Braving arctic-cold weather, members of Central Lutheran, Minneapolis, gathered to sing "Lift High the Cross" in December as its historic cross was remounted on the church's spire. A tornado touched down Aug. 19 near Central as the Churchwide Assembly was meeting, causing $298,000 in damage.
When the mast of the spire snapped, the 14-foot tall, 900-pound cross was left dangling. In the wake of the storm, voting members gave their Aug. 21 offering to Central, but the church's leadership decided to give the money to Lutheran World Relief in support of the Lutheran Malaria Initiative.
© 2014 Augsburg Fortress, Publishers