Archive for October 2018

Community Block Party

By Susan Shinn Turner St. John’s is throwing a party, and you’re invited! A community-wide block party is set for Saturday, Nov. 3, from 3 to 7 pm in the 200 block of Jackson Street, between the Faith Center and the Child Development Center. There will be free food, games, corn hole, and bounce houses,…

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From the Pastor

Dear friends, Early voting opened this week in North Carolina, so I thought it’d be appropriate to tell you how to vote. Yeah, right. No doubt, voting in the US is a remarkable privilege. According to Quora, only 44 percent of the world’s countries are liberal democracies, which means that less than 50 percent conduct…

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Our Rich Heritage

By Pastor Rhodes Woolly In September 1768, John Lewis Beard faced a dilemma. His beloved daughter had died and, as was customary in these early colonial days, laid to rest in a grave on his property in the township of Salisbury. But Salisbury was growing, and there was great concern that this hallowed ground might…

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Consider a Gift to the Dar al-Kalima Building Campaign

By Susan Shinn Turner During October, members of St. John’s will have the opportunity to raise money for Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem. Dr. Mitri Raheb, former pastor of Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, founded this institution (see accompanying note from Mitri). He and Christmas Lutheran are longstanding mission partners…

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Adult Discipleship Opportunities

Think Lutheran.For those new and those ready to renew their faith. On Wednesdays in October, we begin a new course on Lutheranism for adults. Pastor Laura says many of our members come from different church backgrounds and may not be familiar with some of the Lutheranism basics. And that’s okay. This course is designed to…

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Fall in Love with St. John’s CDC

By Barbara Corriher What’s not to love about St. John’s CDC? Here are some things that have happened at our CDC because someone fell in love! New Books:  Pastor Laura reads to children at the CDC once a month. Pastor Laura was able to get age appropriate Bibles and scripture-based books for each classroom through…

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Seasons Gifts is Ready for Autumn

By Gerrie Blackwelder Following what appears to have been a successful sale in August, Season’s Gift Shop has restocked with items that suit every member of the family. Like most, I am usually drawn to the sweet and wonderful children’s items or to women’s jewelry, but this month I have been most drawn to the…

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Want to make a BIG difference in the life of a kid in out community?

By Susan Shinn Turner In our local schools, Chuck Moll says, “You can never have too many volunteers.” He and his wife, Judy, are longtime volunteers for the Gator Reading Program at Isenberg. Here’s a round-up of the volunteer opportunities available in the schools with which St. John’s partners. Barnabas Connection with Knox Middle School…

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