Photos

A visual tour of ELCA congregations, people and events.


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.

Domestic Hunger Grants

Mar 24, 2014

Hope and assistance are offered to thousands of people through Domestic Hunger Grants funded by ELCA World Hunger. In addition to immediate relief programs for people who are hungry, the grants also fund projects in community development and community-based organizing. The following photos are from a few of the congregations and organizations that have received an ELCA Domestic Hunger Grant.

Domestic Hunger Grants

Harold is a cook and a participant of Grace Feast, a ministry of Gift of Grace Lutheran Church, Seattle.

Domestic Hunger Grants

Navajo Lutheran Mission, Rock Point, Ariz., was notified on Valentine’s Day, 2014, that they would be awarded $2,700 for the Hozho Café program, which provides breakfast and lunch.

Domestic Hunger Grants

An ELCA Domestic Hunger Grant established the rooftop garden at Trinity Lutheran College, Everett, Wash.

Domestic Hunger Grants

The Hunger Garden at Carol Joy Holling Camp, Ashland, Neb., is supported by ELCA World Hunger Education/Advocacy grants. This photo was taken in 2010.

Domestic Hunger Grants

The food pantry at the Peoples Resource Center, Wheaton, Ill., offers fresh produce, meats, dairy, canned goods and household staples.

Domestic Hunger Grants

Volunteers from Mobile Meal Service, Spartanburg County, Spartanburg, N.C., prepare meals. Each weekday approximately 150 volunteers dedicate their time to deliver hot meals to more than 1,500 people.

Caring for creation

Mar 17, 2014

"The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it" (Psalm 24:1). ELCA congregations and institutions across the country are incorporating the care for God’s creation into their mission. Through the work of volunteers, Lutherans are making a difference in their communities.

Caring for creation

Here are Sustainability Survey Team members from St. Luke Lutheran Church, Portland, Oregon. Since 2006, the congregation’s Environmental Stewardship Committee has been discussing, educating and planning events on issues related to caring for God’s creation.

Caring for creation

Creation care team members of Christ the King Lutheran Church, Houston, at Luther Hill Campground clean up outdoor worship spaces.

Caring for creation

Students of Lutheran Campus Ministry, ELCA Greater Milwaukee Synod, who live in the “Corner House” commit to conserve water and electricity, compost and use green cleaning products. Last spring they installed raised garden beds to grow their own food.

Caring for creation

Young members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Gaithersburg, Md., dig a butterfly puddle. Volunteers have also planted Echinacea and black-eyed Susans, installed a rain barrel and set up bird feeders for a wildlife habitat.

Caring for creation

Members of the Lutheran Church of the Incarnation, Davis, Calif., serve their community and care for creation through participation in an Adopt-A-Highway program. Volunteers maintain a two mile stretch of highway.

Caring for creation

At the beginning of each school year, Green Team members at Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pa., reach out to all students during move-in to collect cardboard and other recyclable material. Team members educate the students on campus recycling.