The Nebraska Synod held a hymn sing led by James Nestingen of Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn., and Richard Webb of the ELCA Division for Congregational Ministries. They also offered perspectives on evangelism in daily life and on worship that appeals to many generations.
Attendees at the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin assembly were led in a Veggie-Tales "sing-a-long" by Kurt Heinecke, musical director for VeggieTales, a popular series of Christian children's videos. Heinecke is a graduate of Luther College, Decorah, Iowa. At the Northwestern Minnesota Synod the effects of the farm crisis were presented in a play titled Farm Alarm ... Coping with Stress. The Metropolitan New York Synod heard a report on the issue of homosexuality from a task force that worked to make the synod a "Reconciling in Christ" synod. Worship services at the Eastern Washington-Idaho Synod assembly featured a seven-member trombone combo, a cello duet and a children's choir from St. Luke Lutheran Church, Spokane, Wash. Members of the Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C., and Lower Susquehanna synods traveled to the Lutheran Seminary at Gettysburg, Pa., to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Samuel Simon Schmucker, who founded both the seminary and Gettysburg College. Using materials contributed by Aid Association for Lutherans branches, voting members at the New England Synod assembly put together 200 health kits for Kosovar refugees. In the Metropolitan Chicago Synod, four pastors were ordained at a festival communion service attended by special guests Bishop Juan Cobrda of the Slovak Zion Synod and Bishop Medardo Gomez of the Lutheran Church of El Salvador.
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