“Blessed are the Peacemakers”

2018 is the Thirty First Assembly of the South Carolina Synod – ELCA and the 193rd meeting of the Lutheran Church in South Carolina.


May 31 – June 2, 2018

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
1101 Lincoln Street, Columbia, SC

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The Rally to End Racism: From South Carolina to Washington, D.C.

Jesus tells us “And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (John 13:34) When I saw Bishop Yoos’ invitation to join him on a trip to Washington, DC to participate in the Rally to End Racism, my answer was yes, I must do this. I must show that God’s love is stronger than racism.

Augsburg Fortress Summer Music Clinic Comes to Columbia

Come spend a night full of readings, prayers, hymns, and songs from many times and places that explore and celebrate the richness of the Church Year! A Season of Sons was organized and highlights clinicians Wayne Wold and Zebulon Highben.

Summer Arts Camp Leaders Needed

The South Carolina Synod – ELCA and RICH Learning International are looking for 10-12 young musicians, dancers, artists and theater people interested in using their gifts and talents in the arts to travel to rural South Carolina for 9 weeks of arts camps with children 4 – 8. All expenses will be covered (airfare, lodging, food) and a stipend of $2000-2500 will be added for those chosen. Job descriptions, applications and other information are at www.richlearning.com.

Congregational Safety Conversation

In her April column, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reminds us that we confess “Christ is risen” in the face of worldly wisdom that is based on death. But we stake our lives on this: “Life wins. Love wins.”

Give gifts that really matter.

Give HOPE!

Gifts of Hope is an alternative gift-giving program of the South Carolina Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Whether your gift is for Christmas, a birthday, anniversary, or any other occasion – give gifts that really matter. Give HOPE!

News

Safe Harbor and Local Faith Leaders to hold Shepherding the Unsafe Event

Safe Harbor and Local Faith Leaders to hold Shepherding the Unsafe Event

On Friday, April 20th, faith leaders throughout the Upstate are invited to take part in Shepherding the Unsafe 2018: Responding Faithfully to Domestic Abuse in the Church; a discussion on how to create a culture within congregations that: offers support, safety and helpful referrals for those who may be experiencing abuse within a marriage or relationship; brings congregational education and awareness to the issue of domestic abuse; and equips members (especially church leaders) with a common understanding of healthy relationships within the context of their faith.

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Our Story

Soup and Sandwiches

Soup and Sandwiches

By Beth Fulmer, Synod Communicator for Messiah, Mauldin Hebrews 13:16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. On an afternoon during the season of Lent, although I am no expert, I presumed that most teenagers and...

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Transitional Foster Care for Unaccompanied Children

Transitional Foster Care for Unaccompanied Children

By Rebecca “Becky” Gibson, Program Coordinator, Lutheran Services Carolinas The newest foster care initiative for Lutheran Services Carolinas is Transitional Foster Care for Unaccompanied Children, located in Columbia, S.C. The program primarily serves children from...

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ELCA Updates

ELCA presiding bishop calls on church to work for racial justice

ELCA presiding bishop calls on church to work for racial justice

Following the “Act Now: Unite to End Racism” rally in Washington, D.C., the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has issued a statement on racism, recommitting this church “to work for racial justice and inclusion, to work against white privilege, and to be a church that truly welcomes all.” The April 4 rally was held in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

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Inocentes mariposas

Inocentes mariposas

Todo comenzó con dicha promesa: el ángel le anuncia a María que el hijo que le nacería sería llamado Hijo del Altísimo; la convicción de María de que este hijo sería la personificación de la justicia prometida por Dios, que los poderosos serían derrocados de sus tronos y los humildes serían exaltados, que el hambriento sería colmado de cosas buenas y que el rico sería despedido con las manos vacías; ángeles anunciando su nacimiento; Simeón y Ana declarando el cumplimiento de la promesa de Dios en el pequeñito; el niño enseñando en el templo; miles siendo alimentados; los enfermos, sanados; los muertos, resucitados; el viento y las olas, aquietados; enseñando con autoridad.

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April fools

April fools

In her April column, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reminds us that we confess “Christ is risen” in the face of worldly wisdom that is based on death. But we stake our lives on this: “Life wins. Love wins.”

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Journey to the Holy Land with the South Carolina Synod

The South Carolina Synod is sponsoring a Holy Land Study Program with leader Dr. Monty Luker. On this trip you will spend 14 amazing days of biblical study and adventure from December 27, 2018 – January 9, 2019. It is open to our whole synod – rostered leaders, candidates and lay people alike. While this trip is sponsored by the South Carolina Synod, people from other synods are welcome to join us.

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