May 24, 2023
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Annual Congregation Report Online System Closes May 31

The ELCA churchwide organization will close the online system for filing Forms A and C on Wednesday, May 31.

Important: These forms help ELCA determine how many voting members we can send to the churchwide assembly in 2025 (the year a new presiding bishop and secretary are elected).

The forms should be submitted electronically before 5:00 pm CST on May 31 to be included in the 2022 ELCA statistics and synod reports.

Emanuel Nine Commemoration

On June 17, 2015, a shooting occurred at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina which claimed the lives of nine. This event, perpetrated by an ELCA Lutheran on an African Methodist Episcopal Church, is something we seek to recognize annually, not on our own but with our local AME communities as an act of remembering and reconciliation.

We will gather on June 18th at 3:30 pm in San Antonio, at Emmanuel AME Church for a service of prayer. All are welcome to come remember the loss and build relationships with our AME siblings in Christ.
Mientras Tantos Story

Bluebonnet Conference
Christ in the Country: Three Churches Better than One
Christ in the Country Shared Ministry is a multi-point parish, essentially a cooperative of three congregations with a pastoral team of Pastor Kara and three Synodically Authorized Ministers (SAMs). The SAMs, Ronny Dentler, Steve Gengenbacher, and Gina Zavesky, are authorized by the Bishop to preside over communion on the Sundays when they preach. 

Each congregation is less than 20 miles from the next (a horse and buggy ride away when built), but they’re in three different counties: Zion Lutheran Church Arneckeville in Cuero, TX; Martin Luther Coletoville in Victoria; and St Luke’s Schroeder in Goliad.

St. Luke’s is a mile from Schroeder Hall, the second oldest dance hall in Texas, where Kara grew up two stepping from her nearby hometown in Yoakum.  

Most of Kara’s congregants are farmers and ranchers, many for the fifth or sixth generation.

Donate a Van!

Iglesia Luterana San Lucas and Eagle Pass Frontera Ministries are looking for a new or used 12-passenger van to replace their old van and support their growing ministry needs. The van will improve their capacity to:

  • Pick up and distribute food donations to Eagle Pass residents
  • Transport migrants in need of shelter and medical services
  • Distribute donations to direct service partners that support asylum-seekers
Please make sure the van has the following:
  • Working a/c
  • Interiors in good condition
  • Current title
  • Motor and transmission in optimal condition
We are working to develop Eagle Pass Frontera Ministries’ communications. If you’d like to receive regular updates on the ministry from the ministry itself, please subscribe by clicking the button below.
Support Plaza de Paz Respite Center

We have recently become very busy at the Plaza de Paz respite center for migrants in San Antonio, receiving up to 100 individuals daily, particularly families. Here are some of our immediate needs: 

  • Men’s clothing: jeans (sizes 30, 32, and 34), pants/joggers (Small and Medium), T-shirts (Medium), Underwear/boxers (small and medium), Tennis shoes (sizes 8, 8 ½, 9, 9 ½ , 10), pullover sweaters/sweatshirts (small, medium, and large), and jackets (small, medium, and large).
  • Women’s clothing: Pants/jeans (small and medium), Bras (size 32, 34, and 36), Tennis shoes (size 7, 7.5, 8, and 8.5), Pullover sweaters (small and medium), and jackets (small and medium).
  • Boy’s clothing: Pants and shorts (sizes 4-6, 8-10, 12-14, 16), Pullover sweaters/sweatshirts (small, medium, and large), and jackets (small, medium, and large).
  • Girl’s clothing: Pants and shorts (4-6, 8-10, 12-14, 16), underwear (4-6-8-10-12), pullover sweaters/sweatshirts (small, medium, and large), and jackets (small, medium, and large). 
  • Baby/toddler (boys and girls): clothing (6 months – 2 years), and baby food.
  • Toiletry items: feminine pads

We are also looking for donations of meal kits. Please click here for more information on registering to volunteer or to prepare the meal kit. Then, scroll to the information under Plaza de Paz Respite Center.

We are also looking for volunteers to help at the center and/or to organize and serve a meal. Please feel free to contact Deacon Lisa Diana at for more information. Thank you.  
Job Opportunities

  • Immanuel Lutheran Church, Pflugerville is seeking a Youth Ministry Director. Contact Laura Diamond at

  • Triumphant Love, Austin hiring a Children's Ministry CoordinatorContact

ELCA Truth & Healing Movement: Indian 101

June 1, 2023
10 am - 12 pm CST

Presented by Vance Blackfox

The general population knows very little about the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island. Even the most basic topics are often grand mysteries. This is by design; for centuries the colonial project has prioritized the complete erasure of Native people. “Indian 101” explains some of these basics to build a foundation for students to stand in solidarity with Indian people across the United States as we work together to dismantle longstanding systems of oppression.

No pre-registration is required to participate. Just click here to attend.
Cross Trails Ministry 25th Anniversary & Summer Staff Commissioning Picnic

June 10, 2023
10 am - 2 pm
Camp Crysalis

Mark Your Calendars & Save the Date!
We are kicking off the summer by celebrating 25 years of camping ministry as Cross Trails and by commissioning our summer staff. We want you to Join us!
Registration closes June 5th.
Once you are logged in, click on Retreats 2023.
Scroll to the bottom and click on our Picnic event to register.
Make sure to include ALL participants and follow the prompts until you can click submit to be reserved for the picnic.
Holy Land Trip 
January 14-25, 2024
Join with Bishop Sue and others from around the synod on our Living Stones Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. We will renew our baptismal vows in the Jordan River, explore holy sites, learn from local guides and leaders, and connect with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land.

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