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Operation Mask Mission

2020-09-14T19:18:21-04:00September 14th, 2020|Categories: Congregation Stories, Mission Support Stories|

Operation Mask Mission

How do 100,000 masks get into the hands of NC Synod congregations? “Ask and you shall receive!” says Deacon GeoRene (“Jo”) Jones, NC Synod Liaison for Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR).

Over the last 25 days, 152 cases of cloth face coverings were distributed to congregations and affiliated agencies. Early this year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) made a one-time offer to donate masks to non-profit agencies in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Born from the pandemic—something new!

2020-07-20T21:08:22-04:00July 20th, 2020|Categories: Congregation Stories, Mission Support Stories|

Born from the pandemic—something new!

“When I was a child, I had the cutest yellow dress made out of a flour sack,” Barbara Smith shared with her pastor, Vern Kinard, “and although we had many sack clothes growing up…we never had to worry about food because we lived in this community. That’s how it should be and that’s how we hope it stays.” Pastor Vern Kinard serves as the pastor at St. Luke’s in the rural community of Tyro, in Davidson County. He shared, “St. Luke’s has a passion for feeding people. We gather every Wednesday, year-round, for a

Sharing God’s free gift of grace

2020-06-15T13:44:48-04:00June 15th, 2020|Categories: Congregation Stories, Peeler-Casey Fund Stories|

Sharing God’s free gift of grace

Ascension Lutheran Church in Wilson held its second annual Oktoberfest Celebration on October 13, 2018, which turned out to be a beautiful day weather-wise, making for a wonderful event. The first Oktoberfest was done as part of the 500th Reformation Anniversary Churchwide Celebration and was so well received we decided to do it again. Both were given as a gift to the community—no admission charges, no fees for food or any of the activities—only asking donations for the beer served in our BierGarten; donations which were turned over to Veterans Residential Services of Wilson.

Finding new ways

2020-06-15T13:12:33-04:00June 15th, 2020|Categories: Congregation Stories, Mission Support Stories|

Finding new ways

“I’ve heard some people say that they aren’t having church, but the truth is, we are the church. It is true that we cannot go to the building and worship corporately, have our spirits lifted in prayer, in song, in word, in communion. But we can certainly worship as the church together, apart.

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.

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