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Guatemala: How important is the zoo anyway?

By Paula Bohland What are your best memories of school? Mine are of my class going on field trips to the zoo and museums. It was fun to get away from the school building but the real fun was being able to SEE dinosaurs in a museum, play with science concepts, experience lions roaring at…

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Jane Britt builds “The Empty Tomb”

By Susan Shinn Turner “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here but has risen.” Luke 24:5-6 The empty tomb was brought to life this Easter season by the St. John’s decorating committee. It becomes the latest addition to our growing collection of three dimensional art used in worship. At…

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Middle and High School Summer Programming

By Susan Shinn Turner It’s a busy summer planned for youth ministry, and Kai Thurow, youth minister, is ready to roll. Well, just about. “This is when I switch into summer mode,” Kai says of the month of May. Here’s a look at what’s going on at St. John’s this summer for youth group members…

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Tessa Brown to Spend Year in Belgium as Part of the Rotary International Exchange Program

By Angel Owens Soon after Tessa Brown graduates from Salisbury High this June, she’ll embark on an entirely different kind of educational journey: in Belgium. This past winter, Tessa learned that she had been accepted into the Rotary International Exchange Program, a prestigious program that gathers students from around the world to explore a life…

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St. John’s Awards $26,700 in Scholarships

On June 2, St. John’s awarded scholarships to 27 students totaling $26,700. The scholarships are the result of generous gifts from members who want to encourage and support students in their post-secondary education. The scholarships are part of the St. John’s Benevolent Foundation, a $9 million foundation started in 1974. Congratulations to the following recipients:…

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Bethanie Stauffer Accepted into Volunteer Summer Program

By Susan Shinn Turner It’s not unusual for college students to travel to far-flung locations for summer experiences. But in June, Bethanie Stauffer leaves for a trip that’s a bit more exotic than usual. From June 9 to July 21, Bethanie will volunteer in Morocco through of the Office of Active Citizenship and Service with…

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North Rowan High School Names Three Valedictorians: And they’re all St. John’s Youth!

By Susan Shinn Turner When graduation ceremonies take place May 25 at North Rowan High School, there will be three valedictorians — and all three are members of St. John’s youth. Spencer Everhart, Jared Hensley, and Hans Roemer found out in mid-May they would be sharing the top class ranking. The three are best friends…

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From the Pastor

High school graduation is right around the corner, and we sure do have a great group of students to unleash! In youth ministry, we often ask the question: What does a student need in his/her backpack as they walk across the graduation stage? Lots of things, of course. Confidence, academic acumen, a sense of purpose/drive,…

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Get ready for a ‘Wild and Amazing’ VBS!

Wherever you lead me, I’m gonna followI’m trusting you, God, you are good!Life will get crazy, wild and amazing,I’m trusting you, God, you are good! By Susan Shinn Turner Are you ready for a wild adventure this summer? Then send your kids to Roar! VBS, where Life is Wild and God is Good. This “mane”…

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Debbie Martin to be Commissioned as a Certified Lay Preacher, Sunday, May 26

By Susan Shinn Turner Debbie Martin always wondered why her husband, after preaching for decades, still labored over wrapping up his sermons every Saturday night, polishing and practicing. Now she knows. On May 26, Debbie will be commissioned at St. John’s as a certified lay preacher through the N.C. Synod. Her cohort of 14 will…

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Christian Terry Publishes Book on Homelessness

By Susan Shinn Turner Christian Terry’s motive for writing a book was simple: He saw a problem and he wanted to fix it. The problem is homelessness, and he and his fiancé, Daysja Phillips, decided to write a book that would not only tell stories of unsheltered people, but would address the complicated nature of…

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Reggie Munday’s Candy Ministry

By Susan Shinn Turner Ask Reggie Munday how he became the Candy Man, and you’ll get this answer: “It’s a long story.” It’s OK, Reggie, we’ve got plenty of time. “Let me take you back a few years,” Reggie says, “to 1963.” Reggie had just begun a new career with Jefferson-Pilot Life Insurance Co. He…