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Our theme: Joel 1:3
I love to tell the story…
Tell your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children to another generation
…of Jesus and His love.

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We would love to tell you a story…

A story of the life changing work going on in our synod.

A story of some of the amazing work being done through our synodical institutions and synodical partners.

A story of leaders from congregations across South Carolina who have said yes and are willing to serve and allow their gifts benefit various ministries across the state.

A story of new rostered leaders who have joined us in ministry here in South Carolina over the past year.

A story of leaders who have faithfully served this church for 50+ years.

A story of how the ministry in YOUR congregation is vital to the lives of all who call that place their church home.

A story of how your life, your experiences, your passions and gifts are all part of a much greater story.

A story, my friends, of Jesus and his love!

 

Join us June 12-14 in Charleston for our annual South Carolina Synod Assembly. Join us for story time. Join us!

The number of voting members is determined from the most recent Congregational Report Form. Congregations are added to this list after we receive their Form A.

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Reminders

  • There is no registration on site.
  • Monday’s Lunch and Dinner costs were included in the your registration. Please be aware you had to reserve your meal when you registered.

Assembly Stories and News

Making Deposits: Stories within God’s economy of Abundance

Making Deposits: Stories within God’s economy of Abundance

At the 2022 South Carolina Synod Assembly, Deacon Mitzie Schafer was our keynote speaker.  Deacon Mitzie was the perfect follow-up to the stories of Pastor Mary Canniff-Kuhn.  At every session, Pastor Mary stood in front of a diverse group of folx and captivate every single one of us with a story that demonstrated God’s love and grace. 

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about this year’s assembly offering

On February 28, our Synod Council designated the offerings from the 2022 Assembly to the ministry of Restoration Chapel. The cruel hand of addiction, in some way, affects us all. Restoration Chapel of Greenwood has risen to meet the needs of our current addiction crisis. In this unique partnership between a ministry of the church and Lutheran Services Carolinas, 10 women in recovery have a safe space to live during a crucial point in their recovery journey. Just as importantly, they have a ministry that is there to walk with them and provide spiritual support – an important protective factor in recovery. Your support of Restoration Chapel continues important accompaniment work, provides scholarships for the women to enter the house, and furthers the work of the church’s response in a time where so many need what this ministry has to offer. This ministry makes a significant, positive impact in the lives of the people who experience it. There are several ways to participate in the offering before, during and after worship.

  • Place your offering in the offering basket during worship.
  • Mail your offering to the Synod Office at 1003 Richland St, Columbia SC 29201. Please mark your check “Assembly Offering”
  • Cclick “Assembly Offering”
  • Give via text. Simply text the word “give” to 864-383-1482. After following the instructions to set up your payment information (you could set this up prior to worship), text the whole dollar amount you wish to give and the words “Assembly Offering”
  • Scan the QR code.

Guests, Leaders, & Speakers

We give thanks to these wonderful guests, leaders, and speakers. More will be listed soon.

Deacon Mitzie Schafer

Keynote Speaker

mitzie schafer is...

a Deacon in the ELCA called by the South Carolina Synod as a full-time consultant with GSB Fundraising helping nonprofits and churches tell their story in ways that increase engagement. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) specializing in strategic planning, annual fund, planned giving, and CAGA Model Storytelling training and coaching. She has more than 15 years of experience in non-profit executive leadership and fund-raising for organizations including Epworth Children’s Home in Columbia, SC, the ELCA Foundation, and NovusWay.

One of her specialties is helping non-profit organizations implement systematic, best practice approaches that shift toxic institutional cultures to healthy, thriving ministries. The focus is on transparency, human resource management, communication, and accountability. She utilizes these strategies to strengthen relationships among staff, the board, and constituents. Healthy organizations raise more money.

She also specializes in growing passion, engagement, and giving to non-profits. In her first 3 years at Epworth, she implemented a system she designed and titled “CAGA Storytelling.” The annual fund grew from $1.4 million to $2.6 million. At NovusWay, using the same system, she grew giving 68% over 12 months. In her last two years at the ELCA Foundation, she helped congregation members take the necessary steps to create charitable estate plans that will gift more than $24 million to churches, church-related non-profits, and other charities.

She served a term on the SC Synod Council and has served on the Bishop’s Mutual Ministry Committee for 10 years. Mitzie is an avid quilter, writing her own patterns in Prosperity, SC where she lives with her husband, Pastor Jason, and two high school-aged children, Ella and Micah.

The Rev. Mary Canniff-Kuhn

Assembly Storyteller

The Rev. mary canniff-kuhn is ...
Mary Canniff-Kuhn is a retired ELCA pastor who served 25 years as Program Director of Lutheridge Camp and Conference Center, near Asheville, NC. She has also served as a parish pastor in Brandon, Florida, and – more recently – as interim in Taylorsville NC. Pastor Mary is a painter, potter and storyteller as well as a certified Spiritual Director, encouraging creativity as spiritual gift and discipline. She and her husband Tim (also an ELCA pastor) now reside at Lutheridge. They have three grown sons, three amazing daughters-in-law, and four beautiful grandchildren.

The Rev. Keith Fry

ELCA Representative

The Rev. Keith Fry serves as...

The Rev. Keith Fry serves as executive for administration in the Office of the Secretary in the churchwide organization. He has been in that position for a little over two years, having begun his call there one month before the beginning of the pandemic. He oversees record-keeping and statistics concerning congregations and management of the rosters of pastors and deacons of this church; minutes of official proceedings of the Churchwide Assembly, Church Council, and Conference of Bishops; and the ELCA Archives. Prior to receiving the call to the Office of the Secretary, he was a congregation pastor in Elgin, IL, and Evanston, IL. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He resides in Chicago with his spouse and Archie and Edith, a Labrador retriever and a Cornish Rex cat.

The Rev. Andrea Rice

Co-Chair
Worship Team

The Rev. Andrea Rice is...

The Reverend Andrea Rice was born in Atlanta, GA and grew up at Briarlake Baptist Church in Decatur, GA. She felt called to ministry from a young age and spent her growing up years discerning that call, as she served as a youth intern, traveled on mission tours, and worked with the children of the church. After she graduated from Shorter College in Rome, GA in 2000, she joined St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Atlanta, GA. Andrea later attended seminary at LTSS in Columbia, SC and was ordained into the ministry of Word and Sacrament in 2005. Andrea and her husband, Reverend Nathan Rice, have had the privilege of serving as a clergy couple at The Nittany Valley/Sugar Valley Lutheran Parish in the Upper Susquehanna Synod, and at St. James Lutheran Church in Lexington SC. They currently serve at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Summerville, SC. While in the Upper Susquehanna Synod, Andrea served on the Lay Ministry Institute Board. While in the South Carolina Synod, she has served on the Nominating Committee and has also served two terms on the South Carolina Synod Council. She and Nathan have three daughters.

The Rev. Nathan Rice

Co-Chair
Worship Team

The Rev. Nathan Rice is...

Rev. Nathan Rice was born and raised in SC. He has especially fond memories of being formed in the faith at Trinity Lutheran Church in Greenville SC. He graduated from seminary at LTSS, and was ordained into the ministry of Word and Sacrament in 2005. He and Rev. Andrea Rice have been married for 21 years. They have had the privilege of serving previously together at The Nittany Valley/Sugar Valley Lutheran parish in the Upper Susquehanna synod, and at St. James Lutheran Church in Lexington SC. They currently serve at St. Luke’s Lutheran church in Summerville, SC. Nathan has served the SC synod as the facilitator for the synod Outreach Network and Public Education task force. He is currently the dean of the SC Coastal Conference. He and Andrea have three daughters who help keep them busy.

The Rev. Martin Lopez

Worship Team and Translator

The Rev. David Coffman

Necrologist

The Rev. David Coffman is...

The Rev. David Coffman is the Campus Pastor at Newberry College. Rev. Coffman is a 1997 graduate of Newberry, 2001 graduate of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. He was ordained in 2001, served St. John’s Walhalla, and vast healthcare roles for Agape/AgapeCare Hospice and SCHouse Calls. He and his family live in Irmo where they encourage their college age daughters and a middle school son in their various activities. When not supply preaching across the southeast, or helping in their family pageant/prom/MOB dress store, you’ll find them spending time in Maggie Valley, NC.

Justin Wham

Musician

Justin Wham is...

Justin is a native of Charleston, SC. He graduated from St. Andrews High School and attended the College of Charleston and Charleston Southern University as well as private studies in piano, organ and conducting with Emily Remington, Thomas White and Doug Ludlam. Justin moved to New York City in 2006 to pursue his passions of church music (organist) and Broadway (rehearsal pianist/conductor) and returned to Charleston in 2008 to teach music and performing arts for Charleston County School District as well as Bishop England and First Baptist high schools. He has been an Artist in Residence at the College of Charleston where he served as musical director for their mainstage productions and after serving as Associate Director of Music for over 20 years at John Wesley United Methodist Church, Justin joined the staff of Holy Spirit Evangelical Lutheran in 2020 as Cantor/Director of Music and Organist. Justin is also owner of JW Weddings and Events, a floral and decor company located in Charleston.

Join us in song

ALL ARE INVITED!

The musicians and worship planning team for the 2022 South Carolina Synod Assembly would like to extend an invitation to you, your choir members, and ANYONE who enjoys singing to join the Lowcountry Lutheran Choir in the opening Service of Holy Communion for this year’s assembly at St. Matthew’s Church in Charleston, SC!

Our Director of Music, Justin Wham, is looking to build a mass choir of 100 voices to lead the worship service at 6:00 p.m. If you or anyone you know is interested in singing with us, please contact Justin at holyspiritelcmusic@gmail.com for more information by June 1st! Please let us know what voice part you sing. Digital copies and a YouTube link of the music will be sent to anyone interested, and we will hold a rehearsal with everyone involved at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 12th. Anyone willing to “make a joyful noise to the Lord” is welcome and encouraged to join us in song for this glorious occasion!

Who: Lowcountry Lutheran Choir and Guests
What: High Service of Holy Communion Mass Choir
When: Sunday, June 12th, 3:00 p.m. Rehearsal – 6:00 p.m. Service
Where: St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Charleston SC

Schedule

Sunday, June 12, 2022

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12:00 p.m.

Display Table Set Up

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1:00 p.m.

Check-In Opens

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2:30 p.m.

Committee of Reference and Counsel (by invitation)

Committee on Conduct of Elections (by invitation)

Orientation for Voting Members (open to all)

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3:15 p.m.

Session One

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This session's schedule is...

Gathering Songs
Order for Opening of Assembly
Welcome and Announcements
Introduce Voting Procedure
Organization of Assembly
Reference and Counsel Introduction of Advisory Members and Special Guests
Report of Synod Council (Part 1) Procedural Matters Affecting this Assembly
Storytelling
Keynote
Break
Nominating Committee Report
Report of Synod Council (Part 2) Proposed Budget and Treasurer’s Report
Ministry Story
Announcements
Prayer
Travel Bags and Dismissal

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5:30 p.m.

Travel Time to St. Matthews

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6:00 p.m.

Worship

St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church
405 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

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7:00 p.m.

Dinner

On your own

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8:30 p.m.

Youth and young adult pizza run

Lutheran Campus Ministry Task Force is hosting a Young Adult Pizza Party in Opal 2 from 8:30-10:30 Sunday evening. All youth and young adults are welcome, along with anyone who has an interest in young adult ministry. Pizza, cookies, and soft drinks will be provided.

Monday, June 13, 2022

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7:30 a.m.

Check-in Opens

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8:15 a.m.

Session Two

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This session's schedule is...

Gathering Song
Opening Prayer
Ministry Story
Report of Reference and Counsel 1
Preparation for Ecclesiastical Ballot
Report of Registration
Prayer for Election
Ecclesiastical Ballot 1
Storytelling
Keynote
Report of Synod Council (Part 3) Recommendations on Compensation Guidelines and Constitutional Matters
Results of 1st Ecclesiastical Ballot
Report of Registration
Prayer for Election
General Elections Ballot 1 Majority needed to elect
Bishop’s Report
Ministry Story
Resolution of Thanks
50th Anniversary of Ordination
Announcement, Prayer and Lunch

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12:00 p.m.

Lunch

Recognizing those who have celebrated 50 years of ordination during COVID and honoring former Bishop Herman Yoos. Lunch is included with registration.

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1:35 p.m.

Session Three

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This session's schedule is...

Gathering Song
Opening Prayer
Ministry Story
Report of Registration (if needed)
Prayer for Elections (if needed)
General Elections Ballot 2 (if needed)
Ministry Story
Report from VP
Ministry Story
Storytelling
Keynote
Ministry Story
Break with Snacks
Ministry Story
Report of Registration
Prayer for Election
Ecclesiastical 2nd Ballot for Secretary
General Elections Ballot 3 (if needed)
Ministry Story
Report from ELCA
Ministry Story
Results of 2nd Ecclesiastical Ballot
Ministry Story
Ministry Story
Report of Registration
Prayer for Election
Ecclesiastical 3rd Ballot for Secretary (if needed)
Announcements
Prayer

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5:00 p.m.

Dinner

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6:45 p.m.

Worship

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8:00 p.m.

Social

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

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7:30 a.m.

Check-in Opens

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8:15 a.m.

Session Four

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This session's schedule is...

Gathering Song
Opening Prayer
Report of DEM and Mission Support Video
Report of Registration (if needed)
Prayer for Election (if needed)
Ecclesiastical 4th Ballot for Secretary (if needed)
Ministry Story
Reference and Counsel 2 (if needed)
Report of Synod Council (Part 4)
Storytelling
Break
Keynote
Ministry Story
Report of Registration (if needed)
Prayer for Election (if needed)
Ecclesiastical 5th Ballot for Secretary (if needed)
Ministry Story
Ministry Story
Ministry Story
Reference and Counsel 3 (if needed)
Introduction of New to Synod
Unfinished Business
Reference and Counsel Final Resolutions
Installation of Synod Council
Announcements
Closing of Assembly

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ELCA South Carolina Synod
1003 Richland Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Telephone 803-765-0590
Fax 803-252-5558

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