In Cleveland since 1889
Christ Lutheran Church has continuously ministered to the people of Cleveland, Ohio since September 29, 1889. For her first 121 years she was located on the corner of West 43rd and Robert Avenues, on Cleveland's near west side. By 2010, due to increased maintenance and shrinking membership, she could no longer manage her cathedral sized sanctuary. The building was de-commissioned and sold. For the next 5 years the congregation shared facilities with Unity Lutheran Church in the Old Brooklyn section of Cleveland.
In March of 2015 Puritas Lutheran Church, being down to six members, and having learned of the Christ Lutheran Church's quest for a sanctuary of her own, offered her entire property to Christ Lutheran Church as a gift. The paper work and other arrangements took approximately 8 months to complete, and on November 29, 2015 Christ Lutheran Church celebrated her first Divine Service in the new property in a temporary chapel.
Nearly 10 months later, on September 4, 2016, by God's rich mercy we celebrated our first Divine Service in the refurbished sanctuary. Three weeks later, on September 25, 2016, the building was formally dedicated with more than 150 people in attendance. Though we are still a long way from completion, this house of God is beautiful, reverent and worshipful. Great measures of faith, hope and love have been poured into it by her members, and by others whom God's Spirit has moved to lend their assistance. We are grateful to all, but especially bless, thank and praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, he who is the fount and source of every beneficence.
It is our prayer, that by God's continued mercy, we will be able to beautify this holy house even more. To that end on Saturday September 9, 2017 we replaced the empty cross with our new crucifix. The corpus was carved of wood, and painted, in Oberammergau, Germany. The cross was built by a retired carpenter locally, for the cost of materials only. This is the same craftsman who constructed our altar. The erection was completed by our members, it was an all day job for 15 people. But when it was done, it was love at first sight. Today, September 10, 2017, is the first Sunday it adorned our Divine Service, and the comments I heard were all positive. The crucifix sets a new tone, and reframes our theological thinking for the better.
We will formally dedicate the crucifix on September 17, 2017, the Feast of the Holy Cross (observed). Our goal now is to locate all the lovely liturgical art we can find and tastefully install it in the church. The members of Christ Lutheran Church fervently pray that God will continue to bless this effort, and use this congregation to the furtherance of his glory and the blessing of all people in and through Christ.
O GIVE THANKS UNTO THE LORD FOR HE IS GOOD AND HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER.
(Update January 2, 2019)
As evidence of God's continuing mercy he allows his children the privilege of doing the most enduring work of all, the pleasant work of his Kingdom. Labor which, according to St. Paul, is "never in vain." (1 Cor. 15:58)
Below is a list of the improvements that have been accomplished between Fall of 2015 when we moved into the building, and Fall of 2018. It is impressive!
volunteers helped clean out the building after purchase of church
refurbished the chandelier in gym foyer
removed stage from altar area and re-fitted sanctuary for Lutheran worship
carpet removed in church
replaced all light bulbs in church with energy efficient light bulbs
removed old organ in balcony
installation of new organ and speakers
gym roof replaced and repaired other roof as needed
heating in church replaced
floor replaced in sanctuary
pews removed and reset for spacing
reset lectern and pulpit
altar area painted
communion rails stained and put back in place
cushions for communion area specially made
paraments were sized for new altar
curtains removed and cleaned
washed and waxed floor after work was completed in sanctuary
washed all pews after put in place
new windows in pastor's office and sacristy
new roof in pastor's office
sign made in front of church for time of service
new wi-fi thermostats
purchased tables and chairs for the fellowship room
new altar built
crucifix with hand carved and painted corpus constructed and mounted
altar furniture refinished
baptismal font refinished
existing pulpit repaired
sound system upgraded
choir room painted and shelves added
narthex doors fixed
narthex restrooms remolded
2 trees removed and others trimmed
front of church vinyl sided
garage vinyl sided
window sills covered
building painted – exterior
windows repaired & caulked (not completed)
fellowship room painted
pained the day care hallways
gym foyer and kitchen painted
pastor's office painted
new desk purchased
chapel appointed and decorated
gym painted at the cost of paint only no labor charge
outside of church painted at cost of paint only no labor charge
installed new lights in classroom
downspouts jetted out and parking lot sewers cleaned
restriped parking lot x2
(remaining projects for 2019)
glazing of gym windows on south side of the building
glazing of church windows
women's restroom in church hallway to be painted
new light fixtures in certain areas
Other than these few remaining projects to be completed the parish voted in its Fall 2018 meeting to put further building improvements on hold for the next 3 years and to dedicate our time to the building up of our holy faith.
To that end we have added an additional Divine Service to the church's worship life. The Service of Holy Communion will be held each Wednesdays at 7 PM, year round, in the chapel. The Service will be slightly different than the Sunday morning Service. It will follow Divine Service 3 from the Lutheran Service Book, it will contain only 2 hymns, and the sermon will be more instructional than liturgical in nature - thus providing growth in both the "grace AND knowledge" of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 3:18)
With this addition Christ Lutheran Church now provides 2 Worship Services (Sunday 10:30 AM and Wednesday 7:00 PM) and 3 study opportunities (Sunday 9 AM, Wednesday 10 AM and Wednesday 7 PM).
In all this may God be praised, and his heritage blessed.