New Portico Health ID Cards Issued for 2018! ELCA-Primary health plan members, use newly issued Portico Health ID cards starting Jan. You can request or print extras through Portico Care Coordinators by calling 877-851-5656.read more
Our 2018 Bishop’s Leadership Days are coming up quickly! All Rostered Ministers are encouraged to go to http://scsynod.us/leadershipdays to register for the date of your choice. We will spend about 2 hours and 15 minutes together with an opportunity to spend time together in prayer and devotion, and we will also cover some materials that we think will be helpful in your ministry.read more
Virginia R. Aull, 46, of Irmo, died on January 6, 2018 at Palmetto Health Richland after a brief, but fierce battle with cancer.read more
Have you heard the term Via de Cristo? Have you heard the term Ultreya? Have you heard about re-union groups? Has your curiosity been peeked just a little here and there? Are you wondering if you are missing out on something? From personal experience, I can say, without a doubt, that I was “in the dark” regarding the Via de Cristo weekend. Then, at a Messiah gathering, I happened to sit beside Barbara, a good friend, who asked me if I had attended a weekend. I told her that I had not. From there, it was an explosion of excitement from Barbara. She said it was a wonderful experience and if I ever wanted to go, she would gladly be my sponsor. She went on to say that it was a tremendous life changing point in her Christian growth. Enough said! I wanted to go.read more
Zion/Lexington likes to eat, and they like others to eat, too! Over a dozen years ago, Zion began cooking and delivering a modest number of Thanksgiving meals to community shut-ins on a celebratory day when Meals on Wheels was not operating. Working with the County for a list of needy recipients, Zion has grown the feast in 2017 to over 1200 plates. What fun it is to laugh and sing as 60 turkeys are carved and combined with 38 gallons of peas, dozens of trays of dressing, cranberry, 60 pound cakes, and enough gravy to float a small boat! What a joy to deliver Thanksgiving to neighbors!read more
This past week, in his article “What’s Wrong with Radicalism,” New York Times columnist David Brooks wrote some words that I think help frame the symbolism of Christ’s birth into the world for us today.
“We are living in an age of radicalism.” Both the radical right and the radical left “are more intent on denouncing the people they hate than on addressing the concrete problems before them.”read more
I am very disappointed and disturbed by the remarks that President Donald Trump is reported to have said yesterday – and confirmed by others who were present – in the context of a discussion about immigration.read more
Un mensaje mensual de la obispo presidente de la Iglesia Evangélica Luterana en América.
Una colega del Centro Luterano relató esta historia. Una amiga de ella que no asiste a ninguna iglesia vino a visitarla, y notó su calendario de Adviento. “¿Qué es el Adviento?” le preguntó. Una simple pregunta. Pero pronto mi colega descubrió que no era fácil de explicarle el Adviento a alguien que nunca había oído hablar de éste, pero que tampoco tenía un marco de referencia del mismo.read more
A monthly message from the presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
A colleague at the Lutheran Center related this story. An unchurched friend of hers was visiting and noticed her Advent calendar. “What is Advent?” she asked. A simple question. But my colleague soon discovered it wasn’t that easy to explain Advent to someone who had never heard of it, but who also had no frame of reference for it.read more