“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

Racial Justice Sunday 2018

Racial Justice Sunday 2018

As we approach this summer, the 3rd anniversary of the Mother Emmanuel killings and the 50th commemorative year of the Orangeburg Massacre, I encourage you to participate in the SC Christian Action Council’s Racial Justice Sunday on June 17th.

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Our Story

National Workshop on Christian Unity

National Workshop on Christian Unity

This spring, the National Workshop on Christian Unity brought together many different denominations for a time of work and worship. This gathering is a network of networks, including LEIRN (Lutherans), CADEIO (Catholics), EDEIO (Episcopalians), UMEIT (United Methodists), EPEDA (Evangelicals and Pentecostals), and others. These networks conduct their own network business meetings in some separate sessions and then come together for plenaries, worship, and break-out sessions.

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Growing Together

Growing Together

On March 17, 2018, a Small Leaf Linden was planted in Wittenberg, Germany, for the Lutheran Campus Ministry in Clemson, South Carolina, USA. Students from this Ministry travel to Wittenberg regularly. The 2018 trip was the seventh.

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A Study in eGiving

A Study in eGiving

Made possible through generous grant support from the SC Synod’s Growing in God’s Mission fund and the Stewardship of Life Institute, the SC Synod conducted a pilot project for electronic giving (e-giving) from September 2016 through August 2017 with eight SC Synod congregations in the upstate and midlands. In exchange for project participation, the synod reimbursed administrative expenses associated with VANCO’s Simply Giving credit card/debit card and electronic check (e-check) platform. The focus of the pilot project was answering the following question: Does electronic giving merely result in the same gift at a higher cost of doing business, or do electronic giving tools increase giving?

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ELCA Updates

ELCA presiding bishop issues pastoral message on Gaza situation

ELCA presiding bishop issues pastoral message on Gaza situation

Like so many here in our country and around the world, I am appalled and saddened by yesterday’s escalation of Israeli military action against protestors in Gaza. Many reports indicate that at least 60 Palestinians, including six children, have died and more than 2,000 have been injured as a result of Israel’s disproportionate use of force. Our church will support a planned medical mission from The Lutheran World Federation’s Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem to Gaza to assist the wounded.

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Dios Ama

Dios Ama

God loves: In her May column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton writes: “Jesus loves his own and loves us to the end.” And, she notes, Jesus makes it possible for us to do the same.

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God loves

God loves

God loves: In her May column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton writes: “Jesus loves his own and loves us to the end.” And, she notes, Jesus makes it possible for us to do the same.

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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.