More than 40 wills were submitted to the probate court, with a multitude of potential heirs each claiming to be the true recipient of a wealthy business owner who passed away in 1976. With a $2.5 billion estate at stake, there was intense interest in the decision of the court.
Residents, family members, friends, and staff joined Christians around the world as they worshiped in the community room at Trinity Grove in Wilmington on All Saints Sunday, Nov. 3 to remember and give thanks “for all the saints” who have died in the faith. The service, led by the Rev. Matt Ernst and assisted by Chaplain Rachel Connelly, included the dedication of a Promise Pall given in memory of the Rev. Steven Paul Gerhard, a beloved pastor of the NC Synod and early campaign director of LSA’s Keeping the Promise capital campaign.
St. John’s, Concord celebrated Heritage Day on October 12 with the dedication of a monument to the former Members and Slaves and also a plaque next to the room where The Alpha Synod was chartered.
The promised Forward Together Bible studies are now ready for your use. An introductory letter about the studies and the list of the 12 studies follow.
On December 3 several members of the NC Synod staff decorated two trees at the Lutheran Home/Trinity Oaks, Salisbury. The project was coordinated by activities director Brenda Zimmerman and administrator Bill Johnson. Trinity Oaks residents Leon Williams and Cindy Rentz assisted with great excitement and helpful direction. Synod staff member Kelly Zalinsky said, “I was amazed at the intricacies of the Chrismons they had for their trees.” Many of the Chrismons have been made by congregations in memory or honor of member residents. Trinity Oaks treated the synod staff to lunch following the project. This is the second year the staff has served in this “giving” project at Trinity Oaks.