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As the sun sets in Cincinnati, the cross atop Prince of Peace Lutheran Church towers over the neighborhood.

Photo essay: Serving the homeless ‘anything but traditional’

Rev. John Suguitan and Deaconess Kelly Jacobs serve the physical and spiritual needs of the homeless in Cincinnati.

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In the horror film “Annabelle: Creation,” a dead girl’s doll is inhabited by evil spirits. Some people believe they can communicate with the dead, and the fact that this film addresses that makes it worth talking about, writes reviewer Ted Giese.

Movie review: ‘Annabelle: Creation’

For all its goofiness and manipulative thrills, the film echoes a Lutheran view: the dead don’t interact with the living, but demons do.

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Volunteer Richard Tucker (right) greets LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison (far left) and Texas District President Rev. Ken Hennings outside a home heavily damaged by Hurricane Harvey in Rockport, Texas. (LCMS/Erik M. Lunsford)

Texas disaster relief involves teamwork, partnerships, kindness

Disaster-response planning continues among LCMS Disaster Response, LCMS Texas District responders and partner organizations as Hurricane Harvey relief operations switch gears toward long-term recovery.

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Residents in Houston use boats to access their flooded homes on Friday, Sept. 1. (LCMS/Erik M. Lunsford)

Commentary: Hurricane Harvey, prayers and God in action

In the middle of one of the worst natural disasters in history, “we have seen honor in action, love in action and service in action through governments, agencies, churches, families and individuals. But we’ve also seen God in action,” writes Greg Seltz.

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A view of the flooding from Hurricane Harvey on Friday, Sept. 1, in Houston. Lutheran Church Extension Fund is providing $350,000 for Harvey relief and Thrivent Financial is matching donations up to a total of $3 million toward the effort. (LCMS/Erik M. Lunsford)

LCEF, Thrivent announce funds for Harvey relief

Lutheran Church Extension Fund is providing $350,000, and Thrivent Financial will match donations up to a total of $3 million.

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The Rev. Thomas Wagstaff, pastor of Peace Lutheran Church, Rockport, Texas, ponders the situation in Rockport and how to provide worship without electricity. (LCMS/Erik M. Lunsford)

As residents return home, pastors provide care in Harvey’s wake

Residents in hard-hit areas need basic supplies like food and water and help with cleanup, “but most of all, they need to hear that God is with them.”

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