Bright Spot: Tanzania Sunday at Lands
On Sunday, August 1, 2021, Lands Lutheran Church in Zumbrota, Minnesota, experienced a taste of Tanzania.

Pastors Emmanuel Kaghondi and Deborah Lyanga, married to each other and parents of two lively sons, shared about worship in the East African country. They noted that pastors in Tanzania serve at a main church and rotate weekly to preach at a half dozen sub-congregations. Evangelists lead worship until the pastor arrives by bike. At Christmas and other special times, all church members gather at the main church, happily walking hours to worship with singing, dancing, and socializing. Each choir contributes songs. Pastors are paid through a money collection and with a goat or chicken.

Pastor Emmanuel presided over Holy Communion and spoke the Words of Institution in Swahili. Their son, Mercy, played the violin, and their younger son, Abner, livened up the children's sermon.

After worship, Lands members sampled Mandazi (hole-free Tanzanian donuts), nuts and papaya. The event and a goat and chicken later delivered to Lands Lutheran's pastor, Rev. David Krinke, reinforced the congregation's ties to St. George Lutheran Church, their partner congregation in Tanzania.
Hispanic Heritage Festival: September 11
Enjoy an afternoon of music, dance, art activities and family fun at the Hispanic Heritage Festival in Red Wing on September 11 from 2-7 pm. For more information, visit

God's Work Our Hands Sunday: Sept 12
This day is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.
ELCA Mourns the Death of Vice President Bill Horne
William "Bill" Horne II, vice president of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), died Aug. 14 of a suspected heart attack. Horne was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Clearwater, Fla. He served as city manager of Clearwater since 2001.

"Bill was a man of absolute integrity and a deep, living faith in the grace and love of Jesus. Bill embodied the Lutheran understanding of vocation as husband, father and city manager," said ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton.
Upcoming Events:
Prayer Calendar: August
  • United Lutheran Church, Walters
  • Vang Lutheran Church, Dennison
  • Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, Houston
  • Sayuni Mipilo Lutheran Church, Tanzania
  • Iguguno Lutheran Church, Tanzania
  • Jikmir Lutheran Parish, South Sudan