A visual tour of ELCA congregations, people and events.
The great outdoors — Lutheran style
Jun 17, 2013
Lutheran Outdoor Ministries has shaped the summer for generations of young people with a wide variety of programs and locations.
Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp is an outdoor ministry of the ELCA Rocky Mountain Synod. The main site is 55 miles west of Fort Collins, Colo.
Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center, Bemus Point, N.Y., is directly across the water from the world-famous Chautauqua Institution. The facility is open year-round and offers programs for a wide range of people and groups.
Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center, Port Murray, N.J., is an ecumenical retreat center and camp of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark and the ELCA New Jersey Synod.
Lutherhaven, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, has been a sleep-away camp for more than 65 years. Last year nearly 4,000 children and youth from across the region and around the country headed to Lutherhaven for summer camp.
Summer staff members at Stony Lake Lutheran Camp, New Era, Mich. This camp is part of Living Water Ministries, a shared Mission of the Lower Michigan Synods, ELCA.
A camp counselor interacts with campers at Carol Joy Holling Camp, Ashland, Neb.
Hallowood Retreat & Conference Center, Comus, Md., has been a ministry of Saint Luke Lutheran Church, Silver Spring, Md., since 1979. Pictured here is Holm Worship Center, prior to evening vespers.
Hephatha Lutheran Church in Milwaukee built their community garden on a plot of land across the street from the church. The land had formerly been home to an abandoned and roach-infested home. The congregation worked with the city to acquire the land where they now grow flowers and vegetables. Read more about Hephatha Lutheran Church and their ministries here.
Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Bellevue, Wash., received a grant from ELCA World Hunger to establish their community garden as a part of the congregation’s “Earthkeeping” ministry. The congregation has both a garden and an orchard where they grow apples, pears and plums. Holy Cross also keeps a blog with advice for other gardeners about when and how to plant crops for the best results. You can read their blog here.
Trinity Lutheran Church in Palmer, Alaska, also received an ELCA World Hunger grant to support their potato garden. The congregation partners with the Next Step Day School, a school for young adults with disabilities, to maintain the garden and to donate the potato harvest to local organizations that can distribute the potatoes to those in need. Read more about Trinity’s potato garden here.
St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Racine, Wis., built their garden on the site of a former onion farm. The fruits and vegetables they grow are donated to local families and food pantries and sold at a weekly farmers market hosted in the congregation’s parking lot. “We make our own soup, jams, jelly, pickles, pickled beets,” says Mark Trinklein, the garden coordinator. “If somebody comes in a wheelchair and can’t shop on their feet, we give them a bouquet of flowers.”
The Garden of Hope at Salem Lutheran Church in Flint, Mich., was awarded an international award for being a place of peace from potential violence. Located in a rough, inner-city neighborhood, the garden is open to the public, and anyone is welcome to go inside and take home as many vegetables as they need. Read more about the Garden of Hope here.
Many people attend prayer services at cemeteries and memorials in honor of those who have died in military service.
A moment of prayer at the 2012 Memorial Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
Taps is sounded to honor Civil War veterans buried in the cemetery next to Zion (Spies) Lutheran Church, Reading, Pa. The congregation was established in 1774.
Veterans and active duty service members bow their heads in prayer during the Memorial Day ceremony at Lorraine American Cemetery, Saint Avold, France, burial site of 10,489 American service members who died during World War II. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kristopher Regan).
A color guard with members of Chaska American Legion Post 57 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1791 visits the cemetery at East Union Lutheran Church, Carver, Minn.
A young man places a flag at the grave of a fallen soldier at the St. John’s Lutheran Church cemetery in Hamburg, Pa., on May 23, 2012.
Memorial Day evening at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, D.C.