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Lutheran Church of Hope in central Iowa started a podcast right before the pandemic to share stories. It is co-hosted by Pastor Mike Housholder and Emily Langpaul, executive minister of Hope. Credit: Ali Dietrich

As Matthew 18:20 reads: “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” Lutheran congregations around the country found new meaning in this passage when COVID-19 closed sanctuaries in mid-March. When faith communities couldn’t worship in person, congregations scrambled to stream online worship using Facebook Live, YouTube and other […]

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