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200 Years

of Mission & MIlestones

An Introduction to the 200th anniversary year of the south carolina synod

If you read the Minutes of the South Carolina Synod for its founding year in 1824, you quickly realize two things:

  1. The fledgling Synod of South Carolina and Adjacent States came into existence with few resources and
  2. While the beginning of an organization for the Synod occurred during at the beginning of the year, Synod did not fully exist as an ecclesiastical entity until December of that year.

In fact, the history of the South Carolina Synod includes many milestones relating to the history of the Lutheran Church in the United States. And, while this history includes significant controversies, it also includes many developments that took root in the wider mission of the Lutheran Church in this country too.

This year, we look forward to celebrating this history together. All of our congregations in the South Carolina Synod share in the stories we will share. Many of you are descendants of notable people in the history of the Synod too. We hope that our celebration of two centuries of ministry will inspire you as leaders and members of congregations. And we pray that God will continue to bless and guide us as we serve into the future God provides.


A Mission & Milestones Moment: Ladies Sewing society

A Mission & Milestones Moment: Ladies Sewing society

Two centuries ago, in 1825, the ladies of St John’s formed the Female Society of St John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church to offer financial support to worthy young men in their preparation for the Christian Ministry in the Lutheran Church. The ladies raised funds by gathering donations and selling hand-stitched garments.

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An Update from the 200th Anniversary Committee

An Update from the 200th Anniversary Committee

By The Rev. Mark Scott On behalf of the 200th Anniversary Committee of the South Carolina Synod Even though we begin the Lenten season today, we also consider today’s date—St. Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday. Both of these dates include much history. Every February...

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ELCA South Carolina Synod
1003 Richland Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Telephone 803-765-0590
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