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ADLA Quarterly Newsletter Oct – Dec 2020

Updated: Aug 6, 2021

Voting 2020!

The most important time in recent memory is upon us. Ballots in California have been released in support of early voting and ballot returns. Collection sites have been identified to ensure that your ballot – your voice – is received and heard. Many city libraries have been designated as drop-off sites, along with the official US special collection boxes that are secured and fortified for your use.

Please remember that at all ballot sites, proper identification is required, validating that the ballot belongs to the person voting or making the drop-off. The US Postal Service will receive and handle ballots just like US mail. Stamps are not required.

God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday

God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday, perhaps like none before this year, has been called upon to be a “light unto the feet” of so many in the wake of the pandemic and its devastating statistics. For the first time in almost a century due to the pandemic, countless thousands are facing homelessness from rent or housing instability, and many others are facing the inability to pay basic obligations due to joblessness and work furloughs. In California, the situation has been exacerbated due to the destructive presence of area wildfires, floods, and the occasional seismic earthquakes. Food insecurity has found its way in the homes of millions as they simply try to make ends meet. For the first time in 100 years – excluding World Wars – life is measurably more precarious then it has ever been with nothing as we know of it being certain or secure anymore. Yet, with shouts of thanksgiving…. We lean upon the prevailing Love of God in Jesus Christ that we are not alone!

The African Descent Lutheran Association (ADLA) - L. A. Chapter joined My Friends House Inc., this year, strengthening its outreach plans to make a quantifiable difference in the lives of individuals and families on God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday. Several hundred recipients arrived and were prayerfully assisted with receipt of “loaded” backpacks for kids and adults. The elementary and middle school backpacks, geared towards their return to school, were received with smiles and thanks from the kids, thanking all who participated for their kindness! The adult backpacks included hygienic products and personal safety items to help keep each recipient safe from Covid-19. By placing these gifts of care and love in backpacks, it frees-up the recipients’ mobility and extends their ability to carry other items of significance. Obviously, the backpacks are reusable and were well received.

ADLA was also able to transport several hundred backpacks, replete with snacks and hygiene kits to Skid Row to be distributed by The Central City Community Church of the Nazarene (6th and San Pedro) following its September 27th Sunday worship. Here again, the need remains immeasurable as the homeless population of Skid Row continues to regrettably grow and often remains forgotten.

Many thanks to all who participated in God’s Work, Our Hands service opportunities throughout the Synod and a special thanks to ADLA members who joined My Friends House acknowledging the significance of this outreach ministry! Blessings to all as the Summer gives way to the Fall season and may Almighty God keep you safe and healthy!

Rev. Dr. Nelson W. Trout Chapel

The Lutheran Center celebration in February 2022 in recognition of Rev. Dr. Nelson Wesley Trout, Bishop Emeritus, South Pacific District of the American Lutheran Church will be nothing short of spectacular. The Chapel has already undergone aesthetic modifications; the donor wall will be under development by November, and the festive planning for the weekend’s celebration continues unabated and not distracted by Covid-19! Yes, we are pressing on with our goal to recognize and memorialize this passionate servant of the Lord. Please be on the lookout for periodic bulletins sharing the upcoming developments. If you are planning on donating and wish to have your name or the name of a loved one on the donor wall, please ensure that your gift is received before October 31st. Checks can be mailed to ELCA-ADLA 552 E. Carson Street, Suite 104, PMB#116, Carson, CA 90745. All monetary gifts, in support of those who you wish to recognize, are welcomed.

2021 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Worship Service

The MLK Planning Committee will begin its work in the coming weeks as 2021 is just around the corner. The musical arrangements are being discussed now with the idea of having a virtual choir of 50 or more members singing in harmony using a platform like Zoom is under consideration. Yes, we are taking advantage of the virtual realities with an e-choir bringing sounds of joy, praise and musical adoration to our Lord in recognition of Dr. King’s life and legacy. Look for future announcements to join the virtual MLK Mass choir for your voices are needed!

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