Urban Ministries

Jail Ministry within the Indiana District

Did you know the Indiana District has an active and ongoing jail ministry in Whitley County? Hear Deaconess Carole Terkula (St. John’s Lutheran Church, Columbia City), Rev. David Mommens (St. John’s Lutheran Church, Columbia City) and Rev. Philip Rittner II (Zion Lutheran Church, Columbia City) speak in their own words about the jail ministry they… Read more »

District Convention begins this week

On Thursday and Friday, Lutherans will gather from throughout Indiana and northern Kentucky at the Grand Wayne Center to prayerfully consider our work together. As we do every three years, we will share ministry reports, elect leaders, and vote on important matters. Clergy and lay delegates will represent every congregation in our District. The theme for... Read more »

Gary Mission

Please Support our Mission Outreach Together We Can Make a Difference! The Indiana District seeks, by God’s grace, to reach all people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ — including the urban center of Gary, Indiana. "God has a plan for Gary, and he invites us to be a part of that future," says Rev.... Read more »

How ECHO is creating hope and opportunity for teen moms

“I’m a better mother. Had I not been guided by ECHO, my life would be totally different right now. This program can save your life.” That’s how teen mothers are describing ECHO, a program through Lutheran Social Services of Indiana (LSSI). ECHO stands for Education Creates Hope and Opportunity, and that’s just what these young women… Read more »

Fishing in Fishers

Cornerstone Lutheran Church Fishers Celebrates One-Year Anniversary Family friendly. That’s one of the best ways to describe Cornerstone Lutheran Church Fishers, which is celebrating its one-year anniversary this November. From the well-attended Vacation Bible School this summer to the huge indoor playground built right into the main gathering area of the church, Cornerstone Lutheran Church… Read more »

Rev. Del Campbell returns home “for such a time as this”

Rev. Delwyn Campbell is on a mission. He has recently moved back to his hometown of Gary, Indiana, to help revitalize and rebuild its foundations, particularly in parochial education. Having accepted a call from Saint John Lutheran Church in Gary as the Strategic Mission Developer, Rev. Campbell’s goal is not only to proclaim the Gospel… Read more »

Ascension Lutheran Christian School opens for 2017-18 school year

Lutheran education returns to Gary, Indiana On August 16th, Ascension Lutheran Christian School opened their doors to students for the school’s inaugural day. The new school, located at 1150 W. 49th Ave. in Gary, serves children K–2nd grade with plans to expand grade levels in the future. They held an opening service in the sanctuary,… Read more »

New Lutheran School in Gary

In May 2015, we reported that efforts are underway to open a new Lutheran school in Gary, Indiana. While we have postponed opening kindergarten until next fall, steady progress is being made toward realizing this dream. Over the past several months, Dr. Mielke had the privilege of meeting with Richard Laabs, Frank Trecroci, Jason and Sue… Read more »