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Registration Closes on July 13, 2020. There is NO registration on the day of Assembly.

PLEASE REGISTER in ADVANCE. Registration fee is $65 per person.

All registrations from the May dates have been cancelled and refunded.
To participate in the July Assembly, you must register again.

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Assembly Update by The Rev. Ginny Aebischer for April 20, 2020

Easter Greetings, dear Friends! “Listen! God is calling!” God continually calls us in all circumstances to pray, to praise and to proclaim our risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Thank you for your patience with me in getting details for the 2020 South Carolina Synod Assembly sorted out, and allowing time for the Synod Council and Office of the Bishop to make the best decisions possible under the unusual circumstances we are all experiencing this spring season with COVID19.

The 2020 SC Synod Assembly will be postponed until Saturday, July 25, 2020.

We are blessed to have the opportunity to meet at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church (119 North Church Street) Lexington. We are very grateful to Pastor Pat Riddle and Pastor Jason Antley and the congregation of St. Stephen’s for working with us and welcoming us for this event. I have learned that this will be the 7th time St. Stephen’s has served as the host location for a South Carolina Synod Assembly. We look forward to being there in July.

All information about the assembly can be found on our website, including the link to the new registration. We regret that we have to ask you all to register a second time, but we know the change in dates can mean a change in availability for some to participate, and it also means different fees. We felt that the easiest way to handle these changes is to refund all fees to those of you who registered for the May Assembly and start with a clean slate by asking everyone to register for the July event. Our Synod Staff have been faithfully working with me to update the details for this event so that you can have the smoothest transition possible with the changes, but if you have questions please feel free to reach out to us for assistance. I have been told that all reservations for the May assembly at the Spring Hill Suites are cancelled. However, if you wish you may call to cancel your own reservation just to be sure.

There are a couple of things that I feel may be helpful for you to know about this assembly:

  1. The focus of agenda items will be on the election of Bishop and General Elections.
  2. The process for the Election of our Bishop is the same as what we have historically done for both Bishop and Vice President with an Ecclesiastical Ballot, however the time frame in between agenda items has been collapsed.
  3. We encourage everyone to review the Orientation to Assembly Power Point on our website so that you are familiar with the election process and what to expect at this Assembly.
  4. During the time allotted for ballot counters to do their work we will continue with other items of business on our agenda.
  5. In addition to elections we look forward to worship, lunch, dinner and special presentations.
  6. We are postponing the celebration of Bishop Yoos’ retirement until a later date (TBA) this fall.
  7. All registration is done online. Please register in advance. Registration closes July 13th.

Finally, as a special treat we are asking each congregation to bring one plate of one dozen homemade cookies to be shared during our afternoon snack time. You can drop these off in the Social Hall when you arrive.

We continue to pray for each of you; for your health and wellbeing and for the powerful presence of the Risen Christ Jesus to be made known to you and through you each day. Please look at our website for all the details.

Pastor Ginny Aebischer, Assistant to the Bishop and Assembly Manager

Listen, God is Calling!

“Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.” – Matthew 7:7

About Our Assembly

Saturday, July 25, 2020

2020 is the Thirty-Third Assembly of the South Carolina Synod – ELCA and the 195th meeting of the Lutheran Church in South Carolina. The 2020 Assembly will include several items of business for our consideration, including the election of a Bishop using the Ecclesiastical Ballot and the presentation of Nominations for other various offices and committees. We plan to share together in Worship, Bible Conversations, and a Keynote Presentation.

This spring the Covid19 virus pandemic brought many changes to our lives and the way we do ministry, including the plans we had for our assembly to be held in May. When we gather we will celebrate the presence and the hope we have in Jesus, and we will rejoice that, once again, we are able to be with one another.

We appreciate your understanding and flexibility with this Agenda plan. We recognize that it is a packed Agenda with lots of work to do together in a short time. This agenda includes the items required by our constitution, as well as a few of our traditional agenda items which will happen while our Elections Committee is counting ballots. We will not be able to celebrate Bishop Yoos’ Retirement at this Assembly, but we are planning to hold that celebration later in the fall.

In preparation for this Assembly we ask each of you to review the Orientation PowerPoint that is on our Synod Website so that you are familiar with the voting processes and especially the election of Bishop. We are asking that each person plan for very limited access to internet and prepare in advance. If you choose to use the Guidebook App, please download the whole thing and all documents in advance of coming to assembly. Everyone will have the opportunity on Registration to request a paper packet and we are happy to provide those for you.

We look forward to gathering, listening for the Spirit of God and doing the work of ministry together.

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. 

Orientation Information


St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church

119 North Church Street + Lexington, SC

St. Stephen's Lutheran Church


Quality Inn & Suites

328 W. Main Street – Lexington, SC


The ELCA South Carolina Synod has worked with Quality Inn & Suites in Lexington to bring you special group rates. The prices below include tax. Book online by clicking the button below. If calling, use the code “SC Lutheran Assembly.”

  • Double Queen – $83.25/night
  • King – $77.70 / night
  • King Suite – $88.80 / night (Includes pull out bed only, no kitchenette)

The reservation deadline is July 10, 2020.

Guests, Leaders, & Speakers

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

Dr. Andy Root

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Andrew Root is...

Andrew Root, PhD (Princeton Theological Seminary) is the Carrie Olson Baalson Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary.

He is most recently the author of The Pastor in a Secular Age: Ministry to People Who No Longer Need God (Baker, 2019), Exploding Stars, Dead Dinosaurs, and Zombies: Youth Ministry in the Age of Science (Fortress Press, 2018), Faith Formation in a Secular Age (Baker, 2017), and The Grace of Dogs: A Boy a Black Lab and Father’s Search for the Canine Soul (Convergent, 2017).

He has also authored Christopraxis: A Practical Theology of the Cross (Fortress, 2014) and Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker (Baker, 2014).  Root puts together theology and storytelling to explore how ministry leads us into encounter with divine action.  His book The Relational Pastor (IVP, 2013) as well as a four book series with Zondervan called A Theological Journey Through Youth Ministry (titles include Taking Theology to Youth Ministry, Taking the Cross to Youth Ministry, Unpacking Scripture in Youth Ministry, and Unlocking Mission and Eschatology in Youth Ministry) break new ground in this direction.

In 2012  his book The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry (with Kenda Creasy Dean, IVP, 2011) was Christianity Today Book of Merit.  He has written a number of other books on ministry and theology such as The Children of Divorce: The Loss of Family as the Loss of Being (Baker Academic, 2010), The Promise of Despair (Abingdon, 2010), Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry: From a Strategy of Influence to a Theology of Incarnation (IVP, 2007) and Relationships Unfiltered (Zondervan/YS, 2009).

Andy has worked in congregations, parachurch ministries, and social service programs. He lives in St. Paul with his wife Kara, two children, Owen and Maisy, and their dog. When not reading, writing, or teaching, Andy spends far too much time watching TV and movies.

The Rev. Rafael Malpica Padilla

ELCA Representative

The Rev. Rafael Malpica Padilla serves...

The Rev. Rafael Malpica Padilla serves as Executive Director of the Global Mission program unit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). In this capacity, he oversees the ELCA’s worldwide program, which gives expression to the accompaniment model for mission through the deepening of relationships and cooperation with Lutheran churches in approximately 90 countries. ELCA Global Mission expends about $35 million annually, including grants to companions, international scholarships, and financial and programmatic support for the work of over 166 missionaries, including Young Adults in Global Mission and volunteers in other countries and 35 Chicago-based staff (two staff members working in the Lutheran Office for World Community located in New York).

Prior to becoming ELCA Global Mission’s Executive Director in 2003, Pastor Malpica Padilla served the Division for Global Mission in several positions from 1993 to 2003. Before being called to churchwide service in the ELCA, Pastor Malpica Padilla served as bishop of the ELCA’s Caribbean Synod from 1987-1993 and as a parish pastor in Puerto Rico following his ordination in 1981. Pastor Malpica Padilla holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Puerto Rico (1977 Cum Laude) and a Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (1981). He has been awarded honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees by Newberry College in South Carolina in 1989, the Academy of Ecumenical Indian Theology and Church Administration in India in 2006, Trinity Lutheran Seminary in 2010, and The Serampore College (University) in India in 2019. In 2013, the Caribbean Synod Council awarded him the title Bishop Emeritus of the ELCA Caribbean Synod. Pastor Malpica Padilla’s extensive international and ecumenical experience includes serving as an election observer with the US Congregational Delegation in Haiti and El Salvador, member of the executive committee of Church World Service, member of the board of directors of Lutheran World Relief, advisor to the Council of Lutheran World Federation, and member of the Lutheran World Federation team that negotiated with the State of Israel for the tax case of Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem.
Working with companion churches in Latin America and the Caribbean Pr. Malpica Padilla developed Accompaniment as the theology for mission guiding the work with churches in the region. This theological approach was adopted by the Division for Global Mission in 1998, and subsequently became the preferred mode for missional engagement in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Pastor Malpica Padilla is married to Luz D. Malpica, an occupational therapist who works with children with learning disabilities.

The Reverend Jacqueline Utley

Bible Conversation Leader

The Reverend Jacqueline Utley is...
The Reverend Jacqueline Utley (fondly called Jackie) is a native of Lake View, S.C. Jackie graduated with honors from Coker College (Hartsville, S.C.), earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. She attained a Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS) in Columbia, S.C., as a non-Lutheran. Jackie is a product of the Church of God In Christ (COGIC) and Methodist (AME) traditions. In 2013 Jackie made history as the first African American to be ordained as a rostered leader of the South Carolina Synod of the ELCA. At that time, she became the first African American and female pastor of the Ascension Lutheran Church, in Columbia, S.C.; where she currently serves. Jackie is energetic, passionate, and has a heart for God and for God’s people

The Rev. Dr. Mary Anderson

Bible Conversations Leader

The Rev. Dr. Mary W. Anderson is...
Pastor Mary W. Anderson is currently serving as the interim pastor at Christ Lutheran Church, Hilton Head Island, SC. A native of Columbia, SC, she has been in ministry for 37 years serving in SC and Metro Chicago Synods. Pastor Mary is a graduate of Newberry College, the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia (now United Lutheran Seminary) and has a Doctor of Ministry degree in Preaching from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. She is the writer of the devotional blog Ponder Anew and has recently developed a website and accompanying app called MyPocketPreacher that seeks to provide biblical, spiritual, and theological resources for those who have not engaged in a brick-and-mortar faith community as well as those who have disaffiliated from their congregation. Over the decades she has worked at the intersection of church and society most passionately as an advocate for racial reconciliation and for our homeless neighbors. Her husband, Frank, is pastor of St. Michael’s Lutheran Columbia. Their daughter, Colleen, is a director of nursing in North Carolina and their daughter, Elise, is Associate Pastor of Trinity Lutheran, Hixson, TN.

The Rev. Rachel Hoffman

Bible Conversations Leader

The Rev. Rachel Hoffman is...
The Rev. Rachel Hoffman is a pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Rock Hill, SC, where she serves with her husband, The Rev. Gregg Hoffman. They have been at Grace since December 2019 and served previously at Lutheran Church of the Nativity in Arden, NC. She specializes in stewardship and outreach, children, youth, and family ministry, and faith formation. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Winthrop Episcopal Lutheran Campus Ministry (WELCM), which is an ecumenical ministry supported by Grace and a local Episcopal congregation. Pr. Rachel enjoys exploring new places, time at the beach, and eating at great restaurants.

The Rev. Maria Miller

Assembly Chaplain

The Rev. Maria Miller is...
Pastor Maria Miller is a 1990 of Valparaiso University and a 2001 graduate of LTSS. She has been the chaplain of Lutheran Hospice in the Upstate for 16 years and serves as stated supply pastor at Augsburg Lutheran in Union. She is married to Pastor Sean Miller and they have a 13 year old son, Ethan.

The Rev. Joanna Gragg


The Rev. Joanna Gragg is...
Joanna is the Associate Pastor at Mount Horeb Lutheran Church in Chapin, South Carolina. She graduated from the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, and was ordained into the ministry of Word and Sacrament in July of 2018. Joanna is a life-long Lutheran, a second career pastor, and a history and literature lover. She lives in Lexington with her husband, Nathan Gragg and their three sons: Jonathan, James, and David.

David Turner

Chief Musician

David Turner is...

David Turner is the Minister of Music and Worship at Ebenezer where he is the primary service musician and accompanist and director for the adult, children’s, and handbell choirs. Recent performances include a recital at the Columbia Trinity Cathedral series in Columbia, SC, a benefit recital at the Roswell Presbyterian Church in Roswell, GA and an extended music education residency in Solidad, Mexico and Cange Haiti with the Lila Duo through which he co-founded The Haiti Music Project.

David has presented workshops and sessions throughout the southeast on service playing and improvisation to organists and other instrumentalists including The Fellowship of United Methodist Musicians of South Carolina, The Governor’s School for Arts and Humanities, and the Greenville, SC chapter of the AGO. As a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians he played host to the national convention in 2010. He is also an active member of the American Guild of Organists and has served in many leadership capacities within the organization. David has served as the President of the Downtown Symphony Club and sat on the board for the Greenville Symphony Association.

Ashton Roberts

Worship and Music Team

Ashton Roberts is...
Ashton Roberts is a 2019 graduate of LTSS, where his wife, Jennifer is still a student. Their son Zion is a 6th grader at St. Peter’s Catholic School in downtown Columbia. Ashton grew up near Kingsport, TN, and lived outside of Knoxville, TN, for 9 years, where they are members of St. John’s Lutheran Church. He served as the stated supply vicar at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in Hartsville, SC, and is currently serving his internship at Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Columbia

James M Colwell

Music Team

James M. Colwell has...
James M. Colwell is a member of ST. John, Beaufort since 1987. He has served on Church Council on two occasions and also is active as Worship Assistant. He is the Tubaist in the St. John’s Brass Ensemble. Low Brass Section Leader for Lowcountry Wind Symphony, Beaufort and a member of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 12.

The Rev. Angela Jennings

Nominating Chair

The Rev. Dr. Angela Ryan Jennings serves...
The Rev. Dr. Angela Ryan Jennings serves as Pastor at Lord of Life Bluffton, SC. Pastor Angela enters her 22nd year of ordained ministry this year looking forward to many years to follow.

The Rev. Jason Schafer

Reference and Counsel

The Rev. Jason Schafer serves...
Jason Schafer serves as pastor of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Prosperity, SC where he has been for 10+ years. His previous call was as Mission Developer for Crossroads Lutheran in Indian Land, SC. His community service and outreach includes serving on the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Retreat Centers, teaching a portion of the Mid-Carolina Middle School Release Bible Study program, and playing music with colleagues at local Nursing Homes monthly. Jason is a graduate of Lenior-Rhyne College and the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. He enjoys attending concerts with his wife, Deacon Mitzie Schafer, reading, building musical instruments, and camping with Mitzie, Ella (daughter, 16) and Micah (son, 14).

The Rev. Gina Metze

Elections Chairperson

The Rev. Gina Metze is...
The Rev. Gina Metze is a 2013 graduate of the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. Gina serves as the pastor of Mount Hermon Lutheran Church, West Columbia, SC. She previoiusly served as Pastor at St. James, Summit, SC.
She lives in Lexington with her husband, Dion. They have one daughter, Breanna.

The Rev. Mike Watson

Elections Chairperson

The Rev. Mike Watson is...
The Rev. Michael Watson lives in Lexington, SC, with his wife Alyssa. He serves as the pastor of Nazareth Lutheran Church, Lexington, SC. He is a 2002 graduate of the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. He has served on the Conduct of Elections Committee the last two years and was also on the committee in 2015.  He is the treasurer for the Saxe Gotha Conference Rostered Leaders Group.  He is in an ecumenical breakfast group with a number of Church of God, Baptist, and Non-Denominational pastors.  They hold a joint community worship service in November where they pool their money and prepare over 500 food bags to hand out in their community at Thanksgiving.  They also partner with Lexington District 1 School system to provide clothing and school supplies to the District 1 schools who have the greatest need for these items. 

The Rev. Alejandro Mejia

Spanish Language Translator

The Rev. Alejandro Mejia Porras is...

Pastor Alejandro Mejia Porras is a fourth generation Lutheran from Colombia South America, currently serving as the Pastor Developer of Parroquia Nuestro Salvador.

He studied theology at the Lutheran School of Theology in his home country, and through the ELCA Teem Program at Pacific Lutheran Seminary, Pastor Alejandro has college degrees in administration and in Music.

In Colombia, Pastor Mejia worked as a music educator at school and college. He also served San Marcos Lutheran Church. He has worked extensively in programs for children and youth living in communities at risk, and programs designed for the benefit and wellbeing of single mothers, victims of the violence, refugees, development of leadership, among others.

In his spare time, Alejandro loves to spend time with his two-years-old dog Tomas, or doing yoga, working out, or traveling.


Spanish Language Interpreter

The Spanish Language Interpreter...
The Spanish Language Interpreter is to be announced…


In addition to honoring Bishop Yoos upon his retirement, we are pleased to honor the following.

Celebrating 50 years of Ordination

The Rev. James W. Addy & Mrs. Celie

Ordained June 1, 1970 – Retired March 1, 2005

Pastor Addy has served: South Carolina Lutheran Retreat Centers, St. John (Clinton), Orangeburg Lutheran, Faith (Batesburg-Leesville), St. Andrew’s (Charleston), Redeemer (Greer)

The Rev. William C. Ebener & Mrs. Margaret

Ordained June 1, 1970 – Retired July 1, 2006

Pastor Ebener has served: Corinth & St. Mark (Prosperity), Lutheran Homes of SC , SC Christian Action Council, Union (Leesville), Batesburg/Leesville Senior Center, Transfiguration (Cayce), Redeemer (Atlanta), Faith (Batesburg), St. Mark’s (Charlotte), St. Paul’s (Mt. Pleasant) and interims

The Rev. Al Potter & The Rev. Timothea Sharpe

Ordained June 1, 1970 Retired June 1, 2000

Pastor Potter has served: Mt. Hebron (Leesville), Lutheran Homes of SC, Bethel (White Rock), Resurrection (Augusta, GA), St. James (Graniteville), Peachtree Road Lutheran (Atlanta), Jerusalem (Rincon, GA) and various interims

The Rev. Dennis L. Setzer, Jr. & Mrs. Jeanne

Ordained June 7, 1970 – Retired September 1, 2010

Pastor Setzer has served: St. Philip (Myrtle Beach)

The Rev. Gerald W. Smith & Mrs. Christy

Ordained June 1, 1970 – Retired April 1, 2009

Pastor Smith has served: Our Saviour (Greenville), Beaver Lake Lutheran (St. Paul, MN), Mt. Calvary (Excelisor, MN) and Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran (St. Paul, MN)

The Rev. Dr. William Trexler & Mrs. Karla

Ordained June 1, 1970 – Retired August 1, 2009

Pastor Trexler has served: First Lutheran (Norfolk, VA), Florida-Bahamas Synod Bishop, St. Mark’s (Jacksonville, FL), Immanuel (Greenwood), Division for Parish Svcs (LCA), St. Peter’s (Miami, FL) and various interims including Holy Trinity (Hickory)

South Carolina Synod Congregational Special Anniversaries

275 Years – Zion Lutheran Church in Lexington Organized in 1745

175 Years – St. David Lutheran Church in West Columbia Organized in 1845

175 Years – Colony Lutheran Church in Newberry Organized in 1845

150 Years – Wittenberg Lutheran Church in Batesburg-Leesville Organized in 1870

100 Years – St. John Lutheran Church in Clinton Organized in 1920

75 Years – Atonement Lutheran Church in Laurens Organized in 1945

75 Years – Trinity Lutheran Church in Georgetown Organized in 1945

South Carolina Synod Assembly App

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All of the documents will be available for download there. 

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About Internet Access

Internet access will be extremely limited at St. Stephen’s during the assembly. Will are still offering the ELCA Events and Organizations App for assembly. With that in mind, please download all of the documents ahead of time or be prepared to use your own mobile data. If storage on your device is limited, you may prefer a paper packet.


Important Notes:

Please Note: Proposed amendments to the budget may be submitted to the secretary of this synod in writing no later than Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 12:00 noon. For details please see Budget Procedure notes from Synod Council at the end of this agenda.

Please Note: Any Additional Resolutions may be given to the Committee of Reference and Counsel no later than Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 12:00 noon. For details please see the notes from Synod Council at the end of this agenda.

*Please note: The results of the Ecclesiastical/1st Ballot for Bishop will be announced and posted as soon as it is available. Our goal is 1:00 pm. Each Pastor who is nominated is asked to complete either a Biographical Form or a Withdrawal Form and turn it in to the Secretary’s desk No Later than 1:30 pm, Saturday, July 25, 2020. The blank forms are available from the Desk of the Secretary.

Report of Committee on Agenda and Program

Report of Committee on Agenda and Program (PROPOSED AGENDA) for the 2020 South Carolina Synod Assembly

Saturday, July 25, 2020


8:00 a.m.

Registration Desk Opens

Please note...

Please note: The Registration Desk will be open each day throughout the Assembly with the exception of breaks for meals, worship and times during voting when the staff will need to prepare the Report of Registration. The registration desk will reopen after each ballot is completed.

Voting members must have checked in at the registration desk and obtained a voting member’s name tag and Qwizdom Voting device in order to cast a legal ballot during the plenary sessions. Voting members are required to be seated within the “bar of the synod” during times of voting. The Registration Desk will be closed during posted times of assembly for the purpose of preparing the Registration report and allowing time for balloting. All assembly participants including visitors are asked to refrain from movement within the arena during voting times. No one will be allowed to enter or leave the plenary meeting room until the ballot is closed. Please respect our staff and volunteers who assist with monitoring movement during balloting to give all voting members the opportunity to concentrate.

Displays Set Up


8:30 a.m.

By Invitation - AS NEEDED

Committee of Reference and Counsel

Committee on Conduct of Elections


9:15 a.m.

Social Hall

Welcome Breakfast Snacks and Coffee


9:45 a.m.


Gathering Songs


10:00 a.m.



(As a courtesy, please leave cell phones in silent mode during all sessions.)

This session's schedule is...
Order for Opening of Synod Assembly
Organization of Assembly
Report: Reference & Counsel Introduction of Special Guests
Report of Synod Council (Part 1) Procedural matters affecting this Assembly
Report of Registration and prayer
Ecclesiastical/1st Ballot for Bishop (Standard Procedure to Allow 2 hours for Ballot Counting)

11:00 a.m.




12:00 p.m.


Lunch and Celebration of those Ordained for 50 Years

This lunch menu is...
Lunch provided by Groucho’s of Lexington

Boxed Lunch will include:

*Sandwich (ham, turkey or roast beef sandwiches will be available)
45 Sauce
Sodas / tea / water

*Vegetarian Option will include:
Sandwich with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, cheese, Italian dressing

*Gluten Free Option: gluten free bun for those that request


12:45 a.m.



(As a courtesy, please leave cell phones in silent mode during all sessions.)

This session's schedule is...
Report of Synod Council (Part 2) Proposed Budget & Treasurer’s Report
Greetings: Youth Gathering Coordinator
Greetings: South Carolina Women of the ELCA
COE Report: Results of the Ecclesiastical Ballot (Allowing 30 minutes to complete Biographical form or Withdrawal Form) (Allowing 30 minutes for Preparations of 2nd Ballot for Bishop)
Report: Committee on Nominations
Note: Nominations from the floor must include a completed biographical information form. Copies of this form will be available on the Synod webpage prior to assembly and on desk of the Secretary during the Assembly. These forms will need to be turned in 2:00 p.m.
Report: The Life and Work of the South Carolina Synod – Bishop Herman Yoos
Report: Reference and Counsel AS NEEDED
Greetings: South Carolina Lutheran Men in Mission
Institution Video: South Carolina Lutheran Retreat Centers
Greetings: SCLCY
Bible Conversations 1
Report: Conduct of Elections Committee nominees for 2nd Ballot for Bishop
Report of Registration and Prayer
2nd Ballot for Bishop (Allowing 60 minutes to count ballots)
Report: Committee of Reference and Counsel (AS NEEDED)
Institution Video: Lutheran Homes
Institution Video: Lutheran Services Carolina
Report: Secretary
Qwizdom Voting System Introduced
Report of Registration and Prayer
First Ballot: General Elections
Keynote Video Presentation (Snacks will be at the tables during this time)
Report: Conduct of Elections Results of 2nd Ballot for Bishop
Presentation: 7 Candidates for Bishop Introductions
Report of Registration and Prayer
3rd Ballot for Bishop (Allowing 60 minutes to count ballots)
Report of Registration AS NEEDED
Second Ballot: General Elections AS NEEDED
Institution Video: NovusWay
Institution Video: Newberry College
Greetings: Mission Investment Fund
Greetings: South Carolina Lutheran Campus Ministry Video
Bible Conversations 2
Report: The Work of the ELCA (The Rev. Rafael Malpica)
Report of Synod Council (Part 3)
Recommendations on Comp Guidelines
Report: Conduct of Elections Results of 3rd Ballot for Bishop
Presentation: Q&A with 3 Candidates for Bishop
Report of Registration and Prayer
4th Ballot for Bishop

6:00 p.m.


Dinner – Including Introduction of New Leaders to the Synod

This dinner menu is...
Dinner provided by Hudson’s Catering of Lexington
Buffet Style meal will include:
Hunters Chicken and Mushroom Gravy
Country Pot Roast
Stuffed Zucchini (Vegetarian Option)
Brown Rice (prepared vegetarian style)
Grilled Asparagus
Roasted Root Vegetables
Garden Salad
Sweet Tea/ Unsweet Tea

7:00 p.m.



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This session's schedule is...
Report of Registration AS NEEDED
Third Ballot: General Elections AS NEEDED
Institution Video: Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary
Bible Conversations 3
Report of Synod Council (Part 4) Votes: Compensation Guidelines & Budget
Report: Vice President
Report of Registration and Prayer
5th Ballot for Bishop
Unfinished Business
Report: Committee of Reference and Counsel
Closing of Assembly with Installation of Synod Council

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