• Trinity, Moorhead, Minn., is one of 12 congregations nationwide — and the first Lutheran church — to receive a $750,000 Lilly Endowment grant for a five-year pastoral residency program. Modeled after a medical residency, three residents will rotate for two years at Trinity. Residents who began Sept. 1 are Darla DaFrance, Princeton [N.J.] Seminary and Pacific Lutheran Seminary, Berkeley, Calif.; Pete Warmanen, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago; and Mark Williamson, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn.
• First Lutheran Church, Princeton, Ill., was awarded the 2002 ELCA Accessibility Award. The 600-member congregation installed an elevator and ramps in its building, has an outreach program to community members who are developmentally disabled, and includes disabled people in regular program and worship planning rather than creating special programs for them. First plans to use the $1,000 award to purchase a Braille embosser for Barbara Ollila, a United Church of Christ minister who is legally blind and leads First's outreach to ill, homebound and disabled people.
• Trinity Lutheran Church, Ellwood City, Pa., gaveHoly Trinity Lutheran Church, Pittsburgh (North Side), a new van last summer. Holy Trinity's 1987 van was stolen and a 1986 replacement van was destroyed by electrical fire. The congregation ministers to mostly low-income families, fewer than half of whom have cars. The van transports many of the 1,000 who use the congregation's programs each week. Martin T. Young, pastor of the Ellwood City congregation, asked his council: "Wouldn't it be neat if we could buy them a replacement van? Not just an old wreck, but as new a van as possible, so it would last them a long time?" After a fund-raising program called "Driving Others to Christ," a 2001 van was delivered to North Side in time for summer day camp.
• Four California young people spent their first summer as baptized Christians following their May baptism in a member's backyard swimming pool. About 50 members and friends of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Claremont, Calif., attended the baptism. All four came to know the church and Jesus through youth ministry and youth director John Bocanegra, said Steven Herzberg, pastor.
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