Christ Lutheran Church in Visalia, Calif., is a church transformed. In opening hearts and doors to a ministry among the community’s Lahu people, the congregation has become a two-expression congregation moving toward the future with hope and promise.
The first step was to welcome a worshiping community of Lahu people. The second step was to join with the Lahu community to support and encourage the Rev. Samee Singkeovilay, who became the first ordained Lahu pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, in April 2018. Soon after, he became the mission developer pastor for the Christ Lutheran Lahu Ministry, a Synodically Authorized Worshiping Community sponsored by the Sierra Pacific Synod. Read more »
Presentation and action-focused discussion on the recommendations from the 2018 Town Halls on Criminal Justice in Arizona. Registration is free. Spanish interpretation, transportation and childcare provided. Thursday, May 30, 6-8 pm, Mountain Park Health Center Baseline Clinic, 635 East Baseline Road, Phoenix, AZ, 85042. Registration and info»
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We uplift The Reverend Canon Deborah J. Royals and St. Raphael's in the Valley, a joint Episcopal-Lutheran congregation in the heart of Benson, Arizona, as they share a physical and spiritual presence in their community and share the love of God with others.
We pray for the people of Lord of Grace, Tucson, Arizona, as they spread the word that every one of us is loved by God, our creator, whoever we are and wherever we come from. We lift up: Pastor Lars Hammar; Kellie Funk, Administrative Assistant; Todd Martin, Director of Traditional Worship; Stuard Oliver, Praise Band Director; Jon Nicholson, Choir Director; and Kate Elliott, Volunteer Coordinator.
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Transforming Moments: Yet again the nation is dealing with a school shooting, this time on the campus of UNC-Charlotte. On May 1, a young man entered a classroom and began shooting. Two were killed and four were wounded. Police were unclear as to the possible motives of the shooter. Read more»
Faith Lens features weekly bible studies that engage youth and young adults in connecting world events with the Bible, faith, and everyday life.
The Lutheran Campus Ministry at Northern Arizona University is seeking applications for a part-time Program Coordinator position. This person will work closely with the campus minister assisting in the day-to-day affairs of the organization. This position is a great opportunity for those discerning a future in ministry. View our PDF for more info»
Sema Foundation is delighted to invite you to share the Ramadan Experience with our friends at Arizona Faith Network. Each year, we host more than 2,000 guests and share more than 4,000 meals throughout Ramadan for FREE.On May 24th at 6:30 PM, we are partnering with AFN to host a joyful Friday evening at the Sema Foundation (325 N Austin Dr #4, Chandler, AZ 85226). More info and registration»
Thank you to everyone who submitted their 2018 annual parochial reports (Forms A & C.) 100% of the congregations in the Grand Canyon Synod submitted their reports and in time for the system closing deadline!
We really appreciate your efforts in completing the reports. Another way we are church together, better together for the sake of the gospel. You are amazing!
The Rev. Robert C. Blezard continues to provide a “Stewardship Toolkit” for congregations. This month’s theme: Develop a heart of generosity..
It consists of an original newsletter article and RCL-based “stewardship snippets” that they can cut and paste into their publications. It also has resources to explore the theme set out in the newsletter article.