50th Anniversary Celebration

By Rev. John Stirewalt

Voting members of the South Carolina Synod of the ELCA gathered in Spartanburg, South Carolina for the First Session on Thursday, May 30, 2019 to honor rostered leaders in celebration of their 50th anniversary of ministry. After the assembly participants sang “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling,” Bishop Herman Yoos acknowledged and honored the recipients. Those who were recognized were Pastor Gary R. Lyerly and his wife, Dottie; Pastor Hartmut Fege and his wife, Mary Jo; Pastor H. Frederick Reisz Jr., and his late wife, May; Pastor John L. Setzler his wife, Staci; and Pastor Melvin E. Amundson and his wife, Nancy.

Bishop Yoos thanked the recipients saying, “Think about all the baptisms, funerals, weddings and confirmations these servants have seen and all the ways they have taught and shared the love of Jesus Christ.” Asked to speak, Mel Amundson joked, “My word is, ‘Someone take this cane away from me.’” He also reflected, “I want God to bless every one of you for your remembrance given to me, the service you have given and the blessings you have bestowed on me. God is good all the time and you are a blessing to me and I really appreciate it.”

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ELCA South Carolina Synod
1003 Richland Street
Columbia, SC 29201
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