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The More Things Change

The student meals at All Saints Lutheran Church and Student Center have been changing through the years. The change is exciting to see because it makes us wonder what new twists will come in the future.

Set the Example

Something that is often encouraged during the annual stewardship drive by most congregations is for the members to look back and reflect over the past year to see how much God has blessed them. After making this assessment, the members are usually asked to consider increasing their giving for the following year accordingly, whenever possible. A goal often suggested is for members to stretch themselves to see if they can become tithers or ten percent givers. The question then becomes how can a church show its members that this is an attainable goal? The answer is simple. Set an example.


Elena (not her real name) is an international student who graduated from Slippery Rock University. During her college years, she came often to All Saints Lutheran Church and Student Center for friendship and encouragement.

A Pilgrim’s Progress

This morning a phone call came from Mala, a Christian friend of ours living in India. I was stunned to learn what God is doing there. She told me that on Christmas morning a Christian pastor preached to a large gathering in her small town. He explained the Gospel and the people listened with interest.

Loving Others as We Have Been Loved

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35).

Peace in the Valley Lutheran told us about their experiences with donating three gift cards to help people in need in their community with a local organization, and what a blessing it has been. 


 Friendship Knows No Boundaries



 Friendship Knows No Boundaries

Janet Lou Kaminske Stechholz – “Teacher Extraordinaire”

Janet Stechholz has always been a teacher. Even in her childhood years at St. Paul Lutheran Elementary School, Oak Lawn, IL, she wanted to be a teacher. She was given opportunities to work with her brother, Norman, in his learning disability, and with other students at a young age. She also taught swimming and was a camp counselor at Camp CILCA near Springfield, IL.

Ask A Busy Person


More than Memory Lane

Memory Lane

By Augusta R. Mennell