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)

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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: 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.

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

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.
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
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.
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.

Where It’s At

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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