We uplift in prayer Peace Lutheran Church in Peoria, Arizona, as they share Christ with the world and grow disciples for Jesus. We pray for Pastor Al Cassel and the admin staff of Peace: Lesley Moosman, Parish Administration; Michelle Stadler, Secretary/Receptionist; Randy Vossler, Facilities Manager; Rita Mae Schaefer, Office Manager; and Sue Behrens, Bookkeeper.
We pray for the congregation of Desert Hills Lutheran Church in Green Valley, Arizona, and their pastors, Rev. Dr. Martin Overson and Rev. Ken Nyhusmoen, as they celebrate grace, make disciples, and make a difference.
The Global Engagement team is currently seeking applications for young adults who would like to travel to Senegal this July and create relationships with young adults from our companion church. Application deadline is May 10, 2019. Download a flyer and an application to learn more.
The Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) met at the Lutheran Center in Chicago April 4-7. The council, which serves as the ELCA's board of directors, took action on a variety of matters designed to help move the church's mission and ministries forward.
Council members voted to recommend to the 2019 Churchwide Assembly adoption of the proposed social statement "Faith, Sexism, and Justice: A Lutheran Call to Action" and the related implementing resolutions. They expressed appreciation to the task force and churchwide staff for their six years of service in development of the social statement. The ELCA 2019 Churchwide Assembly will meet in Milwaukee Aug. 5-10.
At La Roca, the shelter I visited last week, children, women and men went to the border and stood in line. Once they received a number they could stay at La Roca while they waited for their number to be called. Cruzando Fronteras (a Lutheran-Episcopal ministry) supports this shelter.
Refugees who have been processed in the U.S. and await their court date are released. In Phoenix last week about 200 were released each day. With ICE lacking the capacity for growing asylee numbers, families have been released to churches in Phoenix for temporary and transitional shelter until they are capable of traveling to their final destination. Currently, there are not enough churches to accommodate the increasing numbers of asylum-seekers, and these families are being released on the street and at bus stations, with no means to continue their journey. Many would label this a humanitarian crisis, and as God’s people we can step in make a difference.
Easter makes it possible for us, even at the grave, to sing alleluia. Christ is risen. Allleluia. Happy Easter, dear church. To hear Bishop Eaton’s Easter message, view or download a video, or download pdf: English • Spanish.
From the Marana News: “Michael Schultz’s family was surprised he didn’t burst into flames when he walked into church.
As a graffiti artist, Schultz estimates he painted 60 boxcars by the age of 17. Now, as an adult, his days of covert canvassing are behind him. Schultz, along with Pastor Lars Hammar, organizes Open Space Church, a location promoting a crossroads of art and faith for the Tucson community.” Read the full article »
Lutheran Social Services of Nevada invites YOU to our annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction Fundraiser on May 8th, 2019! Join us for an evening of wonderful appetizers and wine tastings, exciting silent and live auctions, and, most importantly, fun as we join together to support the empowerment-centered, hunger-fighting mission of LSSN.