Happy Thanksgiving. We offer prayers for you, your family, and all those who are traveling. The office will be closed until Mon., Nov. 27th.

Imagining Stewardship: Eight Important Questions

How can stewardship ministry be strengthened in a congregation?
What are the key questions that will focus congregational stewardship ministry on God’s word?
What are the key questions that will suggest year-round practices that will engage congregants and deepen the connections between faith and generosity?

Journey to the Holy Land with the South Carolina Synod and Lenoir-Rhyne University

Lenoir-Rhyne University and the South Carolina Synod is sponsoring a Holy Land Study Program with leader Dr. Monty Luker. On this trip you will spend 14 amazing days of biblical study and adventure from December 27, 2018 – January 9, 2019. It is open to our whole synod – rostered leaders, candidates and lay people alike. While this trip is sponsored by the South Carolina Synod, people from other synods are welcome to join us.

An Invitation to Service – 2017 Day of Reflection

The 2017 Inquirer’s Day of Reflection will be held on Saturday, December 2nd from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at St. Stephen’s in Lexington. Mark your calendars today and plan to be with us.

Introducing – History Matters: Congregational Histories

The History Matters team is pleased to present the first of the three volume series to updated the South Carolina Synod history. This volume is the history of the congregations of the South Carolina Synod. If you reserved an advance copy, you may pay and pick it up at the Synod Office. If you are a sponsor, you may also pick up a copy.

NovusWay Ministries Elects Bo Harris, IV to Executive Director

NovusWay Ministries today announced that its Board of Trustees has elected Boyd W. Harris IV as its executive director and chief executive officer, effective January 1, 2018. Harris succeeds Keith Johnson, who had earlier announced his intention to retire at December 31 after 24 years as its executive director.

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Sundays at Lowman Concert Series – December 2017

Join us, Sunday December 10, 2017 for an afternoon of music. Performing will Joshua Ross, piano.

Coming off his recent performance in Carnegie Hall’s legendary Stern Auditorium where he was described as “playing eloquently as if on glass harmonica”, Joshua Ross is quickly becoming a respected artist in the classical music world.

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Four churches from the Upstate Conference United

The church walls vibrated and it sounded like the heavens opened, when 50 choir members, 14 bell ringers and members from 4 churches sang praises to our LORD on Saturday, October 29th, celebrating the 500th year of the Reformation.

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Eighth Annual Fall Festival Connects Congregation with Community

On Saturday, October 21, Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Batesburg-Leesville invited the community to the church grounds from 9 AM to 2 PM for a day of fun, food, and fellowship-free of charge. For the eighth year in a row, the congregation pooled its resources and its energy to provide games (with prizes), train rides, bouncy houses (3 of them!), face painting, balloons, live music, and more.

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Where Two of Three are Gathered…

When was the last time you spent some intentional time in prayer with two or three others? For me it happened this fall when Pastor Ginny, Pastor Eric and Pastor Rick and I met at my house for a day of planning about how to best support and encourage our congregations of the South Carolina Synod.

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ELCA Church Council’s fall meeting looks to the future

The Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) met at The Lutheran Center in Chicago, Nov. 9-12. The council, which serves as the ELCA’s board of directors, focused on the goals of ELCA Future Directions 2025 and the church’s priorities around congregational vitality and leadership.

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A Prayer for Veterans Day

The following prayer was written by Reid Christopherson, a member of the ELCA Church Council, in honor of Veterans Day. It was shared at the ELCA Church Council Meeting on November 9th.

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