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Summer Worship Schedule, One Service at 9:30 AM, Begins July 2


Summer Worship Schedule, One Service At 9:30, Effective July 2

On July 2, Christ Lutheran went to its traditional summer schedule of one worship service at 9:30 am. Each of our summer worship services is followed by a faith formation or fellowship hour.

Our summer schedule is in effect through Labor Day Weekend, September 3. On September 10, we will resume our regular two worship service schedule, one at 8:15 am and the second at 10:30 am.

CLC Welcomes New Pastor, Rev. James Kniseley


CLC Welcomes New Pastor, Rev. James Kniseley

We are pleased to welcome Rev. James Kniseley as our new pastor at Christ Lutheran Church. Pastor’s first Sunday leading us in worship was July 2.

Pastor Kniseley has had a long career in the Lutheran ministry. Prior to joining CLC, he was the interim pastor for St. Jacobs and Trinity Lutheran churches in Harrisonburg, and led them through a successful call process. Pastor will serve in an interim capacity at CLC as well. He is somewhat familiar with our church in that he has participated in previous presentations at CLC Council Retreats as well as serving in an advisory capacity for CLC stewardship campaigns. In accordance with established Synod policy, Pastor Kniseley will not be eligible to be called as our permanent pastor.

In addition to his previous interim assignments, Pastor Kniseley is also formally certified in the interim ministry function. As such, he is well equipped to help and guide us through the necessary steps in our transition process to ultimately calling a new permanent pastor.

Our thanks and appreciation go to our guest pastors who led us in worship since Pastor Moehring’s departure: Elizabeth Yates, Ruth Fortis, Kim Triplett, Dave Delaney and Donna Ruggles.

Finally, our many thanks go to Vice-Pastor Lou Florio for his help and guidance in getting us to this point in our transition.

Linda Keener Celebrates 25 Years With CLC

Linda Keener Celebrates 25 Years With CLC

Music Director Linda Keener celebrated her 25th anniversary with Christ Lutheran Church on July 1.
We are blessed to have her leading our music ministry. Linda has organized and led our chancel choir, bell choir, and children’s choir while also drawing on the musical talents of many of our members for individual performances. She has also introduced us to many musical artists from the Richmond Symphony and other local community organizations to enhance our festival services at Christmas and Easter as well as our weekly worship.
Thank you, Linda, for your dedicated and faithful service to our fellowship!


May 2017

In addition to our Sunday Morning Faith Formation Programs, Christ Lutheran offers the following weekday opportunities to study God’s Word:

Meal at 5:45pm, Bible Study 6:25-7:00 pm
“People of Purpose:
Life Lessons from the New Testament”
May 3
May 10
May 17
May 24

Tuesday May 9 and May 23 at 7 pm
Discussion of the Bible’s Relevance
to Current Events
Led by Lucas Cochran


Thursday, May 11 at 10:30 am

at Imperial Plaza

1717 Bellevue Ave.

Gather for Fellowship, Learning and Lunch


Holy Week Schedule 2017





8:15 am and 10:30 am- Procession of the Palms; Holy Communion


Noon – Contemplative Service of Holy Communion and Individual Absolution

7 PM – Holy Communion and Individual Absolution

The Evening Service begins with quiet gathering and ends in somber departure. We assemble for confession and a simple meal in the Commons around tables shaped as a cross and covered with bountiful rustic foods of the past. Then we will hear the words of forgiveness for us personally at the baptismal font, the gospel’s story, and “Given for you” in the spoken Holy Communion that reverently steps into the stripping of the altar, after which we will leave in silence. Come join us for this moving experience.


2 PM – Good Friday Service: Stations of the Cross  (At Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, 8200 Woodman Road).  Sponsored by Christ Lutheran, Lakeside Presbyterian, Lakeside UMC, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Overbrook Presbyterian Church.

7 PM – Good Friday Service “A Service of Tenebrae”   (At Christ Lutheran Church) Music from the choirs of the participating congregations  – A Dramatic Reading “Were You There?” by Karen F. Williams. (Sponsored by Christ, Lakeside Presbyterian, Lakeside UMC)

April 16: EASTER DAY

8:15 AM – Festival Service including Dressing of the Altar and Holy Communion

9:30 – 10:15 AM – Easter Breakfast.  All are welcome to this feast of good food and fellowship.  Invite your friends and neighbors.

10:30 AM – Festival Service with Holy Communion


In a letter submitted to the Congregation Council at their March 13 meeting, Pastor Moehring announced he was resigning from his ministry at Christ Lutheran after 28 years of service. The Council accepted his resignation with regret.

Pastor’s last day leading us in worship will be Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017. After that date, he will no longer be available to perform any acts of normal pastoral care, education or administration. The Council is already working with the Virginia Synod on a transition plan for the immediate future that will likely include the use of supply pastors, a vice-pastor and an interim pastor. A call committee to find our next permanent pastor will be announced at a later date. The congregation will be kept informed as these transition plans are developed. Inquiries regarding the upcoming transition can be emailed to Council President James Ingraham at

Here is the text of Pastor Moehring’s letter to the Congregation:

A Message From Pastor Moehring
For The Disciples of Christ Lutheran Church
March 13, 2017

Dear Christ’s Disciples,

We have shared mission and ministry together now for over 28 years. It was to this church home that Donna, Tim, Christian, and I came with faith and hope for a full ministry with you. Since then we have laughed and cried together, hugged and learned together, gained and lost together, prayed and rolled up our sleeves together. I have officiated at marriages, baptized, confirmed, preached, taught, celebrated Holy Communion, planned and implemented ministries with you, and sat at the beds of those sick and dying, and grieved with you over our loss of many precious loved ones. We have been partners of so much together.

Now we have come to a wonderful place that is often called transition but is more like a transformation unlike I have seen before. Our vision statement, “We Reveal God’s Love,” began with prayer, was defined in the midst of prayer, and still lives in your continued prayers as Christ’s disciples. This has always been a welcoming and compassionate place; now an earnest commitment that seeks to reach into the needs of this community to bring God’s love and the presence of Christ has risen to another level. I am privileged to see it and am convinced that this is the Christ Church of the future here in Lakeside. We have come into God’s mission for us; we are growing up to be about discipleship-making not self-satisfying and pew-filling; we are coming to the time when we no longer say, “We cannot,” but instead, “By the grace of God, we can.” I am excited about Christ’s future in this place because of this.

As Christ Church transitions and transforms, Donna and I have the opportunity to do the same. We have come to our time to transition into new avenues of ministry and new ways of revealing our own faith and God’s love. So I tender the resignation of my call as pastor of Christ Lutheran Church, effective April 30, 2017. My last Sunday with you will be Easter Day, April 16.

I am confident that a strong leadership team is in place. You have a dedicated president in Jim Ingraham and vice-president in Jim Schnellenberger, and a strong council. They all are willing, able and committed to God’s mission in and through Christ Church. These people will guide you well. And I am confident that each of you as disciples of Jesus will continue to attend worship, take part in your faith formation, contribute generously and renew your efforts for the sake of the gospel and for the benefit of our community. I am confident that the Holy Spirit is at work here and will remain here.

After April 16 I will no longer actively serve as your pastor. That means I will not baptize, marry, bury, lead worship nor do pastoral visits with disciples at Christ Church. But be assured, when we meet on the street I will greet you in friendship and as a fellow member of the Body of Christ.

What the future holds we do not know, only that God holds our future. With trust in a gracious and loving God, I commend you, disciples at Christ Church, to our Lord. Donna and I thank you for your partnership these many years.

In Nomine Jesu,

Pastor Eric


Our Worship and Music team has announced this year’s mid-week Lenten Services (except for Ash Wednesday) will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. The theme for this year’s Lenten series will be “Our Need for Reconciliation: In the Family, In Our Nation, Among Races and among Faith Traditions”. Several other Lakeside area churches will participate. Each Wednesday evening schedule will consist of
5:45 PM Meal (Provided)
6:30 PM Program
7:10 PM Worship
The Wednesday evening series will begin on March 8 and run through April 12.

On Ash Wednesday, March 1, there will be a service of Holy Communion and Imposition of Ashes at 12 noon and at 7 pm at Christ Lutheran.

We encourage everyone to participate in this worship and fellowship opportunity.

Prayer Books Distributed to Armed Services Units


In November our Evangelism Team conducted a campaign to sponsor the purchase of Lutheran Prayer Books for those serving in the Armed Forces. This past week, Ten Prayer Books were shipped to Chaplains for use in their units. Each book included a book mark indicating they were donated by the disciples of CLC. The units receiving the books were:
• USS Carl Vinson
• US Army Garrison Hohenfels, Bavaria, Germany
• 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan
• 525th Military Police Battalion, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
Thank you for your generosity and support of our men and women in the Armed Services.

Annual Meeting Set for February 26, 2017


(Following the 10:30 Service)

As provided by our Constitution §C10.01 and C10.03, your Congregation Council gives notice that the Annual Meeting of Christ Lutheran Church will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017 immediately following the 10:30 AM service.

Any topics you would like to be considered for the agenda or discussion at this meeting should be forwarded to Council President Jim Ingraham no later than Sunday, February 12, 2017. Topics maybe submitted by:
• E mailing the Council President at;
• Placing your topic in Jim Ingraham’s mailbox in the church office, or;
• Placing your topic in the “Council Contact Box” located next to the bulletin board in the main hallway.

Please make sure to include your contact information with your suggestion in case we need to follow up with you for more information.
Nancy LaVier
Council Secretary


2017 Congregation Council

At our services on January 22 we installed our 2017 congregation council and officers.

Those with terms ending December 31, 2017:

Sandra Boclair,
Darren D’Ateno
James Ingraham

Those with terms ending December 31, 2018:

Lucas Cochran
Cathleen Jacobson
Carol Jones
Mat Lewis
Bill Mottet
Jim Schnellenberger

The Council elected the following officers for 2017:

Jim Ingraham, President
Jim Schnellenberger, Vice-President

Also installed were the following Congregation Officers:

Paul Quel, Treasurer
Cindy Williamson, Financial Secretary
Nancy LaVier, Council Secretary.

We offer our prayers and support to these members who have answered the call to serve in this important role.