By Susan Shinn Turner As leaves fall and trick-or-treaters grab the last pieces of Halloween candy, sights are set on family gatherings, pumpkin pie, stories of “Pilgrims and Indians,” abundant feasts … And giving thanks. “Many of us are ready to say goodbye to 2020,” says Pastor Rhodes, “but even in a year like this…

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For Over 50 Years, Yvonne Yost, Carole Parrott’s Mother, Has Served Cross of Christ Lutheran as Volunteer Organist By Susan Shinn Turner Rand and Yvonne Yost were married in June 1962 and started going to church at his home congregation, Cross of Christ in the Rimer community near Concord. Two months later, Yvonne became volunteer…

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By Susan Shinn Turner Lorna Reasor may have been an octogenarian, but there weren’t many age groups at St. John’s she wasn’t involved in. She was a passionate member of the Rainbow Makers group that serves the Child Development Center. She attended a morning women’s Bible study once a week at Panera. She hosted The…

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By Susan Shinn Turner While some volunteer groups connected to St. John’s are on pause, others are finding different ways to participate. The Rainbow Makers, which serves the Child Development Center, is idle for the moment, according to Amy Ritchie. “Until we can physically be back in the building, we’re not participating nearly like we…

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By Susan Shinn Turner Congratulations to Amber Lawson, who recently received the National Association of Biology Teachers’ Outstanding Biology Teacher Award for the state of North Carolina. Lawson is in her 20th year of teaching at Salisbury High School, where she has taught biology for 17 years. She has a degree in biology from Meredith…

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By Susan Shinn Turner As principal of Salisbury High School since 2014, Luke Brown wasn’t looking for a new position. But then a friend told him that the principalship of Mooresville High School had come open, and, after talking with his wife, Elissa, he decided to apply. Now, Brown is principal of Mooresville High School,…

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By Susan Shinn Turner Tonya German had a smile on her face Aug. 17, the first day of school. “It was a great, smooth start,” says German, the principal of East Rowan High School. “Just different.” By different, she means that 385 students attend school on A day, two days a week, and 385 attend…

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1927-2020 The Rev. Douglas Fritz, D.D., of Savannah, Ga., died July 28, 2020, at the age of 93. Pastor Fritz served St. John’s from Dec. 1, 1963 to Oct. 13, 1974, a tumultuous time in the life of the country. “Dad began at St. John’s the Sunday after Kennedy was assassinated,” remembers Robert, the oldest…

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By Stacey Shafer When you see and feel Jesus at work it’s a time to rejoice and be thankful. That’s exactly what I am feeling right now as my sweet friend Julie is awaiting Jesus to call her name home. I can picture a Father embracing His beloved child as she carried her cross higher…

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St. John’s awarded scholarships to 34 students totaling $26,256. 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: The Thomas E.…

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