A Beautiful Message for a Complicated World

March 8, 2018 | Posted by LCEF

When a woman from a much different church background told Johanna Ellison she had been searching for a new spiritual home, Ellison understood why her search ended at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lexington, Ky. Although they live in an area where larger, more modern and informal churches are popular, this woman who is now […]


The Bold Plan to Improve Refugees Living Cond...

January 3, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth

Photo: The front of 2850 Magnolia during renovations in 2017. Sunday mornings at Messiah Lutheran in the Tower Grove neighborhood of South City, St. Louis, bring a special blend of different people. No surprise since Tower Grove is a racially-diverse, mixed-income neighborhood of St. Louis. On any given day, you’ll find middle-class families hanging out at […]


Loving the Gospel Without Apology

November 29, 2017 | Posted by Demian Farnworth

Measured by behavior alone, Lori Trinche acts like a life-long Lutheran. She taught Sunday school at Trinity Lutheran Church in Burr Ridge, Ill. She’s a student at Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Ill., studying for the deaconess certification through their online program. She works for the LCMS Northern Illinois District as an office assistant and […]


Sharing Big Heart for Little Ones

August 18, 2016 | Posted by LCEF

You don’t talk long with Arleen Bohlmann before the conversation turns to children. “I’ve felt such blessings,” says this former kindergarten teacher who continues to share her big heart for little ones as coordinator for LCEF’s Young Investors (Y.I.) Club at Bethany Lutheran Church Waynesboro, Virginia. Those blessings include the two preschools Arleen helped start […]


Laborers Lend a Helping Hand to Helping Hand ...

| Posted by LCEF

East St. Louis, Illinois, is a community with a shrinking economic base where more than 33% of households are below the poverty level. A grant from Lutheran Housing Support (LHS) will enable Unity Lutheran Church there, and its partner—the Lansdowne Community Initiative—to assist at least eight homeowners with critical home repairs. A Laborers For Christ […]


God’s Pantry Serves Millionth Meal

July 13, 2016 | Posted by LCEF

As she left the weekly food pantry at Risen Savior Lutheran Church in Palm Bay, Florida, a woman overheard a young mother waiting in line say she hoped milk was still available because her baby needed it. Knowing that the supply was dwindling, the woman who had already completed her shopping handed her gallon jug […]