Letter From Pastor Peter

Dear Friends,

In 1919 a small group of faithful people heard the call to form a Lutheran Church in downtown Minneapolis. The founders established the Church to be a place where all would be welcome. It would be a faith community grounded in the experience of God’s love in Jesus Christ. The congregation formally began on Palm Sunday, 1919. By 1927 the historic sanctuary was completed. The recent building renewal project was completed in 2018. From the founding to the present day, Central Lutheran Church has sought to pass on the faith from generation to generation.

Serving as a faith community in downtown Minneapolis brings challenges and opportunities. What would be needed for this calling to welcome all, provide the experience of God’s love in Jesus Christ and pass on the faith? One essential need would be sustainable funding to anchor the Church in the natural ebb and flow of the congregation and the community.

Another group of visionary members created the Central Lutheran Foundation in the 1950s. Approved by the congregation, this initiative would grow to be the remarkable financial support for the congregation that it is today. Thirty-five percent of the congregation’s current ministry support comes from the Central Lutheran Church Foundation.

This web site seeks to tell the story of Central Lutheran Church and the impact that the Central Lutheran Foundation empowers in and through the shared ministry. Every legacy gift to the Central Lutheran Foundation is wisely invested with returns anchoring the daily ministry of Central Lutheran Church. All are welcomed, God’s love in Jesus Christ is experienced and the faith is passed on from generation to generation.

I invite you to consider your gift to the Central Lutheran Church Foundation. How will your legacy empower ministry today and tomorrow as Central Lutheran Church explores the promise of God in worship, faith formation, care for the vulnerable, community and as God’s generous people?

Yours in Christ Jesus,

Pastor Peter Nycklemoe
Senior Pastor
Central Lutheran Church

Holding Hands

Founded in Generosity

The Central Lutheran Church Endowment Fund was created by the Board of Trustees of the church and established by a congregational vote on October 23, 1942. The funds were under the full discretion of the Board of Trustees in the name of the congregation. According to Larry Brings, in his book, “What God Hath Wrought”, “the endowment fund was created in 1942 as a result of a bequest of $1,000 given to the church in the will of N. L. Enger.” That gift, and various memorial gifts, benevolences, and a special campaign, generated funds for the newly established endowment fund.

In January of 1952, the Central Lutheran Church Foundation was incorporated as a separate entity from the church and placed under the control of its own governing board, independent of the church Board of Trustees.

Today, the Central Lutheran Church Foundation, through careful stewardship of many gifts from faithful friends and members, provides a critical budget component for Central Lutheran Church. The programs and services that the Foundation funds, shine a light of hope and faith on the church, the community, and the world.


CLCF Documents

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