March 1998 Churchscan
Members of St. Mark Lutheran Church, Aurora, Minn., rallied to help the family of 4-year-old Caitlin Linnell. She was scalded at church Dec. 21 when she tripped over an electric cord and hot coffee from an urn spilled over the lower part of her body. Members met in groups to pray and contributed money to help pay expenses of her parents, Jeff and Robin Linnell, as they stayed with her at Miller-Dwan Hospital in Duluth, Minn. Caitlin is expected to make a good recovery. American Lutheran Church, Sun City, Ariz., awarded 15 scholarships of $1,000 each to students attending Lutheran-affiliated colleges in 1997. The church has awarded more than $100,000 in the 14 years it has run the scholarship program, created to encourage the church leaders of tomorrow. Summer Memorial Lutheran Church, Newberry, S.C., helped put Davey and Goliath on Newberry College's cable TV station. The TV classic airs twice every Sunday. The church worked on the project with Newberry College, Aid Association for Lutherans and the ELCA Department for Communication. Trinity Lutheran Church, Hemet, Calif., is helping one of its members brighten the lives of Bosnian orphans. The church is collecting school supplies, sports equipment and other articles to send to Air Force Capt. Erik Hoxie, who is stationed in Bosnia. Hoxie will distribute the supplies to children in orphanages. A "Loose Change Sunday" collection at Faith Lutheran Church, Redmond, Wash., yielded more than just the coins members found around their homes. In addition to the 2,228 dimes, 1,608 nickels and 12,647 pennies, members contributed an assortment of goodies including a magnet, three pin clasps, a medium guitar pick, a Chuck E Cheese pizza token, two bobby pins, a button, half a golf tee and a sunflower seed. "Kind of makes a person wonder," muses Pastor Tim Wolbrecht. With generous donations of ziti dinners from local restaurants, Zion Lutheran Church, Egg Harbor City, N.J., raised more than $2,000 for the ELCA World Hunger Appeal. It was the fifth year the church has raised money through a ziti dinner. Lutheran Brotherhood and Aid Association for Lutherans provided matching funds. Trinity Lutheran Church, Latrobe, Pa., received the "President's Award" for community service from the Chestnut Ridge Chapter of the American Red Cross. "The Spirit of the living God is alive and well at Trinity Lutheran Church," the chapter remarked in bestowing the honor. Central Lutheran Church, Edgerton, Wis., gave a special Christmas gift to the people of St. Mark Lutheran Church, Grand Forks, N.D., who are still struggling after last year's devastating flood. Members collected Christmas ornaments, blankets, sheets, coats, boots, televisions, food, money and other items, loaded them onto a bus and drove them to North Dakota.
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