can call us to.

There are times when faithfulness calls us to acts of bravery of which we might not think we are capable. And yet, if it is truly faithful, God will give us what we need to step out in risk. It takes practice, and there are ample opportunities to do just that.

I want you to consider what it might mean for you to live your faith fearlessly. Fear convinces us that we live in a cul- ture of scarcity; if I don’t grab it, someone else will. If I give it away, then I am vulnerable. Faith calls us to trust: trust in the God of abundance and provision. We give it away as an act of faith in itself – not because we are fearless, neces- sarily, but because we have an opportunity to practice faithful bravery even while we remain somewhat skittish.

We are called to fearless giving, and are capable of far more than we think we are. Let us, in our giving, strive for the model of Moses’ mother. The life of her precious son was threatened. She did what she did motivated out of fear, yes, but also out of love and out of faith. She set her son adrift on the water in a vessel that was not seaworthy. She gave her son to the elements, trusting that God would provide. And in that act of trust, a people were given the hope of freedom, following this same helpless infant pulled from his basket of reeds and given a second chance to live and lead.

With this image in mind, is it any surprise that God would call us, too, to acts of faithful giving? As Christians, as dis- ciples of Christ, as followers of Jesus, we surely know that the fullest act of faithfulness was Christ’s own self-giving on the cross. He did it for our sake, not for his own. How can we not respond by our own selfless, fearless giving of what God has entrusted to us?

We, fed at the Lord’s Table, we are sent to feed. Nourished at this table, we are emboldened to live lives of faithful, fearless giving – of what we have, of what we are – to a world that is desperately hungry in body, mind, and spirit.

In this stewardship season, be prayerful. After all, it is what God desires of you, which is faithful. Trust God to lead you in fearless faith and in fearless giving.

Thank You!

 

THE ENDOWMENT FUND COMMITTEE is excited to celebrate the, ‘gift of giving,’ within the life of the congregation. Thank you for the donations from faithful stewards! Thank you for your commitment, support and generous gifting. Through these bounties we celebrate the distributions made possible to the various ministries at Central. Last month we highlighted CLC Archives and Godly Play. This month we are highlighting Parish Nurse Training and Stephen Ministry Leader Training as recipients of the Endowment Fund distributions.

Current and Recent Centralites

The Centralite is our newsletter.  Click on the issue below you want to read.

Worship Times

We have two worship opportunities on Sundays. Normally, we have a 8:30 AM service, which is a traditional liturgical service, and 11 AM with is alternative worship. Holy Communion is celebrated at both services.  Very occasionally, for special occasions, this schedule may be modified.  Any changes will be announced on this site as well as on Facebook and on the telephone answering message. After services, join us for goodies and conversation.  We want to get to know you.

Sunday Education for children and adults begins at 9:45.  You are welcome!