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2018-10 Eaton Living Lutheran

2018-10-15T19:43:30+00:00October 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+00:00October 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?

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.

“You are not alone.”

2018-09-17T12:04:37+00:00September 17th, 2018|Categories: Mission Support Stories, News|

“You are not alone.”

Like many of you this past Tuesday—September 11, 2018—my family watched several different 9/11 memorials and remembrances along with forecasts and news about the impending arrival of Hurricane Florence. Later in the evening, we watched an episode of Bull. (Bull is a television drama about a trial consulting firm where Bull and his team employ psychology and high-tech data to understand jurors, lawyers, witnesses and defendants to help their clients win.)

2018-09 Eaton Living Lutheran

2018-09-17T11:29:59+00:00September 17th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: |

Fear not

For Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, Isaiah 43:1-7 is one of the most hopeful and lovely passages in all of Scripture. Find out why in her September column for Living Lutheran, where she says it is possible for us to fear and fear not.
Read her column in English and in Spanish .

Encouraging voter engagement

2018-08-30T15:08:52+00:00August 30th, 2018|Categories: News|

Encouraging voter engagement

St. Mark’s, Asheville, is a prime example for congregations wishing to support the ELCA’s Voter Engagement Initiative,  ELCAvotes! The congregation’s Christian Action Team partnered with The United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County which provided materials, submitted voter registrations, and emailed voting reminders to those who took the Pledge to Vote. 

2018-08 Eaton Living Lutheran

2018-08-20T11:48:35+00:00August 20th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: |

We are the branches:

In her August column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, asks, “Is it possible to be Lutheran and an ecumenist?” Yes, of course. For we are “scripturally, confessionally and even constitutionally wired to be an ecumenical church.” Read her column in English and in Spanish.

“Bishop Tim preached the resurrection!”

2018-08-20T11:30:48+00:00August 20th, 2018|Categories: Mission Support Stories, News|

Bob & Pastor Carrie Bishop

“Bishop Tim preached the resurrection!”

How often has your family shared milestones and life passages with your pastor or deacon over the years? Most likely, your pastor has visited you in the hospital, baptized your children, officiated at weddings, cried over divorces. Your youth and family minister or music minister has celebrated graduations with you, prayed with you, and supported your grieving when you lost loved ones. But have you ever wondered who rostered ministers turn to when their own families celebrate special occasions and need pastoral care and support?

Manis wins campus ministry award

2018-08-06T13:49:37+00:00August 6th, 2018|Categories: News|

Manis (r.) with students.

Manis wins campus ministry award

Lutheran Campus Ministry staff recently gathered for our National Staff Conference in Portland, Oregon.  It was a wonderful event to celebrate our ministry among students, faculty and staff at college and university campuses across the country on behalf of the ELCA.

Was it worth it?

2018-07-16T15:46:15+00:00July 16th, 2018|Categories: Mission Support Stories, News|

Was It Worth It?

Right there, at nearly midnight, in a small, gray dorm room with nine people perched on desks, beds, and chairs, sweaty from a very long Houston summer day, snacks and drinks everywhere…a boundary was erased.

It was worth it. Every dollar. Every minute. Every drop of sweat. Every late night. Every early morning. Every long line. Every ounce of sunscreen. It was all worth it.

Before leaving for the ELCA National Youth Gathering, I wondered on my blog about the cost of it all. Is the $1,000+ for each person a faithful use of the resources God has given us? I had decided that it

New call highlights ecumenical partnership

2018-07-16T13:52:16+00:00July 16th, 2018|Categories: News|

New call highlights ecumenical partnership

On Sunday, May 6, 2018, the Rev. Kelly Moore was installed as pastor at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Mocksville. The installation was held at the 9:00 a.m. worship service and was conducted by the Rev. Andrew Miller, Conference Dean of of the NC Synod, ELCA. Also participating were the Rev. David Guthrie, President of the Provincial Elders Conference of the Moravian Church in America; Carole Demmy, Congregation President; and Joseph Valliere, Congregation Vice-President and Chair of the Call Committee. Following the installation a brunch was held to honor Pastor Moore.

Candidacy committee celebrates!

2018-07-02T13:23:00+00:00July 2nd, 2018|Categories: Candidacy Stories, News|

NC Synod Candidacy Committee

Candidacy committee celebrates!

The NC Synod Candidacy Committee rejoices in the 2018 graduation of five seminarians from Lenoir-Rhyne’s Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, S.C. This year’s graduates with whom the NC Candidacy Committee has worked are: Cassie McIntosh Overcash, Ethan Overcash, Shea Berbaum, Molly Markley, and Brian Wachendorf. Congratulations!

—by Carole Demmy

A safe haven for women

2018-06-18T15:22:35+00:00June 18th, 2018|Categories: News, Peeler-Casey Fund Stories|

A safe haven for women

At the Mary and Martha Center for Women and Community Care in Albemarle, women are offered hospitality—a welcome of kindness and compassion into an inviting safe haven that no one is afraid to enter. The main offerings are counseling and an ever-evolving referral system. The center partners with Stanly Community Christian Ministries, Homes of Hope, OASIS, Community Care Clinic, Esther House, The Pregnancy Resource Center, and Carolinas Healthcare System to help women and their families in a difficult life situations or distress. They make sure their clients find the resources they so desperately need, walking with them through the process and extending the courtesy of

Bring all voices to the table

2018-06-18T14:28:08+00:00June 18th, 2018|Categories: Mission Support Stories, News|

Bring all voices to the table

A young single woman is recently divorced and has been kicked out of her husband’s community, the boundary in Cherokee, N.C. She has no home, no job, and no food for herself and her son. She turns to the local food pantry that happens to be at Living Waters Lutheran Church, one of seven mission congregations in the NC Synod. At the food pantry this young woman meets Lisa Russell who runs the food pantry. Like a mother hen, Lisa gathers the young woman under her wings and the woman becomes a part of that community…first at the food pantry to get food, then at

2018-06 Eaton Living Lutheran

2018-06-18T10:08:20+00:00June 18th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: |

We know the truth

In her June column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton compares her father’s experience following the war to that of African American soldiers. And knowing the truth of such realities, she writes, means “we have to do something about it.”

Vice President Haywood’s reflections

2018-06-05T01:13:32+00:00June 5th, 2018|Categories: Assembly News, News|

Vice President Diana Haywood’s reflections

Vice President Diana Haywood opened her reflection with the prayer that God would equip, help, and guide her as she serves God and the church.

Continuing her remarks, she noted that the NC Synod is blessed with committed volunteers and staff, rostered and lay leaders. Specifically, Vice President Haywood highlighted the work and service of Deacon Tammy Jones West, who has been the synod assembly manager for years, saying, “Tammy Jones West—Thank you!  You rock!” And, knowing that Michael DeNise is taking over the responsibility of managing the synod assembly from now on, she said, “Michael DeNise, thank you for what you are going to do!” The

Bishop Smith announces new synod vision

2018-06-06T11:59:33+00:00June 5th, 2018|Categories: Assembly News, News|

Bishop Smith announces new synod vision

On Saturday afternoon, the bishop announced a new synod vision to the assembly. The vision is the result of intentional work by synod staff in conversation with Synod Council to focus and guide the work of the synod for the months to come. Vital Congregations tops the list.

Cherokee congregation blends Christian traditions with native culture

2018-06-06T12:03:32+00:00June 4th, 2018|Categories: Assembly News, News|

Cherokee congregation blends Christian traditions with native culture

The 2018 NC Synod Assembly with the theme, “We are church for the sake of the world,” featured three keynote conversations which provided illuminating glimpses into the ways God is working through the NC Synod, ELCA, to demonstrate, “We are church together. And together, we are church for the sake of the world.”

The third keynote conversation focused on Living Waters, a small but dynamic mission congregation located on the Cherokee reservation in western N.C. This ongoing ministry is led by the Rev. Jack Russell, who is the only full-blooded Cherokee pastor in the ELCA. Its vital work includes not

West Charlotte mission partners with local schools

2018-06-06T12:05:46+00:00June 4th, 2018|Categories: Assembly News, News|

West Charlotte mission partners with local schools

The 2018 NC Synod Assembly with the theme, “We are church for the sake of the world,” featured three keynote conversations which provided illuminating glimpses into the ways God is working through the NC Synod, ELCA, to demonstrate, “We are church together. And together, we are church for the sake of the world.”

The second keynote conversation focused on the new Emmaus mission community in West Charlotte that is successfully partnering with local schools. It is led by Dr. Shanitria Cuthbertson, mission developer. The ministry, which recently began offering Sunday worship services at Thomasboro Academy, also seeks to address the unique needs

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