May 21, 2023

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An Invitation to Serve by Leading or Reading

As we celebrate the global diversity of God’s people on Pentecost Sunday, I invite you to share your gift of language with us at the 10:30a worship service. I am seeking volunteers to read or lead various parts of the service in languages other than spoken English.

If you are interested in participating, sign up on the clipboard on the Activities Counter in the lobby. Please print your name next to the part of the service you will read or lead, include the language you will use, and tell us how to best contact you by either email or phone.

An Invitation to Celebrate Your Cultural Identity

As we rejoice in God’s global diversity, I invite you to dress in a way that is culturally significant and celebrates your identity. Cultural identity includes ethnic background, gender, sexuality, age, and ability. Alternatively, I invite you to wear something red to represent the tongues of flame that preceded the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.

Acts 2:3-4

“Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.”

Faithfully yours, 

Pastor Naomi


Sunday, May 21st ~ 7th Sunday of Easter

  • +8:00a Discussion Eucharist: Learning Center (In-person only).
  • 9:00a Sunday School K-5: Classroom (In-person only)
  • 9:00a Faith Formation: Household Blessings presentation by Tanque Verde Lutheran Church. Activities Room.
  • +10:30a Sunday Celebration: Sanctuary. (In-person and live-streamed on YouTube)

+ 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.
  • Thursday, May 25, 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
  • Saturday, May 27, 10:00a -- Read & Yak: Activities Room and Zoom. Click on this link to join the Zoom meeting. Meeting ID: 822 7558 0676 Passcode: 844657

Next Sunday, May 28th ~ Day of Pentecost

  • +8:00a Discussion Eucharist: Learning Center (In-person only)
  • 9:00a Sunday School K-5: Classroom (In-person only)
  • 9:00a Faith Formation: Conclusion of "Murder in Big Horn" video. Activities Room.
  • +10:30a Sunday Celebration: Sanctuary. (In-person and live-streamed on YouTube)

+ Service includes Holy Communion.

Coming Up:

  • Thursday, June 1, 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.
  • June 7-9, Stacy Bade will be out of the office on vacation.
  • June 9-10 Pastor Naomi, Ken Goode, and Vicki Becker will be attending Grand Canyon Synod Assembly at Resurrection Lutheran in Oro Valley, AZ.


May Community Service: Literacy Connects

In 2007 community leaders identified the critical need to increase literacy levels as the single best way to ensure a prosperous economy and improve the quality of life for everyone in Tucson. Four years later, five local organizations merged to form Literacy Connects whose mission is to connect people of all ages to a world of opportunities through literacy and creative expression.

This month, we will focus on Reading Seed, a Literacy Connects program that empowers children to be independent readers so they can become lifelong learners. The program:

  • partners with Title I schools to help their students develop healthy relationships with books and reading,
  • trains volunteers to provide one-on-one reading coaching for K-3 students,
  • emphasizes reading as a positive experience through a non-judgmental environment,
  • increases student confidence and reading skills through a student-centered, strengths-based approach, and
  • provides free books to students to encourage independent reading.

This year, Reading Seed has helped 982 K-3 students. How can we help? Expand the free library at Literacy Connects by bringing in book donations based on the suggested books listed on the display in the Lobby. Pick up a list and bring in as many books as you want! Thrivent Action Grants can also be used to purchase books.

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 "Literacy Connects". 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

Primavera Monthly Meal Delivery

A big THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who brought in groceries and delivered this month!

To participate by providing needed items or delivering the groceries for next 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 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. April total: $201.50. ~ 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


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

Adult Faith Formation

On Sunday, May 21, at 9:00a in the Activities Room, guests from Household Blessings, a ministry of Tanque Verde Lutheran Church will join us to share stories of change and opportunities to partner together and serve those in need in our community.

On May 28, we will finish Episode 1 of "Murder in Big Horn", a documentary highlighting the struggle for justice for missing, murdered Indigenous women and girls in Big Horn county, Montana.

Thursday Journey

Now through the month of June, join us in person and via Zoom in the Activities Room at 10:00a or at 7:00p (Zoom only) as we discuss, Rescuing Jesus, by Deborah Jian Lee. The book can be ordered online; copies are still available in the Office on a first come, first-served basis for a $15 donation. Please make checks payable to Lutheran Church of the Foothills. ~ Pastor Naomi.

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 May 27, and participants will be discussing the book, Indigenous Continent: The Epic Contest for North America by Pekka Hämäläinen. Click on this link to join the Zoom meeting.

Meeting ID: 822 7558 0676

Passcode: 844657

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.

"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 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 . . .Elaine Zapfel (Cheryl Lillie's mother); Ellie Mae Nelson; Gwen, Carol and Stuart, Beth and Bob, Steve, and Jarret and Gary (friends of Sylvia Strauss-Kolb); Roberta VanDyke; Alberta and Phyllis (friends of Slyvia Strauss-Kolb); Jean Kovalik (friend of Carol Lundberg); Nancy, Erin, Brandon, and Don (friends of Mark Hill); Sue Thompson; Jackson (friend of Bethany Boyd); Sue Kempken and Linda Pease (friends of the Warrilows); Amy, Chris, and Cora Knoell (friends of Laura Hollengreen); indigenous women; Reta Eamick (friend of the Burtnetts); Gail and Gary and Sue and Lance (friends of Sylvia Strauss-Kolb); Dan Guthrie, Melba Acheson.

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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5102 N. Craycroft Rd.

Tucson AZ 85718-6343

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