By Susan Shinn Turner If you ever visit the Trinity Oaks campus, Bill Johnson seems to be everywhere. And if the residents take a trip, he’s usually the first one on the bus as well. Bill is also serving as Congregation Council president for St. John’s this year. When asked how he balances work and…

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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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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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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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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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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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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…

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By Susan Shinn Turner Julie Carr has written a faith-based memoir about her nearly three-year journey with Stage 4 lung cancer. “Let Your Light So Shine: Reflections of God’s goodness in the storms of life” will be published next month by Diversified Graphics. Julie will host a book signing in Peeler Hall on Friday, April…

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By Susan Shinn Turner Those crafty Chrismon ladies are at it again. Although the Chrismon Team’s main task is creating about 200 Chrismon ornaments for the children of the congregation each Christmastime, the 12 ladies like to tackle other tasks during the year as well, according to Carol Hair, who serves as their fearless leader.…

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By Jack Connery At Joy Lutheran, our little church in Tulsa, Okla., I enjoyed assisting at communion and reading the lessons at Sunday services. At other times, I ushered and counted about 60 members attending. That was a good number. When we moved to Salisbury and St. John’s, in 2012, I was lost in the…

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