Here’s a look back at 12 stories from the past year that inspired us, moved us and made us proud to call ourselves Lutherans.
So others might thrive — Members of Northlake Lutheran Church in Northlake, Ill., let their congregation “die a graceful death so that other ministries might live and thrive.”
‘You don’t have to worry’ — Lutheran volunteers from several states continue reconstruction in Minot, N.D., a year after historic floods.
Seeing the face of Jesus — For 33,309 kids at the ELCA Youth Gathering in New Orleans, the face of Jesus was everywhere.
A life-saving challenge — Every 45 seconds a child dies of malaria. An ELCA congregation in Iowa is trying to change that.
Vacation Bible college — Minneapolis vacation Bible school students get a glimpse of what college life is like.
Passing it on — Hope Lutheran Church in Rhodes, Mich., makes a point of sharing its blessings with neighbors.
Dinner church — An ELCA developing congregation in Brooklyn, N.Y., meets each week to cook together, eat together and worship together.
The power of power — St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Plainfield, N.J., opens their doors to their neighbors after Hurricane Sandy.
To just live happily — With the help of ELCA World Hunger, young people in a refugee camp in Kenya are dreaming big.
Called through love — ELCA Fund for Leaders scholarship recipient Joseph Graumann discovers his calling through the people around him.
Beyond our doors — After a rash of violent crime, an ELCA congregation in Superior, Wis., considers how it can best meet the needs of its community.
A change in Ruma — With the help of the ELCA, a village in Nepal becomes a healthier place to live.