Friedens Lutheran Church is one of the oldest Lutheran churches in North Carolina (established in 1745) but we pride ourselves as being progressive and adaptive to the world around us.
Though we're among the oldest, the many ministries of Friedens Lutheran Church are designed to meet today's spiritual needs. A part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America
, we strongly believe that with our hands we are doing God's work of restoring and reconciling communities in Jesus' name throughout the world.
A Very Important Message to our Congregation:
Dear Friedens Community,
Our lives have changed drastically the last few days. We have gone from business as usual to business unusual as our country has increased it's efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus. Last night, our church council met to discuss the steps we would take moving forward. Our renewed sense of mission is to love others by living the gospel. We feel that the best expression of our mission, right now, is to cancel our Sunday morning church gatherings for the next two Sundays, Mar. 22 and Mar. 29. So for the next two weeks, we will not gather for worship as a church community at Friedens. We are also asking all groups who meet at the church to cancel their activities through March 29. We feel this is a drastic, but necessary measure, as we look to join our governmental efforts to control the spread of the virus.
On Sundays, Mar. 22 and Mar. 29, we will live stream a worship service at 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. For those with the capability, this is a good way for us to stay connected. To access the live stream, please go to friedenslutheranchurch.org at the appropriate time, put your cursor over the word "video" on the far right of the menu bar, drop down and click "live stream." You will be taken to the live stream feed. If you sleep in and miss the live stream, you will be able to access the service through the "archive."
During this time of crisis, we'd also like to ask you to continue to offer your gifts. Your gifts, be it hundreds of dollars or three dollars, do make a difference in continuing our mission. If you mail in your offering, please include an offering envelope in your parcel. To do so certainly makes our bookkeeping easier. Also, we have a "donate" button the our church website. When you click the donate button, you will be asked for an amount. Then you will be asked to click "paypal" or "debit/credit card." The program will take you to secure sites to give your information.
So that you know, the church council will meet again Mar. 31 to assess the situation and discuss next steps.
Friedens friends, God has blessed our faith community through wars, epidemics, and natural disasters. Through it all, we persevered because our God watches over us and we have continued to endure together. During this time of crisis, lean into the Lord. He is faithful and will provide for your need. Lean into your church family. Ask for help if you need it; offer help when you see a need; do your best to stay connected. If you find yourself afraid, remember the Bible tells us, Perfect love casts out fear. Remember how much Jesus loves you. Remember that your church family loves you. Reach out to a person in our church you think may have need of a good word.
God loves you, we do too,
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WORSHIP WITH US EVERY WEEK!
- Sundays, 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
- Sunday School — 9:45 a.m.
- Special Joint Service Sundays at 10:30 a.m. -
- Homecoming - June 7, 2020 at 10:30 am
Join us as we celebrate Homecoming. Come see friends and family that you haven't seen in a while. Celebrate with us as we embark on our 274th year in ministry.
- The weather is turning cooler and there are several families using our community pantry. The youth are asking for help with dry food donations to help keep our pantry stocked. A food donation box is located behind the sanctuary. Some suggestions are pancake mix, cereal, oatmeal, grits, muffin mix, macaroni and cheese, cornbread mix, ramen noodles, and canned fruit. Thank you for your support!
Friendly Reminder: If you order flowers for the altar from Arrangements Florist, please remember to return the vases to the florist so the vases may be used again. This keeps Frieden's cost down for altar flowers.
Adopting Gracie Gracie's journey is still continuing. Liz Storholdt and family are grateful to everyone who is helping the family adopt Gracie and give her a forever home but there is still more to do. If you haven't checked out Gracie's story, please click on the link to learn more.
Please help if you can.
Stephen Ministers are people trained to listen and care for those who are enduring a transition or crisis in their lives. A new training session will begin in January. If you would like more information about “some of the best discipleship training,” please contact Pastor Bill (336-693-7000) or Dan Berry (919-812-5505).
275th Anniversary Corner
Ash Wednesday / Aschermittwoch
Week 1: Hymns / Hymnen
Week 2: Choir / Chor
Week 3: Pastor / Pastor (masculine); Pastorin (feminine)
Week 4: Usher / Platzanweiser (masculine); Platzanweiserin (feminine)
Worship and Music are putting a spin on Lent this year; we will be focusing on the color of the rainbow a week for the six weeks. The rainbow has always signified the promise of God, and during Lent, we can hold on to the promise of Easter and have a weekly focus on a color that we observe around us and reflect upon its significance in our journey with God.
Here is our weekly schedule for the colors:
* Week 1 - February 26th (Ash Wednesday) - March 7th - RED
* Week 2 - March 8th - March 14th - ORANGE
* Week 3 - March 15th - March 21st - YELLOW
* Week 4 - March 22nd - March 28th - GREEN
* Week 5 - March 29th - April 4th - BLUE
* Week 6 - April 5th - April 10th - PURPLE
As an example, for the first week, I may happen upon a bumper sticker on a car that has red in it, it caught my eye because of the red, but it may have nothing to do with the color what I connect to the object. It may make me think of a sticker my best friend in college had on their car and then I think about where they were, or perhaps, if I were still in touch with them, I could give them a call all because of a "where's Waldo" of color with my church.
Remember, take a picture, consider its place in God's creation and your life, and send it to Melody Rose, firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see the photos each week, click on http://friedenslutheranchurch.org/special-events/colors-of-lent-1st-week-red/
Happy Rainbow Hunting!