By Mary Ellen Wuerfel

Diane Ablett Chairperson for Youth & Education at Springs of Grace Lutheran Church, Boiling Springs, SC, got the youth involved in a “thank you for your service project”.

The past 6 or 7 years, at Christmas, the youth at Springs of Grace had distributed cookies to all the police and firemen in the area. This new project Diane found on Y-tub. It was a pocket cross made of 6 beads to be carried in the pocket of our public servants.

The project started out in late Summer with the need for 500 crosses as the goal to be made by the youth. One of the youth, 7 year old Emma Hunt, made it a mission for herself and her family to make as many as she could. A call went out that an additional 150 more were needed and 150 more were made.

Right before Christmas, in groups of 4 youth with adults, they went to all police and fire stations in Spartanburg, Boiling Springs, Campobello and Inman area.

At the Spartanburg County Sheriffs Headquarters, Sheriff Chuck Wright, came out with most of his deputies, and they had a prayer with our youth Then each deputy received a cross to carry in his or her pocket with the message: “GOD IS ALWAYS WITH YOU AS YOU SERVE”.

Wuerfel is the Synod Communicator for Springs of Grace, Boiling Springs

What Synod Communicators Do
In this edition of The South Carolina Lutheran eNews you heard from some of our Synod Communicators. Synod Communicators are volunteers, approved by their congregation’s council, to help bring the stories of how our offerings, gifts, and effective congregational ministries are reaching “outside the walls” across the synod. They will share your congregation’s stories of work “outside the walls” by submitting them for sharing through the South Carolina Synod’s publications. To find out more about the Synod Communicator program contact The Rev. Ozzie Herlong ( or Neal Fischer (


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