Whether you are young, or young at heart, we hope you will join us as we grow in God’s grace together and share His love through one of our many faith formation and service learning opportunities at Community. Beyond just reading and hearing the stories, our youth and family enjoy the fellowship of others as we connect our lives and actions to the teachings of the Old and New Testaments. Christian education and faith formation is an active and exciting piece of Community Lutheran’s ministry . There is something for everyone each Sunday during the Education hour from 9:30-10:30am during the school year. We can’t wait to see you there! Here are some of our opportunities:
• Sunday School for Preschoolers ages 3-4 years
• Rotational Sunday School for Kindergarten through 5th grade
• Confirmation for 6-8th grade students
• High School Youth Forum for Grades 9 and up
• Adults Anonymous for Young Adults in their 20’s, 30′s, and early 40′s
• Adult Forum and Great Passages of the Adult Bible Study
In addition there are several mid-week opportunities for study and fellowship in a small group setting including a Pastors’ Lectionary Bible Study on Wednesdays at 10:30am. Bring your Bibles and explore the lessons for the coming Sunday!
Are you passionate about protecting the environment and leaving a smaller mark on our world? So are we! In the Earthkeeping Ministry, we work to minimize our impact on the local environment. As a ministry we participate in community projects, as well as local clean-ups of the property and beyond. Please join us!
What is Fellowship at CLC? It is a group of people who like to have fun and share in the body of Christ. We share within our church community, our neighborhood community and invite others to experience our love for God. Activities include something for all ages…from Church picnics, “Come Dance with Us” (CLC’s version of Dancing with the Stars), Oktoberfests, book club, women’s and men’s retreats and Bible Studies, potlucks and other family friendly events. Please come and join in the fun!
The finances and record-keeping for Community Lutheran Church are lead by the Finance Team consisting of the Treasurer, Bookkeeper and Financial Secretary. The Treasurer is an elected position and is member of the congregational council and the council’s executive committee, and coordinates the yearly spending plan, the yearly budget and all financial issues associated with the church. The Bookkeeper is a paid position, and coordinates the day-to-day expenses, check-writing, payroll and tax issues. The Financial Secretary is an elected position, and coordinates the record-keeping of each members donations to the church and provides quarterly statements to each member for tax purposes. The Treasurer also leads the efforts of the Finance/Audit Committee, a group of volunteers who perform quarterly audits of the church bookkeeping and record-keeping, and also tackle other ad hoc financial issues as they arise. Finally, weekly donations are counted after each service on Sundays by a volunteer group of counters to insure all donations are collected and properly categorized. Volunteers to serve on the Finance/Audit Committee and the counting teams are greatly appreciated and provide an excellent way of getting involved with the financial issues of the church.
In the Property Ministry, we are passionate about our church, the building, and land we occupy. Using our gifts and talents, we maintain the property, as we as ensure the building’s upkeep. If you are interested, please join us in caring for our home away from home, our church!
Social Ministry is involved in providing help to all God’s people. We collect food for LINK, prepare meals for the Cold Weather Shelter, and make quilts, hats and scarves for the homeless and Lutheran World Relief.
CLC maintains a Benevolence Fund and conducts a Noisy Offering to help support charities within Loudoun County and reaching out to those outside of our community.
Cold Weather Shelter Meals
Loudoun County opens a Cold Weather Shelter in Leesburg for the homeless from November – March of every year. CLC members prepare and deliver meals to the shelter every Monday during these months.
Gifts of Hope
Alternative gifts for the holidays are available for purchase in November and December. These Gifts of Hope include camp scholarships, medical care for moms, salary support for pastors in El Salvador, dental care, and many more options.
CLC is a member of LINK. LINK is a non-profit charity whose mission is to provide emergency food and financial assistance to people in need in Ashburn, Herndon and Sterling. LINK has an all volunteer staff and is run on 100% donations from the community.
First Sunday Food Collection – we collect food to help stock the LINK pantry on the first Sunday of every month.
Food Deliveries – Every year, CLC delivers food to clients for one month.
Coat Drive – we collect gently used and new winter coats in October and November for distribution at the LINK Holiday Program in November.
Toy Drive – we collect new toys in November and December for distribution at the LINK Holiday Program in December.
Hogs for LINK – a CLC church family owns a farm on Loudoun County. In 2014, they donated the meat from one of their hogs to LINK. In 2015, CLC funded the purchase and processing of two hogs. In September, 435 pounds of meat was delivered to the LINK Pantry.
LINK has many fun and easy volunteer opportunities available for individuals, families, scouts, or anyone looking to fill service hours.
These opportunities include:
- Rescuing food from local schools
- Picking up donations from local businesses
- Packing food for clients at the pantry
- Delivering food to the clients
- Working at our Mobile Food Pantry on the 2nd Tuesday of every month
- Starting a food, coat or toy drive
- Working at our November and/or December Holiday Program
To find out more about LINK, please visit: linkagainsthunger.org or contact Cori Sanzano at email@example.com.
CLC plans at least one mission trip every year. In 2015, there were two mission trips available to CLC members. In June, we traveled to Rwanda to visit the school and students that we help support. In October, we traveled to West Virginia to help build a house with Habitat for Humanity. Previous trips have also included New Orleans to help that community rebuild.
INOVA Blood Drives
CLC hosts a blood drive in September of each year with INOVA.
CLC volunteers at SERRV at least once each year. SERRV is a nonprofit organization with a mission to eradicate poverty wherever it resides by providing opportunity and support to artisans and farmers worldwide. Our volunteers help price, pack and tag items that arrive at the facility from artisans.
Our CLC Stitchers make hats and scarfs for Lutheran World Relief and Mobile Hope for children under the age of 21 who are homeless or in need. They also make scarves for The Red Scarf Project every year. These scarves are sent in care packages on Valentine’s Day to college students who have aged out of the foster care program.
Please contact Cori Sanzano at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about our Social Ministry Team.
Our purpose as defined in our constitution: The Spiritual Nurture Ministry Team shall have special responsibility under the supervision of the Pastor(s) and the Congregation Council for programs that promote a life of faith and prayer among all members, including Stephen’s and other caregiving ministries, the prayer chain and prayer vigils, spiritual retreats and seminars, and the development and use of original devotional materials.
The Technology and Communications Ministry at CLC consists of a group of individuals sharing their talents and passions, just like any other ministry! We seek to provide CLC with the technology necessary to share the love of God. Additionally, we seek to communicate a welcoming message to visitors and the community. Please come and join us in supporting the technology at CLC and sharing God’s love!
The Thanksgiving Table Ministry Team is here to highlight and recognize all the gifts that we are blessed with in our community. We are called to help each member of our congregation share the gifts and abilities that God has given us, in order to benefit our church and those around us. Working together in community and cooperation we give of ourselves generously with joy and gratitude for all that we have been given and encourage those around us to do the same.
The Worship and Music Ministry works to bring the talents and treasures of the congregation together to enhance and inspire the weekly worship services. The act of worship, while led by the Pastors, requires many hands and voices. The ministry team coordinates the many tasks necessary to conduct worship. Members of all ages are welcomed and encouraged to participate in the worship experience in a variety of capacities, including Assisting Ministers, Acolytes, Altar Guild, Ushers, Lectors, Communion servers, and of course, musicians, both vocal and instrumental.
At Community Lutheran Church we welcome everyone who walks through our doors for worship, community meetings or just to visit. We strive to create a culture of hospitality and welcome by greeting visitors, learning their names and listening to their story, remembering St. Paul’s words, “welcome one another, therefore just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God,” (Romans 15:7). We invite all visitors and those we meet in daily life to join us for worship, to listen to God’s story and hear the Good News of God’s love for them and all people. We encourage people to join our congregation, as they are able, and to participate and share their gifts in this Body of Christ. We also look for ways to share God’s story and the love of Christ with our neighbors, the wider community, ministry partners, other churches and interfaith partners.