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!

Hurricane Recovery Updates

NEWS

An Invitation to Service

The 2018 Inquirer’s Day of Reflection will be Saturday, December 1, 2018 at St. Stephen’s, Lexington. This day retreat is sponsored by your SC Synod and hosted by the Invitation to Service Committee.

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2019 South Carolina Synod Leadership Days

Synod Rostered Leaders, Church Council and Congregations are invited to spend time with your Bishop’s Staff. Each congregation is asked to bring four or more church leaders. Please register by the deadline as those preparing food for you will need to know how much to have ready.

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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

ELCA, Episcopal, and Catholic Church leaders issue statement on East Jerusalem hospitals

The Presiding Bishop and Conference of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church on behalf of its House of Bishops, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committees on International Justice and Peace and Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs together wish to raise their grave concern that the Trump Administration has apparently decided to halt further U.S. humanitarian assistance to hospitals in East Jerusalem as part of a wider curtailment of U.S. funding that has been assisting the Palestinian people for many years.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

November 20, 2018
  • Stewardship Committee Meeting
    November 20, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm SC Synod Office See more details

  • FCTE Cohort & Commitee
    November 20, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm SC Synod Office See more details

November 21, 2018
November 27, 2018
  • Candidacy Committee Meeting
    November 27, 2018 - November 28, 2018 @  SC Synod Office See more details

November 28, 2018
  • Staff Meeting
    November 28, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm SC Synod Office See more details

November 29, 2018
  • Colombia Companion Synod
    November 29, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm SC Synod Office 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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