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A safe haven for women

2018-06-18T15:22:35+00:00 June 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+00:00 June 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+00:00 June 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+00:00 June 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+00:00 June 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+00:00 June 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+00:00 June 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

Latino ministry includes challenges and hope

2018-06-06T12:07:35+00:00 June 4th, 2018|Categories: Assembly News, News|

Latino ministry includes challenges and hope

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 first keynote conversation presented at assembly focused on walking alongside our Latino sisters and brothers and the opportunities and challenges involved. The Rev. Alfredo M. Oviedo, is one of the pastors at Grace, Hendersonville, which is one of our NC Synod congregations with a Latino ministry. Tammy Jones

Tammy Jones West and deans installed

2018-06-05T02:15:29+00:00 June 4th, 2018|Categories: Assembly News, News|

Tammy Jones West and deans installed

One of the highlights of this year’s assembly was the installation of Deacon Tammy Jones West as assistant to the bishop. Tammy has been serving on synod staff as Director of Youth and Family Ministries (and, more recently, Director of Leadership & Discipleship) since 1994. Her appointment to serve as Assistant to the Bishop was confirmed by a synod council vote at their December 2017 meeting.

ELCA Glocal Musicians bring song to the assembly

2018-06-02T23:44:51+00:00 June 2nd, 2018|Categories: Assembly News, News|

ELCA Glocal Musicians bring song to the assembly

“Como busca la cierva corrientes de agua, asi mi Alma te busca a ti, Dios mio.”
“As the deer seeks after streams of water, so my soul seeks after you, my God.”
–Psalm 41:2

As the 2018 NC Synod Assembly opened in worship, the ELCA Glocal Musicians led God’s people in this beautiful refrain of Psalm 41. It was an auditory expression of the theme for this year’s assembly of “We are church for the sake of the world.”

LTSS campaign to assist critical need

2018-06-02T14:30:49+00:00 June 2nd, 2018|Categories: Assembly News, News|

LTSS campaign to assist critical need

A critical shortage of seminary students continues to threaten the future of our church, and NC Synod congregations are being asked to help financially, according to Drs. Cinde and Ron Rinn, co-chairs of an LTSS campaign within the synod to address the problem. The campaign is named “Opening Doors: Answering the Spirit’s Call.”

Assembly begins with worship

2018-06-02T11:22:02+00:00 June 2nd, 2018|Categories: Assembly News, News|

Assembly begins with worship

As we gathered in the hotel ballroom, some finding their seats and others still at the registration tables in the hall outside, the ELCA Glocal Band filled the air with music from around the world.

Pre-assembly afternoon events

2018-06-01T17:28:13+00:00 June 1st, 2018|Categories: Assembly News, News|

Pre-assembly afternoon events

A peek into the afternoon pre-assembly events—Narrative Budgets, Compensation & Mutual Ministry; and America & Gun Violence—would show that folks were very interested in these topics and we willing to give an afternoon to learning (and to sit in a rather warm workshop room!).

Pre-assembly event encourages “Growing Young”

2018-06-01T12:45:35+00:00 June 1st, 2018|Categories: Assembly News, News|

Pre-assembly event encourages “Growing Young”

The 2018 NC Synod Pre-Assembly kicked off Thursday, May 31, with a full-day’s focus on the topic of churches Growing Young: Helping young people discover and love your church. Throughout the session, Jake Mulder of Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) addressed many myths around this topic and helped to define our present reality based on the cutting-edge findings of FYI’s comprehensive study of Churches Growing Young.

2018-05 Eaton Living Lutheran

2018-05-18T15:58:11+00:00 May 28th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: |

God loves

In her May column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton writes: “Jesus loves his own and loves us to the end.” And, she notes, Jesus makes it possible for us to do the same.

Read her column in English and in Spanish.

Relief for the hungry

2018-05-14T17:26:39+00:00 May 14th, 2018|Categories: News, Peeler-Casey Fund Stories|

Relief for the hungry

Esther’s Heart is a non-profit ministry in Concord committed to serving God and the needs of others through character empowerment, support, encouragement, motivation and hunger relief. Thanks to a grant from the synod’s Peeler/Casey Funds, Esther’s Heart was able to fill backpacks to go home with hungry children for a month of weekends.

We act to end racism

2018-05-14T16:50:00+00:00 May 14th, 2018|Categories: Mission Support Stories, News|

we act to end racism

We act to end racism

“You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say.”

We, as a synod and national church, act and stand against racism.

A young pastor serving his first congregation in Connecticut accompanied a group of college youth to the voter registration program in Mississippi in 1964. He went as an “adult” to be a possible mature presence among the college youth running the movement (the Southern Nonviolent Coordinating Committee). 

A new and joyful noise

2018-04-30T11:02:22+00:00 April 30th, 2018|Categories: Congregation Stories, News|

A new and joyful noise

Psalm 100 urges us to “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the lands. Serve the Lord with gladness. Come before His presence with singing.” The Church of the Savior, Newland, was able to sing  praise to the Lord on Easter Sunday accompanied by a beautiful new musical instrument—a pipe organ that consists of two manuals, four ranks and 293 pipes. The console is built from red oak that is stained walnut and the case box housing the pipes is walnut with maple trim. 

Campus ministry makes a difference

2018-04-26T12:16:44+00:00 April 16th, 2018|Categories: Mission Support Stories, News|

campus ministry group

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 all) and headed off to college.

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