Leadership Days

Our 2018 Bishop’s Leadership Days are coming up quickly! All Rostered Ministers are encouraged to register for the date of your choice.

Ramps: An Operation InAsMuch Story

The ramp ministry evolved from a project that was one of the early Inasmuch events about 10 years ago.

Congregational Safety Conversation

South Carolina Synod leaders gathered for conversation and prayer on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Christus Victor Lutheran Church in Columbia around the topic of violence in our society and safety in our congregations.

Congregational Safety Conversation

The South Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is pleased to announce the request for applications for GROWING IN GOD’S MISSION COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT GRANT.

In our prayers: The Reverend Paul Monroe Youse

he Reverend Paul Monroe Youse, 93, of Greenville, SC entered the Church Triumphant on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Paul was born in Lebanon, PA on October 22, 1924, son of the late Paul Albert Youse and Caroline Cox Youse. After graduating from Lebanon High School in 1942, he worked in Turner’s Drug Store, Middleton Air Depot, and as a lifeguard at Hershey Park. He served from 1943 to 1945 with the 9th Air Force with assignments in the US, England, France and Belgium. Paul attended a branch of the University of Georgia in Savannah and graduated from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA. He also graduated from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, and was ordained at Holy Communion Lutheran Church in Philadelphia on May 28, 1953.

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Calling all Deacons at Camp Kinard!

“The Deacon & Self Definition” Retreat to be held Feb 28 – Mar 2, 2018

The South Carolina Lutheran Retreat Centers, along with the Rev. Dr. L. William (Bill) Mitcham , is pleased to offer “The Deacon & Self Definition”; a two-day continuing education seminar designed to strengthen leadership skills, explore the definition of a deacon, enhance self-care, and prevent burno

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Newberry to Host Lutheran Bishop from the Holy Land

Newberry College has been selected by the ELCA to host Rev. Munib A. Younan, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land and former president of the Lutheran World Federation, during a rare visit to the United States. Younan will be at Newberry College Feb. 13 – 15, 2018.

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Ramps: An Operation InAsMuch Story

The ramp ministry evolved from a project that was one of the early Inasmuch events about 10 years ago. In the early years, the team leader would visit the work site and create a list of materials to complete the project, and the volunteers measured, cut, and nailed to the best of our abilities.

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Via de Cristo

Have you heard the term Via de Cristo? Have you heard the term Ultreya? Have you heard about re-union groups? Has your curiosity been peeked just a little here and there? Are you wondering if you are missing out on something? From personal experience, I can say, without a doubt, that I was “in the dark” regarding the Via de Cristo weekend. Then, at a Messiah gathering, I happened to sit beside Barbara, a good friend, who asked me if I had attended a weekend. I told her that I had not. From there, it was an explosion of excitement from Barbara. She said it was a wonderful experience and if I ever wanted to go, she would gladly be my sponsor. She went on to say that it was a tremendous life changing point in her Christian growth. Enough said! I wanted to go.

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Zion Likes to Eat, and Likes Others to Eat too!

Zion/Lexington likes to eat, and they like others to eat, too! Over a dozen years ago, Zion began cooking and delivering a modest number of Thanksgiving meals to community shut-ins on a celebratory day when Meals on Wheels was not operating. Working with the County for a list of needy recipients, Zion has grown the feast in 2017 to over 1200 plates. What fun it is to laugh and sing as 60 turkeys are carved and combined with 38 gallons of peas, dozens of trays of dressing, cranberry, 60 pound cakes, and enough gravy to float a small boat! What a joy to deliver Thanksgiving to neighbors!

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A valentine gift from God

This year Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day fall on the same date. It seems like an odd pairing—Ash Wednesday, a day of solemn repentance and honest reckoning of our brokenness, and Valentine’s Day, a lighthearted celebration of love. Do we fast and pray and commit to rigorous spiritual disciplines, or do we dive in to Champagne and chocolate? Is it a day of contrition or of abandon? Do we abstain or do we indulge?

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Un obsequio de Dios en el día de San Valentín

Este año, el Miércoles de Ceniza y el día de San Valentín caen en la misma fecha. Parece una combinación extraña—Miércoles de Ceniza, día de arrepentimiento solemne y evaluación honesta de nuestro quebrantamiento, y día de San Valentín, una celebración alegre del amor. ¿Ayunamos, oramos y nos sometemos a rigurosas disciplinas espirituales, o nos sumergimos en la champaña y el chocolate?  ¿Es un día de contrición o de abandono? ¿Nos abstenemos o nos damos gusto?

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