By God’s grace, Catalina Lutheran Church is blessed to have a Life Team, whose leader and members have been certified by Lutherans for Life (https://www.lutheransforlife.org). Our team has adopted the following mission statement:
The Life Team at Catalina Lutheran Church exists to equip and encourage our congregation members to be merciful and truthful voices for the sanctity of life; sharing the Good News of Christ-crucified in and around our communities, offering beauty and hope through His forgiveness and love.
We meet on a regular basis, each time beginning with a study of God’s Word and our Lutheran Confessions, which clearly proclaim the sanctity of life from conception to God’s appointed time for death. We partner with other congregations for mutual equipping, and joint witness in the public square. Additionally, we have partnered with Family First Pregnancy Care Center and Family Diaper Bank, Oracle AZ, which serves our area through life-affirming outreach to mothers, youth and families, as well as diapers to babies, disabled and the elderly (more information on Family First may be found at http://familyfirstpcc.org).
CLC Life Team Resources
Contraception/Birth Control: Issues to Consider
Scripture proclaims the sanctity of life from the time of fertilization (Psalm 139:13-14; Isaiah 44:2, 49:1-5; Jeremiah 1:5). At His incarnation, Our Lord initially took on the form of a one-cell embryo and spent the subsequent nine months in the womb of the Virgin Mary, fully God and fully man at every stage of His intrauterine growth and development (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-56, 2:5-7). Thus, as Christians, we recognize even the one-cell embryo formed from the union of the father’s sperm and the mother’s egg as fully human, one redeemed by Jesus through His blood shed on the Cross (Galatians 3:13). Killing the baby at this early stage of development is as much a violation of the 5th Commandment (Exodus 20:13; Deuteronomy 5:17) as is killing one who has already emerged from the womb. For those who have participated in abortion, God’s forgiveness is available. Jesus, the Second Person of the Trinity, Who became fully man while remaining fully God, knew that people would fall into the sin of killing those who were in the womb. He bore that sin into death that we might be forgiven of such sin. In His stead and by His command, Pastor is available for Individual Confession and Absolution and also for counseling. Additionally, our friends at Word of Hope are also available, more information may be found here.
It is generally well known that emergency contraceptives/birth control agents like RU-486 and Ella cause the death of the embryo, and are thus considered abortifacients, namely, things that induce abortion. It is important to note, however, that many forms of contraception may in fact be abortifacient. Information about this is not widely disseminated and thus this effect is often not considered in discussions couples have with themselves and their physicians regarding procreation. Additionally, in considering any contraception, it is meet and right to remember that children are a gift from God (Genesis 1:28, 4:1; Ruth 4:13; Psalm 127:3 and many others). We highly commend to you this very fine review by Dr. Donna Harrison, which was published in the Jan/April 2020 edition of Concordia Theological Quarterly. Dr. Harrison is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist, and the Executive Director of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The paper is lengthy but a thorough review, and very helpful in guiding discussions and decision making.
From Ethics of Sex: From Taboo to Delight #12-4472 © 2017 Concordia Publishing House. Used with permission under license 20:12-2. To order this resource, please contact CPH at 800-325-3040 or visit https://www.cph.org/p-30437-ethics-of-sex-from-taboo-to-delight.aspx
Understanding End of Life Challenges
Contemplating end of life issues is never easy, but it is important to plan ahead. Our Life Team has assembled a list of resources to help you as you consider your own planning, assist others, and advocate in our community.
Abortion Pill Reversal
If you have taken the first dose of the abortion pill (Mifeprex or RU-486) and are having regrets, you may be able to get help to save your pregnancy! Time is of the essence though, call 877-558-0333 or log on to https://www.abortionpillreversal.com. Know also that we love you and are praying for you and your baby.
If you have lost a child through abortion, or have been part of an abortion decision, and are experiencing the pain of guilt, regret and grief, know that you are not alone and that there is forgiveness in Jesus Christ. Lutherans for Life has developed Word of Hope, a resource to comfort you and to refer you for ongoing care. All of their services are carried out in strict confidence. You may reach the Word of Hope counsellors at 888-217-8679 and may learn more at https://www.word-of-hope.org. Pastor is also available for individual Confession and Absolution. Know always that we love you and are praying for you.
We would love to have you join us! To request more information on our CLC Life Team, please click here, or see Pastor or any member of our Team.