June 4, 2023

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Starting June 4, Sunday Celebration will begin at 10:00a

Click here to access our 10:00 a.m. Worship Bulletin
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Dear Siblings in Christ,

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age." Jesus' instructions to us are pretty clear, and yet our hesitancy to "GO" continues to hold us back. 

Join us in worship this Sunday, Holy Trinity Sunday, as we join together and seek to answer Jesus' challenge to GO!

Faithfully yours,

Pastor Naomi


Sunday, June 4th ~ The Holy Trinity

  • +8:00a Discussion Eucharist: Learning Center (In-person only)
  • 9:00a Sunday School K-5: Will resume in September.
  • 9:00a Faith Formation: Will resume in September.
  • +10:00a Sunday Celebration: Sanctuary. (In-person and live-streamed on YouTube)
  • 11:45a Single Moms Scholarships presentation by Phil Lynn and Andrea Dillenburg: Activities Room. (See article below for details.)

+ Service includes 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.
  • Tuesday, June 6, 4:30p to 6:00p -- Church Council meeting: Activities Room. (In-person and Zoom) Click here to join Zoom Meeting. Meeting ID: 868 6430 5413

Passcode: LCFCouncil

  • June 7-9, Stacy Bade will be out of the office on vacation. Prayer requests submitted this week will appear in the June 18 Footnotes.
  • Thursday, June 8, 10:00a and 7:00p -- Thursday Journey: 10:00a meets in Activities Room to discuss Rescuing Jesus (In-person and Zoom). Evening 7:00p meets Zoom only. Click here to join Thursday Journey Zoom. Meeting ID: 868 5877 7124 Passcode: 301178
  • Thursday, June 8, 8:00a -- Tanque Verde Lutheran Church, 8625 E. Tanque Verde Road: sorting donations at the Storage Garage on the north side of the parking lot.
  • June 9-10 Pastor Naomi, Ken Goode, and Vicki Becker will be attending Grand Canyon Synod Assembly at Resurrection Lutheran in Oro Valley, AZ.

Next Sunday, June 11th ~ 2nd Sunday in Pentecost (Bluegrass Sunday)

  • +8:00a Discussion Eucharist: Learning Center (In-person only)
  • 9:00a Sunday School K-5: Will resume in September.
  • 9:00a Faith Formation: Will resume in September.
  • +10:00a Sunday Celebration: Sanctuary. (In-person and live-streamed on YouTube)

+ Service includes Holy Communion.

Coming Up:

  • Thursday, June 15, 10:00a and 7:00p -- Thursday Journey: 10:00a meets informally at Bruegger's Bagels (Swan and Sunrise location) until August.


June Community Service: Single Mom Scholars

Single Mom Scholars (SMS) is a program of Interfaith Community Services of Tucson and is a pioneer in efforts to break the cycle of poverty through its two-generational approach. Through scholarships and wrap-around services, SMS empowers low-income single moms to earn a college degree while simultaneously working with their children to gain social capital, build leadership skills, and improve academic performance.

Studies have shown that low-income families with minor children face extra barriers that can affect the early years of a child’s development. An investment in these women is also an investment in their children--providing essential family stability and expanding the life outlook of these vulnerable youth by inspiring successful role modeling. In the course of the SMS program, 70 children have been positively impacted, through community engagement, educational enrichment, and leadership opportunities.

Please join Phil Lynn and Andrea Dillenburg in the Activities Room immediately after the June 4 service for an in-depth presentation of the program and an opportunity to ask questions. A wish list for in-kind donations is on the display table in the narthex. You may also make a monetary donation. Target and Walmart gift cards in any amount are also appreciated.

To give monetary gifts, use the Community Service giving envelopes on the display table in the Lobby or make checks payable to "Lutheran Church of the Foothills" and mark your donation "Single Mom Scholars". Place your donation in the Sunday offering basket or mail it to the church. You can also use your smartphone's app to give online using the QR code published in Sunday's worship bulletin. Finally, your Sunday dollars (loose dollar bills placed in the offering basket) will be automatically designated for this month's Community Service emphasis. ~Community Service team

June Drop-Off and Sorting Dates

Household Blessings is a ministry of Tanque Verde Lutheran Church that provides good quality used household furnishings, clothing, and other needed items to individuals and families through community ministry partners. They specialize in providing items for kitchen, bath, and bedrooms needed to set up an apartment or home. Drop-off dates are on the first full weekend of the month and sorting occurs the following week.

Volunteers are needed to help with drop-off for Saturday Night, June 3 (4:30p-5:00p) and Sunday Morning, June 4 (8:15a-8:45a). Sorting will be Thursday, June 8, starting at 8:00a at the Storage Garage on the north side of the parking lot. Followed at 9:30 by fellowship and nourishment.

If you have questions or items to donate, phone Donna Elmquist at 520.603.2399 or email [email protected] or phone Mari Eklund at 520.870.1772 or email [email protected]

To see the latest updates on who has received donations and what items have been donated, click on this link: June Household Blessings Update.

Pathways Out of Poverty

Primavera celebrates 40 years of providing pathways out of poverty in the Tucson area.

YOUR contributions help! To participate by providing needed items or delivering the groceries for this month's collection and delivery on June 16, 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. Contact the Office if you would like to sign up. Food items for next month are due to the church by Friday, June 16, 1:00p. ~ Community Service Team

Treasures for TIHAN

Lutheran Church of the Foothills is proud to partner with Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network (TIHAN), a coalition of communities, businesses, individuals, and nonprofit groups working to help people with HIV live well.

Treasures for TIHAN is the organization's signature fundraising event. This year's theme is "Disco in the Desert" and has two parts. First, the 10-day Silent Online Auction will be accepting bids from Friday, May 26, at 8:00p through Saturday, June 3, at 4:30p. The online auction is free and open to all. The second part is the live, in-person "Disco in the Desert" on Saturday, June 3, from 2:00 to 5:00p. Tickets are $100 each or 2 for $150. A portion of each ticket is tax-deductible. Purchase tickets either online at https://tihan.org/treasures-for-tihan/ or call 520.299.6647. You can also call the TIHAN office if you are interested in auction volunteer opportunities.

Thank You!

Thank you to all you faithful servants for continuing to fill the basket at the west end of the Activities Counter with non-perishable food items for Interfaith Community Services (ICS). Since January 2023, LCF has donated over 135 pounds of non-perishable food. How do we know this? Well, whenever the food is delivered, the ICS volunteer weighs and writes it down on our donation slip.

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. ~ Beth Daum.   

On-Going Community Service Ministries:

  • 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. May total: $44.50. ~ Charles & Pat Erickson.
  • To help with our church's response to current crises here in the United States and around the world, look for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Lutheran Disaster Response forms on the Activities Counter in the lobby. ~ Community Service Team.

Donate Pet Supplies

Sister José Women's Center, a shelter and day center that provides homeless women in Tucson a path towards independence, is still taking donations 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


June 11 is Bluegrass Sunday!

Join us at the 10:00a service on June 11! Scott Warren and guest musicians will lead the congregation in toe-tappin' and hand clappin' versions of our favorite worship songs.

Hellene Henrikson Legacy Fund Spring Grant Recipients

Greetings from the Hellene Henrikson Fund Board!

 While you’ve not heard much from us, I can assure you we have been busy with our Spring Grant Round.

Once again, we participated in the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona’s (CFSA) annual CORE Grants round. This is the 4th year in which the Hellene Henrikson Legacy Fund has used this as its Spring Grant Round. The money granted in this round is for “general support” of each organization.

As in years past, the first step we take is to decide what the Fund's focus will be. This year our focus is immigration. We had no shortage of organizations from which to choose and their programs were varied. We had decided to grant a total of $90K, but in the end we granted a total of $100K between four different organizations. The organizations funded were:

  • The Inn of Southern Arizona - $30K
  • Iskashitaa Refugee Network - $30K
  • Southside Worker Center - $30K
  • Scholarships A-Z - $15K

On May 4, 2023, I attended the CORE Grants Celebration on the Community Foundation Campus. I love a celebration--especially when it includes handing out checks that will truly make a difference in the work these folks do. Once more it was: God’s Work. Our Hands.


Kristen Birner

Fund Board chairperson

Beat the Heat and Take a Seat . . .

with us at the Sunday 8:00a Discussion Eucharist worship in the Learning Center. Join us to share how the gospel speaks to us in today's world. Holy Communion is offered. We look forward to seeing you!

Photo by Sincerely Media on Unsplash

Honoring All Graduates

If you or a loved one is graduating this spring (from any grade level or specialty school), please give the name to the church office so we can honor all of our spring graduates in our "congratulations" list in the Footnotes. Feel free to include additional information such as degree, certificate, or grade level; school name; and even the graduate's future plans and hopes. ~ Stacy Bade, Office Administrator

Thursday Journey

June 8 is the last session for discussion on Rescuing Jesus, by Deborah Jian Lee. Join us in person and via Zoom in the Activities Room at 10:00a or at 7:00p (Zoom only).

Beginning June 15, Thursday Journey will meet informally at Bruegger's Bagels (Swan and Sunrise) to share good breakfast bagels and coffee, along with lively conversations about current events! Meetings at the church and on Zoom will resume some time in August. ~ Pastor Naomi.

Grand Canyon Synod Assembly

It's local this year! The Assembly will be held June 9-10, at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 11575 N. 1st Avenue, Oro Valley, AZ. Pastor Naomi, Ken Goode, and Vicki Becker will be representing Lutheran Church of the Foothills at Assembly. Click here if you would like to attend as a visitor.

Free Community Concert

You are invited to a free community concert Saturday, June 10, at 4:00p at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 7570 N. Thornydale Road. The piano concert will feature Daniel Linder, Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Arizona. A free-will offering will be collected after the concert to benefit Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest's Refugee and Immigrant Services.

Seats Still Available for Cruzando Fronteras Tour on June 17

Join us on this eye-opening and heart-opening tour of the shelter that Cruzando Fronteras supports in Nogales, Sonora (Mexico) for people legally seeking asylum in the United States. There is room for ten participants from Lutheran Church of the Foothills. This will be an all-day trip using Cruzando Fronteras’ 12-seat van; you’ll meet at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church (near Speedway & Campbell) at 10:30a on Saturday, June 17, and return there around 7:00p or 8:00p that evening. A valid passport is necessary for the border crossings.  


Sign up for this trip on the clip board on the Activities Counter so Leslie Johnson and Stewart McDonald can contact you with the details.  


One Saturday a month Pastor Mateo Chavez (San Juan Bautista Lutheran Church, Tucson) and his wife Annette deliver supplies and lead a worship service for the residents of this shelter. You will be joining their June 17 trip, and while at the shelter you’ll be eating a simple meal (rice and beans) and attending worship with the residents.  


Cruzando Fronteras is a ministry of our Grand Canyon Synod in partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona and the Southwest Conference United Church of Christ as well as the Diocese of Western Mexico. Their mission is to help support La Casa de la Misericordia y de Todas las Naciones (“La Casa”), a shelter in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for migrants legally seeking asylum in the United States. You can read (and see) more at: https://www.gcsynod.org/news/tag/Casa+De+La+Misericordia+y+de+Todas+las+Naciones  

Read & Yak

This lively book discussion group meets at 10:00a in-person in the Activities Room and on Zoom on the fourth Saturday of each month. The next meeting is June 24, and participants will be discussing the book, The Underground Railroad, a Pulitzer-prize winning novel by Colson Whitehead. Click on this link to join the Zoom meeting.

Meeting ID: 822 7558 0676

Passcode: 844657

"Just Love" Triennial Gathering

The Women of the ELCA will gather in Phoenix, AZ, on September 21-24, 2023. The Grand Canyon Synod is hosting and Bishop Hutterer is the Worship Leader. Go to WELCATG.org to register and find out more information. After May 1, the fee is $425. Hotel accommodations are linked on the website. If you would "Just Love" to volunteer, please indicate on your registration.


We pray for . . . Maria Jesus (friend of the Warrilows); Melba Acheson (friend of Cousinos); Reta Eamick (friend of Burtnetts); Heather, Gary, Tony, and Lance (friends of Sylvia Strauss-Kolb); Jay Gellerman (son of Linda Gellerman-Olson); Ellie Mae Nelson; Gwen, Carol and Stuart, Beth and Bob, Steve, and Jarret and Gary (friends of Sylvia Strauss-Kolb); and Sue Thompson.

We also pray for the family and friends of Carol Canellos (sister of Bruce Rianda) who completed her baptismal journey on June 1.

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

Sent on behalf of Pastor Naomi Hartman ([email protected]) by:

Stacy Bade, Office Administrator ([email protected])




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Lutheran Church of the Foothills

5102 N. Craycroft Rd.

Tucson AZ 85718-6343

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