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10:30 am

Sunday School and
Adult Forum
9:15 am
After Labor Day

6:30 pm

Limited events between semesters

Bible Study 5pm
Dinner 5:30pm
Contemporary Worship 6:30pm

Worship 10:30am
Dinner following

Students: Check out the Campus Ministry page for specific student events.

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University Lutheran Church intends to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all of God's people, regardless of race, situation, family status, sexuality, size, shape and place in the world. ULC is a Reconciling in Christ congregation registered with Lutherans Concerned/North America. Thanks be to God for the blessings we have and the differences we share!


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Holy Week / Easter

Maundy Thursday 7:30 pm, April 2
Good Friday: 7:30 pm, April 3

Easter Sunday
April 5: 6 am Outdoor Sunrise Worship, 10:30 am Indoor Festive Easter Worship

Easter Breakfast
between the two Easter Worship Services

Spring Break

Pastor Gary McCluskey

In Arizona Spring can be deceiving. We talk about "Spring Training" or schools close for "Spring Break". Yet much of the nation would describe what we glibly call "Spring", "Summer".  When temperatures hover in the 80's and occasionally head past 90 degrees, this is not most people's definition of spring.  Yet, for those of us who live here, why change what is working? Life, it often seems, doesn't get much better than Arizona in "Spring".


  • to Maddie Shaner and Madeline Reid for singing and playing piano during a Wednesday Mid-Week Lenten worship while Aiko was on vacation
  • to Nick Cota, Julie Gerrish, Rebecca Sherod, Mitchell Weeks, Alex Willoughby for assembling the April newsletter.

Julie Gerrish Performing in 'Much Ado About Nothing'

Julie Gerrish, an ASU LCM student, is performing in the play "Much Ado About Nothing," on Thursday, April 23, through Saturday, April 25 at 7pm, and a Sunday matinee at 2pm on April 26.

Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for ASU students.  Location TBD (in an auditorium near the music college at ASU).

Student of the Month - Stephen Gerrish

Freshman, Electrical Engineering Major

LCM This Week


Wednesday: Bible Study 5pm, "The Aim of Jesus", Dinner 5:30pm, Worship 6:30pm, "Lust"

Saturday Workday...drop by anytime between 8-11am to clean up, fix up, prepare for Palm Sunday

Sunday, March 29: Forum, 9:15am, "Luther, the Early Years" Germany students expected to attend!!

Palm Sunday, March 29, 10:30am...could use a reader or 2 for Passion according to Mark

Dinner following

Coming Attractions: next week Holy Week... worship Wed, Thurs, Good Friday & Easter. Need a place for Easter dinner, let me know.

Discussion group begins again Good Friday, April 3, 3pm in the Campus Center, "What is a Christian Life?"

    Open Forum


    Open Forum meets each Sunday, 9:15 am-10:15 am in the Campus Center Library.

    Open Forum Schedule:

    • March 29 - Luther: The Early Years by Pastor Gary.
    • Sunday, April 5: No forum, Easter Sunday
    • Sunday, April 12:" Martin Luther: Reformation Beginnings", led by Pastor Gary
    • Sunday, April 19: "Martin Luther: the Angry Years", led by Pastor Gary
    • Sunday, April 26: "Global Warmng", led by Jennifer Johnson & Kristin Tollefson
    • Sunday, May 3:  "Bread for the World: Offering of Letters Discussion" by Christine Wilkins (note the writing of these letters will be May 10)


                                    Students are receiving in March, donations of shampoo and soap for Project Hope. There is a box in the Campus Center for the donations. Congregational members certainly may help. All of ASU's campus ministries are participating. Project Hope is an annual event and will have a huge gathering in April at Chase Field where these will be given away to homeless and needy along with other hygiene and self-care products. There will be dentists, doctors, barbers and others.

                                    The final day to collect shampoo for HopeFest is Sunday, March 29.  Drop your donated shampoos in the box in the Campus Center.

                                    Summer Connections

                                    Warm Weather is upon us so it is time to start planning for our summer connections!  These are evenings of fun and relaxation hosted by anyone and attended by everyone. The host family supplies the main course, often the grilling of hotdogs and hamburgers, but we are generally not a picky group.  Everyone who comes brings a side dish, salad or dessert and their own beverage. Part of the enjoyment of summer connections is the mystery of who will be there and what we will be eating! 

                                    2014-15 LCM Graduation Banquet

                                    Tuesday, May 12 will be our Senior banquet. All are invited. A free-will offering will be received to cover expenses and contribute to the support of our ministry. This year's theme is "Yee Ha!: a Celebration Western Style!" Food will be Bar-B-Que with a Western menu. Reservations are needed. You may sign up on the blue sheet on Sunday or contact the church office (480.967.3543, Contact Page). Saddle up and come along!

                                    Remember: TUESDAY, May 12 (we had the date wrong in a previous email)

                                    Lenten Coin Folders

                                    It is not too late to turn in the Lenten Coin folders. Put them in the offering plate. Offerings are shared with Mosaic, a Lutheran based system of homes for mentally and physically challenged persons. Thank you!!

                                    Easter Breakfast

                                    We will again have a breakfast following the Sunrise service Easter Sunday and prior to the 10:30am service on Easter. Breakfast is potluck style. Muffins, egg dishes, orange juice, rolls, bagels, etc. are welcome. Coffee will be provided. Layna Taylor is coordinating the breakfast. Your family members and friends are welcome!

                                    Mark This Date! Annual Congregational Meeting

                                    • Sunday, May 17 following the 9am worship service
                                    • (May 17 is our first 9am worship for the summer)
                                    Tour de Tempe Traffic Sunday, April 19 the Tour de Tempe bike rally will take place. Typically it causes little or no problems for coming to worship that Sunday. Simply be aware of the bikers and of those bikers that may be turning. Also make sure you check as you turn to see if any bikers are coming along side of your car. Those of us who come during the week while ASU classes are in session have great practice at this!

                                    Food Collection

                                    Once again our food box has been emptied. Shepherd's Warehouse has asked especially that we extend their thanks to those who so regularly and graciously fill this box so frequently. Currently there is a desperate need for food, bottles of water and toilet paper. We have become one of the Shepherd's Warehouse most consistent supplier. They serve the northern Tempe and southern Scottsdale area. In particular there are several mobile home parks in their area with many families with very low income. Thanks for all those beans, tuna fish, chicken, soups, etc!!!

                                    Citrus Gleaning

                                    Our fist load of citrus gleaned and taken to the food bank weighed in at over 1/2 ton. Thanks to all who picked and delivered citrus! Loni, Eric, and Anika Lehnhardt delivered yet another load the next week.

                                    Thank YOU Bar-B-Q

                                    The ULC community does so well in supporting LCM each year. Thank you! As in past years the students would like to put their thanks into the form of a cookout after worship, Sunday, May 3. All food and beverages will be provided. Just plan on sticking around after worship and enjoying lunch! We hope to have 2 new tables added to the patio by that time. They were ordered in early March. 

                                    • to Ruth Wootten,Christine Wilkins, Julie Gerish, Loni and Anika Lehnhardt for filling in at the secretary's desk when Alicia was attending various campus ministry functions. (church secretary Ruth Lindsay is on maternity leave. Alicia Danielson, Campus Ministry Associate, is filling in during the leave period)
                                    • to Chris Workman for trimming shrubs and cleaning up around the property.
                                    May Council Meeting

                                    Due to the graduation banquet being May 12, the normal time for church council, we will meet instead Tuesday, May 5 at 7:15am. This will also give additional time to review the proposed budget and make any adjustments if needed so it can be presented to  the Annual Meeting for approval.

                                    Egg Hunt

                                    As has been our tradition, an egg hunt for little ones will be held Easter Sunday during the Sunday School hour of 9:15am. (no other Sunday School on that day). Friends are welcome!

                                    Mid Week Lent

                                    LengtWednesdays at 6:30pm, Sanctuary

                                    Worship will be Taize style, Theme: "7 Deadly Sins of College Students & Other Sinners"

                                    (Okay, there are only 6 but neither Pastor Gary nor Alicia were Math majors)

                                    • March 18: "The Sheepskin is not a Stop Sign: Lifetime Learning", 
                                    • March 25: "Sloth isn't Just an Animal" Matthew 25:14-30
                                    • April 1: "Lust: Can we Talk?" Genesis 2:15-25

                                    Thrivent Financial

                                    ThriventThrivent Financial (formerly Thrivent: Insurance for Lutherans) will host our refreshments, Sunday, April 19. One of their representatives, Jerrod Stearnes will be with us to respond to any questions you may have. As you may know our on-line giving, credit card contributions, etc. are through Thrivent. Also there are myriad opportunities for Thrivent policy holders to use Thrivent monies toward campus ministry or, in some instances, the congregation. This is at no cost to the policy holder. As a fraternal insurance company they are required to give what other companies hold as profits by law to some organization.  Lutheran churches, ministries and other churches and ministries are where those "profits" go. If you do not know about CHOICE dollars, please talk with Jarrod. 

                                    Student Discussion Group

                                    During all Fridays in April our student discussion group will meet at 3pm to focus on a particular topic. For April 3 the topic will be" The Christian Life: What is it? How do I live?"  On future Fridays we may look ahead to "Faith after College" and prayer. Join us! We meet in the Campus Center....or perhaps outdoors on the patio if weather permits.

                                    Bishop Stephen Talmage Writes About Pastor Jill Rode

                                    Pastor Jill RodeOur Bishop Stephen Talmage has recently written in one of his email newsletters (March 9, 2015) information about one of our past alumni, Pastor Jill Rode.  We thought we'd like to share his comments...

                                    Lutheran World Relief - Mission Quilts

                                    QuiltsFor those in our congregation that following Lutheran World Relief and the Mission Quilt Project, Shepherd of the Valley here in Phoenix is doing their "Second Annual Arizona Ingathering!" where folks will be dropping off their quilts that they have made.

                                    When you make and send a Quilt, you are not only comforting someone you have never met, but providing an object that is useful in ways you probably never imagined.  The ultimate purpose of a Quilt is to provide warmth, an essential need for people in every climate, and LWR tries to ensure top standards in fabrics and filler accordingly.

                                    Friday, April 17, 2015, 10a - 3p - Information: 620-249-1983
                                    More information at Lutheran World Relief


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