Christ Lutheran Church is a gathering place for all people who are on a spiritual journey--a community in which believers in Jesus Christ embrace his grace and integrity. Striving to be inclusive, all people are welcome here to worship the Triune God in joy, learn of God’s Saving Grace through Jesus Christ, receive spiritual nourishment through the Word and Sacrament, and be empowered by the Holy Spirit to bring God’s grace, justice and integrity into our world.
Come worship in the celebration of Holy Communion each Sunday morning at Christ Lutheran Church. All of God's children are invited to receive Christ's real presence in the meal and blessing. Join us also for fellowship each Sunday after the worship service. Christ Lutheran Church is a member congregation of the New England Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
All are invited to take part in our new, parallel community, The Still, Small Voice, which seeks to give people the opportunity to retreat, calm down and find peace in God's presence. Learn more here.
The Guiding Principles of the New England Synod: pray always, give of ourselves, stand with others, embrace change and diversity, make room for joy
If you want to know what the pastor is thinking (outside of sermons, etc.) follow this link to see his blog: http://capecodlutheran.blogspot.com/
All are invited to take part in our new, parallel community, The Still, Small Voice, each Saturday at 4 PM. In this worship service we use silent contemplation to draw us deeper toward God’s presence among us. Through meditation we learn to calm our hearts and minds and go out into the world to live and share God’s peace. This will be a new way for our congregation to reach out into the local community and a different way of being the church together. If you have not taken part before, please try it so that you can share the experience with others. The Still, Small Voice is a community that seeks to give people the opportunity to retreat, calm down and find peace in God's presence. In many ways, it embodies the Lutheran focus on grace, that there is nothing that we have to do to earn God's love in Christ.
Christ Lutheran Church began in 1960 when a group of families stationed at Otis Air Force Base met the need for Lutheran worship in Upper Cape Cod. Joining together, the first service was held September 18, 1960 in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Cataumet, Massachusetts. From that day on, Worship Services, Sunday School, Bible Classes, and fellowship organizations have existed and flourished.
Because founding members came from different synodical Lutheran backgrounds, at first no national church affiliation was sought. The congregation was served alternately from First Lutheran, West Barnstable (Lutheran Church of America) and Zion, Plymouth (Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod). The Congregation grew, however, and required more from its part-time pastors. Soon synodical affiliation was sought. Conferring with representatives of the various Lutheran synods early in 1961 for their potential support, and after conducting a survey of Lutherans in the area, application was made to the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod. The affiliation was accepted.
A building used as an Air Force Base Chapel was purchased in June, 1961 to be moved at such time as the Congregation acquired property. For a year the parish was served by Harvard Seminary graduate students and a home missionary before John G. Carajanes accepted the call to serve his first parish as a full-time Pastor.
In the fall of 1962 the present 10-acre site on Brick Kiln Road was gifted to the Congregation by Christine Lauzon.
Charter Sunday, on October 28, 1962, received 84 persons into membership through transfer and confirmation. A constitution was adopted and a church council was elected. Ground breaking ceremonies were held on December 9, 1962. On February 12, 1963 Pr. John G. Carajanes was installed.
The 1971 closing of Otis as an active Air Force installation brought about a transition from a predominantly transitory military-family membership to a civilian-family membership (although many were retired from the service). Perhaps because of this, Christ Lutheran experienced another major transition in 1978 when it left the Missouri Synod to join the newly-formed American Evangelical Lutheran Church.
We have been served by seven full-time Pastors since our beginning: John Carajanes 1962-1965; Joel Yoss 1966-1971; J. Jeffrey Zetto 1972-1979; John Carajanes 1980-1984; John Priest 1984-1999; Cheryl Larsen Lawing 2001-2005; and Carl E. Evans, March 2008-Present. Interim Pastors who served extended pastoral vacancies include Bill Wiltenburg, Thorsten Gustafsen, Dennis Albrecht, and John Kjoller.
With these words, Jesus invited his disciples to step away from the business of ministry; from crowds who, according to the passage, gave them no time even to eat. When I think about the ministry of Christ Lutheran Church of Falmouth, this image comes to mind.
You may have come to this page because you are going to be visiting Cape Cod and wondered about the availability of a Lutheran church. You may have come to this page because you are searching for a congregation and are curious about worship times, choirs and programs. You may have come to this page because you drove by and wondered “What the heck is a Lutheran?”
You will find some of that information here, but I would like to share with you what I, as a pastor, see as one of the great gifts of this congregation. Christ Lutheran is a place where you can come away and rest awhile. We are not on the town square. We are not on a busy street. We are set back from the road, surrounded by woods. It is a wonderful place to have a taste of the peace/shalom that I believe is central to Jesus’ message and part of his promise of eternal life.
I think that the life of the Christian community should be different from what we experience in our day to day lives. Commercials tell us that we should desire more than we have; Jesus offers contentment. Our culture tells us that busier is better; Jesus invites to quiet and calm. Pundits tell us to see the world divided; Jesus offers a life of peace.
Thank you for visiting our website. I hope we can meet in person some Sunday morning. Most importantly, may God’s peace be with you.
Rev. Carl Evans, Pastor
In response to Jesus' vision for his followers, Christ Lutheran Church envisions: "Christ in the Community, Sharing the Joy of Jesus."
In accepting our baptismal call to follow Jesus, our mission at Christ Lutheran Church is to:
As Lutheran Christians, the people of Christ Lutheran Church share these values:
The Lutheran church has historically enjoyed a strong tradition of music. At Christ Lutheran, we embrace the opportunity to honor that tradition while remaining open to new and exciting ways to utilize music as an expression of our faith. Be it through choral music, keyboard, guitar, percussion, or other instruments, music is utilized within the worship as a means of enhancing the experience. It is an opportunity to indeed "make a joyful noise" to God.
The choir rehearses most Sunday mornings at 8:45 AM, just prior to the 9:30 AM worship service. All interested singers are welcome to participate. No audition is necessary, but instead simply an interest in learning how to make the best use of one's voice as part of an ensemble. Additionally, instrumentalists are invited to contact the Minister of Music to offer their talents for use in the services.
Mimi Schlichter, local artist and musician, serves as Christ Lutheran's Minister of Music. You may contact Mimi at 508-548-3278 or via email: mimi [at] mimisart [dot] com.
All Are Welcome! Please join us in raising our voices in song to the glory of God.
Administrative Assistant: Ruby Ackert-Herzig
Minister of Music: Mimi Schlichter
President: Judy Riordan-MacKenzie
Vice President: Margaret Hall
Treasurer: Wendy Sandner
Secretary: Carol Schachinger
Linda Foster, Outreach Team Council Partner
Mary Loftfield, Discipleship Team Council Partner
Marilyn Werner, Congregation Care Team Council Partner