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U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Madrid stands next to a vintage aircraft display outside Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. First Liberty Institute represents Madrid on the basis he was unlawfully punished because of his religious beliefs about marriage and sexuality. (Courtesy of First Liberty Institute)

Synod, other advocates speak for religious liberty in secularized military

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Madrid allegedly was punished because of his religious beliefs about marriage and sexuality.

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The Rev. Jacob Deal talks with children at a deep-water well installed by LCMS Disaster Response in partnership with Water for Life in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew. Deal, pastor at Saints Peter and Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sharon, Pa., is conversant in Haitian Creole. (Mark Rychel)

Churches: ‘hub’ for continuing hurricane recovery in Haiti

LCMS Disaster Response provides ongoing relief to strengthen Haitian Lutheran partners after last October’s Hurricane Matthew.

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The Rev. Chris Paavola, pastor of All Nations Church in University City, Mo., poses for a photo March 3 with the $3,348 check he gave to Anita Feigenbaum, left, director of the Chesed Shel Emeth Society, to be used for repairs at a vandalized Jewish cemetery in St. Louis. Feigenbaum was both “elated and startled” by the gesture from a Lutheran church to show chesed, or kindness, Paavola said. (Jennifer Yarrington)

LCMS congregation reaches out to vandalized Jewish cemetery

All Nations Church in University City, Mo., raises $3,348 to help with repairs and increased security at the St. Louis cemetery.

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A Lutheran Early Response Team from the LCMS Central Illinois District helps with cleanup efforts March 4 in Washburn, Ill. (John Steinwedel)

Lutherans help midwestern communities after late-winter tornadoes

Lutheran Early Response Teams join storm-recovery efforts in rural southeastern Missouri and central Illinois.

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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)

Synod Snapshot: boards and business

News from the February meetings of the LCMS Council of Presidents and Board of Directors.

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Pictured March 15 after receiving a mission-grant check of $25,000 from the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) are, from left, the Rev. Bart Day, executive director of the LCMS Office of National Mission, and the Rev. Mark Kiessling, director of LCMS Youth Ministry. Presenting the grant check were LWML President Patti Ross and Shelley Moeller, the LWML’s vice-president of Gospel Outreach. The grant will be used for housing and stipends to enable young adults to serve for 10 weeks or 10 months with Youth Ministry’s Lutheran Young Adult Corps. (LCMS/Frank Kohn)

LWML president presents mission grants in St. Louis

The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League’s Patti Ross presents grants of $120,000 for renovations to the Lutheran Church of Nigeria’s seminary, and $25,000 to the Lutheran Young Adult Corps.

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