2600 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville SC
Phone: 864.244.2836



We have a lot coming up!


Our Annual Pig Pickin' will be on Sunday, October 14, following our 11:00 a.m. worship service (outside, weather permitting). Join us!


On Sunday, October 21, we will have one worship service at 10:00 a.m. followed by our Annual Fall Congregational meeting. We will discuss the church bus, elect Church Council Members and approve a budget for 2019 at this meeting. Please plan to attend this important meeting.


Reformation Sunday will be celebrated on October 28. Reformation Sunday is always the last Sunday of October and remembers Martin Luther posting his 95 Theses on October 31, 1517.


On October 28, I will begin a three-week presentation on Awe and the Sabbath Rhythm of Life. We will meet in the Fellowship Hall from 10:00-10:45 a.m. for three consecutive Sundays. You will have a chance to hold pieces of other worlds (meteorites), share your own stories of awe and wonder, and experience a scale model of the Solar System. We will also discuss how Nature Deficit Disorder, the lack of Sabbath Rhythm, Excessive Busyness and the Commercialization of Life all take away so much from the richness and fullness of life that God desires for us.  Please come and join me for this time.


I would like to share a few resources with you that connect with the presentations I will be offering on Awe and the Sabbath Rhythm of Life. Elizabeth Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the ELCA had a wonderful article in the September 2018 issue of Living Lutheran, entitled “Fear Not.”  She writes: “If we fear and love God, if we assume an attitude of awe, we are set free. Rather than being limiting, this kind of fear is liberating. We are liberated from futile attempts to save ourselves. We are liberated from exhausting attempts to justify ourselves. This kind of fear is the best response to the constricting and life-destroying fear that the world peddles. It is not denying that the world can be a frightening and dangerous place. Rather, the fear and awe of God make it possible to face real threats with the confidence that this is God’s world—God’s redeemed world.”  Copies of Living Lutheran are available in the Narthex. Or you can read the article online at: https://www.livinglutheran.org/2018/08/fear-not/#.W5lMnmHM4J4.email


The Adult Sunday School Class will soon be starting a study using Sacred Sense, by William Brown. This is a wonderful book with some of the best Bible studies I have ever read.


I also invite you to look at my website – www.mysteryandawe.com   I share many resources there which I have found to be very helpful.


Pastor Bruce

Church Council minutes – September 9, 2018


Attending: A.J. Stratton, Josh Rodgers, Liv Osby, Tammy Pursley, Fran Mathewes, Mary McKeen, Todd Scott, Lisa Fuller, Perry McKain, Laurette Saffy, Clint Eastham, Pastor Bruce Booher, Mary Rose.


Absent: Paul Anderson, Mackenzie Scott, Chris Strom.


The meeting was opened by Council Chairperson Lisa Fuller.


August Minutes were approved by email vote and the August Treasurer’s Report was motioned for approval by Clint, seconded by Todd, resulting in approval.


Offerings for the month of August were $4,168 under budget resulting in a positive balance of $26,649 in the General Operating Fund. Receipts for Facilities Support were $391 over budget for the month. The final bill for the beach trip has been paid. We have an overpayment of $1,123 which is being credited by the Retreat Center to our account for next year.


Old Business:

  • More cabinet estimates are scheduled to be received this week.
  • The audit for 2016 and 2017 has been completed with financial controls being followed, excellent documentation for all financial transactions, and financial accounts aligning to the monthly statement. The financial statement is as stated and we will return to a timelier audit beginning in 2019 with a second quarter review of prior year.
  • Church Windows Upgrade is in progress; Lisa will speak with Bob Thompson about finishing the upgrade.
  • School is in session and all activities are proceeding as planned. The shoe fundraiser is still in progress. The financial statements are provided monthly and there is a shortage of five students to meet their budget with a projected shortfall of $12,900 reported by the day school. Council will continue to review monthly financials and bring the deficit to Council for options to remediate. Council will also ask OSCM if the books have been audited. 
  • Call Committee continues to interview candidates in this Spirit-led search for our next pastor.
  • The Support Board has taken care of insects, wasp nests were eliminated, and timers will be placed on floodlights in the day school area. The pricing to replace four toilets in day school area will be investigated. Pruning for bushes and trees will be made in the fall.
  • Sharp has provided a proposal for a new copier which is faster, reduces manual work efforts for document completion, and is less expensive on a monthly basis. The proposal includes a buy-out of our remaining two-year contract for the existing printer. The new printer has internal folding of pages, prints sixty pages per minute and stapling. Debbie will be sent for training. Clint motioned for approval with Mary Rose seconding the notion; this proposal has been approved by Council.
  • Columbarium Update tabled until January/February.
  • The church has received another letter from the IRS in regards to fines and fees owed by CCLO (Central Carolina Lutheran Outreach). A letter has been written to appeal this based on the guidance of the IRS since CCLO is no longer in existence.
  • Council candidates include Marlon Scott, Diane Harrison, Diana Riskevics, Sandra Massey, Kathy Honeycutt, and A.J. Stratton. Youth nominee is Mattison Scott. Clint motioned to approve and Todd seconded the motion concluding in the list being approved.
  • Twenty new chairs have been purchased for the choir room; the cost was covered by a generous donation. The old chairs will be offered to the congregation and the remaining chairs will be donated to Miracle Hill.
  • The 2019 budget was motioned for approval by Clint and seconded by Todd resulting in approval with amendments made. The amendments are to transfer $100 to new account (Service Outreach) from the Council activities account and the Funeral Expense account being moved to Service column. The balanced budget will be presented to the congregation for approval.

New Business:

  • We will be booking a week in June for Lutheroad 2019 requesting the least amount of kids; Mary McKeen has offered to coordinate the event.
  • The 2019 Beach Trip will be July 14-21 with the top level of the building being booked; Elaine Bruce will coordinate the trip.
  • A letter from SC DOR has been received about an individual that no longer has ties to the congregation; we have responded stating this information.
  • Mark Cerniglia was approved for transfer to Reformation Lutheran Church in Columbia, Mary motioned the proposal and Clint seconded.
  • Approval to remove Meredith Hale-Bernard from membership roll was made. Todd motioned the approval and Clint seconded.
  • Joan Riley has made a very gracious offer to transfer her columbarium to Rosalie Burnett. The Columbarium Committee recommended to Council that we allow an exception to the guidelines and accept the transfer gift. Council approved the recommendation and the Treasurer will transfer from account 32218 to account 32282. Lisa will inform both parties by letter.
  • Temple Talks are scheduled for October 14 by Lisa on the budget, October 28 by Tammy on time and talents, November 4 by Todd on group opportunities, and November 11 by Clint on commitment Sunday.
  • November 18 will be one service and Commitment Sunday. Lisa will request that Debbie add this date to all emails and bulletins.
  • Congregational meeting will be held on October 21 to waive constitutional requirements for number of candidates, approve the budget and elect new Council members.
  • Todd is investigating new metal storage buildings to replace the current structure next to the playground. He also has an organization that may be interested in the current structure. A motion was approved to allow the organization to remove the existing structure if they want it. It will be timed with the creation of the replacement structure building; Liv seconded the motion and Council approved.
  • Pastor Bruce has been approved to attend the Synod workshop and Synod rostered leaders’ convocation.
  • The HVAC system was throwing water and the water was standing in one place. The water has evaporated and the clog that caused the problem has been resolved.
  • A new contract for Pastor Bruce will be for six-month intervals, Clint motioned to approve Pastor Bruce’s new contract and Liv seconded the motion.
  • Trunk or Treat will be October 27 as a joint effort between OSLS and LCOS.

Respectfully submitted,

Josh Rodgers, Council Secretary




Elections for 2019 LCOS Church Council

New Council members will be elected at our annual Congregational meeting to join Council in January 2019: There are FIVE positions open for a three-year term of service plus a Youth representative for one year.  Please plan to attend the annual meeting on Sunday, October 21 following one worship service at 10:00 to cast your vote! 


Nominees for 2019 are: Diane Harrison, Kathy Honeycutt, Sandra Massey, Diana Riskevics, Marlon Scott, and AJ Stratton.  Our youth candidate is Mattison Scott.


Thank you to our Nominating Committee: Fran Mathewes, Mary McKeen, Jayson Adams, and Judy Madaus.




A reminder from our Fellowship Board:

If you use supplies from the Fellowship Hall's kitchen/storage room, please put a note in the Fellowship Board mail drawer in the workroom next to the church office. This helps us ensure we don't run out of anything for upcoming activities. Thank you!

~Mary McKeen & Tammy Pursley






Learn more at http://www.elca.org/


Treasurer’s Report


Memo To:                                                                   LCOS Council  Date: September 8, 2018

From:              Laurette Saffy

Subject:          August, 2018 Financial Reports


  • Offerings were $4,168 under budget for the month.  Receipts for Facilities Support were $391 over budget for the month.  There was a negative cash flow of $418.
  • The General Operating Fund has a positive balance of $26,649.  This positive balance is mostly due to the fact that we are not paying a full time pastor.  If we had been paying a full time pastor, our financial picture would look much different.
  • Giving for OSCM Pantry and World Hunger combined was $1,448.
  • Other non-budgeted receipts included $530 in memorials, $600 for the choir fund and $599 for Building Initiative.
  • A final bill for the beach trip was paid.  The bill that was paid was not the amount collected from participants.  As of the date of this report, there is $1,123 owed to the church.  The retreat center has agreed to let this be considered a deposit on next year.
  • The BB&T Checking Account has been reconciled as of the date of this report.



Respectfully Submitted,

Laurette Saffy, Treasurer





DON’T FORGET!  Please remember that we offer a direct deposit option for your offerings.  A set amount can be withdrawn from your checking or savings account and sent directly to the LCOS account for any amount you choose, on any schedule you choose.  Call the church office at 864/244-2836 for a direct deposit form to complete, or see page 10 of this Messenger for e-giving options.




News and Notes




We welcome into the Lord’s family through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism:

Grayson Michael Godici Williams, baptized at LCOS on Sunday, September 9. Grayson is Linda & Bill Dunsing's great-grandson. Grayson’s parents are Jessica Anne Godici and Drake Clifton Williams.


The gift of the Holy Spirit, entrance into the family of God, and eternal life are God’s gifts to Grayson and all those who are baptized.






Members of LCOS demonstrated their generosity once again for
"God's Work. Our Hands" Sunday.


Hundreds of personal care items were collected and turned over to United Ministries, which will distribute them among our needy neighbors. United Ministries helped 2,000 families last year alone.  Here's a breakdown of what we received:


125 bars of soap

74 tooth brushes

52 tubes of tooth paste

35 razors

28 packs of gum

27 bottles of shampoo

9 packs of dental floss

8 packs of tissues

7 bottles of conditioner

5 bottles of lotion

5 bottles of body wash

5 bottles of mouth wash

1 first aid kit

Plus: combs, brushes, cotton swabs, emery boards, Bandaids, lip balm, perfume, denture cleaner and adhesive, and a large variety of trial size products.









On behalf of the LCOS Service Board and United Ministries, thanks to all who gave!

Congratulations to Sheri DeMars on becoming a Grandma!

Sheri's daughter, Alisha, gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Kolton Hendrick, on September 7. Kolton was 8 lbs 4 oz and 21" long – he has lots of brown hair. Sheri was able to fly to Minnesota to meet & snuggle with her new grandson.



Prayer Shawl Ministry

Our Prayer Shawl group is not meeting at the current time; however, if you are making prayer shawls at home, you may bring them to the Parlor or the church office to be available in our inventory for distribution as needed.  Thank you!




Help the environment AND help LCOS!

Juice cans … We recycle large juice cans for our Friendly Visitors: covered with florist foil & with a loving card attached, they make a beautiful Cinderella transformation into containers for transporting flowers to our homebound members!  Bring yours to the church office or Narthex for recycling.  Thank you!!




If you know of a member of our church family who is in need of help, please let the church office know!
We cannot help if we don’t know of a problem!! You might be the ONLY person to know that another has a problem or concern. Please share these with Pastor or me. I can PROMISE you that we will keep your information in strictest confidence. But again, remember, if we don't know, we can't help!  

~Debbie Rheaume, Church Secretary




Friendly Visitors

To better accommodate the individual needs of both our homebound and our Friendly Visitors team, we have introduced flexibility into our schedule:


The two-person teams are assigned a group of homebound members that they will contact through either a phone call and/or arrange a home visit if desired. This will be a mutually convenient day and time for both parties. It is our intention to contact all individuals at least every six weeks, or more frequently as the schedules permit. These contacts can be either through a visit, telephone call or written cards. We want to make sure that all of our homebound members will routinely feel the love and care of the congregation. This is an especially important ministry as we are transitioning to a new pastor.


We welcome anyone who is interested in joining this outreach ministry of LCOS. Please contact Doug Bell at 864/325-0615 or dougbell864@gmail.com.




  Additional Choir members are always welcome!

The Chancel Choir has begun another year of music-making and welcomes new members, male and female, young and old, who are interested in making a joyful sound to enhance the LCOS worship experience. If you would like to explore this opportunity to praise the Lord through your music, please contact Bob Chesebro – or better yet, just show up for Choir rehearsals on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 (September through May)!  Come have some fun with us!




Healthier Lifestyles

Keep this telephone # handy.

Share it with family & friends.  Help prevent suicide.


The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number:


The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.


For more information visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org 


You are loved!







LCOS sponsors SMART meetings
for anyone struggling with any type of addictive behavior


SMART (Self-Management And Recovery Training) offers free face-to-face and on-line mutual self-help groups to assist people with recovery from ALL types of addictive behaviors, including alcoholism, alcohol abuse, drug addiction or abuse, gambling addiction, and addictions to other substances or activities.


Meetings are on Monday nights at 6:00 in the Parlor – even on Mondays that are holidays!





Grief Support Groups begin in early October

The fall weekly grief support groups, sponsored by Interim Hospice, begin Tuesday, October 2 in Greenville; Wednesday, October 3 in Spartanburg; and Thursday, October 4 in Easley.  The Greenville group meets at 5:30 p.m., the Spartanburg group meets at 1:00 p.m., and the Easley group meets at 11:00 a.m.  These groups are open to the general public, so pass along the information to anyone who might be interested.  Contact Chris Strom (864/982-3683) for more information or Tonya Taylor (864/627-7049) to sign up.  Registration deadline is October 9.



Healthy Cooking class is on Tuesday, October 16 at 5:30 p.m.
Please contact Pat George if you plan to attend:
call or text 864/201-1684 or e-mail to scpenguin528@bellsouth.net





Our next Free Blood Pressure & Diabetes clinic will be on Sunday, October 28, following the 11:00 a.m. and before the 1:00 p.m. worship services.  No appointment is necessary.  If you have any questions, please contact our Parish Nurse, Tammy Pursley.








The WELCA Foothills Conference is October 6 at 10:00 a.m. with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Faith Chapel Pickens SC. I have made reservations for 4 ladies.


Our Bible study on Repentance continues on October 22 at 10:00 a.m. Please join us for growth in God’s Word. 


Our Thanksgiving Feast is coming up on November 18. Lots of help is needed. The flyer will be inserted into bulletins beginning October 21 and is included in this newsletter. This is one of WELCA’s main fundraisers that we use for benevolence.


God’s Peace,

Mary McKeen, LCOS WELCA President










Lee Road United Methodist Church will hold a Community Prayer Service to Fight Human Trafficking on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.  The speaker will be Mr. Jason Johnston, who serves as campus minister at Clemson University for the Navigators, an international Christian mission organization.  One of Mr. Johnston's major areas of focus for ministry addresses pornography.  He writes, "Pornography addiction is the fastest growing addiction in America and unfortunately the church is not immune."  As a speaker for the Community Prayer Service, he will share information that helps attendees recognize how pornography impacts human trafficking.  Mr. Johnston is actively involved with Rivers of Justice, an Upstate organization, whose goal is to keep children safe from sexual exploitation.


Lee Road United Methodist Church is located at 1377 East Lee Road, Taylors, SC 29687.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend!


Human Trafficking Hotlines:

Local: (864) 704-8497            National: 1 (888) 373-7888 (TTY: 711)

Text: "BeFree" 233733 – Chatting


Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. This crime occurs when a trafficker uses force, fraud or coercion to control another person for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or soliciting labor or services against his/her will. Force, fraud, or coercion need not be present if the individual engaging in commercial sex is under 18 years of age.


To find out how YOU can make a difference in the fight against Human Trafficking,
visit www.humantraffickinghotline.org




     Scan to give to LCOS


LCOS has begun new giving options from the web and your phone!

These are secured and PCI-compliant sites supported by Vanco (our current electronic giving vendor). Each option allows you to create a secured ID and password for current and future activity. This creates a profile in the secured Vanco sites (HTTPS) for your security and protection of your personal information. This is VERY important to LCOS, Vanco and your church council. 


Above is a Quick Response (QR) code that Vanco created specifically for LCOS.  You can use this QR code to link to the mobile version of our web page.


What is this QR code and why use it?

When you scan this barcode-like QR code image with a smartphone's QR decoder, it will instantly connect you to the mobile version of our web page. Try it yourself! To individuals who are familiar with QR codes, it will provide a quick and easy way to access our web page without having to type out our web address and locate our link.


QR (Quick Response) codes will be printed in our bulletins, the Messenger, and posted in various locations at the church. You can scan the QR code with your phone and access a secure mobile site also hosted by Vanco.


Need a QR Decoder on your smartphone?  No problem!

Free applications are available from your phone store to download a QR decoder.


No smartphone?  No problem!

If you have access to a computer, the LCOS website home page has a button labeled DONATE NOW.  This will allow you to set up ongoing and one-time electronic giving from a credit card or bank account.


Not Tech-savvy?  No worries!

Contact the church office to request help or a paper form to fill out & return to sign up for automated giving options.  Call Debbie at the church office (864/244-2836) if you would like to sign up for this option.


Church Activities & Events for October




      6:00 p.m. SMART recovery (Parlor)

      7:00 p.m. Jubilate Handbells

      Tuesday: 12:30-2:30 p.m. OSCM Pantry


      11:00 a.m. Kairos Bible Study (temporary break)

        7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir


      12:30-2:30 p.m. OSCM Pantry

      Saturday: 10:00 a.m. OSCM Pantry food packing

      Sunday (with occasional exceptions):

        8:30 a.m. Worship with Holy Communion

      10:00 a.m. Confirmation Class (temporary break)

      10:00 a.m. Sunday Church School for all ages

      11:00 a.m. Worship with Holy Communion

        1:00 p.m. Nuestro Salvador Sagrada Comunión (Spanish worship) – note the new time!!




Golden Group update

GOLDEN GROUP 2nd THURSDAY night-time meetings are cancelled indefinitely unless someone volunteers to take over coordinating them. We will continue with the 4th Thursday Friendship Lunches. They will be announced in both the bulletin and email updates.
A Christmas Dinner will also be scheduled and announced in the November Messenger as well as bulletin and e-mail updates in November.

~Jean Bratton

October 1:  OSCM Pantry dining & bake sale fundraiser at Texas Roadhouse, 5:00-9:00 p.m. (see page 20) 

October 2:  Grief support groups begin (see page 8) 

October 5-7: Fall Festival & 5K Rock Trail Race at Lutherock

October 6:  Blessing of the Animals, 10:30 a.m. (see page 20)
Please send an e-mail to k5LCOS@bellsouth.net or call the church office at 864/244-2836 to let us know what type of pet you will bring (bird, cat, dog, etc.) so that appropriate treats will be available. 


October 14:
• Pig Pickin’ following the 11:00 worship service
– outdoors if weather permits (see page 21)

Church Council, 12:30 p.m.

October 15:  Items for November Messenger are due!

October 16:  
• Healthy Cooking class,
5:30 p.m. (see page 8)

Worship Board, 6:30 p.m. – note DATE CHANGE to Tuesday! 

October 21: Annual Fall congregational meeting following one worship service at 10:00 a.m.

October 25:  Golden Group Friendship Lunch, 1:00-3:00 p.m. 
Our location will be announced in the Sunday bulletin. Everyone, of any age, is welcome to attend! It is Dutch Treat and will be "order from the menu."


Trunk or Treat is Saturday, October 27 from 4:00-7:00 PM

Let’s make this THE BEST Trunk or Treat ever!!


Attention Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, and Friends of OSLS:

Our preschool and the OSCM Board are partnering with LCOS for the Trunk or Treat this year. We need people to volunteer to decorate their car and hand out candy during the Trunk or Treat. If you are willing to do this, please contact Katie Franks at 864/268-4714 or olsdayschool@bellsouth.net.

We will have food ... games ... animals ... and hopefully LOTS of little people dressed in silly outfits! AND BIG PEOPLE TOO!!!  So, begin thinking creatively & get ready! LCOS will provide a hot dog supper.



October 28 – Reformation Sunday – wear red! 
Blood Pressure & Diabetes clinic (see page 8)
Awe and the Sabbath Rhythm of Life begins, 10:00-10:45 a.m. (see page 1)


Save these Dates (and watch for updates)!

November 4:

• All Saints Sunday
• Daylight Savings time ends

November 9-11: LCY Hand in Hand at Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat Center in Greenville. This is God’s Word on the subject: ..."I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for." Jeremiah 29:11
Hand in Hand is an event that gives youth the chance to worship God by serving others. This worship can look like yard work, light housekeeping, cleaning up natural areas or roadsides, or whatever is needed where we are!  For more information, visit https://scsynod.com/youth/ and talk with Clint Eastham.

November 18 – Commitment Sunday:  Thanksgiving Feast following one worship service at 10:00 a.m. (see page 21)

December 2:  Advent season begins 

December 22:  Caroling for our homebound members with refreshments served on the bus, Noon to 4:00 p.m. (details will be announced later)


NEW!  February 24:  Chili Cook-off Fundraiser for Lutheroad, following the 11:00 a.m. worship service

NEW!  March 5: Mardi Gras Pancake Supper, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

May 30-June 1:  SC Synod Assembly in Spartanburg  

July 14-21:  Family Beach Trip at Coastal Retreat Center, Isle of Palms SC



Do you need to check the most up-to-date LCOS calendar?
You don’t have to wait to call the office!
You can find out anytime by visiting our website at  www.lcosgreenvillesc.org/Calendar.asp


Our Saviour Community Ministries Pantry

(formerly known as God’s Pantry II at LCOS)

DONATE ITEMS: We need a continual supply of shelf-stable foods, including pasta (1 & 2 lb. packages), soups & ramen noodles, canned vegetables and any low-sugar, high-protein item such as baked beans, mac & cheese, etc.


Each week of the month, OSCM Pantry will focus on collecting a Weekly Food Item to expedite this process:

  • Week One – peanut butter
  • Week Two – breakfast foods, including dry cereals, “complete” pancake mix (add water only) & grits
  • Week Three – canned spaghetti sauce/tomato products
  • Week Four – canned fruit
  • Week Five (also an ongoing need) – canned vegetables


This is a suggested guide; however, we will accept any shelf-stable item at any time.  A great asset will be store sale items and buy one, get one free foods: buy one for you, give one to God via OSCM.  Our goal is to develop our bargain shopping skills so please feel free to pass along “great buys”!  So far, the lowest price & sugar content found for dry cereal is Aldi’s at $1.19 per box while Wal-Mart has the lowest price for grits at $0.88.



DONATE TIMEOur pantry days and hours are Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:30–2:30 p.m.


We need a minimum of 20 bags for 1 person in household, 20 boxes for 2 people in household and 20 boxes for 3 people in household to “OPEN” each Tuesday and Thursday


Four volunteers are needed to pack our bags/boxes in the Parish Nurse office once or twice a week to ensure OSCM is “ready” for our clients.  This is currently a work in progress, complicated by “buying” excursions.  Are you eager to help anyway?  Call me, email me or sign up on the form provided on the Parish Nurse Office door.  It’s FAST fun…really!J 


Elayne Finkelstein:  864/268-7635 (H#)      864/238-6737 (C#)   or     lillief70@gmail.com



When shopping at Ingles,
please thank them for the free boxes that we use for packing: the food pantry uses up to 80 a week! If you are out and about early, feel free to scoot by Ingles and check out their free box pile to grab any that seem clean and dry!  The milk boxes are usually closed on one side of the top ... this is great because we need less tape to close them!


When shopping at BiLO, please thank them for the free paper bags they continue to share with us!


If you dine at Flour Haven, please thank them for providing their surplus donuts with us on Thursdays; it is such a blessing & our clients really appreciate it!


We are very blessed by the support of our community!  I want them to be constantly reminded of how many Lutherans trade with them on a regular basis.....and how this relationship is mutually beneficial!  Thank you!!  Elayne


Update from OSCM Pantry

During the month of August, the Pantry served 148 clients with households of 492 people.  Of these 148 clients, 23 were new to us and their households included 69 people. 


The total volunteer time we spent in supplying and operating our Pantry was 268.62 hours.  This included 117.33 hours working at the Pantry itself and 151.28 hours doing the 'behind the scenes' work of buying, sorting, packing and reporting.  Additional information on our clients and their households is posted outside the church office.


Respectfully submitted,

Paula Mackintosh



The OSCM pantry needs volunteers to share the load and would welcome help from our fellow congregants as your schedule allows.  Help is needed in the following areas:

  • ·     Distributing food to recipients in the pantry from 12:15 to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and logging the transactions.
  • ·     Help loading food from Harvest Hope on Tuesday mornings around 10:30 and unloading it again at LCOS.
  • ·     Help unloading food on Thursday and Friday afternoons around 4:00 p.m. on an as-needed basis. (You'll be called only when help is needed.) 
  • ·     Help scheduling the packers, who fill boxes on Saturday mornings, so there is even coverage every week.
  • ·     Occasional help picking up boxes on Thursday or Friday afternoons and delivering them to LCOS.
  • ·     Also, a co-coordinator for the pantry to help run fundraisers two or three times a year would be welcome.


If you’re interested in volunteering for this important mission, please contact Elayne Finkelstein (864/238-6737 or lillief70@gmail.com) or Connie Gawne (864/220-3584).


In MATTHEW 25:40, Jesus said, 

Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”



The OSCM Pantry will hold a dining & bake sale fundraiser at Texas Roadhouse on Monday, October 1, 5:00-9:00 p.m.



Bakers, get ready  – our baked goods sale is a huge part of this fundraiser!

(Football fans don't worry, you will arrive home in plenty of time for the game!)

(see page 20) 


{ A big SHOUT OUT of thanks to our friends at Texas Roadhouse for their ongoing support! }



Our Saviour Lutheran Preschool

2600 Wade Hampton Blvd

Greenville SC 29615



















Welcome to October! We thank everyone who came out to support OSLS at the Chick-fil-A Spirit Night in September.


OSLS T‑shirts and sweatshirts are available for purchase: Thank you to everyone who purchases one, and to Denise McKain and Eagle Embroidery for designing them. The graphic above is imprinted on orange T-shirts and sport gray sweatshirts. An order form is available in the Sunday bulletins for several weeks. See Miss Terri in the Nursery to place your order. Don't miss out on your opportunity to order this promotional item – they are comfy, advertise our preschool, and the pricing is very affordable.


We still have openings available in the preschool, so if you know anyone with a 2-5 year old child needing a school, please send them our way!


We are very excited about the month of October. We are continuing our Shoe Fundraiser. Thank you to all who have donated shoes to date. The preschool will be co-coordinating LCOS’s Trunk or Treat this year (see page 12). It will be on Saturday, October 27, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. We hope everyone will come join in the fun!


Please come down and see the preschool hallways and all the fabulous art work the children have done. We love having visitors!



Katie Franks, Director OSLS




Children’s Sunday School

We invite all young children to participate in our Sunday School classes on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. Contact us if you have questions.

~Mary Ann Sahms & Kim Weaver



Lutheran Church Youth (LCY)

We are called, young and old, to be the Body of Christ together. In baptism we receive God’s Spirit, through which we are empowered to answer that call. Together we can do so much more than we can individually. Together, let us share God’s love with all the world!  Together we can make a difference!


The purpose of the South Carolina Synod Lutheran Church Youth organization is to be a community in Christ…Rooted in God’s love…Hearing God’s voice…Acting as God’s hands.


South Carolina Lutheran Church Youth is…

  • ministry by, with and for youth
  • helping youth to know and share God’s love in Christ
  • making connections that will last a lifetime!


Upcoming SC Synod LCY Activities – Mark your Calendars

NOTE: Details for each activity can be found at https://scsynod.com/youth/

For questions or additional information about LCY activities, please contact Clint Eastham.


November 9-11 – NEW DATES: Hand in Hand in Greenville – see page 12
January 18-20, 2019: 9th & 10th Grade Winter Retreat at Camp Kinard
February 15-17, 2019: 11th & 12th Grade Winter Retreat at Coastal Retreat Center
March 15-17, 2019: Spring into Action at Coastal Retreat Center
March 30, 2019: Club 345 (location to be announced, Columbia)
April 26-28, 2019: Middle School Winter Retreat at Camp Kinard
May 17-19, 2019: LCY Convention at Newberry College
July 7-12, 2019: Bridge Building Camp at Camp Kinard
July 21-26, 2019: Camp HUGG at Camp Kinard








In memory of Virginia "Ginny" Simmons

Dorothy Rimer (for OSCM Pantry)


If you made a memorial donation to LCOS in the past month that was not listed here,
please contact the church office so we may adjust our records.  Thank you.



We extend our Christian love and sympathy to the families & friends of Dorothy Kompelein, upon her death (Gayle Chesebro's mother)


May all who mourn find comfort in the promise and the power of the resurrection.


Almighty God, source of all mercy and giver of comfort: Deal graciously, we pray, with those who mourn, that, casting all their sorrow on you, they may know the consolation of your love; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

~Prayer from the Lutheran Book of Worship



Missionary Sponsors and Chancel Flower Donors

Thank you to everyone who has signed up to sponsor flowers and our missionary
(currently The Reverend Dr. Jeffrey A. Truscott) throughout LCOS history! 
We appreciate your generosity.

Would you also like to sponsor a Missionary or be a Chancel flower donor? 
Watch the Narthex for opportunities to sponsor in 2019!




You are invited to join 50forward for these upcoming programs. For details & to register, visit 50forwardlife.org  … faith-based learning for a community of active adults




Simple Enough:
Living More with Less
Oct. 19-21, 2018 (Lutheridge)

Focus on the gift of SIMPLICITY: How much is enough? How can we live MORE with LESS? How can “letting go” and “doing without” increase our joy and strength for the journey?

Join keynote speaker Bob Sitze
and other leaders for workshops including life transitions; decluttering; living close to the land; setting priorities and more. Enjoy engaging Christian worship and lively entertainment.

including meals & lodging
Discount for groups of 5 or more

Parenting in the
50Forward Years
March 22-24, 2019 (Lutheranch)

Learn new strategies for parenting.

Gain valuable resources.

Build community.

Experience meaningful worship.

Join Pastor Tim Canniff-Kuhn and family services professionals.
Two tracks will offer support and resources for those faced with parenting their parents or unsure about how to best parent
adult children.

including meals & lodging
at our new retreat center

Backpacking on the
Appalachian Trail
April 25-28, 2019

Spend 2 days hiking on
beautiful trails; 2 nights camping;
then finish with a celebration meal and hot springs soak.

Hit the trail from Allen Gap to
Hot Springs NC,
hiking 6-8 miles each day, enjoying spring beauty in the mountains. Set up camps at
Rich Mountain (3,600') and
alongside the French Broad River

including most meals &
all equipment, except for
personal gear


Prayer is a powerful gift which each Christian possesses.  Sometimes it is only when we or our loved ones need the prayers of others that we know how very important prayer is!  Our Lord said that we should pray and that we should be persistent in our prayers.   Martin Luther said it didn’t matter when we pray, not how, as long as we do it!  Here is a listing of those for whom we have offered to God our prayers of intercession:

Our members who have become ill or struggled with personal issues within this past month:

Ellen Ahlers

Holly Ashworth

Gene Bratton

Bob Chesebro

Marion Cole

Martha Compton

Ebb Culp

Rita Davis

Gil Fairbanks

Renee Goldsworthy

Ramona Hopper

Kristi & Carl Kurtz

Bob Larson

Mary McKeen

Liesel Page

Gail & Lee Robbins

Sharon Schulz

Terri Vanselow

Doris Wooldridge

Nancy York

Dru Yount

Our Homebound Members:

Dodie Anderson

Rosalie Burnett

Martha Compton

Mary Ann Copenhaver

Toni Counts

Jean Cummings

Rita Davis

Bill & Linda Dunsing

Richard Hiller

Rachel Kluizenaar

Evelyn Melder

Scottie & Merv Moeller

Liesel Page

Marlene Ridgeway

Ruth Wells

Atria Merrywood/Charlotte, NC –

Wally Ring

Autumn Leaves –

                Lois Kurtz






Our church family members & friends serving in the US military:

Adam Cerniglia

Matt Comer

Anthony Coward

Kevin McKeen

Christopher Underwood


Our friends:
Bradley Cade & family, Debbie Cleveland, Taylor Meister, Clifton Weaver, Eva Gunderson, Elizabeth Christian Pope, Andie Owens, Lily Hicks, Judy Gravley, Cailyn York, Jaxon Hensley, Arlene Hellwig, Nikki, Roxanne Hazelton, Helen Flanagan, Albie Ahlers, David G., Mariarosa Saldini, Phyllis Armitage, Leigh Watson, Debbie Christian, Carol Head, Vivian, Michael Cater, Crystal Treadaway, Jim Rohrer, Janice Hagan, Ray Riggs, Penny Booher, Carol Husted, Rose Ann Patton, Ruthie Clardy, Ella Culp, Louise Gilliam, Leslie Armitage, Diane Wolff, Mason, Margie Waddell, Virgil Hyte, Michael Kingsbury, Shelli Tardugno, Sandra Lee Bible, John “3:16” Fuller, Sarah Slater, Brenda Stevens, Caleb Baumgardner, Brandon Field, Don Joseph, Jim Longpre, Buck Smith, Noah Smith, Penny Kinsey, Christie Wilkey, Angela Mann, Michelle Brogdon, Vic Kotowski, Anj Ramnarine, Aurie Latham, Dale Niemi, Susan Goebel, Patsy Goebel, Dylon McBryde, Jean Lee, Raymond Wilbanks, Michelle & her infant daughters, Vickie Rezendes, Amanda Rector, Richard Chubb, Debi Sommer, Rose Petty, and Sue Hanna Janowiak, who are also coping with health concerns.  Please keep families who are dealing with addictions of any type in your prayers.  Please keep families who are going through separation, divorce, or experiencing marital conflict in your prayers.  Please pray for William & Stacia Nance, the Voet family, the Honeycutts, the LaTortue family, Cammy Lee, Gail White, Delana Boggs & sons, the Kendig & Zint families, the Russ Hudson family, the Husz family, the Will Anderson family, Kirsten Jones, Beverly Franklin, Donna Rocker, the Kingsbury family, Tonya & her children, the James & Donna Arnold family, the Trevor McLaughlin family, and the Gladys Potter family.


Please call the church office at
864/244-2836 to update us when you
(or family/friend you added) can be removed
from the prayers list!



PLEASE remember that hospitals DO NOT notify us when a member is hospitalized. 


Please call 244-2836 to let us know!!




10/04    Christy Smith

10/04    Kelly Sink

10/05    Sandra Massey

10/06    Rosemary Winfield

10/07    Anne Davidson

10/07    Jayson Adams

10/07    Sophia Schnoor

10/08    Ramona Hopper

10/09    Mike Cooley

10/11    Robb Lanning

10/13    Randy Weaver

10/13    Carl Kurtz

10/13    Lydia Henderson

10/14    Jannie Kurtz

10/15    Darwin Voet

10/16    Judy Gillespie Blalock

10/17    Mark Woyciesjes

10/17    Lindsey Dujardin

10/20    Scottie Moeller

10/20    Jenn Taylor

10/20    Connor Vittoe

10/21    Tracy Kramer

10/21    Terri Vanselow

10/21    John Vanselow

10/21    Matthew Slater

10/22    Gary Counts

10/23    Justin Pcheny

10/25    Sharon Schulz

10/25    Melissa Harmon

10/26    George Sink

10/26    Gail Hillary

10/27    Pastor Sandy Jones

10/27    Alexis Lanni

10/28    Ken Heckel

10/29    Judy Madaus

10/30    Jan Peterson

10/30    Marilyn Gerhart




Did we miss your special day?

PLEASE call the church office 864/244-2836!

We want everyone to be included!



10/02/2010  Nicole & Daniel Fowler

10/05/1976  Gail & Mike Cooley

10/08/1994  Dottie & Richard Campbell

10/11/1968  Sandy & Tom Wise

10/11/2002  Judy & Mike Madaus

10/14           Mitzi & Jayson Adams

10/16/1965  Brenda & Gary Safrit

10/22/1994  Judith & David Wilkins

10/24/1964  Gail & Lee Robbins



Please, please – if you know of a member of our church family who is in need of help, PLEASE let the church office know!!!


We cannot help if we do not know of a problem!! It's hard for us Lutherans to share concerns – we don't want to gossip – but sometimes, you might be the ONLY person to know that another has a problem or concern.  Please share these with Pastor or me.  I can PROMISE you that we will keep your name in strictest confidence.  But again, remember, if we don't know, we can't help!


                            Thank you!  Debbie











Deadline for NOVEMBER


is Monday, October 15


Fax to 268-5169

E-Mail to k5LCOS@bellsouth.net

or bring to church office





Dining & Bake Sale Fundraiser
at Texas Roadhouse

to benefit OSCM Pantry
 3140 Wade Hampton Blvd., Taylors, SC

Monday, October 1, 2018

5:00 – 9:00 PM


Delicious food, no dishes to wash AND

you help others who need a hand

... a GREAT combo!


The Texas Roadhouse will host a fundraiser for Our Saviour Community Ministries Food Pantry on MONDAY EVENING, October 1 from 5:00-9:00.  Our church family, The Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, continues to operate a pantry to provide emergency food assistance for neighbors in need.  Increasing numbers of individuals and families are coming to our pantry and we ask for your help in providing funds and food to fill the boxes and bags we give to those who seek food assistance.


10% of your purchase will be donated by
Texas Roadhouse to our Food Pantry
when you show your waiter this flyer, e-mail, text or tell them you saw our announcement on the HIS RADIO calendar!  LCOS members and friends will also hold a bake sale on the Texas Roadhouse porch to delight your taste buds with special treats to enjoy.


DINERS – DONATE ITEMS: SHELF STABLE CANNED GOODS such as fruit, veggies, tomato products, beans, or peanut butter and other proteins
to receive a VOUCHER for a free appetizer you can use on your NEXT visit to Texas Roadhouse!


CAN'T JOIN US?  If you are unable to dine with us,
but want to help out, donations may be made to:

OSCM Food Pantry

c/o The Lutheran Church of Our Saviour

2600 Wade Hampton Blvd., Greenville, SC  29615


Bakers, get ready – the baked goods sale
is a huge part of this fundraiser! Drop off your items in the LCOS Library prepackaged for sale
before 3:00 p.m. on October 1.







Blessing of the Animals

In commemoration of St. Francis of Assisi

Saturday, October 6, 2018, 10:30 a.m.

organized by Parroquia Nuestro Salvador

with the support of

The Lutheran Church of Our Saviour

2600 Wade Hampton Blvd.

Greenville, SC  29615



ALL pets and their owners are welcome!

     Please send an e-mail to k5LCOS@bellsouth.net or call the church office at 864/244-2836 to let us know what type of pet you will bring (bird, cat, dog, etc.) so that appropriate treats will be available.

Bring a lawn chair and join us!
The blessing will be conducted outside

in the church yard in front of the sanctuary.













LAWN BEHIND THE FELLOWSHIP HALL (inside Fellowship Hall if rainy day)



12-hr slow-cooked pulled pork, baked beans, slaw, buns, hot dogs, chips, condiments, tea, lemonade, cookies





      $5/person with a $20 max/family


(“to go” boxes are available
at a cost of $5 per box, while supplies last)





Thanksgiving Feast


Please join us on Sunday, November 18 following one service at 10:00 a.m. for our annual Thanksgiving Feast.  We will offer traditional holiday fare and gluten-free alternatives will be available upon request. Reservations are due by Sunday, November 11. Volunteers are needed to help with set-up and clean-up, baking turkeys, making stuffing, baking pies, providing food prep in the kitchen on Saturday and/or Sunday.


Cost is $6 per adult, $4 per child 4-10 yrs, and
free for children 3 yrs and under.
Cost not to exceed $20 per immediate family.


Please contact Mary McKeen 864/561-3229 (call or text) or mommamac1943@live.com with questions or to help.




Place completed form in Sunday offering plate


Your Name: ______________________________________


   # of adults: ___________          # of children ____________


Gluten-Free: ___________


I can help:

     □ set-up                   □  clean-up


     □ bake turkey        □ make stuffing          □ bake pie


     □ food prep on Saturday or Sunday        □ other


Your Contact info: _________________________________



NOTE:  Reservations are due by Sunday, November 11.




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