Special Achievements and Announcements

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BIRTHDAYS - Lee Huffman (19)..‚Äč

 

ANNIVERSARY - Spencer and Charlotte Williams (15)

 

 

 

 

CARES - Jeremy Phillips, son of David Phillips, who is in the US Army, was recently deployed to South Korea.  Please keep Jeremy in your prayers.  Please continue to pray for CJ McGuire and his family.  CJ will begin two medical (non - chemo ) treatments in hopes of slowing the progress of his cancer.  Tommy Isley, uncle of Nancy Shoffner and David Greeson, went to be with his Lord, Wednesday, June 12th.  Tommy's funeral will be Tuesday, June 18th at McClure Funeral Home in Graham at 2:00 p.m.   Receiving will be 1-2 p.m. before the service.  Burial will follow at Alamance Memorial Park.  We mourn with Nancy, David and Tommy's family, but rejoice with them in God's promise of eternal life for all who believe in Him.  

 

JOYS - Molly Sulecki made the Honor Roll the entire school year at E.M. Holt.  Congratulations!

 

FROM THE COUNCIL - Currently there is a little over $2,000 in the parking lot improvement fund. The parking lot is aging and hot and freezing weather continues to take a toll. We are letting the congregation know that contributions are welcome to make the work needed on the parking lot a reality. We will provide updates on the fund and work needed in coming weeks. if you would like to give please make a note on your check "parking lot fund". Thanks!

 

 

THE INSIDER - The Social Ministry Inreach Committee’s goal is to create fellowship opportunities for our church family. Please let Kim Sulecki know if you have any ideas. (524 - 4282) or email at: kimsulecki@gmail.com.

 

 

JOYS - Congratulations to Sam Davis! Sam earned the award for first in his sophomore class, as well as the French and business awards. Congratulations, also, to Tyler & Sarah Fogleman! They are expecting an addition to the family, December 17th.

 

REPORT ON NC LUTHERAN SYNOD ASSEMBLY - Due to unavoidable circumstances I was unable to attend our recent Synod Assembly in Greensboro (I was there briefly Friday). I did receive a report on what took place at the
May 31-June 1 gathering. The theme was “vital congregations”. Bishop Tim Smith spoke of making our NC Lutheran congregations vital communities—in worship, discipleship, and outreach. Numbers are not everything, but it is recognized that our churches, for the most part, have declining attendance, and ideas such as “yoking” two smaller congregations (sharing a pastor and working
together on outreach, etc.) are being promoted to help. Various agencies and organizations within and supported by the Synod gave reports of their efforts, as they, too, are affected by the decline in church membership and giving. Good news was shared about recovery efforts among our Lutheran congregations in Eastern North Carolina in the wake of Hurricane Florence. While rebuilding and renovation is ongoing, much progress has been made (note: through Social Ministry funds we were able to assist one of those congregations, St. Andrew, New Bern—they are still unable to use their sanctuary as they deal with insurance issues but they are worshipping in their fellowship hall and are still supporting efforts to repair/replace housing for lower-income citizens of New Bern affected by the storm).

There were several decisions that were made at the Assembly that were of some
importance:

1. Synod Assemblies will now only meet every other year at rotating locations throughout the Synod. On off-years there will be an educational event, for rostered leaders (clergy and deacons) and lay men and women at Lenoir- Rhyne University.

2. Conferences will meet in clusters ({Western, Central, and Eastern) for their spring annual gatherings. The larger group sessions will enable folks from the Bishop’s staff in Salisbury to attend, and will allow for better discussion and presentation of issues, as well as time for worship and educational opportunities. It is hoped those who will be serving as lay voting members to that
year’s Synod Assembly will be able to be present.

3. Conference Deans (clergy who help lead the various conferences of pastors in the Synod, and help make them aware of what is going on in the Synod—Low’s is in the Northern Piedmont Conference—will be appointed by the Bishop, and no longer chosen by fellow clergy. The new Conference Deans will also be given more responsibility. This will help our Bishop’s staff in Salisbury, which has shrunk significantly over the past decade due to budgetary issues. Pastor John Mark Beam