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• Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the death of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, churches of the Northwestern Pennsylvania Synod sponsored an original play titled The Demands of Conscience: The Inner Struggles of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The play was written by Timothy Stoller, pastor of Moriah [Ludlow] and Bethany [Sheffield] Lutheran churches.

• Barry Hunteman and Gerhard Kraus, pastors of Grace Lutheran Church, Carrollwood, Fla., have brought pastoral calling into the '90s by paying e -mail visits to young parishioners away at college or in the military.

• A new collection of radio dramas titled Holy Moses takes a lighthearted look at the journey of Moses and the Israelites from Egyptt o the Promised Land. The series was written by Paul Lintern, pastor of First English Lutheran Church, Mansfield, Ohio. Congregations can order the scripts for $7.50 from Lintern: 606 Barnard Ave., Mansfield, OH, 44903.

• Eight high school students were commissioned during a special service at Grace Lutheran Church, Woodstock, Ill. The youth completed five weeks of training, including homework and service projects, and will pla n and fa cilitate monthly activities for senior high youth.

• The Minneapolis Area Synod sponsored the visit of a Japanese student group from the Hongo Student Center/Hongo Lutheran Church of Japan. They came as part of their observance of the 40th anniversary of the Hongo Student Center ministry. The Japanese students had heard of the fire that destroyed Our Saviour Lutheran, Minneapolis, and arrived with a $1,500 gift for the church.

• St. John Lutheran Church, Brooklyn, N.Y., has spearheaded a community outreach program in the arts, beginning with a Poetry Fest. Furture events include art exhibits, film series and concerts.

• Members of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Clearwater, Fla., served dinner to more than 60 people with AIDS to provide fellowship for community members isolated by their illness.

• When there is a medical emergency in Priddy, Texas, members of Zion Lutheran Church are often the first on the scene. That's because they're in the Priddy First Responders, a group of trained volunteers who are dispatched via pagers to emergencies. The volunteers arrive before the paramedics, assess the victims' medical needs and work with paramedics when they arrive.

• The Women of the ELCA at Ascension Lutheran Church, Deer Park, N.Y., held fund-raising projects and solicited donations for Our Sisters' Place, a planned transitional residence for homeless women with children in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Ascension group, with help from Aid Association for Lutherans, presented a check for $1,621 to the residence.

• Immanuel Luther an Church, Escanaba, Mich., raised funds to help pay the medical expenses for Immanuel member Jason Brown. A high school senior, Brown has a rare disease that requires him to have a plasma exchange twice a week and keeps him from attending school. A spaghetti dinner brought in $22,000, and Aid Association for Lutherans donated $5,000.

• What can a strip-mall thrift store, selling only donated merchandise, produce in the way of benevolence gifts? In the case of West Valley Lutheran Thrift Shop, Sun City, Ariz., more than $250,000 has been distributed to various charities in little more than two years. Shop creator Dot Nelson, a member of American Lutheran Church, Sun City, led all volunteers — many from local congregations — by working 1,119 hours for the store last year.

• Capitol Drive Lutheran Church, Milwaukee, provides rent-free space to the non-profit Third World Handcraft Shoppe, run by Euncie and Jerry Koepke. In five years the business has raised $36,000 for overseas mission and aid work.

• Ruth Sprong, Concordia Lutheran Church, Manchester, Conn., became a life-sized tube of tooth paste to stimulate interest in collecting items for health kits. Sunday school students and adults contributed enough items to make 70 kits for Lutheran World Relief.

• In the Upper Susquehanna Synod of Pennsylvania, a church looking for a little magic can call on Craig Lantz, pastor of St. Peter Lutheran Church, Bloomsburg, Pa. Lantz, a member of the Fellowship of Christian Magicians, presents the Good News of Jesus Christ through his Magic Ministry.

• To honor the life of Dawn Fehring, the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Olympia, Wash., is using donated money to give $1,000 grants for scholarships, projects and programs that will share the love and grace of Christ with all people. A benefit show of music, magic and puppets helped raise money for the fund. Fehring was a student at the Lutheran Bible Institute in Issaquah, Wash., when she was murdered in her apartme


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