Community / Service


Here are some of the ways in which you can be involved in building community here at CTL:

E-Team exists to Energize, Encourage, and Equip the congregation in God’s mission to share the Good News. The Christ the Lord E-Team (Evangelism) partners with other church committees and groups to develop events that live out the Gospel in our community and world. This group also encourages a spirit of hospitality among all those who gather within the building. They are responsible for community meals, potlucks, and receptions, and can always use help with those!


Adult Ministries helps organize educational and fellowship opportunities for our adults. They plan and present Adult Forum topics on Sunday mornings during the education hour and organize outings for educational, cultural, and fellowship purposes.

Children & Family is responsible for Christian education for our children as well as organizing events for children’s activities and events for families.

Pastoral Care supports ministries such as the Bridge Group for those who have found themselves single, Caring Meals, Communion Ministers for the sick and homebound, the Card Ministry, Prayer Chain, and the Shepherding Groups that help us relate directly to members. It is our goal to assure connectivity to each member as part of our ministry.

Caring Meals ministry provides home-cooked meals for people affected by stressful situations (serious illness, death in the family, etc.). Anyone who wants to serve others, wants to be part of a ministry but cannot commit to regular meetings, loves to cook, desires to bless families and new babies, or to comfort those who are in the midst of difficult circumstances is encouraged to join us in this rewarding and delicious ministry.

The Card Ministry handcrafts beautiful cards for all occasions. They are available for use by anyone who would like to congratulate, thank, console, welcome, or encourage others in our community and beyond.

Bound & Un-Gagged is a group that provides a monthly opportunity for reading and discussion of a wide variety of books. They meet at a local restaurant for breakfast once a month. Your friends and neighbors with whom you share the love of reading are welcome!

The Bridge Club is for people who find themselves "suddenly single,” adjusting from one stage of life to another. They meet twice a month to share a meal and enjoy some fun, laughter, and friendship.

Natural Church Development is a group dedicated to building a healthy, thriving church community by encouraging spiritual development, communication, and healthy, functioning committees and task force structures that encourage our mission.

Mutual Ministry Committee provides support for the Pastor and staff of the church, looking to ensure their physical, spiritual, and emotional wellbeing and encouraging healthy relationships among staff members and between the staff and the congregation.

Property & Grounds is our own group of “fix-it” guys and gals who maintain and beautify the building and property that God has entrusted to us. Projects include all-church clean-up and work days and setting up for events at the church. Anyone who is at all handy is encouraged to join in!


We believe that love for God always goes hand-in-hand with love for our neighbor. Here are some of the ways we seek to serve our neighbors here and around the world:

Social Ministry supports the overall mission of CTL, which is to be “centered in Christ and reach out to care,” and focuses specifically on helping to meet the physical needs of neighbors both in our community and around the world. Some of the organizations we help support include: ELCA World Hunger, the ELCA Malaria CampaignElgin PADS homeless shelterEcker Center for those dealing with mental illness, Community Crisis Center for those dealing with domestic abuse, Christmas White Gifts and school supplies for students in District U46Living Well Cancer CenterAll Peoples Interfaith Food PantryCROP Walk for hunger, Little Angels for the developmentally disabled, Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention.

Soup Kettle is a community ministry that provides meals every day of the week for people who need them. CTL volunteers help with setup, serving, cleanup, and hospitality for the guests the fifth Friday of each month.

Christ the Lord Lutheran Church is a member of the Habitat for Humanity - New Hope Partnership which is affiliated with the Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley The partnership consists of several area churches whose mission it is to work together to build or rehab homes through volunteer efforts including labor, donated building materials, financial contributions, and homeowner participation.

Needles & Pins is a special crafters’ ministry that creates prayer shawls and baptismal blankets.

A Community Garden is planted on the church grounds in the Spring to help grow vegetables to be given to local food pantries so people can enjoy fresh produce.

CTL is host to a number of community organizations. Included are Cub Scouts (CTL is the charter organization) a Community Crisis Center support group, Alcoholics Anonymous, the Wild Ones prairie gardening group, other garden clubs, a sewing guildhomeowner association meetingspiano recitals and more. If your community group is looking for a place to meet, talk with us!