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First Fruits: Planting Trees to Feed Those In Need

Have you noticed the new fruit tree grove along the church parking lot? For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, church member Jenna Leland and a team of volunteers transformed a barren stretch of church parking lot property into a small orchard that will produce fruit for years to come.


Orange County Register

Saddleback Children's Center Director Sandy Starks, SCC teacher Susan Wright and Pastor Marty Jacobson celebrate SCC's 30 years in Rancho Santa Margarita.Saddleback Children's Center fetes 30 years in Rancho

Last month Community Lutheran Church paid tribute to the Saddleback Children's Center, which is celebrating 30 years of service to the families and children of our community. SCC has been enriching the lives of children with a high-quality Christian education that has started the educational process for thousands of Orange County's children. SCC was the first preschool in Rancho Santa Margarita to receive 5-star accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Read more...


Orange County Register

Pastor Marty and members of Community Lutheran Church dedicate the new community gardenChurch plants garden for community to share

You’d expect to hear people at church talking about faith and good works, but Sunday the buzz at Community Lutheran Church was all about compost and tomato plants. That’s because this long-standing parish in Rancho Santa Margarita is growing more than faith. In a new initiative, Community Lutheran Church (CLC) is expanding its ministry and has launched a community garden for the congregation and local residents to enjoy.


Orange County Register

Community Lutheran Church members and friends packing meals under the direction of Stop Hunger Now.Church members package 15,000 meals for charity

On a hot Sunday afternoon in Rancho Santa Margarita, more than 130 members and friends of Community Lutheran Church (CLC) donned bright yellow T-shirts and gathered to feed the hungry. Wearing shirts that proclaimed “God’s Work: Our Hands,” the Lutheran volunteers partnered with the nonprofit relief agency Stop Hunger Now and packaged more than 15,000 meals on the church campus. Read the full story at