Since 2013, thousands of ELCA congregations have participated in this dedicated day of service, gathering to serve communities in ways that share the love of God with all of God’s people. Resources to help your congregation participate in “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday include a toolkit, posters, bulletin inserts and more!
Lutheran Social Services of Nevada holds a special drive every summer for one of our most popular food pantry items: peanut butter. Local churches, businesses, and groups are able to register to compete to see who could donate the most peanut butter, and the winner of the "war" will become our reigning champion and be recognized by LSSN. Will your church or business be able to take the crown from our reigning champions, New Song Lutheran Church?
At Faith/La Fe in Phoenix, we are blessed to have some young adults that are active in ministry on all levels. Two of them, Geraldine Carrillo and Sam Perez, recently served as lead counselors for Lutheran Campformation at Camp Pinerock in Prescott. Geraldine and Sam excelled as role models and leaders for their campers, and helped to raise up new leaders at camp and in the church at-large.
But they aren’t done yet! Geraldine and Sam were both selected to participate in the Young Adult Exchange Program with L’Eglise Lutherienne du Senegal and, at the time of this writing, they are on a plane to Senegal with other young adults from our synod. They jumped at this opportunity for a variety of reasons.
Conflict is normal and inevitable whether in the home, school, community, church or workplace. The Mediation Skills Training Institute presented by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center (LMPC) is designed to equip church leaders with the skills necessary to deal effectively with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of group conflict.
On Tuesday, July 15, four young adults form the Grand Canyon Synod will be heading to Senegal to further our companion synod relationship with the Lutheran Church of Senegal. Julie Gerrish (Esperanza/University), a former YAGM in Senegal, is leading the trip. Geraldine Carillo (Faith), Stephanie Petrilli (Our Saviour's-Phx), and Sam Perez (Faith) round out the delegation.
We send prayers to Rev. Fred Soltow, Rev. Kevin Meyer, and the congregation of Covenant Lutheran Church in Quartzsite, AZ, as they reach out and reflect on what it means to be the church today in a very mobile world by sharing God's love and forgiveness.
In this post, ELCA World Hunger summer intern Aml Mohamed reflects on her experiences of accompaniment in her home country of Egypt.
“Why are you interested in this position at the ELCA?” A classic, expected question during an interview. I paused and asked myself three questions. What is the difference between interning at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a regular nonprofit? Would I care as a practicing Muslim to work at a Lutheran faith-based institution? Would my identity as an Egyptian allow me to work and understand hunger in the US?
Between July 7-12, we were thrilled to have 120 campers and 35 counselors from 16 congregations across Arizona and Las Vegas for a fantastic week of faith formation and adventure!
Campformation’s new mission is to provide faith formation for 6th-12th grade youth in an outdoor setting. Campformation’s large team of pastors and youth leaders worked for months on this year’s Campformation experience.
We pray for Abounding Grace Lutheran Church in Tucson as they fulfill their mission to be God's instruments on earth, reaching out to the unchurched, loving their neighbors and welcoming all.
We lift up their faithful staff: Reverend Keith Hardy, Parish Secretary Jay Froehlich, Music Director Steve Natoli, Financial Secretary Bill Aurand. We pray for the church council: President Bill Froehlich, Vice President Mark Westlake, Council Secretary Jay Froehlich, Treasurer Brendan Victorson. We pray for deacons Walter Brewer, Paul Surhoff, Ken Luthro, Jeff Williams, and Karen Paye.