Archive for May 2017

Ryan Lasker Thank You Note

Pastor Rhodes wanted to pass along the following letter from Ryan Lasker, who  is currently in the Navy Boot Camp north of Chicago. Ryan graduated from Salisbury High School in 2016 and was active in the youth group as well as scouting.  Receiving the letter you sent brightened my spirits a bit and was really…

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Financial Peace University

By Susan Shinn Turner Financial Peace University, held January 26-March 23 at St. John’s, was a resounding success for participants. At the conclusion of the nine-week course, 14 families had saved $25,660, paid off $21,358 in non-mortgage debt, and cut up 16 credit cards. “We really enjoyed it,” says Sandy Buechler, who took the course…

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VBS – Donation Request

[siteorigin_widget class=”SiteOrigin_Widget_Image_Widget”][/siteorigin_widget] We Need Your Help! For this year’s Vacation Bible School, we are in need of packing materials for an activity that will fill lots of GUTSY Bears. GUTSY stands for God’s Unique, Talented, Special You! On Day 1 of Imagination Station, kids learn that we are all highly complex creations of God, then they…

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Donate to the St. John’s Tent Village at Lutheridge

St. John’s has been asked to raise $50,000 to fund a new platform tent village at Lutheridge. The church has already received $20,000 towards the project. Adding the four elevated tree-house style platform tents will serve the camp’s High School Outdoor Adventure Program in several ways: The Outdoor Adventure Program at Lutheridge has grown during…

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Help Needed for South Sudan

Right now, more than seven million people need humanitarian assistance in South Sudan because of the ravages of civil war, drought, and government instability. The ELCA is poised to respond to this need. Through our long-standing relationships in the region, we are prepared to accompany communities through food distribution, water and sanitation, and psychosocial support.…

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Students Visit “Luther Land”

Rebecca Agner, Caroline Parrott, and Victor Pereira were among a group of 48 students and chaperones who traveled to Germany with the University of North Carolina’s Lutheran Campus Ministry program during spring break in March. During a four-year cycle, students visit Germany, New Orleans, Costa Rica and Miami, explains Fred Black, a member of Holy…

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Environmental Sustainability Program – LED Lighting

In our continued effort to be good stewards of our environment, the Property Committee has started replacing all conventional lighting with far more efficient LED lighting throughout the campus. Improved product design and reduced costs gave the green light to the program, along with a cost savings initiative from Duke Energy. A recent energy audit…

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First Communion – 5th Grade Milestone

Since March, our fifth graders and their families have been gathering together for an in-home study about Communion. This is a special opportunity for students and parents to learn about the sacrament and its central role in a Christian’s life. On April 29 the families came together for First Communion Family Day, highlighted by a trip…

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Henry Trexler to Retire as Scoutmaster after 36 Years

By Susan Shinn Turner Longtime Scoutmaster, Henry Trexler, retired from Troop 443 on April 30. During his tenure at St. John’s, some 120 young men attained the rank of Eagle Scout. Henry joined Troop 443 in 1959 as a Cub Scout. He earned his Eagle in 1968, the same year he became an adult leader.…

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A Brief History of the Luther Children

Luther and Katie had six children: Hans (June 7, 1526), Elizabeth (December 10, 1527), Magdalene (May 4, 1529), Martin (November 9, 1531), Paul (January 29, 1533, and Margaret (December 17, 1534). Elizabeth died as an infant in August 1528. Magdalene died in her early teens in 1542. Their home was noted for its liveliness and…

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