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The Rev. Timothy Mueller, pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church, kneels to pray at the altar on Sunday, August 9, 2015, during a “Day of Thanksgiving and Rededication” at the church in New Minden, Ill. Nearly two years ago, a tornado damaged the church and surrounding homes. Mueller is joined by the Rev. Dr. Herbert C. Mueller Jr. (left), first vice-president of The Lutheran ChurchMissouri Synod, the Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president of the LCMS (right), and the Rev. Jacob Mueller of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Emma, Mo (next to Harrison). LCMS Communications/Erik M. Lunsford