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The Rev. Timothy J. Scharr, president of the LCMS Southern Illinois District, addresses the district’s 58th Regular Convention. (LCMS/Frank Kohn)

Scharr elected to third full term in Southern Illinois

Others elected to leadership positions include the Rev. Mark Nebel of Red Bud, Ill., as first vice-president; the Rev. Benjamin Ball of Hamel, Ill., second vice-president; the Rev. Peter Ill of Millstadt, Ill., secretary; and Julie Johnson of Hamel, treasurer.

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Peggy Winters, a volunteer from Parkers Prairie, Minn., removes fallen tree branches on Feb. 6 in Rockport, Texas. The branches were left over from Hurricane Harvey, which devastated the Texas coast in August. Volunteers are still needed in the cleanup and rebuilding effort.  (LCMS/Erik M. Lunsford)

Volunteers needed in Texas

Individuals and groups can spend a day, a week or more helping residents of the Beaumont, Port Arthur, Corpus Christi and Rockport areas whose lives were affected by the storm.

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Servant Event volunteers tear out old siding on a house and garage in Chisago City, Minn., in July 2014 before putting up new siding. Registration is now open to youth and adults for more than 40 Servant Events this summer. (Craig Bertram)

LCMS Youth Ministry offers summer Servant Events

Registration is now open for more than 40 LCMS Servant Events in the categories of construction, human care, environmental, outreach, multicultural and crisis.

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The logo for the 38th Biennial Convention of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, set for June 20–23, 2019, in Mobile, Ala.

Resources available for 2019 LWML convention

Available on the convention website are several free items LWML groups and congregations can use to let their members know about the convention.

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Attendees at the LCMS Youth Ministry Symposium engage in table discussion Jan. 29 in St. Louis. (Meredith Whitefield)

‘Relationships, not programs’: Youth Ministry shares research on young adults

Two surveys, one of congregations and one of young adults, focused on the question of retention of LCMS youth following confirmation.

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