Campus ministry makes a difference

2018-04-16T18:45:51+00:00 April 16th, 2018|Categories: Mission Support Stories, News|

campus ministry group Elon campus ministry

Campus ministry makes a difference

By Pebbles Cloninger, member of Philadelphia, Dallas

I don’t remember much about my high school graduation—that was 35 years ago in June—but I do remember that about a week before I left for college, I received an invitation to a “Welcome to Campus” cookout sponsored by Lutheran Campus Ministry at the local Lutheran church. My parents were thrilled to know that the Lutherans knew I was headed their way and, obviously, encouraged me to attend. Along with all of the important papers I would need for that first week or so, I packed the invitation (with no intention of attending…I was 18, after

A glorious day

2018-04-16T13:47:15+00:00 April 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! 

2018-04 Eaton Living Lutheran

2018-04-09T09:19:00+00:00 April 9th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: |

April fools

In her April column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reminds us that we confess “Christ is risen” in the face of worldly wisdom that is based on death. But we stake our lives on this: “Life wins. Love wins.”

Read her column in English and in Spanish.

Christ is risen!

2018-03-31T19:53:10+00:00 March 31st, 2018|Categories: News|

empty tomb with text: Christ is risen

“Christ is risen!”

“Promises, promises, I am through with promises, promises…..” So begins a popular Burt Bacharach song from the late 1960s. Little wonder that folks lament the vulnerability and the hurt that promises cause. It’s part of that double-edged sword of relationships. Relationships are our most precious gift on which we hinge our future, and yet the brokenness of promises leaves us empty and sometimes despairing. 

Eaton Easter message

2018-03-31T19:29:22+00:00 March 31st, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: |

An Easter message from Bishop Eaton

Life triumphs over death and love wins. Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton offers an Easter message:

It all started with such promise–the angel announcing to Mary that the child she would bear would be called Son of the Most High; the conviction of Mary that this child would be the embodiment of God’s promised justice, that the hungry would be filled with good things and the rich sent away empty; angels announcing his birth; thousands being fed; the sick healed; the dead raised.

Read the complete message in English and in Spanish. Or, watch the video.

Youth who love like Jesus

2018-03-20T11:12:57+00:00 March 19th, 2018|Categories: Mission Support Stories, News|

Youth who love like Jesus

If you had walked into the Embassy Suites Hotel in Greensboro in late February for a relaxing weekend away, you might have been surprised to find approximately 500 youth and adults gathered for a weekend focused on how to Love Like Jesus.

2018-03 Eaton Living Lutheran

2018-03-16T09:18:50+00:00 March 19th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: |

God is calling.

In her March column for Living Lutheran, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton shares her call story of becoming a Lutheran pastor. She says women don’t follow God’s call to be trailblazers—they say “yes” because God’s call is irresistible.

Read her column in English and in Spanish.

The process of candidacy

2018-03-06T08:52:54+00:00 March 5th, 2018|Categories: Candidacy Stories, News|

Candidate Karin O’Donnell’s endorsement interview includes (l. to r.) Karin, Pastor Sara Ilderton, committee member Carole Demmy, and Dr. Sylvia Black, committee chair. Dr. Brooks Schramm, United Lutheran Seminary professor, participated via Skype. (Karin is holding “Flat Jesus,” who was there as well.)

The process of candidacy

Candidacy in the ELCA is the churchwide process of preparation and formation leading to ordained ministry for pastors, or rostered lay ministry for deacons.

Preparing for ministry…in the Holy Land

2018-02-19T13:53:46+00:00 February 19th, 2018|Categories: Mission Support Stories, News|Tags: |

Candidacy group in Holy Land

Preparing for ministry…in the Holy Land

Julie Tonnesen, a second-year seminary student at Duke University Divinity School, was recently preparing for the trip of a lifetime; a trip to the Holy Land. “I am excited to explore the places I’ve read about, and to interact with people who occupy and live in those spaces today. My grandfather is a Lutheran pastor, and his advice was for me to go right away,” she said.

A “Reformation 500” house

2018-02-19T09:11:21+00:00 February 19th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: |

A “Reformation 500” House

Amid recent celebrations of the Reformation’s 500th anniversary, can a house also participate? Maybe a newly built house in an historic district of Hickory, N.C. is doing just that. Located near Lenoir-Rhyne University, it at least offers two striking symbols of Martin Luther and the Reformation … one widely recognized and one seemingly much less known.

2018-02 Eaton Living Lutheran

2018-02-19T08:35:06+00:00 February 13th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: |

Church Speak

True love. This year Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day fall on the same day. It may seem an odd pairing. But in her February column for Living Lutheran, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton suggests we think of Ash Wednesday as a valentine from God.

Read her column in English or Spanish.

Eight was a magic number

2018-03-19T11:41:46+00:00 February 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.

2018-01 Eaton Living Lutheran

2018-01-08T10:28:18+00:00 January 8th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: |

Church Speak

How do we communicate with a growing segment of our population that has had little or no connection with the church or any other religious tradition without using “church speak”?

Read Bishop Eaton’s January Living Lutheran column in English here or in Spanish here.

Friends from Costa Rica

2018-01-01T22:43:06+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Categories: News|

ILCO-visitors Pastor Phil Tonnesen, Pastor Gilberto Quesada, Luis Zamora, María Obregon, and Bishop Tim Smith

Friends from Costa Rica

In October, our synod was privileged to be host to a delegation of three from our companion synod, Iglesia Lutheran Costarricense (ILCO). The delegation consisted of Pastor Gilberto Quesada, President of ILCO, and lay members of ILCO, María Obregon and Luis Zamora. Pastor Quesada was making a return visit to our synod, but Obregon and Zamora were first-time visitors to N.C. and to the U.S.

2017-12 Eaton – Living Lutheran

2017-12-15T12:55:22+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: |

Disengage the Autopilot

In secular culture, it’s easy to “barrel through to Christmas.” In her December column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reminds us that Advent is a season that bids us to be present, to be still. She suggests we reflect on four words: “Just this. Just now.”

Read her column in English here or in Spanish here.

Synod surpasses fundraising challenge

2017-12-04T14:02:13+00:00 December 4th, 2017|Categories: News|

Sapna-Barde-World-Hunger Gifts to ELCA World Hunger are at work in Madhya Pradesh, India, to fight hunger and poverty with solutions including education, free nutritious meals and health care. India is one of more than 60 countries where ELCA World Hunger is at work.

NC Synod surpasses fundraising challenge for ELCA World Hunger

What started as a conversation led to multiplying generosity among members of the North Carolina Synod.

In February 2017, a North Carolina donor who asked to remain anonymous made a $50,000 donation to ELCA World Hunger, a ministry of the ELCA which works in more than 60 countries around the world on solutions to end hunger and poverty.

Why should we Lutherans care?

2017-12-04T13:55:18+00:00 December 3rd, 2017|Categories: Congregations, News|


Why should we Lutherans care?

Why should we Lutherans care about the U.S. Virgin Islands? A challenge from Prince of Peace, Greensboro. Most importantly, we Lutherans should care about the Virgin Islands (the three-island territories’ capital is on St. Thomas known as “Charlotte Amaile,” St. Croix and St. John’s) because these residents are people of God who are suffering in immeasurable ways due to recent storms. Secondarily, an overwhelming number of indigenous residents of the Virgin Islands have Lutheran roots dating back to the 1600’s.

Young adults serve around the world

2017-11-06T16:34:16+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Categories: News|


Young adults serve around the world

This year there are 93 Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) serving around the world on behalf of the ELCA–nine of whom call the congregations, camps, and campus ministries of the NC Synod home. That’s pretty impressive! Each of those nine young adults will write blogs and/or newsletters during the year about ministry happening in their various locations. Learn more about our young adults serving; subscribe to their blogs!

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