Church in rural America, April 2017 I was fascinated by the recent article in the April issue dealing with the church in rural America. I was raised in a Lutheran parsonage in Ashley, N.D., in the 1930s. My father served as pastor in the town church and three rural churches in the farmlands nearby. I remember vividly accompanying him on his circuit beginning at 7 Sunday morning, ending in mid-afternoon with the town services squeezed in at 11 a.m. There was more than one winter, during his 9½ years of service, when I would have to help him, as a 9-year-old, shovel snow after the car got stuck while driving to one of the churches. There were times when it was impossible to get to them all. Then the members would conduct a service and wait for the pastor to arrive to visit during the week. His main visitations were on the farms and even in the fields where the farmers were working, harvesting grain or tending to cattle or horses. … Those were wonderful but difficult years, leaving me with fond memories of growing up and worshiping in rural America. Ralph Jung Pasadena, Calif.

Truly a fine article! My late husband, the Rev. George D. Almquist, was an initiator and leader of the Cooperative Parish concept in the 60s and 70s in Kansas. The rural churches are powerfully strong in LIVING their faith. Mavis Schmidt

Faith and Family, April 2017 We’re in love with @LivingLutheran’s article “Go and retreat.” Thank you Kimberly Knowle-Zeller for sharing! @SCLRC

Preserving culture Thank you so much for the fine article on Shishmaref and our brothers and sisters there. We had the privilege of visiting Shishmaref some 62 years ago when Helen Frost was the missionary there and we were on our way to Nome to help with the

On the cover “A Peaceful Future,” by Sarah Harrison of Connecticut (Google 2017).

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start-up of our church there. People on the “outside” do not understand the very strong cultural ties that the residents there have with that place. The subsistence lifestyle that has been part of life there for hundreds of years makes the environment a living part of their lives. The wisdom and tenacity that the residents have is cause for our deep respect. We need to advocate with our legislators to provide the resources for them to relocate to a mainland site of their choosing. The narrowness of their vote to move bespeaks their love for a home that has been the source of their existence for so long. As a church, we must also provide them with the prayers and financial support necessary to relocate. Curtis and Ruth Johnson Northfield, Minn.

Inspirational read Thank you for the two creative and inspiring devotional articles in the April 2017 Living Lutheran: “Caught and called” by the Rev. Frank G. Honeycutt and “Easter is scary” by the Rev. Brian Hiortdahl. I am enjoying reading and rereading them both. Marianna Forde St. Paul, Minn.

Falling and not afraid, April 2017 Thank you, Bishop, for making this statement so simply. Speaking about faith to others can be intimidating, so when you state things so simply that I can repost and reach so many others with the real base of the gospel, it reminds me why I love my/our faith so much. Ann K Vilter Erickson

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