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A time for the Gospel in action

2020-02-17T15:09:29-05:00February 17th, 2020|Categories: Congregation Stories, Mission Support Stories, News|

A time for the Gospel in action

‘If there was ever a time for the Gospel in action, this is it.’

McDougald Terrace is the city of Durham’s largest public housing complex with 360 apartments built in 1953. In early January, the Durham Housing Authority began an immediate emergency relocation of families living there following a number of carbon monoxide poisonings in December. Inspections revealed dangerously high carbon monoxide levels from gas stoves, furnaces, and water heaters. For almost six weeks now, about 280 families—including almost 500 children—have been living in 12 hotels across Durham County.

St. Mark’s wins “Do Good” award

2020-01-20T17:59:12-05:00January 20th, 2020|Categories: Congregation Stories, News|

St. Mark’s wins “Do Good” award

On December 12,2019 at the Wells Fargo Atrium, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church of Charlotte was presented the “Most Generous Financial
Gift” award by Share Charlotte, Wells Fargo, and the Charlotte Business Journal for their support of Running Works, a nonprofit organization that provides life skills training and housing to homeless people. The award is based on a total gift of $17,883 given by St. Mark’s and the Social Ministry Committee with the approval of St. Mark’s Congregation Council.

Christ the King hosts interfaith MLK worship

2020-01-20T17:53:59-05:00January 20th, 2020|Categories: Congregation Stories, News|

Pastor Albert Starr preaching

Christ the King hosts interfaith MLK worship

“Reconciliation without justice isn’t reconciliation at all.”

“We have inherited a big house, a great ‘world house’ in which we have to live together—black and white, Easterners and Westerners, Gentiles and Jews, Catholics and Protestants, Muslim and Hindu,” Dr. Martin Luther King said in 1964 when accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway. Dr. King would have been pleased with the very diverse crowd that attended the interfaith prayer service held Jan. 19 at Christ the King Lutheran Church as part of the Town of Cary’s “Dreamfest” events on MLK weekend.

Good Shepherd offers suicide awareness class

2020-01-06T11:15:57-05:00January 6th, 2020|Categories: Congregation Stories, News|

Good Shepherd offers suicide awareness class

This September, the Reimagining Health Collaborative (RHC) team at Good Shepherd, Brevard, learned that our application for a grant from ELCA Disability Ministries had been partially funded. This funding enabled us to offer a suicide awareness training by Soul ShopTM for our community on October 24, along with refreshments. Thirty-five people attended the training, which focused on increasing people’s willingness to talk about suicide, gaining basic conversational skills to use when talking with someone they are concerned about, and connecting self and others to needed services. The training was presented by Fe Avis, a suicide prevention expert and creator of Soul

Beth Eden brothers encourage giving

2019-12-16T15:54:41-05:00December 16th, 2019|Categories: Congregation Stories, News|

Beth Eden brothers encourage giving

Samuel Calderon (pictured on left), who was nine on November 20, and Nathaniel (on right), who will be seven on December 12, celebrated their birthdays together this year at their church–Beth Eden, Newton. Instead of gifts they asked those attending to bring a donation to help the many people who have been affected by hurricanes this year if they so desired.

St. Andrew’s begins new ministry

2019-12-02T11:06:25-05:00December 2nd, 2019|Categories: Congregation Stories, News|

St. Andrew’s begins new ministry

“If you have come to me in friendship, to help me, then my heart will be knit to you.” (1 Chronicles 12:17)

Hickory, NC has been cited as having the highest population of unhoused veterans in the country. Several ministries and outreach organizations in Catawba County work to bring a sign of God’s love to members of our community–veteran and civilian–who do not enjoy the safety and security of a stable home.

Abiding Savior hosts ecumenical Thanksgiving service

2019-12-02T10:50:13-05:00December 2nd, 2019|Categories: Congregation Stories, News|

Abiding Savior hosts ecumenical Thanksgiving service

On Tuesday, November 26, about 60 people gathered for an ecumenical Thanksgiving Worship service at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, Durham. This was the third annual such service, but was by far the best turnout. The four congregations participating were: St. Philip Episcopal, Christus Victor Lutheran, St. Titus Episcopal, and Abiding Savior Lutheran.

Lutheran Chapel servers first responders

2019-11-18T13:33:25-05:00November 18th, 2019|Categories: Congregation Stories, God's Work Our Hands, News|

Lutheran Chapel serves first responders

Lutheran Chapel, China Grove, celebrated “God’s work. Our hands.” on Tuesday, October 29, through serving a community meal for Southern Rowan County first responders. Hamburgers and hot dogs with the trimmings were served to policemen, firemen, EMT’s, and sheriff’s department personnel from staff in Kannapolis, Landis, China Grove, and Salisbury. Special guest was Sheriff Kevin Auten from Salisbury. Members from Lutheran Chapel prepared the meal under the leadership of Council President Steve Beaver.

Story submitted by Pastor Susan Bame.

Grace, Washington’s Goat Challenge

2019-11-04T15:10:22-05:00November 4th, 2019|Categories: Congregation Stories, News|

Grace, Washington’s Goat Challenge

Our small but mighty congregation, Grace, Washington, began what we call the Goat Challenge last year. We are small – about 32 members regularly attending – but are concerned about hunger issues in our world. The goat challenge began as a way to help with hunger worldwide. Two of our members are goat owners and farmers. Goats are economical, take a small space on which to live and produce well. A goat can produce a gallon of milk daily—more than enough to help feed a hungry family.

Packing purses!

2019-11-04T15:02:19-05:00November 4th, 2019|Categories: Congregation Stories, News|

Packing purses!

For their October meeting, members of the Sullivan Huddle of Women of the ELCA at First, Greensboro, participated in a service project working with “An Attitude of Gratitude.”

First, Greensboro, hosts Pride booth

2019-10-14T11:18:41-04:00October 14th, 2019|Categories: Congregation Stories, News|

First Lutheran Church, Greensboro, participated in the Greensboro Pride Festival on Sunday September 15. Twenty-one members of the congregation hosted a booth to hand out bottles of water and express our commitment to full inclusion for all LGBT adults. Over 400 bottles of water were distributed and numerous great conversations were had about God and God’s love for all people. Pastor Jay Hilbinger is pictured.

Story shared by George Still.

St. John’s, Salisbury, signs covenant

2019-10-14T11:00:51-04:00October 14th, 2019|Categories: Congregation Stories, News|

This weekend was a historic event at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Salisbury.

On Sunday during the 11:00 service, a Covenant of agreement between Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem and St. John’s
Lutheran was signed by both Pastors, Rev. Dr. Munther Isaac and Rev. Rhodes Woolly. Pastor Munther preached at St. John’s Sunday services and led a community forum later that evening.

Faith, love, joy and helping others

2019-08-19T14:29:01-04:00August 19th, 2019|Categories: Congregation Stories, News|

“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.

Garden beds and partnerships

2019-06-26T12:16:19-04:00June 17th, 2019|Categories: Congregation Stories, Peeler-Casey Fund Stories|

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.

Nio Farr (We Are in This Together)!

2019-05-23T16:34:26-04:00May 20th, 2019|Categories: Congregation Stories|

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.

A Small Church Big on Community

2019-05-20T09:29:37-04:00May 20th, 2019|Categories: Congregation Stories|

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.

Catawba Lutherans unite against hunger

2019-05-06T13:29:55-04:00May 6th, 2019|Categories: Congregation Stories, News|

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.

Pastors Harris and Rose facilitate “God in Comics”

2019-04-03T09:39:23-04:00April 1st, 2019|Categories: Congregation Stories, News|

“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

Hurricane Florence Recovery – St. Paul’s, Wilmington

2019-03-29T12:11:15-04:00March 29th, 2019|Categories: Congregation Stories|

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

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