* Children in St. Louis, Mo., who don't have their own wheels now can pedal to church thanks to BikeLinks. Run by Ted Schroeder, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, St. Louis, the program provides donated bicycles and instructions in bike repair. In return children are encouraged to attend worship, tutoring classes and community service activities.
* Several members of Zion Lutheran Church, Priddy, Texas, who belong to the Priddy First Responders, received the "Just Say Thanks" award from Aid Association for Lutherans. The First Responders are trained volunteers who are dispatched via pagers to emergencies.
* The 1997 National Lutheran Softball Championships will be held in Dayton, Ohio, Aug. 30-31. Host church Peace Lutheran started the games and fellowship event last year and also won the men's tournament while placing second in the "Coed and Fellowship" tournament. For more information call Terry Folino at (513) 429-1046 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
* St. John Lutheran Church, Elwood, Ind., held a "Family Reading Sunday" to encourage parents to read the Bible with their children. The day began with the families making a cardholder to keep a record of the stories the children read, followed by quiet reading time of the parent's favorite Bible story.
* Hope Lutheran, a mission congregation in Ellijay, Ga., turned bratwurst into big bucks when it sold more than 3,600 charcoal-grilled dogs at the Gilmer County's Apple Festival, raising more than $7,000 for the church's building fund.
* The Oklahoma Family and Children's Service gave its Hearts of Gold awards to Ascension Lutheran Church, Tulsa, Okla., and to members Dorothy and Keith Sloan. For 20 years the congregation has provided food for needy families, with the Sloans volunteering to shop, pick up and deliver the groceries.
* St. James Lutheran Church, Rock Island, Ill., is exhibiting the bulletins of the churches its members visit during summer vacation.
* Luther Memorial Lutheran Church, Richmond Heights, Mo., is disbanding and donating the proceeds from the sale of its property to other ministries, including Lutheran Ministries Association and Lutheran Family and Children's Services.
* Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Bridgetown, Mo., continues efforts to stop a proposed expansion of Lambert International Airport, St. Louis, which will force several churches, 75 businesses and thousands of residents to move. While waiting for a report by the Federal Aviation Administration, the church has urged the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to write more about the expansion; has met with elected officials, including U.S. Rep. Jim Talent, R-Mo., who opposes the plan; and is keeping watch of the airport authority regarding the
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