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Synodwide statistics indicate that although LCMS congregations’ total baptized and communicant memberships continued to decline for 2015, their worship attendance, contributions, and specialized ministries and worship services were up for the year — compared with 2014. (LCMS/Erik M. Lunsford)

(Commentary) Annual statistical reporting: beyond the numbers

Synod Secretary Rev. Dr. John W. Sias provides more insight about Synodwide statistics for 2015, compared with previous years’ stories about numbers reported by LCMS congregations and districts.

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School Ministry offers free ‘Schools Week’ resources

The free materials for the Jan. 22-28 celebration include a resource manual, a new hymn, a bulletin insert and posters.

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Reformation Relevance: Sing to the Lord a New Song!

Martin Luther teaches that the hymns we sing should clearly proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ into the ears and hearts of those who sing and hear them.

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Volunteers muck out the home of Trinity Lutheran Church parishioners Earl and Karen Willison.

Photo essay: Christ’s mercy after Baton Rouge flooding

Lutherans are glad to help in the cleanup after August floods that impacted about 40,000 area homes, including those of Lutherans.

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In October’s ‘Lutheran Witness’: Why the Reformation matters

Included are articles explaining what it means to believe in faith alone, grace alone, Scripture alone and Christ alone.

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Reformation Relevance: What is faith?

This month’s column is from Martin Luther’s “Preface to the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans.”

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