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at Arizona State University - 340 E. 15th Street, Tempe, AZ 85281-6612 (480) 967-3543 (map)
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Resumes August 18th

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.

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!


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Holy Week / Easter Worship

Maundy Thursday

April 18

Easter Sunday
Outdoor Sunrise 6:00am
Indoor Easter Worship 10:30am
(breakfast after Sunrise/before 10:30am)

Lenten Coin Folders

You may still return them to the church via the Sunday offering plate. This year's offering will go to Flash Food, a food delivery service to the hungry designed by our own Loni and Eric Lehnardt. Thank you!!

Worship Time Changes

Worship time beginning May 18 @ 9am, returning to 10:30 August 24.

God Speed

Sunday, April 13 we said good-bye to Earl and Mary Kunstman. For ten years Earl and Mary split their year between Bangor, ME and Mesa, Arizona. Now they will be living full-time in Bangor where son Mark resides. Thank you, Kunstmans for your ten year partnership with ULC/LCM!

Church Directories

Directories with names, addresses, e-mails and phone numbers are available. They are on the desk at the church entrance. Pick up your directory this Sunday!

  • to Hal Morgan, Terry Coffelt, Kristin Tollefson, Ellie Strang, Charles and Becky Wong and Ruth Wootten for their great help in readying the church property and  grounds for Holy Week and arranging the palm fronds;
  • to Kristin Tollefson, Ellie Strang and Beth Wootten for preparing and arranging the floral display for Easter.
  • to all who remained following Palm Sunday worship to take down the palm branches.
  • to Nathan Hindes and Julie Gerrish for serving on church council.
  • to Cindy and Paul Gerrish and family for providing our pool party May 9.
  • to Lynn Becker for all her hours with the flower beds around the church.
  • to Lynn and Art Becker for decorating at Easter.
  • to Pastor Ron Koplitz for preaching Maundy Thursday.
  • to our Wednesday night praise band for the 2013-14 academic year: Alicia Danielson, Julie Gerrish, Mikayle Holm, Eric Lehnhardt, Christian Normand, Bethany Ristau,  Maddie Shaner, Alex Willoughby,  Aiko Yamada, Jon Yocky,
  • to all who fed students this past year! Thank you gifts will be on the Campus Center pool table beginning May 11. A new sign-up for fall will be posted during summer. 
Annual Meeting

Sunday, May 18 following the 9am worship service we will meet to go over Annual reports, approve a budget for July 1-2014-June 30, 2015. It is important to have as many members involved as possible. Hope you can make it!

Summer Reading

Amazon.comHoping to spend time reading this summer? If you order books or anything at all from and you use our web site, we receive a 1% rebate from Amazon at no extra cost or work for you. Simply go to, click on donate.  You will see the Amazon icon on the top left of the Donate web page. Click on the icon, then order as you normally do. The first time you do this Amazon will not recognize you through this process. After completing it once, it will recognize you in the future. Thank you! This is a big help to us. Tell your friends, neighbors and fellow bibliophiles! 

Cartridge Recycling

We continue to receive printer cartridges for recycling (sorry, no Epson products). You may put them in the bin near the pop machine.  We can recycle cell phones too. Put those in the container on the pop machine. Thank you!!

Summer Newsletter

Next month (June) we will be sending out a newsletter to cover both June and July. So, please get your articles in by May 15. Thank you!!  You may send them to

Offering of Letters

Sunday, May 4 we will be sending letters to our congressional leaders.  We received info at the Open Forum, April 27 and bulletin inserts will be provided with more specifics. Get ready to write!

Summer Connections

Look for information coming next month in the bulletins and newsletter for Summer Connections. We'll have two each in June, July, and August. Normally they meet on a Wednesday. Host families provide beverages and  a meat dogs or such, and the rest is potluck style given by those in attendance. They are a great way to keep in touch over summer as so many come and go throughout the season.  If you would like to host one evening, contact Beth Wootten

Synod Assembly

The Grand Canyon Synod Assembly will be held June 13-14 at Resurrection Lutheran Church, Oro Valley, Arizona (Tucson area). This year the three campus ministries of synod will host the assembly. Our students will provide worship, testimony, and entertainment at the banquet. We will also present a workshop to those attending.  Alicia Danielson, Pastor Gary, Pastor Ron (U of A), Pastor Fritz (NAU), and Bishop Talmage have met in person and via Skype to plan the assembly. We are grateful for the opportunity to hold up this ministry to our entire synod. We know of no other ELCA synod that provides such opportunity. In 2007 we had a similar experience when the assembly was held in Litchfield Park.  

Women's Bible Study

All women are welcome-- 7 p.m.on Thursdays

  • May 8 at Carmen Bieber's
  • May 22 at Lori Jensen's

Church Library Update I recently went to the Campus Center and all but cleared off the book exchange shelves. Took everything to Changing Hands and had them donate what they couldn't use. We got $25 credit that I used to buy three books for the library:

Next Book Club Meeting May 1st

The Lonely PolygamistOur next and final meeting for the summer will be on May 1st at noon in the church library. The book we will be readying is "The Lonely Polygamist: A Novel" by Brady Udall.

This novel is written by the bestselling author, Brady Udall who masterfully portrays the hapless and tragic yearnings of one of our fellow human beings.  Golden Richards, husband To four wives, father to twenty-eight children, is having the mother of all midlife crisis's.   His construction business is failing, his family has grown into an over-populated mini-dukedom with insurrection and rivalry, and he is done in with grief; due to the accidental death of a daughter and the stillbirth of her son, he has come to doubt the capacity of his own heart.   The story is a tragicomic story of a deeply faithful man who, crippled by grief and the demands of work and family, becomes entangled in an affair that threatens to destroy his family's future.  Udall engages us to the fullest as the characters grapple with the nature of need, love and belonging.


To Deb Hull. Deb's presentation proposal, Transforming Advisor Development in the Community College, has been accepted as a Concurrent session for the October 8-11, 2014 NACADA Annual Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Deb will be traveling there in October to make the presentation. Deb is the chair of Advising at Mesa Community College


FlashFoodto Loni and Eric Lehnhardt on the article in the April edition of The Lutheran magazine. Eric and Loni were featured in an article concerning the program "Flash Food" they developed to transport left-over food from restaurants, etc. to those who are hungry. 


to Blake Petersen for cleaning the oven in the Campus Center kitchen.

Open Forum

(Meets in Campus Center Library Sundays 9:15am-10:15am)

April 13CHANGE: Our prayers are with Noah Fritz who is in Iowa to be with his mother who has taken a turn for the worse.  The sessions, Crime Suppression vs Prenvention, will be postponed.  The forum this Sunday will be a presentation on the status of the lawsuit filed against the State of Arizona on behalf of many same-sex couples including Terry Pochert and Joe Connolly.  Shawn and Lynn Aiken have been crucial in the preparation of the case.  The case will be heard this summer and the input by congregation will be vital to help the plaintiffs prepare.  Come and listen to the strategy, discover interesting facts from the Bible about relationships and discuss how this might change the future of the Church.

April 20: Easter Sunday: no forum

April 27:Bread for the World: Offering of Letters Discussion (Offering of Letters, Sunday, May 4)

Easter Breakfast

Easter Breakfast will be potluck style. Egg dishes, fruit, rolls and other breakfast foods are requested. Coffee will be provided. Breakfast will be immediately following the Sunrise service and again prior to the 10:30am Easter worship.

Egg Hunt

As has been our tradition an egg hunt for little ones will be held during the Sunday School hour Easter Sunday, 9:15am. In addition to finding eggs, we will dig up the Alleluia banner buried just before Lent began.

Easter Comes

Pastor Gary McCluskeyPastor's Notes
Gary N. McCluskey, Pastor

At a recent rally on campus protesting against the vitriolic Christianity of a national "evangelist" , his wife, and associate, I saw an interesting placard. Holding it was a member of the "Free Thought Society of ASU". The group, as interpreted to me by some of their members, is a humanist group and is officially atheist.  Yet the sign one member held made me both chuckle and think. The sign said, " Save up to 10%. Become an atheist." 

I'm guessing as you read the line above you may have smiled a bit yourself.  Yet, whether or not this young man knew it, he was stating a truth about being a Christian. The truth is more than the call for Christians to give money to their church and to people and causes in need. The truth about those who follow Jesus is that such following means giving. Giving of money, yes. But also giving of time and talents. Following Jesus means giving oneself and giving oneself so greatly that part of that self becomes merged into a community of followers.


to the family and friends of Robert Christenson, father of Robin Morgan, who died March 21 in Minnesota. Robert's funeral was in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

All Hands On Deck!

Our secretary will be away from April 23 to May 9 and we need volunteers to cover shifts and help with printing. If you are able to cover a shift (or several), please sign up on the sheets posted on the moving bulletin board.  If you are not available to cover shifts but can help with the bulletins and the newsletter, please contact the office at (480) 967-3543 or Thank you! 


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