LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces

Armed Forces Ministry


Armed Forces commemorations: 2020

There are several opportunities in 2020 for congregations to remember our nation’s military veterans, service personnel, chaplains and families.

  • Armed Forces Sunday (typically the third Sunday in May)
  • Memorial Day Sunday
  • Independence Day weekend
  • Veterans Day (Wednesday, Nov. 11, or the Sunday preceding or following Nov. 11)
  • Any Sunday of your choice

It’s less important which Sunday you choose; we simply want to give thanks to God in honoring the men and women who faithfully answered the call to serve in our nation’s military.

Resources for these celebrations will be available on this webpage once they are completed.

Please prayerfully consider using these LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces resources:

Bulletin inserts

Congregations may request free bulletin inserts. To check availability, please email Alicia Hinton at or call at 800-248-1930, ext. 1337.

Request bulletin inserts

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Help our Lutheran servicemen and women stay spiritually strong by enrolling them in the Ministry-by-Mail program. The LCMS works hard to support its members serving in the Armed Forces in such a direct way.

Servicemen and women receive materials in an initial packet when their name is submitted, and they regularly receive copies of Portals of Prayer along with So Help Me God, a quarterly newsletter from the LCMS.

To add a member or update an address, call 800-248-1930, ext. 1337, or complete the online form.

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Resources from LCMS

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Resources from LCMS partners

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Media library

View photo galleries and videos highlighting LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces.

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Ministry information sheets

Download and print copies of these information sheets to share with your congregation, school, Bible study groups, friends and family.

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