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Cross and Crown’s Pandemic Perseverance

By Catherine Fink / December 14, 2020
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Members of Cross and Crown, Matthews, have been supporters of C.O.S.Kids, a non-profit Christian ministry supporting especially low-income, single-parent families in Matthews. The congregation has been supported in this ministry for two years with a Peeler-Casey grant from the NC Synod, and this year has included this funding in their own spending plan. Their members […]

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#NCSynodKidsChristmasCampout

By Catherine Fink / December 14, 2020
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  “Parenting during the pandemic has been super difficult,” says Pastor Emily Kuhn Hartner of Holy Trinity, Charlotte. “My work suffered; my parenting suffered. My son Oliver asks me almost every night when the coronavirus is going to end, and I simply don’t have an answer.” Pastor Lauren Carlson of Calvary, Morganton can relate. “The […]

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A Communion of Saints

By Rick Godby / November 16, 2020
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On a Sunday in 1950, Bill Milholland, Sr. walked out of the sanctuary of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC, stood on the top step looking down at the sidewalk, and saw the woman who would become his wife of 68 years. “I spied Mary Anne, and immediately Cupid shot an arrow and it […]

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Life Together, Reimagined

By Rick Godby / October 19, 2020
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“Life is a gift and we are called to life together,” says Pastor Amanda Highben of Duke Lutherans, quoting the words of Bonhoeffer that her campus ministry holds as central to its mission. “What we’ve been lifting up in this time of COVID is that we are still called, that has not changed. But the […]

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Lincolnton Little Library

By Rick Godby / October 19, 2020
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Lincolnton  Little  Library Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, Salem, Lincolnton, came together to do “God’s Work” with “Our Hands.” Members of Emmanuel, Lincolnton, also joined in the project since the two congregations began worshipping together in the arbor at Salem earlier this summer.

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Joyfully Gathering to Serve

By Rick Godby / October 5, 2020
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The people of the NC Synod could easily have opted for the comfortable (even understandable) choice of curling up on our sofas with Netflix instead of participating in God’s Work. Our Hands. this year. But I celebrate that instead, Lutherans across the state chose to act with holy defiance by serving in our communities during […]

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With God We Can!

By Rick Godby / October 5, 2020
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With God We Can! In spite of challenges because of COVID-19, the partnership of With God We Can! has continued its commitment to feed people in our community of Rocky Mount, NC whose bowls are empty. We started canning on Sunday, July 19, 2020, about three weeks behind our 2019 start date. To date in […]

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Operation Mask Mission

By Rick Godby / September 14, 2020
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  How do 100,000 masks get into the hands of NC Synod congregations? “Ask and you shall receive!” says Deacon GeoRene (“Jo”) Jones, NC Synod Liaison for Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR). Over the last 25 days, 152 cases of cloth face coverings were distributed to congregations and affiliated agencies. Early this year, the Federal Emergency […]

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Solidarity Beyond the Walls

By Rick Godby / August 17, 2020
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When members of the Church of the Abiding Savior, Lutheran in Durham began discussing prisons in their adult Sunday School class in early 2018, they did not know that life-changing new relationships would come from it. But that is what happened. Those spontaneous Sunday School conversations around injustices in the country and their own neighborhood […]

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Born from the pandemic—something new!

By Catherine Fink / July 20, 2020
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“When I was a child, I had the cutest yellow dress made out of a flour sack,” Barbara Smith shared with her pastor, Vern Kinard, “and although we had many sack clothes growing up…we never had to worry about food because we lived in this community. That’s how it should be and that’s how we […]

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