Happy Thanksgiving. We offer prayers for you, your family, and all those who are traveling. The office will be closed until Mon., Nov. 27th.

Imagining Stewardship: Eight Important Questions

How can stewardship ministry be strengthened in a congregation?
What are the key questions that will focus congregational stewardship ministry on God’s word?
What are the key questions that will suggest year-round practices that will engage congregants and deepen the connections between faith and generosity?

Journey to the Holy Land with the South Carolina Synod and Lenoir-Rhyne University

Lenoir-Rhyne University and 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.

An Invitation to Service – 2017 Day of Reflection

The 2017 Inquirer’s Day of Reflection will be held on Saturday, December 2nd from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at St. Stephen’s in Lexington. Mark your calendars today and plan to be with us.

Introducing – History Matters: Congregational Histories

The History Matters team is pleased to present the first of the three volume series to updated the South Carolina Synod history. This volume is the history of the congregations of the South Carolina Synod. If you reserved an advance copy, you may pay and pick it up at the Synod Office. If you are a sponsor, you may also pick up a copy.

Spiritual Direction Certification Program

We are happy to announce out new Spiritual Direction Certification Program here on the campus of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary.
Spiritual direction is a centuries-old Christian tradition; however, it has largely stayed rooted in the Roman, Eastern, and Anglican community. Somehow, it fell off the Protestant “radar” for far too long.

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New tools for extending your Christmas invitation

Advent and Christmas are right around the corner and can be a very busy time in the life of this church. To support your communication needs, we have prepared a number of invitational tools created specifically for congregations. Many people will look for a place to worship this Christmas. Extend a welcoming invitation to your neighbors and community by sharing your worship times and location!

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Border Child

Stewards of Children is a prevention training program that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The program is designed for organizations that serve youth and for individuals concerned about the safety of children. It is the only nationally distributed, evidence based program proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes, and change child protective behaviors. Additionally, this training is certified through the South Carolina Department of Social Services for professional development training hours.

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Service of Prayer for Healing at Faith in Batesburg-Leesville

On Thursday, September 21, Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church hosted a Service of Prayer for Healing for all members of the Batesburg-Leesville community that desired prayer for healing of any kind-of body, mind, spirit, or relationship. Around 50 people gathered in the sanctuary at Faith to pray, hear scripture, and sing together. Worshipers were invited forward to receive a blessing and anointing with oil for healing.

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The Care Bag

An article in an investment magazine prompted Gail Stuart, a member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Mauldin, to bring comfort and hope to women undergoing chemotherapy and/or recovering from surgery. She started new ministry at Messiah called the “Care Bag” ministry.

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Companion Synod Partnership – Tanzania 2017

Southwestern Diocese of the Lutheran Church in Tanzania and South Carolina Synod Companion Synod Partnerships are all about being in relationship with one another. Getting to know one another. Walking together and encouraging one another in our Christian faith. In...

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Eaton calls on church to hear ‘fresh, good news’

“Here we are at the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. So what?” said ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton on Sunday, Oct. 29, at the Reformation Sunday worship service. She spent most of her sermon answering that question. “The truth is,” she continued, “God has given all of God’s people a message of freedom that is based on the steadfastness of God.”

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Living in a broken world

As I write this the Gulf Coast and Florida are starting the long recovery after hurricanes Harvey and Irma; Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are mostly ­­without electricity and running low on water, food, medicine and gasoline after Hurricane Maria. All of us are reeling from the horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas. There are no words. We are stunned almost to the point of numbness.

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Viviendo en un mundo quebrantado

Mientras escribo esto, la Costa del Golfo y Florida están comenzando su largo recobro después de los huracanes Harvey e Irma; Puerto Rico y las Islas Vírgenes se encuentran, en su mayor parte, sin electricidad y con muy poca agua, comida, medicinas y gasolina después del huracán María. Todos hemos sido sacudidos por el horrendo tiroteo ocurrido en las Vegas. No existen palabras. Hemos quedado aturdidos hasta el entumecimiento.

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