Spotlight: Lutheran World Relief

Posted by Janis Hatlestad

Many of us are at a loss to give meaningful gifts to our friends and loved ones at this time of year. We might look at alternative giving to a charity, but wonder how to choose.

If you are looking for a way to make a difference in someone’s life by helping to respond to disaster or helping lift people out of the cycle of poverty through community resource development, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) just might be the charity you are look to support. If you want to make sure your dollars are well spent, you may be happy to know Lutheran World Relief, as an international relief and development charity is “high-rated” by Consumer Reports.

Did you know, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, including St. Luke Lutheran as a member congregation, supports Lutheran World Relief? Additional direct support contributed by individuals and families will further the work Lutheran World Relief is able to do in the world.

This article by The Rev. Dr. David J. Lose, President, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia shares further insight into the ways in which Lutheran World Relief stands out as a charity.

Finally, on “LWR’s Blog”, Lutheran World Relief shares its best five videos of 2014 in which you can see results of its programming. And, there is a “donate” button conveniently located on the blog site.

Musical Sundays Presents “Masters of the Past”

Sunday, October 26th – 4:00pm at St Luke

Masters of the past – find samples of their music on their website, here.

Masters_211x281Musical Sundays presents “Masters of the Past” – Free Concert for the benefit of the West Valley Food Pantry – Sunday, October 26th at 4:00pm. Masters Of The Past is a five-piece band that expertly revives the rock & roll sounds we grew up with in the 60s, 70s and 80s. With a $10.00 donation, you will have a choice of wine, soft drinks and snacks. Canned food donations are also appreciated.

Musical Sundays Presents “Keeping Fire”

Sunday, September 21st – 4:00pm at St Luke

Keepin’ Fire – find samples of their music on their website, here.


Come enjoy the lively sounds of local artists close up and personal. This is a free concert and open to all at no charge. Kids are welcome. Wine, soft drinks, and snacks are available for a $10.00 donation.  Canned and dry food donations are also appreciated.

Advocacy on Immigration Reform — “Town Hall” meeting and letter to legislator

Posted by: Janis Hatlestad, member, St. Luke Lutheran Church, Woodland Hills, August 18, 2014

As follow on to announcement made in church on Sunday, here is more information about immediate and near-term advocacy opportunities on Immigration Reform:

1) Draft letter to Senator Diane Feinstein. Asking those able and willing to print and send* a signed copy of this letter to Senator Diane Feinstein explaining our concern for those, especially children from Central America, arriving at our border. The letter also states the Synod’s position supporting international efforts to increase economic development in affected countries of Central America, while at the same time improving security. If you would also add a sentence or two in your own words, it will have even greater impact. That is, it may lead to greater weight in forming positions and when various issues supported by constituents are considered.

We believe the vast majority of these children are not criminals. Rather, most of them have come here hoping to reunite with family already here in the U.S., and/or they are seeking asylum from terrorism, violence, and/or domestic abuse. We want to see each of them treated with dignity, compassion, and allowed due process, thoroughly considering the validity of each of their claims to be here.

You might read the letter to get a brief overview of topics of concern. More detailed information is available here, and in a previous blog post.

* Update: Bring your signed letter to church on Sunday, September 7. They will be gathered up then, and delivered personally to Senator Feinstein’s office by Rev. Alexia Salvatierra in the week following. A small supply of the letters will be available for those without print capabilities. Thank you!

2) Congressman Brad Sherman Town Hall Meeting. Currently on Congressman Sherman’s website home page is information about upcoming Town Hall Meeting. Janis Hatlestad hopes to speak briefly at this meeting, Sunday, August 24, sharing our views on the issue of Immigration Reform. You are welcome to attend in order to speak, to listen, or just to be present for moral support.  If you would like to attend and carpool with others from St. Luke, you might email Janis.