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Lal residents helpset priorities t,. 0000-IEND-ENT :1't.], #=I -'! Iitl I I i, ill; rl,i m [glOJI uI=] rtrinSynod's (LCMS) Evangelical Lutheran Church of ministry with'children, vention which met s (Convention) Center 471o set priorities for the  church body and 90 people to leader- convention meets l,latives of churches Pastor Larry Johnson l, Mr. Ray Mueller of _ COnvention, delegates :"aQ'Rev'!kt Dr. Alvin Barry as t the Rev. Dr. Robert trice president of the Uoth reside in St. Louis. aed four other vice pres- .llle major actions, dele- ly approved a 10- - .,,ue evangelism-outreach asked the conven- "Wouldn't it be of the 21st century, saying that this for reaching who do not know The Missouri largest in member- North American and the second-largest ng majority, del- Ingria in Russia, a 16,000 member church with 40 congregations. The measure is based on agreement in doctrine and practice and permits joint worship and the exchange of pastors between the two church bodies. Delegates directed the Synod's Commission on Worship to assemble a forum that will help develop guide- lines to build consensus on worship styles in the LCMS. In another action, they urged Synod congrega- tions to use the three historic Christian creeds -- the Apostle's, Nicene and Athanasian creeds -- in worship ser- vices instead of using informal state- ments of faith. A considerable amount of time was devoted to decisions on b),law changes, especially for the church's system of colleges, universities and seminaries. The convention also approved the recommendations of a Blue Ribbon Committee that studied that educational system as well as church administration and church boards and committees. The convention reaffirmed the Synod's long-standing position on the sanctity of life, denouncing partial- birth abortion and rejecting the legal- ization of assisted suicide. In other action, delegates voted to affirm fam- ily values and decry the evils of pornography and violence. The convention also agreed to: - speak up against "the continued promotion of immorality and violence in the entertainment media." urge the Synod's districts - - regional divisions - - to either start or enhance a ministry for prisoners, ex- offenders, their families, prison staffs and victims of crime. - commend a "distance-learning" program that provides off-site semi- nary training. - increase efforts at recruiting stu- dents for full-time work. - commend a new hymnal supple- ment for the Synod. - affirm the synod's practice of close communion, but to study what the Bible says about admission to Holy Communion. This convention also marked the end of the Missouri Synod's three- year celebration of its 150th anniver- sary. Delegates brought to the con'ven- tion offerings totaling $354,270 for Bible translation and education pro- jects in China, Hong Kong and Macau. Another $120,313 in contri- butions were mailed to the synod's national offices in St. Louis. For more information on the 1998 LCMS convention, cbntact Pastor Larry Johnson at (605) 947-4538 or Mr. Ray Mueller at (605) 432-4154. WAYNE AND MARY JO HUSELID are the July Farmers of the Month. They farm two miles east of Clinton on Highway 6. From left to right in back are Karl, Jerome and Lori. in front are Mary Jo and Wayne. See inside this section for this month's Farmer of the Month feature. New state health care laws include consumer assistance office Minnesotans who need help navi- gating the sometimes complicated health care system will soon be able to find help through a new state office, according to the Minnesota Hospital and Healthcare Partnership and the Minnesota Health & Housing Alliance. The newly-created Office of Health Care Consumer Assistance, Advocacy and Information is one in a series of new state health care laws slated to take effect Aug. 1. As authorized by the 1998 Legislature, the new office will be established within the Department of Health. Consumers who need assis- tance will be able to contact the office directly. The department is currently in the process of hiring an executive director to head the office and expects to publish a toll-free consumer hot line once the position is filled, accord- ing to officials. "Patient protection is an issue cur- rently being debated by lawmakers in Washington, D.C., as well as in state legislatures across the nation," said MHHP President Stephen Rogness. "The new office of consumer assis- tance is another example of Minnesota ingenuity. When combined with the Patient Protection Act passed last year by the Legislature, Minnesotans have among the best safeguards and avenues for redress in the nation." Other health care changes that begin Aug. 1 include: Health care directives--To make it easier for Minnesotans to appoint a family member or friend to act on their behalf when they are unable to communicate health care decisions, the existing living will and durable power of attorney for health care are combined into one health care direc- tive. Alcohol abuse reporting--If physicians, other medical staff or social workers suspect that a pregnant woman is abusing alcohol, they now will be allowed to arrange for a screening test for the woman. Should the woman refuse testing, the local welfare agency and county officials can intervene. Section 8 housing assistance-- One year prior to opting out of a fed- erally assisted rental housing pro- gram, such as Section 8 project-based assistance, building owners must now provide an impact statement to resi- dents of those buildings, as well as to government officials. AREA WATER TREATMENT PLANT is now fully operational serving both cities of Stone City, SD. City Council members from both cities joined at the plant to give tours ,se celebration July 19. Left to right are Jerry Dragseth, former Ortonville City Council in the plant's inning process, Ortonville City Clerk/Administrator Roman Taffe, Dave. 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Joe picked the boy returned to normal. t,ttve in Hopkins He is up and tried the Heimlich maneuver According to Shirley, Joe had -'neer for Eaton Corp in on him three times, but nothing hap- recently saved another life in a similar pened, situation in a metro area Beauty Shop, tells it, Joe i. stalin- . had stopped He told the mother to quick call at which time he was featured in the altl:ap --. -..._1 g place in the metro 911, but the woman just sat there cry- Mpls. paper for his heroics. Ylltt0lll..wom.an screaming ing. The boy was so slippery, Joe y, nelp me. couldn't hang on to him, so Joe put Want to improve your home, consolidate bills or buy a new car? Consider a Home Equity Loan. ".,c, use We Ca,e" ii; '-I 00'00000000.enBank ,, "i 'kl c (;ile. MN 56278 BIG STONE COUNTY Pesticide Container Collection - " Rec cle our clean / ..... ._. Y Y , ...q .J ....... empty, plastic Triple or Pressure LRinse Pesticide, Container pesticide-containers! 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