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October 1998

  • Shooting hoops for a cause, the youth of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Vienna, Va., held a 2Ball Basketball Tournament for charity that drew 62 two-person co-ed teams. The event raised more than $1,700 for Habitat for Humanity and a youth mission project. "Events like these show that we not only know the Gospels-we got game!" said Dave Bloom, a Sunday school teacher.

  • When cyclists from the Registers Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa pedaled though town one summer Sunday, St. John Lutheran Church, Le Mars, wanted to serve something more substantial than the soda, beer and brats other organizations provided. The church planned an outdoor worship service and publicized it by setting up "Burma Shave-style" signs along the course. Cyclists received the word of God, communion, fellowship, cool water and fresh fruit.

  • The sign outside St. Michael Lutheran Church, Amagansett, N.Y., has drawn many a smile from passers-by-and publicity from the local paper. The church is situated on Long Island's eastern end, which points like a finger into the Atlantic. The sign reads: "Last Lutheran stop until England!"

  • It's said "Clothes make the man," but Our Savior Lutheran Church, Watertown, Conn., believes they also "make the student" by contributing to self-esteem. For four years the church has run New Beginnings, a program to provide youth with new school clothes. Working with other churches, charities, organizations and shops, New Beginnings this year gave three complete outfits to each of 62 children.

  • Holy Trinity Lutheran and Wesley Temple A.M.E. Zion churches in Akron, Ohio, received the Racial Justice and Domestic Tranquillity Partners in Achievement Award from the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. The congregations cooperated to address the rash of church arsons and helped rebuild a congregation's victimized building.

  • In a cross-Lutheran ecumenical fellowship effort, St. John and Epiphany, ELCA churches in Fort Wayne, Ind. have held regular contemporary worship services with Emmanuel and Bethlehem, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod congregations.

  • When blistering heat and drought parched parts of Texas this past summer, St. John Evangelical Lutheran, Meyersville, and nearby Zion Lutheran, Arneckeville, Texas, held a series of rain prayer services with Sts. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church, Meyersville.

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