All photography provided by Erin Settergren
Welcome to Christ Memorial Lutheran Church
Christ Memorial Lutheran Church (ELCA) is a community of believers who love with a sincere heart and whose mission is to invite persons of all ages to a living faith in Jesus Christ.
to Encourage your faith in a Loving, Caring, Fellowship
to Enrich your faith in Worship, Bible Study and Prayer
to Equip your faith through programs of Education and Training and to invite you
to Express your faith in witness and service in your home, community and the world.
Part of our purpose is fulfilled in our Tender Learning Center (TLC) ministry. TLC is a Christian daycare with Jesus at the center. Every Wednesday morning we have Chapel services led by Pastor Dave.
We invite any interested person to join us in our journey as we question, search, challenge, and grow together in faith and in Christian service to others.
In January of 1958 the Suhl family volunteered their home for worship and meetings. There were only 6 families at the time to start a Missouri Synod Mission Church. March of 1958, the congregation, then known as the Minnetonka Mission Church, was too large to hold services in the Suhl home. Land was purchased and construction was begun near Wayzata Blvd and Ford Road - in May they named themselves Christ Memorial. The first called pastor of Christ Memorial was Rev. Matern. In January 1963, Bernard Johnson answered the congregation call to become the second pastor.
For 3 years the church continued to grow. The building became too small and access for visitors was difficult. A committee recommended that we move northwest where the population growth was higher and access was easier. The land for the present building was purchased in July of 1967. The new building was occupied in January of 1969. The TLC daycare was started in 1986. CMLC also became part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
A new addition was added in 2001 which included a large room used for Fellowship and also as a large muscle room for our daycare. Pastor Johnson served the congregation for more than 24 years. After he retired, Pastor Douglas Wahlberg was pastor for 6 years. After he left, Pastor Fred Lee was our pastor for about 5 years, then Pastor Rich Dahle-Koch came to serve as our Pastor in September 2000. He retired after 17-2/3 years of service. Currently our interim pastor is Dave Grant.
How we have made an impact
- Our Causes of the Month:
- Support for the PULSE evangelical event
- Support for refugees & Going Places MN, which collects suitcase care packages for MN children in foster care
- IOCP FoodShelf
- Our Compassion Int'l child in Kenya, whom we have supported for a number of years
- Camp scholarships for Luther Park Camping & Retreat Center in Danbury, WI
- The Back to School drive, held through IOCP
- Our Saviour's Community Services
- ELCA World Hunger
- Gideons International
- We make close to 300 sandwiches every 2 months for Our Saviour's Shelter
- Bible Studies - a monthly women's Bible study
- Also Bible Studies which cover books of the Bible, as well as topical studies
- Our senior group meets monthly - Untapped Energy
- Our daycare (TLC) is a distinctly Christian daycare, with a weekly Pastor-led chapel service
- Our Kidz Bible Quest reaches out to our elementary age children, as well as neighborhood children, to learn together about Jesus through fun activities
- Our missionaries, Mihai & Tammy Lundell, who will soon be serving in Italy
- We had the 25th anniversary of our Alternative Christmas Gift Market, which helps various humanitarian projects and features third-world craft items from SERRV & Divas Fair Trade.