Archive for September 2018

Stacey Shafer Joins Staff as Children’s Minister

By Susan Shinn Turner When Stacey Shafer learned the position of Children’s Minister was open, the idea to apply kept coming to her mind — and she kept pushing it away. But during VBS, a friend suggested she apply. Then her daughter suggested it. Then her husband suggested it. Finally, she says, “I stopped pushing…

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From the Pastor

Dear friends, I’m not sure what gives some people more courage than others, but it’s a character trait I’ve often envied. From the wide receiver who leaps for the perfect catch to the first responders rescuing folks stranded by Hurricane Florence, there’s something about risking it for the sake of the play — or for…

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Support St. John’s Ministries Through Thrivent

If you are a member of Thrivent Financial, you may have the opportunity to support ministries without any cost to you. If you aren’t a member you can still support ministry with Thrivent Financial grant funding. One option is a Thrivent Action Team project. Thrivent Action Team projects are charitable projects, which may include jumpstarting…

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“Thursday Mornings are the Best Mornings.”

By Susan Shinn Turner Each Thursday morning for the last seven years, a group of 20-25 men gathers for food, fellowship, and the opportunity to dive deep into the scripture lesson for the upcoming Sunday worship service.  Pastor Rhodes leads the study. Since May 2017, the group has been meeting in the dining room at…

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Welcome Back to School

By Barabara Corriher NC Pre-K:  Children playing, learning and growing never stops at St. John’s CDC, but at the end of August the number of little ones entering the CDC’s doors increases. On Monday, August 27, our facility welcomed 26 NC Pre-K students.  All of our NC Pre-K positions are filled. You may ask what…

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Be a Barnabas Friend

By Celia Jarrett Most of us, at some point in our childhood, have had an adult friend who listened to us and helped us get through the difficulties of growing up. It may have been a teacher, a pastor, a coach, or another adult to whom we could talk freely and who offered us support.…

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Wednesday Meals Are Back Sept. 12

By Susan Shinn Turner My husband and I were having dinner with my son, Andrew Poe, the other night, when out of nowhere he said, “Gosh! Wednesday meals are starting soon. I can’t wait!” A lot of St. John’s folks are thinking the same thing. Wednesday meals return Sept. 12. Often called “the best-kept secret…

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All Hands on Deck for This Year’s “God’s work. Our hands.” Day

By Susan Shinn Turner After worship, on Sept. 9, St. John’s members will have the opportunity to serve at Isenberg Elementary School. “God’s work. Our hands.” is a ELCA-wide event, bringing church members together to volunteer in communities all over the country. At St. John’s, the event has been known as St. John’s Serves, but…

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Sign Up NOW for the Churchwide Retreat!

You are the light of the world You are the light of the world So shine, shine, shine where you are You are the light of the world By Susan Shinn Turner Just like the good ol’ camp song says, this year’s theme for the Churchwide Retreat at Lutheridge is “Light.” “We hope that people…

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