Life Ministry

Life Ministry

FT4Life Name Change!

Did you know that our FT4Life group is the only Lutherans for Life team in New York State? And up to this point, our Planning Team was made up of First Trinity members only.  But times have changed! We recently decided to expand our vision and make a more deliberate effort to invite members of other LC-MS churches in the greater Buffalo area. Our team members have been praying specifically in that regard, and God has answered! We now have a pastor from a neighboring LC-MS church as a member of our Planning Team! And because we want members of other churches to feel welcome, we have changed our name to Lutherans for Life of WNY

Several events are coming up — 40 Days for Life Kick Off Rally (Sep 22), the 40 Days for Life Vigils (Sep 28-Nov 6), the International Life Chain (Oct. 2), and our Recap of 2022 / Brainstorming for 2023 (Oct 29). We hope you will attend AND bring a friend!  Details will be posted soon.  Any questions?  Feel free to contact Susan Whited.

What is Lutherans for Life of WNY?

Lutherans for Life of WNY team members are blessed to be trained and certified by Lutherans for Life, a service organization of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, our national church body. The life team is a group of gospel-motivated voices for the sanctity of human life from conception to God’s appointed time for death. We endeavor to bring light and understanding to tough issues of our day in a caring, nonjudgmental way, offering beauty and hope through God’s forgiveness and love. (See blurb from Lutherans for Life Website)

Change someone’s mind on abortion in 10 minutes or less

Want to change someone’s mind on abortion in less than 10 minutes? Invite them to watch these two videos:

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If you or someone you know is facing an unexpected pregnancy

CompassCare operates professional medical offices in Buffalo and Rochester, with staff dedicated to serving women facing unplanned pregnancies by transforming their fear into confidence, all while sharing the Gospel message. In 2021, CompassCare has saved 396 babies, and 227 people have received Christ as their Lord and Savior! Now that’s something to celebrate! For more information, click here.

If you know someone who is struggling with an unplanned pregnancy, please refer them to or call their office at 716-800-2306 (Buffalo) or 585-232-2350 (Rochester).

Check out the thank you video from CompassCare below.

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If you or someone you know has suffered from an abortion.

Healing the Heartbreak of Abortion

New group starting soon for this 8-week program.  If you or someone you know has suffered from an abortion, please contact Colleen Schoch (716-517-1705) or

Take a courageous step and find the healing that your soul has been longing for. Confidential and Free

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Movie Lending Library

FT4Life has some of the best pro-life movies available.  If you would like to borrow one of the movies listed below, simply fill out one of the bright green notes in Marsha Phillips’ church mailbox with your name, phone number or email address, and the movie you would like to borrow. 

Roe v. Wade
Dr. Bernard Nathanson and Dr. Mildred Jefferson square off in a national battle in this true, yet untold conspiracy that led to the most famous and controversial court case in U.S. history.  This is the true story of Roe v. Wade from the perspective of Dr. Barnard Nathanson, who performed at least 75,000 abortions and was nicknamed the “Abortion King”. 

Unplanned (with parental permission)
This movie brings us an eye-opening look inside the abortion industry through one woman’s inspiring true story of transformation.  All Abby Johnson (her real name) ever wanted to do was help women.  She believed in a woman’s right to choose, and as one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the nation, she was involved in upwards of 22,000 abortions.  Until the day she saw something that changed everything. 

The Matter of Life
This award-winning film cuts through the rhetoric and divisiveness about abortion and presents a message that goes beyond pro-life and pro-abortion arguments. It forces us to ask the question: Are the unborn one of us? Featuring the stories of women, former abortion clinic workers, historians, religious workers, pro-life atheists, and many more, The Matter of Life stresses entering this conversation with understanding, love, and support.  

October Baby
Rachel Hendrix stars as Hannah, a college student whose world is shattered when she discovers her parents have kept a life-changing secret from her that will force her to question who she truly is. 

Legalizing Assisted Death – Are assisted dying laws leading society down a dangerous path? Fatal Flaws is a thought-provoking journey through Europe and North America to ask one of the most fundamental philosophical questions of our time: should we be giving doctors the right in law to end the life of others by euthanasia or assisted suicide? Filmmaker Kevin Dunn uses powerful testimonies and expert opinion from both sides of the issue to uncover how these highly disputed laws affect society over time. This film is about the adoption of – and resistance to – a new cultural philosophy that may affect you at the most vulnerable time of your life.

180 Course – Changing the Heart of a Nation (by Ray Comfort)
The “180 Course” will equip you to quickly and easily help people see issues from another perspective, encouraging them to do a “180” in their views – both about the value of the unborn and about God. 

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High School and College Students

Answering THE Question for Today’s Generation: Why should we be 4 life? 

You are always welcome to participate in any of our FT4Life events. You may also be interested in Y4LIFE (part of Lutherans for Life). Our God is the GOD OF LIFE and He created humankind in His own image. As handmade, original works of art, our bodies, souls, and lives have inherent and eternal value. Y4LIFE seeks to equip high school and college-aged youth to be Gospel-motivated voices 4 Life, publicly and privately answering the question: Why should I be 4 Life? Through service, education, worship, and celebration, youth are encouraged to engage in life-affirming activities and become Leaders 4 Life in their schools, communities, nation, and world! You can learn more at

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Our Theme Song

God Knew Your Name is a beautiful song written by James Likens, a former parish pastor of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LC-MS). The song was originally written for the film, “LIFE: It’s a Class Project”, which was produced by The President’s Commission on the Sanctity of Life of the LC-MS and deals with abortion, euthanasia and casual sex. 

Pastor Likens currently owns JDL Productions and Grandpa Jim Publishing and has written over 50 songs based on historic events in the Bible.  FT4Life has chosen God Knew Your Name as our theme song, and Pastor Likens has graciously given us permission to share it with you.  We pray you are blessed by God Knew Your Name:

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From the Lutherans for Life website: 

“In this day and age of soundbites and cliche phrases, we communicate clearly that death is not an acceptable, God-pleasing way to deal with the problems of life, and that that there is a better way…the Gospel: Lutherans For Life (LFL) applies the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to sanctity of life issues, making Jesus known as the Son of God and Savior of all, who can help and make a difference in people’s lives. 

The life issues of our time are much more than controversial political issues. They are grave spiritual issues, for they assault the Creator of Life and insult the Lord of Life.

Our work equips Lutherans to be positive, life-affirming voices that uphold the truth of the God-given value of human life, both in local congregations and in society.”

For more information, please visit the Lutherans for Life website.

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