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Women's Bible Study -

Bible Study will be meeting on:

  • September 28 at the home of Julie Hamaide
  • October 12 at the home of Katherine Stevens
  • October 26 at the home of Carmen Bieber
  • November 16 at the home of Kim Savage
  • December 14 at the home of Julie Hamaide

Martin Luther Exhibit Toured University Lutheran Church in 2005 - Martin Lutheran Death maskA glimpse into the Martin Luther Exhibit that was shown right here at University Lutheran Church in Tempe.  Hundreds of people enjoyed reviewing the exhbit.

Young Adults in Global Mission Visit Wednesday Worship -

Hilda Santiago from Young Adults in Global Mission. San Antonio home town, University of North Carolina alum. Served in Argentina.

Calling Young Adults aged 22-39ish! -

We are having a 500th anniversary of the Reformation party, Sunday October 15th from 6:30-9:30 in the evening, on the lawn outside of University Lutheran Church. We will have a potluck, play lawn games, have a whiteboard where people can write what they would reform in today’s church and announce the ideas later in the night. Bring a potluck dish and a small donation. We will pool the money and vote on a charitable/nonprofit organization to give it to. 

WELCA Retreat -

The Women of the ELCA (WELCA) are having a retreat from Friday, October 20th to Saturday, October 21st at The Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 E. Lincoln Drive in Scottsdale. The weekend is called, “Transformed: A New Katie” and will hopefully foster spiritual growth and new relationships within the WELCA community. Registration is open until October 4th. Email Julie Gerrish using our CONTACT PAGE for the registration form or if you have any other questions. 

Will's Corner - Will Salz

As President of the congregation, Will Salz publishes "Will's Corner".  Here is the September 14, 2017, edition.

Download Will's Corner (PDF)


Lefse Baking Dates -

LefseJoin the fun!

Making Lefse is one of the biggest fundraisers LCM conducts.  We need every bit of support and work to make this year's baking and selling successful!   So, join us for baking on the following days:

  • Sunday, October 22nd- right after lunch- 11:45
  • Friday, November 10th- Veteran's Day- 9 am to 5 pm
  • Sunday, November 19th - right after lunch- 11:45

Dates will be added as needed! Interested? Contact Amy using our CONTACT PAGE.

October / November Monthly Volunteer Service Events -

October's Service Event: 

October 14th
Habitat for Humanity Build
Build begins at 6:30am at 1937 E Don Carlos Tempe, AZ

Please arrive on time
Need a ride? Meet at the church at 6am
Interested? Contact Amy using our CONTACT PAGE

November's Service Event

St. Vincent De Paul's Urban Farm
Date and time are to be determined
Interested? Contact Amy using our CONTACT PAGE

Student of the Month - Matthew Bohr -

Name: Matthew Bohr
Year in School: Sophmore
Hometown: North Phoenix

What is your favorite part of LCM? My favorite part of LCM is meeting new people.

Why would you encourage others to check out LCM? I think it is a good place to meet new people and have good time just hanging out with others.  I have something to look forward to every week, either Sunday worship and lunch or Wednesday dinner and worship.  It is also a nice break from homework.

What is your best memory at LCM? Well, I have a most interesting memory. One year in San Diego, during the worship on the cliffs, there was a group of para-gliders.  It was exciting to see them just sailing around.

What is the one thing you are looking forward to this year? Since the San Diego trip has past, I have to say the Sedona retreat.  It is just a different vibe.  We get to hang out with the other campus ministries, like from U of A and NAU, more. It is also cool to see snow on the tops of the mountains.   

Early Music Society -

The Early Music Society will have a concert in our sanctuary Saturday, October 14, 3pm. For further information contact Catherine Saucier via Email using this link.

Men's Breakfast -

The October Men's Breakfast will be:
Saturday, October 14, 8:30 AM

US EGG - Google Map Link
131 E. Baseline Rd., Tempe
(Just East of Mill on Baseline)

Open Forum -

Sundays 9:15-10:15am
Campus Center Library

Sept 17, 24, and all October Sundays

" By Heart" A review of Luther's Small Catechism led by Lee and Valerie Rehrer 

Books for this series are needed and available for free (thanks to Lee and Valerie). They are on the desk at the church entrance. We just ask that if you take a book you plan on attending some of the sessions. 

Page Turner's Book Club -

The Page Turner’s Book Club meets at noon in the Campus Center on the first Thursday of each month. New members are welcome, even if you can only attend once in awhile.

Our church is having a Reformation 500 Bookstore! -

The 500th anniversary of the Reformation is fast approaching! Do you want to learn more about Martin Luther, his writings, and their impact on Christianity? Do you want to reflect on the ongoing impact of the Reformation today? Stop by our Reformation 500 Bookstore to shop for engaging books on the Reformation for readers of all ages and interests! Save up to 50% plus receive free shipping on all Bookstore titles.

Interim Bishop Almen Here -

Bishop for the interim, Lowell Almen will be with us for dinner and worship, Wednesday, November 1. Worship is at 6:30pm and all are invited. Bishop Almen was Secretary of the ELCA for its first 20 years of existence. 

Reformation 500 Years!!! -

Sunday, October 29 is Reformation Sunday. It will mark 500 years since Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses on the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany. Worship will be at 10:39 followed by a potluck at noon. After the potluck we will watch a video of travel guru (and Lutheran) Rick Steves on Luther's Germany titled, "Luther and the Reformation". We will do the potluck and video with Missio Dei Community who worships Sunday afternoons in our sanctuary. Bring a main dish and salad or desert. Place settings (Reformation placemats!) will be provided as will beverages. 

Choir -

Our choir is off to a great start! The new 9am Sunday rehearsal time is working well. There is still room for more! Why not show up for a rehearsal and give it a try? Warning: This group could become addictive and entice you to repeated rehearsals....

Student Schedule -


  • Wednesday Dinner: 5:30-6:30pm each week
  • Wednesday Worship: 6:30-7:10pm each week
  • Friday: Bible Study noon-1, light lunch served - "Reveling in Revelation"


  • Worship 10:30am 
  • Dinner: 11:45am - "Chew on This" Discussion group: 12:30-1

Worship Theme in October: " Glimpses of God"

  • October 4: "God is Popeye?" ( I am What I am), Exodus 3
  • October 11: "God is Love" I John 7
  • October 18: "God is Forgiving" Matthew 18
  • October 25: " God the Seeker" Luke 15
  • November 1: Interim Bishop Lowell Almen

San Diego Retreat -

Our retreat in San Diego was a hit as always! We hosted worship on Sunday morning on the shores of Mission Bay. Worship was also held on the cliffs of La Jolla as the sun set over the Pacific. Free time saw us scatter to a Padres' game, Balboa Park, and the USS Midway aircraft carrier. This year we spent time with the ASU Presbyterian campus ministry. Ov er a Pizza Fest we had a discussion led by Pastor Gary and University Presbyterian Pastor Eric Ledderman. Students from both groups appreciated the exchange and getting together. 

Student Meals -

Thanks to all who have signed up to provide meals for students! As always, we had a great response!! There are still a few Wednesday and Sunday times available. There is a brochure "Ministering Through Meals" available with tips on the desk at the church entrance. In addition, "veteran" meal providers are often willing to mentor you through a meal or two.  Aren't able to provide a meal but want to help out? Gifts of money to provide food can be used with students or others doing the cooking. Talk to Amy Gauthier or Pastor Gary about this possibility. Thank you!!

ASU FAll Break -

October 7-10

ASU Council of Religious Advisors here -

We will host approximately 40 campus pastors, priests, rabbis, Imams, students, leaders, and others from ASU's Council of Religious Advisers Wednesday, November 1. We provide meeting space and lunch (reimbursed through $5 fee per lunch). Our menu will be our usual well-received salad bar so all faiths and diets 

All Saints -

Sunday, November 5 is All Saints Sunday. We will remember in our prayers that Sunday all who have died since All Saints Day 2016. You may put their names on the blue sheet on Sunday (please indicate "All Saints") or email the office by using our CONTACT PAGE or call the office (480.967.3543). Names must be submitted by noon, November 1 for inclusion in the bulletin. 

Gifts of Stock -

Gifts of stock to support the ministry of Christ through University Lutheran Church or Lutheran Campus Ministry are greatly appreciated. You may contact the church office (CONTACT PAGE or 480.967.3543) for further information. Contacting your tax adviser will also let you know the best way to utilize such gifts for tax purposes. Thank you!!

Looking Ahead....Open Forums -

  • November 5 : Deborah Hutterer, Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest, "What About the Kiddos?"  She will talk about the shocking realities of children in Arizona's foster care system.
  • November 12: Ruth Wooten, "Bread for the World" The state of hunger in the US and the world
  • November 19: "Julie Gerrish's Year in Senegal" Julie was a student in Young Adults in Global Mission"
  • November 26: no forum, Thanksgiving weekend
  • December 3: "Kim Savage" Reading the Bible
  • December 10: "Annie Skivington's Year in Hungary" Annie was a student with Young Adults in Global Mission

Fiesta Conference Meeting With Interim Bishop -

Saturday, October 28, 9;30am-11
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Mesa, 2745 N. 32nd Street, Mesa

Purpose: information on electing a new bishop at the June 2018 Assembly in Tucson

All are invited. Especially encouraged are any interested in being voting members at this assembly. ULC has 3 voting members: Pastor Gary and one female and one male. 

Hurricane Harvey / Irma Relief -

Salem Lutheran Church, Houston, TexasGiven along with bulletins this week and last are fliers and envelopes for Lutheran Disaster Relief. You can direct your gifts for Hurricane Harvey relief on the envelope and/or your check. You may also give on line via our web site: or the ELCA website

We have a few personal connections to the Houston area. One of our freshmen is from Houston and has family affected by Harvey. Alumnus Ellen Tollefson Lawrence and husband Daniel live in Houston. Former Campus Ministry Associate Evan Moilan directs Lutheran Social Services in Texas and is involved in relief efforts. Thank you for your help!!

Young Adults in Global Mission Here -

Hilda Santiago, a recruiter for Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) will be with us Wednesday, September 20 at our 6:30pm worship service. She will eat with students and talk about YAGM, then preach at worship. Hilda will remain a bit for Q & A regarding the program. 

Currently member Berkley Harris is serving with YAGM in Senegal. Two students recently returned from serving YAGM: Julie Gerrish in Senegal, and Annie Skivington in Hungary. 

Interim Bishop Lowell Almen Here -

Lowell AlmenWednesday, November 1 Bishop for the Interim, Lowell Almen will preach at the 6:30pm worship service. He will also eat dinner with students. Interim Bishop Almen, a former campus pastor, retired as Secretary of the ELCA, a position he held for the first twenty years of the ELCA's existence. Interim Bishop Almen has authored two books and had an audience with Pope Benedict. All are welcome to worship.

Student Bible Study -

Noon-1pm Each Friday beginning September 15

"Reveling in Revelation"

Lutheran Church of Senegal Synod Secretary -

Monday, the 25th of September at 7pm, the Secretary of our partner synod the Lutheran Church of Senegal, Pascal Sosse Kama, will be in the campus center to share what it is like to be a Christian in Senegal, and what the church in Senegal is doing. 

There will be snacks and refreshments. 

Come with questions and an open mind!

Although reservations are NOT required, signing up at Facebook Events will give us an idea of many to prepare for.

Hurricane Irma -

The Rev. Daniel Rift, Director, ELCA World Hunger and Disaster Appeal, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, writes:

Hurricane Irma is one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the Atlantic. The Category 5 storm hit the Caribbean and is expected to skirt or pass directly over Florida, causing widespread damage and threatening loss of life. 

As a church, we’re standing by our neighbors who are already affected, and we are ready to assist in additional locations as disaster strikes. Lutheran Disaster Response’s affiliates, companion churches and international partners are collaborating with community leaders and government officials to respond. Please give now to support this response. 

Unfortunately, Hurricane Irma was not the first major hurricane with catastrophic effects this season, and it may not be the last. If you’ve given to support Hurricane Harvey relief, Thank You. To give to the hurricane response where funds are needed most, click here and select “Hurricane response.” To give directly to relief efforts for Hurricane Irma, click here and select “Hurricane Irma.” Either way, your gifts will be used entirely (100 percent) for direct response efforts. 

Thanks -

  • to Pastor Bennett Henrikson for preaching, presiding and leading worship on September 3, 2017.

Smiling Faces at this Year's San Diego Trip -

San Diego 2017A great weekend in San Diego.

PBS Will Air 'Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World' -

Martin LutherTuesday, September 12 at 7pm Mountain Standard Time (Channel 8).  Be sure to check your local listings since the time will vary depending on how you receive your PBS station.

Thrivent Financial is pleased to announce that PBS has agreed to air a two-hour documentary on the life and impact of Martin Luther. 

Narrated by Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) and starring Padraic Delaney in the title role, the film brings to life the great adventure story of Luther's struggle. Interspersed among the dramatic recreations (shot in Europe), is commentary from theologians and scholars from a variety of Christian traditions.

Thrivent Financial is the exclusive sponsor of the film, which was created to recognize the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

John Barton Installed as intern Pastor -

John BartonA special day for former LCMer, John Barton. John was installed as an intern Pastor in Waltham, MA. Special attendees and former LCMers, Loni and Eric Lehnhardt and children were on hand for the event.

Glasses and Discipleship -

Pastor Gary McCluskey

I was a junior in high school. As I stepped outside into the downtown square of Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, I wondered, "What will my friends think when they see me now?".  

It was the late days of fall and the daytime sky was fast becoming an evening sky. I looked around and was astounded by the brightness of neon signs announcing the retail tenants of the downtown buildings. The colors on the Yellow Cabs and passing cars were both brighter and bolder than I could ever recall seeing. I was not able to see anything I had not seen before; I was just seeing things more vividly and more colorfully. You see, I was stepping out from the office of my optometrist. For the first time ever I glasses. Corrective lenses my driver's license called them. The fresh view made me realize I needed glasses after all.

Young Adults in Global Mission Rep Here -

Hilda Santiago, a recruiter for Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM), a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will be with us Wednesday, September 20. She will talk a few minutes during dinner at 5:30pm, preach during our 6:30pm worship and stick around for Q & A following worship. Learn about YAGM and the possibilities available to serve around the world. 

Currently we have a bulletin board with YAGM information in the Campus Center. We have member Berkley Harris' photo there. Berkley is now serving in Senegal. In addition to Berkley we have a strong history of support for YAGM. More recently we had Jill Rode, Thailand, Abby Henderson, South Africa, Julie Gerrish, Senegal, and Annie Skivington, Hungary. 

Arizona Wind Symphony -

AWSOur own Stephen Gerrish performs with the Arizona Wind Symphony and will be performing at the Tempe Center for the Arts.

Although not yet on the box office schedule for purchasing tickets, they should become available soon by logging on to the Tempe Center for the Arts boxoffice.

Advent Study -

Advent Study 2017Rejoice and reflect this Advent season through study, prayer and worship.  ELCA World Hunger's 2017 Advent Study is full of new weekly devotions, prayers, blessings and hymn suggestions.  Use this resource during weekly worship or adult study, or encourage members to take it home and read each week during Advent.

You can Download this Resource by Clicking Here (PDF)

First Grace, Grub and Grog of the Year -

Four PeaksWe are going with option three from the last email for our first outing! Our first Grace, Grub and Grog of the year will be at Four Peaks (The 8th st. one) on Saturday, September 9th from 6:30-9pm-ish. 

I am excited to talk about stuff and plan for the year with y'all! Lemme know if you (and your friend or S.O.) can make it (PLEASE RSVP). :) 

RSVP on the Facebook event page by Clicking Here.

Let me know if you have questions! It is the first group outing I am planning, hoping all goes well!

Julie Gerrish

Four peaks address: 
1340 E. 8th Street, #104
Tempe, AZ 85281

Four Peaks is socially responsible, and has gluten free and vegetarian food options. 

Last Summer Connections for the Summer -

ConnectionsWednesday 23, 2017 - Looks like everyone had a great time.  Folks joined in worship with the praise band after dinner.

Student of the Month - Rachel Knoche -

Rachel KnocheName: Rachel Knoche
Year of School: Junior
Hometown: Colorado Springs,CO

What is your favorite part of LCM? The culture. I appreciate that LCM welcomes everybody regardless of background. I think diversity of thought is the most important factor in good conversation and LCM helps foster an environment welcoming of these discussions.

Why would you encourage others to check out LCM? I would encourage others to check out LCM if they are looking for a place to meet kind and welcoming people.

What is your best memory at LCM? My freshman year I was able to go on the San Diego trip and it was an awesome experience! I had great conversation on the drive there where I got to know some amazing people. 

What is one thing you are looking forward to this year? I am most looking forward to the San Diego trip this year because I wasn't able to go last year!

Open Forum -

Open Forum meets Sundays, 9:15am-10:15am in the Campus Center Library. Our first session begins September 10.

September 10: "Luther's Germany: Celebrating 500 years". Led by Catherine and Colton Grimmer, LCM alumni and ULC members. Catherine, Colton and fellow alums Loni and Eric Lehnhardt recently returned from visiting Luther's Germany and taking in all the special events commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. 

September 17-October 29: "By Heart" . We will explore Luther's Small Catechism through video, discussion, and reading. Books will be provided. Lee and Val Rehrer will lead these sessions.

Farewell and Godspeed -

  • Berkley Harristo Berkley Harris, ULC member. She is off to Senegal to serve with Young Adults in Global Mission for the next year. Berkley is the daughter of ULC members Scott and Barb Harris. 

Campus Ministry Fall Schedules -

Wednesday Worship
6:30pm (all are invited!)

Our theme for the beginning of semester is "Snapshots of God"

  • Wednesday, September 6:John 4: "Jesus!"
  • Wednesday, September 13: I John 1: "God is Light"
  • Wednesday, September 20: Exodus 3: "I Am What I Am"
  • Wednesday, September 27: I John 7: " God is Love"
  • Wednesday, October 4: Matthew 18: "God is Forgiving"

Student Bible Study
We will meet during the week. Topics to be announced.

San Diego Student Retreat
We leave 5pm Friday, September 1 and return about 3pm Monday, September 4

Council Meetings -

The ULC Church Council meets the second Tuesday of every month.  They gather in the Campus Center Library beginning at 7:15p.

The next meeting will be:

  • Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 7:15p

Thanks -

  • to Lynn and Shawn AikenDarren, Marcie, and Dean GestAiko and Brian Mancini,  Lynn and Art Becker, and Dorothy and Dick McCune for hosting Summer Connections.
  • to Beth Wootten for coordinating and planning Summer Connections.

Interim Bishop Here -

Bishop for the Interim, Lowell Almen will be with us in worship Wednesday, November 1 at our Wednesday worship service (6:30pm). Interim Bishop Almen served as Secretary of the Lutheran Church in America from 1988-2007. He was the church archivist and historian. Author of two books, Dr. Almen has often served as Parlimentarian for the Grand Canyon Synod. He and wife Sally have a home in Gold Canyon, AZ. 

Calling All Singers -

Calling all singers! Choir is starting rehearsals on September 10th and we welcome new singers to join us. The time commitment is minimal--only an hour rehearsal on Sunday mornings at 9:00 am and the worship service at 10:30 am. Please note that this is a change from previous years--we no longer have a Wednesday night rehearsal. For more information, contact Aiko Mancini using our CONTACT PAGE.

New Members - Jim and Katherine Stevens -

Last year Jim and Katherine Stevens moved from Portland, Oregon to the Phoenix area and bought a patio home in south Scottsdale. They were invited to attend University Lutheran by Katherine's parents Dick and Dorothy McCune. Jim is retired and Katherine is a career consultant at Lee Hecht Harrison. They recently celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary.

As a volunteer, I would be glad to help people with job searches and career coaching. If you know of people who need this, feel free to pass along my contact information.

New Members - Barb, Scott, and Berkley Harris -

The Harris FamilyScott, Barb and Berkley Harris have lived in the Valley since 1997, moving to Tempe two years later. Barb was a “Lutheran by choice” since the age of 10 when she went to church one Sunday with a friend. Scott and Barb graduated from Purdue,  got married in her home church in Valparaiso, Ind. and then lived in St. Louis for nine years. During their church memberships Scott was involved with confirmation and AMOR, and Barb served on councils and ran outreach ministries. Scott is a software engineers, Barb does communications for nonprofits, and Berkley, a graduate of the University of Arizona, is serving in Senegal for a year with the YAGM program. They moved to downtown Tempe in 2015 and are excited to become a part of the University Lutheran community. 

New Member - Christine Middaugh -

I was raised in Gillette, Wyoming where she  met her  husband, Emmett. 

We fell in love and moved to Phoenix, AZ for better opportunities. We have twin sons, Emmett IV and Anthony, as well a daughter, Kimberly. Emmett is married to Jenna and they have triplets; Anthony is married to Stephanie and they have a son; Kimberly is married to Ken and they have a son and daughter. I love my family and we try to get together every Sunday for games and food. I had a great childhood looking for birds’ nests, arrowheads, and riding horses. I remember watching my Mother painting the most beautiful pieces of art, which is why one of my hobbies is painting. We love to travel, play games, and spend time with friends and family. I work at the Arizona Republic writing reports and at OPES Financial Solutions teaching people about money. I grew up in the Assemblies of God church where my Dad was a deacon. I loved going to church, where we would sing songs with my Dad. I have had various job, but the most important one was taking caring of my husband when he had cancer three times; he is thirteenth year into his remission. When we moved to Tempe I was looking for a church and Mary Ann Salz, who is my cousin, suggested I attend University Lutheran Church and I felt at home right away. 

New Members - Jim and Dena Transgrud -

Jim and Dena Transgrud

Jim started life on a farm in North Dakota while Dena was an Arizona city dweller. Arizona became our home over 44 years ago, a place to raise our 2 children & carry out our careers. We lead an ordinary retirement life in south Tempe volunteering in the community to make it stronger & leaving it periodically to explore the world visiting its diverse cultures, people & sights.

Our children now live in NY & NC. If asked, we will bore you with how fantastic they & our 4 year & 2 year old Granddaughters are as seen through biased eyes.

We chose ULC as our religious home after a few visits. It is a small friendly unpretentious community with strong links to the University, it is close to where we hope to move in downtown Tempe, plus it seems to have a theological reference we share. Thank you all for welcoming us into your religious home..

By Heart: A Confirmation Review -

Lee and Val Rehrer have agreed to teach "By Heart" a course that explores the Small Catechism of Martin Luther.  There will be videos, discussion, and looking at the Small Catechism.  Books for this course are provided by Lee and Val. (Thank you!!).  This class will meet during the forum time slot Sunday mornings at 9:15am beginning with Sunday, September 17 and ending Sunday, October 29.  We are open to making this also available during the week at about noon.  If you cannot make Sunday morning, please let us know if you are interested in a weekday time.  You can email the Church by using our CONTACT PAGE or simply indicate your interest on the blue sheet in the Sunday bulletin.

Thanks -

  • to Ruth Wootten for assuming the task of leading our Stewardship Committee and overseeing the Time and Talent sheets.
  • to Arno Leskinen and Will Salz for installing the door closer on the main door of the sanctuary. 
  • to Arno and Martha Leskinen for donating the door closer.

Will's Corner - A Message from Your Council President - Will Salz

Your Council President, Will Salz, will be writing a periodic Newsletter/Report about the various items the Council is working on.  

These Reports will be available for downloading as a PDF.


Stewardship Message from Ruth Wootten -

Ruth WoottenCheerful Givers, Thanks!

We are so grateful that so many of you have responded to our request to put in writing your commitment of time and talent to ULC/LCM!  Thanks so much!  It is so vital to our congregational budget and planning to know that you have pledged  your tithe--more or less!--and your time.  If you haven't yet sent in your commitment, it's not too late. And if you have misplaced the forms, just ask us and we'll gladly get you another one!  

Didja know how much easier it is to share your candy bar when it's just been unwrapped, rather than when you just have one  piece left?  So it is with our giving:  we give first as we have been given to, knowing that our checkbook reveals our priorities.  

Just know this:  we are so thankful to have YOU as a member of our community!

Ruth Wootten, Stewardship Chair

Food, Glorious Food... -

Thanks to all who provided food last semester.  The sign-up for Fall semester is already posted on the moving bulletin board.  Some spots have already been subscribed!! Thank you!!  Questions?  As Pastor Gary if you cannot provide food, but would like to pay for a meal, please indicate that on the sign-up sheet.  Thank you!!

Young Adults Are Our Future - John Barton, Julie Gerrish, Bishop Talmage, Berkley Harris, Amy Gauthier, Pastor Gary, Cassandra Chavez

John Barton: ULC member, LCM alum and student pastor (intern) in MA, Julie Gerrish, LCM alum and just returned from a year serving in Young Adults in Global Mission in Senegal, Bishop Talmage, last "official" act as bishop...he now begins a new call as Sr. Pastor of Love of Christ Lutheran Church, Mesa, Berkley Harris, ULC member, U of A LCM alum and Young Adults in Global Mission partner about to leave for a year in Senegal, Amy Gauthier, LCM Campus Ministry Associate and LCM alum, Pastor Gary, ULC/LCM pastor, Cassandra Chavez, Pacific Lutheran Seminary student about to begin her internship at First Lutheran/La Primivera Luterano in Mesa.

12 Step Groups -

  • Heroin Addicts Anonymous (HAA) 8p - Mondays in the Campus Center
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 8p - Tuesdays in the Sanctuary
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 8p - Thursdays in the Campus Center

Page Turner's Book Club -

The Page Turner’s Book Club is taking the summer off. In the fall the Book Club will meet at noon in the Campus Center on the first Thursday of the month. We would love to have some new members; all are welcome. Please plan to join us and recommend a title for 2017/2018. When we reconvene this fall we will begin with the following:

September 7, 2017:  “My Family and Other Animals” by Gerald Durrell    (Kim)

A bewitching account of a rare and magical childhood on the island of Corfu, this book was the inspiration for the recent PBS Masterpiece series The Durrells in Corfu. When the unconventional Durrell family can no longer endure the damp, gray English climate, they do what any sensible family would do: sell their house and relocate to the sunny Greek isle of Corfu. My Family and Other Animals was intended to embrace the natural history of the island but ended up as a delightful account of Durrell’s family’s experiences, from the many eccentric hangers-on to the ceaseless procession of puppies, toads, scorpions, geckoes, ladybugs, glowworms, octopuses, bats, and butterflies into their home.

October 5, 2017:  “Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult    (Pat)    

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene? With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, the author tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion—and doesn’t offer easy answers.

Food Collection -

We are at that time of year when food pantries become most desperate for food.  Demand is higher and fewer are thinking of food needs.  In addition many senior snow birds contribute to food pantries and are now back home.  We will be collecting non-perishable food items to help offset this need.  Toilet paper and water are also great items for donation.  Thank you to all who help with this!  You may place your items in the food box at the Church entrance or on the pool table in the Campus Center.  Thanks!

Reformation Book Fair -

Martin LutherOur Lutheran publishing house, Augsburg Fortress will be having a Reformation Book Fair here from October 8 through November 9.

There will be displays and samples to browse. Most books will have to be ordered and are to arrive about two weeks after ordering. 

There will be books for children, scholarly publications, and books for general reading and learning. This is not a fund-raiser, simply a way of making such things available. 

Book Fair: October 8 through November 9
The Campus Center is open from 9a-2p,
Tuesday through Friday
Directions: Google Map

Ministry and Mission -

Pastor Gary McCluskey

Arizona can be a confusing place to live. Take summer for example. Does summer end when school begins? Here that would be about the first of August. Or does summer end when it cools off? Here that might not be until Thanksgiving! Now I know what the calendar says, but every place I have lived prior to Arizona the summer weather was long gone by September 21st, the last day of summer and leaves were turning colors and beginning to fall. 

Bishop Steve and Barb Talmage - Retires as Bishop of the Grand Canyon Synod -

Barb and Steve TalmageSpecial Day as we honor Bishop Talmage and Barb, wishing them well as he retires as Bishop and they start their new commission at Love of Christ in Mesa.

Just a side note:  In the background sitting with coffee is Ruth Wootten.  When this picture appeared on Facebook a comment was made by Alan Field, "Ruth Wootten sitting in the background was my Sunday School teacher back in the days when it was Good Shepherd."

August Printed Newsletter -

August Printed Newsletter which many of you receive through the regular USPS mail, is available this month also as a PDF Download.

August 2017 Newsletter (PDF)

2017 Grand Canyon Synod Assembly -

Lori ZurcherLori Zurcher writes, "I had the honor of being asked to attend the annual assembly held June 9-10 at the Love of Christ Lutheran church in Mesa this year. Thanks to those of you who supported this event. I say it was an honor because I saw a side of the ELCA Lutheran church I have never experienced first-hand. It was also an honor because it was the last session conducted by Bishop Talmage, who exudes exceptional amounts of love for Lutherans, the ministry, and Jesus Christ. He lead the opening on Friday themed, “Called to Lead”. What an exemplary man to talk about leadership.  ..." Download the entire report in PDF by Clicking Here.

Julie Gerrish Returns from Senegal -

Julie GerrishWelcome back Julie Gerrish! Julie graduated from ASU with a degree in education in 2016. Through the ELCA's Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program Julie has been doing mission work in Senegal. She returned Saturday and will be leading Lutheran Campus Ministry/University Lutheran Church's Young Adult program this fall.  University Lutheran member Berkley Harris will be traveling to Senegal in August as part of YAGM.

Condolences -

Don and Jeanne Gieschento the family and friends of Don Gieschen, longtime ULC member. Don died in Loveland, CO July 10th where he and his late wife Jeanne had moved to be near one of their daughters. Don and his family joined the church in 1959. Don was 93 years old. 

Don't Put Your Pen Away -

ChildrenThank you for all your efforts through letters in support of programs that work to alleviate hunger! Your assistance continues to be needed to let your congressional representatives know your concern over proposed budget cuts to hunger and poverty programs.

The budget plan sets forth dramatic cuts --more than $1.7 Trillion (how many zeroes is that?) from mandatory safety-net programs.  Already, one in six children in America lives in a family that struggles to get enough to eat, but the SNAP program (food stamps), for example, would be cut by $193 billion--about a 25% reduction over ten years.   If you think of twenty food sacks, at the present time nineteen are filled by federal programs; one by charitable organizations.  Bread for the World estimates that each religious congregation in the U.S. would need to raise $714,000 annually (yep) for a decade to make up for the proposed cuts to programs to alleviate hunger and poverty at home and abroad.  For up to date information beyond what you see on TV, go to

Of course, along with your  messages to Congress, you'll want to pray regularly that our leaders will act on facts and data so that they might pass fair laws that restore dignity to the poor, the hungry, those marginalized, and those experiencing a broken immigration system.

New Toilet in Sanctuary Bathroom -

New ToiletOur handyman extraordinaire David Anderson putting the final touches on the church bathroom upgrade. If you haven't been by the church for a while stop in and check out all that has been done.

The Cross is Back! -

CrossAfter being removed for renovations of the fireplace area, the Cross which was placed in storage is now back "home". 

Thanks to Will Salz for cleaning the artwork and hanging it back above the fireplace. 

A mantel is now being designed to be installed above the fireplace and should be completed shortly after the design is approved.

Thanks -

  • to Will Salz for rehanging the cross over the Campus Center fireplace.  More Details
  • to Terry Anderson for arranging to have a new handicapped approved toilet put in one of the Sunday School bathrooms. Terry also painted the bathroom. Fixtures were moved and were different sizes and Terry painted those now exposed areas.

Student News -

Students return to classes August 17. Passport to ASU is August 16. We are working on a new schedule and doing some things a bit differently this year. Our format has not really changed in many years. 

Sundays, of course, worship will be 10:30am. A meal for students will follow. After each Sunday meal we will have a discussion. For the first two Sundays we will look back to the gospel and sermon and discuss what we heard or what we think we heard. After Labor Day weekend we will continue with this same schedule but the discussion focus may change. 

We are also planning to add one or two discussion groups during the week. One may be on campus. We will survey these ideas with students once they return and take some special time for discernment on our Labor Day Weekend retreat to San Diego. 

We are also planning on one service project per month. This is in addition to our usual sponsorship of a family for Christmas and our monthly cleaning of trash along the wall along McAlister. 

LCM Student Schedule -

Welcome Week: Students host a table on the ASU Mall August 14-18

Passport to ASU: August 16, 6pm (be at Campus Center 5:15pm) Sun Devil Fitness Center or Memorial Union; location to be assigned

Classes begin: Thursday, August 17

Sunday, August 20: worship 10:30, dinner following, Discussion following dinner

Wednesday, August 23: Connections Potluck 5:30pm, Worship 6:30pm (note: no Bible Study)

San Diego Retreat September 1-4; leave Campus Center parking lot 5pm

(note: no Bible studies on Wednesdays this semester)

Special Note from the President of the Congregation -

Will Salz, President of the Congregation, has a special note he wishes to share to all members and friends.  The letter is a PDF download.

Click Here to Read and Download Will Salz's Special Letter (PDF)

Thanks -

  • to Art, Lynn, and Brian Becker for trimming trees July 4th!!

Julie Gerrish Return Home -

Julie GerrishFrom a recent email from Julie Gerrish.

Hi everyone, 
I just want to thank you all for your support this year. Today is my last day at the office before it's all over! 
On Monday we will head to our retreat, and I will be coming back to AZ at the end of July. 
Here's an letter that a YAGM Mexico country coordinator wrote to family and friends of YAGMs upon their return. It really resonates with me, and I would appreciate if you read it before I come back. Click here
It is not the end of you being on this email list (muahaha); I hope to write another blog or newsletter when I come home, or maybe before then. Inshallah!

Celebrating Bob Tripp's Birthday at Denny's -

Bob TrippA favorite breakfast of Bob Tripp was the location for celebrating his birthday.  Many gathered together wishing him the very best.

Summer Worship -

Summer Worship -  9am
(Wednesday worship resumes at 6:30pm, August 23)
(reverts to 10:30am Sunday, August 20)

St. Olaf Orchestra -

Fall Concert
October 20, 7:30pm

King of Glory Lutheran Church
2085 E. Southern Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85282

Ann Rispoli's Birthday -

Ann RispoliAnn Rispoli's Birthday.

Thanks -

  • to Will Salz, Art Becker, Blake Petersen, and Terry Anderson for working with the tree company during our tree trimming and tree removal. A tremendous amount of work during record temperatures!
  • to Art and Lynn Becker and Layna Taylor for working with the exterminator to remove the bees from one of our trees. 

Tree Trimming Project Underway -

Tree TrimmingThe Property Committee has started Phase One of our Tree Trimming Project.  Our beautiful property now has a professional landscaping tree arborist making sure our trees are healthy and don't present any safety hazards.  We are thankful for Tree Amigos and their crew.

The project had to be done "out of budget" so we are really thankful to all those who have contributed to the project so far.  We hope to raise enough funds to finish the project (Phase Two) in 2018. 

You can still contribute by using our online giving form near the upper right corner of our Home Page or simply writing "Trees" on your contribution and place it in the offering plate.

Repair of Parking Lot -

Asphalt RepairApproximately every three years we resurface the parking lot at the church.  it's unfortunate that our parking lot has been resurfaced so many times that doing additional coats will only flake off quickly.  We are looking at longer range solutions which may require redoing the entire parking lot.

In the meantime, we are taking steps to ensure that any major problem areas are taken care of to prevent any further deterioration of the area that might cause safety hazards for people walking and using the lot.

We just finished repair a 10’ x 10’ area using ACE Asphalt who have been very cooperative and will probably be the contractor we use for future work.

Bishop Talmage Preaches at ULC Before Retiring as Bishop -

Bishop Talmage

Bishop Steve Talmage of the Grand Canyon Synod left office July 31, 2017, to serve as Senior Pastor of Love of Christ Lutheran Church in Mesa. 

His last sermon as bishop was at University Lutheran Church. Bishop Steve and wife Barbara have been members here during most of his eleven years as bishop. 

Son Craig had been our Campus Ministry Associate for three years. 

We are grateful for Bishop Steve's leadership in our synod and for the partnership of he and Barbara in our congregation. . 

Student of the Mont - Ryan Normand -

Ryan NormandTell us a bit about yourself: I will be a senior at ASU majoring in Civil Engineering with a minor in Sustainability. I am a native of Everett, WA but grew up in Tempe, graduating from Corona del Sol High School. I am on ASU’s Cross-Country team. 

Approaching your Sr. year, what thoughts do you have about the past 3 years? College has been an opportunity to grow and find both independence and yourself. In the past 3 years I have been feeling more like an adult…that is fun! 

Thanks Darren, Layna and Terry! -

Thanks to Darren Gest for his leadership as president for the past 5 years and to Layna Taylor for serving as council secretary. Also to Terry Anderson who was Vice-President and now council secretary.  Well done, good and faithful servants!!

Thanks -

  • to Dick Shirley and Lori Zurcher for serving as voting members for our synod assembly.

Council Officers -

Elected by council

  • President: Will Salz
  • Vice President: Dick Shirley
  • Secretary: Terry Anderson
  • Beth Wootten is continuing to serve as Treasurer

Make Your Own Trifold -

Although we have many ULC Brochures on the desk at the back of the Church, you might want to try and download a copy to be printed on your own printer... just in case you have a chance to hand one a friend or neighbor.

ULC Tri-Fold Brochure (PDF)

Young Adults in Global Mission - YAGM -

YAGMBerkley Harris, daughter of Scott and Barbara Harris, new members of ULC will be with Young Adults in Global Mission in Senegal. 

Berkley leaves in August. LCM alumni Julie Gerrish & Annie Skivington return from their YAGM missions  next month. Julie is in Senegal and Annie is serving in Hungary. 

Download the June 2017 of the ELCA's Global Link Newsletter (PDF).

Student Food Box -

Yes, there actually is a special Student Food Box (located on top of the pop machine) in the Campus Center.

In addition to all the wonderful food items received in our regular collection of items inside the entrance of the Church, there is this special box exclusively for students who are struggling with meals and how to pay for them.  The box is placed so that those indeed can be discrete about their needs.

If you can contribute food items directed towards this special cause, it would be greatly appreciated.  Think of non-perishables that can easily be microwaved or read to eat.

Thank you -

  • to Pastor Lee Rehrer for preaching and leading worship May 21
  • to David Cote for preaching and leading worship May 28 and June 4
  • to Will and Mary Ann Salz for taking bids, looking at samples, selecting and installing new blinds for the Campus Center Library

New Post on Julie Gerrish's Blog -

Julie has just posted new information on her blog.

Click Here to view her blog.

Student of the Mont - Sophie Lott -

Sophie LottM.M. Music Therapy

Why did you decide on ASU?  The sunshine and the lively environment drew me in.

Why did you decide to get a Master’s in Music Therapy?  I’ve been passionate about music and helping people for a long time, so this was a perfect combination.

Why did you first come to LCM?  It was the first church that popped in my online search that seemed like a good fit for me.

What do you like most about LCM?  The small, compassionate community and the choir.

What are some of your hobbies?  I make artwork with oil pastels, songwriting, jogging, cuddles with my dog.

What is a random fact about yourself?  My favorite colors involve teal and turquoise.

If you had a magic carpet that could take you to any location at any time (past, present, or future), where/when would you go, what would you do, and why?  I would go to Eugene, OR, in July to the Oregon Country Fair.  I would go camping at the fair and enjoy the live music.  I love being in nature and music, so this event is the perfect combination.

Grace Lutheran Church, Phoenix - Heat Respite -

WaterBring your water to Church and we will deliver it to our sister congregation, Grace Lutheran Church, Phoenix.

Grace In The City Summer 2017 - Heat Respite

For twelve weeks beginning June 12, Grace Lutheran Church will again open its doors to our street community, providing food, water, shelter from the heat and fellowship to our neighbors in need. If you have services to offer, resources to share or time to spare, the Grace community is are interested to hear from you!

Summer Newsletter -

The Printed Newsletter will be both the June and July newsletters. Deadline for submission of articles for the August newsletter is July 15. If you have something to be communicated, by sending it to it goes to the newsletter, web site/weekly email and staff. Bulletin deadline is Wednesdays noon.  Thank you!

Summer Reading -

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