The current location of Living Word Lutheran Church came to the congregation as a blessing in 2014. Before moving into the building formerly owned by the Seventh Day Adventist Church on Hill Top Drive in Cumberland, LWLC met regularly at the Woodmen of the World social hall on Virginia Avenue. With the new building came a large sanctuary, a nursery, offices, Sunday school classrooms, and a social hall. Church members have dedicated hundreds of volunteer hours to the upkeep and maintenance of the building and contributed to funds that allowed for necessary capital improvements, such as the installation of a modesty rail at the front of the sanctuary, new gravel for the satellite parking lot, and a new sign and garden wall at the entrance.
The congregation of LWLC recently pooled nearly $5,000 to replace the aging roof that was in need of repair. Cumberland-based Grant Family Home Improvements was contracted to install the new metal roof that will last the church for decades to come.
In the near future, LWLC plans to rework the church entrance and install a handicap access ramp, increasing accessibility for our mobility-challenged congregants and visitors. A sound system upgrade is on the docket, too.
Matthew 18:20 tells us that where two or three are gathered in His holy name, there He is among us. Making necessary capital improvements comes at a price - but increasing the longevity and inviting nature of the church where we gather for worship is important.
It's the most wonderful time of the year - the season that celebrates Christ's birth. The congregation at Living Word Lutheran Church gathered for the annual candlelight service at 7:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve, with 90 members and visitors in attendance. To all of the visitors who decided to worship with us on Christmas Eve, welcome to LWLC. We hope to see you again soon - please stop by for a regular Sunday service at 10:00 a.m.
In preparation for one of the holiest days of the year, our youngest congregants put together an adorable Christmas play on December 15. Many thanks are due to our church's musician, the Sunday school leaders, and the volunteers who contributed to the production.
The members of Living Word Lutheran Church also prepared their hearts for Christmas by making spirits bright. In keeping with near annual tradition, more than 25 gift bags for children of all ages were put together and donated to the Salvation Army. The Hat & Mitten Tree collected countless gloves, hats, scarves, and other cold-weather accessories for students in need at John Humbird Elementary School. LWLC is committed to serving its brothers and sisters in Christ in the Cumberland community.
As August transitions to September, students will prepare to head back to school. After a season away, they'll once again return to the classrooms to receive their education. So too would we like for our community to head back to church - to receive the Gospel and all the wisdom it imparts.
On Sunday, September 8, join us for worship at 10:00 a.m. during Living Word Lutheran Church's inaugural Back to Church Sunday celebration! Bring a friend, a neighbor, your family, or come solo - we welcome you with open arms.
Whether you're just visiting or are looking for a church to join in membership, you'll enjoy a delightful service and refreshments after worship.
We are located at 800 Hill Top Drive in Cumberland. Parking is available in the paved lot beside the church or in the gravel lot across the street (at the intersection of Hill Top Drive and Caroline Street). Ushers will be available for assistance at the handicap entrance (front door).