Four homes will be built this year in East St. Louis, Ill., by inmates at the Western Illinois Correctional Center in Mount Sterling and Habitat for Humanity volunteers. With funds provided by Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, prisoners constructed panels for two of the homes and Habitat volunteers completed them. "[The inmates] enjoy doing something for the public," said Clayton Steemberg, a trades instructor for the prisoners.Christian Crusaders, a weekly Christian radio ministry broadcast in Iowa, celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. The live broadcasts began in 1936 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Waterloo, Iowa, and have been at Nazareth Lutheran Church, Cedar Falls, Iowa, since 1962.
Michael and Ann Leming, faculty members from St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn., brought old college volleyball and basketball uniforms to the Thai village of Karen for the children to wear during athletic contests. The uniforms were donated by St. Olaf and Northfield neighbor Carleton College. "Wearing the uniforms seems to give the students confidence, pride and self-appreciation as they compe te at ever-rising levels of performance," Michael Leming said.
The ELCA designated Oct. 6 as Lutheran World Federation Sunday to recognize ELCA participation in the communion of 122 member churches. The ELCA also designated Oct. 18 to remember those with HIV/AIDS.
The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and Sears, Roebuck and Co. awarded the Sears Directors' Cup for NAIA schools to Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Wash. The cup is the only all-sport trophy earned by NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA institutions.
In North Dakota, voters decided against allowing bars and restaurants to have as many as 25 machines each for playing poker, keno and other games of chance. Robert Lynne, former bishop of the Western North Dakota Synod, who opposed the machines, said, "We've always been taught that you don't try to take possessions away from people. Gambling is based on good luck versus someone else's bad fortune."
Lutheran Social Services of the South in Austin, Texas, is working with synod representatives to help people affected by the severe drought. The Northwest Synod of Wisconsin sent $5,000, and some of its farmers have donated hay. LSSS hoped to get the U.S. National Guard to airlift the hay. James Lehmann- -a member of Salem Lutheran Church, Brenham, Texas, and a 51-year veteran of the dairy and beef cattle business — said he's getting hay from South Dakota. "So far, we're surviving," he said. Norman Hein of LSSS said drought is an "insidious disaster that creeps up on you," and recovery is a long, slow process even with recent rains. Hein said the Sunday texts in July on the sower and the seed were a "bittersweet message" for those experiencing the drought.
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