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Lincolnton Little Library

2020-10-19T18:29:02-04:00October 19th, 2020|Categories: Congregation Stories, God's Work Our Hands|

Lincolnton  Little  Library

Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, Salem, Lincolnton, came together to do “God’s Work” with “Our Hands.” Members of Emmanuel, Lincolnton, also joined in the project since the two congregations began worshipping together in the arbor at Salem earlier this summer.

Joyfully Gathering to Serve

2020-10-05T18:11:06-04:00October 5th, 2020|Categories: Congregation Stories, God's Work Our Hands, News|

Joyfully Gathering to Serve

The people of the NC Synod could easily have opted for the comfortable (even understandable) choice of curling up on our sofas with Netflix instead of participating in God’s Work. Our Hands. this year. But I celebrate that instead, Lutherans across the state chose to act with holy defiance by serving in our communities during the strange era of COVID-19, boldly living out our faith and proclaiming the radical message of God’s abundant love in a hurting world.

The congregation of Morning Star Lutheran Church in Matthews safely and carefully shared two days of inspiring servant experiences; however, our activities certainly looked different from a typical God’s Work. Our

With God We Can!

2020-10-05T18:08:54-04:00October 5th, 2020|Categories: Congregation Stories, God's Work Our Hands, News|

With God We Can!

In spite of challenges because of COVID-19, the partnership of With God We Can! has continued its commitment to feed people in our community of Rocky Mount, NC whose bowls are empty.

We started canning on Sunday, July 19, 2020, about three weeks behind our 2019 start date. To date in 2020, we have canned 277 quarts of tomatoes—in 2019 we canned a total of 245 quarts of tomatoes.

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.

Advent, Charlotte, hosts Potato Drop

2019-09-30T15:55:31-04:00October 1st, 2019|Categories: God's Work Our Hands, News|

Advent, Charlotte, hosts Potato Drop

On Saturday, September 7, Advent Lutheran Church in Charlotte hosted a Potato Drop event for “God’s work. Our hands.” Through the Society of St. Andrew, the delivery of 40,000 pounds of potatoes from a North Carolina farm was set up. In the month preceding the event, various food pantries and hunger missions across Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Counties were contacted to secure interest in obtaining orders of 10-lb bags. Twenty-three agencies and churches gave a resounding yes. Among them were organizations such as the Salvation Army, Second Harvest, and Loaves and Fishes, plus faith communities which included Jewish, Catholic, Presbyterian,

Salem, Lincolnton, hosts “Cool Event”

2019-09-30T16:02:22-04:00October 1st, 2019|Categories: God's Work Our Hands, News|

Salem, Lincolnton, hosts “Cool Event”

Salem, Lincolnton, located in a rural section of Lincoln County, and its sister congregation of Salem United Church of Christ, are unique in that they remain a “union” church; each holding worship weekly. The Lutheran congregation worship attendance now averages fewer than 25 each week, while the UCC congregation is even smaller. Nevertheless, these small congregations together accomplished a great fete when they hosted their empty pottery bowl benefit for “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday, on August 25.

Congregations join forces for ecumenical pack-a-thon

2019-09-30T16:00:08-04:00October 1st, 2019|Categories: God's Work Our Hands, News|

Congregations join forces for ecumenical pack-a-thon

Four congregations joined forces for an ecumenical “God’s work. Our hands” pack-a-thon: Friedens Lutheran Church, Gibsonville; Low’s Lutheran Church, Liberty; Gibsonville United Methodist Church, Gibsonville; and Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, Greensboro. The four churches raised enough money and volunteers to buy, pack, and send 20,160 meals to the needy around the world through Feed the Hunger. The 129 packers celebrated the end of their time of service together with a hot dog supper.

Story shared by Pastor Bill Zima.

Beth Eden, Newton, reaches out with four projects

2019-09-30T15:09:38-04:00October 1st, 2019|Categories: God's Work Our Hands, News|

Beth Eden, Newton, reaches out with four projects

Beth Eden, Newton, participated in “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday with four projects. We packed over 100 health kits for Lutheran World Relief. We had a group of volunteers that packed food bags for our cooperative ministry (Eastern Catawba County Cooperative Christian Ministries) at one of their warehouses. We had a group of volunteers stock the pantry at our local soup kitchen (The Corner Table). And, we had a group go to North Newton Elementary School for a blessing where they met with the principal and walked around the school. They also delivered items collected during worship by

St. Andrews, Hickory, has fun working hard

2019-09-30T15:15:36-04:00October 1st, 2019|Categories: God's Work Our Hands, News|

St. Andrew’s, Hickory, has fun working hard

For St. Andrew’s, Hickory, “God’s work. Our hands.” Day of Service on September 8 was a day of hard work and lots of fun and fellowship. St. Andrew’s members and guests took a lot of pride in the help that we could give to people and agencies in our community. We are very pleased to announce the tremendous success we had:

Prince of Peace, Greensboro, plants seeds together

2019-09-30T14:54:09-04:00October 1st, 2019|Categories: God's Work Our Hands, News|

Prince of Peace, Greensboro, plants seeds together

“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday was celebrated at Prince of Peace, Greensboro, by first recognizing and praying for all students and educators. We also kicked off Sunday School. Following worship, we shared a potluck meal together. After our fellowship meal, we worked on pruning/mulching trees on the campus that we share with the Urban Teaching Farm, along with planting seeds in one of the gardens. Thank you to Farm Manager Lilly for her guidance with this project!

Story shared by Cheryl Pressley.

St. John’s, Cherryville, shares slippers and stories

2019-09-30T12:31:08-04:00October 1st, 2019|Categories: God's Work Our Hands, News|

St. John’s, Cherryville, shares slippers and stories

Stirred by God the Spirit, the folks of St. John’s, Cherryville, headed out in joyful service for “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday! We have been in partnership with Heritage Oaks Assisted Living Nursing Center in Gastonia in the past, bringing clothes and other materials, and had noticed a desperate need for slippers and bedroom shoes.

Good Shepherd, Mount Holly, installs smoke detectors and gets creative

2019-09-30T15:02:30-04:00October 1st, 2019|Categories: God's Work Our Hands, News|

Good Shepherd, Mt. Holly, installs smoke detectors and gets creative

On “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday, the members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Mt. Holly, worked on three different service projects that impacted our local town. The first was working with the Red Cross through their Sound The Alarm program which installs smoke detectors to those who don’t have them and need them. During the afternoon hours, we knocked on 68 doors and installed 23 detectors in 15 homes. We were accompanied by the Mt. Holly Fire Department, who made sure folks also had detectors that worked.

St. Andrew, Mt. Airy, walks and sings

2019-09-30T15:05:53-04:00October 1st, 2019|Categories: God's Work Our Hands, News|

St. Andrew, Mount Airy, walks and sings

St. Andrew, Mount Airy, is a small, but active, congregation. We do a great deal of outreach in the community every month. On Tuesday evenings, we serve a meal at our downtown mission location. We always wear our “God’s work. Our hands.” t-shirts to let our Neighbors in Need (and everyone else) know what we’re all about. We get a lot of compliments on the shirts.

Ascension, Shelby, creates “agape” gifts

2019-09-30T15:03:12-04:00October 1st, 2019|Categories: God's Work Our Hands, News|

Ascension, Shelby, creates “agape” gifts

For the last two years, Ascension, Shelby has extended “God’s work. Our hands.” across an entire weekend. On Saturday, September 7, volunteers worked inside and outside the church property. The sanctuary got a deep cleaning, new mulch was laid, and the second floor, newly re-carpeted, was readied for meeting and classroom use.

Holy Cross, Mocksville shreds and ties

2019-09-26T13:14:32-04:00October 1st, 2019|Categories: God's Work Our Hands, News|

Holy Cross, Mocksville, shreds and ties

In 2016, Holy Cross, Mocksville, set the date for the document shredding truck from COR365 to come to Holy Cross this September. (Yes, it took three years to be on their schedule.) We were fortunate because they are no longer doing this as a community service since recycled paper value is low. We did newspaper and word-of-mouth publicity. We also had a large sign at the church all week advertising the shredding event. We raised over $750 toward our 2020 Relay for Life team goal. The photo includes two COR365 employees as well as Holy Cross members: Pastor Kelly Moore, Joe and Cindy Valliere, Donna

Grace, Washington, buys bears, goats

2019-09-30T15:04:25-04:00October 1st, 2019|Categories: God's Work Our Hands, News|

Grace, Washington, buys bears and goats

Grace Lutheran Church, Washington, is a small but mighty congregation. In years past for “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday, we have gone to our local food bank, Eagles Wings, and painted. This year so that more of our elderly congregation members could participate, we did something different. This year we decided to give a gift that keeps on giving. We collected small stuffed animals such as teddy bears and then, on Sunday, we delivered them to our local fire department. They will be given to children when an emergency such as a house fire or car accident occurs. This

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