The main purpose of this website is to help support congregations in their ministry to military veterans and the ELCA Federal Chaplaincy that encompasses the military, veteran hospitals, and federal correctional facilities. A key area of this support is direct help to folks in our pews and neighborhoods who may need additional attention due to the stress of their vocations on our behalf. Chaplain Aaron Fuller, an ELCA Navy Reserve Chaplain, currently on an active duty deployment, shared recently a perfect example of this need for direct support from our congregations. He asks a question that can only be answered by us. Read it in Chaplain Fuller’s words…[more]
Music heals souls, calms minds, and relaxes stressed bodies. When you combine music with the Word of God and add other arts, you birth a gift that holistically embraces with healing the wounds of war and military service. That gift is a new CD designed specifically for spiritual and mental healing soon available free from an ELCA congregation of concerned volunteers who want to help veterans, military members, and their families find total wellness. Bethany Lutheran Church in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado formed a group called Operation One Nation Team in 2010 that has never stopped finding new ways to support military veterans, service personnel, and their families…[more]
Prayer books keep flowing in from generous congregations for chaplains worldwide. At sea comes a grateful testimonial from an ELCA Navy Chaplain. “Today we had a RAS (Replenishment At Sea) where we come along side of a supply ship that has our mail, and food, supplies, parts, and fuel that we will need to stay out here. They steam along a straight course, we pull alongside and match their speed. Then they shoot over lines, which pull over other lines, which then pull larger lines, and on those we get the fuel hoses that give us more fuel…” [more]
History, current events, weather, hobbies, cars, farm equipment, medical issues – these are some of the topics of discussion among the men of a coffee group that meets on Wednesdays in the Riley (Kansas) Presbyterian Church fellowship hall.
Twenty-seven men of various ages and religious backgrounds attend regularly, with about 14 to 20 there on any given Wednesday. Because at least half of the “regulars” have served in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, or Navy, military events inspire additional discussions…[more]
Many different support to veteran ministries are springing up across the nation among ELCA congregations and synod offices. This website will attempt to recognize these efforts as information is sent to Pastor Scottie Lloyd at PastorScottie@LCOSavior.org .