We are on the other side of the first Easter. We have grown used to the story of the resurrection. The good news brings hope and comfort. It brings freedom and joy. But I don’t think it causes terror and amazement. Maybe we are missing something...
Portico is again offering us the opportunity to earn a 2% discount on ELCA health contributions this year. Each congregation and organization in our synod will receive a 2% discount on this year’s Portico health contributions if 65% of our eligible ELCA-Primary health plan members and spouses complete the Mayo Clinic health assessment by April 30. We need your help! If we make our 65% goal, we will send you a $100 health grant for each primary heath plan member that took the assessment. Take the health assessment. Then, register for your $100 health grant.
Register now! You don't want to miss being part of moving FORWARD TOGETHER as a synod, electing a new bishop, and enjoying the community formed as we meet at the Koury Center/Sheraton, Greensboro. Read Important Documents on the assembly page before you register. And, be sure to see the information about our upcoming bishop transition. We are truly blessed to have had the strong and devoted leadership of Bishop Bolick for the past 18 years. A Godspeed Celebration will be held in Bishop Bolick's honor on April 25 at St John's, Salisbury. Everyone is invited!
The youth group and its advisors at Prince of Peace in Greensboro worked together in March with Prince of Peace adults, the city of Greensboro and volunteers from several agencies and companies in Greensboro to plant 30 new trees on the Prince of Peace property. This is part of a beautification program of the Warnersville area in which Prince of Peace is located. The picture is of Prince of Peace’s youth group celebrating the arrival of the trees, especially the four whichthey helped plant.
Assembly registration is now open through May 15. Early bird registration closes April 15. See the Synod Assembly webpage for information about assembly and the Pre-Assembly Event, “The Generosity Project.”
Bishop Leonard Bolick will retire this summer and a new NC Synod bishop will be elected at the May 28-30 Synod Assembly. Find additional information about the election and transition events on the Bishop Transition webpage.
Join us at a Renewing the Vision workshop to help your congregation envision God's mission in your community: April 18 at Water of Life, Wilmington, or May 2 at Lord of Life, Garner. Beginning at 9:30 a.m. and ending at 3:30 p.m. with lunch provided. There is no charge but registration in advance is required. Read the invitation letter.
Register here for Renewing the Vision.