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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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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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Project goal: providing computers for kids in Kenya

The “crowdfunding” project is accepting donations of $1 or more through Sept. 16.

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New legal guide helps ministries prepare for lawsuits

The Synod and Alliance Defending Freedom collaborate on a manual, “Protecting Your Ministry (From Sexual Orientation Gender Identity Lawsuits).”

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