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Beautiful to be the church

2019-11-18T15:09:50-05:00November 18th, 2019|Categories: Mission Support Stories, News|

Beautiful to be the church

“The more I learned about Christ’s Beloved Community, the more I thought, ‘This is a beautiful thing!

On a beautiful Thursday in October, a small group of us traveled from various spots around the synod to the south side of Winston-Salem. Based on the tiendas and taquerias in the surrounding neighborhoods, we could have easily been in southeast Florida or south Texas. The parking lot was filled with vehicles, folks were mowing the grass and trimming the hedges, volunteers were plentiful throughout the building, music was being practiced in the worship space, and lunch was being prepared. We gathered that day for

Lutheran Chapel servers first responders

2019-11-18T13:33:25-05:00November 18th, 2019|Categories: Congregation Stories, God's Work Our Hands, News|

Lutheran Chapel serves first responders

Lutheran Chapel, China Grove, celebrated “God’s work. Our hands.” on Tuesday, October 29, through serving a community meal for Southern Rowan County first responders. Hamburgers and hot dogs with the trimmings were served to policemen, firemen, EMT’s, and sheriff’s department personnel from staff in Kannapolis, Landis, China Grove, and Salisbury. Special guest was Sheriff Kevin Auten from Salisbury. Members from Lutheran Chapel prepared the meal under the leadership of Council President Steve Beaver.

Story submitted by Pastor Susan Bame.

Grace, Washington’s Goat Challenge

2019-11-04T15:10:22-05:00November 4th, 2019|Categories: Congregation Stories, News|

Grace, Washington’s Goat Challenge

Our small but mighty congregation, Grace, Washington, began what we call the Goat Challenge last year. We are small – about 32 members regularly attending – but are concerned about hunger issues in our world. The goat challenge began as a way to help with hunger worldwide. Two of our members are goat owners and farmers. Goats are economical, take a small space on which to live and produce well. A goat can produce a gallon of milk daily—more than enough to help feed a hungry family.

Packing purses!

2019-11-04T15:02:19-05:00November 4th, 2019|Categories: Congregation Stories, News|

Packing purses!

For their October meeting, members of the Sullivan Huddle of Women of the ELCA at First, Greensboro, participated in a service project working with “An Attitude of Gratitude.”

“I’m always surprised.”

2019-10-14T14:45:10-04:00October 14th, 2019|Categories: Mission Support Stories, News|

“I’m always surprised”

“The mountains are calling and I must go.” Perhaps you’ve seen a shirt, mug, or other item printed with this quote from naturalist and preservationist John Muir.  It’s actually a shortened version of a sentence in a letter written to Muir’s sister in 1873: “The mountains are calling & I must go & I will work on while I can, studying incessantly.” For many of the church leaders from across the NC Synod, the mountains call each fall and we must go—specifically the mountains call us to Fall Convocation at Lutheridge from Monday to Wednesday sometime each fall. For those three days, we worship, we

First, Greensboro, hosts Pride booth

2019-10-14T11:18:41-04:00October 14th, 2019|Categories: Congregation Stories, News|

First Lutheran Church, Greensboro, participated in the Greensboro Pride Festival on Sunday September 15. Twenty-one members of the congregation hosted a booth to hand out bottles of water and express our commitment to full inclusion for all LGBT adults. Over 400 bottles of water were distributed and numerous great conversations were had about God and God’s love for all people. Pastor Jay Hilbinger is pictured.

Story shared by George Still.

Lutheran Builders work trip

2019-10-14T11:14:46-04:00October 14th, 2019|Categories: News|

The Lutheran Builders of Western NC certainly got a lot of work done a few weeks ago in Fayetteville. It’s hard to believe but some folks have been out of their homes for two years or more. So, we Builders worked on five or six houses, including doing roofing, framing, mudding, sanding, painting, putting in a bathroom, and, given the weather, lots of sweating! Thanks to the workers: Al Mullen, Al King, Wade Poust, Tom Miller, John Leonard, David Apple, Allen Mabry, Bruce Yount, Kathy and Max Varnadore, Carole Demmy, Jeff Hovis, Joel Heavner, Mark Rutter, and Kale Sloop. And, the Methodist crew from

St. John’s, Salisbury, signs covenant

2019-10-14T11:00:51-04:00October 14th, 2019|Categories: Congregation Stories, News|

This weekend was a historic event at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Salisbury.

On Sunday during the 11:00 service, a Covenant of agreement between Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem and St. John’s
Lutheran was signed by both Pastors, Rev. Dr. Munther Isaac and Rev. Rhodes Woolly. Pastor Munther preached at St. John’s Sunday services and led a community forum later that evening.

Advent, Charlotte, hosts Potato Drop

2019-09-30T15:55:31-04:00October 1st, 2019|Categories: God's Work Our Hands, News|

Advent, Charlotte, hosts Potato Drop

On Saturday, September 7, Advent Lutheran Church in Charlotte hosted a Potato Drop event for “God’s work. Our hands.” Through the Society of St. Andrew, the delivery of 40,000 pounds of potatoes from a North Carolina farm was set up. In the month preceding the event, various food pantries and hunger missions across Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Counties were contacted to secure interest in obtaining orders of 10-lb bags. Twenty-three agencies and churches gave a resounding yes. Among them were organizations such as the Salvation Army, Second Harvest, and Loaves and Fishes, plus faith communities which included Jewish, Catholic, Presbyterian,

Salem, Lincolnton, hosts “Cool Event”

2019-09-30T16:02:22-04:00October 1st, 2019|Categories: God's Work Our Hands, News|

Salem, Lincolnton, hosts “Cool Event”

Salem, Lincolnton, located in a rural section of Lincoln County, and its sister congregation of Salem United Church of Christ, are unique in that they remain a “union” church; each holding worship weekly. The Lutheran congregation worship attendance now averages fewer than 25 each week, while the UCC congregation is even smaller. Nevertheless, these small congregations together accomplished a great fete when they hosted their empty pottery bowl benefit for “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday, on August 25.

Congregations join forces for ecumenical pack-a-thon

2019-09-30T16:00:08-04:00October 1st, 2019|Categories: God's Work Our Hands, News|

Congregations join forces for ecumenical pack-a-thon

Four congregations joined forces for an ecumenical “God’s work. Our hands” pack-a-thon: Friedens Lutheran Church, Gibsonville; Low’s Lutheran Church, Liberty; Gibsonville United Methodist Church, Gibsonville; and Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, Greensboro. The four churches raised enough money and volunteers to buy, pack, and send 20,160 meals to the needy around the world through Feed the Hunger. The 129 packers celebrated the end of their time of service together with a hot dog supper.

Story shared by Pastor Bill Zima.

Beth Eden, Newton, reaches out with four projects

2019-09-30T15:09:38-04:00October 1st, 2019|Categories: God's Work Our Hands, News|

Beth Eden, Newton, reaches out with four projects

Beth Eden, Newton, participated in “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday with four projects. We packed over 100 health kits for Lutheran World Relief. We had a group of volunteers that packed food bags for our cooperative ministry (Eastern Catawba County Cooperative Christian Ministries) at one of their warehouses. We had a group of volunteers stock the pantry at our local soup kitchen (The Corner Table). And, we had a group go to North Newton Elementary School for a blessing where they met with the principal and walked around the school. They also delivered items collected during worship by

St. Andrews, Hickory, has fun working hard

2019-09-30T15:15:36-04:00October 1st, 2019|Categories: God's Work Our Hands, News|

St. Andrew’s, Hickory, has fun working hard

For St. Andrew’s, Hickory, “God’s work. Our hands.” Day of Service on September 8 was a day of hard work and lots of fun and fellowship. St. Andrew’s members and guests took a lot of pride in the help that we could give to people and agencies in our community. We are very pleased to announce the tremendous success we had:

Prince of Peace, Greensboro, plants seeds together

2019-09-30T14:54:09-04:00October 1st, 2019|Categories: God's Work Our Hands, News|

Prince of Peace, Greensboro, plants seeds together

“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday was celebrated at Prince of Peace, Greensboro, by first recognizing and praying for all students and educators. We also kicked off Sunday School. Following worship, we shared a potluck meal together. After our fellowship meal, we worked on pruning/mulching trees on the campus that we share with the Urban Teaching Farm, along with planting seeds in one of the gardens. Thank you to Farm Manager Lilly for her guidance with this project!

Story shared by Cheryl Pressley.

St. John’s, Cherryville, shares slippers and stories

2019-09-30T12:31:08-04:00October 1st, 2019|Categories: God's Work Our Hands, News|

St. John’s, Cherryville, shares slippers and stories

Stirred by God the Spirit, the folks of St. John’s, Cherryville, headed out in joyful service for “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday! We have been in partnership with Heritage Oaks Assisted Living Nursing Center in Gastonia in the past, bringing clothes and other materials, and had noticed a desperate need for slippers and bedroom shoes.

Good Shepherd, Mount Holly, installs smoke detectors and gets creative

2019-09-30T15:02:30-04:00October 1st, 2019|Categories: God's Work Our Hands, News|

Good Shepherd, Mt. Holly, installs smoke detectors and gets creative

On “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday, the members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Mt. Holly, worked on three different service projects that impacted our local town. The first was working with the Red Cross through their Sound The Alarm program which installs smoke detectors to those who don’t have them and need them. During the afternoon hours, we knocked on 68 doors and installed 23 detectors in 15 homes. We were accompanied by the Mt. Holly Fire Department, who made sure folks also had detectors that worked.

St. Andrew, Mt. Airy, walks and sings

2019-09-30T15:05:53-04:00October 1st, 2019|Categories: God's Work Our Hands, News|

St. Andrew, Mount Airy, walks and sings

St. Andrew, Mount Airy, is a small, but active, congregation. We do a great deal of outreach in the community every month. On Tuesday evenings, we serve a meal at our downtown mission location. We always wear our “God’s work. Our hands.” t-shirts to let our Neighbors in Need (and everyone else) know what we’re all about. We get a lot of compliments on the shirts.

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