LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces

Armed Forces Ministry


Armed Forces commemorations: 2021

There are several opportunities in 2021 for congregations to remember our nation’s military veterans, service personnel, chaplains and families.

  • Armed Forces Sunday (typically the third Sunday in May; Armed Forces Day is Saturday, May 15, 2021)
  • Memorial Day Sunday
  • Independence Day weekend
  • Veterans Day (Thursday, 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

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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 for Congregations

  • Operation Barnabas Library — Archived documents include Warning Orders newsletters, tips on grant writing and presentations.

  • Congregations That Support Military Bases — View of a list of military bases with nearby LCMS congregations offering assistance to military families.

  • Adopt-a-Chap program — LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces’ “Adopt-a-Chap” program pairs the Synod’s military chaplains with LCMS congregations, which support them through regular communication and prayer.

  • Farewell Order of Service — This rite is used to bid farewell and Godspeed to a member who is departing for service in the armed forces of our country.

  • Support our Troops: Care Package Instructions — A simple care package helps our chaplains reach out to our men and women in uniform. Using everyday items, chaplains can build relationships to spiritually support our servicemen and women.

  • Veterans Certificate — Recognize veterans in your congregation and community. The editable form allows your congregation to personalize the recognition.

  • Responsive Prayer and Ministry-By-Mail Bulletin Insert — Congregation members are invited to register military members for the Ministry-by-Mail program.

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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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