The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia is growing fast – so fast it needs more church buildings! Inspire your congregation with this story. For a colorful Word document to display on your congregation's bulletin board, or use in your bulletin or PowerPoint, click below.
In her September column for The Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton reflects on the foolishness of the cross. She reminds readers that “Christ crucified is God’s clearest and most complete act of love.” It’s that simple.
Read her column by clicking on the link below.
Is your VBS 2015 being planned yet? Let this story encourage you to start.
St. John’s (Cherryville) enjoyed a lively and successful Vacation Bible School in late July, continuing a trend of positive growth in recent years. VBS for adults and children averaged 170 per night, up from 140 last year and 120 in 2012.
Since the ELCA Malaria Campaign officially launched in 2012, the combined contributions total nearly 12 million dollars. With the end campaign goal of 14 million by the end 2015, giving is on target. In 2013, the North Carolina Synod made a pledge to the campaign to contribute $250,000 by the end of 2015. Currently our synod-wide giving stands at just over $152,000 collected toward that goal.
In 2011, Community in Christ Giving Garden was started in an unused field owned by the church. The original idea for the garden was to grow fresh vegetables to donate to the Montagnard refugee community living in west Charlotte.
Our synod's Fall Convocation is scheduled for September 15-17 at Lutheridge. We will be joined by ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, our preacher; Dr. Peter Marty, pastor of St Paul, Davenport, Iowa, serving as our keynoter; and our guest musician Mark Mummert, Director of Music at Christ the King, Houston, TX.
All full-time and part-time professional leaders and pastors in the synod are encouraged to participate. In addition to gathering for worship, fellowship, keynotes, workshops, and Time with Bishop Bolick, our schedule is enhanced this year by Time with Bishop Eaton and Time with the Transition Team. Early registration deadline is August 31. Click here for the brochure.