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‘Firsts’ call Lutheran Federal Credit Union ‘blessing in many ways’

The first individuals, congregation and district to join the new credit union serving the Synod note the benefits of membership.

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Movie review: ‘Ben-Hur’

The new “Ben-Hur” is smaller in scale and scope than its 1959 predecessor, and misses the mark when it comes to a clear presentation of the divinity of Jesus.

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Joplin, Mo., police officers who responded to the Aug. 13 shooting there visit Immanuel Lutheran Church to receive the thanks of members involved in the congregation’s comfort dog ministry and to check on the recovery of the two dogs wounded in the shooting. (Immanuel Lutheran Church)

LCMS members, comfort dogs injured in Joplin shooting

Worshipers at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Joplin, Mo., pray for healing and the suspected shooter as riders in the bullet-riddled church van recover.

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The Rev. James Wiggins Jr. and his wife, Loretta (third and fourth from left), pose with other "Walk with the Pastor" participants in July on the track at Florida State College of Jacksonville (Fla.). Wiggins, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Jacksonville, says he enjoys the fellowship of the early-morning walks. "It's really a great time to not only get to know your members and leaders better, but it also allows you to meet other citizens from the community," he told Reporter. (Courtesy of James Wiggins Jr.)

‘Walk with Pastor’ nurtures fitness, fellowship, faith

The Rev. James Wiggins Jr., pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jacksonville, Fla., invites his congregation to join him on hourlong, weekday walks.

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Firefighter Jeremy Pendergraft helps a woman out of her home as a wildfire off of Hwy. 138 approaches Aug. 16 in San Bernardino, Calif. (Will Lester/The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin via AP)

Louisiana flood, California fires challenge responders, congregations

Affected congregations, districts and LCMS Disaster Response provide short-term relief while planning for long-term recovery efforts.

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Gen. John Vessey Jr. was mission leader, Joint Chiefs chairman

A funeral service for Vessey, 94, is set for 1 p.m. Aug. 31 in Fort Snelling, Minn.

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