Lutheran Church of the Foothills

May 15, 2022

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Dear Foothills Servants and Friends,

Peter finds himself this week experiencing a revelation about the expansive love of God. Asking himself, "If God gave them (Gentiles) the same gift that he gave us (Disciples) when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could hinder God?" Even after Jesus had commanded his disciples to love everyone as he had loved them, Peter and the others still struggled at first to see God's love as a boundless gift for all. What boundaries are we still putting on God's love today? Where are we attempting to hinder God in our own proclamation of Gospel? 

Join us in worship this week as we journey with Peter witnessing God's boundless love, and help us to proclaim that same gift to all the world. If you are on social media feel free to share the image below as a way to start a conversation around God's love!


Faithfully, Pastor Naomi

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Weekly Footnotes ~ May 15, 2022


Sunday , May 15 ~ Fifth Sunday of Easter

  • + 8:00a Discussion Eucharist: Learning Center.
  • 9:00a Faith Formation: Activities Room.
  • + 10:30a Worship: Sanctuary (In-person plus Live-streamed on YouTube).
  • 11:30a Fellowship Time: Location to be determined.
  • 11:45a Worship Renewal Team meeting: Location to be determined.

+ Both services include Holy Communion

During the week

  • Saturday, May 14, 2:00p -- Celebration of Life for Billy Burtnett, followed by a reception: Lutheran Church of the Foothills.
  • Tuesday through Friday, 9:00a to 3:00p -- Church Office is open: Use south entry door and ring doorbell if door is locked.
  • Tuesday, May 17, 4:00p -- Chapel worship service led by Pastor Naomi: Brookdale Santa Catalina Senior Living.
  • Wednesday, May 18, 12:00 noon -- News Articles are due for "Weekly Footnotes:" Office.
  • Thursday, May 19, 10:00a -- Thursday Journey In-person and Zoom: Activities Room and on Zoom. Click here to join on Zoom at 10:00a: Meeting ID: 851 2994 7539 and Passcode: 154614.
  • Thursday, May 19, 7:00p -- Thursday Journey Zoom: Zoom only. Click here to join Zoom class at 7:00p: Meeting ID: 825 1757 0117 and Passcode: 449008.
  • Friday, May 20, 1:00p -- Items are due at church for Primavera Men's Shelter dinner: Kitchen/ Refrigerator/ Freezer.

Next Sunday, May 22 ~ Sixth Sunday of Easter

  • + 8:00a Discussion Eucharist: Learning Center.
  • 9:00a Faith Formation: Activities Room.
  • + 10:30a Worship: Sanctuary (In-person plus Live-streamed on YouTube).


We pray for . . . Jane Hodgson, Kathleen, Dave Wedemeier; Sue Thompson; and those caught up in the fighting in Ukraine. Names will remain on the prayer list for three weeks unless otherwise notified.


Our Community Service Monthly Emphasis for May is The Haven. Since 1970, The Haven has offered a unique approach to substance use recovery: recovery specifically for women. Their residential treatment center and outpatient clinic welcome clients—along with their children and families—with open arms. It’s their mission to reunite families, rebuild communities, and strengthen mother/child bonds through the process of healing from substance use and co-occurring disorders. During May, please donate new or gently used clothing; their greatest need right now is new underwear in all sizes for the women in their programs. Please place your clothing donations in the bin under the Community Service information table in the lobby. Make checks payable to "Lutheran Church of the Foothills" and mark your donation "The Haven;" you may place your monetary donation in the Sunday offering basket or mail it to the church. Sunday Dollars (loose dollar bills placed in the offering basket) are automatically designated for the month's Community Service Emphasis. Your donations, whether monetary or clothing, can make a huge difference in the lives of women who turn to The Haven for help. ~ Colette Barajas.

May 20 is our next Primavera Men's Shelter dinner. To participate, please sign up on the clipboard on the Activities Counter in the lobby and bring your items to church by 1:00p Friday, May 20. As of publication time we still need 2 party-size frozen lasagnas, 6 dozen rolls, 6 extra-large packaged salads and 3 bottled dressings, enough desserts to feed 8 dozen people, and 2 extra-large laundry detergents. Bring your contributions to the church kitchen area (or refrigerator or freezer); please put a checkmark beside your name on the clipboard after you've brought in your contribution. We--and the folks at Primavera Men's Shelter--appreciate your participation in this monthly ministry. ~ Community Service Team.

Greetings from the Hellene Henrikson Fund Board! Our focus for 2022 is housing insecurity. As we've done the past two years, for our spring grant round we chose to participate in the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona’s CORE Grants program. The CORE Grants provide non-profit organizations the opportunity to use the grant monies for day-to-day operating expenses.

Our Fund Board has increased this year to 8 members plus Pastor Naomi. After several robust conversations via Zoom and once in person, we arrived at a mutual consensus to provide the full grant amount to each of the following organizations:

  1. Community Home Repair Projects of Arizona - $30,000
  2. Sister Jose’s Women’s Center - $30,000
  3. Step Up to Justice - $30,000

On May 4 Pastor Naomi, Liz Zidel, and I attended the 2022 CORE Grant Award ceremony at the Community Foundation Campus. We were honored to meet and give two of our recipients their checks! We met the folks from Community Home Repair Projects of Arizona and Step Up to Justice and were able to tell them a little bit about our Hellene Henrikson Legacy Fund and why we chose their organizations. We also asked them to come visit our congregation over the next couple of months to let us know how they used the grant money.

We now look towards our 2022 Fall Grant round and ponder what that will look like --  how we will be doing God's work using our hands! ~ Kristen Birner, Chairperson.

"Colors of the Heart" is the theme for this year's Treasures for TIHAN annual auction fundraiser. From the comfort of your home, you can help Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network (TIHAN) celebrate 28 years of serving people living with HIV/AIDS in the Tucson community. This year’s event will have two parts: an online silent auction May 27 through June 6, and a live-streamed live auction at 5:30p June 4. Singer Billy Gilman will be entertaining with some of his award winning vocal numbers. Go to to learn more about the event, levels of giving and sponsorships, and to RSVP. ~ Beth Daum.

My sincere thanks to all our wonderful Servants who contributed items for the May 4 Lutheran Campus Ministry Cook-out celebrating the end of the school year. It was a great success and the students really appreciated your generosity. At the vesper service that followed it was very heart-warming to listen to each of the students giving thanks for the blessings that God had bestowed upon them this year. Thanks again for being a supporter of Lutheran Campus Ministry at University of Arizona. God bless! ~ Lonnie Jenkins.

On-going community service ministries:

  • Pet food collection: Help feed the pets of guests at Sister José Women's Center, a shelter and day center that provides homeless women in Tucson a path towards independence. Place your pet food donations in the bin under the Community Service table in the lobby. ~ Patrice Frame.
  • Non-perishable food collection: Help feed hungry people by donating non-perishable food items for the Interfaith Community Services (ICS) east-side food bank. Place your non-perishable food items in the basket at the west end of the Activities Counter; there is a sign there suggesting items most needed. If you would prefer to give a monetary donation make checks payable to Lutheran Church of the Foothills, mark your donation “ICS,” and put it in the Sunday offering basket. ~ Sheryl Perry.
  • Proceeds from your pocket change that are put into our Hunger Loose Change Jar (on the stand inside the entrance to our worship area) are shared with our church’s World Hunger program. Thanks for your generosity. April total: $99.50. ~ Charles & Pat Erickson.
  • To help with our church's response to the war in Ukraine and the Eastern European Crisis, look for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Lutheran Disaster Response forms on the Activities Counter in the lobby, or copy and enter into your internet search bar or click on ~ Community Service Team.


Sunday Faith Formation ~ Radical Welcome. Join us in the Activities Room at 9:00a on Sundays for a time of intergenerational faith formation between Discussion Eucharist and Sunday Celebration services. We are using the work of Rev. Stephanie Spellers (Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Boston, Massachusetts) and her book Radical Welcome: Embracing God, The Other, and the Spirit of Transformation to look at our own practices of engagement at Lutheran Church of the Foothills. Sitting at round tables in small groups, we use discussion, short videos, and group activities to encourage participation from all ages, and to actively engage our senses in learning and growing together as community. ~ Pastor Naomi.

Thursday Journey ~ Faith, Sexism, and Justice: A Call to Action. Pastor Naomi is teaching this session of Thursday Journey using the 2019 adopted ELCA Social Statement Faith, Sexism, and Justice: A Call to Action. Copies of the social statement are available online at

  • Thursday Journey meets each Thursday morning in–person and online using Zoom in the Activities Room at 10:00a for 90 minutes. Click here to join on Zoom at 10:00a: Meeting ID: 851 2994 7539 and Passcode: 154614.
  • For this session there will also be a Thursday evening Zoom-only class at 7:00p. Click here to join Zoom class at 7:00p: Meeting ID: 825 1757 0117 and Passcode: 449008.

All voices and life experiences are valued and encouraged to be a part of this conversation. ~ Pastor Naomi.


Pastor Naomi will be out of the office from Wednesday, May 18 through Monday, May 23, to officiate at her niece's wedding and visit family on the East Coast. During that time fellow-Servant Rev. John D. Kautz will be available for emergency pastoral care and will be leading worship and preaching on May 22. If you need emergency pastoral care during that time, please call the church office or call Rev. Kautz directly at 623-680-4673. Pastor Naomi will be back in the office on Tuesday, May 24.

Learn what our Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has to say about abortion. As with the thirteen other Social Statements adopted by the ELCA, the statement on abortion was developed from an extensive process of participation and deliberation, and was adopted by a two-thirds vote of 1991 ELCA churchwide assembly. While not binding, ELCA Social Statements set policy for the ELCA and its public work, and also help communities and individuals with moral formation, discernment and thoughtful engagement as they participate in God's work in the world. Pick up a full or summary "ELCA Social Statement on Abortion" from the table with the pink cloth in the lobby. You can also click on this link to read each of the thirteen social statements online:

Prayers for this week in the "Christ in Our Home" devotional booklets are written by the college pastor at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. And in "Living Lutheran" magazine for May you can read how the mission of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America colleges and universities is being strengthened. These denominational publications are provided by this congregation at no cost to you, and are available on the counter in the Lobby (near the east entrance into the Sanctuary).

Do you enjoy setting a pretty table? Then please consider giving some of your time and talent to preparing the altar and communion for our worship services. Sign up on the "Worship Preparation" clipboard on the Activities Counter; training will be available. Talk with Beth Daum, Vicky Kuzel, or Zenaida Meyer for more information. ~ Beth Daum.

Be a Servant from your computer at home (or at church):
  • If you would like to serve your church in a fun way by creating slide presentations, please consider signing up to become an Announcement Slideshow Creator. You will work online using Google Slides and a draft of our "Weekly Footnotes" e-newsletter to create our Sunday morning announcement slides. Your commitment would be for a month of Sundays and would involve about an hour per week, with each slideshow needing to be completed by Saturday. Please sign up on the clipboard on the Activities Counter; training will be provided. ~ Pastor Naomi.
  • If you appreciate the benefits of "orderly recordkeeping," please consider helping our church comply with copyright licensing so that the musicians who write the music we enjoy will receive their well-earned royalties. You will be using an online program to verify and report our congregation's use of music. Once trained, you'll be able to complete this task in less than than one hour each week. Talk with our Administrative Assistant for more details. ~ Leslie Johnson.
It is so good to see your face--all of your face. As we emerge from behind our face-masks, please get in the habit of wearing your name badge to all events at church (receptions, coffee hours, classes) so newcomers can get to know your names. If you would like a name badge, sign up on clipboard that is on the kiosk in the lobby.

Sunday Dollars (loose dollar bills put into the offering basket) are designated for our monthly Community Service Emphasis. If you want to contribute to the Sunday Dollars by mail, please do not send cash in the mail. You may add a dollar or two to your check and then note “Two dollars for Sunday Dollars.” Our counters will take it from there. Thank you!

Our offering is a key part of our worship experience as we offer “ourselves, our time and our possessions.” Gifts may be received during worship, by mail, on our website, through your on-line banking, or electronically in other ways. We also encourage you to remember other non-profits that you regularly support. Your generosity means a great deal.   Thank you!

To conveniently give an offering to Lutheran Church of the Foothills, visit our giving page at or use the link below.

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Join us for Worship
Protocols for Worship. Please be sure the ushers check your name on the attendance roster before you enter. Face masks are not required in most of the sanctuary. Designated seating with a separate entrance through the east door is provided for those who desire extra precaution, and face masks will be required to be worn in that area throughout the service. Wherever you sit, you are encouraged to be gracious to your neighbors and keep comfortable distancing between households. Please continue to care for the well-being of our whole community and join us online if you are feeling unwell.

Children in Worship. We are happy to invite children into worship. If you are bringing children with you to church, please be sure that their names, as well as yours, are recorded on our sign-in sheet. There is a Pray-ground in the front of the sanctuary (northeast corner) for our youngest worshipers and their adults, where anyone can color, read, or play quietly during the service. There are also rocking chairs for soothing our smallest worshippers. A children's message will be offered during worship and Pastor Naomi will meet anyone interested in gathering during that time at the Pray-ground.

Live-streaming and Recording. Please be advised, when you enter a Lutheran Church of the Foothills worship service you will be entering an area where photography, video and audio recording may occur. As such, there is no way to guarantee that your image will not appear or that your voice will not be heard.

Discussion Eucharist Worship at 8:00a. Our in-person-only Discussion Eucharist worship meets at 8:00a in the Learning Center. Holy Communion is offered, but there is no music. Masks are worn at the group's discretion. Scott Warren is our worship and gospel discussion leader. All are welcome to this early morning in-person-only worship service.

Worship Service at 10:30a. Our in-person and live-streamed Worship Service meets at 10:30a in the Sanctuary. Holy Communion is offered and singing is accompanied by organ and/or piano. The recording of this service is posted mid-week on our "Lutheran Church of the Foothills - Tucson" YouTube channel.

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Join us for Worship
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To join our 10:30a worship services via live-streaming, a few minutes before worship service begins click on this link or copy and paste it into your web browser:
(Closed captioning is not available on live broadcasts.)

The recorded videos of services will be uploaded midweek to our "Lutheran Church of the Foothills - Tucson" YouTube channel:

You can also find links to our Worship Videos on our Website and on our Facebook page:

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Lutheran Church of the Foothills is a member of the Grand Canyon Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). We welcome all to our congregation; our statement of welcome is on the Activities Counter in the lobby. We are a Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community. We are also affiliated with

Weekly Footnotes is distributed for the community of Lutheran Church of the Foothills via email (email to subscribe) and postal mail (call the office at 520-299-5631 to subscribe). Printed copies of the current edition are also available on the Activities Counter in the church lobby. Please submit articles to the church office by noon on Wednesday.

  • Executive committee: Laura Hollengreen, Bryan Daum, Liz Zidel, Gary Anderson.
  • At-large members: Mark Olson, Kristen Birner, Marlys Dekker.


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Lutheran Church of the Foothills
5102 North Craycroft Road
Tucson, Arizona 85718
Lutheran Church of the Foothills
5102 N. Craycroft Rd.
Tucson AZ 85718-6343