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Mission Congregations

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Arbol de Vida, North Durham

Led by Pastor German Santana, this community is a Spanish-speaking gathering of believers anchored in Word & Sacrament that began in early 2017 and is made up of as many children as adults. They currently find energy in their monthly women’s brunch and community cares events like the backpack program. Before the pandemic, they met on Sundays inside the building of Our Savior’s, Durham.

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Christ's Beloved Community, Winston-Salem

Led by Pastor Chantal McKinney, Christ’s Beloved Community (CBC) began as a ministry of streets in 2015. The ministry has grown and now meets at a permanent home in South Winston-Salem. Despite having a building, their heart is still beating for those who experience systemic injustice, struggle with the realities of poverty, and live in a culture of fear. CBC has the only bilingual food pantry in the city and provides distribution days three times a month. This community is fully bilingual and bi-denominational—ELCA and Episcopal. The community meets for a meal and worship each Sunday morning and has a Wednesday evening ministry called The Largest Table.

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The Dwelling, Winston-Salem

Begun in February 2020, this ministry walks alongside persons experiencing homelessness with two main foci: spiritual care and showers. This ministry is anchored in City with Dwellings, a non-profit serving the community experiencing homeless, providing The Dwelling with office space, Sunday morning worship space, and mid-week chapel/prayer space. Additionally, The Dwelling provides a three-shower mobile shower unit that will serve the community. The unit doubles the public shower access in downtown Winston-Salem. This federated ELCA/Moravian ministry is led by Pastor Emily Norris and Pastor Tobi Fleck.

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Emmaus, West Charlotte

In May 2017, Emmaus began in West Charlotte led by the Rev. Dr. Shanitria Cuthbertson. This ministry is a Word & Sacrament community deeply embedded in the West Charlotte community especially in the education system. Anchored in mentoring African-American students, using arts for expression, and Community Cares events, Emmaus also engages disciples in their faith through Tuesday night Bible study. They gather for worship each Sunday when gospel music, Sacrament, and powerful preaching allow for an encounter with the transformative love of Jesus Christ.

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Living Waters, Cherokee

Begun in 1985, this community is on the Qualla Boundary and is an embodiment of the gospel with the people of the Eastern Band of Cherokee tribe. The signature ministry of Living Waters is their food pantry and resource center. Serving nearly 40,000 individuals a year through its feeding ministries, it addresses the immediate need that all might be fed. Additionally, Living Waters serves as a place for job placement, education connection, seniors support, and more. The community worships on Wednesdays and Sundays blending Cherokee culture including beginning each Sunday with a morning song to greet the day sung in Cherokee. This ministry is led by Pastor Jack Russell and Lisa Russell.

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South Durham Connections

Begun November 2018, South Durham Connections is a community committed to addressing all the ways that people are hungry: physically, spiritually, emotionally, relationally, and intellectually. This community’s signature ministry is the Parktown Food Hub (the Hub) and the Word & Sacrament community will be developed as the food ministry grows. This community is led by Pastor Sharon Schulze.

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