We are the women in the congregation who meet at the church for a Bible study. We are the women who attend conference gatherings in the spring and fall and serve together. We are students, workers and retirees. We are sisters and mothers. We are young, and old. We come together to form a unique and powerful organization. We are a community of women created in the image of God, called to discipleship in Jesus Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
You are invited to the regional meeting near you to learn about the Synod Partners program. Bishop Smith will meet with rostered leaders at locations across the synod to celebrate how we are church together. We will share ministry stories and deepen relationships.
This is the year that most rostered leaders are due for an update of boundary training. Leaders must document having training at least every three years. Boundary Resource Days are from 10:00-3:00 with registration starting at 9:30. Dates: Nov. 10, Christ the King, Cary; Dec. 6, Calvary, Morganton; Jan. 12, Our Father, Greensboro.
Pastor Mark Opgrand of St. Paul's, Wilmington, writes: Like everyone in the eastern coastal states, we waited and we watched as Hurricane Matthew moved toward us. For people at St. Paul's, Wilmington, it was a familiar experience. The projected intensity of the storm did not require most of us to evacuate, so we waited.
In her December column in Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reflects on Matthew 24:36-44, reminding us that through a helpless baby, God was announcing the end of a world "in bondage to sin and death, a world that believes in a god of 'what have you done for me lately?' "
To read the column, click below.
You are invited to Bold Like Jesus: 'Cross'ing Borders to be held February 2-4 at Trinity AME Zion Church, Greensboro. We will be joined by our ecumenical partners from the Episcopal, Moravian, and AME Zion churches. Jesus dined with prostitutes, touched lepers, and included women. In doing so, he was highly offensive, intentionally inclusive, and radically bold. He broke down barriers and built bridges. As Jesus says, "Follow me," what barriers can you break down?
How can you be bold like Jesus?