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,
I pray you are well, practicing good hygiene, and keep a safe social distance when you have to be out and about. If you have a need, please let us know.
Our church council convened and made the following decisions. We will continue to do online-only worship through May 10. This means Holy Week and Easter will be online. Tune into our Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services at 7 p.m., Easter Sunrise at 6:45 a.m., and Easter services at 8:30 and 11:00. If you would like to join us online, but do not know how, please give us a call so we can get someone to help you connect.
We are looking to hold no other gatherings here at the church until after that date. We want to embrace the safe practices necessary to slow the spread of this disease.
We'd like to ask you to please keep sending in your offerings through the mail and through our website. Your dedication to this church and our mission through your financial support is much appreciated and keeps us from pulling from resources dedicated to other projects like youth and property.
Our usual May congregational meeting is postponed. In the meantime, church council folks who were scheduled to come off the council will continue until we have a properly called congregational meeting. We held off presupposing a date until the council convenes again May 11.
That's the official news. Now let me share with you just a bit like you and I were talking over a cup of coffee. I would not say I ever took you for granted, but this quarantine has framed, in me, a new perspective. First, I deeply miss you; the drop-by-my-office, run-into-you-on-the-street, visit-in-your-homes moments that are gone for this season. This isolation has shown me how much I enjoy being with all of you. Second, this crisis has grown my trust in our Lord. I'm talking to Jesus, a lot, but I'm also listening more intently to his Word in the Bible and his Word in my spirit. I've been combating loneliness by learning to recognize Jesus present with me. When I am alone or anxious or scared, I begin singing a hymn, or thanking Jesus for a blessing, or calling to mind a favorite Bible story. Then Jesus shows up in my heart and begins to calm me down. I pray it is the same for you.
Friends, I look forward to being with you soon and in person. In the meantime, keep the faith. Keep loving others. Keep living the gospel in ways that reflect Jesus' love.
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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 - TBD
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.
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).