Our Church Affiliation....


          ......Evangelical Lutheran Church in America




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 God's Work. Our Hands.



Wooden Cross Lutheran Church is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Member congregations across the U.S. share a common faith, heritage, organization, world support system, and many other common elements of our faith. ELCA 


The ELCA announces:

“This is Christ’s church.  There is a place for you here.  We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God's grace. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person — questions, complexities and all.  Join us as we do God's work in Christ's name for the life of the world.”


Connecting with Others Through the ELCA PDF Print

As members of the ELCA, we are sent in faithful mission together to do God's work with our hands. Wooden Cross is part of three expressions--our local congregation, the Northwest Washington Synod, and the churchwide ELCA.  As such we are called to engage in difficult conversations that sometimes reveal our differences. 


  •  The Lutheran magazine tells the stories of the people of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. You're invited to subscribe to the digital format ofThe Lutheran


  •  Join a blog for a daily blend of stories, culture and community at Living Lutheran


  •  To check out a magazine just for preschoolers up to age 6 calledThe Little Lutheran (or sent as The Little Christian for those who are not Lutheran). This publication reinforces lectionary-based Sunday school stories for our youngest learners.


  • Imagine Yourself...Being Who God Created You to Beis a social media invitation for young adults to converse with others their age. Click here to read stories about discovery and discernment regarding your vocational decisions.


  • CaféStirring the Spirit Withinis an electronic magazine for young women of the ELCA who want to build community, participate in advocacy, strengthen faith, and strive toward enlightenment (CAFE!).


History of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in North America

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The ELCA, along with other Lutheran churches, can trace its roots directly to the Protestant Reformation that took place in Europe in the 16th century. Martin Luther, a German monk, became aware of differences between the Bible and church practices of the day. His writings, lectures and sermons inspired others to protest church practices and call for reform. For the last five centuries, the Lutheran expression of the Christian faith has grown and developed, giving the ELCA a rich theological and cultural heritage. Learn more about relevant Lutheran events – in the context of world history with these interactive timelines.  For more history of the ELCA click here.



This church confesses the Triune God--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.


This church confesses Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe--Jesus Christ is the Word of God incarnate, through whom everything was made and through whose life, death, and resurrection God fashions a new creation. The proclamation of God's message to us as both Law and Gospel is the Word of God, revealing judgment and mercy through word and deed, beginning with the Word in creation, continuing in the history of Israel, and centering in all its fullness in the person and work of Jesus Christ.  The canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the written Word of God. Inspired by God's Spirit speaking through their authors, they record and announce God's revelation centering in Jesus Christ.  Through them God's Spirit speaks to us to create and sustain Christian faith and fellowship for service in the world. For more information about the beliefs of the ELCA click here.



For more fascinating facts, history, theology, organization and social concerns of the ELCA click here.


For information about the Northwest Washington Synod and other local ELCA Lutheran Churches, click here.

Welcome to Wooden Cross PDF Print

 At Wooden Cross we seek to follow Jesus. This is a journey... we Connect with God and one another... we Grow in faith and friendship... we Go into the world to invite others into this life with God and to serve with the love of Christ.


Connect... Grow... Go... it really is just that.



 You are welcome here.... we mean it. We know that many have been scarred and scared by "church folk." With God's help we will never be those "folks" in your life. We are flawed and scarred ourselves, but with God's help we are building a people who follow Jesus wherever He leads us. Together we learn to love and bless... we never get it perfect, but God does and so we keep trying. You are welcome here! 


Our Mission,"Follow Jesus, whever he leads":

  • Connect with God and one another
  • Grow in faith and friendship 
  • Go invite and serve so that others may know God's love