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“We didn’t focus on debt…”

2019-02-18T12:18:23+00:00February 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+00:00February 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+00:00January 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+00:00January 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+00:00January 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+00:00December 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

2018-12 Eaton Living Lutheran

2018-12-17T18:15:15+00:00December 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+00:00November 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+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.

2018-11 Eaton Living Lutheran

2018-11-15T09:45:04+00:00November 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+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.

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?

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