Who is Celebration Church?

Celebration Church was established in 1987 as a mission development, or new church start, by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  In 2017 this congregation decided to go into redevelopment.  Basically, we are in the process of transforming ourselves so we can adapt to the ever-changing culture and society.

Worship with us:
Sundays @ 9AM

8726 W. Olive Ave.
Peoria AZ 85345

What does it mean to be in a redevelopment mission?

Redevelopment is the intentional, structure, strategic, holistic renewal process that stewards discernment of the congregation’s purpose, guiding principles, missional plan and identity to re-root in the community and God’s mission in the world.

Mission

By sharing and embracing God’s life-changing grace.

Vision

To love everyone into a redeeming relationship with Jesus Christ.

Values

BE Christ-Centered. BE Courageous. BE Accepting. BE Loving.

What we believe…

We are supposed to build relationships by loving God and loving our neighbor.
(Matthew 22:34-40)

We are supposed to be equipped and equip others.
(Acts 1:8)

We are supposed to go make disciples of all nations.
(Matthew 28:18-20)

We are sent to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the captives, recover sight to the blind, and let the oppressed go free.
(Luke 4:16-21)

  • ...about God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit

    We believe in the Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God is the creator of all things in whom everything begins and ends. We believe Jesus Christ is the Word of God incarnate, through whom everything was made and through whose life, death, and resurrection fashions a new creation. We believe in the Holy Spirit who begins and daily increases holiness on earth through Christ’s church, the forgiveness of sins, and by changing the hearts of humanity.

  • ...about the Bible

    We believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God as stated in 2 Timothy 3:16, “All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness so that the child of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” The bible is a library of books that announces 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.

  • ...about the Church

    We believe the Church is not a congregation or a denomination or a particular style of worship or a human tradition but rather the Church is the assembly of people in which the Gospel is taught purely and the sacraments are rightly administered.

  • ...about Salvation

    We believe that salvation comes to us as a gift (a free gift and not of our own doing) of God through faith and by his grace.  Paul wrote in Romans 3, “We hold that a person is justified by faith apart from works of the law.”  And again in Ephesians 2, “For grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is a gift of God—not because of works, lest anyone should boast.”

  • ...about Worship

    We believe worship is the most important thing that we do.  We were created for eternity with a heart to praise the Lord.  However, through sin and darkness, this desire has been overshadowed.  Therefore, worship draws us back into fellowship with God, enables us to hear the good news, forgive our sins and celebrate the gift of the sacraments.

  • ...about the Sacraments

    We believe that the sacraments are visible signs of God’s invisible grace. The two sacraments we practice are Holy Communion and Holy Baptism. Holy Baptism is the means of grace by which God cleanses from sin and death, claims us as God’s children, and and calls us to be disciples of Jesus. Holy Communion is the means of grace by which God forgives, restores, welcomes and builds community. It is more than a symbol, we believe that Christ is truly present in, with and under the bread and wine. We invite, not demand, all to participate regardless of church affiliation or whether a person is baptized. We celebrate that Christ’s gift of love and mercy is extended to all peoples.

  • ...about Free Will

    We believe without God’s grace and the power of the Holy Spirit, we are not capable of making ourselves acceptable to God, fearful of God or believing in God with our whole heart.  As Martin Luther once wrote, “I cannot by my own understanding or effort believe in Christ my Lord or come to him.  It is the Holy Spirit that calls me through the Gospel, enlightens me with his gifts, and sanctifies and keeps me in true faith.”

Mission Supporters

Staff

David Sivecz

Pastor

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Tori Preston

Agape Preschool Director

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Randy Badsgard

Music Director

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Lora McDermitt

Custodian

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Contractors

Brenda Patton

Bookkeeper

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Kyle Pflueger

Web Developer / Graphic Designer

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