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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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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 2020, we have canned […]

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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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Sharing God’s free gift of grace

By Rick Godby / June 15, 2020
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Ascension Lutheran Church in Wilson held its second annual Oktoberfest Celebration on October 13, 2018, which turned out to be a beautiful day weather-wise, making for a wonderful event. The first Oktoberfest was done as part of the 500th Reformation Anniversary Churchwide Celebration and was so well received we decided to do it again. Both […]

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Finding new ways

By Rick Godby / June 15, 2020
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Finding new ways “I’ve heard some people say that they aren’t having church, but the truth is, we are the church. It is true that we cannot go to the building and worship corporately, have our spirits lifted in prayer, in song, in word, in communion. But we can certainly worship as the church together, […]

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A time for the Gospel in action

By Rick Godby / February 17, 2020
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A time for the Gospel in action ‘If there was ever a time for the Gospel in action, this is it.’ McDougald Terrace is the city of Durham’s largest public housing complex with 360 apartments built in 1953. In early January, the Durham Housing Authority began an immediate emergency relocation of families living there following […]

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St. Mark’s wins “Do Good” award

By Catherine Fink / January 20, 2020
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St. Mark’s wins “Do Good” award On December 12,2019 at the Wells Fargo Atrium, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church of Charlotte was presented the “Most Generous Financial Gift” award by Share Charlotte, Wells Fargo, and the Charlotte Business Journal for their support of Running Works, a nonprofit organization that provides life skills training and housing to […]

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Pastor Albert Starr preaching

Christ the King hosts interfaith MLK worship

By Catherine Fink / January 20, 2020
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Christ the King hosts interfaith MLK worship “Reconciliation without justice isn’t reconciliation at all.” “We have inherited a big house, a great ‘world house’ in which we have to live together—black and white, Easterners and Westerners, Gentiles and Jews, Catholics and Protestants, Muslim and Hindu,” Dr. Martin Luther King said in 1964 when accepting the […]

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