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Elise Scott to be Ordained

By the grace of Almighty God, your prayers are requested at a celebration of Holy Communion with the Rite of Ordination for Elise Scott into the Ministry of Word and Sacrament.

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Thoughts on Immigration from Bishop Yoos

“Be careful when you go out to fight a dragon that you don’t wind up becoming another dragon that someone else needs to fight.” An older pastor told me this during my first call. It is something I will never forget. There is a tendency in today’s political climate called “othering.” Othering is where people use hurtful inflammatory rhetoric to describe those they disagree with the most. Predictably this rhetoric causes an equally intense and inflammatory reaction. No one listens or learns anything from these exchanges. It also leaves little room for efforts of reconciliation in the future.

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In Our Prayers: Dolores Arlene Wiley Swygert

Dolores Arlene Wiley Swygert passed Sunday, January 22 at the Veterans’ Victory House in Walterboro, SC after a brief illness. She was born on January 18, 1921 in Superior, Iowa, to the late Jeannette George and Benjamin Wiley.

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A Difficult Challenge

One of the most difficult challenges that faith communities and local congregations face is when someone in their church, whether an adult or a youth, commits suicide. This is a very difficult issue that both staff and church members are forced to face.

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21st Annual Prayer Service

The Service will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 3600 Devine St, Columbia. A reception will immediately follow the service. Rev. Dr. Herman Yoos, Bishop of the South Carolina Synod will deliver the sermon.

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017

Theme for 2017: “Reconciliation – the love of Christ compels us”

At least once a year, Christians are reminded of Jesus’ prayer for his disciples that “they may be one so that the world may believe” (see John 17.21). Hearts are touched and Christians come together to pray for their unity. Congregations and parishes all over the world exchange preachers or arrange special ecumenical celebrations and prayer services. The event that touches off this special experience is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

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