​​Spanaway Lutheran Church

This Week at SLC
Week of November 26th, 2017

Women's Sunday School    9:00 am
Sunday Worship   10:00 am
Sunday School    11:30 am
(Labor Day to Memorial Day)

16001 A Street South
P.O. Box 1300
Spanaway WA 98387

Full Calendar
Women’s Bible Study                           0900 am
Contemporary Worship                     1000 am
Food For Families                                  1110 am
Sunday School                                         1130 am
Adelphos Worship                                1230 pm
Adelphos Felloswhip                            0200 pm
12 Step NA Meeting                             0600 pm
Preschool                                                   0900 am
Catechism                                                  0530 pm
CONNECT Youth @ Trinity              0600 pm
Boy Scout Troop #679                        0700 pm
Men’s Breakfast                                      0630 am
Pastor’s Bible Study                             1000 am
Adelphos Bible Study                          1000 am
Quiet Communion                                1145 am
Council Meeting                                     0600 pm
Preschool                                                   0900 am
Quilters                                                       0900 am
TOPS                                                            0600 pm
Choir Practice                                         0700 pm
Adelphos Worship                                0700 pm
Adelphos Bible Study                          1000 am
Text Study at the Wises                      0300 pm
Preschool                                                   0900 am
NO First Friday Fellowship              0600 pm
12 Step Meetings                                   4pm &                                                                                    6pm

Telling the Story of God's grace and calling
all people to live in faith through God's love.


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A Community of the Risen Christ Living Out Jesus' Call To: 

  1. "Present your bodies as a living sacrifice... which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds" (Romans 12). .
  2. "When I was hungry you gave me food" (Matthew 25:35).
  3. "God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth" (Genesis 1:28).
  4. "Make disciples of all nations, baptizing them... and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. " (Matthew 28:19).
Care for God's
 Serve the Poor
 and Vulnerable
​​Welcome All People into God's Gracious Love
Worship God
in Spirit and Truth

  Every Sunday 10 a.m.

Jesus says, "When you do it for the least of these, my brothers & sisters, you have done it for me."  Jesus calls His disciples to live as expressions of God's gracious love in the world.

Partnering with other agencies,  we provide food to those who find themselves in need.  Each Sunday following worship,  Food for Families, our weekend food ministry, provides fresh fruits and vegetables, bakery products, eggs or meat and many other items to 15-20 families to help them make ends meet.  Clean clothing is also frequently available.

The Spanaway Food Bank also sits on our campus, and as one of four sponsoring congregations our members provide the volunteers one week each month on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Hospitality to everyone (regardless of the socio-economic, sexual, or political labels, acronyms or judgments the world assigns) lies at the heart of our life together in Jesus Christ. His last words to the disciples before ascension commands the Church to baptize,  to teach the world His way of self-sacrificial peacemaking, and to make God's favor known to all.
Forming disciples, who share God's love for the world, stands as our highest calling, and so we seek people of great diversity as partners in this work.  Jesus set 
radical hospitality to  all as  our standard for community.  Being human, we may fall short of the goal, but we keep the intention ever before us. 
God  provides all of creation to humanity as a sacred trust.  As stewards of the gift of creation, we seek to use the earth's resources carefully, so that each new generation can enjoy the abundance of creation. ​In the last two years, the congregation has taken steps to reduce our carbon footprint.  In 2014, we replaced all of our lighting with far more efficient LEDs, reducing our electrical use by 23%.  In 2015, we installed an industrial dishwasher to eliminate the need for wasteful paper and plastic.  In 2016, we developed a community garden allowing local residents and our members the opportunity to grow and harvest their own produce.  The Community  Garden celebrates the soil's abundance, reduces fossil fuel use to transport commercially grown food, and just plain tastes better! 
Worship lies at he heart of all that we do as disciples of Jesus.  The words of our worship come directly from the Bible,  echoing  the eternal worship of the  Crucified and Risen Christ.  We gather to:

+  celebrate Christ's victory over sin
     & death holding the world captive;

+  to share the trials and triumphs of
     our lives with God; 

+  to receive forgiveness & comfort;

+  to hear God's Word to guide our
      lives into Christ's way of peace;

+  to be filled with Christ's presence
    & the Holy Spirit in Communion;

+  and to be sent out into the world
     as agents of God's gracious love. 

Coming Soon

Pastoral Sabbatical
begins on 
July 9th 
Begins Wednesday, June 21st 
​6 pm til 8 pm 
Vacation Bible School 
 July 10th -14th 
from 9 am  -- 3:30 pm
Birthday Lunch 
Tues., July 18th 
11:30 am
 School from Monday through Friday, July 10th through July 14th 2017. The program runs daily from 9 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Thursday, and 9 am to noon on Friday. This year’s theme is “Water of Life” and we will be talking about creation, Jesus being baptized, the Pool of Siloam, The Woman at the Well, and Psalm 23. Children who will  have finished Kindergarten and are no older than finished 5th grade can register.   Registrations are now available in the church office. Registrations are on a first come – first serve basis, and there are 30 early registra-tion spots available for now. Hurry and secure a week of fun activities, chapel time, crafts, and food for your child!   

It's time to take the grill out of mothballs.  Our Summer Bible study series, BibleQue, resumes on Wednesday, June 21st.  As always the church will provide the the meat, and everyone else brings side dishes, salads, and desserts to share.  It's always a pleasant evening, and a great way to get to know more of your brothers and sisters at SLC.
Join us for our monthly birthday Lunch on Tuesday, July 18th at 11:45 am.  We gather at the Gateway Cottage to celebrate our appreciation for each other on the occasion of birthdays 
Pastor Schier-Hanson begins a three month sabbatical on Sunday, July 9th.  This will be pastor's first sabbatical in 28 years.  The sabbatical will run through Sunday, October 1st. During pastor's absence Rev. Bob Pedersen from Boise Idaho will be preaching and covering any pastoral needs.  
This is Christ's church.
There is a place for you here.
We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God's grace. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person--questions, complexities and all. Join us as we do God's work in Christ's name for the life of the world.

An ELCA Congregation

What is the ELCA?

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with nearly 4 million members in more than 9,000 congregations across the United States, Puerto Rico & the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God’s grace. For us, as the ELCA, this faith comes through the good news of Jesus Christ and gives us the freedom and the courage to wonder, discover and boldly participate in what God is up to in the world. 

We are a church that is always being made new, and at the same time, is deeply rooted in Scripture, Lutheran theology and Lutheran confessions. We are also rooted in the vibrant, diverse communities and rich histories of our congregations. It’s through these roots that the Holy Spirit guides and nourishes us so that we can be a church that is both resilient and always new. 

We welcome you to join this community of faith — the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America — regardless of your age, race, gender, life experience, complexities and questions. You have a unique story that can only add to the richness of the larger story that makes up the ELCA. There is a place for you here!
About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:
The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with more than 3.7 million members in more than 9,300 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of "God's work. Our hands," the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA's roots are in the writings of the German church reformer, Martin Luther.

ELCA Vision
Claimed by God’s grace for the sake of the world, we are a new creation through God’s living word by the power of the Holy Spirit;

Gathered by God’s grace for the sake of the world, we will live among God’s faithful people, hear God’s word and share Christ’s supper;

Sent by God’s grace for the sake of the world, we will proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed, serve all people following the example of our Lord Jesus, and strive for justice and peace in all the world.

Leaders & Staff Members

  1. Managing Director
    Having grown up as an Air Force dependent, Pastor Schier-Hanson always considered Texas, where his extended family lives and where he attended high school and college, to be home. In his 27 years of pastoral ministry he has served in a variety of roles and positions from hospital and long term care chaplain to trained intentional interim ministry to parish ministry in both staff and solo contexts. After 11 years of chaplaincy and intentional interim ministry he returned to parish ministry -- his first great vocational love -- in 2010 when he came to Spanaway Lutheran. He is married to Rev. Sara Schier-Hanson, and has a daughter studying bioengineering at the University of California at Santa Cruz.
  2. Managing Director
    Originally from the Boston area, Cheryl completed undergraduate majors in composition & music education at the University of Lowell (Mass.), and holds the Master of Music Degree in organ performance from New England Conservatory of Music. Cheryl has served on the National Council of the Organ Historical Society, as Dean of the Portland Chapter of the AGO, and has performed organ recitals throughout the Northwest and New England. She founded and directs Jump Into Music, an emerging non-profit program bringing private music instruction to children in need. When not involved in music and church, Cheryl enjoys gardening, camping and hiking with husband Tim and son Isaac, and restoring their 1908 house.
  3. Managing Director
    Nick was born and raised in Alaska. He attended grad school in the Pacific Northwest, and he liked it so much, he decided to stay. He has lived in Washington since 2012. Nick is committed to treating all people with equal dignity and respect, but he'll give you special treatment if you bring him snacks.
  4. Managing Director
    Church Sexton Chris Swann

Cheryl Drewes
Director of
Music Ministries

John  Schier-Hanson

Nick Dupont
Office Manager

Chris Swann
Church Sexton

Tel: 253-531-7000
Fax: 253-531-7001
Email: office@spanawaylutheran.org
16001 A Street South
P.O. Box 1300
Spanaway Washington  98387