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​​Spanaway Lutheran Church

Our Week at a Glance

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

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

Weekly Newsletter

Lamplighter November 3, 2019
Lamplighter December 1, 2019
Lamplighter November 10, 2019
Lamplighter November 17, 2019
Lamplighter November 24, 2019


10-06-19  17th Sunday after Pentecost
12-01-19    First Sunday of Advent
10-20-19  19th Sunday after Pentecost
10-27-19  Reformation Sunday


2019 Event Calendar
2020 Event Calendar
2017 SLC Constitution Rev.
SLC 2018 Annual Report
SLC 2019 Budget
2017 SLC Bylaws Revised

Mark Your Calendar


December 16, 2019
Fourth Friday Fellowship

NONE in 
November and December
Table Talk

November 7, 14, 21, 2019
​6 pm

Come and celebrate our birthdays with us!
Every 3rd Monday of the month at NOON we meet at the Bar Bistro for fellowship and celebration.

Fellowship and Bible Study

This is a great opportunity to enjoy fellowship, a meal and a bible study or book study in a relaxed environment.

6 pm on the first THREE Thursdays of the month (except Advent and Lent season).

Food and Fellowship

Join us for our Dinner and a Movie event!

This is a free event, but we need you to register by the Wednesday before if you would like to attend. We want to make sure we are preparing enough food for everyone.

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.

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! 
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. 
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

+  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. 
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
  4. Managing Director
    Church Sexton Chris Swann
  5. Managing Director
    Born and raised in Germany, Stefanie married an Air Force guy in 1994 and moved to the United States in 1998. Her daughter and son both were born in Northern California, spent 11 years in San Antonio, Texas, moved to be beautiful Pacific Northwest and made Spanaway their home. Stefanie has been an Office Manager/Bookkeeper for most of her 30 years of office experience and she loves that she can serve her God and her congregation in this way.

Chris Swann
Church Sexton

John  Schier-Hanson

Cheryl Drewes
Director of Music Ministries

Stefanie DeZarn
Office Manager

Steve Howe
Music Team Leader

Chris Swan
Church Custodian

Tel:  253-531-7000
Fax: 253-531-7001

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