A Letter from Pastor Sarah Goettsch - July 2020

Dear friends of Lutheran Campus Ministry at the University of Iowa,

What a tumultuous and increasingly intense last few months it has been in the world! I pray this finds you well and healthy.

I write to you today to share news about LCM and its continuing vitality even in this challenging time. And on behalf of all the LCM students and the LCM Council (our governing board), I ask you to consider how you might at this time support this vibrant ministry, which helps students experience God’s transforming love and prepares them for lives of service in the world.

Like most things in the world, in March, Lutheran Campus Ministry immediately shifted to online and virtual meetings. Students spent the remainder of the semester completing their classes online. Four of our seniors graduated this spring. While it was heartbreaking to not be able to surround them physically with our prayers and blessings, LCM did this virtually, sending our seniors into the next chapter of their lives with our love. Students voted to continue our weekly Bible studies and worship services through this summer as a way to stay connected and grow in community and faith. 

This year, LCM has been stronger than ever.
  • Our numbers are growing – our “congregation” currently is 53 
  • Our students are more invested than ever in leadership – including ministry teams, community service, and Bible studies
  • We moved into our new space – housed in Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
Our signature “Love Lives Here” sign has been removed from our former location, as we prepare to install it on our new location. LCM has learned that “love lives here,” wherever Jesus gathers two or more by the Holy Spirit. Currently, we are gathered virtually; it is our hope to be physically gathered one day soon in our beautiful new space.

Congregations are struggling during this unusual time with attendance and membership in their continued and extended online expressions. In many cases, offerings are also down. This can translate to reduced benevolence, which means ministries such as ours are beginning to see the adverse impact the coronavirus has had in congregations. This is why your support in the form of dollars and prayers – both so welcome and needed – is especially important now. 

LCM truly is a bright spot, both in the church and in the world more broadly. We are even celebrating one of our December graduates heading to seminary this fall to pursue ordained ministry! These students are growing into a world whose challenges are ever-intensifying. Almost a third of our students are enrolled in the STEM sciences with science-based majors such as engineering, pre-med, epidemiology and immunology. Equipped with wisdom and faith, these students will move into crucial roles in addressing the world’s problems and bringing God’s reign of justice to the marginalized and vulnerable. 

All of us at LCM greatly appreciate your prayerful consideration of making a special gift now. Your support will sustain this vital ministry and enable our amazing students to continue to grow and do God’s work in a world that needs it more than ever. We give God deep thanks for you. We pray that you will continue to find good health and hope in the healing power of the Holy Spirit. 

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Sarah Goettsch

P.S. Did you know that financial gifts from people like you make up about 15% of LCM’s annual budget? Such support from generous individuals is essential to fulfilling our mission. You may make a donation online at lcmatui.org/p/support-us.html or by mailing a check to LCM at 123 E Market St, Iowa City, IA 52245.