Grace to you and peace


Our Mission
Welcoming. Inclusive. Joyful.
Serving the Community.
Thanksgiving Lutheran Church



Sunday mornings at TLC are the best way we demonstrate and live out our Mission Statement. All are welcome to worship here. We are an LGBTQ affirming congregation and we are a dog-friendly church. So, that makes us LGBTQD welcoming!

Our worship services are liturgical, which means that each element of the service is Bible-based. That doesn't mean that we are boring or stuffy. Our times together in worship are joyful occasions. Our music leaders (we have two different bands and a pianist that take turns) provide lively and sing-able music. The people in the chairs (we don't have pews here) are friendly-yeah, a little shy, which means they aren't overly pushy when they welcome you. We celebrate Holy Communion every week and all are welcome to come to the table here - we even have a treat for the dogs when they come! After worship, stay for a cup of coffee and some conversation with some of the nicest folks in Santa Rosa.

Bring an item of perishable food for our F.I.S.H. barrel (F.I.S.H. is a local food pantry for S.R. neighbors in need) or a can or bag of dog or cat food to donate to HomelessWithPets, a SR organization that serves our homeless neighbors who have an animal companion.

Worship starts at 9:30 a.m.

During the week, you are invited to join our Tuesday, 1 p.m., Bible Study, in which we take a first look at the scripture readings that will be the focus of the following Sunday's worship. You are also invited to our Bible Journaling sessions which are a venue for artistic expression of a Bible verse. Our October Bible Journaling sessions are Thursday, Oct. 12 (focus verse: Jeremiah 29:11-13) and Oct. 26 (focus verse: Jeremiah 1:5). Bring a Bible or notebook or sketchbook or paper to journal in. Bring supplies you like to work with or you may try a new medium, as Michelle Higgs, our leader, will supply lots of options.

On Saturday, October 28, join all three ELCA congregations in Santa Rosa for an inspirational celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. A program of music and inspirational talks starts at 3 p.m. followed by an Oktoberfest including bratwurst and beer. This event will take place at Faith Lutheran Church, across town, at 4930 Newanga.

If you need a faith community in your life right now, give TLC a try. We are a small church with a big heart, and we'd love to get to know and love you.

Pastor Jean


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