Synod Storytellers

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Synod Storytellers bring stories of the ways we are church together to the folks in their congregation. What are God’s people doing across the three expressions of this church? In congregations, synods, and churchwide, ministry is happening and we want to tell those stories as widely as possible! Consider being the Synod Storyteller for your congregation.

Have you been identified by your congregation council or pastor as a Synod Storyteller? If so, thank you!

Thank you for helping bring stories of the ways we are church together to the folks in your congregation.

You will receive quarterly information to share in your congregation. And, we want to hear your stories as well.

Use the “Submit your stories here” embedded JotForm to share a ministry story from your setting.

See samples of congregational ministry stories posted below.


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March 2018 e-mail

“Faith, love, joy, and helping others”

Both Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 and Hurricane Florence in September 2018 flooded Cathy Farmer’s home in Princeville, N.C. (the first African American incorporated town in the U.S.), forcing Cathy, her terminally ill daughter, and two grandchildren out of her home. During Hurricane Matthew, the four were rescued from the flood waters. Since then, Cathy and her family have been mobile, staying with friends and family members. Cathy’s daughter recently passed away. (more…)

Garden beds and partnerships

Saint Peter’s in Salisbury began a garden ministry in 2015. The congregation sits on about 13 acres of land. There are many people in the congregation who have a good knowledge of farming and gardening. We also understand that part of God’s mission is that the hungry be fed, so it seemed to be a natural fit. The garden produced 108 lbs. the first year. Each year it has increased to the point that last year it produced around 630 lbs. of produce. (more…)


Nio Farr
(We Are in This Together)!

On April 7, Pastor Kristin Engstrom, the ELCA’s Coordinator of the Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program in Senegal, visited Good Shepherd, Brevard. This was Pastor Kristin’s first visit with us, and we celebrated with African-inspired food and drink at coffee hour. Pastor Kristin preached during worship and presented a slide show and answered questions during our Sunday School time. She emphasized that by supporting her work, our congregation is part of something larger than ourselves. (more…)

A Small Church Big on Community

Daniels Lutheran Church is a small church tucked in between hay fields and soy bean fields. It’s a church that worships around 70 people a Sunday. Small churches often get the reputation that they are dying. If you believe that I’ve got some ocean front property in North Dakota that I’d be happy to sell you. (more…)

Lutheran Congregations of Catawba Valley Unite to Fight Hunger and Remember a Beloved Pastor

More than 80 parishioners from five Lutheran congregations in Catawba Valley joined forces on Sunday, April 7, in the fight against hunger. Through the Outreach Program, volunteers worked tirelessly to pack 15,228 meals for families in need. (more…)

“God in Comics” panel, (L-R) Vincent Stevens-former Lutheridge counselor; Pastor Zach Harris-Ascension, Wilson; and Pastor Will Rose-Trinity, Chapel Hill

Pastors Harris and Rose facilitate “God in Comics”

The NC Synod was well represented at the Oak City Comic-Con held in Raleigh March 15-17, 2019.  The “God in Comics” panel discussion was facilitated by Pastor Will Rose of Holy Trinity, Chapel Hill, Pastor Zach Harris of Ascension in Wilson, and Vincent Stephens who, though now ministering at a non-Lutheran church, served for five years as a counselor at Lutheridge. The panel discussed the intersection of Geek culture and biblical and theological insights that can be seen in comics, movies, TV, and gaming. (more…)

Emmaus Men Mentoring host museum day

The Emmaus Men Mentoring Program is a part of the ministry of Emmaus, a mission congregation of the NC Synod. The program was designed to address the unique needs of African American boys in the West Charlotte Community. (more…)

Plaster damage, St. Paul’s stairwell

Hurricane Florence Recovery – St. Paul’s, Wilmington

In late October 2018, five weeks after Hurricane Florence, Deacon GeoRene Jones, synod liaison for Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR), hosted LDR’s U.S. Program Director, Pastor Mike Stadie, as they met with some of our Coastal congregations to listen and see the damage after the storm.

While many St. Paul’s families sustained property damage, thankfully, all are safe and accounted for. Their 1880s building has weathered many storms, but this one toppled parapets, wrenched tiles from the roof, and left it vulnerable to extreme water damage. Inside, they experienced spalling plaster, peeling paint, disintegrating wood, and mold growth, as well as ruined stained glass, missing windows, and copper architectural details thrown from towers like children’s toys

St.Matthew hallway damage.

Hurricane Florence Recovery – St. Matthew, Wilmington

In late October 2018, five weeks after Hurricane Florence, Deacon GeoRene Jones, synod liaison for Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR), hosted LDR’s U.S. Program Director, Pastor Mike Stadie, as they met with some of our Coastal congregations to listen and see the damage after the storm.

Thankfully, the fairly-new roof over the sanctuary held fast. Offices, the preschool, and choir rooms all were damaged when the educational building’s flat roof succumbed to the storm. Even while tear-out, mold remediation, and repairs were going on, St. Matthew hosted emergency response crews, and a National Guard nursing unit serving in emergency evacuation shelters. The day of the LDR visit, some Women of the ELCA continued their work on Lutheran World Relief quilts.

Reconciliation’s stained glass window survived the storm.

Hurricane Florence Recovery – Reconciliation, Wilmington

In late October 2018, five weeks after Hurricane Florence, Deacon GeoRene Jones, synod liaison for Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR), hosted LDR’s U.S. Program Director, Pastor Mike Stadie, as they met with some of our Coastal congregations to listen and see the damage after the storm.

The good news was that they had just removed three dangerously-large cypress trees. The bad news was that the winds of Hurricane Florence followed by days of driving rain forced water around and over sills of stained glass windows in the sanctuary, and down through the walls beneath a section of storm-compromised roof. They had inches-deep flooding in the main building and the educational building where their preschool normally meets. No families experienced catastrophic damage.

Hurricane Florence Recovery – St. Andrew’s, New Bern

In late October 2018, five weeks after Hurricane Florence, Deacon GeoRene Jones, synod liaison for Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR), hosted LDR’s U.S. Program Director, Pastor Mike Stadie, as they met with some of our Coastal congregations to listen and see the damage after the storm.

The roof of the sanctuary was severely damaged by the storm. Several days of torrential rains followed by warm weather left the interior of sanctuary sodden, causing mold on nearly every inch of surface area. Even worse, 15 families in the congregation lost their homes. Still, St. Andrew’s members welcomed, housed, and fed volunteer recovery crews.

Pastor Stadie and Deacon Jones were joined by Lutheran Services Carolinas (LSC) Disaster Response Coordinator Paul Dunn as they met with St. Andrew’s to hear their specific needs and those of the wider Craven County community.

Rembering Pastor Miller

In this month when we lift up the contributions of African-Americans, we remember the Rev. Earlean Miller who, in 1979, became the first African-American woman ordained a pastor in all of Lutheranism in North America, according to the ELCA. Her first call was Prince of Peace, Greensboro, in the NC Synod where she served from 1979-1984. She and the congregation of Prince of Peace have nurtured other women of color to ordained ministry in our synod: Pastor Beverly Wallace, Pastor Brenda Bynum, and Pastor CeCee Mills. Thanks be to God for Pastor Earlean Miller. We are blessed to be a part of history / herstory! (more…)

Our Father’s drive-through Nativity

Our Father, Greensboro, has been offering a live Nativity drive-through a few weeks before Christmas. It has been going on for over ten years and typical attendance has been 75-80 cars driving through.

This year Pastor Jesse Canniff-Kuhn and some members engaged the help of social media and Nextdoor.com, along with maybe 10 hours (and no extra money), and attendance sky rocketed to 225! (more…)

Bethlehem Star Lighting

On December 3, a star shined brightly again over the community of Bethlehem, after having experienced devastating hurricane damage in the fall of 2017. The new Bethlehem Star was a beneficiary of the NC Synod’s Peeler Casey Funds which represented 20% of funds raised. (more…)

Collards, chard, and hope

When Kristy and Don Milholin’s children were in elementary school they noticed several children experiencing food insecurity. Kristy and Don felt called to help make a difference in those children’s lives, and so in August 2009, they started the Out of the Garden Project in their home around the kitchen table. The Milholins began personally supplying 10 families with a small bag of food each Friday so that those children and their families would have something to eat over the weekend. What began in 2009 by helping 10 families with a small bag of food weekly, has now grown to the largest organization of its kind in the greater Greensboro area.

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