- A memorial to the 1921 race riot in Tulsa, Okla., will be constructed with the help of the city's Lutherans. Julius Pegues, the treasurer and adult Sunday school teacher of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Tulsa, will lead the memorial design committee. During a community service atFirst Lutheran Church, Tulsa, more than $1,000 was collected as the first contribution to the memorial fund.
- For low-income drivers in Puyallup, Wash., the Men's Motor Ministry at Pilgrim Lutheran Church is no doubt an answer to prayers. This 2-year-old ministry of car care involves about 15 men, most from Pilgrim, and provides free oil and filter changes, tune-ups and discounted repairs to low-income community members a few Saturdays per month. The ministry also has serviced and provided nearly 20 donated cars to Puyallup residents.
- In October the National Register of Historic Places listed the Teller [Alaska] Mission Orphanage as a landmark. From 1900 to 1933, the Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church of America operated the school and orphanage on the Seward Peninsula for Native Alaskan children orphaned by measles and influenza epidemics.
- Over the New Year's holiday, Lutheran students from public, private and Lutheran colleges attended the Lutheran Student Movement U.S.A. national gathering in Phoenix. The event's theme, "Into the Desert," focused on the spiritual significance of the wilderness. A community service project with the area's American Indian groups brought students to reservations to interact with residents and assist with building maintenance projects. During plenary sessions, LSM adopted a document to be sent to President Bush and the U.S. Congress titled "Peace that Passes All Understanding," which calls for the U.S. government to develop nonviolent methods of combating terrorism.
- Each spring,First Lutheran Church, Colorado Springs, Colo., presents a free program titled "Living Art," re-enacting scenes from Christ's Passion. Members of all ages perform in the scenes, help with stage construction, costuming and sound, and make up the 50-voice choir and orchestra that provide accompaniment. Performances are open to the community.
- To combat clergy burnout, the Lilly Endowment, Indianapolis, will spend $25 million in grants to nonprofit organizations to develop sabbatical or support programs. Through the National Clergy Renewal Program, the grants will fund up to $30,000 each to 100 congregations in 2002. Pastors who take a sabbatical typically use the time for study, spiritual development or travel to religious sites. For more information, contact the endowment at (317) 916-7302 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.clergyrenewal.org.
- Tom Ford, pastor ofMetropolitan Lutheran Ministry, Kansas City, Kan., was among Christian clergy and community leaders who protested racist graffiti at a January gathering sponsored by Clergy and Church Against Race Violence, a local organization. Four incidents of graffiti, targeting African Americans, featured backward swastikas and upside-down pentagrams. Ford said, "The people who committed these despicable acts .... They need to look at what is causing their hatred."
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