Lutheran Church of the Foothills

September 18, 2022

Having difficulty reading this email? {Click here to view this email as a webpage}.
Click here to access our 10:30 a.m. Worship Bulletin
Click here for Live-Streaming of Worship - Sunday, 10:30 a.m.

Dear Foothills Servants and Friends,

Often as people of faith we are reminded to be "in the world" but not "of the world." This difficult balance is usually at the root of debate and arguments in churches where conversations of justice, equity, and peace become challenged by the realities of the broken world in which we live. The gospel for Sunday meets us with a challenging story on wealth, honesty, and shrewdness--where we are called to examine our own practices of stewardship not only of our own resources, but also of those with whom we work and live. Join us in worship as we challenge our own assumptions and work to grow as a community of faith.  

Faithfully yours, 

Pastor Naomi

Weekly Footnotes ~ September 18, 2022


Sunday, September 18 ~ 15th Sunday after Pentecost

  • + 8:00a No Discussion Eucharist today.
  • 9:00a-10:00a Ministry Fair: Activities Room. Refreshments provided.
  • + 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.
  • Tuesday, September 20, 4:30p-6:00p -- Council meeting: Activities Room. (In-person and Zoom)
  • Wednesday, September 21, 12:00 noon -- News Articles are due for "Weekly Footnotes": Office.
  • Wednesday, September 21, 6:30p-7:30p -- Confirmation Class: New Spirit Lutheran Church, 8701 E. Old Spanish Trail, (In-person only). See article below for more information on the schedule.
  • Thursday, September 22, 10:00a -- Thursday Journey: Activities Room. In-person and Zoom. (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, September 24, 10:00a-11:30a -- Read 'N Yak: Activities Room and Zoom. Click here to join on ZoomMeeting ID: 810 2710 7049 and Passcode: 533336. 

Next Sunday, September 25 ~ 16th Sunday after Pentecost

  • + 8:00a Discussion Eucharist: Learning Center. (In-person only)
  • + 10:30a Sunday Celebration: Sanctuary (In-person and live-streamed on YouTube).

+ Both services include Holy Communion

Coming Up in September:

  • Tuesday, September 27, 10:00a-11:00a -- Memorial Garden meeting: Activities Room. (In-person only)
  • Wednesday, September 28, 6:30p-7:30p -- Confirmation Class: New Spirit Lutheran Church, 8701 E. Old Spanish Trail, (In-person only).
  • Thursday, September 29, 10:00a -- Thursday Journey: Activities Room. In-person and Zoom.


We pray for . . . Sue Thompson, Tracey Quick family, Dennis Caldwell and Cindy Chaney (friends of Tracey Quick), Linda Brown (friend of Betty Christian), Rob Miller (colleague of Laura Hollengreen), John A. and William P. (friends of Ellie Mae Nelson), Ellie Mae Nelson, Jose, Ryan Mitstifer Walton (friend of Ken & Donna Cousino), Willson James (cousin of Roza Abong), Reese and Kathleen Ganley (friend of Colette Barajas), Fred and Chuck Bentjen (cousins of Bethany Boyd), Barb Moldovan (friend of Bethany Boyd), Simon and Jan (friends of Patrice Frame), the women of Sister Jose’s shelter, Linda and Mark Olson, Ryan and Lindsey Smith (colleagues of Laura Hollengreen), George D. (friend of Karen Nickey), Katrina and Pamela (friends of Madeline Hill), Charlie (friend of Madeline Hill), Judy Gafner (neighbor of Dan and Jane Hodgson), and all affected by the fighting in Ukraine.

We also pray for the family of John Bulach (friend of Pastor Naomi) who completed his baptismal journey on September 14, 2022.

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


God's Work. Our Hands.

On October 1 Lutheran Church of the Foothills will partner with Our Savior's Lutheran Church to have a booth at the Tucson Pride Presents OUTober Fest 2022 at Reid Park. Volunteers are needed prior to the event to make buttons. Volunteers are also needed for the following shifts to man the booth and conduct book raffles, take prayer requests, and hand out pronoun buttons and stickers: (2-3 names per time slot) 11a-1p, 1p - 3p, and 3p - 5:30p. The first and last slots will include help setting up and taking down our display. Tickets are required to enter the festival, even for volunteers. Bringing a chair is recommended for comfort. A sign-up sheet is on the Community Service display table. 

~ Pastor Naomi

September Community Services Outreach

Southern Arizona Senior Pride's mission is to celebrate, support, and unite older LGBTQI+ adults in our community by providing a wide array of social programs and services. You might be surprised to learn that the aging experience frequently looks very different for members of the LGBTQI+ community -- while 80% of straight people rely on family as they age, only 20% of LGBTQI+ seniors can. Because of that, more than half of LGBTQ elders report feeling isolated and alone. Senior Pride works to end isolation by organizing many opportunities to gather, whether it be for our weekly loss and grief groups, our friendly visits to homebound elders, our monthly gathering in Himmel Park, or our new monthly game day. You can learn more about our programs and services at:

Sign up for our weekly e-news to be kept up to date regularly and to learn more about LGBTQI+ issues and events locally and nationally: e-news registration.

The following donations would greatly help LGBTQI+ seniors:

Items for people on fixed income

  • Sponges, paper towels, unscented laundry & dish detergent 
  • Dishcloths & dishtowels
  • Grocery store gift certificates
  • Batteries, all sizes

Holiday gifts

  • Socks
  • Writing utensils
  • Pads
  • Gift cards & certificates
  • Greeting cards

Senior Pride Organizational Wish list

  • Stamps
  • Relatively new computer in excellent condition (MAC or HP)
  • Printer paper
  • Rooms at no charge to use for meetings for pop-up Senior Center activities

~ Kirsten Birner

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.

Next Primavera Delivery - October 21

A big "Thank you!" to all of the volunteers who donated and delivered September grocery items! Our next delivery date is Friday, October 21. Please check the sign-up on the Activities Counter. We--and the folks at Primavera Men's Shelter--appreciate your participation in this monthly ministry. ~ Community Service Team

Ready for School Thanks to You!

The youth and children of San Juan Bautista are ready for school thanks to our mission partners at Lutheran Church in the Foothills. There was such a wonderful assortment of supplies that one of our youth even took it upon himself to go out on our street and let a mother and her children know about our surplus. She, in turn, brought a neighbor to select some tools for the children. In addition, all of the students in our congregation were able to get a backpack full of supplies that they can use to start the year off right! ~ Annette Chavez, San Juan Bautista

Looking for Space to Rent

Habitat for Humanity Tucson is looking to temporarily rent a housing type space from you or someone you know to help support AmeriCorps NCCC, a full-time, team-based residential service program for 18-26 year-olds. They will be volunteering with us to help us build homes, do outreach and learn more about housing in our community. Teams live in the communities they serve to better understand the culture, participate in service-learning, and build leadership and life skills.

Habitat Tucson is taking on 8 members from January 9th-April 6th. Each team is overseen by a team lead, and all have background checks. Habitat Tucson needs housing (rental home, church, dorm, hotel at a discounted rate or an air bnb, or large RV) or a referral of someone they may know who would be willing to rent out their property to Habitat Tucson for 12 weeks. For more information, contact Gina Hansen, Volunteer Resources Manager, at

On-Going Community Service Ministries:

  • Pet food collection: 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, the Center will 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
  • 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. July total: $71. ~ 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.


New Servants Classes

Whether you are interested in joining Lutheran Church of the Foothills or have been attending for a while and want a refresher on Lutheran beliefs and history, join us for two New Servants sessions on Sunday, October 23rd and October 30th, following worship. We will meet for lunch, followed by a time of learning about the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Lutheran Church of the Foothills, and how you can be an active member of our faith community through your own gifts and interests. Both sessions are highly encouraged, and are open to members to join for fellowship and a refresher on Lutheranism. New members will be welcomed in worship on Sunday, November 20th. For more information, contact Pastor Naomi. 

Sunday School is Coming!

Volunteers are needed to help serve on a rotation team of teachers in our "all ages" Sunday School class. Teams of teachers are needed to serve together each week while we offer a class for those preK-5th grade. The more volunteers we have, the more rotation we can offer to accommodate travel schedules. If you are interested in assisting, please connect with Pastor Naomi as soon as possible. Sunday School will officially start Sunday, September 25th. 

Thursday Journey Returns to LCF

On campus and Zoom meetings will resume Thursday, September 22 to discuss the book, Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US by Lenny Duncan. The books will be available for pick up Sunday, September 25. We will still read Rescuing Jesus--just later in the fall.

Confirmation Classes

Classes will meet on the 1st Sundays of the month at Tanque Verde Lutheran Church, 8625 E. Tanque Verde Road, from 6:30-8:00p. Students will meet at New Spirit Lutheran Church, 8701 E. Old Spanish Trail, on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Wednesdays of the month from 6:30p-7:30p. Next class is September 21 at New Spirit Lutheran Church. Contact Pastor Naomi if you have questions. 

Sunday Faith Formation resumes September 25th

More information will be coming soon.

~ Pastor Naomi.

Read & Yak

Book discussion group will meet at 10:00a on Saturday, September 24, to discuss The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles. We meet simultaneously in person and on Zoom. All readers are welcome to join us in the Activities Room or on Zoom. Click here to join on ZoomMeeting ID: 810 2710 7049 and Passcode: 533336. For more information, talk with Vicky Kuzel.

University of Arizona Humanity Seminar

Laura Hollengreen, Council President and UA faculty member, is again teaching a Humanities Seminars Program course at the University of Arizona which is open to community member participants. The topic is “World War I and the Avant-Garde” and the course will run for five two-hour sessions on Wednesdays from September 28 through October 26, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon. For more information, talk to Laura or visit the program website: Registration opens on August 29!


Dear Members & Friends of Lutheran Church of the Foothills,

The Hellene Henrikson Fund Board (HHFB) wants your input! If you know of a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides relief for housing insecurity, please contact them and tell them to apply for a $15,000 grant offered this fall by the HHFB. Qualified organizations should go to the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona website, , click on Grant Opportunities and scroll down to the link Hellene Henrikson Fund of the Lutheran Church of the Foothills and fill out an application. Four grants will be issued to the top four organizations that best meet the housing insecurity criteria, stated in the online application.

Time is of the essence! The window for applying for this grant closes on Friday, September 30th. Thanks!

~The Hellene Henrikson Fund Board

Empowering Women

Join the Women of the Grand Canyon Synod for their 2022 Fall Retreat, October 21-22 at the Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center in Carefree, AZ.

This weekend event will focus on Empowering Women . . . stories that change lives. Activities will be centered on dwelling in the word and learning about how women have been impacted by organizations such as Peter's Hope, Days for Girls, the Navajo Lutheran Mission, and others. Registration deadline is September 30. For more information see or contact Debbie Romboletti at

National Day of Prayer

There will be a National Day of Prayer for mental illness recovery and understanding on October 4. Were you aware that one in five U.S. adults experience mental illness each year? At 6:00p on Tuesday, October 4, the National Alliance on Mental Illness Southern Arizona (NAMI-sa) will hold a Candlelight Vigil in Reid Park at the Cancer Survivors Plaza. If you cannot attend in person, please add mental illness recovery and understanding to your prayers on October 4.

Attention, Ladies!

On the first Tuesday of every month from September to May, the Guild meets from 9:30a-12 noon in-person in the Activities Room and on Zoom. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, October 4, 2022. Bible study is from 9:30a-10:30a, using the "Gather" magazine found on the north counter in the lobby. Afterward, we have a business meeting and some of us go out to lunch (self-pay). All are welcome. If anyone is interested in teaching monthly or occasionally, we have a need for Bible study leaders. If you are interested, please contact Vicky Kuzel at (520) 444-8631. (New Zoom link) Click here to join Zoom meeting.  Meeting ID: 894 4138 9594 Passcode: 042490

Servant Opportunities

If you would enjoy serving within the congregation, consider these opportunities (contact the person named or Pastor Naomi for more information):

  • Help others see the work and the people of LCF through the lens of your camera by taking pictures of people and events. ~ Stacy Bade.
  • Use your computer skills as an Announcement Slideshow Creator. ~ Stewart McDonald.
  • Drive your vehicle to pickup office supply orders. ~ Stacy Bade
  • Participate in leading worship in a variety of ways as part of the Sunday Worship Assistants team. ~ Barbara Burtnett.
  • Get some additional exercise by helping with trash and recycling. ~ Stacy Bade.
  • Get to know more people by serving as host/ess for Fellowship Time one Sunday.

"Gather" magazine for September and October is available on the counter near the west entrance into the Sanctuary. In addition, "Christ in Our Home" daily devotional booklets for July, August and September and "Living Lutheran" for August 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:

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