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Community News Scan

• Lutheran congregations provided emergency shelter and food distribution in response to the floods in Pe nnsylvania, Oregon and Idaho. The ELCA and Lutheran Disaster Response have provided $110,000 since February in emergency relief grants.

• Tickets are available for the Resurrection celebration at Westridge Lutheran Church, Phoenix. The church passed out free tickets — printed by the ticket manager at a Phoenix arena — promoting their Christmas and Easter services. The Easter service is held at the nearby arena.

• Women of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Rochester, Minn., gave a celebration shower for Tham Nguyen and her son, who will live in the city's newest Habitat for Humanity home. A coalition of eight Lutheran churches in Rochester is raising the $50,000 needed to build the house.

• Trinity Lutheran Church, Kirkland, Wash., is showing its commitment to two new mission congregations in the Northwest Washington Synod. Trinity refinanced its mortgage to a lower interest rate, and the $300 monthly savings will be given to the new congregations.

• Members of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, St. Louis, make it their business to invite friends, co-workers and neighbors to worship. Each member has a supply of business cards with the church's name, address, telephone number and service times. Members pass the cards along to an yone who expresses an interest.

• The service committee of Grace Lutheran Church, Long Beach, Miss., adopted nine families from Long Beach and Pass Christian Schools. To raise money to support the project, the church held a festival that included a flea market, a luncheon, an auction and a "dunk-the-pastor" booth.

• A Feb. 6 fire destroyed the sanctuary and caused water and smoke damage to the education wing at Mount Pleasant Lutheran Church, Saluda, S.C. Mech anical failure, possibly with the heating system, apparently caused the fire. The congregation, which has been worshiping at the nearby Presbyterian church since the fire, plans to rebuild at the same location.

• Attending Tierrasanta Lutheran Church's Sunday evening service is music to worshipers' ears. The San Diego church presents chamber music masses, where professional musicians (some of them church members) perform for 25 minutes before the liturgy begins and for about 10 minutes during communion.

• The fourth Sunday of the month at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Brainerd, Minn., has become Affirmation of Baptism Sunday. Those who have a baptism anniversary during the month are encouraged to come for ward and acknowledge the importance of this sacrament in their lives.

• At Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Baldwin, N.Y., 90 children and adults with special needs were treated to a feast cooked by four top area chefs. The food was donated by Island Harvest, an organization of 250 volunteers who redistribute food from restaurants and caterers that would otherwise be wasted.

• Each month Euclid [Ohio] Lutheran Church presents a member with the "Feather in Your Cap" award as a way of recognizing involvement within the congregation.

• Augsburg Lutheran Church, Winston-Salem, N.C., turned an eyesore into an asset through an innovative partnership with Contact: Helpline of the Triad, a crisis int ervention ministry. Augsburg, which owned a rundown Victorian house, gave a rent-free, 10-year lease to Contact, allowing the center to expand and improve services. Augsburg also partially financed the refurbishing.


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