Members of St. John Lutheran Church, Greenville, Ohio, spun their wheels for charity. On everything from rollerskates to in-line skates to big wheels to a wheelchair, members participated in a 12-hour wheel-a-thon on the new sanctuary's concrete slab. Donations and pledges matched by funds from Lutheran Brotherhood totaled more than $1,600, which was given to the local Boys' and Girls' Club.
Nothing says lovin' like something from the oven. The men of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Shreveport, La., crafted, cooked and served a gourmet meal at the church's Sweetheart Banquet. The Valentine's evening ended with a brief renewal of marriage vows.
A Racial Unity Service was hosted by Trinity Lutheran Church, Columbus, Ohio. The multidenominational service is held three times a year as the Christian response to blatant incidents of racism in every community.
Members of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Cole Camp, Mo., are floating on air after their latest parade float received a blue ribbon. More than 30 members worked about four evenings a week for six weeks to make the float, "Good News." It has a Bible on the front, six stained-glass windows of Jesus on the back, surrounded by 16,000 tissue paper flowers.
Atascocita Lutheran Church, Humble, Texas, held its annual Arts & Crafts Festival, raising $12,000 for benevolence, debt reduction and general ministries. About 150 local exhibitors displayed and sold their items. Church members sold homemade baked items and ran a food booth.
To commemorate the 450th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther in 1996, St. Matthew Lutheran Church, White Plains, N.Y., issued 500 2-inch medals. Half of the new coins (this is the third Martin Luther coin the church has issued) have been sold.
It's not often that good news comes from a flood. But at Messiah Lutheran Church, Racine, Wis., the congregation used its insurance money after a recent flood to refurbish and carpet the basement, turning it into a much-needed child-care center for the area.
Unable to pay for its upkeep, Advent Lutheran Church, Madison, Wis., let eight acres of its adjoining property go to seed-literally. Advent and Hope United Church of Christ, which share a building and the acreage, didn't have the money to hire mowers and volunteers were unreliable. The land is now a prairie with native plants, which diminishes traffic noise and attracts songbirds.
A memorial service was held at Mountainview Lutheran Church, Edgewood, Wash., for Leslieanne Shedd, a State Department employee based in Ethiopia who died when a hijacked Ethipian jetliner crashed off the Comoro Islands. David Wold, bishop of the Southwestern Washington Synod, spoke at the service.
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