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Ventures in Growing Stewards

Ventures in Growing Stewards is an effective four-part workshop series, created by the ELCA, that can help congregations develop a foundation for stewardship education, plan year round stewardship in the congregation, choose annual response methods and develop a Missional Spending Plan.

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Helping Our Neighbors in Need

Hurricane Matthew, 2016: In the fall of 2016, Lutheran Services Carolinas had just begun to provide case management to victims of last year’s flooding caused by Hurricane Joaquin when Hurricane Matthew arrived, creating another crisis. LSC then began to raise money for a discretionary fund to help victims of Matthew in the Carolinas (go to www.lscarolinas.net to donate). Although LSC is unable to provide immediate disaster assistance, it helped direct Lutheran volunteer groups to the United Way, the lead agency in South Carolina for immediate disaster response.

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FUN IN THE “SON” SKI BEECH RETREATS at Lutherock

Let us handle all the details of your next youth group’s ski retreat while you sip hot cocoa by our fire! This weekend, we will spend some time in Bible study and fellowship and also time at nearby Beech Mountain ski resort; so, we’ll have some fun in the Son and in the Sun (or at least the snow!). Lutherock staff will handle ski reservations and also provide evening programming and vespers. Don’t want to ski? Don’t worry, there are lots of fun things to do in the winter like sledding, tubing, hiking, and ice skating; just to name a few! We will work with you to create the winter retreat experience you’re looking for. Chaperones must accompany youth and provide transportation for the weekend.

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Reformation Kick-off event Congregational Resources

The Commemoration Task Force for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation invites you to visit the following sites for congregational resources on the Reformation presented at the commemoration year kick-off event sponsored by the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary of Lenoir-Rhyne University, Academy of Faith and Leadership and the South Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, on November 11, 2016.

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Walking Together Summit: A Dialogue about dispelling fear, polarization, and racial injustice with Leaders from Columbia’s Faith Communities and Law Enforcement

Pastor Ginger Littman-Koon, Rev Carl Taylor, Pastor Eric Fink, Rev Walter Griffin, Rev, Vernon Dixon, SC Synod’s Vice President Deacon Lexanne Graves opened up the dialogue of the summit discussing how the SELMA movie viewing has positively impacted our communities. Relationships are being created, walls are being torn down, and hope is being sensed for change in our communities.

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On the Eve of the Election: A Letter from Bishop Yoos

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Regardless of who wins the Presidential election this Tuesday, I believe we will continue to face a deeply divided nation. In the midst of the anger and fear that seems to drive our politics and media, I encourage you to speak words of reconciliation, respect and hope that are at the heart of the good news of Jesus Christ.

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“God put you in our path when we didn’t have a place to go.”

As Hurricane Matthew came closer to the South Carolina coastline and evacuees were looking for a place to go, the South Carolina Lutheran Retreat Centers opened its doors at Camp Kinard and invited anyone still needing lodging to take shelter there. Shortly after the announcement, nearly 40 people had taken up the offer and were soon safe from harm’s way.

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2016 Bishops’ Dialogue a success

Satterlee Hall at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia was filled with people, passion and enthusiasm for public education on October 12th at the 2016 SC Bishops’ Dialogue on Public Education. Present were educators, legislators, bishops and clergy from four denominations, churchgoers, tutors, mentors, university administrators, faculty and more. Bishops present were Robert Guglielmone, Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston; Jonathan Holston; United Methodist Conference, South Carolina, Skip Adams, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina; and Andrew Waldo, Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina.

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Money Raised to Help Cristo Rey Project

Cristo Rey, an Hispanic Lutheran mission in the midlands, is one the fastest-growing Lutheran bodies in SC! While all SC Lutheran congregations are asked to help fund Cristo Rey’s initial start, the neighboring Saxe-Gotha Conference congregations are particularly reaching out with fun, creative, and supportive ideas. Won’t you join in, too?

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South Carolina Synod gives flood recovery donation to Lutheran Services Carolinas

After action of the Synod Council that directed us to donate the remaining balance in our Flood Relief account to LSC, the South Carolina Synod presented Lutheran Services of the Carolinas with a check for $65,089.88 with an aim to help people who continue to face flood damage but find themselves in the gap between insurance coverage and government assistance.

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