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Love of Christ as a member congregation of the Grand Canyon Synod shares in the support of a variety of ministries serving Arizona and Southern Nevada.  We support three campus ministries at the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and Northern Arizona.  We support two ministries serving the large Native American population in Arizona through House of Prayer Lutheran Church, Rock Point, AZ, and Native American Urban Ministry at Grace Lutheran, Phoenix, AZ.  We support six different Latino ministries with the closest being First/La Primera Lutheran Church, Mesa, AZ.  We partner with an emerging ministry to Young Adults in the SE Valley, a new ministry with Sudanese residents at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Glendale, AZ, and are a mission partner with Crossroads Lutheran Church, San Tan Valley, AZ.

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2020 DATE IS
SAT., FEBRUARY 8, 2020

 8:00 a.m. Breakfast in the CoC

 9:00 a.m.  – 1:00 p.m. PROJECTS

We need YOU!!  We are planning our God’s Work Our Hands and we need leaders and projects!!    

Do you have a special organization that you would like us to help out?  Contact Heather Parker to set up details or (224) 402-2050.  

 We have projects for every age group and skill level – everyone can participate!! 

 Child Care will be provided for young children (if necessary). 

Here are the projects (so far): 

 Exterior House Painting for The House of Refuge

Sack Lunch Preparation (here at LOC and transport to Men’s Shelter)

Elementary School project(s) – clean playground, rake sand, clean/sanitize lunchroom tables, painting lines on playground, etc.





HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: Yesterday (Nov.16th) volunteers from the eight Lutheran congregations that form our Lutherans Building for Christ coalition finished the interior walls and prepped for raising the trusses next week. The home-owner-to-be, Gladys Scott generously provided lunch for everyone. If you like the Habitat ministry, but don’t feel up to swinging a hammer, we need lunch hosts for about 12 more build days. There is a lunch schedule on the kiosks, so if you see a day that works for you, please give me a call to see if it is still available. This is also a great way to get the youth involved! Because of the bulletin print deadlines, you will note that my photos are one week behind what we have accomplished. Here are shots of the “Day 1” volunteers just before prayer, Habitat staff and the Scott family, Pastor Steve signing a blessing on a frame before it is raised, and a status just before we left for the day:

We hope more of you will join us on at least one of the 14 Saturdays it will take to finish this home. We start with prayer at 8:00, and have lunch about 10:30. We clean up the site and leave about 1:30. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old, and must be 18 to use power tools. The work site is located at 1243 S. 12th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85007, and parking is available on side streets nearby. Please wear used clothing and closed-toe shoes. Safety goggles and hard hats will be available.

Habitat for Humanity is an international, non-profit, faith-based organization with the goal of eliminating sub-standard housing throughout the world. With partners like us, they facilitate the construction of simple, decent, affordable homes to families in need. The families with which we partner are selected without regard to race, ethnicity, or religion. The families must be United States citizens or on permanent residency status, demonstrate a need for adequate housing, have a two-year history of stable income between 30 and 65 percent of the median income, have a good credit history, complete 100 hours of “sweat equity” on a fellow Habitat owner’s house, and an additional 300 hours on their own home before taking occupancy, and complete classes on home maintenance, financing, and home ownership. The homes are NOT given to the homeowners. At the time of the home completion and dedication, the homeowners make their first payment on a profit-free mortgage, and the average payment is about 25% of their income, which includes the principal, property taxes, homeowner’s insurance, and a maintenance account. These funds are then used by Habitat to build even more homes. The results are incredible – families living in sub-standard housing and caught up in a cycle of poverty become home-owners, tax-payers, and contributors to the well-being of their neighborhoods!

For additional information on the Christian principles that guide Habitat for Humanity, please pick up one of the tri-fold brochures, visit www.habitatcaz.org or call Clark Wirthlin at 480-985-8757.


Grace in the City – Heat Respite Project

June 19 - july 30, 2020


Water Appeal

Bring Your Cases of Water for our “Grace in the City” Heat Respite Project on Sunday morning! Leave your water by your car and we’ll do the rest! 

 I am pleased to announce that Carol Moseley and Rhonda Vaglio have agreed  to ”job share” the I-HELP Volunteer Coordinator position effective September 2019.  Both ladies are I-HELP volunteers and have a passion for this program.

 Carol Moseley will be “on duty” the second Friday, and Rhonda Vaglio the fourth Friday.  I will be there for our September Friday host nights to introduce our new Volunteer Coordinators to our  I-HELP guests and to assist with the coordination of the new sleeping arrangements.

 Carol Moseley can be reached at (480) 236-1187 Rhonda Vaglio can be reached at 1 (509) 741-7115.

 It has been a pleasure serving in this program, but I feel God’s urging for me to do something else.  I am not sure what He has in mind for me, but I am sure I’ll soon know.

 Yours in Christ,
 Jackie Rensel


Your continued support of the I-HELP program is greatly appreciated.

I-HELP ladies are thirsty!  We are running very low on cases of water.  They go through about 3 cases a week.  If you feel so led, would you please bring some water to church and place it by the pink I-HELP bins in the Sanctuary or the COC lobby?  The ladies are so very appreciative and feel blessed by everything LOC does for them.    I thank you, too!     Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church on Greenfield, half way between Baseline and Guadalupe, on the left (1159 N. Greenfield), is having a benefit concert on November 8th, 7:00 p.m. to raise funds for the I-HELP program here in the Valley.  I have been told by good authority that it is a wonderful concert.  It will be a free will offering.  After you help Feed the Starving Children, relax by attending this great concert!   Rhonda Vaglio 509-741-7115.

  Unfortunately, lately there has been a notable  increase in homeless, single women with a greater number of “senior” ladies in their 60’s and young women.   Fortunately God has provided people like yourselves to fill the needs for others. We continue to need travel size hygiene products, especially deodorant and dental products; we are also in need of fruit cups.

 In October we will again have Christmas Cards for people to sign and to write a note of support and love. The ladies were so appreciative of the notes they read in their Christmas cards last year that we would hope to increase the number of Christmas cards they receive this year.  Start flexing those writing hands. God’s blessings.