Joining God in the Neighborhood

May 30 - June 1, 2019 | Spartanburg, SC

Jesus said, ‘love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and muscle and intelligence – and that you love your neighbor as well as you do yourself.’

Luke 10:27 (The Message)

Pre-registration is now closed. Registration is still available onsite for $200 and will not include meals.

Hotel Information

About Our Assembly

2019 is the Thirty Second Assembly of the South Carolina Synod – ELCA and the 194th meeting of the Lutheran Church in South Carolina. The 2019 Assembly will include several items of business for our consideration, including the election of a Vice President for Synod Council using the Ecclesiastical process and the presentation of Nominations for other various offices and committees.

At this Assembly we will also look forward to welcoming our Companions from the Japanese Evangelical Lutheran Church as our guests. We plan to share in Worship, Bible Conversations, Mission Moments, and a Keynote Presentation. We will sing together at Beer & Hymns. We will work together at Lunch & Learn when we consider the upcoming ELCA vote on Ordination as the entrance Rite for Deacons, and at Dinner when we will consider the needs of the South Carolina Synod as we approach the election of a new Bishop in 2020.

We have two Special Focus times planned for this Assembly. Friday afternoon everyone will have an opportunity to watch a movie together and join in discussion about being good neighbors. Saturday morning attendees will be able to attend two workshops on Resourcing Congregations.

We have a lot to accomplish in the work of our Lord here in the South Carolina Synod, and we truly enjoy being together to do this. We hope you will join in with us as we seek to join God in the Neighborhood.

What information you need to register yourself or a group…

For the 2019 Assembly

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much is registration?
Voting Members:
$95 until 4/23 includes lunch and dinner Friday.
$125 4/23-5/20 includes lunch and dinner Friday
$200 onsite does not include meals
Visitors:
$50 until 5/20 and includes lunch and dinner on Friday
$200 onsite and does not include meals

Q: I’m a rostered minister but I want to register for a display table. How do I do that?
Everyone , including rostered leaders, wishing to sign up for a display table must choose one of the Ministry Display Registration options in the drop down box on the registration form. The difference in the two options is whether or not the table has power.

Speakers

Meet Our Speakers
More information about our speakers is available in our ELCA Organizations and Events App.

The Rev. Dr. Wyvetta Bullock
The Rev. Dr. Wyvetta Bullock

Churchwide Representative

Assistant to the Presiding Bishop
Executive for Administration
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
The Rev. Chris Fischer
The Rev. Chris Fischer

Assembly Chaplain

Pastor, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Anderson
Molly Spearman
Molly Spearman

Keynote Speaker

South Carolina State Superintendent of Education
The Rev. Jim Parham
The Rev. Jim Parham

Chief Musician

Associate Pastor for Worship and Music at Trinity Lutheran Church, Greenville, SC
The Rev. Alejandro Mejia
The Rev. Alejandro Mejia

Spanish Translator

Pastor Developer of Parroquia Nuestro Salvador.
The Rev. George J. Oshiba
The Rev. George J. Oshiba

Companion Church Guest

President, Pastor of the Japanese Evangelical Lutheran Church

The Rev. Naoki Asano
The Rev. Naoki Asano

Companion Church Guest

Pastor, Secretary of Global Mission of the Japanese Evangelical Lutheran Church
The Rev. Dan Kirkpatrick
The Rev. Dan Kirkpatrick

Necrologist

Serving in specialized ministry as the manager of Spiritual Care at Bon Secours St. Francis Health System in Greenville, SC.

Save the Paper

The 2019 South Carolina Synod Assembly will be using the ELCA Organizations and Events App. The app is available as a free download through the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. Search for South Carolina and our guide should be there. If you have questions about the app, please email neal@scsynod.com.

Wish to use a computer?

The 2019 South Carolina Synod Assembly App is also available in your browser. This is where you will find the documents you need for the assembly If you have questions about the app, please email neal@scsynod.com.

Special thanks to the Mission Investment Fund, a financial ministry of the ELCA, for sponsoring this year’s app.

Assembly Schedule

A more detailed schedule is available within the Web App.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

10:00 a.m.
Registration Desk Opens
Displays Set up
Voting members must have checked in at the registration desk and obtained a voting member’s name tag and Qwizdom Voting device in order to cast a legal ballot during the plenary sessions.
11:00 a.m.
Committee of Reference and Counsel
(by invitation Dogwood)
 
Committee on Conduct of Elections
(by invitation: Oak Boardroom)
 
Lunch on your own
Lunch on your own between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Noon
Orientation for Voting Members
Open to all
1:15 p.m.
First Session
Heritage Ballroom

As a courtesy, please place all cell phones and devices in silent mode during sessions.

4:30 p.m.
Proposed Amendments to the budget due

Proposed amendments to the budget may be submitted to the secretary of this synod in writing no later than 4:30 p.m.

 
Additional Resolutions due

Any Additional Resolutions may be given to the Committee of Reference and Counsel no later than Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.

4:45 p.m.
Worship with Holy Communion
Azalea Ballroom – 2nd Level
 
Dinner on your own
9:00 p.m.
Beer & Hymns
MESH in the Marriott

Come and enjoy the singing. You are welcome to purchase drinks and snacks if you wish

Assembly Schedule

Friday, May 31, 2019

7:30 a.m.
Election Deadline

The results of the Ecclesiastical/1st Ballot for Vice President will be posted as soon as possible Thursday evening. Check the Registration area for the printed list. Forms for removal of names will be available at the Secretary’s desk. Those who wish to remove their name from the ballot will need to complete and return that form no later than 7:30 a.m.

8:00 a.m.
Registration Desk Opens
Voting members must have checked in at the registration desk and obtained a voting member’s name tag in order to cast a legal ballot during the plenary sessions. The Registration Desk will be closed during posted times of assembly for the purpose of preparing the Registration report and allowing time for balloting.
8:30 a.m.
Second Session
Heritage Ballroom

As a courtesy, please place all cell phones and devices in silent mode during sessions.

Noon
Lunch & Learn
This will include presentation on the work of South Carolina Synod Deacons and conversation about the upcoming ELCA vote to make Ordination the Entrance Rite for Deacons.

Boxed Lunches will be provided. You will have a choice of Vegetarian wrap or Submarine Sandwiches . Each lunch box will also contain cole slaw, chips, apple, Oreo cookies and beverage

1:30 p.m.
Third Session
Heritage Ballroom

As a courtesy, please place all cell phones and devices in silent mode during sessions.

6:00 p.m.
Reception
Heritage Pre-Function Area

The reception will include a cash bar for those who wish to purchase a glass of wine or a beer before dinner, artisan cheeses, sliced baguette & fruit garnish, vegetable crudité with buttermilk ranch dressing

6:30 p.m.
Dinner
This will include working together on the future of the South Carolina Synod and preparations for the election of our next Bishop in 2020.

Dinner will consist of herbed roasted airline chicken breast and baby green salad or vegetable stir fry and baby green salad.
Desserts include chocolate truffle mousse cake
or key lime pie

8:00 p.m.
Evening Worship
Azalea Ballroom – 2nd Level

Assembly Schedule

Saturday, June 1, 2019

8:00 a.m.
Registration Desk Opens
Voting members must have checked in at the registration desk and obtained a voting member’s name tag in order to cast a legal ballot during the plenary sessions. The Registration Desk will be closed during posted times of assembly for the purpose of preparing the Registration report and allowing time for balloting.
8:30 a.m.
Fourth Session
Heritage Ballroom

As a courtesy, please place all cell phones and devices in silent mode during sessions.

50th Anniversaries of Ordination

We are Celebrating 50th Anniversaries of Ordination with the following Synod Leaders on Thursday afternoon, May 30. We look forward to seeing those who can be with us, and celebrating the ministries that each has had. Please give a special prayer of thanksgiving for these leaders and their families.

Pastor Gary R. Lyerly & Dottie
Pastor Gary R. Lyerly & Dottie
Ordained… 6/8/69
Retired… 3/01/10
Places Pastor Served… The Lowman Home (what it was called at the time); Good Shepherd, Virginia Beach; Our Saviour, Johnson City; Cross & Crown, Florence; St. John, Asheboro; St. Timothy, Havelock; Shepherd of the Sea, Atlantic Beach; and several Interims since retiring
Pastor Hartmut Fege & Mary Jo
Pastor Hartmut Fege & Mary Jo
Ordained… 6/1/69
Retired…1/01/11
Places Pastor Served… Messiah, Ocean View; Waccamaw Center for Mental Health; Sr. Graduate Research Associate at USC; St. Peter, Pawleys Island; St. Luke, Summerville; St. John’s, Nashville
Pastor John L. Setzler & Staci
Pastor John L. Setzler & Staci
Ordained… 6/2/69
Retired… 3/01/09
Places Pastor Served…NovusWay; Immanuel, Greenwood; Newberry College; Ascension, Columbia; Bethel, Trenton; St. John, Clinton
Pastor H. Frederick Reisz Jr. & May
Pastor H. Frederick Reisz Jr. & May
Ordained… 9/28/69
Retired…8/01/06
Places Pastor Served… LTSS; University Lutheran, Cambridge; Harvard Divinity School; Wittenberg University; Pennsylvania State University; Trinity, State College (PA)
Pastor Melvin E. Amundson & Nancy
Pastor Melvin E. Amundson & Nancy
Ordained… 5/26/69
Retired… 8/01/15
Places Pastor Served… Asst to Bishop 1996 to 2015; Redeemer, Columbia; Nativity, Spartanburg

It’s done: 2nd History Matters Book to be presented at 2019 Assembly

The second volume of the three book series South Carolina Synod History Matters is at print and will be available for purchase at the 2019 Assembly. Cost for the book is $50 a copy. The book is a historical narrative and tells the story of the SC Synod, beginning in 1732 with the early settlers and pioneers almost one hundred years before the SC Synod organized in 1824. It continues through 2018 and includes the first written history of the SC Synod in the ELCA (1988-2018). The authors are H. George Anderson, Wayne Kannaday, and Jeanette Bergeron.

Be prepared at synod assembly to purchase your copy with payment by cash or check (payable to SC Synod, FOR History Matters-2). A limited number of copies are available. Copies are reserved for History Matters sponsors who can pick up copies at the History Matters table at Assembly.

This is a 437 page book with numerous photographs of past as well as current leaders in the synod. The history is written in two parts. Part One is a 184 pages in the book, written by archivist, Jeanette Bergeron, summarizing the history as presented in four previous books. Part Two is 167 pages in the book, written by H. George Anderson and Wayne Kannaday, recording, for the first time, the story of a new church, a new synod, and the ELCA years (1988-2018). In addition, there is an Appendix with charts of key synod leadership over the years, a summary of assemblies and list of congregations. An extensive contents and index can help navigate through the book.

This is a companion volume to the Congregational Histories volume, introduced in 2017. The third volume will be a directory of rostered leaders who have served in the SC Synod. Publication date of this volume is pending.

Location

Spartanburg Marriott
299 N Church Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306

A special room rate has been made available for Synod Assembly voting members and guests. The rate is $142 per night. Please do consider making your reservations early as the last day this rate is available is May 9, 2019.

Spartanburg Marriott

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