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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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Additional Patio Tables - THANK YOU!

Patio Tables

Wow!  They're here, they really are!   Two additional tables are now installed in our patio area.  Your gifts and contributions are slowly making our patio area hospitable and welcoming.

The two additional tables are the same design, but square.  This allows one side to be open which will allow wheel chair or special need cart access.

We would especially like to thank Alicia who helped unload the truck. A special thanks to Arno Leskinen and Donna Lumpkin who coordinated the project! Those who helped with installation, and especially those whose gifts which helped make this possible.

Annual Meeting Proposal

CMEPAlong with the usual annual reports and election of Council members, at UniLu's annual meeting May 17 the congregation will be asked to act on a recommendation of the Council that we become a part of the nationwide effort to have churches across the nation display banners proclaiming  "We support peace with justice for Palestinians and Israelis".  The effort to bring to wider consciousness the need for peacemaking in is spearheaded by Churches for Middle East Peace, an alliance of 22 Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant traditions (the ELCA is a member}.   For years, CMEP (  has been our voice in Washington to press for a just, lasting and comprehensive resolution of the 50-year old Israeli Palestinian conflict.  With the banner project, CMEP aims to have our elected officials become aware of the strong support throughout our nation for a peaceful resolution which ensures security, human rights and religious freedom for all people of the region. In addition a resolution will be submitted to be presented to the synod assembly of the Grand Canyon Synod, June 12/13 in Mesa, AZ.  The resolution will be to encourage congregations in our synod to purchase and post signs for CMEP.

Flute Duet Concert at ULC

FlutesASU music performance students Erin Delaney and Kelly Davis will perform solo selections by Telemann and two flute duets on April 26th at 1:00 pm in the sanctuary. Erin is one of our LCM students. Come and enjoy an short concert of wonderful Baroque and Classical works!

Offering of Letters - May 10

Bread for the WorldYes, you’ll want to get out your pen and paper to write your senators and representatives that they should reauthorize nutrition programs for low income children!  Congress needs to act by September 30 to strengthen and fund these programs which are so vital to the well-being of vulnerable youngsters.  

Several of the Child Nutrition Programs about which you will write your congressional representatives are made available through participating schools, such as the National School Lunch, School Breakfast and Summer Food Services program.  Some children in child care or qualified after-school programs can also participate, as do some pregnant women, infants and children to age five in the WIC program. 


  • to Terry Pochert, Joe Connolly, & Jeff Martinez for arriving early to set up for the Easter Sunrise service.

Easter Celebration at University Lutheran Church

Sara and Marco Becker"Christ Has Risen"... "He Has Risen Indeed".  Hundreds gathered at University Lutheran Church to celebrate the Resurrection.

Thank you to all who helped donated flowers, decorate the walkways, provide the Easter breakfast and make the day special for all our guests.

Broadway Road Construction

The City of Tempe has just finished their final design for improving the stretch of Broadway Road between Mill Ave. and Rural Road.  During the summer and heading into fall, coming to Church from the south may involve navigating through this construction.   If the construction becomes a pain, you might want to consider coming to Church off of Main Street (Apache) and coming south on College.

Our Visit to the Tempe Mosque On March 28, 2015, many members of University Lutheran Church were invited to the Tempe Mosque to hear an orientation of their faith and spiritual setting.

Spring Break

Pastor Gary McCluskey

In Arizona Spring can be deceiving. We talk about "Spring Training" or schools close for "Spring Break". Yet much of the nation would describe what we glibly call "Spring", "Summer".  When temperatures hover in the 80's and occasionally head past 90 degrees, this is not most people's definition of spring.  Yet, for those of us who live here, why change what is working? Life, it often seems, doesn't get much better than Arizona in "Spring".


  • to Maddie Shaner and Madeline Reid for singing and playing piano during a Wednesday Mid-Week Lenten worship while Aiko was on vacation
  • to Nick Cota, Julie Gerrish, Rebecca Sherod, Mitchell Weeks, Alex Willoughby for assembling the April newsletter.

Julie Gerrish Performing in 'Much Ado About Nothing'

Julie Gerrish, an ASU LCM student, is performing in the play "Much Ado About Nothing," on Thursday, April 23, through Saturday, April 25 at 7pm, and a Sunday matinee at 2pm on April 26.

Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for ASU students.  Location TBD (in an auditorium near the music college at ASU).

Student of the Month - Stephen Gerrish

Freshman, Electrical Engineering Major

Open Forum


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

Open Forum Schedule:

  • March 29 - Luther: The Early Years by Pastor Gary.
  • Sunday, April 5: No forum, Easter Sunday
  • Sunday, April 12:" Martin Luther: Reformation Beginnings", led by Pastor Gary
  • Sunday, April 19: "Martin Luther: the Angry Years", led by Pastor Gary
  • Sunday, April 26: "Global Warmng", led by Jennifer Johnson & Kristin Tollefson
  • Sunday, May 3:  "Bread for the World: Offering of Letters Discussion" by Christine Wilkins (note the writing of these letters will be May 10)


                                  Students are receiving in March, donations of shampoo and soap for Project Hope. There is a box in the Campus Center for the donations. Congregational members certainly may help. All of ASU's campus ministries are participating. Project Hope is an annual event and will have a huge gathering in April at Chase Field where these will be given away to homeless and needy along with other hygiene and self-care products. There will be dentists, doctors, barbers and others.

                                  The final day to collect shampoo for HopeFest is Sunday, March 29.  Drop your donated shampoos in the box in the Campus Center.

                                  Summer Connections

                                  Warm Weather is upon us so it is time to start planning for our summer connections!  These are evenings of fun and relaxation hosted by anyone and attended by everyone. The host family supplies the main course, often the grilling of hotdogs and hamburgers, but we are generally not a picky group.  Everyone who comes brings a side dish, salad or dessert and their own beverage. Part of the enjoyment of summer connections is the mystery of who will be there and what we will be eating! 

                                  2014-15 LCM Graduation Banquet

                                  Tuesday, May 12 will be our Senior banquet. All are invited. A free-will offering will be received to cover expenses and contribute to the support of our ministry. This year's theme is "Yee Ha!: a Celebration Western Style!" Food will be Bar-B-Que with a Western menu. Reservations are needed. You may sign up on the blue sheet on Sunday or contact the church office (480.967.3543, Contact Page). Saddle up and come along!

                                  Remember: TUESDAY, May 12 (we had the date wrong in a previous email)

                                  Mark This Date! Annual Congregational Meeting

                                  • Sunday, May 17 following the 9am worship service
                                  • (May 17 is our first 9am worship for the summer)
                                  Tour de Tempe Traffic Sunday, April 19 the Tour de Tempe bike rally will take place. Typically it causes little or no problems for coming to worship that Sunday. Simply be aware of the bikers and of those bikers that may be turning. Also make sure you check as you turn to see if any bikers are coming along side of your car. Those of us who come during the week while ASU classes are in session have great practice at this!

                                  Food Collection

                                  Once again our food box has been emptied. Shepherd's Warehouse has asked especially that we extend their thanks to those who so regularly and graciously fill this box so frequently. Currently there is a desperate need for food, bottles of water and toilet paper. We have become one of the Shepherd's Warehouse most consistent supplier. They serve the northern Tempe and southern Scottsdale area. In particular there are several mobile home parks in their area with many families with very low income. Thanks for all those beans, tuna fish, chicken, soups, etc!!!

                                  Citrus Gleaning

                                  Our fist load of citrus gleaned and taken to the food bank weighed in at over 1/2 ton. Thanks to all who picked and delivered citrus! Loni, Eric, and Anika Lehnhardt delivered yet another load the next week.

                                  Thank YOU Bar-B-Q

                                  The ULC community does so well in supporting LCM each year. Thank you! As in past years the students would like to put their thanks into the form of a cookout after worship, Sunday, May 3. All food and beverages will be provided. Just plan on sticking around after worship and enjoying lunch! We hope to have 2 new tables added to the patio by that time. They were ordered in early March. 

                                  • to Ruth Wootten,Christine Wilkins, Julie Gerish, Loni and Anika Lehnhardt for filling in at the secretary's desk when Alicia was attending various campus ministry functions. (church secretary Ruth Lindsay is on maternity leave. Alicia Danielson, Campus Ministry Associate, is filling in during the leave period)
                                  • to Chris Workman for trimming shrubs and cleaning up around the property.
                                  May Council Meeting

                                  Due to the graduation banquet being May 12, the normal time for church council, we will meet instead Tuesday, May 5 at 7:15am. This will also give additional time to review the proposed budget and make any adjustments if needed so it can be presented to  the Annual Meeting for approval.

                                  Thrivent Financial

                                  ThriventThrivent Financial (formerly Thrivent: Insurance for Lutherans) will host our refreshments, Sunday, April 19. One of their representatives, Jerrod Stearnes will be with us to respond to any questions you may have. As you may know our on-line giving, credit card contributions, etc. are through Thrivent. Also there are myriad opportunities for Thrivent policy holders to use Thrivent monies toward campus ministry or, in some instances, the congregation. This is at no cost to the policy holder. As a fraternal insurance company they are required to give what other companies hold as profits by law to some organization.  Lutheran churches, ministries and other churches and ministries are where those "profits" go. If you do not know about CHOICE dollars, please talk with Jarrod. 

                                  Student Discussion Group

                                  During all Fridays in April our student discussion group will meet at 3pm to focus on a particular topic. For April 3 the topic will be" The Christian Life: What is it? How do I live?"  On future Fridays we may look ahead to "Faith after College" and prayer. Join us! We meet in the Campus Center....or perhaps outdoors on the patio if weather permits.


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