2018-01 Eaton Living Lutheran

2018-01-08T10:28:18+00:00 January 8th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: |

Church Speak

How do we communicate with a growing segment of our population that has had little or no connection with the church or any other religious tradition without using “church speak”?

Read Bishop Eaton’s January Living Lutheran column in English here or in Spanish here.

Friends from Costa Rica

2018-01-01T22:43:06+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Categories: News|

ILCO-visitors Pastor Phil Tonnesen, Pastor Gilberto Quesada, Luis Zamora, María Obregon, and Bishop Tim Smith

Friends from Costa Rica

In October, our synod was privileged to be host to a delegation of three from our companion synod, Iglesia Lutheran Costarricense (ILCO). The delegation consisted of Pastor Gilberto Quesada, President of ILCO, and lay members of ILCO, María Obregon and Luis Zamora. Pastor Quesada was making a return visit to our synod, but Obregon and Zamora were first-time visitors to N.C. and to the U.S.

2017-12 Eaton – Living Lutheran

2017-12-15T12:55:22+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: |

Disengage the Autopilot

In secular culture, it’s easy to “barrel through to Christmas.” In her December column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reminds us that Advent is a season that bids us to be present, to be still. She suggests we reflect on four words: “Just this. Just now.”

Read her column in English here or in Spanish here.

Synod surpasses fundraising challenge

2017-12-04T14:02:13+00:00 December 4th, 2017|Categories: News|

Sapna-Barde-World-Hunger Gifts to ELCA World Hunger are at work in Madhya Pradesh, India, to fight hunger and poverty with solutions including education, free nutritious meals and health care. India is one of more than 60 countries where ELCA World Hunger is at work.

NC Synod surpasses fundraising challenge for ELCA World Hunger

What started as a conversation led to multiplying generosity among members of the North Carolina Synod.

In February 2017, a North Carolina donor who asked to remain anonymous made a $50,000 donation to ELCA World Hunger, a ministry of the ELCA which works in more than 60 countries around the world on solutions to end hunger and poverty.

Why should we Lutherans care?

2017-12-04T13:55:18+00:00 December 3rd, 2017|Categories: Congregations, News|


Why should we Lutherans care?

Why should we Lutherans care about the U.S. Virgin Islands? A challenge from Prince of Peace, Greensboro. Most importantly, we Lutherans should care about the Virgin Islands (the three-island territories’ capital is on St. Thomas known as “Charlotte Amaile,” St. Croix and St. John’s) because these residents are people of God who are suffering in immeasurable ways due to recent storms. Secondarily, an overwhelming number of indigenous residents of the Virgin Islands have Lutheran roots dating back to the 1600’s.

Young adults serve around the world

2017-11-06T16:34:16+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Categories: News|


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!

Common prayer, praise, and thanksgiving

2017-11-14T09:37:09+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: |

Bishops-Reformation-Chapel-Hill 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

2017-09-30T13:08:20+00:00 September 30th, 2017|Categories: 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.

Glorious Reformation worship

2017-09-28T10:26:39+00:00 September 25th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: |

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

2017-09-13T12:25:30+00:00 September 12th, 2017|Categories: News|

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 response and recovery

2017-09-05T17:19:02+00:00 September 3rd, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: |


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.

Reformation 500 Service

2017-09-13T12:34:10+00:00 August 25th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: |

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.

Bishop EatonA 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?”

2017-07-31T09:38:01+00:00 July 31st, 2017|Categories: News|


“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.

Live in the freedom of Christ

2017-07-18T09:47:34+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: |

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.

The NC Synod Candidacy Committee

2017-07-07T09:05:58+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|Categories: Candidacy Stories, News|

LTSS-graduates 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.

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