The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Parish Scan

For some a little lutefisk may be more tha n enough. But not in the Southeastern Minnesota Synod where last fall 15 congregations served nearly 15,000 people more than 8 tons of the fish. The lutefisk dinners raise money for world missions and satisfy Scandinavian taste buds.

Volunteers from United Lutheran Church, Bella Vista, Ark., repainted more than 45 rooms, halls and closets at the Oaks [Okla.] Indian Center, a full-time child-care facility for toddlers to teenagers. Unit ed also supplied new sheets, pillows and towels, and 25 women sewed quilts for each child's bed.

The youth of Trinity Lutheran Church, Ashland, Ohio, are this year's winners of the Northeastern Ohio Synod Bible B owl, with a score of 94 out of 99.

About 50 Chinese lay leaders met for an all — day workshop at St. Jacobi Lutheran Church, Brooklyn, N.Y., to discuss ways to more effectively communicate with the Chinese communit ies of the Metropolitan New York Synod.

While visiting Washington, D.C., Pastor David Iileka of Okahao Lutheran Church in Namibia tried to locate his ELCA sister congregation to give them a present. What Iileka didn't realize was that Our Saviour Lutheran Church is in Bellingham, in the state of Washington. Our Saviour members donated money for plane tickets so Iileka could visit and give his present — a homemade basket.

Members of Grace Lutheran Church, Elyria, Ohio, on an annual Caribbean cruise sponsored by their pastor, Peter Mealwitz, stopped at St. Croix Island to deliver blankets made by the congregation's children. They also gave a $1,200 gift to Lutheran Social Services of the Virgin Islands to aid the victims of Hurricane Marilyn.

Members of a mission start — New Creation Lutheran Church, Ottawa, Ohio — received an unexpected and genero us gift. In honor of its 125th anniversary, St. John Lutheran Church, Celina, Ohio, gave $125,000 to New Creation, which will use the money to help build their first church.

Keepsake blankets sewn by a women's craft group at Christ Lutheran Church, Linglestown, Pa., are given by Harrisburg [Pa.] Hospital to parents whose infants die at birth and also to mothers whose babies will be adopted.

Dan Bollerud, pastor of Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, Anchorage, Alaska, is a man of his word. Leading a drive to collect coffee for Bean's Cafe, a local shelter, he promised the congregation that when "this pulpit is filled with coffee, you won't have to listen to a sermon." The next Sunday he found 57 cans of coffee piled around the pulpit. The congregation spent 20 minutes singing songs from With One Voice.

At Church of the Savior, Williamsport, Pa., the annual block party is advertis ed not as a fund raiser, but a "friend raiser" to get to know the people in the neighborhood. Last year the church joined forces with nearby Central Baptist Church to entertain the community with free activities and inexpensive food.

The men of Trinity Lutheran Church, Rice Lake, Wis., showed their appreciation to the women who serve the congregation — assisting ministers, lectors, greeters, teachers, choir members, quilters, food providers and more — by planning, preparing and serving a fancy dinner. The women were treated to dinner music and presented with pink roses at the end of the evening.

Community of Joy Lutheran Church wants you at its next service. Each week the Rio Rancho, N.M., church produces a direct response mailing that includes an invitation to worship, information about church programs and an offer of a copy of the New Testament to anyone who attends.


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