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Christmas Eve Music and Eucharist
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
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
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
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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.
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.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,
give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
February 6, 2017
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As part of our congregation’s Capital Campaign, Living the Mission, Building in Faith, and in preparation for this year’s Lenten journey, I would like to invite you to join me in prayer. My hope is that for a period of ten days, every household in our congregation will be united in prayer for our world, our nation, and our congregation!
My request is very simple: that beginning on February 15th—for ten consecutive days—you will spend five minutes each day in prayer. Included with this email/ letter is a guide to help you get started. Choose a time that works best for you and devote five minutes each day to read the daily scripture passage(s), then pray. The guide suggests prayer topics for each of the ten days. Use these or simply pray as the Spirit moves you.
Whether you are a household of one, a couple, or part of a bustling household made up of many bodies constantly moving in different directions, it would be great if for the ten days this prayer time could become part of your household’s daily devotions. (A word to parents: include your children/youth by inviting them to join you in praying daily.)
These are important days in our congregation, in our nation, and in our world. Uniting in prayer, asking for God’s presence in our communities, our homes, and among our brothers and sisters in Christ at Central Lutheran Church and around the world, is one of the most important things we can do in these times.
Please join me and the rest of our congregation in this time of intentional prayer. My prayer is that it will bring us all closer as we seek to live more fully into our mission to be the hands and feet of Jesus by: loving God and one another, nurturing faithful living, serving those in need, and sharing the Gospel.
Grace and Peace,
A life-long Lutheran, Laurie A. Jones was baptized into Christ’s church on July 17, 1963. She is the third of four children born to Otis & Esther Jones formerly of Norwalk, CA. Her formative years were spent in Southern California where she was shaped by her family and her faith community. With joy, she practiced the discipline of weekly worship and took great delight participating in Sunday School and Luther League. Laurie confirmed her faith on June 13, 1971.
As a young adult Laurie worked In grocery retail, but her passion was working with Middle Schoolers as a volunteer youth minister at Christ Lutheran in Long Beach, CA and in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she continued her ministry with Lutheran Church of the Servant, a mission congregation. It was there she completed her undergraduate studies, graduating from the College of Santa Fe with a BA
in Religious Studies before heading to Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN.
During her first two years of seminary Laurie worked for the Global Mission Institute on campus and enjoyed the richness of connecting with international students from all over the world. She studied for an interim in Mexico City, spent a summer studying in Zimbabwe, and completed her Clinical Pastoral Education at University Good Samaritan Hospital before interning for a year at Maple Leaf Lutheran, Seattle. In her final year at Luther, she attended the World Council of Churches Conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Ordained on June 15, 1997, Pastor Laurie accepted a call to serve at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer as an Associate Pastor with special emphasis on Discipleship of All Ages. While there, she led an intergenerational mission trip to Fortaleza, Brazil and was part of a fact-finding team sent to Nicaragua on behalf of the South Dakota Synod. After three years serving at LCOOR on the prairies of South Dakota, where she discovered people actually do walk on water (at least during the cold, midwest winters when the lakes are frozen), she accepted a call to serve as Associate, and later Co-Pastor, along with Erik R. Wilson Weiberg at Ballard First Lutheran, Seattle where she has served for the past sixteen years.
Laurie finds joy whenever she can spend time with family, especially her three great-nephews and her great-niece who all reside in Southern California. She is a charter member of the Lutheran International Pinochle Society (aka LIPS) and travels to Mexico annually where the foursome convenes their games (rotating partners so all remain friends). In the in-between times she delights in all of God’s good gifts and enjoys swimming, reading, travel, and much laughter.
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Save the Week-End – November 11, 12, and 13 noted theologian, Carl Holladay, will present the Chi Rho lectures for 2016 at Central Lutheran Church and Northwest Christian University (NCU). He is the C. H. Candler Professor of New Testament and Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. He is the author of many theological publications including eight books, the last, a Commentary on the Book of Acts, which was just released in September. He will be speaking to the topic: “Deepening the Church’s Sensibilities: Reflections on Acts” in four lectures and an adult study:
“Exploring Acts – The Shape of the Story” on Friday, November 11 at 7:30 PM at Central Lutheran Church at 18thand Potter St., Eugene
“A Sense of History: Roots and Origins” and “A Sense of Inquiry: Searching the Scriptures” on Saturday, November 12 at 9:30 AM at NCU, Library, Rm 203, at 1188 Kincaid, Eugene
“A Sense of Community: Meals, Meetings, Networks, and Possessions” on Saturday, November 12, at 7:30 PM at Central Lutheran
“A Sense of Mission: To the End of the Earth” on Sunday morning, November 13, at 9:45 AM at Central Lutheran
Don’t miss this opportunity to experience this remarkable theologian as he struggles with lessons for our contemporary Church as learned from the early Church described in Acts.
2016 Chi Rho Lectures
Deepening the Church’s Sensibilities: Reflections on Acts
Dr. Carl Holladay,
C. H. Candler Professor of New Testament and Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University
Dr. Carl Holladay will be the 2016 Chi Rho Lecturer speaking on Friday evening, November 11 (at Central Lutheran Church), Saturday morning and evening, November 12 (at Northwest Christian University and then again at Central), and Sunday morning, November 13 (between worship services at Central).
Friday, Nov 11, 7:30 pm at Central Lutheran Church, 1857 Potter St.
Exploring Acts—The Shape of the Story
Saturday, Nov. 12, 9:30 am–12:30 pm at Northwest Christian University, Library, Rm 203, 1188 Kincaid
A Sense of History: Roots and Origins
A Sense of Inquiry: Searching the Scriptures
Saturday, Nov. 12, 7:30 pm at Central Lutheran Church
A Sense of Community: Meals, Meetings, Networks, and Possessions”
Sunday, Nov. 13, 9:30 am at Central Lutheran Church, Adult Education Hour
A Sense of Mission: To the End of the Earth
Carl Holladay’s research focuses on Luke-Acts, Hellenistic Judaism (Judaism in the Greco-Roman world), and Christology. He is the author of seven books, including A Critical Introduction to the New Testament: Interpreting the Message and Meaning of Jesus Christ (Abingdon, 2005), which offers historical context as well as an orientation to religious, theological and ethical issues surrounding Jesus’ message, and is used extensively by seminaries and ministers. Holladay also co-authored Biblical Exegesis: A Beginner’s Handbook (Westminster John Knox, 1st ed., 1982), a widely used introductory text on exegetical methods, theory and practice, now in its third edition. His newest book, ACTS – A Commentary, will be available on September 23.
He has received several prestigious fellowships and professional honors, including a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, a Luce Fellowship, and a Festschrift titled Scripture and Traditions: Essays on Early Judaism and Christianity in Honor of Carl R. Holladay (Brill, 2008).
If you would like to see a short video with Dr. Holladay, click on this YouTube link: