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A new and joyful noise

2018-04-30T11:02:22+00:00April 30th, 2018|Categories: Congregation Stories, News|

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. 

A glorious day

2018-04-30T09:05:23+00:00April 16th, 2018|Categories: Congregation Stories, News|

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! 

Standing room only

2018-03-19T13:31:26+00:00March 19th, 2018|Categories: Congregation Stories|

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.

Eight was a magic number

2018-03-19T11:41:46+00:00February 5th, 2018|Categories: Congregation Stories, News|

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.

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

2018-03-19T11:52:03+00:00September 30th, 2017|Categories: Congregation Stories, God's Work Our Hands, News|

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“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.

First, Greensboro, hosts Packing Palooza

2018-03-19T11:52:04+00:00September 29th, 2017|Categories: Congregation Stories, God's Work Our Hands|

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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”

2018-03-19T11:52:04+00:00September 29th, 2017|Categories: Congregation Stories, God's Work Our Hands|

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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. 

Grace, Raleigh, reforms and serves

2018-03-19T11:52:06+00:00September 29th, 2017|Categories: Congregation Stories, God's Work Our Hands|

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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. 

Ascension, Shelby, goes global

2018-03-19T11:52:07+00:00September 29th, 2017|Categories: Congregation Stories, God's Work Our Hands|

Ascension, Shelby, goes global

For “God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday 2017, we invited an ELCA Young Adult in Global Mission (YAGM) to visit with us and help us focus globally for this year’s churchwide day of service. Kurt Hellmann, who lives in Minneapolis, MN joined a group of congregation leaders and former voting members for dinner on Saturday night, and then we welcomed him to the pulpit Sunday morning where he shared from his heart and experiences during his service year in Cambodia.