Gifts of Hope

Gifts of Hope is an alternative gift-giving program of the South Carolina Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. As we start to look forward to the Christmas season – give gifts that really matter. Give HOPE!

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In Our Prayers: Rev. John “Jack” Fischer

John (Jack) F. Fischer entered into eternal rest on Friday November 24, 2018. He was born December 6, 1934 to the late Henry Pregnall & Blanche O'Neill Fischer in Charleston, SC. Jack graduated from Charleston High School. While he was there he was picked by Low...

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OUR STORIES

The Blessing of the Animals,… and Plants, and…

It is that time of year when word of a Blessing of the Animals service is heard in many congregations. Saint Francis of Assisi is known as the patron saint of animals, and his commemoration takes place on October 4. Hence, if a congregation hosts a Blessing of Animals service, they typically plan their event near this date. There is, however, more for us to know about this blessing and about Saint Francis.

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ELCA UPDATES

De la cuna a la sepultura

La Navidad se acerca a su tiempo de descenso. El año viejo está por finalizar,  el año nuevo no ha llegado aún. Ya es demasiado tarde para alcanzar las metas fijadas en el Año Nuevo anterior, y apenas queda tiempo suficiente para darse cuenta de que, cualquiera que sea la forma o el estado en el que uno esté, esa será la forma o el estado en el que uno llegará al final del año. Uno recibe una dosis alta de “lo que pudo haber sido”.

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From cradle to grave

Christmas comes at a descending time. The old year is coming to an end, the new year is not yet here. It is too late to accomplish goals set on the previous New Year’s Day, and just enough time to realize that whatever shape or state you are in will be the shape or state in which you end the year. There is a hefty dose of “what might have been.”

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UPCOMING EVENTS

December 12, 2018
  • Staff Meeting
    December 12, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm SC Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 1003 Richland St, Columbia, SC 29201, USA See more details

December 19, 2018
  • Staff Meeting
    December 19, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm SC Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 1003 Richland St, Columbia, SC 29201, USA See more details

December 24, 2018
  • Christmas Eve Broadcast
    December 24, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Mt Tabor Lutheran Church, 1000 B Ave, West Columbia, SC 29169, USA See more details

  • Synod Office Closed-Christmas Holidays
    December 24, 2018 - January 1, 2019 @  SC Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 1003 Richland St, Columbia, SC 29201, USA See more details

The South Carolina Synod at a glance.

4.7 million

People living within the synod territory

52,000

Baptized Lutherans in the South Carolina Synod

150+

Congregations and worshiping communities

3

Companion partnerships with Lutheran Churches in
Japan, Tanzania, and Colombia

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