Resumes August 18th
Sunday School and
After Labor Day
Limited events between semesters
Bible Study 5pm
Contemporary Worship 6:30pm
Students: Check out the Campus Ministry page for specific student events.
We are a
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!
Welcome all students and parents. (map)
|Sunday School and Confirmation
Sunday School and Confirmation will NOT meet this week nor next for Spring Break. It all resumes March 23.
|This Month's Newsletter
The print version of the MARCH 2014 Newsletter is now available for download by clicking here.
Wednesday, March 5
Worship & the Imposition of Ashes 6:30pm
Mid-Week Lenten Worship 6:30pm each Sunday in Lent
A contemplative service, gathering around the cross.
LCM alumnus Abby Henderson ('13) continues her mission work in South Africa. Her latest newsletter is on the bulletin board in the Campus Center. You can also follow Abby's blog at: accompanyabby.wordpress.com
For a few Sundays we have had available a rough draft of a church directory for members of our community to proof read. Printed copies should be available in mid-March. They will be on the desk at the church entrance.
Mark your calendars now....our graduation banquet to honor undergrads/graduates will be Tuesday, May 13.
Lenten devotionals are available on the desk at the church entrance. Devotions were written by students and church members of our community. If you are an alumnus or friend and would like a copy sent to you, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and request your copy. It should also be for sale on Amazon.com available for use on Kindle. Thanks to all who participated!
|Jill Rode's New Assignment
It's always wonderful following the alumni from University Lutheran Church and Lutheran Campus Ministry. Our prayers will always be with you and Gretchen.
Gary N. McCluskey, pastor
At a recent conference I was made aware of a quote by writer Michael Cunningham. The quote is, " I think writing by definition, an optimistic act." To this quote, our worship leader added, " I think campus ministry is, by definition, an optimistic act".
Personally, I think all ministry is, by definition, an optimistic act. Prayer before surgery, seeking counsel for difficulties, the reception of Holy Communion, baptizing infants, confessing one's sins...these and many more are acts of optimism. Of course such ministry, and hence such optimism, is not limited to what happens in church or is performed by a pastor. The listening ear you give to someone at work, the willingness to work things out with a roommate, volunteer work, activism for justice...these and so much more are daily acts of ministry and optimism done by all the baptized.
Our optimism as Christian disciples, however, is not that all will turn out as we wish nor even that all will turn out well. Our optimism as Christian disciples is a hope based on faith in the Crucified One upon whom we especially focus this Lent. Our hope is that whatever comes our way or the world's way, God has the final say. It is God's last word that matters most. Our hope is that God's word and God's actions are words and deeds of love. Just as one can turn to a parent known to be loving, we can turn to God whose love we have known. In Lent we turn especially to this God for healing, for hope, and for renewed faith. We take what we discover into our life and into our world sharing that hope with others in need of such hope.
Lent is a time of penance, a time of focus, a time of reflection and renewal. Lent is a time also of hope...hope that what we do these forty days just might matter to us and to our neighbor.
|Lenten Coin Folders
We will be handing out Lenten coin folders at the beginning of Lent. This year's recipient will be "Flash Food", an organization begun by our own Loni &Eric Lehnhardt. Basically it takes left-over food from receptions, restaraunts, and other catered affairs and distributes it to those who are hungry or those places that distribute food to the hungry. (Campus Ministry Associate Alicia Danielson also works for Flash Food). This has been a new venture that has received national and international recognition. Thank you for contributing to this effort!
Have you seen the new picnic tables on the East side of the Campus Center in the new patio area? They are a gift from Mary and Earl Kunstman, given in memory of son Earl Jr. Students have already eaten meals outside on them. Try them out for yourself! We are hoping to be able to get at least two more such tables and a built-in Bar B Que. If you are interested in providing a table or contributing to this, please speak to Beth Wootten or Pastor Gary. Tables are large and sturdy, vandal resistant and should last for many years to come. And, of course, they are in ASU maroon! Thank you, Earl and Mary!
|Mid Week Lent
Wednesdays 6:30 pm
Each Wednesday we will gather in a circle around a large cross covered with candles. Music and worship style will be contemplative. Our theme this Lent is "God's Plan for God's People"
- March 12: God's Plan
- March 19: God's Plan Finds us
- March 26: God's Economic Plan
- April 2: God's Plan for Justice
- April 9: God's Plan for Gender
- April 16: God's Plan for War and Peace
We will begin in late March receiving gifts to decorate our sanctuary for Easter Sunday. Please be clear to designate if you would like have the gifts in honor or memory of a loved one or loved ones. Thank you!
March 10-14. Mid Week worship on Wednesdays continues, There will be no student dinner March 12 nor Bible Study. There will be no student dinners Sunday, March 9 and Sunday, March 16. Worship will be at its usual 10:30am time on Sundays with Open Forum meeting each Sunday at 9:15am.
(Meets in Campus Center Library Sundays 9:15am-10:15am)
Sunday, February 16 and 23, 9:15 am - Third and Fourth Part of Human Trafficking.
Sunday, March 2, 9:15 am: Human Trafficking part IV
Sunday, March 9, 9:15 am: "A Christian Response to Social Disorganization Theory" led by member Noah Fritz. It is a continuation of his previous class discussing the relationship of crime and povertyl
Sunday, Marcy 16, 9:15 amTo be announced.
Sunday, March 23, 9:15 am: "Crime Prevention verses Crime Supression", Noah Fritz, presenter. Noah works for Tempe Police Department.
|An Evening of Dinner and Dancing,
Lutheran Campus Ministry at ASU Invites you to An Evening of Dinner and Dancing, Friday, February 28 And Saturday, March 1 At University Lutheran Church, 340 E. 15th St, Tempe, AZ 85281. Dinner will be served at 5:30 pm with live music and dancing to follow
|Our ULC/LCM Fair Trade Fair
Thank you to everyone who purchased items from our Fair Trade Fair. All the money from our sale went directly back to the communities to empower artisans and farmers in over 32 countries to build sustainable lives by sending their children to school, building health clinics and increasing opportunity and training for women.
This year ULC obtained $1,156.OO in items from SERRV to display through the month of November. $1,141.00 was sold to members and friends, a large portion of which was pre-ordered, creating the largest order yet from our community to aid developing communities.
Thank you to everyone who purchased gifts this past holiday season and supported our Fair Trade Fair.
|Women's Bible Study
All women are welcome-- 7 p.m.on Thursdays
- March 6 at Ann Rispoli's
- March 20 at Ruth Wootten's
- April 3 to be announced
|This Month's Newsletter Now Available as a PDF Download
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|What Lutherans Believe
In confirmation class we are beginning a new series of topics. Last fall we studied many of the Bible's greatest stories. Until May we will be studying what Lutherans believe. I confess to having small, but hopefully achievable, goals in such instruction. So often college students arrive thinking Abraham was the man with the ark, Ruth was the wife of Adam or some similar confusion. We hope through our confirmation we can at least make students familiar with basic Biblical characters and stories. It always helps when parents at home spend time discussing what was learned. Like any school education, learning is best when the home works with the those teaching.
|A Special Message from Lutheran World Relief
We are so grateful for your partnership.
By supporting Lutheran World Relief you are doing amazing work around the world. You bring hope to millions of people for a world free from poverty, injustice and human suffering.
|Chicks Return Home to Roose
Buck-a Chick Returns to University Lutheran/Lutheran Campus Ministry!! Beginning with Ash Wednesday, March 5 we will have available in the Campus Center Chicks to color. Our Campus Center will become once more an Art Gallery devoted to these Chicks! For each chick you color, please give $1 to World Hunger ( a basket will be provided). We have always responded well to this. Thank you!!
|Page Turners Book Club
Thanks everyone for coming to our Jan. meeting. We all enjoyed the discussion of The Devil in the White City.”
The following are the books we will be reading in the coming months:
|The Moravian Star
That multi-pointed yellow star which has graced our chancel during Advent and Christmas had a long history before it was brought and given to University Lutheran by members of our sister congregation from Freiberg, Germany, over ten years ago.
History tells us that the star grew out of a geometry lesson in the Moravian mother community in Saxony, where Freiberg is located. The stars may have as many as 110 points, though 26 is more common. When the Moravian settlers came to the U.S. in the 1880's the star came with them and is frequently seen in churches in Pennsylvania---though ours was personally delivered from Freiberg!
Sunday, February 2 the states of New York and New Jersey will come together to host Super Bowl XLVIII. Also on February 21 thousands of people across 50 states will come together to warm the hearts and bellies of hungry people in their communities with the Souper Bowl of Caring. We will be receiving offerings of any amount for hunger that day. This has been a youth-led ecumenical movement to combat hunger. Root for your favorite team and cheer hard and help support the cause to alleviate hunger. Thank you!