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La Jolla Lutheran Church
About the church
If you're wondering what our church is like, it can be summed up simply: We follow Jesus. You're welcome to come even if you're skeptical, have doubts, or aren't sure you'll fit in. When you arrive, you'll find we teach what the Bible says and let you make up your own mind what you think about it.
The central theme of our worship service is that God loves you. When you arrive, you'll find kids, parents, and grandparents, all worshiping together in one extended family. We have a great Sunday School that meets during worship (starting right after the children's message).
Unlike many clubs you may be familiar with, you do not need to be sponsored, voted in, or pay dues to visit our church. Feel free to just show up. You'll be very welcome. If you arrive at 9:20 Sunday morning, you'll be in plenty of time to find parking, get a program and have a seat before the service starts. Our parking lot is across the street from the church (on Fern Glen and La Jolla Boulevard).
No prior experience is required - we print everything you need in one handy program, so you won?t have to guess what happens next.
People's clothes will range from summer casual to dressy. Wear what makes you comfortable and you'll fit right in. We look forward to seeing you Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
La Jolla Lutheran Church
La Jolla Lutheran Church is 14 miles north of downtown San Diego, three blocks from the coast, in La Jolla, CA.
What We Teach
We teach from the Bible every week, since the Bible tells about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit and gives helpful advice on how to live. In the Bible, you discover that God loves you, that Jesus died so you could live life fully, that Jesus is alive today, and that the Holy Spirit is available to help you any time you ask.
Sunday School for kids age 3 through 12 is held during the worship service. Children start with us in the sanctuary, sing one or two songs with us, hear a couple passages from the Bible, and then go to the Sunday School after the children's message. One of the great things of a church our size is the kids get individualized attention in a supportive environment. We have also confirmation classes both for adults and for students in the seventh, eighth and ninth grades. Confirmation classes teach the basics of the faith and help people decide if they want to follow Jesus.
Learn from the Bible on Wednesday in a discussion group that meets at 6:30 p.m.
About the Pastor
Mark Dahle has been pastor of La Jolla Lutheran for 19 years. He is the author of How To Pray For Healing (and what to do if nothing happens). He paints abstract art and likes hiking.
Prayer for healing (or any other request) is available any Sunday after worship. If you've gotten prayer before but you're not healed yet, it's worth asking for prayer again.
Many parents and grandparents want their children to be baptized, and we're always honored to be the location they choose for that special event. We have also been privileged to baptize many adults who have come to faith in Jesus. When we schedule a baptism, we choose a day your family can remember as all their own. For more details, call the church office at 858-454-6459.
Everyone needs a chance to confirm their faith: to publicly state that they want to follow Jesus. We'd love to talk with you about making the day you do this special. For more details, call the church office at 858-454-6459.
Engaged couples love our building's beautiful Spanish architecture. People also love our location: just three blocks from WindanSea Beach in beautiful La Jolla. (And people are delighted to find that our rates match their budget!) But we're not for everyone. We want your wedding to last a lifetime, so we ask that you attend services at our church so you can meet friends who can support you during your marriage. For more details, call the church office at 858-454-6459.
Funerals and Memorials
If you would like to remember the life of someone you love, we would be honored to be the location you choose for a memorial or funeral. Our beautiful Spanish architecture will make a quiet and profound statement for your guests, and we will work with you to create a service that reflects the beliefs and life of the person you wish to honor. For more details, call the church office at 858-454-6459.
At 6 p.m. on Wednesday we will have a Christmas Eve Candlelight service based on the theme "God gives great gifts." We will sing many favorite Christmas carols and celebrate the birth of Jesus in a manger.
When we decorated the Christmas tree this year, we had help from kids who were three years old and under. They could easily reach one branch. That branch got six ornaments on it, all jammed together. It's Pastor Mark's favorite part of the tree.
Sometimes God gives gifts that are so wonderful you have to grow into them. But God gives great gifts.
Our Rummage Sale on
Each year we donate the proceeds from our rummage sale to a worthy cause. In prior years funds have helped wounded soldiers from Afghanistan and Iraq and their families, provided shelter for abused women and children in San Diego, and have built two houses in Mexico for people who lacked adequate shelter. This year the funds will help hungry families through Feed America San Diego.
Thank you to everyone who contributed goods for this great cause and for all who stopped by for the sale itself. Your contributions will make a difference in the lives of hungry people in San Diego County. Our unsold goods were donated to the San Diego Rescue Mission, and they will use them to further their ministries to homeless men, women and children in San Diego.
Seven Groundbreaking Art Exhibits this year
Over the past twelve months we've had seven Groundbreaking Art Exhibits, with hundreds of great artworks from dozens of Southern California artists. We've shown paintings, drawings, ceramics, stained glass, and sculpture. You can see examples of the exhibits by following this link: Art Exhibit
Jesus calls you to do amazing things
This summer we reviewed the expectations of Jesus for his followers. We looked at the amazing things Jesus calls us to do (heal the sick, cast out demons, raise the dead) and how God equips us for the task. The complete series is available on YouTube:
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We do quite a bit throughout the year to help the world and our community (and to have fun). Here are some examples from the past year:
Get a La Jolla Lutheran t-shirt. We have almost all sizes in stock, from youth extra-small to adult 2XL. Choose either "La Jolla Lutheran / We follow Jesus" or "Ask me / I'll pray for you." These shirts are a great bargain at $10 each. Save shipping when you pick them up at church or call the office to arrange to have them mailed to you: 858-454-6459.
Prayer For The Nations. We've been praying for the nations, focusing on one a month. In December we are praying for Gabon. Join us in praying for the nations, and seeing God do mighty things around the world!
La Jolla Lutheran Church is a member of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, a fast-growing denomination of great congregations located throughout the United States. LCMC has more than 700 congregations in the United States and more than 800 worldwide. Other great LCMC churches in San Diego County include Penasquitos Lutheran Church at 14484 Penasquitos Drive and St. Timothy Lutheran Church at 2602 Reo Drive. To find an LCMC congregation near you, visit http://lcmc.net/memberdirectory.html