A visual tour of ELCA congregations, people and events.
Day of Pentecost in the ELCA
Sunday, June 8, 2014, was the the Day of Pentecost, coming 50 days after Easter. ELCA congregations across the country celebrated the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Decorah, Iowa, celebrated the Day of Pentecost last year with new paraments. The design woven into the cloth suggests movement; red is symbolic of the fire of the Holy Spirit.
Keeping the spirit of Acts 2:1-21, the choir at Faith Lutheran Church, Marysville, Wash., donned “flames of fire” headbands signifying the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples.
At last year’s Create in Me Retreat, Living Lutheran blogger Kristin Berkey-Abbott focused on the Holy Spirit — more specifically, on the fire aspect of the Spirit as inspiration for preparation for Pentecost.
Jim Lindus, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Freeland, Wash., celebrates the spirit of the day with red paraments (altar cloths) and vestments (what the pastor wears).
Red is the color of the day liturgically. Los Altos Lutheran Church, Los Altos, Calif., uses a swath of red cloth draped over the cross to designate the descending of the Holy Spirit.
ELCA graduations, 2014
Congratulations, grads! It is graduation season for the 26 ELCA colleges and universities and eight seminaries. Here is but a sampling of what is going on in our various institutions of higher education.
Four hundred degree candidates crossed the stage at Wittenberg College’s 169th commencement exercises on May 17 in the university’s “Commencement Hollow.”
The 179th commencement at Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pa., was on May 18. The college is noted for its strong academic reputation. Since its founding in 1832, the college has upheld a rigorous commitment to the liberal arts in all their breadth.
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago held its commencement on May 18. The ELCA has a long history of educating and preparing pastors and other rostered leaders to participate in God’s work in the world.
Wartburg Theological Seminary honored 46 degree and certificate candidates at commencement exercises on May 18 at St. Joseph the Worker Church in Dubuque, Iowa.
Memorial Day 2014
On this Memorial Day we remember the members of the armed services, both past and present. We give thanks for all who have lost their lives and pray for the safety of those who are now on active duty.
Harold Jacobson, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, Clarion, Pa., delivers the invocation at the town’s Memorial Day service.
In front of Jacobs Lutheran Church in Pine Grove, Pa., is a stone memorial to the early settlers who were members of this Revolutionary War-era congregation and who are buried in the cemetery adjacent to the church. In front of the stone are bronze emblem flag holders representing all the wars in which Americans have fought.
Young members of Christ Lutheran Church, Floral Park, N.Y., hold signs at the community’s Memorial Day parade.
May God protect those who served, who serve and who will serve. May God give us the courage and wisdom to work for peace so that no more lives need be sacrificed. May we reach out with compassion to all returning veterans that they may feel welcomed, loved and appreciated. (Photo/Krista Mendoza, pastor Bethany Lutheran, Elmira, N.Y., Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira.)
World War II veteran Stanley Lesniak, who is now a resident of Wittenberg Village: A Lutheran Life Community, Crown Point, Ind., took part in an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. The mission of an Honor Flight is to thank and pay tribute to veterans, especially from World War II, with a day of honor and remembrance at no cost to them.
We are the ELCA
The members of the ELCA make up a community of faith that shares a passion for making positive changes in the world. With nearly 10,000 congregations across the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and nearly 4.2 million members, we are a diverse community working together as the body of Christ.
Luther Place is on Thomas Circle in the heart of Washington, D.C. The congregation is “called to a mission of hospitality.”
Patt Kauffman, pastor of St. Peter’s, Port Jervis, N.Y., welcomes all people to this Reconciling in Christ ELCA Lutheran congregation.
PJ Jayne Thompson, campus pastor, and crew during “Chapel Rap” at Thiel College, Greenville, Pa.
Celebrating Mother’s Day
On Mother’s Day we celebrate all who nurture others and offer motherly love. We ask God to give them strength, hope and inspiration throughout the year.
Anne Edison-Albright, pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Stevens Point, Wis., celebrates Mother’s Day with her son, Walter.
In 2013, Joe Troester, ELCA East Africa regional representative, offered a Mother's Day tribute to the Central African Republic's first woman to receive a Ph.D. in theology, Antoinette Yindjara-Beanzoui: mother, grandmother, wife and pastor.
ELCA Latino community
The ELCA has approximately 147 Latino ministries in the United States. The work of these ministries supports pastors, lay leaders and congregations as they serve to share the good news of Jesus Christ. This church is composed of people from many different cultures, traditions and languages who work together as the body of Christ for the kingdom of God.
Hector Garfias-Toledo, ELCA pastor and director for evangelical mission, Metropolitan Chicago Synod, with his wife, Chienyu Jade Yi, also an ELCA pastor, and daughter Sofia Garfias-Yi.
Iglesia Lutherana Nueva Esperanza, Aurora, Ill. fundraising for a mission trip to Nicaragua.
Irma Banales, lay leader, Iglesia Luterana Santa Maria de Guadalupe, Irving, Texas.