Photo blogs

A visual tour of ELCA congregations, people and events.


ELCA Latino community

May 05, 2014

The ELCA has approximately 147 Latino ministries in the United States. The work of these ministries supports pastors, lay leaders and congregations as they serve to share the good news of Jesus Christ. This church is composed of people from many different cultures, traditions and languages who work together as the body of Christ for the kingdom of God.

ELCA Latino community

Antonio Cabello, an ELCA pastor, and Palm Sunday procession at Bethel Lutheran Church, Madison, Wis.

ELCA Latino community

Hector Garfias-Toledo, ELCA pastor and director for evangelical mission, Metropolitan Chicago Synod, with his wife, Chienyu Jade Yi, also an ELCA pastor, and daughter Sofia Garfias-Yi.

ELCA Latino community

Preparing for a procession at Iglesia Luterana San Lucas. Eagle Pass, Texas.

ELCA Latino community

Iglesia Lutherana Nueva Esperanza, Aurora, Ill. fundraising for a mission trip to Nicaragua.

ELCA Latino community

Irma Banales, lay leader, Iglesia Luterana Santa Maria de Guadalupe, Irving, Texas.

Bishops’ Advocacy Convening

Apr 28, 2014

Thirty-two bishops representing the 65 ELCA synods met with congressional leaders in Washington, D.C., for the 2014 ELCA Bishops’ Advocacy Convening, March 31 – April 2. The meetings focused on the ELCA’s commitment to advocate for public policies that create opportunities to overcome poverty, promote peace and justice, and care for creation.

Bishops' Advocacy Convenes

H. Julian Gordy, bishop of the Southeastern Synod, (left) and Robert Schaefer, bishop of the Florida-Bahamas Synod, pause on their way to the White House. Both bishops are members of the Immigration Ready Bench.

Bishops' Advocacy Convenes

Michael Burk, bishop of the Southeastern Iowa Synod, with U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa,  after a visit to the office of U.S. Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa.

Bishops' Advocacy Convenes

Larry Wohlrabe, bishop of the Northwestern Minnesota Synod (Domestic Ready Bench); James Arends, bishop of the La Crosse Area Synod (International Ready Bench); and Claire Burkat, bishop of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod (Immigration Ready Bench) during the meetings.

Bishops' Advocacy Convenes

Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton celebrated her birthday at the Lutheran Prayer Breakfast. During the breakfast ELCA member U.S. Rep. Lois Capps, D-Calif., presented Bishop Eaton with a birthday cake.

Bishops' Advocacy Convenes

Murray Finck, bishop of the ELCA Pacifica Synod and chair of the ELCA Middle East Ready Bench meets Melissa Rogers, executive director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Bishops' Advocacy Convenes

From left, Robert Rimbo, bishop of the Metropolitan New York Synod (Immigration Ready Bench); Marie Jerge, bishop of the Upstate New York Synod (Immigration Ready Bench); and Richard Jaech, bishop of the Southwestern Washington Synod (Middle East Ready Bench), during the meetings.

Easter 2014

Apr 19, 2014

Christ is risen, Hallelujah! On Easter Christians the world over celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. ELCA congregations celebrate this with ancient traditions while others add a bit of a modern touch. Here is a glimpse of how some Lutheran congregations celebrate.

Christ is risen indeed, Hallelujah!

Easter 2014

Easter morning sunrise service on Mount Helix, hosted by Christ Lutheran Church of La Mesa, San Diego.

Easter 2014

Easter celebration in the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Easter 2014

Easter Sunday at Salem Lutheran Church, Chicago.

Easter 2014

Easter Vigil at Lutheran Church of Honolulu, 2012.

Easter 2014

Bethany Lutheran Church, Crystal Lake, Ill., liturgical dancers.

Holy Week 2014

Apr 14, 2014

Holy Week is a solemn time at end of the 40-day season of Lent. During this week, Lutheran congregations focus on the last days of Jesus’ life through special services and annual observances of ancient origin.

Holy week 2014

Good Friday Soldier's Monologue — Al Van Lith portrays a soldier at the cross who sees that Jesus is the Savior. St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Wauwatosa, Wis.

Holy week 2014

Children from Emmaus Evangelical Lutheran Church, Racine, Wis., carry the cross in the Prayer Walk of the Passion.

Holy week 2014

St. John Lutheran Church, Madison, S.D., hosts a “Living Last Supper” with Holy Communion on Maundy Thursday.

Holy week 2014

Kathy Vitalis Hoffman, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, Middletown, Md., invites all to come and share/release a burden, concern, hope or prayer this Holy Week, by writing it on a piece of paper and nailing it to a community cross.

Holy week 2014

Vicar Amelie lights the altar candle in preparation for Holy Week Vespers at Messiah Lutheran Church, Mechanicsville, Va.

Holy week 2014

In preparation for the feast of the resurrection, the children’s Easter Choir practices at Mount Tabor Lutheran Church, Salt Lake City.

Spring break in the ELCA

Apr 07, 2014

Many ELCA campus ministries and youth organizations partake in “alternative spring breaks,” a trip where a group of people — from youth groups to colleges and seminaries — engage in volunteer service, instead of a more traditional spring break.

Spring break in the ELCA

ELCA Campus Ministry of the Brazos Valley (ministry committed to serving students, faculty and staff at Blinn College and Texas A&M University) delivering food to day workers.

Spring break in the ELCA

Chad Kohlmeyer, pastor for children, youth and household ministry, Atonement Lutheran Church, Boulder, Colo., writes of great memories and meaning on “our Alternative Spring Break trip to Green River, Utah. Fun Boulder area churches together. Today [March 23] scraping as painting prep, building shelving and a great hike.”

Spring break in the ELCA

From Nicaragua to D.C., Gettysburg College students make good use of spring break. Students and faculty members are traveling to sites such as Washington, D.C.; Nicaragua and the South Carolina Sea Islands to learn, make music and volunteer.

Spring break in the ELCA

Iowa State Lutheran Campus Ministry students  assist residents of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation during a spring-break mission trip. Left to right: Emma Grinde; Kevin Steel, tribal council member; Sarah Steel; Steel’s nephew, Paul; Alexandria Sveum; John Rolfe.

Spring break in the ELCA

Students from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn., during their spring break travels last year, took time to engage in a service learning project with the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Spring break in the ELCA

More than 100 people played trivia at First Lutheran Church, Mission Hills, Kan., to raise more than $1,300 to help cover the costs of the University of Kansas Lutheran Campus Ministry. The money was donated for a spring-break mission trip to New York City. Lutheran Campus Ministry at the University of Kansas is a ministry of the ELCA and the Central States Synod.

Observing the season of Lent

Mar 31, 2014

Lent is the season of preparation for Easter and covers approximately six weeks. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Lent is observed through sundown on Maundy Thursday. Many ELCA congregations observe this time through Lenten worship services, service projects, devotions and Wednesday suppers.

Observing the season of Lent

Midweek Lenten worship at Ascension Lutheran Church, Paradise Valley, Ariz.

Observing the season of Lent

Shepherd of the Hills, Stevenson, Wash., observes contemplative prayer around the cross.

Observing the season of Lent

Young members of Grace Lutheran Church, Hendersonville, N.C., prepare for a Lenten service of healing.

Observing the season of Lent

Ten children and six adults came together to learn about the Lenten journey at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Sharpsburg, Md. They made prayer beads and alms containers.

Observing the season of Lent

The season of Lent at Historic Trinity Lutheran Church, Reading, Pa.

Observing the season of Lent

First Lutheran Church in Stoughton, Wis., hosts a weekly Lenten supper.