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“Pray for Our Schools” is Set for Aug. 20

By Susan Shinn Turner Our annual “Pray for Our Schools” event is set for 6:30 pm Monday, Aug. 20, in the Faith Center. All students, parents, educators, and anyone with a child or grandchild going back to school are invited. “This is a time and space to pray for our students and teachers, for a…

August Sale at Seasons Gifts

August Sale at Seasons Gifts

By Gerrie Blackwelder There is going to be a sale. A SALE! At Seasons Gift Shop. Run, get there as quickly as you can. It begins Aug. 1 and goes throughout the month. This is big…very, very big! One of the most popular items, and especially great for the back-to-school college kids and high school…

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Trinity Living at St. John’s Kicks Off Aug. 13

By Susan Shinn Turner Trinity Living at St. John’s — the county’s first church-based respite care program — kicks off Aug. 13. A collaboration between Trinity Living Center and St. John’s, the program will be housed in The Pit, in the lower level of the Faith Center. Respite care is open to people ages 60…

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From the Pastor

My bees didn’t make it this year. Call it bad weather, bad luck, bad beekeeping, or maybe the vicious assault of neighboring mustached bees that were remarkably coordinated in their attack. Bottom line: We won’t have honey this year. Which is a bummer. To be honest, I didn’t get off to a good start. Well,…

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Teachers Appeal to Raleigh for Additional Support

At least five members of St. John’s were among the thousands of teachers who filled Downtown Raleigh, May 16, in the “March for Students and Rally for Respect.” Here are some impressions of the day: “It was a wonderful day as teachers and supporters took a stand to rally for respect!  So many people have…

Carter graduated in May from Lenoir-Rhyne University with a degree in political science.

Carter Woolly to Serve a Year in Rwanda with ELCA Young Adults Ministry

By Susan Shinn Turner You’ve probably heard of the Peace Corps, but what about YAGM? YAGM stands for Young Adults in Global Mission, and in August, Carter Woolly will embark on a year-long adventure as a YAGM staffer in Rwanda. “It’s sort of like the Peace Corps,” explains Carter, who graduated in May from Lenoir-Rhyne…

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Knoxville Day 3

This morning my service project was with Mobile Meals. We went to a bunch of houses and we went up to the door and brought them hot and cold meals for the day. And at one of the houses we went to a lady invited us in. And when we went in she told us…

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Knoxville Day 2

So my favorite thing today was probably being able to help the growers at Beardsley Farm grow food to give to people that need food. So another high of my day, after we were done picking weeds at Beardsley Farm was throwing a baby potato around playing catch with it. For my second service project…

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Knoxville Day 1

  First, I woke up and we went to Cafe WOW where we talked about this guy who was being bullied by football players and the coach stepped in and helped him. Then we had breakfast. Today for service projects we went to Beardsley Farm and picked raspberries, tomatoes, and then pulled a lot of…

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New Respite Care Ministry to Begin at St. John’s

By Susan Shinn Turner In August, St. John’s is beginning an exciting new partnership with Trinity Living Center: a half-day, group respite program called Trinity Living at St. John’s. This program is designed to offer caregivers a break, while providing loved ones with a wide range of activities, according to Christina Joyce, executive director of…

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Carolyn Byrd Retries as Director of Senior Adult Ministry: Thank you, Carolyn!

By Susan Shinn Turner Almost four years ago, Carolyn Byrd became St. John’s first director of senior adult ministry. On May 30, she retired from that position. “We wanted to develop a program that focused on that group of people,” Carolyn explains. “We had the GO Club, and we wanted to expand that ministry.” At…

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St. John’s Awards $26,250 in Scholarships

On June 3, St. John’s will award 33 scholarships to 26 students totaling $26,250. 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…