Welcome to Christian education and enrichment at Christ Church Lutheran
Fall 2017

Most forums meet Sundays 11:15am – 12:15pm after the 9:30am worship and coffee fellowship. Unless otherwise noted, forums are in the Kretzmann Library on the lower level of the education wing. An elevator is available. All are welcome to these events. Bring a friend!

Forum Calendar

October 1

Reformation 500 – Vocation in Daily Life (Part I)

One of the great themes of the Reformation is Vocation—the notion that each of us has a sacred baptismal calling to live our lives in love and service to God and neighbor. We do this in myriad and diverse ways, and a Lutheran theology of vocation honors them all. As we open our educational forums this year, come and hear stories and reflections on vocation in daily life from members of our own community. Speakers include Carmen O’Halloran, Katie Swanson, Noah Niermann, Mary Bode, and Simo Sarkanen. Come for a rich and provocative conversation about the sacredness of our daily lives.

October 8

Reformation 500 – Vocation in Daily Life
(Part II- see description for October 1)

October 15

Begin With Wonder: Music, Cosmos and Care of the Earth

Susan Palo Cherwien

God's breath moves throughout creation. We hear it in the motion of the stars, the crashing of the sea, the song of birds, our own heartbeat. Begin with wonder. Move to gratitude and love. Those are the sustainable starting places for care of creation. Guilt erodes. Anger lashes out. Fear scapegoats. Begin with wonder.

Susan Palo Cherwien is a freelance writer and musician. She received her bachelor’s degree in church music and voice from Wittenberg University, and a Master of Liberal Studies from Mundelein College, Chicago, where she focused on spirituality, ritual, and the arts. Susan has composed numerous hymn texts which appear in denominational hymnals in the United States, Canada, and Europe.

October 22

No Forum - Stewardship Luncheon

October 29 - Reformation Sunday

Reformation 500: The Church in the Land of Luther

Pastor Carlson and Pastor Haaland

This past May Pastor Carlson and Pastor Haaland were honored to be part of a delegation to Leipzig from the Minneapolis Area Synod. There they were able to participate in events surrounding Reformation 500 Kirchentag Celebration, the largest single Reformation 500 event in Germany. They will share stories from their time in Leipzig and Wittenberg and offer reflections on ways the German Lutheran church is commemorating this most significant anniversary.

November 5 - All Saints Sunday

Grief, the holidays and you

Rev. Mary Brown

Grief and loss can be especially difficult during the holiday season. Mary Brown, an ordained minister with twenty years of pastoral experience, will share ways to cope and how to rely upon our community of faith during tough times.

November 12

Stewardship Ingathering

November 19

Housing Justice

Michael Jefferis

The mission committee is interested in fostering a conversation around the issue of housing, and the moral responsibility we have to advocate for good and just housing for all our neighbors. Michael Jefferis will lead this first conversation, touching on ways local, state, and federal governments have created housing segregation based on race and the ways this has impacted housing patterns (and caused gross injustice) in cities throughout our country.

November 26 - Christ the King

Intergenerational Sunday School—
A 106th Birthday Celebration

After worship, come to a birthday coffee time in the gym—and stay for an intergenerational Sunday School, all ages together. We will enjoy birthday party games, share what we love about Christ Church, and explore what it means to be Church together.

December 3 - Advent 1

From Conflict to Communion – a Joint Commemoration
of the Reformation

The Christ Church Council will offer this forum, which will include announcements, details, and discussion to prepare for next week’s congregational meeting.

December 10 - Advent 2

Congregation Meeting

This year’s December congregation meeting will be held in the Sanctuary, following coffee fellowship.

The lens of #decolonizelutheranism allows us to see our past anew and to imagine the future. DeAne Lagerquist is Professor of Religion at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.

December 17 - Advent 3

Intergenerational Pageant

After coffee and fellowship in the Atrium, come back to the Sanctuary for an intergenerational Pickup Pageant. There is a part for everyone!

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Childrens Education

Jesus said, "Let the children come to me."
At Christ Church Lutheran, we welcome children and their families to the font, to the table, and to worship.

The Children’s Ministry Team is excited to be starting another year of programming. Our congregation is growing! It is our joy to make families and children feel welcome and loved following in our call to be like Jesus here at Christ Church Lutheran.


Children are welcome in all of worship—to the font and to the table! Sermon on the Steps is a time for children of all ages to come forward for a word with the Pastor. After that, children are welcome to stay in worship or explore our other opportunities:

Children ages 0-36 months

Children ages 0-36 months are invited to go to the Orange Room just across the courtyard way to the Nursery.

Children ages 3-6

Children ages 3-6 are invited to the Red Room for a time of friendship, reading the Gospel Story, and working through an activity together.

Children ages 7 and above

Children ages 7 and above are encouraged to stay in worship with the hopes that they will participate in different aspects of worship leadership—serving as an acolyte, a lector, a prayer writer, a helper in the sacristy. They will receive good training for these roles.

All children

All children will return to worship during the sharing of the Peace, to rejoin their families and come to the Lord’s Table.

Following Worship

Our Education Offerings are on Sundays from 11:05am until Noon, following worship at 9:30am and fellowship. Come to the Red & Blue Rooms in the Atrium.

Godly Play

For children ages 3-6/7

Come to the Blue Room to hear a Bible story, to wonder together about God’s people and their stories, and to do creative play.


For children ages 7 and up

Come to the Red Room, to read the Gospel lesson from worship in our Spark Bibles, talk more in depth about the Bible story and apply it to our lives, and do a project together.

Cradle Roll

For Parents of Infants (children 0-36 months)

New this year, this program helps families on their journey to the font for the baptism of a child. It continues to connect with families through Frolic!—a curriculum that helps them in parenting and growing in faith together