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From the Senior Pastor


Dear Beloveds,

I write about the links between the past and the present.

On Saturday, August 28, 1963, there was an historic March on Washington that gathered thousands in DC to march as part of the Civil Rights Movement.

Words of Dr. King echo still as many can recite at least a portion of the "I have a Dream" speech.

And there are words less familiar that are painted on our 14th Street door. Dr. King proclaimed in 1963, just down the way from Luther Place Church: We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must take the pledge that we shall always march ahead.

Written on the mural lovingly painted by Amanda Weber, these words teach us about community and God’s ongoing call to move towards justice.

What did those words mean then to people of faith, and what do they mean now?

Here is a picture of that day in 1963, when members of the Lutheran Church met at Luther Place to march together and ahead.


What a rich assembly of people convinced that the gospel may be personal, yet it is not private! And that engaging race is a primary component of living out faith.

On this Saturday, August 28, 2021, Lutherans, including leaders of the African Descent Lutheran Association will convene at Luther Place Church to march. This year we march for voting rights — an old issue that is immediately before us. We will march to support the right of people to vote — even in the face of state after state narrowing the opportunities for full voter participation in democracy.

And what does the magnolia tree teach us this week?

If you look at the picture from 1963, and study the area to the right of the church building, there does not seems to be a Magnolia tree in place. The Magnolia tree is not a witness to 1963 marchers, yet it will be a witness to 2021 marchers.

New markers of life arrive to bear witness to the living nature of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Things don't stay the same. Change is part of our faith, and grace is the connector from the past to the present.

Receive again the words of Dr. King: We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must take the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back.


in Christ,

Pastor Karen Brau


Click here for information on what to expect at in-person worship on Sept. 12

Welcome our new LVC fellow, Karin!


"Hello members of Luther Place Memorial Church and the Steinbruck Center! I am grateful and excited to be joining you in ministry as I complete a year of service with Lutheran Volunteer Corps. I am far from home as I grew up in North Dakota and went to college in Minnesota. I believe that part of our faith is sharing the gifts that our Creator has given us.

At school, I discovered my passion for serving others and devotion to the importance of community. I appreciate each of you for welcoming me in to yours."

Coming up...
Saturday Night Compline

Join us for Saturday Night Compline OUTSIDE led by a member of the LP compline community, The Rev. Janell Monk, TOMORROW, August 28th at 9PM by the Martin Luther statue.

Pastor Karen will be out of the office beginning Friday, August 27, and plans to return on Wednesday, Sept. 8.
For pastoral concerns: 
Margaret Maring
For liturgy and communications: Justin Fitch
For building use and concerns: Ben Brown

Fall Workday at Rolling Ridge
Saturday, September 4, 10am-4pm

Time once again to gather for a day of invigorating work, laughter, & conversation at Rolling Ridge! Bring a packed picnic lunch for a midday gathering outside the Retreat House. Beverages & coffee provided.

With a variety of volunteer opportunities so you can choose how you spend your day on the ridge: Chopping & stacking wood, Basic cleaning in the Retreat House, Yard work around the Retreat House and/or trail maintenance

In light of COVID-19, Rolling Ridge asks that all volunteers come vaccinated or (if not eligible for the vaccine) wear a mask when in proximity to others.
Contact Andrew McIlroy for more details
Adult Spiritual Formation
During Black August, Adult Spiritual Formation discussions will focus on housing justice. These dialogues will blend Scripture and our place based questions as a city and congregation. Join Amanda Lindamood on Zoom this Sunday at 9:15 am, as we consider our congregation's context, learnings in de-escalation, and the question of safety without police. Aug 29th and Sept 5th will explore a recent ministry example, followed by two planned off weeks on Sept 12th and Sept 19th.
Faith Formation Calendar
The attached Pentecost calendar contains resources to support your household's faith formation with recordings, scheduled offerings, and additional activity instructions. Look here to listen to upcoming Bedtime stories, Liturgy at Home, Saturday School, and Compline.

Saturday School
Saturday School will be offered next on August 14th at 10am on Facebook live. Using our Gospel texts, grounding practices, commemoration, and the rhythm of an expanding framework for understanding antiracism within our faith formation, we journey deeper with each other and with God in our noticing practices. Click here to watch last week's video
Teen Meetups
For more information on teen gatherings, please email

Pentecost Faith Formation Bags
Save the Date: Join us on Sunday, September 12th at 1:00 pm in the Sacred Commons and receive your next Faith Formation Bag. Please wear a mask. Bags will be available for pick up from 1-2:30 pm.

Pentecost Faith Formation bags--with special Growing in God's Love Bibles, are available for delivery, as well as for scheduled pick-ups. Please email
Amanda if you would like to set up a time for a drop off. 
Liturgy at Home
Join Pastor Karen Friday afternoons on Facebook Live for Liturgy at Home

Save the date for Stewardship on Wednesday, September 9th from 7:00-8:30 pm on Zoom, with Spanish interpretation provided.
Ward 2 Mutual Aid
Email to get involved! You can also view packing and delivery shifts here. 

Ward 2 Mutual Aid provides outreach to nearby encampments of unhoused folks. Help them secure much needed supplies through their Amazon Wish List

our prayers
Pastor Karen Brau
We offer our prayers
Prayers of gratitude for all who have served so faithfully in congregation council leadership. 

We ask for God's help in addressing the collective grief that exits for over 635,000 people dead in this nation and 4.48 million around the world from COVID-19.  Christ have mercy...

Please email prayer requests for healing or other blessings to
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