A visual tour of ELCA congregations, people and events.
ELCA Latino community
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.
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.
Iglesia Lutherana Nueva Esperanza, Aurora, Ill. fundraising for a mission trip to Nicaragua.
Irma Banales, lay leader, Iglesia Luterana Santa Maria de Guadalupe, Irving, Texas.
Bishops’ Advocacy Convening
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 celebration in the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Holy Week 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.
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.
St. John Lutheran Church, Madison, S.D., hosts a “Living Last Supper” with Holy Communion on Maundy Thursday.
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.
Vicar Amelie lights the altar candle in preparation for Holy Week Vespers at Messiah Lutheran Church, Mechanicsville, Va.
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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Shepherd of the Hills, Stevenson, Wash., observes contemplative prayer around the cross.
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.