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at Arizona State University - 340 E. 15th Street, Tempe, AZ 85281-6612 (480) 967-3543 (map)
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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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Reconciling Works - Lutherans for Full Participation

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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Grace, Cub and Grog

A Bible Study for graduate students, recent graduates and young adults in the valley.  Our next even will be held at Aiko Mancini's home on Saturday, September 27, 2014, at 5:30 pm.  This year, we will be reading and discussing short chapters from the book, We Make the Road By Walking by Brian McLaren.  Questions?  Please contact Aiko or Loni by leaving a message at 480-967-3543.

October Student Schedule

Wednesday Worship 6:30pm-7:10pm in the sanctuary
Wednesday Worship is open to all. Warning! If you come once you may want to return!

Our worship theme for October on Wednesday nights is "Jacob's Sons"

  • Wednesday October 1: Joseph "Dreams, Colors, & Redemption"
  • Wednesday October 8: Dan " Almost an Outsider"
  • Wednesday October 15: Benjamin "Don't Treat me like a Child!"
  • Wednesday October 22: Ephriam "Adopted into the family"
  • Wednesday October 29: Reuben "A Reuben is no Ham"

Participate in our Garden Growing Program

GardenThanks to a team of hard working innovators, Ruth Lindsay has begun coordination a Community Garden Project on the northeast corner of our property.

It's going to take lots of work, lots of donations and lots of good ol' positive Spirit.  Out of this dry, clay ground something beautiful just may appear.

The "garden committee" is always looking for volunteers and ideas.

Major Air Conditioning Units Approved

LennoxAt the meeting September 7, the Congregation unanimously approved the proposal recommended by the Council to address long-standing needs for air conditioning work on the Campus Center.

Since this is a major expenditure, it might be helpful to know more about how this will be financed.  We can always use special gifts toward this project, as we seem to do with some regularity! It is no surprise to note that our buildings and trees are old and in need of constant upkeep.  While the Property Committee and Council work to minimize the number of large projects each year, sometimes we are hit with surprises!  When trees are down, or immediate repairs are needed, we often have to dip into savings if we do not have a balance to cover the cost.  While we do have savings which could cover the cost of the air conditioning units, using all our savings would leave us with little for other emergencies.

Student Bible Study Schedule

Wednesdays 5pm in the Campus Center

Our theme for October Bible Studies is Fire

  • Oct. 1: "God is Revealed in Fire", Exodus 3:1-6
  • Oct. 8: "Well Done or Medium Rare?" John 21:9-14
  • Oct. 15: "God's GPS" Exodus 13:17-22
  • Oct. 22: "Squeaky Clean" Malachi 3:1-6
  • Oct. 29: " Fire can Reveal Us" John 18:25-27

Phone System Not Working

PhoneProbably because of the rain, many of the phones in the neighborhood are out including those at the Church.  We do have Internet access, so email is working.

Until CenturyLink has the lines repaired, you can make contact using the general email 

We are hoping all the lines will be back up by this evening or within the next few hours.

Please keep in your prayers all those who are in worse shape than we are.  Certain homes in the area have extensive flood damage.  Reach out to your neighbors to see how you might be able to help.

Craig Talmage Successful on Dissertation Defense

We have been informed that there is a new Doctor in our member and LCM alumni friends.  Dr. Craig Talmage has completed a successful dissertation defense.

Craig has been a Lutheran Campus Ministry Associate for several years right here at University Lutheran Church.  We congratulate Craig and know his family is especially proud of him.

Open Forum

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

September / October Open Forums

  • Sep 14/21: Jennifer Johnson & Kristin Tollefson, Climate Change and Present/Future Implications
  • Sep 28: Pastor Deborah Hutterer, Lutheran Social Ministry of the Southwest, "Immigration and Refuges"
  • Oct 5: Rev. Debra Peevy"Why Marriage Matters", the case for same sex marriage
  • Oct 12: Bread for the World: led by Ruth Wootten
  • Oct 19: "Down in Mexico": Maddie Shaner, a student who spent part of this past summer in Mexico
  • Oct 26: "Digging, Dusting, Describing" , doing archaeological work in Cypress,  by student Jennifer Brandon who spent much of the summer in Cypress.

  • to Katie Tay on her promotion to Library Assistant for the Phoenix Public Library
  • to Kelly Robers on her new job as dietitian 
  • First Communion

    CommunionDo you have a child or children not currently receiving Holy Communion? Would you like to see him/her receive Holy Communion? If you are not sure, please speak with Pastor Gary or call him at 480.967.3543.

    We will have First Communion instruction for young ones and their parents, Sunday, September 14 at 9:15am. We will meet in the sanctuary.  First Communion will be received Sunday, September 28. 

    Work Day - Saturday, September 20

    Work DayOur property regularly needs willing backs and hands to keep it looking neat and welcoming, and Saturday, September 20, offers just such an opportunity!

    Washing windows, painting, clearing away cobwebs, removing unwanted branches and palm trees, and cleaning the eaves are some of the main items on the To Do list. 

    Also we will be painting the remodeled Campus Center restrooms. We will have paint supplies, etc for the painting. Clippers, etc. are helpful for trimming. There will be donuts/coffee and smiling faces.  

    If you cannot join us September 20 (beginning at 8 a.m.) but can allocate some time another day, just let Pastor Gary or Ruth Wootten know!  You'll be glad you did.

    Sunday School

    Children's Sunday School resumes Sunday, September 7 at 9:15am-10:15am. Melanie Lehnhardt, Julie Gerrish, and Mikayle Holm are the teachers. Classes are in the educational rooms connected to the sanctuary building.

    AZ Cardinal Game Fundraiser

    Sunday, November 16, 2:25pm the Cardinals take on the Detroit Lions at UP Stadium in Glendale. We are selling tickets as a fund-raiser for LCM. We receive $10 for every ticket sold. Cost of tickets is $46.25 or $51.25 per ticket ( normal cost for these seats for this game starts at $75.00) Parking is free. There is a $4.00 cost per transaction.  If you give the forms to Pastor Gary/Alicia we can then all sit together. Deadline is Nov 2. Forms are available at the desk at the church entrance, on the moving bulletin board or from Alicia or Pastor Gary. 


    • to Shirley & Terry Coffelt for collecting all the bids for the restroom remodels in the Campus Center...numerous trips around the East Valley to many contractors, etc. and phone calls and visits at the Campus Center with contractors.
    •  to Will and Mary Ann Salz for coordinating all the subcontractors, etc. for the restroom remodels in the Campus Center...numerous trips to let in contractors, show them the restrooms, lock up following work, driving around picking up materials, etc.
    • To Ken Overturf for assembling the bulletins each week
    • to Darren Gest and Marcie Mances for helping with the San Diego retreat
    • to Terry Pochert for getting bids on the AC addition and construction

    All Saints Prayers

    Sunday, November 2 is All Saints Day. We will remember in our prayers loved ones who died since All Saints 2013. You may e-mail or call the church office with prayer names (  480.967.3543) or write their names on the blue sheet in Sunday bulletins. Please mark the names: All Saints. Oct. 28 is the deadline for the names. Thank you. 

    Page Turner's Book Club

    Thanks to all who attended our first meeting of the 2014-2015 season.  We missed those who couldn’t be there.  We had a great discussion on “The Invention of Wings”. Everyone rated it as a “10.”  We are asking you to suggest some books for this season.  Please e-mail them to “reply all”  so we can then decide which ones we would like to put on our list.  Thanks to those who have already suggested our Oct. and Nov. readings.

    Restroom Remodel

    We hope to have the restroom remodel completed before our fall program resumes. So far, new floors have been installed, most of the electrical work has been done, and the new cabinets are being installed. We will also have new mirrors and dispensers for toilet paper and paper towels as well as new exhaust fans. The entire process will be in excess of $5,000, and although we are hoping to receive some grant money to make the restrooms handicapped accessible, we are in need of additional gifts to make this possible. Additional gifts above regular pledging/giving can be made on line, in the offering or by sending them to the church office. Please designate they are for restroom remodel. Thank you! And many thanks for the gifts already received beyond regular giving! 


    • To Terry Anderson for changing the filter in the water cooler

    Alumni Now on Broadway

    FabulousIt's always fun to see what some of our LCM alumni are doing.  Well, one of them just hit broadway and has his picture on a billboard in Times Square.  Congratualtions Aaron!

    San Diego LCM Labor Day Weekend Retreat

    SunsetLabor Day Weekend, August 29-Sept 1, leave 5pm Friday, return by 3:30pm Monday, cost to be determined, discount for freshmen and new students. 

    Open to all interested in exploring possibility of becoming a part of LCM community at ASU.  

    A great introduction to the LCM community. Sunset worship on cliffs of La Jolla, beach cookout, discussion, Bible Study, Theme: "Touting Thomas: What Thomas' Questioning can Teach Us".  

    Contact for more information. 

    Women's Bible Study

    All women are welcome-- 7 pm on Thursdays.  All women are welcome.

    • September 11 -  at Lori Jensen's
    • September 25 - at Sarah Salinas'
    • October 9 - at Carmen Bieber's

          • to Terry Anderson for changing the light bulbs on the two exterior spotlights on the west side of the Campus Center.
          • to Will and Mary Ann Salz for installing the handicapped railing in the Campus Center restroom.
          • to all who made our Summer Connections a great success! 
          • To Beth Wootten for arranging all the host homes, and to all who hosted: Bruce & Donna Lumpkin, Ellie Strang, Terry Pochert & Joe Connolly, Darren Gest and Marcie Mances, Lynn, Shawn, and Eric Aiken, Loni and Eric Lehnhardt and Anika. And thanks to all who came and continued to bring delicious dishes!
          Walter Johnson, Senior

          Walter JohnsonI originally came to LCM my freshman year because my mom was trying to help me find a good church to attend in a new city.  

          I came back my junior year after difficulties in my personal life, because I knew LCM was a solid community where I could find the friendship I was looking for.


          Pastor Gary McCluskey

          "Food is memories", says a lead character who plays a chef in the movie, "The Hundred Food Journey". The chef is from India and discovers Indian food transports him back from France where he currently lives to India from which he was forced to flee.

          I suspect you have some food or foods that take you back to some good past place and time. So much ethnic food so treasured by the culture who created it, is often seen as rather ordinary by those outside the group. The difference is less one of taste and more one of memory. We associate particular foods with times, places, and people in the past. Somehow eating such things now seem to connect us with all that.

          Fall Student Worship Theme

          San Diego Retreat: "Touting Thomas: What Thomas questioning can teach us.

          August 29-September 1

          Our Wednesday themes in September continue this theme

          Wednesday worship is contemporary in style and meets each Wednesday at 6:30pm in the sanctuary. All are invited.


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