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 on this page.

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March 2018 e-mail

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…)

Pastor John Merck burns the mortgage as Pastor CeCee Mills looks on.

A glorious day

Palm Sunday was a glorious day for A Mighty Fortress, Charlotte! As we looked backwards in sorrow towards the remembrance of the upcoming Crucifixion of our Lord, Jesus Christ, we looked forward to the burning of our church mortgage!  (more…)

Ministry in two languages

The Church of the Savior, Newland, held a Spanish and English Ash Wednesday / Miércoles de Ceniza service at 6:00 p.m. on February 14.  (more…)

Dr. Ryan Luhrs conducts the LRU A Cappella Choir at Unity Lutheran Church March 4th

Standing room only

“Now I know what heaven is like,” marveled Pastor Kate Crecelius of Unity Lutheran Church in Hickory. (more…)

Free Pantry

“Little Free Pantry” opens

Ascension Lutheran Church, Shelby, has opened a “Little Free Pantry” on its property facing Marietta Street. The Little Free Pantry, is for neighbors helping neighbors.


Eight was a magic number

Mission Team 2018 from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Hickory, just returned from eight days in Costa Rica building on their more than ten-year relationship with ILCO staff (Iglasia Luturana Costarricense) and reconnecting with members in three of its faith communities.



St. Luke’s, Tyro, writes notes of gratitude

St. Luke’s, Tyro, worked on several “God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday” projects, including writing notes of encouragement.



“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.


Beth Eden, Newton, out in the community

Beth Eden, Newton, worked on several community projects for “God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday.”



First, Greensboro, hosts Packing Palooza

More than 100 people gathered at First, Greensboro, on the first Sunday of September to pack hope for agencies in Guilford County, focusing on hunger, homelessness and children. The motto of “God’s work. Our hands.” was in evidence with stations around the Community Center surrounded by enthusiastic children, youth and adults who packed boxes of food, filled Blessing Bags, sorted items such as children’s underwear and socks, and put items in Snack Packs.



Philadelphia, Dallas, “does something”

At Philadelphia, Dallas, we celebrated “God’s Work. Our Hands.” weekend with a brief and casual worship service where everyone was commissioned to go and “do something.” We followed worship with boxed lunches from Subway; then 56 folks from our congregation spent the afternoon serving our neighbors.  (more…)


Mt. Olive, Hickory, has weekend of service

Mt. Olive, Hickory,  had a “God’s Work. Our Hands.” weekend of service.



Morning Star, Matthews, is counting!

Morning Star, Matthews, celebrated “God’s Work. Our Hands” Sunday with a unified worship service followed by participation in servant experiences either on site or in our community.  (more…)


Living Saviour, Charlotte, helps kids, teachers

Living Saviour, Charlotte, participated in several God’s Work. Our Hands. efforts this August including one project for “Beds for Kids” and another in support of a local elementary school. (more…)


Grace, Raleigh, reforms and serves

“This is what 500 years old looks like!” As an ever-reforming church, Grace, Raleigh, paired the recognition of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with “God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday this year. First, they held “Lutherfest” to kick off this year’s Sunday school–celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation which was both educational and fun-filled.  (more…)