• At presstime, Nebraska Lutheran Disaster Response and other agencies were responding to the devastation caused by tornadoes June 23 in and around Deshler, Neb. Curtis Papenhausen, 70, died when he was crushed by a tractor in his farm machine shed. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Coleridge. In that community of 541 people, 11 farmsteads were destroyed or severely damaged. Peace Lutheran Church, Deshler, was part of the relief effort.
• While Minnesota congregations struggle with a new gun law (see page 9), Mount Zion Lutheran Church, Tucson, Ariz., uses guns to attract new members. The Mount Zion Sportsmen's Group meets monthly and invites those who enjoy shooting sports to join a Christian fellowship organized around their interest. The group also sponsors community classes on gun safety, home defense and the 16-hour Arizona concealed carry permit course.
• In a struggling economy that has hit almost all businesses hard, Waldorf College, Forest City, Iowa, has seen an 8 percent increase in student applications. That's because the ELCA college lowered its tuition by 15 percent for students entering this fall. The revised $13,000 annual tuition will make Waldorf, which offers more than 25 majors, one of the state's lowest priced private colleges. Currently, the school plans to freeze tuition and fees and to lower room and board for current students.
• Two ELCA congregations have set quilting milestones. The St. John's Sewing Ladies, Prairie du Sac, Wis., which has been making quilts since 1972, passed the 10,000 mark. Their biggest year was 1996, when they made 715. The majority of their quilts are sent to Lutheran World Relief. Katie's Quilters, St. Peter Lutheran Church, North Plainfield, N.J., have made quilts for six years, donating 560 to LWR.
• When the ELCA Deaconess Community sold its motherhouse in Gladwyne, Pa., it decided to give 10 percent of the proceeds ($600,000) to charity. One recipient was Ken-Crest, which assists 6,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities in five Philadelphia area counties and in Delaware. The $30,000 donation to Ken-Crest will underwrite the organization's 100th anniversary, emphasizing the contribution of Lutheran deaconesses to the welfare of people in need.
• Upper Dublin Lutheran Church, Ambler, Pa., hosted a Faith in Action Fair, attended by more than 135 people in the community. Volunteer agencies and nonprofit charitable organizations showcased their accomplishments, and workshops were held on grant-writing, fund-raising techniques, media relations and financial management.
• The Seventh Annual POP's River Music Revival was held in Eagle River, Wis. Created by Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Eagle River, the three-day event includes music and stories, with the offering benefiting nonprofit organizations.
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