The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


First day of school

Tissues for parents, doughnuts for everyone

On the first day of school, Salem Lutheran Church, Jackson, Minn., will consider doughnut holes, beverages and tissues among their most important ministry tools.

Eric Hullstrom, pastor of Salem Lutheran
Eric Hullstrom, pastor of Salem Lutheran Church, Jackson, Minn., offers provisions on the first day of school.

In fact, last Aug. 22 Eric Hullstrom, pastor of Salem, began his "The Heart of a Pastor" blog this way: "Today I helped serve doughnut holes. It was nothing fancy, just some regular, sugar and powdered sugar doughnut holes. There was also juice and coffee ... and a Kleenex or two (which came in handy ... parents, you can probably figure out why)."

The community of Jackson is deep in southwestern Minnesota, not far from the Iowa and South Dakota borders. Riverside Elementary School is next to Salem, offering parents a convenient way to drop off and pick up their kids via the church parking lot. From late August to mid-May, dozens of cars and lots of people come on the church property throughout the week.

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