Organizations and Projects Supported

The Council of Lutheran Women (CLW) supports several ministries in the Detroit area.  Members and guests are reminded to bring donations to general meetings and the annual Women of the Year Luncheon to help support them.

Seminary and Deaconess Student Assistance

Every year CLW asks its member congregations for the names of seminary students from their membership.  Proceeds from the Women of the Year Luncheon are used to fund scholarships for these seminary students and also two  female students from Concordia University in Ann Arbor who receive memorial scholarships.  Monetary gifts are also accepted.  Please consider becoming a Scholarship Sponsor by making a contribution directly to the Scholarship Fund.

Operation Layette

project2Since 1997, St. Paul Lutheran Church in Royal Oak has hosted CLW’s Operation Layette program.  Pam Stasko has coordinated this program since the beginning and is retiring after the Spring assembly.  A new host congregation and coordinator are needed at that time.  Click here for the needs and responsibilities.

The CLW collects infant supplies which are assembled into layettes and donated to organizations in southeast Michigan which assist pregnant women and new moms in need.  We accept donations of new and gently used items: receiving blankets, cloth diapers, bottles (4 ounce and 8 ounce), infant socks, onesies and sleepers (sizes 3 through 9 months).  Gender-neutral items offer more flexibility.

Monetary gifts are also welcome.  Layettes are assembled twice a year at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Royal Oak.

In 2022, your generous donations of time (to create beautiful hand-made items and to assemble layettes), supplies, and funds made possible the donation of 34 layettes.  These were delivered to ImageClear Mobile Ultrasound and The Luke Clinic in Flint.  We assemble layettes twice per year (on a Thursday evening) at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Royal Oak.  Watch this space for the next assembly date (late May or early June).

Click here for instructions on making a layette.   To find out when the next assembly evening is scheduled or for additional information, contact Pam Stasko at


Detroit Area Food Banks

CLW encourages people attending the Women of the Year Luncheon and the Spring and Fall Meetings to bring items for the food banks. Especially needed are: toilet paper, toiletries like toothpaste, deodorant, toothbrushes, soap or shower gel, non perishable food items, “easy open” canned goods, paper products for serving meals, Kleenex, women’s sanitary supplies, adult underwear and socks, warm outerwear and gloves.  Monetary gifts also accepted.

Lutheran Center Association


The purpose of the Association is to foster, preserve and defend the common interests of the churches in the Detroit area, which hold membership in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod; to foster and support Christian education; to foster and support charities; and further engage in such enterprises as may be of service to or for the benefit of the Lutheran clergy and laity of Greater Detroit.

Sadly the bookstore will be closing on June 26, 2020.

The book “Be Thou My Guide” by a local author, Margo Heath Dupre, will be available for purchase on February 4, 2020.  This book is a Bible Study on growing trust in God through examples of biblical figures.  The price is $12.99. Click here to for more information or to purchase the guide.

The Michigan Church Supply will be filling all Church orders for the Lutheran Center Bookstore.  Their website is


issuesThe CLW Issues & Action Coordinator investigates the issues affecting the Metro Detroit area citizens and reports to the General Assembly.  This will include updates from the LCMS’ “Free to be Faithful” Newsletter, which features information on important court cases and religious liberty issues that have significant impact of the lives of Christians and to educate and move people to take informed actions to protect our religious freedoms.

For voter guides go to Right to LifeMichigan Family Forum, or Citizens for Traditional Values (CTV).

THE LUTHERAN CENTER FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY (LCRL):  Gregory Seltz, Executive Director, presents Champions for Religious Liberty Events.  Go to to receive the LCRL “Word from the Center”.  Like the Lutheran Center for religious Liberty on Facebook, LCRL provides input, education, advice, advocacy, and resources in the areas of life, marriage and religious liberty and seeks to engage in discussions in Washington D.C., to establish partnerships and resources for the sake of our churches, schools, universities and seminaries.  They are in D.C. to be an ENCOURAGING support to those who are already working very hard on the Hill to protect our religious liberty, to protect and promote the sanctity of life, to guard the basic protections for traditional marriage, to promote the value of private and parochial education.

Click here to see/download the Theme Prayer Guide