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Via de Cristo

Have you heard the term Via de Cristo? Have you heard the term Ultreya? Have you heard about re-union groups? Has your curiosity been peeked just a little here and there? Are you wondering if you are missing out on something? From personal experience, I can say, without a doubt, that I was “in the dark” regarding the Via de Cristo weekend. Then, at a Messiah gathering, I happened to sit beside Barbara, a good friend, who asked me if I had attended a weekend. I told her that I had not. From there, it was an explosion of excitement from Barbara. She said it was a wonderful experience and if I ever wanted to go, she would gladly be my sponsor. She went on to say that it was a tremendous life changing point in her Christian growth. Enough said! I wanted to go.

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Zion Likes to Eat, and Likes Others to Eat too!

Zion/Lexington likes to eat, and they like others to eat, too! Over a dozen years ago, Zion began cooking and delivering a modest number of Thanksgiving meals to community shut-ins on a celebratory day when Meals on Wheels was not operating. Working with the County for a list of needy recipients, Zion has grown the feast in 2017 to over 1200 plates. What fun it is to laugh and sing as 60 turkeys are carved and combined with 38 gallons of peas, dozens of trays of dressing, cranberry, 60 pound cakes, and enough gravy to float a small boat! What a joy to deliver Thanksgiving to neighbors!

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A Christmas Message from Bishop Herman Yoos

This past week, in his article “What’s Wrong with Radicalism,” New York Times columnist David Brooks wrote some words that I think help frame the symbolism of Christ’s birth into the world for us today.

“We are living in an age of radicalism.” Both the radical right and the radical left “are more intent on denouncing the people they hate than on addressing the concrete problems before them.”

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Woodchucks

If I was told once, I was told at least five times that I HAD to write an article about the Woodchucks. Of course, I told each and every parishioner who mentioned this that I would be happy to do so but it would require some research on my part since I was not a Woodchuck nor was I at all familiar with the Woodchucks and their story. My initial research led me to the fact that a woodchuck was a member of the squirrel family and I was pretty sure that was not what was causing all of the excitement and the pressing requests. As it turns out, the Woodchucks at Messiah Lutheran Church in Mauldin are a unique group of approximately eight men who chop, split, sell, and deliver wood to anyone and everyone who needs it.

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I will never stop dreaming about my future

Manhal Mohamed says that the day in June 2009 when Lutheran Services met him at the airport was the best day of his life.

In October, Manhal spoke at the Terra Restaurant in Columbia to a gathering of LSC employees and community partners who have been supportive of LSC’s refugee clients by giving them job opportunities. Employers represented were Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Home, ProLogistix, Aramark, Palmetto Health, and Embassy Suites.

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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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