Missouri Synod's Washington Office Closes Due to Budget Cuts
> (RNS) The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, faced with a serious
> budget crunch, has closed its Washington advocacy and information office
> in a cost-saving move.
> In a final message to subscribers to the Office of Government
> Information's "Church and State Update" e-mail newsletter, former OGI
> Director David L. Adams wrote that the closing means, in part, an end to
> the newsletter and discontinuance of OGI's Web site.
> The office opened in 1986 with a part-time director, Candace
> Mueller. It later was expanded to include three full-time staff members.
> "Thank you for your past support and encouragement," Adams wrote to
> subscribers. "On behalf of OGI's staff, we hope that you will all
> continue to fulfill your God-given vocation as citizens in this society
> through responsible, well-informed and thoughtful participation in the
> process of governing our land. It has been our honor, and our pleasure,
> to assist you in this in some small way."
> Adams has accepted a position with Concordia Seminary in St. Louis.