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95 Theses. 500 Years. One Faith.

At the recent South Carolina Assembly the play 500 YEARS. 95 THESES. ONE FAITH was presented to all in attendance. Now, it is being offered for others to see as well. This play was commissioned in recognition of the upcoming 500th anniversary of the protestant reformation, Rather than simply celebrate Martin Luther this production explores the historical events and raises important questions about the many issues surrounding the reformation and the church today.

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Chris Heavner Receives Campus Ministry Award

ELCA Campus Ministry staff recently gathered for our National Staff Gathering at the University of Maryland. It was a wonderful event to celebrate our ministry among students, faculty and staff at college and university campuses across the country on behalf of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

At the closing banquet, Pastor Chris Heavner was named the recipient of the “2016 Joseph Sittler Award for Excellence in Writing”. Named in honor of this good friend of campus ministry, the Joseph Sittler Award recognizes those who have used the written word to interpret the work of campus ministry to the broader church.

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Partnering with Public Schools

that time of year again. It is time to put away the flip flops and get out the bookbags and lunch boxes. The school year is about to begin again. The Public Education Task Force would like to remind you of the emphasis that our synod is placing on partnering with public schools in the communities in which you worship.

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Cell Towers as Part of Church Landscapes

It’s the phone call that every church treasurer would love to receive! Someone calls and offers a ‘guaranteed revenue stream for the next 50 years’. This would allow them to pay down the mortgage, hire additional staff and expand some ministries. Where do they sign?

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Living, Serving, Growing

Faith Lutheran Church, Batesburg-Leesville, continues its mission of “Living, Serving, Growing through God’s Amazing Grace” through its service to the congregation, the community and beyond

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Joining Neighbors through Camp Hand

For several years now, the SC Synod has had public education as one of its mission directions. Congregations have been inspired to support students in need/living in poverty through food programs, tutoring, collecting school supplies, and mentoring programs. In the central Columbia school district, a small group of ecumenical leaders came together to recruit and train reading tutors in a new program called “Reading Matters.”

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Doing God’s work in the world – together.

Our lives are journeys of faith and generosity. As our faith matures and deepens, so does the way we support our families, our church and our neighbors around the world. Through a national network of gift planners, the ELCA Foundation works with congregational members to create life-giving plans to ensure that successful and lasting legacies are passed onto their loved ones and the ministries they care about.

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The Church: A Sacred Partnership

It is not uncommon for some people to think of Church as a business. In fact, many people have emphatically told me, “Pastor, you need to remember that the Church is a Business!” While I understand what they are trying to express I do not think this is the most helpful way to understand the Church of Jesus Christ. This way of thinking confuses the purpose of Church and the true nature of discipleship in Jesus’ name.

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