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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.
Sometimes there are unexpected delays. You thought you would be married by now. Or more mature. Or more understanding. Jesus said we should be ready for unexpected delays -- that even God's kingdom would seem to come late, but when it arrived, many people still wouldn't be ready.
See highlights from 750+ art galleries Monday, March 23, at 7 p.m.
See highlights of work exhibited in New York at 14 art fairs held during Armory Week earlier in March.
Artists: you are welcome to bring one or two pieces to show what you are currently working on, but this is not an art exhibit. It's just a couple friends getting together to look at and discuss art. Anyone is welcome.
Discuss Business Books at the La Jolla Business Book Club
Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at 7 p.m.
On March 31 we will discuss Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth, and Impact the World by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler. If you have a chance to read some or all of the book before we meet, that would be great. But since this is our organizational meeting, if you want to just come and hear about the book, feel free to do that. Bold is available at Warwicks and other booksellers.
Most of us are still thinking that the pace of change will get slightly faster over time. We aren’t imagining what the world will be like after computer power doubles ten more times. And that’s probably only 15 or 20 years away. Bold discusses current and near-term opportunities in a number of different fields impacted by rapidly escallating changes.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at 7 p.m.
On April 28 we will discuss Future Crimes: Everything is Connected, Everyone is Vulnerable, and What We Can Do about It by Marc Goodman.
It used to be that someone had to be physically present to break into your home or business. Now they can do it from anywhere in the world.
Future Crimes is about our vulnerability to others because of computers and the internet, a vulnerability that is likely to increase as the world rapidly becomes more connected.
Come for an interesting discussion of a very timely topic.
The La Jolla Business Book Club meets at La Jolla Lutheran Church the last Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Feel free to just show up, but it would be great if you signed up in advance at http://www.meetup.com/La-Jolla-Business-Book-Club/
Our Rummage Sale raised more than $3,000 for Feed America San Diego
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.
We had seven Groundbreaking Art Exhibits last year
Last year we 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
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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 March we are praying for Norway. 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