Archive for August 2017

Bob Melton Keeps on Teaching

By Susan Shinn Turner For 40 years — half his life — Bob Melton has taught Sunday School once a month at Yadkin House. On a recent summer morning, Bob chuckles over a cup of coffee as he considers his long tenure. “It just kinda slipped up on me. You know how things like that happen.”…

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GIFT Ministry: The gift that keeps on giving

By Susan Shinn Turner With the departure of Pastor Danielle, Lauren Stephenson has been named to the new position of GIFT Women’s Ministry Coordinator. “GIFT has started and it is awesome,” Pastor Danielle says. “It is here to stay. We’ve had 31 women attending our summer circle. We met in the morning and in the…

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Barnabas Connection Returns this Fall: Renewed St. John’s ministry partners with Knox Middle and the Center for Faith and Arts

By Susan Shinn Turner After a year’s respite, the Barnabas Connection program will return with a new director. Barnabas Connection began in 2008 as a ministry to at-risk students at Knox Middle School. The program was the brainchild of the late Shirley Ritchie, and her legacy will continue, says her daughter, Celia Jarrett. “We needed…

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Drinking Coffee with Purpose

By Susan Shinn Turner If you have purchased a bag of Escuela Integrada coffee, then you are one of the first people to become involved in an exciting new sustainability project that benefits the school. All profits from coffee sales will go to la Escuela Integrada, says Paula Bohland, executive director of GRACES, the non-profit…

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Wednesday Meals Returns September 6

By Susan Shinn Turner Wednesday meal lovers, rejoice! The perennially popular Wednesday meals return on September 6. This year, healthy alternatives have been added. “We already serve fresh frozen vegetables and unsweetened tea,” says Celia Jarrett, who partners with Ott Pinkston and his crew to prepare meals. “This fall, we’ll start offering fresh fruit as…

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New Medical Transport Ministry Begins

By Susan Shinn Turner Beginning in September, St. John’s will offer a Medical Transportation Ministry, providing a formal program for a service that several members have been providing on an informal basis. “I have received phone calls for requests for transportation,” says Carolyn Byrd, director of senior ministry. “You know how God nudges you?” So…

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Reformation Symphony

By Susan Shinn Turner As part of St. John’s Reformation celebration, the Salisbury Symphony will perform Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5, “The Reformation Symphony,” in the Sanctuary at 7 pm Saturday, Sept. 23. Tickets are available in Seasons Gifts or online for $20 each. “This is quite a rare treat,” says Rob Durocher, St. John’s minister…

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MOM Dental Clinic Returns this September

By Susan Shinn Turner The third Missions of Mercy (MOM) dental clinic is slated for Sept. 15-16 at The Event Center at West End Plaza (formerly Salisbury Mall), and Krista Woolly wants YOU. Krista, executive director of the Community Care Clinic, is serving as community coordinator for the dental clinic, a   ministry that was initiated…

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From the Pastor: August 2017

To My Dearest St. John’s Family, As I sit down to write this letter my office is feeling a bit emptier and walls a bit more bare, and yet my heart is full to the point of overflowing. So many beautiful things have happened in our last five years together. Personally, Michael and I have…

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Farewell, Pastor Danielle!

By Susan Shinn Turner When Pastor Danielle DeNise came to St. John’s, Matt Woolly was a confirmand. In July, she went to Lutheridge with the latest group of confirmands, and Matt, a rising sophomore at N.C. State, served as one of their counselors. “That’s the scope of time I’ve been here,” Pastor Danielle says of…

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