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Celebrating 75 Years of Service

In 1942, a group of determined, committed, and faithful women embarked on a mission to serve Newberry College. That group of women became known as the Newberry College Women’s League. Throughout the years, ways of serving and supporting Newberry College may have changed, but the depth of the League’s determination, commitment, and faithfulness has not. This group of devoted and faithful servants has supported and aided the campus in more ways than most could imagine. For seventy-five years, the Newberry College Women’s League has worked to improve the Newberry College campus in ways that directly benefit the student body.

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Taking Aim

Newberry College Targets Results After Graduation for Students
Since its founding in 1856, Newberry College has been preparing students for productive careers and meaningful lives. Flourishing alumni, along with record-breaking enrollment and rankings, are solid evidence the College continues to fulfill its mission.

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Kept in America

It’s a name straight out of DC or Marvel Comics’ long line of superheroes, but there is nothing comical about the life seminarian Katie Justice leads. She is changing the face of homelessness and giving sight to the blind by way of ministry.

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A Place for Growth

By The Rev. Eric Wolf

“Don’t let them pigeonhole you into youth ministry!” advised a seminary professor as we prepared for internship. What that professor meant was, “You’ll be doing many different roles in your ministry, so insist on getting a wider experience than working with one group in your internship congregation.” What a lot of us heard was, “Youth ministry isn’t really pastoral ministry.”

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Ash Wednesday Reflection from Bishop Yoos for 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

A couple of years ago, one of our bishops received an email saying, “Can’t we change the words on Ash Wednesday ‘Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return’ to something more positive?” That pastor was told “No, that is the whole point of Ash Wednesday and why it prepares us so well for our journey into the Lenten season.”

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Flood donations making a difference

Lutheran Services Carolinas is using $75,000 in donations to help victims of Hurricane Joaquin that devastated parts of South Carolina last year. In addition to a $65,000 donation from the South Carolina Synod, LSC received a $10,000 donation from The Cheerful Giver Fund of Central Carolina Community Foundation. This money is in a discretionary fund that is being disbursed in Richland and Lexington counties to people identified by LSC case managers as having extraordinary needs related to last October’s flooding that are not being met by any other means.

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What does Advent hope look like today? An Advent message from Bishop Yoos

What does Advent hope look like today?

When I heard yesterday about the mistrial in Charleston and the one juror’s inability to make a decision about Michael Slager’s response in the shooting death of Walter Scott, I was deeply troubled. I wondered how much more suffering needs to happen in the City of Charleston. I thought, “Why God is justice so hard to come by in this world?”

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Being Aware of Our Strengths: Understanding how God Made Us

One finding from positive psychology is that “authentic happiness comes from identifying and cultivating your most fundamental strengths and using them every day in work, love, play and parenting.” Another way of saying this is that God gave us all unique talents and abilities, and when we find meaningful and creative ways to use those gifts, we are at our best for God’s plan for our lives.

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One in Christ

December 4th will be Pastor Eduardo and Yamille Martinez’s last Sunday at Cristo Rey before they return to Colombia. There will be a worship service that afternoon at 5:00PM, during which Bishop Yoos will install Jorge Leone as the new mission pastor for Cristo Rey. All are invited to attend this service.

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Outside the Walls: Kickoff

The St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Pawleys Island, held a Pioneer Club ‘kick off’ with a Tailgate Party! Parents of children ages 4 through 6th grade came, along with young men from the nearby Waccamaw High School football team. The players stopped by to help create excitement for the first get-together of the season, and they are pictured with the children.

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Outside the Walls: The Yarn People

The “Yarn People”, a group of about a dozen women from Mt. Horeb Lutheran Church, Chapin, who knit and crochet, raised $2160 for charity at a recent “Market at the Mount” event. Earlier this year, these women taught others to knit or crochet and sent several hundred wash cloths and dish cloths to South Carolina’s companion Synod-Southwest Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. They continued to meet on Wednesday’s at the Coffee Shelf, for refreshment, fellowship and yarn crafts. As their yarn work began to accumulate, they decided to sell it and divide the money between one local and one global mission outreach. They invited other crafters to join them in their “Market at the Mount” to raise money for this service project. Soon, they had numerous other yarn and fabric, paper, stone and wood crafts made by members of the congregation.

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