Lutheran Church of the Foothills

Weekly Footnotes

December 4, 2022

Last Sunday for returning Estimate of Giving cards is December 4th. Bring yours on Sunday or mail it to the church by December 9th.

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Dear Servants and Friends,

"This illustration explores the idea that perhaps the oppressor is not so far away. The lion and the calf, the cheetah and the goat, the wolf and the lamb, the ox and the bear - each predator shares a face with its prey. Each pair of animal faces is connected to the root line of the stump of Jesse. Each generation has been challenged to forward the radical call for peace in this Isaiah text." Artist reflection by Hannah Garrity on her painting, "Ancestral."

Join us this 2nd Sunday in Advent as we journey From Generation to Generation, hearing the promises of one who will come from the stump of Jesse, bringing righteousness and knowledge of the Lord for all the earth. 

Faithfully Yours,

Pastor Naomi


Sunday, December 4 ~ Second Sunday of Advent

  • + 8:00a Discussion Eucharist: Learning Center. (In-person only)
  • 9:00a Sunday School K-5: Classroom. (In-person only)
  • 9:00a Faith Formation: Give Unto the Lord Bible study. Activities Room (In-person only)
  • + 10:30a Sunday Celebration: Sanctuary (In-person and Live-streamed on YouTube).
  • Pie Social: Front porch -- Immediately after service.

+ Both services include Holy Communion

During the week

  • Tuesday through Friday, 9:00a to 3:00p -- Church Office is open: Use south entry door and ring doorbell if door is locked.
  • Monday, December 5, 10:00a to 12 noon -- Set-up for Guild Christmas Luncheon: Activities Room
  • Tuesday, December 6, 11:45a -- Guild Christmas Luncheon: Activities Room (In-person only)
  • Wednesday, December 7, 6:30p to 7:30p -- Confirmation Class: New Spirit Lutheran Church, 8701 E. Old Spanish Trail (In-person only)
  • Thursday, December 8, 10:00a to 11:30a -- Thursday Journey: (Discussion topic: Matthew 1:18-25) Activities Room. In-person and Zoom.  Evening session at 7:00p is Zoom only. (See article below for more information on discussion topics.) Click here for both 10:00a and 7:00p online classes. Meeting ID: 868 5877 7124 Passcode: 301178
  • Saturday, December 10, 10:30a-12 noon -- Choir rehearsal: Sanctuary (In-person only)

Next Sunday, December 11 ~ Third Sunday of Advent

  • + 8:00a Discussion Eucharist: Learning Center. (In-person only)
  • 9:00a Sunday School K-5: Classroom. (In-person only)
  • 9:00a Faith Formation: Give Unto the Lord Bible study. Activities Room (In-person only)
  • + 10:30a Sunday Celebration: Sanctuary (In-person and live-streamed on YouTube).

+ Both services include Holy Communion

Coming Up in December:

  • Thursday, December 15, 10:00a to 11:30a -- Thursday Journey: (Discussion topic: Luke 1:39-45; 56-58) Activities Room. In-person and Zoom.  Evening session at 7:00p is Zoom only.
  • Saturday, December 17, 10:30a-12 noon -- Choir rehearsal: Sanctuary (In-person only)


Community Service Outreach for December

We are partnering with Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest (LSS-SW) to assist refugee families this Christmas. Our team has chosen four families from a very long list provided to us by LSS-SW: a single young man; a married couple; a family of five; and a family of nine. Please refer to the four clipboards on the Display Table in the Narthex if you wish to sign up for a specific item to purchase for any of the recipients. 

We also ask that you wrap your gifts. Wrapping paper and accessories can be found in the Activities Room. Please indicate the family’s number and which member the gift is for, (Example: family #1, female, age 15). We were not given first names of family members. Wrapped gifts are due to the church by December 11. Thank you from the Community Services Team.

To give monetary gifts to our monthly Community Service Emphasis, use the Community Service giving envelopes on the display table in the lobby or note “Monthly Community Service” on your donation; checks should be made payable to Lutheran Church of the Foothills. Place your donation in the offering basket or mail it to the church. You can also use your smart phone’s app to give online using the QR code published in Sunday’s worship bulletin. Finally, your Sunday Dollars (loose one dollar bills placed in the offering basket) will be automatically designated for this month’s Community Service Emphasis.

TIHAN "Excellence in Caring" Service Award Recipient

Congratulations to Beth Daum, who was honored earlier this year by Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network (TIHAN) as the recipient of their Myron Morris "Excellence in Caring" Service Award. The "Excellence in Caring" award is one of the top two awards TIHAN presents to its outstanding volunteers. Beth is a longtime volunteer with TIHAN, and during the month of January Beth will be introducing our congregation to TIHAN's monthly lunch program, POZ Cafe.

San Juan Bautista Assists Asylum Family

ELCA congregation San Juan Bautista, located in South Tucson, recently took in new residents to their parsonage. A Columbian family of 9, representing 4 generations, came legally into America through the asylum process, but lost their sponsor once they were here. San Juan Bautista has worked to help provide the needed legal assistance and is currently providing shelter at the parsonage. 

At their October meeting, Council voted to send our remaining $1500 of emergency aid to San Juan Bautista to help offset the expenses to their congregation in providing care for this family--but this is only a temporary aid. Asylum seekers are unable to work while they are awaiting their legal decision and the process can take up to one year. They are ineligible for government aid, with the exception of WIC, which this family of 9 qualifies for because it is made up of 3 adult women, 3 teenage women, 1 nine-year-old girl, and 2 babies. 

San Juan Bautista will need the assistance of ALL the congregations in our conference for months to come, and you can help in a few ways:

  1. Make a special gift to the church, ear marked for San Juan Bautista and we will pass it along. 
  2. Reach out to Annette Chavez, Pastor Mateo's wife at San Juan Bautista, and ask to be included on the list of the family's individual needs that is emailed out as they become known.
  3. Contribute to the GoFundMe set up through Pastor Amalia at Our Saviour's: Colombia Care, organized by Amalia Vagts 
  4. Finally, follow up with our church Council in the coming months and ask how they are working to help support San Juan Bautista in the critical work they do in South Tucson long term, so that families like this one continue to have a place to turn when they need help.

Next Primavera Delivery - December 16

Thank you to all of the volunteers who contributed food items and delivered the meal to the shelter for the month of November. Your donations helped homeless men stay warm and fed during these cold nights. To participate by providing needed items or delivering the groceries for next month, please sign-up on the clipboard on the Activities Counter in the lobby. We--and the folks at Primavera Men's Shelter--appreciate your participation in this monthly ministry.

 ~ Community Service Team

Hold on Donations for Women

Due to a high volume of donations, Sister José Women's Center, a shelter and day center that provides homeless women in Tucson a path towards independence, is not taking donations for the women residents until further notice. However, donations are still needed for the pets of guests. In addition to dry foods, the Center needs canned food with pull tabs for dogs and cats, kitty litter, dog sweaters, and coats and beds for both dogs and cats. The Center will also take new or gently used pet supplies such as beds, leashes, collars, and more. Place your donations in the bin under the Community Service table in the lobby. ~ Patrice Frame

On-Going Community Service Ministries:

  • Non-perishable food collection: Non-perishable food items placed in the basket at the west end of the Activities Counter help feed hungry people who come to the Interfaith Community Services (ICS) Food Banks. 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. November total: $125. ~ 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. ~ Community Service Team.


Pie Social December 4

Join us following worship on Sunday, December 4th for a Pie Social! You can choose to bring a favorite pie to share (homemade or not) or just spend some time giving thanks with friends old and new.

Guild Christmas Luncheon

 The Guild is so happy to invite the ladies of our church to join us for our Christmas luncheon on Tuesday, December 6th at 11:45a in the Activities Room! If you would like to bring a guest they are most welcome.

The sign-up sheet is now on the Activities Counter in the Narthex. Please sign one name per line. Signing up is most important for the Guild to know for whom how many to prepare and how many places to set. The Guild will provide a special tray of sandwiches and all drinks (coffee, tea, juice, and water). If you have a favorite salad or cookies or bars (store-bought or homemade) and would like to share those, that would be welcomed! There is a separate space on the sign-up for you to indicate either one. This is not a requirement to be sure! What is important is that you join us for this special day!

The Guild has invited a special guest from the University of Arizona who will perform two short piano compositions and then lead us in singing some fun Christmas songs as well as traditional songs! She is a delightful young woman and I know you will enjoy meeting her! So, please be sure to sign up and join us! If you are not able to sign up in person, call the Church Office. Questions? See Joan Nolan and Vicky Kuzel.

Poinsettia Time

Poinsettias to decorate the sanctuary may be purchased for $18.50 each. You may put your donation for the plants in the offering and note "poinsettia" in the memo. As always, donate a plant in honor of or in memory of family and friends. Please sign up by December 4 on the sign up sheet located on the Activities Counter in the lobby. If you have any questions, contact Beth Daum.


We pray for . . . Holly Willert (friend of Ken & Donna Cousino); Linda Brown (Betty Christian's daughter); Tina Klaber and Lance Locascio (friends of Sylvia Strauss-Kolb; Tom and Mitzi Humphrey (relatives of Laura Hollengreen); Preston Schulz (Rosemarie's relative), Jeannette (friend of Bethany Boyd); Victoria Douglas (friend of Betty Christian); Jim Kuzel, LaVonne Oenning (Vicky Kuzel's relative); the Jones family; Joy Goodman, Arliss Errera and family (friends of Vicky Kuzel); Ronnie and Michelle Paul, Jan Way, and Alberta Begay (friends of Sylvia Strauss-Kolb); Trina Karol, Francine, and Anna (friends of Bethany Boyd); Larry Thompson (Lonnie Jenkins' brother-in-law); Sue Thompson; and all affected by the fighting in Ukraine.

Names will remain on the prayer list for three weeks unless otherwise notified.

Sent on behalf of Pastor Naomi Hartman ( by:

Stacy Bade, Office Administrator (

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