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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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Thank you to all of our leaders of projects (Connie Erickson, Nicole Cumberledge, Renee Bennett, Jacquie Gallo), our amazing kitchen crew (Jacquie & Katie Gallo, Connie Erickson), that prepared breakfast for all of us, to the almost 50 volunteers who took time on their Saturday to bless the community, as well as to Thrivent for funding many of the projects through the generosity and time of those Thrivent members in our congregation who were willing to apply to help us with those benefits (Rick & Barbara Otto, Pastor Steve and Barb Talmage, Rick Aussprung, and Nanette Christofferson)!!

We had a great day on these projects:

Wilson Elementary School – cleaning and sanitizing classrooms – desks, chairs, counters, lunchroom tables, cleaning all of the windows, cleaning up the playground equipment, organizing and donating sand toys, re-painting lines on the playground and around the campus to beautify this school that serves some of the lower-income families in our community. 

House of Refuge – painted the exterior of a home that serves a formerly homeless family who is working on getting back on their feet through this wonderful program.

Sack Lunches for the Men’s Shelter – A New Leaf – almost 100 sack lunches were prepared to sustain these men as they are out during the day seeking work.

Blessing Bags prepared to be distributed to any of those souls we see along the roadside seeking assistance.




Grace in the City – Heat Respite Project

June 16 - july 28, 2019


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! 


HABITAT FOR HUMANITY        By the time you read this we will have dedicated our fifteenth home.  The home we started last November was turned-over to the Rocha family at a ceremony on Saturday, April 13th!   

Pastor Steve helped dedicate the home in Jesus’ name, as many of the volunteer workers, lunch providers, and Habitat staff joined in the celebration. The Rocha family thanked us and then graciously provided a wonderful lunch for everyone. A photograph of the finished home will appear in the next newsletter. Thank you to everyone that participated!

Habitat for Humanity is an international, non-profit, faith-based organization with the goal of eliminating sub-standard housing through-out 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.


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SOUPER Bowl of Caring 

February 2, 2020

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New logos have been developed for the four focus areas of LSS-SW:  I-HELP, Aging and Disabilities, Refugee Focus and Child and Family Services.  Along with the new look, is a renewed emphasis on congregational and community relationships.  We will continue to work with Love of Christ to honor our mission of “Showing kindness, doing justice and serving those in need”

The Food Bank...
provides food to individuals in need. Food and financial donations are always welcome. The Food Bank Needs YOU! Let’s overflow those FOOD BOXES! On the last Sunday of each month we would like everyone to bring a bag of non-perishable items for the Food Bank and overflow the Feed My Sheep boxes! THEY REALLY APPRECIATE AND NEED OUR SUPPORT!  You can also drop off food items at any time at one of the “Feed My Sheep” boxes located inside the Fellowship Hall Narthex or Center of Compassion Narthex!
Thanks to your generosity we are able to provide food to everyone that comes to us for assistance. Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest is thankful for the volunteers that assist with the foods, employment centers and administrative support.

We are once again collecting turkeys for the Food Bank. Please bring your bird to church on Sundays, Oct 27 - Nov. 10, 2019! You may also bring them to the church office during the week. In order for us to get the turkeys distributed by Thanksgiving we need to receive them by Nov. 10, 2019! Thank you for your help in providing for those in need!

We will be collecting hams for the Food Bank on Nov. 24 thru Dec. 8, 2019.  Please bring your hams to church on Sunday or drop off in the office during the week no later than Dec. 8th. Thank you for your help in providing for those in need!

I-Help Ministry...

> Thank You for the seventh (7th) year our congregation has continued hosting homeless ladies enrolled in the I-HELP program and you have stepped up to help. The purpose of the I-HELP program is to help these ladies help themselves through individual planning to get back on their feet.  Jackie Rensel provides coordination for our congregation’s involvement in the program. Our congregation hosts the ladies on the second and fourth Friday nights each month in the ADC rooms.

Immediate needs are: "Travel Size"
Chapstick, sunscreen & water.

Continuing needs include:

 > Set up from 5-6:30 PM or hosting from 6:30-8 PM. You can be a part of this blessing helping on site. This short time commitment twice a month makes a huge difference in these ladies lives.

 > Laundry. Linens and towels are picked up on the Saturday following our host night. They are returned to the Sanctuary or COC entries the following week.

 > Cash donations are needed to support the meals we provide to the ladies when we host them. The average cost for groceries runs from $50-$60 to feed 15 women.  25 ladies are normally the maximum number sheltered.

 > Supplies for the snack lunches we send the ladies off with, including: fruit cups, granola bars, chicken or tuna snack packs, drink mix, chips and cookies, cases of bottled water.

 > Shower room needs are TRAVEL SIZED:

> Deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, combs, soap, shampoo, and lotion. (These gals have a small travel size suitcase to put everything in. Large toothpaste, deodorants, etc. are too big for them to pack with their other belongings. They also get supplies from the other churches ) 

 I-HELP is running short on travel sized toothpaste, toothbrushes and floss. If you have a family dentist, the next time you go in for a check up ask if they have extra free samples for our homeless gals.

> Seasonally appropriate clothing sizes 6-26, new underwear and new socks.

> Please contact Jackie Rensel 602/489-1832 for more information.



Luminaria Home Care...provides non-medical in-home care to seniors and individuals with Developmental Disabilities. Our goal is to enable the people we serve to remain in their homes and maintain their highest level of independence. The comprehensive care offers much needed rest and peace of mind for clients and their loved ones. Services offered include: housekeeping and organization, meal preparation, personal care, companionship and transportation to appointments.   FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: 480-396-3795

Help LSS by Shopping at Fry’s...Giving Back to the Community...You can support nonprofit organizations in your community just by shopping at Fry's. It is easy when you enroll in Fry's Community Rewards. To get started, sign up with your V.I.P. Card online and select Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest. Once you are enrolled, you will earn rewards for Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest every time you shop and use your V.I.P. Card! Enroll now for the Fry's Community Rewards Program. And remember…all participants must re-enroll each year to continue earning rewards for Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest.
STEP 1: Creating an Online Fry’s Account **NOTE: If you already have an online Fry’s account, skip to #2. Go to www.FrysCommunityRewards.com
Select ‘Create an Account’ Under Sign-In information enter your email and create a password. (Write down your email & password—will need it in step 2.) Select ‘Use Card Number’. Enter your Fry’s V.I.P Card Number, last name and postal code. Under ‘Select Your Preferred Store’ enter your postal code
Select ‘Find Stores’ Choose your store then select ‘Create Account’. You will then be prompted to check your email for a confirmation email. Click the hyperlink in your email to finish creating your Online Fry’s Account
Continue to step #2 to register for the Fry’s Community Rewards Program of your choice.
STEP 2: Register for the Fry’s Community Rewards Program...Go to www.FrysCommunityRewards.com. Select ‘Sign-In’. Enter your email and password then select ‘sign in’ (This will be the email and password you created in step 1.). Select ‘My Account then select ‘Account Settings’ from drop down menu. Click ‘edit’ under Community Rewards. If prompted, enter personal information Under Find Your Organization: Enter Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest or the NPO number, 80127 then select ‘search’
Under Select Your Organization: Select the box next to your organization. Then select ‘save changes’.
If you have registered correctly, you should now see your organization information listed under ‘Community Rewards’ on your Account Summary page.

The Employment Access Point... offers free services including; job placement, skills assessment, job training, career counseling, resume development and more to job seekers. The employment center is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. The center is located at Love of Christ Lutheran Church, 1525 N. Power Rd, Mesa, within the Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest office. The center’s phone number is 480-684-0645.