The Mission Statement of Lutheran Church of the Foothills is:
“Together we celebrate New Life in Christ as we seek to love God with our whole being, and love our neighbors as ourselves.”
This statement is supported by four keywords: Worship . . . Serve . . . Nurture . . . Grow. Much of what we do is supported by these themes as we carry them into our daily life, and begin to see them not as something that is only done on Sunday morning. In our unique calling and vocation we indeed worship God, serve God’s people, nurture one another, and grow as a follower of Christ, our Lord.
The term we use for active participants in our community of faith is not members, but rather “servants”. We view this as an important distinction as it describes who we are at the heart of our faith, and our belief that when we serve those in need we are serving Christ. Numerous opportunities for service are available to us, and central to life at Lutheran Church of the Foothills. This is reflected in our Vision Statement: “We are a community rooted in Christ striving to grow in faith, in love for all, in service to our community and world.”
As a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, we are part of the “Grand Canyon Synod” which is led by Bishop Steve Talmage. Bishop Talmage and the office of our synod is located in Phoenix, Arizona. We give thanks for their partnership and constant support.
Lutheran Church of the Foothills was formed in 1979 under the direction of the American Lutheran Church and Pastor-Developer, Bill Jeffs. The first home for the worshipping congregation was “Dorsey’s Den”, a restaurant and bar in the foothills neighborhood on the north side of Tucson. That first year, on Easter Sunday the faithful gathered to worship at Dorsey’s, only to discover that the restaurant had been closed permanently!
Not deterred, the congregation gathered at Pastor Jeff’s home where worship services were held until the next year when a first unit was constructed. It was an exciting time of growth!
Under the leadership of the congregation’s second pastor, the Rev. Gerald Conrad, a building expansion was undertaken in 1993 which included a beautiful new worship space and offices. In 1999 a new pipe organ was dedicated, adding to the richness and meaning of worship. With Pastor Conrad’s retirement in 2002, the congregation’s third and current pastor was called, the Rev. John Lillie.
Worship at Lutheran Church of the Foothills is varied, and utilizes a number of different liturgical settings. The Adult Choir enhances worship on a regular basis, along with occasional special music.
The congregation places a great deal of importance on service to the community. Its recent Twenty-fifth Anniversary celebration was centered around service, and was aptly named “Servabration.” More than 2,500 person hours were donated to 75 community groups during this three month celebration!
The congregation is an active member of the Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network (TIHAN), a monthly partner with the Primavera Men’s Homeless Shelter, the Community Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity Tucson, the Lutheran Thrift Store, and many other expressions of community partnership.
In 2006 Lutheran Church of the Foothills became a “Reconciling In Christ” congregation in partnership with Lutheran Concerned, North America as it seeks to underscore its welcome to all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
If you are currently looking for a new church home in the foothills neighborhood of Tucson, you are welcome to worship at Lutheran Church of the Foothills, and experience some of the joy and heart of service of this congregation for yourself.