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Ebenezer packs bags for vets

2018-12-17T21:25:41+00:00December 17th, 2018|Categories: Congregation Stories|

Ebenezer packs bags for vets

Ebenezer, China Grove, member Jerry Fitch is a Vietnam Veteran. His Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) group was collecting toiletries for veterans who would be in the hospital over the holidays at our local VA Hospital in Salisbury. 

A church Comic-Con first

2018-11-28T14:16:26+00:00November 19th, 2018|Categories: Congregation Stories, News|

A church Comic-Con first

As the seasons changed from summer to fall, Ascension Lutheran Church in Wilson, NC also saw a major change in the seasons of outreach as it hosted its first mini Comic-Con self-evidently entitled: Free Comic Book Weekend. The event was the result of a friendship and conjoined ministry that can only be attributed to God’s Spirit at work.

Chrismon ministry at Macedonia

2018-11-05T16:59:51+00:00November 5th, 2018|Categories: Congregation Stories, News|

Chrismon ministry at Macedonia

Eleven years of fellowship around a table filled with beads, threads, and patterns is a Saturday morning tradition at Macedonia Lutheran Church in Burlington, North Carolina. The Chrismon tree is a highly anticipated and traditional Advent and Christmas event at our church. The ministry itself is as glorious as the tree. Chrismon is a shortened form of the two words, “Christ Monograms.” They are created from patterns, each with a biblical explanation and description. Each has a unique name based on scripture from the Old or New Testaments.

Holy Cross, Mocksville, pulls weeds

2018-10-01T20:47:57+00:00October 1st, 2018|Categories: Congregation Stories, God's Work Our Hands|

Workers with homeowner

Holy Cross, Mocksville, pulls weeds

Many congregations feel as if they are a family. Holy Cross, Mocksville, is no exception to that. When it came time to decide how to plan our “God’s work. Our hands.” Day, the Evangelism/Social Ministry Committee, came up with an idea appropriate to our congregational family.

First, Lexington, delivers 3,600 cookies!

2018-10-01T10:28:20+00:00October 1st, 2018|Categories: Congregation Stories, God's Work Our Hands|

First, Lexington, delivers 3,600 cookies!

“God does not need your good works, but your neighbor does.” Martin Luther perfectly describes the attitude at First, Lexington, on Sunday, September 9, 2018. In the early morning hours, families gathered to deliver 3,600 homemade cookies to every fireman, policeman, and all emergency personnel in Davidson County.

Four congregations serve together

2018-10-01T10:47:09+00:00October 1st, 2018|Categories: Congregation Stories, God's Work Our Hands|

Four congregations serve together

On Sunday afternoon, September 9, members from four Stanly and Cabarrus County congregations (First/Albemarle, St. Martin’s/Albemarle, Mt. Zion/Richfield, and St. Stephen’s/Gold Hill) gathered at Lutheran Services Carolinas’ Trinity Place in Albemarle for “God’s work. Our hands.” Day.

Cross and Crown, Matthews, works inside and out

2018-10-01T10:28:19+00:00October 1st, 2018|Categories: Congregation Stories, God's Work Our Hands|

Cross and Crown, Matthews, works inside and out

Cross and Crown, Matthews, went to work in the community on Saturday, Sept 8, our “God’s work, Our hands” day. Two teams also did projects within our own building. Inside a team of Middle School students cleaned out and reorganized our library, and many hands tidied our kitchen and cleaned out cabinets and refrigerators.

Sharon, Statesville, are busy planting

2018-10-02T08:42:22+00:00October 1st, 2018|Categories: Congregation Stories, God's Work Our Hands|

Sharon, Statesville, are busy planting

We have a Sharon community youth group out here in West Iredell called Lookout Community Youth. The kids are supported by three churches, Sharon ELCA, Bethel UMC and Marvin UMC.

We had “God’s work. Our hands.” mission projects this year on two Sundays. September 9 we planted flowers at each church and put up a bird feeder. September 23 we went to our Fifth Street Shelter where we baked cookies and planted flowers.

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St. James, Fayetteville, paints and more

2018-10-02T08:44:33+00:00October 1st, 2018|Categories: Congregation Stories, God's Work Our Hands, News|

St. James, Fayetteville, paints and more

St. James, Fayetteville, celebrated “God’s work. Our hands.” as we painted three storage sheds for local homeless ministry, Operation InAsMuch; did shopping for ALMS House (local assistance ministry–we offered matching $$); offered “quarter assistance” for folks at local laundromat; went singing at local retirement center and shut-ins; AND one very special baptism.

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

2018-10-01T10:29:12+00:00September 28th, 2018|Categories: Congregation Stories, God's Work Our Hands, News|

“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.

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! 

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