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How has your congregation “Listened Up” to the needs of others on a local, national, or international level over the past year?  Enter the 2019 Annual Gathering Photo Contest and share your stories with us!  

The LCMC staff is once again welcoming photo submissions from LCMC pastors, leaders, and church members that depict how their congregation has been "in Mission for Christ" over the past year.  

We especially love to see photos from service projects, outreach events/activities/programs, mission trips, creative/artistic projects, disaster relief, and church planting efforts from any and all age groups within your congregation!


  1. Go to and review the photo guidelines
  2. Upload a photo, fill out the entry form, and click “submit"
  3. You will receive a confirmation message once your photo has been submitted.  

You may enter as many photos as you’d like, however to ensure that we are able to communicate the story behind your photo, the entry form must accompany each submission.  

Photos will be selected based on subject matter (how closely they fit the theme), quality of the photo (not squished, blurry, or overlapped by text or clip art), and the story behind the photo (the photo description explaining how your congregation is making a difference).

Due to printing requirements, time restraints, and the high volume of photos we receive each year we are unable to guarantee the publication of each and every photo submitted, however all eligible photos received by Monday, July 15th will be considered for publication in our 2019 Annual Gathering books.  

Hard copy books will be available at the Annual Gathering in October, and a digital edition of the book will be available on our website and in our mobile app once the Annual Gathering begins.

The LCMC 19th Annual Gathering and Convention takes place September 29 - October 2, 2019 at the CHI Health Center Omaha in Omaha, NE. 

LWR Responds to Super Typhoon Haiyan, Offers Resources Wed, 13 Nov 13 00:00:00 +0000
The full extent of damage across the Philippines is still difficult to determine due to disruptions in communications. Access to storm‐affected areas is limited as a result of flash floods, landslides, fallen trees, damaged roads and downed power lines and telecommunications. An estimated 675,000 people are currently displaced, including nearly 400,000 people in more than 1,300 evacuation centers. Reports indicate that approximately 10,000 people may have died as a result of the storm in Tacloban municipality alone.


How is Lutheran World Relief Responding?

LWR's Philippines staff are now coordinating with our partners to mobilize staff and resources to respond to the most urgent needs.

  • Shelter: LWR will provide shelter repair kits to families whose homes were damaged in the typhoon.
  • Cash programs: LWR will employ residents of three municipalities in Northern Cebu in short-term work assignments removing debris from public spaces, helping to get cash into the hands of those who need it.
  • Household supplies: LWR will provide families who have lost their belongings with essential household supplies such as cooking utensils and plates.
  • Quilts and Kits: LWR is shipping Personal Care Kits, Baby Care Kits, School Kits and Quilts, which will be distributed to more than 26,000 families.

How Can I Get Involved?

There are several ways you can help respond to the needs of the people of the Philippines:

  • Please pray for those affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan and for all who are working to respond in the aftermath of the storm.
  • Give to the Philippines Typhoon fund. Your cash donations help LWR respond quickly to emerging needs on the ground. LWR accepts gifts online, by phone at (800) 597-5972 or by mail at Lutheran World Relief, P.O Box 17061, Baltimore MD 21297-1061.
  • Please consider assembling Quilts and Kits so that we have stock to respond to this and other emerging situations around the world.


Click Here
for congregational resources including text for bulletins/e-news/newsletter, a video of LWR's VP for International Programs providing an update on our response, and bulletin inserts.  Also available: a Powerpoint, prayers/petitions, sermon starters, and a children’s sermon.

For more information, visit Lutheran World Relief's website at]]>
Lutheran Disaster Assistance Fund News Mon, 16 Sep 13 00:00:00 +0000 The Lutheran Disaster Assistance Fund is up and running! Many LCMC congregations have responded to the initial appeal to establish an emergency fund, the goal of which is “To reach out to those impacted by disaster who otherwise would not have resources.” The fund has also received many generous donations from individuals nationwide.    

As of September 10, 2013, the Lutheran Disaster Assistance Fund has received over $75,300.  Of this, $49,800 has been designated by the donors specifically for Oklahoma tornado relief and $2,100 for response to the Colorado fires. Undesignated funds, of $21,900 will be used in response to future natural disasters.

Thus far we have received two applications for funds. Both applications have been approved by the LDA Application Review Board, comprised of five LCMC pastors from LDA-invested churches representing different regions of the country.     

The LDA funds directed to Oklahoma are being administered by Pastor Peter Balaban, pastor of Lighthouse Lutheran Church in Edmond, Okla. The LDA funds directed to the Colorado Black Forest fires are being directed by Pastor John Witkop of Bethel Lutheran Church in Colorado Springs.    

We hope that the LDA Fund will be able to respond with grants to all approved applications. Contributions designated for specific relief aid in the wake a natural disaster will be sent to the affected area.  Undesignated contributions will be deposited in the LDA Fund to be held in readiness for the next request for assistance.

To strengthen our ability to respond to requests, we continue to seek contributions from our member congregations. Each LCMC congregation is asked to prayerfully consider being a part of this mission. Contributions of $100 or more will be welcomed and can be submitted to:

Lutheran Disaster Assistance Fund

c/o St. Mark’s Lutheran Church

8300 C Avenue NE

Marion, IA 52302

To learn more about the LDA Fund or to apply for a grant, click here.
If you have questions, please contact the LDA Fund Chair, Dave Brauhn, at
Disaster Relief Effort Opportunities Now Posted Wed, 15 May 13 00:00:00 +0000 Looking for ways to help out someone in need this summer? 
Three new opportunities have been added to our website for those who would like to help provide emergency relief assistance to those whose lives have been affected by recent catastrophic disasters.


Oklahoma City Area

The Lutheran Disaster Assistance Fund, organized by those at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, an LCMC congregation in Marion, IA, provides emergency assistance to help support the needs of victims of catastrophic natural disasters including tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, ice storms, wildfires, flooding caused by excessive rains, and similar natural disasters.  For more information, or to donate to the LDA Fund, click here


West, TX

Relief efforts are currently being coordinated to help support those affected by the the April 17 explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. in West, Texas.  For further information, click here


East Coast

Finally, those interested in taking part in the ongoing relief efforts to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy can find links to various volunteer organizations and hands-on opportunities here

All of the information that we currently have has been posted to our Relief Funds page. 

If you have any additional information, or if your congregation has coordinated a disaster relief effort, please contact
Relief Efforts for Hurricane Sandy Victims Now Posted -- UPDATED! Fri, 02 Nov 12 00:00:00 +0000
Check out our Relief Funds page to learn more about ways that you (or your congregation as a whole) can help victims of the recent natural disaster.
This page has been and will continue to be updated accordingly as new information becomes available.
LCMC Haiti Churches Affected by Hurricane Sandy Mon, 29 Oct 12 00:00:00 +0000 According to CNN, Hurricane Sandy has claimed the lives of 67 people to date, 51 of which have been reported in Haiti. 
Please check out our Prayer Blog to read the full prayer request article, which includes letters sent to our staff by LCMC pastors who maintain direct relationships with LCMC churches in Haiti. 
If anybody has additional information to share regarding this topic, such as relief funds or prayer events, please email