Friends in Christ,
I pray your Lenten journeys have begun with a sense of intention and the hope of spiritual renewal. Let me encourage you to consider a post-Easter event, too: The National Workshop on Christian Unity to be held in Charlotte, April 20-23. Laity and all rostered leaders are welcome and encouraged to register.
A sign of the new life. In her March column for The Lutheran, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton reflects on a subtle shift to works righteousness. This Lent she reminds us that Jesus didn’t die to change behaviors, political systems or institutions. He “died to end the fundamental brokenness and estrangement from God ….”
Read her column by clicking on the link below.
The Rev. Dr. Leonard H. Bolick, Bishop of the North Carolina Synod-ELCA since November 1996, will retire this summer. This synod is truly blessed to have had the strong, effective and devoted leadership of Bishop Bolick for the past 18 years. A Godspeed Celebration will be held in Bishop Bolick's honor on April 25 at St John's, Salisbury. Everyone is invited!
Registration links for the NC Synod 2015 Assembly are now live on the synod's assembly web page. This year's assembly promises to be one you don't want to miss as we: Celebrate moving FORWARD TOGETHER as a synod, Elect a new bishop, and Enjoy the community formed as we meet, eat, and stay together at the Koury Convention Center/Sheraton, Greensboro. Be sure read the Important Documents on the assembly page before you register and as you prepare to attend. And, stay tuned for additional information. See you in Greensboro!
LSC foster parents empower children to reach their greatest potential
Educator Rita Pierson says in an inspiring talk, “Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best they can possibly be.” Pierson was speaking in the context of education, but the same statement could apply to parenting, especially foster parenting.
Assembly registration is now open through May 15. Early bird registration closes April 15. See the Synod Assembly webpage for information about assembly and the Pre-Assembly Event, “The Generosity Project.”
Bishop Leonard Bolick will retire this summer and a new NC Synod bishop will be elected at the May 28-30 Synod Assembly. Find additional information about the election and transition events on the Bishop Transition webpage.