A visual tour of ELCA congregations, people and events.
Summer in the garden
Jun 03, 2013
Hephatha Lutheran Church in Milwaukee built their community garden on a plot of land across the street from the church. The land had formerly been home to an abandoned and roach-infested home. The congregation worked with the city to acquire the land where they now grow flowers and vegetables. Read more about Hephatha Lutheran Church and their ministries here.
Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Bellevue, Wash., received a grant from ELCA World Hunger to establish their community garden as a part of the congregation’s “Earthkeeping” ministry. The congregation has both a garden and an orchard where they grow apples, pears and plums. Holy Cross also keeps a blog with advice for other gardeners about when and how to plant crops for the best results. You can read their blog here.
Trinity Lutheran Church in Palmer, Alaska, also received an ELCA World Hunger grant to support their potato garden. The congregation partners with the Next Step Day School, a school for young adults with disabilities, to maintain the garden and to donate the potato harvest to local organizations that can distribute the potatoes to those in need. Read more about Trinity’s potato garden here.
St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Racine, Wis., built their garden on the site of a former onion farm. The fruits and vegetables they grow are donated to local families and food pantries and sold at a weekly farmers market hosted in the congregation’s parking lot. “We make our own soup, jams, jelly, pickles, pickled beets,” says Mark Trinklein, the garden coordinator. “If somebody comes in a wheelchair and can’t shop on their feet, we give them a bouquet of flowers.”
The Garden of Hope at Salem Lutheran Church in Flint, Mich., was awarded an international award for being a place of peace from potential violence. Located in a rough, inner-city neighborhood, the garden is open to the public, and anyone is welcome to go inside and take home as many vegetables as they need. Read more about the Garden of Hope here.
Many people attend prayer services at cemeteries and memorials in honor of those who have died in military service.
A moment of prayer at the 2012 Memorial Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
Taps is sounded to honor Civil War veterans buried in the cemetery next to Zion (Spies) Lutheran Church, Reading, Pa. The congregation was established in 1774.
Veterans and active duty service members bow their heads in prayer during the Memorial Day ceremony at Lorraine American Cemetery, Saint Avold, France, burial site of 10,489 American service members who died during World War II. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kristopher Regan).
A color guard with members of Chaska American Legion Post 57 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1791 visits the cemetery at East Union Lutheran Church, Carver, Minn.
A young man places a flag at the grave of a fallen soldier at the St. John’s Lutheran Church cemetery in Hamburg, Pa., on May 23, 2012.
Memorial Day evening at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, D.C.
The ELCA Malaria Campaign sees the fruits of its efforts on a trip to Africa.
In this “open clinic” in Zambia, people are tested for malaria using a rapid diagnostic test in a make-shift medical center beneath a tree. Patients have their blood tested via a finger prick similar to how people with diabetes check their blood sugar. The test then makes a diagnosis much like a pregnancy test: one line means the person has tested negative. Two lines indicate they have tested positive.
Those who test positive via the rapid diagnostic test can receive anti-malaria medication immediately. Trained personnel give them the medication and instructions on how to complete the full dose.
This is Innocent. Before Innocent was born, his mother took anti-malaria medication and slept under a net provided by the ELCA Malaria Campaign. Had Innocent’s mother not learned about these important prevention and treatment methods, Innocent might not be here today.
Many pastors in Zambia are trained to educate members about malaria and how to prevent it. At this worship service, members of the community learned about important preventive measures to keep them from contracting the disease.
At the same worship service, community members who are trained in malaria prevention instruct the congregation on the proper setup of an insecticide-treated bed net and how to safely sleep beneath one.
Children in Zambia receive nets, thanks in part to the generous gifts that ELCA members have made to the ELCA Malaria Campaign!