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(Updated: Sept. 14, 2018 – 7:30pm) 

Well before Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, the NC Lutheran Synod was working with Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR), Lutheran Services Carolinas (LSC), and NC Volunteer Organizations After Disaster (NC VOAD) to prepare appropriate responses when and where needed. Currently, the storm continues to dump torrential rain in Coastal Carolinas and is predicted to continue causing catastrophic flooding during its slow trudge inland.  At this time, the best ways you can DONATE are:

1 – MONEY:  Give directly to the Synod’s Hurricane Relief Fund or to Lutheran Disaster Response. Either way, 100% of your tax-deductible gift will go directly to hurricane relief efforts. Use the appropriate button below to make your secure donation online.

2 – BLOOD:  The American Red Cross urgently needs blood donations. Use the button below to locate a Red Cross blood donation site near you.

ELCA Lutheran Disaster Relief


Homeowners, renters, and business owners (including non-profits) may now apply for Federal DIsaster Assistance for uninsured and underinsured damages and losses resulting from Hurricane Florence in the following NC counties

Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Harnett, Lenoir, Jones, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Robeson, Sampson, and Wayne.

Home Cleanup Hotline

From now through October 5, 2018,

call the number below for help with FREE home cleanup.


As they are able, reputable and vetted relief agencies may assist you and your neighbors cut fallen trees, remove drywall, insulation, flooring, furniture, appliances, tarp roofs, etc. All services are free. Please understand that due to overwhelming need, service is not guaranteed, but dedicated volunteers and agencies are assembled to offer these services, free of charge, to as many survivors to the extent they are able

Meet SBPUSA.ORG After volunteering in St. Bernard Parish Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina, in 2006 Zach and Liz McCartney created an organization in they named St. Bernard Project. Today, the company (now known as SBP) is recognized as a leader in disaster recovery and resiliency, all formed around their mission to “shrink the time between disaster and recovery.”

FEMA Information  ◊  Dealing with Insurance  ◊   Avoid Fraud and Unscrupulous Operators 

 The links below will take you directly to SBPUSA resources which will help you make smart, informed decisions, and help you protect yourself from unnecessary suffering.  Whether you need to know how to get FEMA help or avoid contractor fraud, their resources enable you to recover quickly and efficiently, while minimizing as much stress and uncertainly as possible. Any time you use these links, you will reach the most up-to-date information available on the topics you need.  SBPUSA hopes congregational leaders will disseminate this information to members and friends in your affected community. 


WHAT IS CONTRACTOR FRAUD? – Unfortunately, contractor fraud is something that follows immediately after natural disaster when contractors try to take advantage of unsuspecting, confused and overwhelmed families. This form of theft takes place when contractors overcharge, do not provide promised services, or use faulty materials when working on homes. Contractor jargon, details of complex building systems and the unpredictable scope of work make choosing the right contractor a challenge.


¿QUÉ ES FRAUDE DEL CONTRATISTA?  – Desafortunadamente, el fraude del contratista es una situación que surge inmediatamente después de la ocurrencia de desastres naturales, cuando los contratistas intentan aprovecharse de familias confundidas, sobrepasadas y desprevenidas. Esta forma de robo ocurre cuando los contratistas cobran en exceso, no brindan los servicios prometidos o utilizan materiales defectuosos al trabajar en las viviendas. La jerga de los contratistas, los detalles de los sistemas complejos de construcción y el alcance impredecible de la obra hacen que elegir alcontratista correcto sea un desafío.


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“For just as each of us has one body, with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”         Romans 12:4-5

Voting Rights are a cornerstone of the United States’ Democratic Foundation. As #GodSWorkourHands Sunday approaches, be sure to add ELCAadvocacy’s LETTER TO CONGRESS as part of your Congregation’s service.

This year’s advocacy ask focuses on the reauthorization of the Voting Rights Advancement Act.  For more information go to 

For more information on the #ELCAvotes campaign, check out:

Social Justice & Advocacy Ministries Team

Our mission is to motivate and equip all members of the NC Synod to embody our faith and live our baptismal promises through education, advocacy, action, and witness.

Ad•vo•ca•cy  noun | ad-vu-kuh-see Lifting our voices together to further God’s work in our world.

ELCA 2018 Advocacy Priorities

Peace Not Walls

The ELCA is working for justice and peace in Palestine and Israel through our Peace Not Walls campaign. Through accompaniment, advocacy and awareness-raising, Peace Not Walls connects ELCA members to our companions and promotes dignity, full respect for human rights, healing and reconciliation. With our Palestinian Lutheran companions, we also accompany Palestinians and Israelis, Jews, Christians and Muslims working together for peace with justice.

Peace Not Walls Page

We are a publicly-engaged church. We are called individually and as faith community to conversation and prayer around our role as U.S. residents and as people of faith in ensuring our election systems promote dignity and respect for all.  We are called to act by speaking out as advocates and engaging in local efforts to guarantee the right to vote to all citizens.  ELCAvotes! is an initiative to:

  • Expand the role of the church in encouraging faithful and non-partisan voter participation by providing faith based resources around voting;
  • Provide a framework for all Lutherans to understand and speak out about the intersection of voting/elections, racial/gender and economic justice;
  • Provide young adults the tools to understand and speak about what it means to be a young person of faith who is civically engaged; and
  • Engage with and equip ethnic communities to talk about voting rights and race and their connection with elections today.
  • CLICK HERE to access and download the 2018 ELCAvotes Civic Participation and Voter Education Guide.

Church in Society: A Lutheran Perspective articulates the teaching of the ELCA on the church’s relation to society and its public presence and responsibilities. The statement begins with the claim that the witness of the church in society flows from its identity as a community that lives from and for the gospel. It sets forth the basic affirmations that structure how faith is active in a love that calls for justice in relationships and structures of society. The statement also identifies as basic commitments the church’s institutional witness in society, the baptismal vocation of individual Christians, and the church as a community of moral deliberation. This documents was the first social statement, adopted by the ELCA in 1991.

To access full document (Spanish or English) click: CHURCH IN SOCIETY 


ELCA Social Statements are teaching and policy documents that provide broad frameworks to assist us in thinking about and discussing social issues in the context of faith and life. They are meant to help communities and individuals with moral formation, discernment and thoughtful engagement with current social issues as we participate in God’s work in the world. Social statements also set policy for the ELCA and guide its advocacy and work as a publicly engaged church. They result from an extensive process of participation and deliberation and are adopted by a two-thirds vote of an ELCA churchwide assembly.

Click here to access Social Statements from ELCA website. 

ELCA Social Messages are topical documents adopted by the ELCA Church Council to focus attention and action on timely, pressing matters of social concern to the church and society. They are used to address pressing contemporary concerns in light of the prophetic and compassionate traditions of Scripture and do not establish new teaching or policy. Rather, they build upon previously adopted teaching and policy positions, especially from social statements.

These messages draw attention to specific topics or social concerns that arise from our participation in God’s work in the world, and they encourage moral discernment, thoughtful discussion and action. Each message is reviewed by the Conference of Bishops and adopted by the ELCA Church Council, and expresses the convictions of the leadership of this church.

At this time, there are 13 social messages; click on any title below to access the document from the ELCA Website:

Human Rights (2017)         Gender-based Violence (2016)         Mental Illness (2012)     People Living With Disabilities (2012)