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Vice President Haywood’s reflections

June 5th, 2018|

Vice President Diana Haywood’s reflections

Vice President Diana Haywood opened her reflection with the prayer that God would equip, help, and guide her as she serves God and the church.

Continuing her remarks, she noted that the NC Synod is blessed with committed volunteers and staff, rostered and lay leaders. Specifically, Vice President Haywood highlighted the work and service of Deacon Tammy Jones West, who has been the synod assembly manager for years, saying, “Tammy Jones West—Thank you!  You rock!” And, knowing that Michael DeNise is taking over the responsibility of managing the synod assembly from now on, she said, “Michael DeNise, thank you for what you are going to do!” The entire assembly applauded both synod staff members for their exemplary service.

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Bishop Smith announces new synod vision

June 5th, 2018|

Bishop Smith announces new synod vision

On Saturday afternoon, the bishop announced a new synod vision to the assembly. The vision is the result of intentional work by synod staff in conversation with Synod Council to focus and guide the work of the synod for the months to come. Vital Congregations tops the list.

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Cherokee congregation blends Christian traditions with native culture

June 4th, 2018|

Cherokee congregation blends Christian traditions with native culture

The 2018 NC Synod Assembly with the theme, “We are church for the sake of the world,” featured three keynote conversations which provided illuminating glimpses into the ways God is working through the NC Synod, ELCA, to demonstrate, “We are church together. And together, we are church for the sake of the world.”

The third keynote conversation focused on Living Waters, a small but dynamic mission congregation located on the Cherokee reservation in western N.C. This ongoing ministry is led by the Rev. Jack Russell, who is the only full-blooded Cherokee pastor in the ELCA. Its vital work includes not only multicultural worship and other services that blend together both native and Lutheran (liturgy) language and culture but also a variety of community outreach programs to both natives and non-natives, including a crucial food pantry that supplies a four-county area, as well as varied counseling programs. Interviewing Pastor Russell is the Rev. Phil Tonnesen, assistant to the bishop.

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West Charlotte mission partners with local schools

June 4th, 2018|

West Charlotte mission partners with local schools

The 2018 NC Synod Assembly with the theme, “We are church for the sake of the world,” featured three keynote conversations which provided illuminating glimpses into the ways God is working through the NC Synod, ELCA, to demonstrate, “We are church together. And together, we are church for the sake of the world.”

The second keynote conversation focused on the new Emmaus mission community in West Charlotte that is successfully partnering with local schools. It is led by Dr. Shanitria Cuthbertson, mission developer. The ministry, which recently began offering Sunday worship services at Thomasboro Academy, also seeks to address the unique needs and experiences of African-American students ages 8-18 and their wider community through such programs as mentoring, the arts, family service projects, and community Bible studies. (Learn more details in the NC Synod May insert of Living Lutheran.) Interviewing Shanitria is the Rev. Sara Ilderton, assistant to the bishop.

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Latino ministry includes challenges and hope

June 4th, 2018|

Latino ministry includes challenges and hope

The 2018 NC Synod Assembly with the theme, “We are church for the sake of the world,” featured three keynote conversations which provided illuminating glimpses into the ways God is working through the NC Synod, ELCA, to demonstrate, “We are church together. And together, we are church for the sake of the world.”

The first keynote conversation presented at assembly focused on walking alongside our Latino sisters and brothers and the opportunities and challenges involved. The Rev. Alfredo M. Oviedo, is one of the pastors at Grace, Hendersonville, which is one of our NC Synod congregations with a Latino ministry. Tammy Jones West, deacon and new assistant to the bishop, interviews Pastor Oviedo.

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Tammy Jones West and deans installed

June 4th, 2018|

Tammy Jones West and deans installed

One of the highlights of this year’s assembly was the installation of Deacon Tammy Jones West as assistant to the bishop. Tammy has been serving on synod staff as Director of Youth and Family Ministries (and, more recently, Director of Leadership & Discipleship) since 1994. Her appointment to serve as Assistant to the Bishop was confirmed by a synod council vote at their December 2017 meeting.

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Bishop Smith offers report

June 3rd, 2018|

Bishop Smith offers report

Bishop Tim Smith began his remarks to the gathered assembly on Friday afternoon with an expression of thanksgiving and personal privilege. “A lot has changed personally in the last three years. I went from having no grandbabies and a momma and a dad to having three grandbabies and no mom and dad. I want to say thank you to you on a personal level. I certainly felt—and feel—a lot of support for the crazy work of grief…I have had the privilege of being with you all and a lot of people sharing different things that they’ve been through and I really appreciate y’all sharing so much with us.”

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ELCA Glocal Musicians bring song to the assembly

June 2nd, 2018|

ELCA Glocal Musicians bring song to the assembly

“Como busca la cierva corrientes de agua, asi mi Alma te busca a ti, Dios mio.”
“As the deer seeks after streams of water, so my soul seeks after you, my God.”
–Psalm 41:2

As the 2018 NC Synod Assembly opened in worship, the ELCA Glocal Musicians led God’s people in this beautiful refrain of Psalm 41. It was an auditory expression of the theme for this year’s assembly of “We are church for the sake of the world.”

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Agencies & Institutions Fair

June 2nd, 2018|

Agencies & Institutions Fair

One portion of the first day of synod assembly was dedicated to hearing reports from the various agencies and institutions which work in, through, or alongside the North Carolina Synod.

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LTSS campaign to assist critical need

June 2nd, 2018|

LTSS campaign to assist critical need

A critical shortage of seminary students continues to threaten the future of our church, and NC Synod congregations are being asked to help financially, according to Drs. Cinde and Ron Rinn, co-chairs of an LTSS campaign within the synod to address the problem. The campaign is named “Opening Doors: Answering the Spirit’s Call.”

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Assembly begins with worship

June 2nd, 2018|

Assembly begins with worship

As we gathered in the hotel ballroom, some finding their seats and others still at the registration tables in the hall outside, the ELCA Glocal Band filled the air with music from around the world.

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Pre-assembly afternoon events

June 1st, 2018|

Pre-assembly afternoon events

A peek into the afternoon pre-assembly events—Narrative Budgets, Compensation & Mutual Ministry; and America & Gun Violence—would show that folks were very interested in these topics and we willing to give an afternoon to learning (and to sit in a rather warm workshop room!).

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Pre-assembly event encourages “Growing Young”

June 1st, 2018|

Pre-assembly event encourages “Growing Young”

The 2018 NC Synod Pre-Assembly kicked off Thursday, May 31, with a full-day’s focus on the topic of churches Growing Young: Helping young people discover and love your church. Throughout the session, Jake Mulder of Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) addressed many myths around this topic and helped to define our present reality based on the cutting-edge findings of FYI’s comprehensive study of Churches Growing Young.

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2018 Synod Assembly

April 30th, 2018|


2018 Synod Assembly

There are numerous reasons one might attend a synod assembly like our upcoming one June 1-2 in Raleigh. Maybe it’s duty, as in, at a congregation council meeting, “Okay, people, somebody has to go. Our constitution requires it.” (more…)