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What We Do
Here you will find the specific ministries of Christ Lutheran. We have a variety of things going on each week. We also host multiple big events and trips each year. Scroll down to get caught up on how we make, nurture, and equip the next generation.
Confirmation meets every Sunday morning 9:15-10 am to engage with scripture. Everyone month youth meet for a workshop where they will dive deep into Lutheran theology, worship, practices, Church history, and mission.
Play. Learn. Grow.
Christ’s Youth Group exists to walk alongside teenagers. We strive to provide a safe environment for our young people in all that we do. This is a time to be, to have fun, and to nurture their faith. We encourage our teenagers to invest themselves in the life of our church through Worship, Small groups, Games, larger community gathers. and much much more.
CELC Youth is open to all students in grades 8-12. Friends are welcome!
COME TO ALiVE!
ALiVE is our synod middle-school retreat. The Fall’s ALiVE! gathering will be held September 23-25, 2022. Middle School tends to be a time in life when young people are searching for identity and this may include insecurities around how they are perceived by their peers. Congregations from across our synod gather with their adult advisors and youth for an early fall weekend that includes large group gatherings with singing led by our ALiVE Alumni Band, theme-centered videos and stories, and games, interspersed with small group gatherings, where youth gather with peers and a small group leader, to converse about the theme and it’s impact in their lives of faith. For more information visit ALiVE – Lower Susquehanna Synod (lss-elca.org)
The All Saints Confirmation Camp, is a partnership of 20+ synod congregations, held in June, many from the Gettysburg, Hanover, and Chambersburg Conferences. Pastors and youth leaders from the various member congregations comprise the staff who lead small group teachings and conversations on a variety of topics related to Confirmation faith formation, Topics include, but are not limited to:
The Ten Commandments
The Sacraments: Holy Communion & Baptism
Service in Jesus Name
Youth in the first two years of Confirmation participate in these small group conversations held each morning and gather with their friends and leaders from their home congregations for conga-time, or “congregation-time,” each day after lunch. Afternoons are spent participating in traditional camp activities like swimming, games, crafts, with cabin groups, and Nawakwa staff. Evenings are community activities like campfires, skit nights, outdoor camp games, and inspired worship often held in the beautiful natural chapels dotting the Nawakwa countryside.
Youth who have been confirmed are also welcome to attend for third and fourth-year tracks, focused specifically on leadership development, what it means to be a servant leader in the manner of Jesus. In 2019, for example, participants spent a day at First Fruits Farm, a non-profit Christian farm in northern Maryland that grows fruits and vegetables to help those facing food insecurity issues in the Baltimore area. Youth worked alongside volunteers, who help maintain the farm year-round. For many, it was one of the highlights of their week, and these powerful “off-site” service opportunities are one of the things that make All Saints Confirmation Camp unique.
If you are interested in All Saints Confirmation Camp contact Pastor Herr.
RACIAL JUSTICE LEARNING GROUP
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Oh! sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they crucified my Lord? – ELW, No. 353
Included in almost every major hymnal for the last thirty years, “Were You There” is one of the most prominent and popular of the African-American spirituals. Yet, like most spirituals, the origins of “Were You There” are impossible to trace, borne not from the pen of an individual but out of the communal slave experience. As Paul Westermeyer notes in the companion to Evangelical Lutheran Worship, its first published iteration came in 1899 in William E. Barton’s Old Plantation Songs in the section “Recent Negro Melodies.”
The series of questions that form the basis of the song is obviously not meant to be taken literally; but rather a call to remember. It calls the community to re-member the past to the present, to bring these historic events of Christ crucified to bear on the now and make them part of our story.
The song, like all Negro Spirituals, also calls us to re-member the African-American slave experience out of which the song arose. But unlike other hymns and worship music, Negro Spirituals were not published until after the names of their creators were long forgotten, if they were ever even known. They are both witness to the horrors of slavery and racism, and witness to a merciful, faithful, and just Christianity which we still aspire to live into today.
The enslaved people who first gave voice to the Spirituals are not known by name, but their songs are. “This Little Light of Mine,” “Honey in the Rock,” “Swing Low Sweet Chariot,” “Deep River,” “Every Time I Feel The Spirit,” “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen,” “There is a Balm in Gilead,” “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord,” “Go Down Moses,” “Wade in the Water,” and many others, are songs that still speak to us and through us, and they make us want to sing. They are many of the ways we learn about grace.
About the Spirituals, Frederick Douglass said “When on their way, the slaves would make the dense old woods, for miles around, reverberate with their wild songs, revealing at once the highest joy and the deepest sadness. They would compose and sing as they went along, consulting neither time nor tune… I have sometimes thought that the mere hearing of those songs would do more to impress some minds with the horrible character of slavery, than the reading of whole volumes of philosophy on the subject could do.”
Enslaved Africans and African Americans left behind a legacy of breathtakingly beautiful music. They soothe, inspire, break down walls, protest indignities, preach the gospel, show us how to pray, and lead us in the path of righteousness. Throughout the year, Christ Lutheran will regularly include these sacred art pieces within our worship services. This is to diversify what we offer and acknowledge and learn about the contributions of the black community.
To learn more about the Racial Justice Learning Group or to participate, contact Pastor Herr!
Resources on African and African Descent History and the Church:
- Luther’s Small Catechism with African Descent Reflections | Augsburg Fortress
- Fortress Introduction to Black Church History | Augsburg Fortress
- African Theology on the Way: Current Conversations | Augsburg Fortress
- Stony the Road We Trod: African American Biblical Interpretation | Augsburg Fortress
- The Bible and African Americans: A Brief History | Augsburg Fortress
(Just A Few) African Descent Lutherans We Should All Know About:
- The Rev. Jehu Jones; First Black Lutheran Pastor (lutheranquarterly.com)
- The Rev. Earlean Miller; First Black Woman Ordained into the Lutheran Church (southernohiosynod.org)
- Rev. Dr. Albert “Pete” Pero Jr. and Rev. Dr. Cheryl Stewart Pero (Albert “Pete” Pero Jr., first African-American professor at a US Lutheran seminary, dies (lstc.edu) and LSTC community mourns, remembers Rev. Dr. Cheryl Stewart Pero)
ELCA Faith Formation and Conversational Resources On Black History and Racial Justice:
- One Body Many Members – Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (elca.org)
- Talking Together as Christians Cross-Culturally: A Field Guide, Revised Edition (elca.org)
- Talking Together as Christians About Tough Social Issues; A Guide (elca.org)
- How to Have Helpful Conversations About Race in the Church (womenoftheelca.org)
- A Historical Timeline of Race Relations (womenoftheelca.org)
Share Your Gift
JOIN CHOIR! Music is a powerful way to enrich worship and connect with God. The Choir is looking for new members! All ages, all skill -levels, and all confidence-levels welcome! Rehearsals are at 9:30am on Sunday mornings. Hope to see you there! Contact Sophie Low with questions. firstname.lastname@example.org
Of the Lands and Seasons Band…Four times a year, at both Sunday morning services, instrumentalists are welcome to accompany and lead “Of the Land and Seasons,” our folk-song based liturgy used once each season of the year: winter, spring, summer and fall. All instrumentalists are welcome. Advanced beginners and up are welcome.
Please contact us at email@example.com.
Adults Need Nurturing Too
BIBLE STUDY: We explore the appointed text for each Sunday, seeking to understand how they might be a faith resource to us in this challenging time. We convene online, using ZOOM, each Wednesday morning at 10 AM.
THEOLOGY CLASS…INTO THE DANGER ZONE: DIGGING DEEP INTO CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY
Join a group of dedicated Christian disciples exploring 20th Century Christian Theology. The group meets on Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.
Meeting ID: 824 7001 8992
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Contact Dr. Eric Crump firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and reading assignments.