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Take the next step

2019-04-15T19:21:46-04:00April 15th, 2019|Categories: Mission Support Stories, News|

Take the next step

In a quiet coffee shop in Charlotte a group of women gather regularly to play what they refer to as “retirement bridge”; basically bridge for retired people. In between hands, during deals, and at break time, their conversations tend to revolve around books being read by their book clubs, upcoming lectures or concerts, and local opportunities for service.

2019-04 Eaton Living Lutheran

2019-04-10T14:26:41-04:00April 10th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: |

All Created Things

In her April column for Living Lutheran, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reminds us that “we—all created things—are family.” As Earth Day nears on April 22, we should be “especially mindful of the gift of creation and our place in it.”

Read her column in English and in Spanish.

Pastors Harris and Rose facilitate “God in Comics”

2019-04-03T09:39:23-04:00April 1st, 2019|Categories: Congregation Stories, News|

“God in Comics” panel, (L-R) Vincent Stevens-former Lutheridge counselor; Pastor Zach Harris-Ascension, Wilson; and Pastor Will Rose-Trinity, Chapel Hill

Pastors Harris and Rose facilitate “God in Comics”

The NC Synod was well represented at the Oak City Comic-Con held in Raleigh March 15-17, 2019.  The “God in Comics” panel discussion was facilitated by Pastor Will Rose of Holy Trinity, Chapel Hill, Pastor Zach Harris of Ascension in Wilson, and Vincent Stephens who, though now ministering at a non-Lutheran church, served for five years as a counselor at Lutheridge. The panel discussed the intersection of Geek culture and biblical and theological insights that can

Beds and cots for “The Lodge”

2019-03-19T14:08:38-04:00March 19th, 2019|Categories: News|

Beds and cots for “The Lodge”

In 2017, a Peeler/Casey Grant was awarded to the Fayetteville Area Operation Inasmuch to help purchase forty beds for a men’s transitional housing program, “The Lodge,” and to purchase twenty cots for an emergency shelter that operates when temperatures fall below freezing or when there’s a natural disaster.

2019-03 Eaton Living Lutheran

2019-03-18T09:26:02-04:00March 18th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: |

Spiritual and religious

Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reflects on prayer. She reminds us that prayer is not about the technique—the how or why we pray. Prayer is an invitation to divine love. Prayer is about relationship with God. Prayer is God seeking us.

Read her column in English and in Spanish.

“We didn’t focus on debt…”

2019-02-18T12:18:23-04:00February 18th, 2019|Categories: Mission Support Stories, News|

“We didn’t focus on debt or budgets or guilt”

Imagine being called as an associate pastor to a thriving, suburban congregation with a thousand members, an average worship attendance of 300; a congregation with a passion for serving the community and plenty of staff and resources. Then, imagine being called as a solo pastor to that same congregation some thirty years later.

Remembering Pastor Miller

2019-02-07T11:16:46-04:00February 4th, 2019|Categories: Congregation Stories, News|

Rembering Pastor Miller

In this month when we lift up the contributions of African-Americans, we remember the Rev. Earlean Miller who, in 1979, became the first African-American woman ordained a pastor in all of Lutheranism in North America, according to the ELCA. Her first call was Prince of Peace, Greensboro, in the NC Synod where she served from 1979-1984. She and the congregation of Prince of Peace have nurtured other women of color to ordained ministry in our synod: Pastor Beverly Wallace, Pastor Brenda Bynum, and Pastor CeCee Mills. Thanks be to God for Pastor Earlean Miller. We are blessed to be a part of history / herstory!

The gifts of all God’s people

2019-01-21T22:01:00-04:00January 21st, 2019|Categories: Mission Support Stories, News|

The gifts of all God’s people

It’s been more than 50 years since Martin Luther King, Jr. led the Montgomery Bus Boycott and delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington. Yet, it doesn’t take long to figure out that we still have lots of work to do. Any scroll through today’s news offers stories related to racial or cultural inequality.

Our Father’s drive-through Nativity

2019-01-07T14:22:41-04:00January 7th, 2019|Categories: Congregation Stories, News|

Our Father’s drive-through Nativity

Our Father, Greensboro, has been offering a live Nativity drive-through a few weeks before Christmas. It has been going on for over ten years and typical attendance has been 75-80 cars driving through.

This year Pastor Jesse Canniff-Kuhn and some members engaged the help of social media and Nextdoor.com, along with maybe 10 hours (and no extra money), and attendance sky rocketed to 225!

Bethlehem Star lighting

2019-01-07T12:47:41-04:00January 7th, 2019|Categories: Congregation Stories, News|

Bethlehem Star Lighting

On December 3, a star shined brightly again over the community of Bethlehem, after having experienced devastating hurricane damage in the fall of 2017. The new Bethlehem Star was a beneficiary of the NC Synod’s Peeler Casey Funds which represented 20% of funds raised.

Collards, chard, and hope

2018-12-18T08:37:50-04:00December 18th, 2018|Categories: Congregation Stories, Mission Support Stories, News|

Collards, chard, and hope

When Kristy and Don Milholin’s children were in elementary school they noticed several children experiencing food insecurity. Kristy and Don felt called to help make a difference in those children’s lives, and so in August 2009, they started the Out of the Garden Project in their home around the kitchen table. The Milholins began personally supplying 10 families with a small bag of food each Friday so that those children and their families would have something to eat over the weekend. What began in 2009 by helping 10 families with a small bag of food weekly, has now grown to the largest organization of its kind in the

2018-12 Eaton Living Lutheran

2018-12-17T18:15:15-04:00December 17th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: |

From cradle to grave.

In her December column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reflects on Christmas, a time when “God reversed the cradle-to-grave progression.” We are on a joyful journey, where we are loved, we are alive and we are free to greet this holy season.
Read her column in English and in Spanish.

Serving after the storm

2018-11-19T20:09:06-04:00November 19th, 2018|Categories: Mission Support Stories, News|

Serving after the storm

Hurricane Florence hit the coast of North Carolina on September 14; Hurricane Michael arrived in NC on October 11. Congregations across the synod looked for meaningful ways to serve. The youth at Christ the King, Cary, shared love with St. Paul’s, Wilmington, by making bracelets and writing notes of prayers for St. Paul’s youth after hearing about Florence’s impact on the community of Wilmington.

A church Comic-Con first

2018-11-28T14:16:26-04:00November 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.

2018-11 Eaton Living Lutheran

2018-11-15T09:45:04-04:00November 15th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: |

In the wilderness.

In her November column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reflects on Numbers 11, the Israelites’ journey to the land the Lord had promised them. Today, we are “becoming a generation not quite arrived at the promised land, but seeing God declaring: ‘Now you will see if my word will come true for you or not.’ ”
Read her column in English and in Spanish .

Chrismon ministry at Macedonia

2018-11-05T16:59:51-04:00November 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.

2018-10 Eaton Living Lutheran

2018-10-15T19:43:30-04:00October 15th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: |

So now what?

Last year it was all Reformation all the time. On this 501st anniversary of the Reformation, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton uses her October Living Lutheran column to call on us to “refocus our attention on the gospel of our freedom, forgiveness and reconciliation given to us through God’s indescribable act of love in Christ’s death and resurrection.”

Read her column in English and in Spanish .

Stories of faith in action

2018-10-15T21:09:32-04:00October 15th, 2018|Categories: Mission Support Stories, News|

Stories of faith in action

On Sunday, September 23, Bishop Tim Smith traveled to St. John’s, Hudson, to install Pastor Dan Duke (not Dan Carolina…much to the bishop’s dismay) as their new pastor even though Pastor Duke is still the pastor at St. Stephen’s, Lenoir. How can that be?

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