We breathe the same air, and we drink the same water. Nicole Johnson My grandfather was an old school farmer. Any suggestions to include newer techniques or farm machinery on the farm was met with either silence or a look that communicated “no” without him saying a word. He … [Read more...] about Together: Wholly Sacred and Beautifully Ordinary
1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26 Samuel was ministering before the Lord, a boy wearing a linen ephod. His mother used to make for him a little robe and take it to him each year, when she went up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice. Then Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, and … [Read more...] about 2021 Advent Guide: First Sunday after Christmas
Excerpted from Enough for All, a Lenten Guide for Lectionary Year B from the North Carolina Council of Churches. Psalm 118:1-2 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; His steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks because there has been enough for all … [Read more...] about 2021 Lenten Guide- Palm Sunday
Excerpted from The Heart of the Work, an Advent Guide for Lectionary Year B from the North Carolina Council of Churches. Luke 1:26-38, 46b-55 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged … [Read more...] about Advent Guide: Fourth Sunday, December 20
5 years old to 90 years old36 congregations (known)50,000 miles and countingparks/neighborhoods/rivers/labyrinthsprayer, work, meditationmind/body/spiritBaptist/ Nondenominational/Episcopa-lian, Methodist/Islamicmental health workshops/blood pressure kits/treadmills/fitness … [Read more...] about Thank You NC 100 Mile Challenge Churches: You Inspire Us!
What is the NC 100-mile challenge? It’s an initiative launched by North Carolina State Parks to encourage everyone to get outside and explore our trails and waterways. North Carolinians can walk, hike, run, bike, paddle, roll, ride or skate anywhere in the North Carolina … [Read more...] about Experience NC in the NC 100-mile Challenge
Have you noticed what happens when you step outside? Your breathing regulates, your mind clears, sometimes a solution to a thorny problem strikes in a eureka moment. The health benefits of being outdoors are documented and scientifically proven. Those benefits include lowering … [Read more...] about 1 Church/10 People/100 Miles/$1000
Excerpted from A Season of Hope. An Advent Guide for Lectionary Year B from the North Carolina Council of Churches. Praise the LORD. Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise him in the heights above. Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his heavenly hosts. Praise him, … [Read more...] about Advent Guide: First Sunday After Christmas Day
For this year’s Lenten Guide, each member of the Council staff chose a verse from a favorite hymn to write about. We will post their reflections throughout Lent, for Ash Wednesday, each Sunday, and throughout Holy Week. Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Were you … [Read more...] about 2017 Lenten Guide — Maundy Thursday
Excerpted from How Will We Welcome the Prince of Peace? An Advent Guide for Lectionary Year A from the NC Council of Churches. In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, "Where is the child who has … [Read more...] about Advent Guide: Epiphany, January 6
“Partners in Health and Wholeness, an initiative of the North Carolina Council of Churches, is designed to bridge issues of faith, health and social justice.” These are the words that you find on our website that explain why we do what we do. The NC Council of Churches and its … [Read more...] about Health, Wholeness, and Climate Change?
July 16, 2016 is the 2-month mark since Regional Coordinator for Western North Carolina became my full time position with the NCCC’s Partners in Health and Wholeness Initiative. This is significant for me because in these two months the exciting ministries of so many … [Read more...] about Untapped Resources: A Treasure for One Congregation and Their Community