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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September 2018 e-mail

June 2018 e-mail

March 2018 e-mail

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Holy Cross, Mocksville, pulls weeds

Many congregations feel as if they are a family. Holy Cross, Mocksville, is no exception to that. When it came time to decide how to plan our “God’s work. Our hands.” Day, the Evangelism/Social Ministry Committee, came up with an idea appropriate to our congregational family.
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St. Luke’s, Conover, serves 9 ways

St. Luke’s, Conover, completed nine different projects in 2018! Leading up to our “God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday, we signed up for areas of interest and ability and then on September 9 we sent teams out after our worship and the celebration of Holy Communion. (more…)

First, Lexington, delivers 3,600 cookies!

“God does not need your good works, but your neighbor does.” Martin Luther perfectly describes the attitude at First, Lexington, on Sunday, September 9, 2018. In the early morning hours, families gathered to deliver 3,600 homemade cookies to every fireman, policeman, and all emergency personnel in Davidson County. (more…)

Joy of Discovery partners with St. Augustine

For our 2018 God’s work. Our hands. Sunday, Joy of Discovery, Raleigh, partnered with a group of students from St. Augustine’s University, a Historically Black College near us in Raleigh. (more…)

Four congregations serve together

On Sunday afternoon, September 9, members from four Stanly and Cabarrus County congregations (First/Albemarle, St. Martin’s/Albemarle, Mt. Zion/Richfield, and St. Stephen’s/Gold Hill) gathered at Lutheran Services Carolinas’ Trinity Place in Albemarle for “God’s work. Our hands.” Day. (more…)

Augsburg, Winston-Salem, serves across their community

God’s love was quite evident as members of all ages from Augsburg, Winston-Salem, honored “God’s work. Our hands.” weekend by participating in a variety of activities around their community. (more…)

First, Greensboro, tackles hunger and more

More than 80 members and friends at First, Greensboro, served in the congregation and community Sept. 22-23 as part of “God’s work. Our hands.” weekend. (more…)

Advent, Charlotte, celebrates and serves

God’s work, Our hands” at Advent, Charlotte, was a celebration of diversity and unity, and of God’s love for all.
We opened our day with a unified early worship service, and then worked on nearly 20 different projects at both our church location and off-site. (more…)

Cross and Crown, Matthews, works inside and out

Cross and Crown, Matthews, went to work in the community on Saturday, Sept 8, our “God’s work, Our hands” day. Two teams also did projects within our own building. Inside a team of Middle School students cleaned out and reorganized our library, and many hands tidied our kitchen and cleaned out cabinets and refrigerators. (more…)

Sharon, Statesville, are busy planting

We have a Sharon community youth group out here in West Iredell called Lookout Community Youth. The kids are supported by three churches, Sharon ELCA, Bethel UMC and Marvin UMC.

We had “God’s work. Our hands.” mission projects this year on two Sundays. September 9 we planted flowers at each church and put up a bird feeder. September 23 we went to our Fifth Street Shelter where we baked cookies and planted flowers.

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Morning Star, Matthews, has hands to serve

Calloused hands, smooth hands, wrinkled hands, tiny toddler hands all came together at Morning Star, Matthews, for “God’s work. Our hands.” weekend. (more…)

Our Father, Greensboro, cares for first responders

At Our Father, Greensboro, one of our primary gifts is hospitality so we focused “God’s work. Our hands.” Day on appreciating all the First Responders in our local community and Guilford County. (more…)

St. James, Fayetteville, paints and more

St. James, Fayetteville, celebrated “God’s work. Our hands.” as we painted three storage sheds for local homeless ministry, Operation InAsMuch; did shopping for ALMS House (local assistance ministry–we offered matching $$); offered “quarter assistance” for folks at local laundromat; went singing at local retirement center and shut-ins; AND one very special baptism. (more…)

“God’s Work. Our Hands.” across the synod

Congregations all across the NC Synod recently participated in the ELCA effort “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday. This designated day gives us an opportunity to celebrate who we are as a church—one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. Read these stories to see the many ways congregations across the synod are serving and loving their neighbors.

A new and joyful noise

Psalm 100 urges us to “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the lands. Serve the Lord with gladness. Come before His presence with singing.” The Church of the Savior, Newland, was able to sing  praise to the Lord on Easter Sunday accompanied by a beautiful new musical instrument—a pipe organ that consists of two manuals, four ranks and 293 pipes. The console is built from red oak that is stained walnut and the case box housing the pipes is walnut with maple trim.  (more…)