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A time for the Gospel in action

2020-02-17T15:09:29-05:00February 17th, 2020|Categories: Congregation Stories, Mission Support Stories, News|

A time for the Gospel in action

‘If there was ever a time for the Gospel in action, this is it.’

McDougald Terrace is the city of Durham’s largest public housing complex with 360 apartments built in 1953. In early January, the Durham Housing Authority began an immediate emergency relocation of families living there following a number of carbon monoxide poisonings in December. Inspections revealed dangerously high carbon monoxide levels from gas stoves, furnaces, and water heaters. For almost six weeks now, about 280 families—including almost 500 children—have been living in 12 hotels across Durham County.

Niner United groups serve, grow

2020-02-17T12:57:46-05:00February 17th, 2020|Categories: News, Peeler-Casey Fund Stories|

Niner United groups serve, grow

Puerto Rico Mission

Fifty-one students from UNC Charlotte’s Lutheran campus ministry, Niner United, traveled to Puerto Rico in March 2019 to help with rebuilding efforts from Hurricane Maria. While we were there, we focused on the physical, mental, and spiritual needs of the communities we partnered with. The students served, grew in the faith, and built on their leadership capacities.

“I believe that I am a better pastor…”

2020-01-20T18:32:16-05:00January 20th, 2020|Categories: Mission Support Stories, News|

“I believe that I am a better pastor…”

Pastors Mary and Tim Canniff-Kuhn concluded their final summer as program directors at Lutheridge in 2019. For 25 summers, they nurtured, trained, and equipped an entire generation of summer staff with skills that have changed the church, our synod, and the world well beyond the boundaries of camp. “I believe that I am a better pastor for having spent summers under their leadership and guidance,” says Lauren Carlson, pictured above as a counselor and now serving as pastor at Calvary, Morganton.

St. Mark’s wins “Do Good” award

2020-01-20T17:59:12-05:00January 20th, 2020|Categories: Congregation Stories, News|

St. Mark’s wins “Do Good” award

On December 12,2019 at the Wells Fargo Atrium, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church of Charlotte was presented the “Most Generous Financial
Gift” award by Share Charlotte, Wells Fargo, and the Charlotte Business Journal for their support of Running Works, a nonprofit organization that provides life skills training and housing to homeless people. The award is based on a total gift of $17,883 given by St. Mark’s and the Social Ministry Committee with the approval of St. Mark’s Congregation Council.

Christ the King hosts interfaith MLK worship

2020-01-20T17:53:59-05:00January 20th, 2020|Categories: Congregation Stories, News|

Pastor Albert Starr preaching

Christ the King hosts interfaith MLK worship

“Reconciliation without justice isn’t reconciliation at all.”

“We have inherited a big house, a great ‘world house’ in which we have to live together—black and white, Easterners and Westerners, Gentiles and Jews, Catholics and Protestants, Muslim and Hindu,” Dr. Martin Luther King said in 1964 when accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway. Dr. King would have been pleased with the very diverse crowd that attended the interfaith prayer service held Jan. 19 at Christ the King Lutheran Church as part of the Town of Cary’s “Dreamfest” events on MLK weekend.

We’re back for phase 2!

2020-01-17T09:53:38-05:00January 13th, 2020|Categories: Faith-Finances-Freedom, News|

We’re back for phase 2!

Program Director, Pastor John Mocko, and Program Assistant, Caroline Mocko, are excited to share some good news, “We are excited to share that Phase 2 of Faith+Finances+Freedom/The Lifeline Fund has begun!” Lily Endowment, Inc. approved a scaling grant which includes sharing the grant amount of $500,000 with four other synods in Region 9: Virginia, South Carolina, Southeastern, and Caribbean. In this phase, two components will be continued: education debt relief and congregational stewardship programs. Additional details—including the application form—will be ready soon.

Good Shepherd offers suicide awareness class

2020-01-06T11:15:57-05:00January 6th, 2020|Categories: Congregation Stories, News|

Good Shepherd offers suicide awareness class

This September, the Reimagining Health Collaborative (RHC) team at Good Shepherd, Brevard, learned that our application for a grant from ELCA Disability Ministries had been partially funded. This funding enabled us to offer a suicide awareness training by Soul ShopTM for our community on October 24, along with refreshments. Thirty-five people attended the training, which focused on increasing people’s willingness to talk about suicide, gaining basic conversational skills to use when talking with someone they are concerned about, and connecting self and others to needed services. The training was presented by Fe Avis, a suicide prevention expert and creator of Soul

Beth Eden brothers encourage giving

2019-12-16T15:54:41-05:00December 16th, 2019|Categories: Congregation Stories, News|

Beth Eden brothers encourage giving

Samuel Calderon (pictured on left), who was nine on November 20, and Nathaniel (on right), who will be seven on December 12, celebrated their birthdays together this year at their church–Beth Eden, Newton. Instead of gifts they asked those attending to bring a donation to help the many people who have been affected by hurricanes this year if they so desired.

Candidacy approvals and a farewell

2019-12-16T15:37:06-05:00December 16th, 2019|Categories: Candidacy Stories, News|

Candidacy approvals and a farewell

In November 2019 the NC Synod’s Candidacy Committee gathered at Lutheridge to meet with new candidates for entrance and to approve candidates for call, assignment, and ordination. At this Fall retreat, one person was approved for entrance into candidacy—welcome Spence Robertson! Additionally, three persons were approved for placement into the call process. Approved for Ordination to Word and Sacrament Ministry were Leandra Anderson, Dr. Shanitria Cuthbertson, and Emily Norris. Congratulations on this wonderful accomplishment!

St. Andrew’s begins new ministry

2019-12-02T11:06:25-05:00December 2nd, 2019|Categories: Congregation Stories, News|

St. Andrew’s begins new ministry

“If you have come to me in friendship, to help me, then my heart will be knit to you.” (1 Chronicles 12:17)

Hickory, NC has been cited as having the highest population of unhoused veterans in the country. Several ministries and outreach organizations in Catawba County work to bring a sign of God’s love to members of our community–veteran and civilian–who do not enjoy the safety and security of a stable home.

Abiding Savior hosts ecumenical Thanksgiving service

2019-12-02T10:50:13-05:00December 2nd, 2019|Categories: Congregation Stories, News|

Abiding Savior hosts ecumenical Thanksgiving service

On Tuesday, November 26, about 60 people gathered for an ecumenical Thanksgiving Worship service at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, Durham. This was the third annual such service, but was by far the best turnout. The four congregations participating were: St. Philip Episcopal, Christus Victor Lutheran, St. Titus Episcopal, and Abiding Savior Lutheran.

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,

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