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Four churches from the Upstate Conference United

The church walls vibrated and it sounded like the heavens opened, when 50 choir members, 14 bell ringers and members from 4 churches sang praises to our LORD on Saturday, October 29th, celebrating the 500th year of the Reformation.

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Eighth Annual Fall Festival Connects Congregation with Community

On Saturday, October 21, Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Batesburg-Leesville invited the community to the church grounds from 9 AM to 2 PM for a day of fun, food, and fellowship-free of charge. For the eighth year in a row, the congregation pooled its resources and its energy to provide games (with prizes), train rides, bouncy houses (3 of them!), face painting, balloons, live music, and more.

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Where Two of Three are Gathered…

When was the last time you spent some intentional time in prayer with two or three others? For me it happened this fall when Pastor Ginny, Pastor Eric and Pastor Rick and I met at my house for a day of planning about how to best support and encourage our congregations of the South Carolina Synod.

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Service of Prayer for Healing at Faith in Batesburg-Leesville

On Thursday, September 21, Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church hosted a Service of Prayer for Healing for all members of the Batesburg-Leesville community that desired prayer for healing of any kind-of body, mind, spirit, or relationship. Around 50 people gathered in the sanctuary at Faith to pray, hear scripture, and sing together. Worshipers were invited forward to receive a blessing and anointing with oil for healing.

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The Care Bag

An article in an investment magazine prompted Gail Stuart, a member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Mauldin, to bring comfort and hope to women undergoing chemotherapy and/or recovering from surgery. She started new ministry at Messiah called the “Care Bag” ministry.

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Companion Synod Partnership – Tanzania 2017

Southwestern Diocese of the Lutheran Church in Tanzania and South Carolina Synod Companion Synod Partnerships are all about being in relationship with one another. Getting to know one another. Walking together and encouraging one another in our Christian faith. In...

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Inspiration from a Thrift Shop Christmas Tree

During this year, members of Messiah Lutheran Church in Mauldin celebrated Messiah’s 50th anniversary in addition to celebrating the the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. In so doing, many activities took place; however, there was one activity which was most probably “a first” among the Lutheran Churches in South Carolina.

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Comfort from a Quilt

Reach out to someone in their greatest time of need with a strong message of hope – you are not alone, you are loved! God loves us, and God loves through us by our addressing human suffering, injustice, and emergencies. Lutheran World Relief does this in part by sending quilts, personal kits and school kits to those who live in poverty, are refugees of war or suffer from natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, drought and floods.

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Changing the Way the Church Views Racism

It should be the duty of the Christian faith community to take the lead in combatting racism in our society.

That was the call to action brought forth by theologian and author, Drew G.I. Hart, Ph.D., at the fall dialogue of The Fellowship of South Carolina Bishops’ on Oct. 15 at Shandon United Methodist Church.

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Operation InAsMuch – Saturday, April 14, 2018

In Matthew 25 Jesus said, “Inasmuch as you serve the least of these, you serve me.” Throughout the Bible, God shows His compassion for the sick, the poor, the hungry, orphans, prisoners, and immigrants – anyone in need. Jesus was the Great Samaritan who laid down His life to rescue us, his neighbors in deep spiritual need, and the church should follow His example.

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