The Power of God

September 11th, 2015

Dear disciples of Jesus at American Lutheran,

It’s a familiar calling we’ve heard before: to take up our cross and follow Jesus. Familiar, yet hard to do. It means that nothing can stand in the way of loving God and loving others–even if it means suffering and painBecause even our suffering can be transformed by the power of God, who brings hope from despair and life out of death.

Your Servant in Christ,

Pastor Gretchen

September Newsletter

August 28th, 2015

Dear disciples of Jesus at American Lutheran,

I don’t know how I would have ever gotten through this without my faith!” How many times have I heard that sentiment from others-as well as said it myself. Whether the “this” is a failed relationship, an unexpected illness, a pink slip at work, or something else, when a crisis hits we need support. And for us as Christians, we have the support of our faith and our church to give us hope in the midst of despair.

But not everyone has that kind of support. Some may have grown up in the church and fallen away. Some may have had a bad experience with church and rejected it. Others may have never heard of God’s promises, or thought they were for them.

That’s why our congregation is participating in National Back to Church Sunday on September 20th. We are asking you to take a look around and invite a neighbor, a co-worker, a friend to worship that day. This isn’t a sales pitch to get more people in the pew or offerings in the plate. This is a way that we may reach out to those who need what we all need-real hope in a world that too often feels hopeless. Following worship we will continue our hospitality with a potluck lunch, helping us get to know the guests who join us that day.

Take a look at the video invitation below. Then pray about who you might invite to discover the hope that can transform lives through a relationship with our loving Lord, and the living body of Christ in the community of faith.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord…plans to give you hope and a future.….” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Your hopeful servant of Christ,

Pastor Gretchen


Co-ed Softball Team!

March 31st, 2015

Co-ed Softball Team “The A.L.C. Angels” 


Connect with others, get some exercise outdoors and have FUN this summer! Sign up yourself and invite a friend to participate in the new co-ed softball team at the church, The A.L.C Angels!

Games will be held Friday evenings either at 6:30, 7:45 or 9:00pm at George Izay Park, 1111 W Olive Ave, Burbank, CA 91506, competing against other Burbank teams in the church league.
Season begins May 1st and goes to August 7th (with no games over 4th of July and Memorial Day weekends).

Must be 18 years or older to play.

Keep the spirit alive and help American Lutheran Church win back the title it earned 10 years ago.