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Archive for February 2019

Pastor’s Letter

Dear friends, We read Psalm 44 this morning in our staff Bible study, a psalm loaded with anger, fear, and frustration towards God. We considered the different places in society that are loaded down with the same kind of raw emotions. The United Methodist Church came to mind, especially after its jarring vote yesterday regarding…

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Back to School in Guatemala

By Paula Bohland Executive Director, GRACES On Jan. 10, the students attending Escuela Integrada started a new school year. We want to assist the children in having a great experience as they take on another year of learning. I received a text from a child’s sponsor this week excitedly asking if Escuela Integrada sends a…

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From the Pastor

Sisters and Brothers, My sweet girl has reached the age that she is afraid of things. In the last couple of months, every dark corner and loud noise is a bear. At first, I thought she wanted some attention or a reason to cuddle up until I looked at her face. Just as she was…

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Liz Harry Makes Christmas Ornaments for Guatemala

By Susan Shinn Turner You might have met Liz Harry at the 9:27 service, listening to her great-nephew, Archie Dees, play guitar as a member of the worship team. Or you might have met her at a recent GIFT women’s gathering, or in Gary Freeze’s Sunday school class. Since moving to Salisbury in May 2017…

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Live Video Stream of 11 am Worship Now Available

By Angel Owens In December and January, St. John’s introduced the “Watch Live” option on Sunday mornings. St. John’s website previously included the option to “Listen Live,” but now you can watch the entire 11 am service online as it happens. Some of you were able to enjoy the Men’s Chorus Concert live as well.…

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David Hord Reminds Us to Care for Our Heart Health

By Susan Shinn Turner David Hord sang with the Chancel Choir on Dec. 30, then with the Men’s Chorus concert on Jan. 6. In between, he had a mild heart attack. About 2 pm after church on Dec. 30, David says he started to feel uncomfortable, with some pressure in his chest. “I felt a…

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Ted Goins Receives Honorary Doctorate from LRU

By Susan Shinn Turner On Dec. 13, 2018, Ted Goins received an honorary doctorate degree from Lenoir-Rhyne University. Ted Goins is one of those people who seems to be everywhere — whether it’s at the Men’s Bible Study on Thursday morning at Trinity Oaks, at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the same location on…

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From the Pastor

Dear friends, Sometimes the truth is uncomfortable, but it sure is necessary when addressing some of the world’s critical issues. One such issue comes to mind: Palestine. The Israeli-Palestinian situation is a nightmare. Michelle Alexander wrote an alarming column in the NY Times earlier this week comparing the treatment of Palestinians to apartheid in South…

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