From Pastor Rhodes

This is a monumental month in the life of St. John’s. On September 12 at 11 am, we will dedicate the seventh building in our 268-year history – all for the sake of advancing God’s gospel of peace, hope, and new life in our community and beyond. The Faith Center...

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From the pastor

Whenever we begin a visioning process in the church, a particular passage of scripture comes to mind: when “a great multitude … from every nation, tribe, people, and language” will gather around the throne together and worship the Lord (Revelation 7:9). Stunning, isn’t it? There will be a day, in...

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From Pastor Rhodes

With this issue of the Eagle’s View, we’re giving you a closer glimpse inside our new facility. Each month we’ll reveal a different part of the  facility, each representing a remarkable opportunity for ministry. This month, we look inside the new St. John’s Museum, a room that will beautifully and meaningfully...

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From Pastor Rhodes

In Libya, 21 kidnapped Coptic Christians were murdered last week. Cold-blooded .. for all the world to see. They are known as “Coptic Christians” because of their rootedness to Mark, the Gospel’s author, who they believe brought Christianity to Alexandria (Egypt) and served as the church’s first bishop (speaking the...

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Christmas Day Devotion

The first to bow down, and the first to rise up When:  A few days before Christmas 1971. Where: The fellowship hall of Lutheran Chapel Church in Gastonia. What: The kindergarten Christmas production. More importantly? My debut as a shepherd. Could very well have been the best, most authentic shepherd...

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