Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church
Mid-Week Messenger
Hello Christ Lutheran!

A quick note before we begin - due to a funeral Pastor Dave will not be at Panera for Public Office Hours today.

Here are some things to keep in mind this week . . .
LEAD Team – In worship Sunday our LEAD Team was introduced and commissioned. An information sheet was handed to everyone who attended; the information sheet is reproduced belowto keep folks “in the loop” who was unable to attend. EVERYONE is invited to pray and participate in our LEAD journey as the team leads us in discerning where God is calling us to GO and how God is calling us to BE THE CHURCH in this time and place.

LEAD Team Members:

Bill Bamford (Facilitator)  
Carissa Byrd  
Lauren Carroll (Communicator) -
Chris Kluckowski
Allison Siefert
Pastor Dave Simpson
Steve Zahn

Sermon - The sermon last week provided a Scriptural foundation for our LEAD journey. It challenged us to be open to the Spirit’s leading even if that means doing things in new and different ways. If you missed worship, you are invited and encouraged to listen to the Podcast on our website – a direct link is  

Graduates – We want to acknowledge all CELC graduates and congratulate them on this amazing milestone! Please let the church office ( know if a family member is graduating from High School, College, or from a Certificate Program. 

New Member Classes – New Member Classes are scheduled for April 29 and May 13 right after the 11:00 a.m. service. Each class includes lunch (pizza) and will end by 2:00 p.m. If you need to miss a class, arrangements can be made to make it up. Contact Pastor Dave for more information or to register.

Bible and Beverages - Is now the Fourth Thursday of the month, so it will take place next Thursday, April 26. We will be at Adam's Ribs in Severna Park from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. for open, casual discussion about whatever those who attend would like to talk about.
Sunday’s Sermon Scripture: Acts 16:16-34
Sermon Title: “Prison Hymns”

Something to think about between now and Sunday:

What is one thing you can do or quality you can exhibit that will make people want to know more about the God you worship? In this week’s Gospel, it is Paul and Silas’ JOY even in the midst of strife that motivates someone to ask, “What must I do to be saved?”


LEAD is a journey, not a program.

The LEAD journey is undertaken for one to three years together with a cohort of congregations that want to learn about being the church in our changing world.

The journey begins with forming a LEAD team which we will commission this morning.

During the first year, we will complete a LEAD Assessment as a congregation, and our LEAD team will attend three learning retreats. Between retreats, a LEAD Coach will guide us.

The outcome of the LEAD journey is different for every congregation.

LEAD is an opportunity to wonder what God is calling our congregation to do uniquely in the community where we are planted. What does it mean to be in our neighborhood in our time and place with the leadership we have and the gifts God has given us?

There are four parts to the complete LEAD journey:

TUNE-IN – Listening to hear how God is working in our congregation and in our neighborhood.

WAKE-UP – Identifying and working on our congregation’s purpose and values

DIG-DOWN – Looking at our congregation’s theology as it impacts strategic areas like staffing, governance, stewardship, and generosity.

WORK-OUT – Striving to become a congregation that welcomes diversity and deepens our relationship with God and each other.
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