“Blessed are the Peacemakers”

2018 is the Thirty First Assembly of the South Carolina Synod – ELCA and the 193rd meeting of the Lutheran Church in South Carolina.


May 31 – June 2, 2018

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
1101 Lincoln Street, Columbia, SC

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The Rally to End Racism: From South Carolina to Washington, D.C.

Jesus tells us “And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (John 13:34) When I saw Bishop Yoos’ invitation to join him on a trip to Washington, DC to participate in the Rally to End Racism, my answer was yes, I must do this. I must show that God’s love is stronger than racism.

Augsburg Fortress Summer Music Clinic Comes to Columbia

Come spend a night full of readings, prayers, hymns, and songs from many times and places that explore and celebrate the richness of the Church Year! A Season of Sons was organized and highlights clinicians Wayne Wold and Zebulon Highben.

Summer Arts Camp Leaders Needed

The South Carolina Synod – ELCA and RICH Learning International are looking for 10-12 young musicians, dancers, artists and theater people interested in using their gifts and talents in the arts to travel to rural South Carolina for 9 weeks of arts camps with children 4 – 8. All expenses will be covered (airfare, lodging, food) and a stipend of $2000-2500 will be added for those chosen. Job descriptions, applications and other information are at www.richlearning.com.

Congregational Safety Conversation

In her April column, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reminds us that we confess “Christ is risen” in the face of worldly wisdom that is based on death. But we stake our lives on this: “Life wins. Love wins.”

Give gifts that really matter.

Give HOPE!

Gifts of Hope is an alternative gift-giving program of the South Carolina Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Whether your gift is for Christmas, a birthday, anniversary, or any other occasion – give gifts that really matter. Give HOPE!

News

In Our Prayers: Rev. Ricky Leaphart

In Our Prayers: Rev. Ricky Leaphart

Services for Rev. Gerald Richard “Ricky” Leaphart, 56, will be conducted 3:00 p.m. Friday at Wittenberg Lutheran Church with the Rev. Emily Edenfield, Rev. Leon Rawl, and Rev. Dave Fox officiating.

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Our Story

At our church, Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Lexington, we sometimes…

At our church, Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Lexington, we sometimes…

At our church, Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Lexington, we sometimes “play” a game we like to call, “Did Ja Know?” It’s fun to see who knows trivia about Pilgrim’s history.

So, here goes……. “Did Ja Know” that the ELCA SC Synod has three Companion Synods that we are in relationship with? “Did Ja Know” the countries/ Synods that we are in relationship with? They are Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church (Japan), South Western Diocese (Tanzania), and Iglesia Evangelica Luterana de Colombia (Colombia).

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New Consecration Sunday

New Consecration Sunday

Crossroads, Indian Land saw the Holy Spirit at work this spring as we spent time in prayer and study asking ourselves, “How is God calling me to manage and share all that God has given me?” Using the step by step direction of Herb Miller’s The New Consecration Sunday, and with the help and encouragement of our guest leader, Ron Walrath, our leadership team saw a greater passion and commitment to God’s mission for us here among church membership.

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Rich Learning: Heading to Allendale for Week Three

Rich Learning: Heading to Allendale for Week Three

We had a fun visit by Bishop Herman Yoos yesterday as we kicked off week 1 of 7 weeks of RICH Learning in Allendale, sponsored by the South Carolina Synod of the ELCA. He brought a bunch of books for nap time, a greeting from you all, and a special weekend treat for the summer staff.

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ELCA Updates

Be a part of ELCAvotes

Be a part of ELCAvotes

Election Day is only four months away, and faith leaders are getting involved in civic engagement across the country. ELCAvotes provides support and resources for congregations serving their communities through nonpartisan election activities, voter registration and access to the ballot.

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Is your congregation thinking about a capital campaign?

Is your congregation thinking about a capital campaign?

We all know that it takes funding to do ministry. Every congregation, including your own, needs funding to carry out God’s calling through ministries of teaching, reaching out to others, gathering for worship, and serving in the community and beyond. A capital campaign is a method for raising a specified sum of money during a defined period of time.

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Journey to the Holy Land with the South Carolina Synod

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.

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