Lutheran Church of the Foothills

November 13, 2022

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Dear Servants and Friends,

As we celebrate Veteran's Day, I invite you to remember those family, friends, and neighbors who have served our country both past and present. Today, I am thankful for the service of my grandfathers, uncles, and cousins, but especially for my father Robert Olson (USAF), my brothers David Olson (US Army) and Joshua Olson (USAF), and my nephews Zachary Mayer (USAF) and Gavin Olson (USAF).

I invite you to join me in to lifting up this prayer today: 

Almighty and ever-living God, we give you thanks for the men and women who have served and defended our country and the values of freedom and justice we hold so dear. Help us be mindful of the sacrifices they made and the hardship endured by their families and friends, so that we never take for granted the privileges they have secured for us. Hear us, we pray, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


-From the Prayer Book for the Armed Forces

Faithfully Yours,

Pastor Naomi

Floor Cleaning Prep

Schedule change: JanPro has asked that we return furniture to the Activity Room later on Saturday, November 12, at 7:00p to ensure proper drying of the floor. We still need helpers to come to the church to move furniture out on Friday, November 11, at 4:30p. ~Bryan Daum

Weekly Footnotes ~ November 13, 2022


Sunday, November 13 ~ 23rd Sunday after Pentecost

  • + 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

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.
  • Wednesday, November 16, 6:30p to 7:30p -- Confirmation Class: New Spirit Lutheran Church, 8701 E. Old Spanish Trail (In-person only)
  • Thursday, November 17, 10:00a-11:30a -- Thursday Journey: 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, November 19, 9:00a-10:00a -- Decorate and Set-up for Pie Social: Activities Room.
  • Saturday, November 19, 10:00a-11:30a -- Read & Yak: Activities Room (Zoom and In-person) Click here to join on ZoomMeeting ID: 810 2710 7049 and Passcode: 533336. 
  • Saturday, November 19, 10:30a-12 noon -- Choir rehearsal: Sanctuary (In-person only)

Next Sunday, November 20 ~ Christ the King Sunday

  • + 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: Activities Room after service.

+ Both services include Holy Communion

Coming Up in November:

  • Wednesday, November 23, 6:30p to 7:30p -- Confirmation Class: New Spirit Lutheran Church, 8701 E. Old Spanish Trail (In-person only)
  • Thursday, November 24, 10:00a to 11:30a -- Thursday Journey: Activities Room. In-person and Zoom.  Evening session at 7:00p is Zoom only. (See article below for more information on discussion topics.)


We pray for . . . Shari James (friend of Madeline Hill); Carolyn, Brad, and Isabella Brown (friend of Laura Hollengreen); Beverly Olson (friend of Tracey Quick); Linda Brown (Betty Christian's daughter); Ken Goode and Shauna Becker (relative of Vicki Becker); Terry and Marc Frost (friends of Sylvia Strauss-Kolb); Barbara Lourse (friend of Clive Warrilow); Eva Erickson, Jane Burtchin, and Hope Law (friends of Bethany Boyd); Caitlyn Villa, Ken Cousino, Pat Walker; Janet, Bill, Carla, and Jose (friends of Steve Frame); Ron Paul and Lance Locascio (friends of Sylvia Strauss-Kolb); Rosemary Kuzel (Jim's sister); George Battha; family of Brian Brown (student of Laura Hollengreen)Sue Thompson; and all affected by the fighting in Ukraine.

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


Community Service Outreach for November

Our November community outreach is in partnership with Lutheran Social Services-Southwest (LSS-SW) on behalf of Immigration and Refugee Services. We are providing refugee families with grocery store gift cards in the amount of $25.00 from the following stores: Fry’s, Safeway, Wal-Mart and Food City. We have only a short time to collect these gift cards: the deadline for submission to the LSS-SW office is Wednesday, November 16. If you have any questions, contact Sylvia Strauss-Kolb on behalf of 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.

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.

Lutheran Campus Ministry

Thank you to all of the people who contributed the items for Taco Tuesday Wednesday! The event was a big success and the students were very grateful for a homemade meal! Thank you for your ongoing support of Lutheran Campus Ministries. You are making an impact in the lives of young adults. ~ Lonnie Jenkins

Southern Arizona Senior Pride

Thank you for your generous one-time donation in support of Southern Arizona Senior Pride's mission to celebrate, support, and unite older LGBTQI+ adults. Your contribution allows us to do so much in support of our community. We are able to maintain our eight core programs, all of which help to end isolation for older adults while providing identity-affirming experiences in a safe and supportive environment. ~ Keith Ashley, Interim Executive Director

Next Primavera Delivery - November 18

To participate by providing needed items or delivering the groceries, 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. As of the mailing of this Footnotes we still need:

  • 2 sign-ups each for 2 dozen rolls,
  • 2 sign-ups each for 2 extra-large package salads & 1 dressing,
  • 3 sign-ups each for desserts to feed 2 dozen,
  • 1 extra-large laundry detergent.

 ~ Community Service Team

Winter Needs For Cold Nights

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. 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. In addition, the women residents need jackets, hats, gloves, blankets, and sleeping bags. 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. October total: $76. ~ 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.


Sunday Faith Formation: Give Unto the Lord

In a month where we focus on Thanksgiving and generosity, let us come together to talk about why faith is a core value in truly living these principles today.

During the month of November join Pastor Naomi each Sunday at 9:00a in the Activities Room as we study "Give Unto the Lord: A Bible Study about Tithing."

"Every week we pass the offering plate without spending much time thinking about why we do so. Likewise, in a country where we spend so much time talking about money, we often forget that God has put a claim on the entirety of our lives. What might God’s claim on our whole lives mean for how we notice and share our gifts with God and others? What would it be like to promise to give a little bit of our whole lives to this world that God so loves? How would that change how we view money? How would that change how we view the neighbor?" --excerpt from "Give Unto the Lord: A Bible Study about Tithing"

Hope to see you there! ~Pastor Naomi

Sunday School for K through Grade 5

Sunday School for ages K through 5th grade will meet in the small meeting room. Using curriculum designed for a multi-age classroom, children will work in a buddy system and learn stories of faith. Whirl characters will engage kids in Biblical stories and help them link concepts to real life situations. Weekly take-home leaflets will help students dive into the Bible and use creative activities to extend the lesson. Each week children will finish out the morning with music time in the Sanctuary led by our choir director. Join us as we grow in our faith together! If you are interested in helping or leading Sunday School, please contact Pastor Naomi.

Thursday Journey

Beginning Thursday, November 3rd the 10:00 am Thursday Journey class will begin a deep dive study into the Gospel lesson for each Sunday's upcoming worship service. Want to know more about the Bible or how we read it as Lutherans? Come and join us! All are welcome!

Thursday, November 17 - Luke 23:33-43

~Pastor Naomi.

Read & Yak

All readers welcome! Read & Yak book discussion group will meet at 10:00a on Saturday, November 19, to discuss the book, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, by Lori Gottlieb. Meetings are held simultaneously in person and on Zoom. All readers are welcome. Click here to join on ZoomMeeting ID: 810 2710 7049 and Passcode: 533336. For more information, talk with Vicky Kuzel.


Wait . . .There's Pie!

Join us following worship on Sunday, November 20th for a Pie Social! Bring a favorite pie to share (homemade or not) and spend some time giving thanks with friends old and new.

Sign up on the counter in the Narthex if you are willing and able to help set up tables and decorate on Saturday, November 19th at 9am (before choir and Read & Yak begin at 10am). ~Pastor Naomi

Guild Christmas Luncheon

The Christmas Luncheon given by the Guild will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, for the women of our church and their friends. This year we will happily hold it in the Activities Room once again! It has been a long hiatis since 2019 and the Guild is so looking forward to seeing everyone. More information to follow. ~Joan Nolan & Vicky Kuzel

Poinsettia Time

The end of the year and the beginning of the  holiday season are reminders that it is time to order poinsettias. This year we will be able to enjoy the 20 festive poinsettias in the Sanctuary. The plants 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. A sign up sheet is located on the Activities Counter in the lobby. If you have any questions, contact Beth Daum.

Nordic Fair

The Tucson Nordic Society is hosting their 41st annual Nordic Fair Saturday, December 3, 9:00a-3:00p at Streams of the Desert Lutheran Church, 5360 E. Pima Street (1 block west of Craycroft). The fair will feature Scandinavian crafts and collectibles, baked goods, folk dancers & musicians, dignitaries and displays from local Scandinavian clubs.

46th Annual Messiah Sing-In

Presented by the Messiah Sing-In of Tucson on November 28, 2022, at 7:00p at Christ Community Church, 530 S. Pantano Road. Start your holiday season with singing! Scores may be purchased or rented. Conductor: Ken Marrs. Soloists: Asleif Willmer, Diana Peralta, Francisco Renteria, and Chris Newsom. For more information contact: 

"Gather" magazine is available on the counter near the west entrance into the Sanctuary. In addition, "Christ in Our Home" daily devotional booklets for October, November, and December and the current issue of Living Lutheran are available on the counter near the east entrance into the Sanctuary. These denominational publications are provided by this congregation at no charge to you.

Name Badges. 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 name. 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.

Lutheran Church of the Foothills Online Giving

Join Us for Worship

Children in Worship. We are happy to invite children into worship. 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, the services at Lutheran Church of the Foothills are recorded and live-streamed.

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.

Sunday Celebration 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.

YouTube. To join our 10:30a worship service via live-streaming, a few minutes before worship begins click on the link at the top of this newsletter. (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:

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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