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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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Bill Wootten Memorial Service

Bill Wootten

Bill Wootten passed away Friday evening November 21, 2014.    Ruth, Beth and John are together as they support each other in their loss.  Please keep them in your prayers.

A Memorial Service for Bill will be held on Wednesday, November 26th at 11 am at University Lutheran Church. MAP

Members and early arrivals are encouraged to park in the Tempe Friends Meeting House parking lot. The entrance to the Friends Meeting House Parking Lot is just west of the entgrance to University Lutheran's entranace. We are working with the City of Tempe with the hope they will allow on-street parking at this time, but as of yet, this permission has not yet been obtained.

Bill is survived by his wife, Ruth, their children Beth and John.  John is married to Vicky and have three children. There is one great-grandchild.

Join us in Celebrating and giving Thanks for the life of Bill Wootten.

Christmas Decorations

Beginning Sunday, November 16 we will receive offerings for Christmas decorations and Christmas trees to decorate our sanctuary. We will again have four Christmas trees. If you would like to honor or memorialize a loved one, please indicate it on the form that will be provided in the Sunday bulletin. We will list such designations in our  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day bulletins. Mark your envelopes and/or checks "Flowers". Thank you!

Men's Bakeoff

BakeoffCircle the date! Men's Bakeoff will be Sunday, December 7. There is a new twist to it this year. It will be immediately after worship at about 11:45am. We'll have a  potluck dinner followed by the auction of baked goods made by the men in our community.

Open Forum


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

Open Forum Schedule:

  • November 23: Janelle Knowlton "Public Health in Light of the Ebola Scare".  Janelle is a ULC member with a Master's Degree in Public health.
  • November 30: Student and member Blake Petersen will present a discussion on the juvenile court system especially as it relates to Foster Care Children in Arizona.  A high percentage of the 18,000 in Foster care in our state have great difficulty under the current system. Blake is an intern with CASA who serve many such children.
  • December 7: "Changing Washington" Melanie Lehnhardt will talk about her summer in Washington D.C., how things get done, lobbying, etc. 
  • December 14: "Lutherans, Catholics & Dracula: Summer Experience in Romania, led by student John Collins 

                      Thanksgiving Eve Worship


                      Thanksgiving EVE Worship
                      Wednesday, November 26 at 6:30 pm

                      Nick Cota - Student of the Month

                      Nick CotaFreshman, Civil Engineering Major

                      Why did you choose to major in Civil Engineering?  I’m really good at math and science.  Civil Engineering seems to be the only engineering major useful for helping people.

                      Why did you come to ASU?  I wanted to major in Engineering and I wanted to stay in state, but I didn’t want to go to Tucson.

                      Why did you come to LCM?  An LCM group came to Desert Cross Lutheran Church’s youth group last spring and talked about LCM.  They seemed like a cool group and I kept in contact with them over the summer.  I had always gone to church and youth group growing up, so I felt like something was missing if I didn’t go to church while I was in college.

                      What is your favorite thing about LCM?  All of the activities, because it keeps me busy.

                      What role has LCM played in your college life so far?  It keeps me busy outside of class, which helps me to do better in school because I am managing my time and prioritizing.

                      What are some of your hobbies/things you like to do?  I like to read and play video games.  I watch and collect movies.

                      If you had a magic carpet that could take you anywhere at any time, where/when would you go?  I would go to any major American city in the early 20th century, from the 1900s to the 1930s, and go on a bootlegging adventure.  There would be so much more to do at that time, life would be so different.

                      Phoenix Coyotes' Fundraiser

                      The Phoenix Coyotes are working with LCM to host a fundraiser at their game on Saturday, January 10, at 5:00PM, against the Ottawa Senators.  Tickets cost $45 each.  LCM receives $10 back for every ticket sold through LCM.  Contact Alicia Danielson using the Contact Page, for more information or to purchase tickets.


                      • to Andy Tadlock for repairing the door into the former church offices


                      We are planning to have the Christmas trees here and ready to decorate right after the service of Lessons and Carols. Head to the Campus Center following the service, enjoy some refreshment, then come on over to the church to help put up the trees and string lights on them. Thanks!!


                      • to Ryan Normand for being twice named ASU's Athlete of the Week. Ryan is on ASU's cross-country team and is a freshman. 

                      Thrivent Members

                      101 WaysWe have many folks in our congregation that belong to Thrivent, an organization that provides financial planning for many Christian organizations.

                      Those that are members have the opportunity to sponsor "Action Teams".  An action team can be a group of people working on a specific project in the Garden, organizing a Work Day at Church, doing a painting project, preparing Lefse, etc.  There are hundreds of ideas list at Thrivent (PDF Document).

                      Each Thrivent member has the opportunity to sponsor up to two events per year which then provide seed money of $250 for each of those events.  In other words, if we have six Thrivent members, we have the opportunity of providing $3000 for ULC or LCM.  You can read all about it at Thrivent Action Teams.

                      If we don't do this, this money simply disappears.  If you would like to do this, please read the above page.  Terry Pochert can also help if you have any questions.

                      Our Annual Lefse Sales

                      Lefse MakingLutheran Campus Ministry at ASU uses Lefse sales as one of its main money making projects.  Lefse is sold throughout the Valley of Sun at various congregations. Lefse is a traditional Scandinavian flat bread made with potato, flour and cream.   A favorite holiday that many server with cinnamon, butter and honey.  What to know more about purchasing? 

                      Winter Retreat

                      Our annual Winter Retreat for students will be January 23-25 in Sedona, Arizona. The campus ministries of NAU and U of A will all participate in this retreat. 

                      Christmas Family

                      The students are sponsoring a family for Christmas, providing gifts, food, etc. This is the 10th consecutive year of such sponsorship. Each time students gather for dinner they receive a free-will offering for this project. This year's family, arranged through Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest, is a single parent family with four children ranging in age from 2 months to 13 years.  Students also shop, wrap, and deliver the gifts and food items collected.


                      Affirming their Baptismal vows October, 26th, Reformation Sunday were: Avery & Gabriel Johnson, Kirsten and Zachary Peterson-Johnson, and Hayden Shaner. Please keep them in your prayers!

                      Post Confirmation Sunday School

                      We have begun a Jr/Sr. High Sunday School Class, Sunday mornings at 9:15am-10:15am.  They meet in "the pit" in the Campus Center. Teachers are students Nick Cota, Cameron Solace, and Troy Wagner. All are welcome!!


                      Congratulations to Darren Gest and Marcie Mances were married at ULC Saturday, November 8th and to Colton Grimmner and Catherine Willis married Friday, November 14 in Phoenix


                      Mid Week Advent Services are each Wednesday in December at 6:30pm. 

                      • Wednesday, December 3: Lessons & Carols
                      • Wednesday, December 10 & 17: Holden Evening Prayer
                      • Wednesday, December 24: Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship 8pm

                      Lefse - Would You Like A Package?

                      Yes, it is that time of year! Students have been making thousands of rounds of lefse to sell in area congregations. They have been out there selling in November and will in December. If you would like to buy a package of lefse, see Pr. Gary or Alicia Danielson. There are 6 in a pack for $10.00. Proceeds will help support campus ministry and help underwrite costs for the Luther's Germany trip in May. Thanks!

                      Thank You

                      • to Abby Henderson for preaching Wednesday, November 12 and to Terry Pletkovich for preaching Sunday, November 23rd. Pastor Gary was preaching at Prince of Peace Lutheran, Phoenix, November 23rd. 
                      • to all who supported the Arizona Cardinal LCM fundraiser in November and to those who provided funds for some students to attend.
                      End of Year Contributions

                      For financial gifts to be counted toward 2014 giving and tax purposes, gifts need to be into the church office by December 31. Thank you!!

                      Student Meals We are currently creating thank you gifts for those who fed students this past semester. Thank you, indeed to all who contributed to student meals in any way. We will have a new sign-up for meals for Spring Semester. It will be on the moving bulletin board. Thank you!!

                      Usher, lector, communion assistant....

                      With students gone much of December and January we especially need folks to sign up to help with Sunday ministries. Thank you for helping to serve in this way!!

                      Christmas Shopping

                      This year we are not selling the SERVV materials in the Campus Center. However we do have catalogs so you may order from them. Catalogs are on the pool table. 

                      Also, if you shop for books or other items through, our church receives a portion of the proceeds IF you order through our web site. Go to Click on the Amazon icon and order as you normally would. No special password or code is necessary. The first time they will not recognize you as they normally might, but after ordering once through the website, they should recognize you each time you order. 

                      Tell your family,  friends, neighbors and co-workers! All can order in this way at no extra cost and no extra effort. Thank you!!

                      Gifts of Hope: Alternative Giving

                      Tired of always giving the same gifts to loved ones each year? Don't know what to really buy someone? On the desk at the church entrance are booklets titled, "Gifts of Hope: Alternative Giving".  There are many gifts you can give to someone in need in honor of a loved one.  In addition there are spiral bound ELCA Good Gifts catalogs with information, a child's bank, etc. called, "Good Gifts" that you may take and keep. They are on the desk at the church entrance, on the table at the Campus Center entrance and on the pool table in the Campus Center. 


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