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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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Gifts that Gift the Giver

By Rick Godby / November 2, 2020
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One Christmas, years ago when I was a child, I tearfully told my grandmother how a close friend I’d given a gift to had gone the whole blessed holiday without giving me a thing.  She flicked her newspaper, turned one page, and said, “Just remember, the Bible says it’s better to give than to receive.” […]

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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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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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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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NC Synod launches Relief Fund

By Catherine Fink / April 13, 2020
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Synod launches Relief Fund The NC Synod Council has re-allocated funds for the purpose of sharing with our congregations, rostered ministers, and agencies and institutions during this time of financial strain with priority given to keeping the rostered minister employed at the congregation at their full salary and benefits. The goal of these funds is […]

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