•Trinity Lutheran Church, Goshen, Ind., tempted members and friends to turn stones into bread for refugee families of Kosovo. During May the church gave everyone who contributed to the ELCA International Disaster Response a rock painted with the words "Stones to Bread for Kosovo." The stones were taken home to be used as a reminder to pray for refugees and those who are helping them. The church collected $962.
•To observe Rachel's Day, members of Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Freeport, Bahamas, wore blue ribbons on the first Sunday in May. Inspired by Jeremiah 31:15-17, in which Rachel grieves for her children, the day is set aside to remember and pray for children who are victims of abuse.
•Demonstrating how pocket change can make a big difference in the lives of others, Trinity Lutheran Church, Brown City, Mich., collected "Pennies for People in Need." Members gathered loose change in two-liter soda bottles. They collected $115.03 — that's 11,503 pennies — for schools in rural Colombia, South America. "Maybe next year we'll use nickels," joked Jim Polanzke, pastor of Trinity.
•Encouraging children from several churches to "Make Your Life a Song to God," St. Paul Lutheran, Clinton, Iowa, hosted a choir festival for youth in first through eighth grades.
• Youth from Christ Lutheran Church, Visalia, Calif., had a special reason to participate in the American Cancer Society's "fun run" benefit: Mark Dotta, chairman of Christ's youth department, had been diagnosed with lymphoma. The youth raised $2,700. (Dotta, by the way, is doing fine.)
• Trinity English Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, Ind., supports seminary education. Big time! This year the church's 150th anniversary celebration fund gave $100,000 to Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio. A couple years ago the church donated $150,000 to the seminary. "Your actions speak loudly of the vision of your leadership and the commitment of the membership" to education, Dennis Anderson, Trinity president, wrote in a thank-you letter.
• Youth from Breckenridge [Minn.] Lutheran Church fasted for a day as part of their "Famine Retreat" to raise consciousness about hunger and to collect money for the ELCA World Hunger Appeal. The youth raised more than $700.
• Redeemer Lutheran Church, Great Falls, Mont., works with Peeteli Bethany Lutheran in Tallinn, Estonia, to create shelter for street children in Tallinn. Two members
of Redeemer visited Estonia last
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