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Rich Learning Update: Week Two in Salters

We finished our two-week pilot in Salters, SC, last night with a fun “show” for parents/grandparents/community. We have lots of video of the kids in the who singing, dancing and acting, of thankful parents testifying to how much their kids learned in such a short time, and of our host Dottie saying she wants us back for 7 weeks next year, and telling of a “miracle I saw in Malcom (a troubled kid) over just two weeks.” I’ll post a link to that later this weekend.

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Via de Cristo Weekend Story

On June 10, 2018, in celebration of Via de Cristo, colors, colors, and more colors filled Messiah Lutheran Church. Serving God in every capacity were Cursillistas (the people who had at one time attended a Via de Cristo weekend).

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Rich Learning: Summer Arts and Drama Camp Update for June 9, 2018

If you know of people in the Charlestown/Georgetown/Myrtle Beach area who might enjoy a rocking show this coming Friday night, or young adults with gifts in music, dance, theater or art who might like an internship next summer, send them over to Jerusalem UMC in Salters, SC, at 6:30 pm (June 15) to meet our cast and crew and enjoy the rich song, dance, theater and fun by the little children.

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Ask Tom

At Messiah Lutheran Church in Mauldin, a day does not go by that someone doesn’t say one of two things: “Ask Tom” or “Tom would know that.” Tom Manske is the “Tom” to whom I am referring even though we do have many other “Toms,” members of our congregation, who are also very valuable and talented. You know the type. I’m sure you have a “Tom” in your own congregation!

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National Workshop on Christian Unity

This spring, the National Workshop on Christian Unity brought together many different denominations for a time of work and worship. This gathering is a network of networks, including LEIRN (Lutherans), CADEIO (Catholics), EDEIO (Episcopalians), UMEIT (United Methodists), EPEDA (Evangelicals and Pentecostals), and others. These networks conduct their own network business meetings in some separate sessions and then come together for plenaries, worship, and break-out sessions.

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Growing Together

On March 17, 2018, a Small Leaf Linden was planted in Wittenberg, Germany, for the Lutheran Campus Ministry in Clemson, South Carolina, USA. Students from this Ministry travel to Wittenberg regularly. The 2018 trip was the seventh.

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A Study in eGiving

Made possible through generous grant support from the SC Synod’s Growing in God’s Mission fund and the Stewardship of Life Institute, the SC Synod conducted a pilot project for electronic giving (e-giving) from September 2016 through August 2017 with eight SC Synod congregations in the upstate and midlands. In exchange for project participation, the synod reimbursed administrative expenses associated with VANCO’s Simply Giving credit card/debit card and electronic check (e-check) platform. The focus of the pilot project was answering the following question: Does electronic giving merely result in the same gift at a higher cost of doing business, or do electronic giving tools increase giving?

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Hospitality and Transformation with God’s Creation

This is, and has been, the mission of the South Carolina Lutheran Retreat Centers at Camp Kinard and Coastal Retreat. It’s truly a lofty mission and our board of trustees and staff have wrestled for the past few years with how we are called to live into this vocation. With such incredible resources to offer at these special places, we want to ensure they are playing a vital role in helping individuals grow in faith within the SC Synod and beyond. And we believe the Holy Spirit is doing just that here at Camp Kinard and Coastal Retreat!

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God’s Hands at Work

Believing in the presence of God, the value of human life and the dignity of the individual, the mission of Lutheran Homes of South Carolina, Inc. as a ministry of the church, is to promote the well-being of older adults by providing residential, health care and hospice services.

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Ecumenical Advocacy Days: A World Uprooted

Over 700 people of faith, including Lutherans, gathered in Washington DC for Ecumenical Advocacy Days this spring. This year’s theme was “A World Uprooted: Responding to Migrants, Refugees, and Displaced People.” Lutherans, Catholics, Baptists, Mennonite, Brethren, Presbyterians, UCC, Methodists, Disciples of Christ, and many more assembled together to learn about and to learn from our brothers and sisters displaced from their homes.

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Selma in Newberry

By The Rev. Matthew Titus, Redeemer, Newberry Yesterday, was a powerful day. I along with folks from the South Carolina Synod Office and a few leaders of the faith community here in Newberry were able to host a Selma Event. We gathered to watch the movie...

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