“We’re facing some very challenging cultural issues this summer,” says Pastor Rhodes. “Our history of race and racism in the US isn’t stellar, and it all seems to be coming together in a matter of a few months,” beginning, many have said, with the death of George Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis. “So many…

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By Donna Groce In the spirit of unity, the Congregational Retreat committee has been planning a weekend for this fall where all our members may gather for fellowship and worship surrounded by the beautiful outdoor setting of Lutheridge. Unfortunately, the plans have been interrupted by such uncertain times. In the interest of the ever changing…

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By Kathy Rusher On Sunday, March 8, St. John’s honored our newest Silent Angels, Linda and Roger Hull, active members of St. John’s. Roger and Linda have been involved in such a variety of ways at St. John’s throughout the years. Roger is an excellent photographer and is always willing to help take pictures of…

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By Susan Shinn Turner When asked about her recent Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rowan County Literacy Council, Carolyn Myers says, “Oh, that’s old news!” But the retired educator encourages others to become a tutor. Carolyn spent 35 years as a tutor and trainer with the literacy council. She’s also been the board’s president, vice…

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By Doug RobinsonSt. John’s Archives Committee Some things change; some things stay the same. St. John’s is an excellent example of that maxim. For example, members are regularly added and removed from the church roll. We change the events we produce, the religious studies we offer, and the fellowship opportunities we provide. The composition of…

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By Susan Shinn Turner If there was one thing the late Margy Fink was known for, it was her cooking. When her daughter, Cindy, lived in Oxford, she was in charge of weekly meals at the Methodist church. “We rotated families that would be in charge. We’d have anywhere from 45 to 75 people.” She…

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By Susan Shinn Turner The year 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the ELCA’s ordination of women. Throughout the year we will honor those women who have served as pastors at St. John’s or were nurtured here along their journey to ordination. To kick things off, we welcome the Rev. Dr. Marty Stevens on Sunday,…

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By Susan Shinn Turner Too many cooks in the kitchen? Not at St. John’s! For years, a variety of wonderful cooks have been feeding our bodies with delicious food, and feeding our souls with fantastic fellowship for the weekly Wednesday meals. And they’ve been doing so in a kitchen that’s in woeful need of an…

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By Angel Owens St. John’s is committed to being stewards of God’s creation, which leads us into a new ministry called Creation Care. In the Summer of 2017, St. John’s installed solar panels on the roof of the Faith Center. A plaque recognizing the commitment to Creation Care found in Peeler Hall reads, “The solar…

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By Susan Shinn Turner On Oct. 17, plans for phase 2 of the Generation to Generation project were unveiled to a packed fellowship hall audience during the annual State of the Church event. The $3.8 million campaign seeks to raise funds for renovation of the nearly 100 year old sanctuary building, as well as additional…

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