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!
Bishop Timothy M. Smith and Bishop Luis R. Zarama; photo: © Diocese of Raleigh. Eric Braun
Common prayer, praise, and thanksgiving
Hundreds of Lutheran and Catholic voices were raised in praise, prayer, and thanksgiving at the historic worship held this past Friday, October 27, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Chapel Hill, commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Joined together in a Service of Common Prayer, the worship included both bishops—the Rev. Dr. Timothy M. Smith, bishop of the NC Synod, ELCA, and Bishop Luis R. Zarama of the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh—as well as shared leadership by deacons, lay leaders, and musicians.
“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.
Glorious Reformation worship
Just over 800 voices were raised in worship and song during the 500th Anniversary Observance of the Reformation on Saturday, September 23, at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Charlotte. Lutherans from both the NC and SC Synods of the ELCA were joined by their bishops: the Rev. Timothy M. Smith, of the NC Synod, ELCA, and the Rev. Herman R. Yoos, of the SC Synod, ELCA.
Hurricanes Irma & Harvey
AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee
Hurricane Irma made landfall Sept. 6 as a category 5 storm with 185 mph winds: one of the worst in recorded history. Touching down again in Florida and then moving inland, the impact to Florida is widespread and Irma will likely also affect other states before running her course.
Harvey recovery and response
How can we help? All of us watching the destruction of Hurricane Harvey over the last week have asked this same question. What can we do? The good news is, “we” as the ELCA–churchwide, synods, and congregations–have already begun to help.
You’re invited to a Service in commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Covenant Presbyterian Church
1000 E. Morehead Street, Charlotte, NC.
A Sacred Concert featuring choirs from both Newberry College and Lenoir-Rhyne University will begin at 1:30 p.m. The service will begin at 2:00p.m. with a Processional of Ecumenical Guests and Rostered Ministers. ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will preach.
“What are you doing”?
NC Lutheran Men in Mission Coordinator, Terry Edwards, recently made a Synod Partners visit to Messiah Lutheran Church in Hickory and asked, “What are you doing?” The answers amazed him. “I looked around and realized, ‘this isn’t a very big congregation, but they are sure doing a lot in this community,’ ” Edwards said.
When Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton attended the Lutheran World Federation Assembly in May, she was reminded that the ELCA is not alone in the world. In her July column for Living Lutheran, she notes that while our contexts are very different, all Lutherans have something in common—our life in Christ. Read her column here.
NC Synod Southern Seminary graduates, Class of 2017.
The NC Synod Candidacy Committee
Candidacy in the ELCA refers to the process of steps—Entrance through Approval—during which an individual seeks to discern his or her call to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament or to the Ministry of Word and Service. The “call” is often a feeling that God is directing a person toward a church vocation. The first “call” was Jesus gathering the disciples from their occupations to follow him.
The Candidacy Committee of the NC Synod consists of more than a dozen individuals who give of their time and expertise to mentor candidates on their way to a vocation.
Assembly began Friday morning with an opening worship led by assembly musicians Emily Norris (Augsburg, Winston-Salem), Matt Simpkins (Christ-South, Charlotte), Warren Keyes (Holy Trinity, Raleigh), and Clifford Badgley (Good Shepherd, Raleigh). With prayer, song, and praise, rostered ministers who entered the Church Triumphant during the last year were remembered.
Assembly attendees participated in a “Reformers Reading Romans” lesson during the Friday afternoon session. Offered as a joint effort from the Book of Faith and Reformation 500 Task Groups, the summer reading program will begin on July 9 and continue with daily readings and devotional messages reading through the book of Romans together.
Synod Council Vice-President Diana Haywood opened her remarks with heartfelt thanks to Bishop Smith and his faithful leadership. She said she loved working with the synod council and synod staff members, calling them “faithful” and “capable.”