Course Offering: Lutheranism in North America

A study of the history, development, and challenges of Lutheranism as it was “planted” and continues to grow in the context of North America. This is not only about the history of Lutheranism but continually explores and reflects upon the enduring impact of the history for Lutheranism as a theological movement, and for the church as the body of Christ in North America.

Lutheranism in North America course offered for an introductory fee of $150.00!

This course, which has traditionally been required for Lutheran students in the ELCA, LC-MS, LCMC, and NALC, is being offered as a January intensive course, January 7-11, 2019, both on campus in Charlotte and via “direct live” video conferencing.

The Rev. Dr. Mary Havens is the professor for this course. She earned her Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary and has taught Lutheran history and Lutheran Confessions at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary for over three decades. An ordained Lutheran pastor who regularly serves in Lutheran congregations, she is currently the director of the Department of Lutheran Studies, a pan-Lutheran program offering theological education at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Gordon-Conwell is fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will receive three credit hours.

To register: Send name, address, email contact, and phone number to
Dr. Mary Havens or call 803-606-7126. Deadline to register: December 20, 2018.

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Sermon Audio/Video for Advent 1C

Straighten Up – Luke 21:25-36
Pastor David Nuottila
St. Jacob’s Lutheran Church, Chapin, SC

Hoping on Pins and Needles – Luke 21:25-36
Pastor Mike Greenauer
Trinity Lutheran Church – Flat Rock, NC

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NALC Disaster Response

During Hurricane season, the disaster relief warehouse at St. John’s Statesville was emptied three times sending relief supplies to New Bern, NC, Wilmington NC, and Panama City, Fl. We are now in the process of preparing for the next catastrophe. The goal is to have 250 layettes, 500 school kits, 1000 quilts, 1000 flood buckets with Bibles and 1000 health kits at both the St. John’s Statesville warehouse and the Advent King’s Mountain warehouse. The King’s Mountain location is now ready to receive supplies. This is a massive effort that receives help from NALC churches from around the country.

St. John’s currently has about an eighth of our goal on hand. We know there will be more storms next fall and flooding in the spring. Our goal is to be prepared when called upon. Congregations of the Carolinas Mission District are asked to continue gather disaster relief supplies as they are able. Anyone with questions may contact Pastor Ernie Sheldon, our mission district Disaster Relief Coordinator.

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Installation of Pastors

Pastor James Houck has been called to serve New Hope Lutheran Church in Irmo, SC. His service of installation will be on the First Sunday of Advent, December 2, at 4:30 p.m., with a meal to follow. Clergy are invited to vest, and the color of the day will be blue. The address and phone number for New Hope are:

1725 Old Tamah Rd.
Irmo, SC 29063
803-753-1249

The service of Installation for Pr. Alan Daugherty at Reformation Lutheran Church in New Bern, NC, will be on Sunday, December 16, at 6:30 p.m., preceded by a meal at 5:00. Clergy are invited to vest, and the color of the day will be blue. The address and phone number for Reformation are:

4143 Dr. M.L. King Jr. Blvd.
New Bern, NC 28562
(252) 633-3711

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Sermon Audio/Video for Christ the King Sunday

Are You Ready? – Mark 13:24-37
Pastor Dieter Punt
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Troutman, NC

The Proper Way to Bow – Mark 13:24-37
Pastor Mike Greenauer
Trinity Lutheran Church – Flat Rock, NC

Christ the King
Pastor David Hefner
Shiloh Lutheran Church – Hickory, NC

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Sermon Audio/Video for Christ the King Sunday

Sermon audio and video from around the Carolinas Mission District

Are You Listening? – Revelation 1:4b–8
Pastor Mark Ryman
Supplying at Salem Lutheran Church, Salisbury, NC

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Sermon Audio/Video for Pentecost 25B

Sermon audio and video from around the Carolinas Mission District

Giving Faithfully – Mark 12:38-44
Pastor David Nuottila
St. Jacob’s Lutheran Church, Chapin, SC

Being a Joyful Giver – Mark 12:38-44
Pastor Dieter Punt
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Troutman, NC

The Rear Guard Church – Ephesians 6:12-18a
Pastor Mike Greenauer
Trinity Lutheran Church – Flat Rock, NC

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Sermon Audio/Video for All Saints Sunday

Sermon audio and video from around the Carolinas Mission District

For All the Saints – Matthew 5:1-11
Pastor David Nuottila
St. Jacob’s Lutheran Church, Chapin, SC

Here not There – Matthew 5:1-11
Pastor Dieter Punt
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Troutman, NC

More Beyond – Revelation 7:9-17
Pastor Mike Greenauer
Trinity Lutheran Church – Flat Rock, NC

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Sermon Audio/Video for Reformation Sunday

Sermon audio and video from around the Carolinas Mission District

When Believing Isn’t Enough (Video)  (Text) – John 8:31-36
Pastor David Nuottila
St. Jacob’s Lutheran Church, Chapin, SC

Freed in Christ to Serve the Kingdom – John 8:31-36
Pastor Dieter Punt
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Troutman, NC

From Fear to Eternity – Romans 3:22b-28
Pastor Mike Greenauer
Trinity Lutheran Church – Flat Rock, NC

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Sermon Audio/Video for Pentecost 20B

Sermon audio and video from around the Carolinas Mission District

Divorce Overcome by Grace – Mark 10:2-16
Pastor David Nuottila
St. Jacob’s Lutheran Church, Chapin, SC

Loneliness Because of Sin – Mark 10:2-16
Pastor Dieter Punt
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Troutman, NC

Holding God’s Hand – Mark 10:2-16
Pastor Mike Greenauer
Trinity Lutheran Church – Flat Rock, NC

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