• More than 300 Lutherans from 27 ELCA and Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod congregations participated in a Lutheran Service Event, working on 33 projects in the Denver metropolitan area. Projects included repairing a homeless shelter, refurbishing homes to house refugee families and painting a shelter for victims of domestic abuse. The event was funded by Aid Association for Lutherans, Lutheran Brotherhood, the Wheat Ridge Foundation and area congregations.
• Three Detroit-area ELCA congregations—Antioch, Christ and Truth—created a program that will bring the ELCA into thousands of households in a broadcast by ABC-TV on Christmas Eve. Welcome In the Child features professional storyteller Dr. James Kellis and a 40-voice combined children's choir. To find out if the program will be broadcast in your area, contact your local ABC-TV affiliate. If it is, encourage members of your congregation to tune in. For more information, call Judy Schirmer at the ELCA Department for Communication (800) 638-3522, Ext. 2961.
• Newberry (S.C.) College will build and service Internet Web sites for 235 ELCA congregations in the Southeast. The on-line effort will be accomplished with help from a $25,000 grant from Aid Association for Lutherans.
• Lutheran Vespers, the ELCA's radio ministry, celebrated its 50th anniversary with an event that drew 1,800 people to Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, on Oct. 24. Walt Wangerin, current Vespers speaker, participated in the event. Two former speakers — Conrad Thompson and Richard Jensen — also attended. The radio program, now on 206 stations, began at WNAX, Yankton, S.D.
• The 23rd Nobel Conference was held at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn., drawing a record 5,300 people from 150 high schools and 70 colleges and universities. Lecturers included F. Sherwood Rowland, the 1995 Nobel laureate in chemistry, and Robert Russell, a physicist who founded the Center for Theology and Natural Sciences in Berkeley, Calif.
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