Lutherans, By The Numbers
Luther Memorial Lutheran Church is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). A merger of 3 Lutheran church bodies formed the ELCA in 1988: The American Lutheran Church; the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches; and the Lutheran Church in America (of which Luther Memorial was a member congregation). Today, the ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with about 4 million members in nearly 10,000 congregations across the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Rev. Elizabeth Eaton is Presiding Bishop. (www.elca.org)
As members of the ELCA, we believe that we are freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. With our hands, we do God’s work of restoring and reconciling communities in Jesus Christ’s name throughout the world.
The ELCA is made up of 65 Synods, varying in size, geography, membership, staffing and program. Synods unite the work of congregations within their areas. Luther Memorial is a member of the Upstate New York Synod. Rev. John Stanley Macholz serves as Bishop. (www.upstatenysynod.org)
There are 7 Conferences within the Upstate New York Synod. Luther Memorial is a member of the Central Crossroads Conference, made up of 23 congregations geographically stretching from Cortland to Canada. Rev. Gail Wolling is Dean of the Central Crossroads Conference. Learning At The Crossroads is an educational ministry offering adults education opportunities across a wide range of subjects. Luther Memorial is the host congregation for these programs. (https://www.facebook.com/cccunys)
LUTHER MEMORIAL CHURCH
Luther Memorial is a Christ-centered community, called to be a part of God’s mission to love and bless the whole world.