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.

Pastor Laurie’s 10 Days of Prayer Letter

“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,

+Pastor Laurie

Pastor Laurie Jones

pastor-laurieA 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.

Sunday Bulletin or Newsletter Announcement For 2016 Chi Rho Lectures

Copy and paste this information into your newsletter or bulletin:

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.

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.

2016 Chi Rho Lectures – Carl Holladay

2016 Chi Rho Lectures 
November 11-13

Deepening the Church’s Sensibilities: Reflections on Acts

Carl Holladay-300dpi-4x6

 

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2e8hQOzX0c

See and Download the 2016 Lecture Series Poster Here

See and download a Sunday Bulletin or Newsletter announcement here.

Endowment Fund Donor Information

 

centralcross2

Central Lutheran Church 

Donor Intent Information

 

Gift planning helps you make decisions about your legacy and just who you want to benefit from your immediate and future gifts, no matter how large or small.

How do I make gifts to my church?  How do I make gifts to achieve a specific objective?

Answering these questions may involve Central’s Gift Education Committee and you. Or, as in many families, it involves your family and/or your advisors (legal and financial). Your advisors are familiar with the steps you can take to insure your intent and wishes are carried out. You can utilize the CLC Contribution Form attached to your gift to CLC, plus any additional directions.

Your contributions may take the form of a one-time gift, a gift supplying funds over a fixed time period, or a gift included in your will or trust. Assets may include real or personal property, stocks or bonds, a beneficial interest in a retirement plan or a life insurance policy. Central will work with you to determine which of your proposed gifts work best for the church as well as for you.

Consider directing current and future gifts to one or more of Central’s funds:

            -CLC General Fund which supports the ongoing annual operations of the church.

            -CLC Endowment Fund which funds new initiatives from investment earnings or supports very large capital and operations projects at Central.

            -Saint Cecilia Endowment Fund which funds music service to Central and music outreach.

            -CLC Foundation Fund supports activities and ministries outside of CLC (This separate 501 c3 requires use of specific language “CLC Foundation Fund” on checks and legal/financial documents).

Your donated assets can be designated to these various entities and be either restricted or non-restricted.

CLCW Mission Donations for 2015

WELCA – Women of the ELCA

Lutheran World Relief – Quilt Sunday

Lutheran Council, Portland, OR for Quilt Freight Costs

Augusta Victoria Hospital – Mt. of Olives, Jerusalem thru :lutheran World Federation

Camp Lutherwood

Eugene Mission

First Place Family Development Center

FISH

Good Samaritan Society Eugene Village

Jasper Mountain Home for Youth

Senior Connections

WomenSpace 

Food for Lane County