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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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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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From daily bread to abundant thanks

By Catherine Fink / May 18, 2020
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From daily bread to abundant thanks “People are often overwhelmed with thanks, tears in their eyes, and joy in their hearts as we bring an abundance of food to them.” The Rev. Chantal McKinney, pastor of Christ’s Beloved Community (CBC), Winston-Salem, shares reactions from neighborhood folks who received food from the CBC food pantry. Amid the […]

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The church is the people!

By Catherine Fink / April 21, 2020
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The church is the people! Lent 2020 began with people gathering for the imposition of ashes, but after just a few weeks of worship following soup and sandwich suppers, the coronavirus interrupted everything.

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“God is in the room”

By Rick Godby / March 16, 2020
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“God is in the room” Almost five hundred middle and high school students gather in a ballroom in Greensboro on a weekend in February. Some are laughing and chatting with their friends from church, some are anxiously waiting to see what this is all about, some are greeting old and new friends across the room, […]

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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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Beautiful to be the church

By Rick Godby / November 18, 2019
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Beautiful to be the church “The more I learned about Christ’s Beloved Community, the more I thought, ‘This is a beautiful thing! On a beautiful Thursday in October, a small group of us traveled from various spots around the synod to the south side of Winston-Salem. Based on the tiendas and taquerias in the surrounding […]

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“I’m always surprised.”

By Rick Godby / October 14, 2019
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“I’m always surprised” “The mountains are calling and I must go.” Perhaps you’ve seen a shirt, mug, or other item printed with this quote from naturalist and preservationist John Muir.  It’s actually a shortened version of a sentence in a letter written to Muir’s sister in 1873: “The mountains are calling & I must go […]

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