All Saints Lutheran Church

2 San Marin Drive, Novato, CA 94945

On the second Sunday of each month, the worshippers of All Saints bring a second offering that goes directly to ministry partners.  Second Mile recipients for 2015 are:

January:       Companion Synods (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America)

LWFThe Sierra Pacific Synod of the ELCAhas built relationships with three Companion Synods outside the United States:  The Lutheran Church of Rwanda, the Lutheran Church of El Salvador, and the Taiwan Lutheran Church.  These relationships are concrete expressions of the ELCA’s communion and fellowship with the more than 140 Lutheran member churches of The Lutheran World Federation.






February:         Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

PLTS LogoPacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS) is one of eight theological seminaries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the only one situated in the western half of the United States.  Recently merged with California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, its mission is to develop leaders for the church by deepening faith in Christ; challenging the mind; expanding the heart; and energizing for mission.

PLTS is a founding member of the nine-school Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, and a partner institution with Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota.  Our contributions help to maintain and improve the seminary experience for PLTS’ students.



March:           Lutheran Campus Ministry

College / UniversityELCA campus ministry is a Lutheran ministry for students, faculty, staff and others on campus, not just a ministry for Lutherans. It provides an ELCA presence at more than 180 state and private colleges and universities with cooperating congregations in campus ministry at an additional 400 campuses nationwide.






April:              Lutheran World Relief

LWRWorking with Lutheran congregations and partners around the world, Lutheran World Relief works to end poverty, injustice and human suffering for all people.  LWR runs several development projects (water, agriculture, health and human services, climate) in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.







May:                Mount Cross Outdoor Ministries

Mt. CrossMt. Cross, located in the Santa Cruz Mountains, 20 minutes from the Santa Cruz beaches, provides a restful venue for retreats, conferences and year-round camping programs for visitors of all ages.








June:                San Francisco Night Ministry

SF Night MinistrySan Francisco Night Ministry provides middle-of-the-night compassionate non-judgmental pastoral care, counseling, referral and crisis intervention to anyone in any kind of distress. Through its Crisis Telephone Line, staffed by trained volunteer Crisis Line Counselors, and through person-to-person encounters with ordained clergy on the streets, this ministry is available every night of the year from 10:00 pm – 4:00 am.







July:               Advocacy Groups:  LOPP – LAMN

elca californiaThe Lutheran Office of Public Policy–California is a   justice advocacy ministry of the Pacifica, Southwest California &   Sierra Pacific Synods, and the Congregational and Synodical Mission Unit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.




November Voice 2011

Lutheran Advocacy Ministry of Nevada, a sister organization to LOPP, seeks to educate people on social issues and encourage them to view these issues in light of Holy Scripture, the Lutheran Confessions, the Ecumenical Creeds, and the published social statements of the ELCA.






August:         Heifer International


logo heiferHeifer International is a world-wide organization whose mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth.  Donations from individuals, churches and other organizations purchase livestock and other farm animals for recipients who can raise them, use and sell their products and offspring, and otherwise benefit from a renewable income source.





September:          Kerry’s Kids

Logo Kerrys Kids 2Kerry’s Kids was formed in 1998 to honor the memory of Dr. Kerry Spooner-Dean, a pediatrician in Oakland who dreamed of creating a mobile health clinic for indigent children and their families in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Today Kerry’s Kids provides mobile well-child and minor illness health care and vaccinations; a dental screening clinic; health education; and patient advocacy and community resource referral services at homeless shelters, homes for battered women, drug rehabilitation centers and other locations in need of care.






October:   California Lutheran University

california-lutheran-university anniversary logo

California Lutheran University is a diverse scholarly community dedicated to excellence in the liberal arts and professional studies. Rooted in the Lutheran tradition of Christian faith, the University encourages critical inquiry into matters of both faith and reason. The mission of the University is to educate leaders for a global society who are strong in character and judgment, confident in their identity and vocation, and committed to service and justice.






November:    ELCA World Hunger

elca world hunger croppedELCA World Hunger is a comprehensive and sustainable program that uses multiple strategies—relief, development, education, and advocacy—to address the root causes of hunger and poverty.  ELCA World Hunger responds to neighbors around the corner and around the world.








December:         Lutheran Social Services of Northern California

LSSLutheran Social Services of Northern California responds when people are vulnerable because of homelessness, mental illness, drug addiction or disaster, by providing housing and money management services, hope and compassionate support to more than 2,500 clients in San Francisco, Sacramento, Contra Costa and San Joaquin Counties.