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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....

From pitcher’s mound to pulpit

Charlie Ruud left his career as a professional baseball pitcher this week. In September, he’ll become associate pastor of  Bethel Lutheran Church in Northfield, Minn. Ruud, 27, played five years with the independent St. Paul Saints of the American Association. During...

Preview: Donald Miller

My last post was on Lost and Found, one of the many musical attractions waiting for Youth Gatherers (still don’t have a technical term for this group of people) in New Orleans.  Next up: one of the speakers lined up...