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.
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.”
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?
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
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.