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A lamentation of gun violence

2019-06-03T20:46:32-04:00June 3rd, 2019|Categories: Assembly News, News|

A lamentation of gun violence

Saturday’s assembly session opened with a meaningful litany and lamentation on gun violence. In particular, it was a time to remember and lament the fatal shooting that took place on the campus of UNC Charlotte almost exactly one month ago. We also gave attention to another act of gun violence that occurred in Virginia Beach just yesterday. Through this litany, the assembly was able to voice its sorrow and lift prayers for the many victims, families, and communities who have experienced these tragedies.

Life-giving relationships with the world

2019-06-03T16:45:04-04:00June 3rd, 2019|Categories: Assembly News, News|

Life-giving relationships with the world

To continue the exploration of the congregational vitality definition of “life-giving relationships with the world,” Deacon GeoRene Jones addressed the assembly, bringing news of the many ways the North Carolina Synod brings recovery and relief after disasters. She invited a pastor from the coastal area to share some experiences.

Affordable housing: how will you respond?

2019-06-03T16:46:21-04:00June 3rd, 2019|Categories: Assembly News, News|

Affordable housing: how will you respond?

Housing ends homelessness. Yes, it is that simple…and yet it is quite difficult when there isn’t enough affordable housing to meet the demand. The pre-assembly event on affordable housing allowed attendees to learn about homelessness and the ways congregations might get involved in solutions.

Gathering to worship and celebrate

2019-06-02T16:54:26-04:00June 2nd, 2019|Categories: Assembly News, News|

Gathering to worship and celebrate

The 2019 NC Synod Assembly participants gathered to worship despite the tornado watch and pouring rain. Lutherans trickled into First Presbyterian Church, Greensboro, to the sounds of John Alexander and his trumpeting organ filling the sanctuary.

The musical offering allowed those present to reflect on the 40th anniversary of the ordination of women of color in the ELCA. In particular, we gathered to celebrate the leaders of our own synod:

Yoked congregations find joy

2019-06-02T15:55:46-04:00June 2nd, 2019|Categories: Assembly News, News|

Yoked congregations find joy

In a season where fear has become increasingly abundant as congregations are challenged to sustain ministries and meet financial obligations, two NC Synod congregations have faithfully stepped outside of their comfort zones to participate in a Holy Innovation.

Recognizing the need for vital, vibrant congregations, the synod staff encouraged the congregations of St. John’s, Hudson, and St. Stephen’s, Lenoir, to consider partnering together in a process known as yoking.

Bishop Smith addresses assembly

2019-06-19T13:21:02-04:00June 2nd, 2019|Categories: Assembly News, Don't Miss, News, Reflections|

Bishop-Tim-2019-assembly-address

Bishop Smith addresses assembly

Bishop Tim Smith’s address to the assembly began with a video thanking the NC Synod for their giving and lifting up the many ways the synod raises up so many fine candidates for ministry: LRU, LTSS, Agape+Kure Beach Ministries, NovusWay Ministries, campus ministry programs, and LYO.

Then, he stood to address the assembly.

Being church together with ministry partners

2019-06-02T00:04:50-04:00June 1st, 2019|Categories: Assembly News, News|

Pastor Phil Tonnesen hosts the Ministry Partner Fair

Being Church together with ministry partners

Being the Church together means being in relationship together. The Reverend Philip Tonnesen, assistant to the bishop, shared with the assembly the way partners in ministry across synodical, churchwide, and community organizations are proclaiming the Gospel to those in need across our communities as well as in our companion synods of Papua New Guinea and Costa Rica. In our partnership with these ministries, we become connected with each other; caring for each other through service, financial support, and prayer.

Congregational Vitality is assembly focus

2019-06-14T10:15:23-04:00May 31st, 2019|Categories: Assembly News, News|Tags: |

Bishop Tim at the podium

Congregational Vitality is assembly focus

Those entering the 2019 NC Synod Assembly today were confronted with a question: “What is Congregational Vitality?” It was on display throughout the room, on the front screens and on every tabletop. Fortunately, the answer read in bold just below the question: “Communities of Jesus that nurture life-changing relationships with God, each other, and the world.” Thus began our focus on congregational vitality.

Lay Preaching Program commissions first cohort

2019-07-15T10:08:20-04:00May 31st, 2019|Categories: Assembly News, News|Tags: |

first cohort of NC Synod lay preachers, 2019

Lay Preaching Program commissions first cohort

“Let us build a house where prophets speak, and words are strong and true, where all God’s Children dare to seek, to dream God’s reign anew.” All are Welcome, ELW 641

What do an insurance salesman, a paramedic, an HR rep, a teacher, and a church musician have in common? Well, in the North Carolina Synod, they preach.

On Thursday, May 30, the first cohort of the Lay Preaching Certification Program was commissioned for ministry in the North Carolina Synod. These lay preachers are endorsed and sent by Bishop Tim Smith

Pre-assembly event explores Sacred Shifts

2019-05-31T17:17:07-04:00May 31st, 2019|Categories: Assembly News, News|

Pre-assembly event explores Sacred Shifts

We are living in a new and changing world. We know this and yet it still creates challenges. So we keep talking about it in order to focus on opportunities to breathe new life into our churches in this new age.

In Thursday’s pre-assembly session, Peggy Hahn, Executive Director of LEAD, brought leaders fresh insight on making ‘Sacred Shifts’ in our communities and neighborhoods.

Business hats or prayer shawls

2019-05-23T16:37:47-04:00May 20th, 2019|Categories: Mission Support Stories, News|

Photo: Emily Edwards

Business hats or prayer shawls

On a Sunday morning last June, shortly after graduating from seminary, Cassie McIntosh Overcash drove from Columbia to Charlotte to preach at a neutral site for the call committee from Grace, Thomasville. She shared, “I stopped for coffee and a chocolate pastry and ate the pastry hastily in my car. When I arrived at the church, I started to finish my coffee, but spilled it all over myself.

Stephen Ministry a great success

2019-05-20T10:28:24-04:00May 20th, 2019|Categories: News, Peeler-Casey Fund Stories|

Stephen Ministry a great success

In June of 2017, Bethany, Hickory, submitted a Peeler/Casey grant for the purpose of developing a Stephen Ministry for the congregation. The Stephen Ministry would better equip Bethany members to offer care to their own members who are “struggling through a difficult time in life—experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or some other life crisis.”

Catawba Lutherans unite against hunger

2019-05-06T13:29:55-04:00May 6th, 2019|Categories: Congregation Stories, News|

Lutheran Congregations of Catawba Valley Unite to Fight Hunger and Remember a Beloved Pastor

More than 80 parishioners from five Lutheran congregations in Catawba Valley joined forces on Sunday, April 7, in the fight against hunger. Through the Outreach Program, volunteers worked tirelessly to pack 15,228 meals for families in need.

#50daysSharingFaith

2019-04-23T11:30:02-04:00April 23rd, 2019|Categories: News|

The good news of the resurrected Jesus Christ is just that–good news! And we are called to share it. Join with others across the NC Synod for #50daysSharingFaith throughout the Easter season. For each of the 50 days of Easter we will be posting a quick video of synod staff, synod council members, and others, sharing their faith. We encourage you to share these on your church’s social media and add your own video answers to each day’s question. Stay tuned to our Facebook page and join this effort. Share your faith this Easter!

2019-Eaton Easter message

2019-04-23T14:07:00-04:00April 23rd, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: |

Bishop Eaton’s Easter message

Getting a phone call in the middle of the night is never a good thing. I remember the second time my father had open-heart surgery. It was a long procedure and a difficult one, and after it was done the doctor called us to his office and said, “There’s been some bleeding.

Read the full message in English and in Spanish.

Watch the video.

Take the next step

2019-04-15T19:21:46-04:00April 15th, 2019|Categories: Mission Support Stories, News|

Take the next step

In a quiet coffee shop in Charlotte a group of women gather regularly to play what they refer to as “retirement bridge”; basically bridge for retired people. In between hands, during deals, and at break time, their conversations tend to revolve around books being read by their book clubs, upcoming lectures or concerts, and local opportunities for service.

2019-04 Eaton Living Lutheran

2019-04-10T14:26:41-04:00April 10th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: |

All Created Things

In her April column for Living Lutheran, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reminds us that “we—all created things—are family.” As Earth Day nears on April 22, we should be “especially mindful of the gift of creation and our place in it.”

Read her column in English and in Spanish.

Pastors Harris and Rose facilitate “God in Comics”

2019-04-03T09:39:23-04:00April 1st, 2019|Categories: Congregation Stories, News|

“God in Comics” panel, (L-R) Vincent Stevens-former Lutheridge counselor; Pastor Zach Harris-Ascension, Wilson; and Pastor Will Rose-Trinity, Chapel Hill

Pastors Harris and Rose facilitate “God in Comics”

The NC Synod was well represented at the Oak City Comic-Con held in Raleigh March 15-17, 2019.  The “God in Comics” panel discussion was facilitated by Pastor Will Rose of Holy Trinity, Chapel Hill, Pastor Zach Harris of Ascension in Wilson, and Vincent Stephens who, though now ministering at a non-Lutheran church, served for five years as a counselor at Lutheridge. The panel discussed the intersection of Geek culture and biblical and theological insights that can

Beds and cots for “The Lodge”

2019-04-23T11:12:11-04:00March 19th, 2019|Categories: News, Peeler-Casey Fund Stories|

Beds and cots for “The Lodge”

In 2017, a Peeler/Casey Grant was awarded to the Fayetteville Area Operation Inasmuch to help purchase forty beds for a men’s transitional housing program, “The Lodge,” and to purchase twenty cots for an emergency shelter that operates when temperatures fall below freezing or when there’s a natural disaster.

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