ANNUAL MEETING: Our 2020 Annual Congregational Meeting will be held in two parts: an informational meeting held via Zoom at 10:00am, Sunday, January 31, followed by mail-in voting. See our latest newsletter for detailed information or email the office at NewSpiritLutheranTucson@yahoo.com.
TAX SITE: Because of COVID dangers, New Spirit will not open a tax-preparation site this year. We regret that we are unable to offer this service to our community this year.
WORSHIP: We are creating weekly worship experiences and making them available on YouTube. Click on the following link to watch the latest worship video in our current message series, The Story, chapter 16: The Beginning of the End (of the kingdom of Israel).
We're also meeting online for Holy Communion and virtual coffee hour every Sunday morning at 10:00am. To request a Zoom invitation to participate, email Pastor Carol at firstname.lastname@example.org.
READ THE STORY WITH US!!
The Story is an abridged, chronological Bible that reads like a novel. Scripture segments are seamlessly woven together with transition text into a single, continuous narrative to help people understand God’s Word more fully and engage with it more easily.
The Story is for you …
…if you’ve ever bogged down reading the Bible, or if you hesitate even to pick it up for fear you’ll be overwhelmed, or
…if you read the Bible but you’re not sure how it all fits together, or
…if you’re already familiar with the Bible and welcome a chance to read it along with others and see the impact on you and them.
New Spirit Lutheran Church will read The Story together starting September 20. Invite your friends to join in!
There’s a version of The Story for every age-group. Call or email the church office to arrange to get your free copy. Then plan to increase the impact of your experience with a weekly online conversation group to share your thoughts and hear from others. Current group options (respecting COVID limits):
Call or email mail the church office to sign up for a conversation group: 520-296-2461 or email@example.com.
Find your story in the big story of God and God’s people!
Pastor Carol Breimeier came to New Spirit in August 2020 as part-time interim pastor. She serves three-quarters time, working with her husband, Pastor Fred Nelson, who serves New Spirit one-quarter time.
Prior to moving to Tucson in November 2019, Carol served as pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Park Ridge and Chicago, Illinois. She had been at Redeemer from her internship in 1998 through to the fall of 2019, with four years away to serve as an Assistant to the Bishop of the Metro Chicago Synod, focused on congregational renewal.
Carol’s particular passions in ministry are communicating the gospel—the Good News about Jesus Christ—creatively and clearly and grounding all of church life in that Good News.
In downtime, Carol enjoys hiking, golf, crossword puzzles, and exploring Tucson and environs.
Pastor Fred Nelson began as our part-time interim pastor at New Spirit in June 2020 and was joined by his wife, Pastor Carol Breimeier, in August. Pastor Fred is serving one-quarter time and Pastor Carol three-quarters time.
Until he relocated to Tucson at the end of 2019 and began to focus on prison and reentry ministry, Fred was the lead pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church, a multisite congregation located in Park Ridge and Chicago, Illinois. He is also the founder and Executive Director of the Lutheran Church Planters Network, created to help train and network church planters across the country.
A former missionary in Bangladesh and an expert in Christian-Muslim relations, Fred has been involved in prison ministry since 2005 as a volunteer chaplain at Stateville Prison in Joliet, Illinois, including founding the Under the Door Prison Ministry, writing the Spiritual Survival Guide for Prison and Beyond, and crafting RED Chicago, a reentry directory for the Chicago area. He is the founder and executive director of the Inside Out Network, dedicated to crafting innovative solutions to connect returning citizens with service providers, churches, and ministries, as well as to connect those serving on the inside in prison ministry with those outside who are working on reentry challenges.
Because of Christ’s call and claim on his life, Fred sees himself fundamentally as a change-agent, an agent to bring Christ’s life-changing hope and joy to everyone he meets, but especially to those who are feeling hopeless or disconnected. He has a passion for networking, coaching, hiking in the desert, and Indian food. Fred and Carol have four grown sons between them.
He’s excited about what God can do in and through the people of New Spirit!