Archive for November 2017

Called Meeting for Pastoral Candidate, Laura Henrik, Dec 3

By Susan Shinn Turner On December 3, the congregation will vote on whether to extend a call to the Rev. Laura Michelle Henrik as Pastor for Discipleship. Since 2014, Pastor Henrik has been associate pastor at Lutheran Church of the Cross in West Fargo, North Dakota. She was previously pastor of social concerns and global…

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From the Pastor

Dear friends, Searching for a new pastor is a delicate process. Scanning the country to find that “right” person can take time and exhaust a lot of energy. It feels like a combination of dating, searching for a college, and taking the final exam for Marketing 101 … all wrapped into what we affectionately name…

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Anita Renfroe Comedy Concert

Anita Renfroe at St. John's

By Angel Owens St. John’s GIFT Women’s Ministry hosted comedian Anita Renfroe, Oct.1 in the Faith Center. Traveling with her Mother-in-law, Kay, Anita drove up that day from her home in Atlanta, after flying home from Arizona the night before. Close to 250 women, ranging from age 14 to 86, along with a few brave…

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“In God’s Own Country” Premiered at the Meroney Oct 12

By Susan Shinn Turner What an exciting experience St. John’s vocal ensemble members had in October, joining with the Piedmont Players Theatre and Landesbuhnen Sachsen in the American premiere of “In God’s Own Country.” The play follows Henry Muhlenberg’s struggle to establish the Lutheran Church in America. Set during the start of the French and…

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Cindy Fink Named Director of Meals on Wheels

By Susan Shinn Turner Cindy Fink grew up at St. John’s, and has fond memories of confirmation and Luther League. She recently returned to Salisbury, and in March was named director of Meals on Wheels. St. John’s has been involved with Meals on Wheels since its inception in 1976, and is one of the larger…

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From the Pastor

Dear friends, Thank God for weeds. The main thoroughfare into and away from our home is down a sidewalk that lies in the middle of our backyard, which these days is a lovely patch of, well, weeds. Clover mostly, but I’m sure Darrell Blackwelder would have a field day identifying the many other varieties we’ve…

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Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue Begins Nov 14

Father John Eckert and Pastor Rhodes Woolly

By Susan Shinn Turner Beginning in November, Father John Eckert of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Pastor Rhodes will facilitate a Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue. “Alongside the 500th anniversary of the Reformation,” Pastor Rhodes says, “it makes sense for us to be in conversation as well.” Pastor Rhodes is fond of setting context, and this issue is…

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From the Pastor

Dear friends, I’d like to share a few comments about our call process. As you may know, congregations need to exercise discretion when identifying and interviewing pastoral candidates. The process is often set in motion by the synod, which provides us with available candidates to interview. A congregation’s “call committee” takes it from there, sensitive…

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Phase 2 of Generation to Generation will Begin Mid-2018

By Susan Shinn Turner Phase 2 of the Generation to Generation campaign is slated to officially begin in mid-2018, according to Mark Lewis, G2G steering committee chair. But some advance work will begin in the narthex this fall to help correct a significant drainage problem. “Although most of the work will be unnoticeable, it provides…

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2nd Anniversary of the Faith Center

By Susan Shinn Turner Two years after its opening, the Faith Center continues to exceed expectations, serving the congregation and the community. “Every time I go in there, to this day, it just astonishes me,” says Mark Lewis, chair of the G2G steering committee. “It has more than fulfilled its original promise.” On average, the…

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