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A banner welcome

Talk about a welcome. The city of New Orleans is displaying street banners along Convention Center Boulevard that say, “We’re jazzed you’re here!” Another sign reads: Welcome ELCA Youth.

Outtakes: Day 1, New Orleans

Lutherans teens spilled into the fifth floor hallway of the Sheraton Hotel on Sunday night. Two shy boys from Puerto Rico leaned against a pillar on the right side of the hall. A young woman originally from Taiwan stood next...

Bright beads, big hearts

Perhaps the most colorful Lutherans in all of New Orleans today were at the airport. As they arrived in the city, greeters welcomed them by placing bright purple, gold and green Mardi Gras beads around their necks. These smiling young...

Teens: “God’s justice goes beyond just us”

UPDATE: Stop to help people  in Peoria, Ill., featured in newspaper there. First stop: Peoria, Ill. Busses filled with more than 450 ELCA teens and adults are rolling out of northeastern Minnesota today. They’re headed to the 2009 ELCA Youth...

Lemony Snicket and the great flood

With Hurricane Katrina barreling toward New Orleans, 13-year-old Maria Sepas threw her most cherished possessions into a suitcase. A miniature guitar from a grandmother in Germany. Photos from every vacation. Children’s books by Lemony Snicket  titled “A Series of Unfortunate Events.”...

On your mark…

Consider these helpful resources before leaving for NOLA–it’s getting close! NewOrleansOnline.com offers these printable coupons good with your out-of town driver’s license.  They’re aimed at more traditional tourists, but a good share of them offer savings at various dining establishments....