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Fifth-graders from Christ Lutheran School in Phoenix visit residents of a local nursing home in Dec. 2016, handing out gift bags of candy and handmade cards and puzzles. The school plans to use its recent Kaleidoscope Fund grant to expand its Service Learning and Outreach program, which also serves veterans and others in the community. (Christ Lutheran School)

LCEF awards grants to 11 Synod ministries

Among the gift recipients are five congregations, four districts, one school and the LCMS Office of National Mission.

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The Rev. Juan Luna preaches during worship at La Iglesia Luterana San Pablo, the former original church building of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, on Sunday, April 10, 2016, in Columbus, Ind. (LCMS/Erik M. Lunsford)

Pastoral Formation and Care catalog offers opportunities to support pastoral ministry

A variety of giving options are available.

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The LCMS International Center in St. Louis is the site of many of the church body’s meetings and where much of its day-to-day business takes place. (LCMS/Erik M. Lunsford)

Boards and Business: National, International Mission

Both the National and International Mission boards met in St. Louis in October.

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Attendees at the LCMS Rural and Small Town Mission Conference, held Nov. 9-11 in Kansas City, Mo., chat in the hallway between breakout sessions.

Rural and Small Town Mission conference ‘all about Jesus’

The conference was held Nov. 9–11 in Kansas City, Mo.

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Dr. Reed Lessing, senior pastor at St. Michael Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Ind., leads the Pre-Lenten Workshop at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in 2016. Photo: Courtesy Concordia Seminary

Seminaries plan preaching workshops, lecture and music events

The preaching workshops will focus on helping pastors plan and prepare for Lent.

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St. Louis firefighters backed away from the blaze after several explosions and wall collapses during a five-alarm warehouse fire in St. Louis on Wednesday, Nov. 15. Among items lost in the fire were 1.5 million copies of GOOD NEWS magazine. (Photo courtesy of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch/J.B. Forbes)

Warehouse fire destroys 1.5 million copies of GOOD NEWS magazine

The magazine is published in 20 languages through the Concordia Mission Society and read in over 100 countries.

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