2600 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville SC
Phone: 864.244.2836

MARCH 2019


is celebrated every week at the

8:30 and 11:00 worship services. 
We invite all to commune who are baptized into Christ and wish to share in his death and resurrection by receiving the thanksgiving bread and cup.  Any may come forward for a blessing.  Grape juice and gluten-free wafers are available.


We offer a professionally staffed nursery every Sunday morning from 9:45 until noon.  We welcome children to our worship services, if you choose not to use the nursery.  Children’s bulletins are available from the ushers.  Help your child use it and become involved in the service.



The People of LCOS


Interim Pastor:

The Rev. Bruce Booher


Director of Music:

Robert Chesebro

Organist:  Marlon Scott

Secretary:  Debbie Rheaume

Nursery Attendant: Terri Vanselow


Council Chair:  Lisa Fuller


ELCA Mission Developer:

The Rev. Alejandro Mejia

Spanish Worship Music Leader:  Russ Long




to all our wonderful volunteers!!!




2019 Council Members (term expires):

Lisa Fuller (2019)

Kathy Honeycutt (2019)

Perry McKain (2019)

Tammy Pursley (2019)

Youth: Mattison Scott (2019)

Mary Rose (2020)

Todd Scott (2020)

Chris Strom (2020)

Ali Eastham (2021)

Diane Harrison (2021)

Sandra Massey (2021)

Diana Riskevics (2021)

Marlon Scott (2021)


Treasurer:                 Laurette Saffy


Financial Secretary:    Chris Strom


Council Secretary:  Clint Eastham 


Acolyte Coordinator:     Lisa Fuller


Altar Guild Coordinator:

Dru Yount


Counter Coordinator: Elaine Bruce


Jubilate Handbells:  Donna Kinsler


Lay Assistant Coordinator:

Sandy Wise


  8:30 Ushers:                    Tom Wise

11:00 Ushers:             Perry McKain

11:00 Greeters:        Mattison Scott

SCS:         (to be determined)





MARCH 2019 


  8:30                     Tom & Sandy Wise


11:00              Denise & Perry McKain

                                      Paul Anderson




  3                                   Mary Johnson

10                                           Beth Linn

17                                     Karen Moose

31                                         Dru Yount



24                                  Dorothy Rimer

If you are interested in being a Greeter, contact Mattison Scott.




  3                                       Chris Strom

10                                   Connie Gawne

17                                        Sandy Wise

31                                  Karen Fivecoat



24                                    Sonny Patrick



  3                                         Dru Yount

10                                          Lisa Fuller

17                                    Suzanne Culp

31                                         Ken Heckel


March 6: Ash Wednesday

Noon                                  Sandy Wise

6:30                                   Ali Eastham


Lent midweek services, 6:30 p.m.

13                                         Ken Heckel

20                                         Dru Yount

27                                        Sandy Wise



11:00              to be determined



  3                   Karen & Jaime Fivecoat

10                               Lent (no flowers)

17                               Lent (no flowers)

24                               Lent (no flowers)

31                               Lent (no flowers)


  3                                    Julia Sapek

10                              Dorothy Rimer

17                                    Julia Sapek

24                      Sandy & Bill Bright

31                                     Mary Rose


ALTAR GUILD     Dru Yount, Chair

Dianna Brown

Joyce Helms

Alison Patrick

Dorothy Rimer



  3                      Gail & Lee Robbins
                                 Charlie Kramer

10                        Dru & Carl Yount
                          Asha & Bill Carnell

17                 Robbie & Tom Rohrer
                                   Mary Johnson

24                         Mary Ann Sahms
                                 Tammy Pursley

31                                  Elaine Bruce
                                         Todd Scott



  4 Connie Gawne, Rhonda Hunter

  5           Doug Bell, Fran Mathewes

  7               Roberta & Dave Cathell

                     Harriette & Lee Smyre

                             Elayne Finkelstein

19                                 Susan Powell

20   Kay Carlson, Brenda Rutledge

                   Roberta & Dave Cathell



  5                                 Denise Porter,

                     Chris Schultz, Tom Wise

  7                                    Sue Seamon,

                 Noah Smith, Ben Hubbard

12                             Roberta Cathell,

                  Connie Gawne, Tom Wise

14                          Paula Mackintosh,

          Nancy Riskevics, Ben Hubbard

19                          Elayne Finkelstein,

                     Chris Schultz, Tom Wise

21                                    Sue Seamon,

                     Beth Linn, Ben Hubbard

26                          Elayne Finkelstein,

                  Connie Gawne, Tom Wise

28                          Paula Mackintosh,

          Nancy Riskevics, Ben Hubbard

John Fuller as available

MARCH 2019



The Reverend Bruce Booher (Pastor Bruce) is our interim pastor.  If you need pastoral care, please call Pastor Bruce at
864/482-8425 (Seneca, SC).


On Sunday March 3, we will celebrate the Transfiguration of Our Lord. The disciples see Jesus in a new light!  I want to share with you a prayer from Gates of Prayer (a Jewish prayer book) which I use in most of my presentations on awe and wonder:

Days pass and the years vanish, and we walk sightless among miracles.  Lord, fill our eyes with seeing and our minds with knowing; let there be moments when Your Presence, like lightning, illumines the darkness in which we walk.

Help us to see, wherever we gaze, that the bush burns unconsumed.

And we, clay touched by God, will reach out for holiness, and exclaim in wonder:

How filled with awe is this place, and we did not know it!

Blessed is the Eternal One, the holy God!

On March 5, we will have our Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras) Pancake Supper beginning at 5:00 p.m. this year, so that everyone can get home before dark.

On March 6, Ash Wednesday, we will begin our Lenten Journey with Jesus to the Cross and his Resurrection. During Advent we heard the cry of John the Baptizer, “Prepare the way of the Lord!” As we read the Gospels, they describe Jesus as always being on the way, moving forward. Jesus was on a mission. He lived with clear, guiding purpose in his life. And he calls disciples, calls us to join him on the way, to allow his life and his mission to become our life and our mission. As we follow Jesus, we find out that the “way of the Lord” is not what we might expect. It is a path of loving service that leads to the Cross. Jesus tried repeatedly to tell his disciples this, but they never really understood it. It was only after Jesus’ resurrection that they began to understand.

The “way of the Lord”, the way to the cross and resurrection, is not the path that we would chose on our own, certainly. We still struggle to understand it. But we travel this path because we follow Jesus. Jesus has called us, and we have experienced at least enough of his love and life to realize that no one else, nothing else can, offer us what Jesus offers us. Because it is Jesus who leads us, we dare to follow this path, and we experience God’s grace in new ways. We find that because this is the path that Jesus took, the way of the cross truly is the way to new, abundant life.

My theme for our Lenten Wednesday services will be God’s calling cards. We will look at several Biblical passages which give us glimpses into the heart and character of God. We can think of them as God’s “elevator speeches.” The phrase “elevator speech was coined in the 1990's to describe a short statement of who you are and what sets you apart.  Some of the passages we will look at include Exodus 3:1-17, Exodus 34:5-9, and John 13: 1-17.  Please note that our light suppers will be served before our Wednesday Lenten services. The services will start at 6:30 p.m.

Please note two other important events in March:

•  On Sunday March 10, Parraquia Nuestro Salvador will celebrate their 5th Anniversary at their 1 p.m. service. A meal will be served following the service. Please let Pastor Alejandro know that you plan to attend.

•  On Sunday, March 24, we will have our Annual Spring Congregational meeting following one worship service at 10:00 a.m. Plan to join us for this important meeting.

Pastor Bruce

Church Council minutes – February 10, 2019

Attending: Tammy Pursley, Todd Scott, Lisa Fuller, Perry McKain, Clint Eastham, Pastor Bruce Booher, Mary Rose, Diana Riskevics, Chris Strom, Mattison Scott, Ali Eastham, Diane Harrison, Marlon Scott, Sandra Massey, Kathy Honeycutt

Absent: Laurette Saffy.

The Meeting was opened by Council Chairperson Lisa Fuller. Devotion focused on “equipping new leaders” which was a Council focus in 2018 and will continue in 2019.

January 2019 minutes were approved via email vote.

January 2019 Treasurer Report was approved by Council.

Offerings for the month of January were $3,133 OVER budget and results in a positive balance of $48,457 in the General Operating Fund. Council reminds the congregation that several negative balances were closed out as we do each calendar year as well as the donation to the Day School. Receipts for Facilities Support were $396 over budget for the month. 

The paper loss due to December stock market corrections (balance of $838,228) has been fully recovered with the 2019 gains. Our balance now exceeds $910,000. The new results will be reflected in the March quarter end financial statement.


Old Business:

•  Audit Committee (Ministry Development) will be formed for 2018 financial review to be completed in 1Q2019.

•  The Church Windows upgrade is pending availability of Bob Thompson. Two more machines are awaiting the upgrade. Training in the new Church Windows program will occur for counters and staff prior to activation.

•  The Call process is continuing and the Committee is interviewing candidates.

•  OSCM Spaghetti Bingo had over 100 participants. Final totals will be available soon.

•  Building Maintenance List:  Cabinets final payment will be made. Fallen trees have been removed. Lectern has been painted and various lights repaired. Coffee maker replacement and sink installation are pending. Toilets will be repaired this month.

•  Motion: Replace the broken coffee maker with a new model at a cost of $795. Financial account is 53140.  Motion was approved.

•  New Storage container has arrived and is pending payment (this month). It will be delivered, installed and contents transferred by next Council meeting. The old storage container will be removed.

•  Messenger mailing preferences insert is discussed under new business.

•  Columbarium granite face evaluations for stains will take place in the near future for possible solutions. New plants will also be added.

•  Insurance company has asked for a second estimate for the bus. Todd Scott is getting another estimate from Kevin Whitaker.

•  Todd Scott and the architects (LS3P) have several contractors that will be interviewed for contract bids for the upper bathroom renovations. Council will propose the renovation of the upper bathrooms only and retain the current nursery & food pantry work rooms. Fellowship Hall door replacements will be included. The work would take place between May 24 and Sept 2. The final proposal will be provided to DSS, Council and congregation for approval.

•  Motion: Proceed with detailed drawings and contractor interviews in anticipation of Council presentation at March meeting and congregation presentation at March annual meeting. The motion was approved.

•  Personnel Committee feedback and communications for the church office were reviewed with Debbie.

•  Executive Committee actions: The Committee approved the Call Committee remain at the current 5 members. The Call Committee elected a new chair – Elaine Bruce.

•  Contracts with lawn and custodian will be completed this month.


New Business:

•  Nominating Committee members from outgoing Council will be Tammy Pursley & Perry McKain. They are to get two members of the congregation to join them to form the Committee. This will be approved by the congregation at the March annual meeting.

•  Duck Derby is May 4. Learning Board meeting will discuss specifics of Duck Derby and communications to the congregation. Packages will again be available and the website is open for contributions: https://www.duckrace.com/greenville/teams/742

•  Lay members for the Personnel Committee are pending future activity. Current Personnel Committee Council members will each seek a volunteer.

•  Synod Leadership event will be attended by Pastor Bruce & Ken Heckel.

•  Fellowship Hall request for Lutheran Hospice was approved.

•  Letter from synod requesting additional congregation support will be reviewed at the March meeting. LCOS is up to date with our ongoing commitments to the synod. Lisa will provide copies for Council to review.

•  A new local printer is needed in the church office so that Debbie can print checks as needed.

•  Motion:  Purchase a recommended HP Laserjet from Amazon for $219.00 and budget category 50660. The motion was approved.

•  A proposal from the Worship Board was presented to the Council to purchase a new organ. The current organ is many years old and will not stay in tune. Major repairs (with no guarantees of success) would exceed $60,000. Our technician recommends replacement rather than repair. A proposal for a new digital (not wind based) organ was presented with an installation cost of $154,000 which includes the removal of the old console. We would retain the existing pipes for “show”. All new sound is digital through speakers. Significant discussion took place regarding the features and merits of a new organ, location of organ & speakers, how to pay for it, and the possible financial conflicts with the building initiative.

•  Motion:  Council recommends moving forward with the following proposal:

o  Define a Marketing Campaign (Buy a Key as an example)

o  Create a letter to the congregation explaining the opportunity and the need (to be reviewed by Executive Committee)

o  Get approval to move forward at the Congregation annual meeting.

o  Ask for donations and define an organ fund

o  Get donations prior to purchase or Council & congregation decide to pay up front and repay ourselves with interest over 5 years

•  Motion was approved

•  Members of Council were assigned to the tasks of the motion.

o  Marketing Campaign (Marlon)

o  Letter to Congregation (Chris)

o  Annual meeting agenda (Lisa)

o  Donation requests (Clint)

•  Church Communication Committee presented their recommendations for the bulletin, Messenger, and emails (social media and website pending – although most changes are driven by office communications).

•  Motion: Approve the revised recommendations, share with church office (Debbie) and announce initiative to congregation. Motion was approved

•  Swamp Rabbit outing was given to Fellowship Board for any future plans.

•  Pastor Report was presented.

•  Service Board to define Habitat dates for 2019.

•  Support Board to review dates for fire extinguisher and HVAC annual reviews

•  Council Boards to select dates for open annual events listed on the agenda. These are to be reviewed with Debbie and the church calendar.

•  Souper Bowl for OSCM Pantry raised $639.09 and 377 food items.


Pastor Bruce Booher closed the meeting with prayer.


Respectfully Submitted,

Clint Eastham

Council Secretary


Communications Committee News

Thank you to Ali Eastham, Sandra Massey and Mary Rose, our new Communications Committee, for soliciting feedback to improve LCOS communications. Following a careful review and analysis on what keeps everything fresh:

•  our daily e‑mails have been tweaked to announce breaking news with a spotlight on the upcoming week

•  Sunday bulletins provide a focus on our worship service and include 2‑sided inserts on color paper about the upcoming week’s activities and events, how to get involved at LCOS, and
a prayers list focused on congregational members

•  monthly newsletters continue to be informative in retrospect and will focus on news about the current month with announcements for upcoming activities and events


If you would like to provide your input on these changes, please contact Ali (leopardheart0210@yahoo.com), Sandra (sammass@att.net), or Mary (mlouise73@bellsouth.net).


Thank you!



Treasurer’s Report


Memo To:      LCOS Council             Date: February 1, 2019

From:        Laurette Saffy

Subject:    January, 2019 Financial Reports


  • Offerings were $3,133 over budget for the month.  Receipts for Facilities Support were $396 over budget for the month.
  • The General Operating Fund has a positive balance of $48,457.
  • Giving for OSCM Pantry and World Hunger combined was $1,575.
  • Other non-budgeted receipts included $300 for Kneelers, $300 for Family Beach Trip, $1,120 for day school scholarships and $597 for Building Initiative.
  • The BB&T Checking Account has been reconciled as of the date of this report.



Respectfully Submitted,

Laurette Saffy, Treasurer



                              News and Notes                             


Thank you!

A special thank you to all who helped our homebound members celebrate Valentine's Day through the gift of cards. We would like to especially thank the LCY and Ramona Hopper for the additional treats which were delivered along with the cards! Our delivery team included Doug Bell, Kay Carlson, Gayle Chesebro, Fran Mathewes, Debbie Rheaume, Nancy Riskevics, and Dru & Carl Yount.


Both Rosalie Burnett and Doris Wooldridge called the office to express their appreciation and thanks for the many Valentine's cards they received from our congregation. They miss being able to worship with us but always lift up all in their prayers.



Has YOUR mailing address, phone number or
e-mail address changed in the past year?

We are preparing for the updated LCOS directory to be sent out with the 2018 Annual Report packet for our annual Spring congregational meeting this month. SEND ANY UPDATES to your address, phone #, or e-mail to k5lcos@bellsouth.net or call 864/244-2836.  Thank you!



     When winter weather makes driving a challenge on Sunday, LCOS office (244-2836) will record a message whenever possible to announce worship service cancellations.  You may also watch WYFF Channel 4 and News Channel 7 for LCOS cancellations when we have power and phone service enabling these updates.  We encourage you to always use your own best judgment about going out after winter storms.  LCOS office operates on the same schedule as the Greenville County School System from Monday-Friday for weather emergencies: when school is canceled, the office is closed; if schools have a delayed opening, the church office also opens later than usual.



On February 8 and 9, Nancy Riskevics and Mary McKeen attended the WELCA Retreat at Camp Kinard. The program was “How Lutherans interpret the Bible.”  A 7-session video series was presented with discussion and Q&A period after each segment.  We learned many new things and I now see some parts of the Bible differently.  If anyone is interested in seeing these videos, I can obtain for our use.


Since the January WELCA Bible study was cancelled due to illness, we will start the Gather Bible study in February on the Gospel of John. Please plan to attend this study on the 4th Monday of each month at 10:00 a.m.


The Foothills Conference meeting is March 16 at St. Michael's Lutheran Church, 2619 Augusta Road, Greenville SC 29605. Since the 2019 theme for SC WELCA is “Grace in Community”, we will have a speaker from Greenville Church Without Walls.  Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and the program starts at 10:00 a.m. A lunch is included, and we will dismiss by 2:00 p.m. I encourage all the women of LCOS to join us.


WELCA will again sponsor the Lenten meals on Wednesday evenings in conjunction with our midweek worship services. Please note there is a time change to before, instead of after the Lenten services. Soup and sandwiches will be served from 5:30-6:30 p.m. We need help with soups, sandwiches, set-up and clean-up help. Please volunteer as you can (see page 15).


The SC WELCA Convention is June 7 and 8 at St. Stephens in Lexington, SC.  The theme is “Grace in Community”; the main project is backpacks for survivors of human trafficking. Each congregational unit has been asked to bring 3 backpacks filled with full-size items to the convention. Please see the WELCA bulletin board for details.


God’s Peace,

Mary McKeen


Church Activities & Events for March




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 (September through May)


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

  5:10 p.m. Praise Singers (some exceptions)

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)


March 5: Shrove Tuesday 'Mardi Gras' Pancake Supper,
5:00-7:00 p.m.

March 6 – Lent season begins:
Ash Wednesday worship services at Noon and 6:30 p.m.
with Holy Communion and imposition of ashes. Phyllis Everett and Diane Tunila will host a soup lunch following the Noon service; a love offering in support of WELCA programs and missions will be accepted for the lunch.

March 10 – Daylight Savings Time begins:

• Church Council, 12:30 p.m.

• Parroquia Nuestro Salvador Fifth Anniversary Celebration, 1:00 p.m.: Join us as we celebrate five years of proclaiming the Good News to the Latino community in Greenville.  Guests include the Rev. Herman Yoos, Bishop of the SC Synod, and the Rev. Rick Carter, Director for Evangelical Mission.  R.S.V.P.'s are requested by email to pastoralejandro@bellsouth.net.

March 12: Healthy Cooking, 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 

March 13: Lent midweek services based on Holden Evening Prayer begin at 6:30 p.m.  Mary McKeen will not be able to coordinate our Lenten midweek evening meals; we are in need of volunteers to help. The plan is for soup and sandwiches from 5:30 to 6:30, so those coming directly from work will be able to eat before service. No dessert will be provided, as many give up sweets/desserts during Lent.  If you will be able to help supply for 1 or more of the Lenten midweek meals, please contact Tammy Pursley @ tsp9598@yahoo.com OR (864) 608-1675 OR Diane Harrison @ mema2271996@yahoo.com.  Thank you!

March 15 – deadline for articles to be printed in the April Messenger: fax to 268-5169; e-mail to k5LCOS@bellsouth.net, or bring to Church office

March 15-17: Spring into Action at Coastal Retreat. Contact Clint Eastham at 864/616-2930 if you have questions.

March 16: WELCA Foothills Conference, 9:30 a.m. (St. Michael's Lutheran, Greenville)

March 20: Worship Board, 5:30 p.m. – note time change for Lent season



2018 Annual Report

Watch your mailbox in the second week of March for the 2018 Annual Report in preparation for our annual Congregational Meeting. This mailing will include an LCOS Church Member Directory with updated congregation contact information.



March 24 – Annual Spring congregational meeting following ONE worship service at 10:00 a.m.

•  We will elect a nominating committee and approve the 2018 Annual Report. Please plan to attend!

•  Blood Pressure & Diabetes clinic, following the Annual Meeting. Thank you to our Parish Nurse, Tammy Pursley for offering this FREE service.  If you have any questions, please contact Tammy at  tsp9598@yahoo.com OR  (864) 608-1675

March 25:  WELCA bible study, 10:00 a.m.

March 28: Golden Group Friendship Lunch, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

The Golden Group Friendship Lunch will be at Red Lobster on Wade Hampton at Pleasantburg from 1:00-3:00 p.m. We will order from the menu and it is Dutch Treat. Anyone who enjoys good fellowship is welcome to join us. You do not have to be a member of the Golden Group to attend. We hope to see you there!

~Jean Bratton

March 30: LCY Club 345 at Mt. Horeb (Chapin SC). Contact Clint Eastham at 864/616-2930 if you have questions. 

Save these Dates (and watch for updates)!

Grief Support Groups begin April 2
The Spring weekly grief support groups, sponsored by Interim Hospice, begin Tuesday, April 2 in Greenville; Wednesday, April 3 in Spartanburg; and Thursday, April 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 please pass along the information to anyone who might be interested.  Contact Chris Strom (864/982-3683) for more information or Jill Storm (828/585-7726) to sign up.  Registration deadline is April 9.

April 11: Lutheran Hospice Service of Remembrance at LCOS, 4:00 p.m.


Join us for Holy Week and Easter:
April 14: Palm Sunday
services at 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. 

April 18: Maundy Thursday service
and stripping of the altar at 6:30 p.m.

April 19: Good Friday Service of Tenebrae at 6:30 p.m.

April 21: Easter Sunday services at 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

April 22-23: LCOS church office will be closed for holiday


May 4:

• Hands On Greenville service day at LCOS, 8:00 a.m.-Noon

• NEW!  15th annual Reedy River Duck Derby

May 30-June 1: SC Synod Assembly in Spartanburg

June 7-8: SC WELCA Convention (St. Stephens, Lexington SC)

June 10-14: Lutheroad at LCOS is five days of Christian Day Camp for youth who have completed K5 through 5th grade. This is a joint venture between LCOS and Lutheridge Camp. The theme for the week this year is “Peace Works”. The cost for the whole week is only $95.00, which covers all costs. Let all your family members know that children from all over the area are welcome to attend, not only LCOS youth!


  Family Beach Trip
Coastal Retreat Center, Isle of Palms SC

We invite you to join LCOS families and friends for all or part of July 14-21 at the ELCA’s beautiful Coastal Retreat Center located at Isle of Palms, SC.  You can reserve any portion of the week that fits your schedule/budget.  Each room sleeps up to four people and is $110/night.

Reservations are first come, first reserved at $150 per room, payable to LCOS.  The balance of your reservation (after the $150 deposit) will be due June 1.  We promise this to be the most relaxing and enjoyable vacation you will have experienced in a long time and you, too, will be addicted to IOP! 

Please call/text Elaine Bruce (864-630-3030)
with your requested dates or questions.


October 20: Annual Fall congregational meeting





Did you know the most up-to-date LCOS calendar is on-line? And it's printable!!  Visit our website at www.LCOSgreenvillesc.org/Calendar.asp 






Get Involved at LCOS


Chancel Choir – call Bob Chesebro 239-3538

Food Pantry – call Elayne Finkelstein 238-6737, or Connie Gawne 220-3584

Friendly Visitors – call Doug Bell 325-0615

Lutheran Church Youth (LCY) – call Clint Eastham 616-2930

Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) – call Jaime Fivecoat 630-0473

Sponsor chancel flowers/missionaries – call Debbie 244-2836




New publications in the Narthex for March:

Print copies of the March Living Lutheran magazine are available; alternatively, we encourage you to read articles online: https://www.livinglutheran.org/ (scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Current issue).


lasting hope Devotions for Lent 2019 will be available beginning on Ash Wednesday.


Our Saviour Community Ministries Pantry

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


During the month of January, the Pantry served 169 clients with households of 546 people.  This is the largest number of people we have served in one month in over three years!  Of these 169 clients, 45 were new to us and their households included 140 people.


The total volunteer time we spent in supplying and operating our Pantry was 283.22 hours.  This included 113.97 hours working at the Pantry itself and 169.25 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


 We invite everyone to donate time, shelf-stable pantry items, and financial support for this important outreach ministry to the Greenville community. Please contact Elayne Finkelstein (864/238-6737 or lillief70@gmail.com) or Connie Gawne (864/220-3584) for how you can help.


We are very blessed by the support of our community!

OSCM Food Pantry wants the following retailers to be constantly reminded of how many Lutherans do business with them on a regular basis ... and how this relationship is mutually beneficial! Please thank:

© BiLo for the paper bags they continue to share with us

© Flour Haven, for providing their surplus donuts

© Ingles for the free boxes they provide for packing

© Walmart for the free boxes they provide for packing

~Elayne Finkelstein




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.”




Our Saviour Lutheran Preschool

2600 Wade Hampton Blvd.

Greenville SC 29615






Hello March! It’s hard to believe we only have a few months left in this school year.  First, I want to thank the LCOS congregation for your support of the preschool's Spaghetti BINGO night. Without you, it wouldn’t have been as successful as it was – OSCM received $1,701.35 from this fundraiser! We will be completing our Spring World’s Finest Chocolate sale on March 5. Thank you so much to all who support the preschool during this fundraiser as well.


We had our DSS Licensing Renewal visit on February 4. Everything went great and we are now just waiting for out visit from the Fire Marshall and DHEC. Once cleared, we will have our license for another two years.


We are still in the beginning stages of enrollment for the 2019/2020 school year. As of mid-February, we have 4 confirmed enrolled and many others that the parents have stated their child will be returning next school year.  We are continuing to receive a lot of calls about next school year from interested parents. I feel certain with the number of calls, tours and from talking with parents of students already enrolled with us, we will have another amazing year next school year with a lot of precious children. The OSCM Board and I sat down and made changes to the preschool classes for next year. We are trying to help meet as many needs for current and future families as possible. We are now on HulaFrog-Greenville for advertising purposes and we are working with a parent of two current students on a new website for the preschool. Please be in prayer for the preschool as we look forward to the coming school year.


Please come down to the pre-school hall anytime and see all the fabulous art work Mrs. Terri and the teachers have been doing with the students. We love 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




Lutheroad Day Camp will come to LCOS on June 10-14, 2019
(see pages 18-19 for details)




Lutheran Church Youth (LCY)

2019 SC Synod Activities

March 15-17: Spring into Action at Coastal Retreat Center

March 30: Club 345 at Mt. Horeb, Chapin SC

April 26-28: Middle School Retreat at Camp Kinard

May 17-19: LCY Convention at Newberry College

July 7-12: Camp HUGG at Camp Kinard

July 21-26: Bridge Building Camp at Camp Kinard


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


For questions or additional information about LCY activities, please contact Clint Eastham at 864/616-2930.



Triennial ELCA Youth Gathering:
Minneapolis, MN  ●  June 29-July 3, 2021




No memorials were recorded during the month of February


If you made a memorial donation to LCOS in the past month, please contact the Church office so we may adjust our records.  Thank you.



We extend our Christian love and sympathy to the family & friends of:

•  Ron Roth, upon his death (Richard Campbell's brother-in-law)

•  Ray Hill, upon his death (son of Denise McKain's co-worker)

•  Albie Ahlers, upon his death (Gene Ahler's brother)


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






Dru & Carl Yount in honor of Altar Guild members




Missionary Sponsors and Chancel Flower Donor

Charts for the current year are in the church narthex.  Sponsors are needed for missionaries & flowers throughout the year.  For details, please contact the LCOS office: 244-2836

Thank you to everyone who sponsors flowers and our missionary (The Reverend Dr. Jeffrey A. Truscott) –
 we appreciate your generosity!!



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, for illness or general concerns:

Ellen & Gene Ahlers

Holly Ashworth

Doug Bell

Dottie Campbell

Marion Cole

Martha Compton

Ebb Culp

Sheri Erbskorn

Renee Goldsworthy

Kathy Honeycutt

Ramona Hopper

Kristi & Carl Kurtz

Gail & Lee Robbins

Sharon Schulz

Terri Vanselow

Nancy York



Dodie Anderson

Rosalie Burnett

Martha Compton

Mary Ann Copenhaver

Toni Counts

Jean Cummings

Rita Davis

Bill & Linda Dunsing

Gil Fairbanks

Richard Hiller

Rachel Kluizenaar (NHC)

Lois Kurtz (Autumn Leaves)

Evelyn Melder

Scottie & Merv Moeller

Liesel Page

Marlene Ridgeway

Wally Ring

Ruth Wells

Doris Wooldridge


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

Adam Cerniglia

Anthony Coward

Kevin McKeen

Christopher Underwood

Austin Wales


Our friends:
Bradley Cade & family, Debbie Cleveland, Taylor Meister, Eva Gunderson, Andie Owens, Lily Hicks, Judy Gravley, Cailyn York, Arlene Hellwig, Helen Flanagan, Phyllis Armitage, Debbie Christian, Carol Head, Vivian, Michael Cater, Crystal Treadaway, Janice Hagan, Ray Riggs, Penny Booher, Carol Husted, Rose Ann Patton, Ruthie Clardy, Ella Culp, Leslie Armitage, Margie Waddell, Virgil Hyte, Shelli Tardugno, Sandra Lee Bible, Brenda Stevens, Caleb Baumgardner, Brandon Field, Don Joseph, Christie Wilkey, Angela Mann, Michelle Brogdon, Vic Kotowski, Aurie Latham, Dale Niemi, Susan Goebel, Patsy Goebel, Dylon McBryde, Jean Lee, Michelle & her infant daughters, Vickie Rezendes, Amanda Rector, Richard Chubb, Debi Sommer, Rose Petty, Sherri Anderson's dad, Grace Paff, Shelli Wargo, Mike Campbell, Ron Roth, Pete & Gerry Bednar, Sherry B. Padget, John "3:16" Fuller, Randy Shorts, Travis Foster, Bill Dallman, Pastor Alejandro Mejia's grandmother, Jake, and Janet, who are also coping with health concerns.  Please keep all families in prayer who are dealing with: addictions of any type; and separation, divorce, or marital conflict.  Please pray for William & Stacia Nance, the Honeycutts, the Will Anderson family, Kirsten Jones, Beverly Franklin, the James & Donna Arnold family, the Trevor McLaughlin family, the Gladys Potter family, Amy Mostella, and Gloria Pruett.


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!



Do you know of someone in our Church family
in need of assistance?  PLEASE let us know!


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 needs assistance. Please share your concerns with Pastor Bruce or your church secretary. We will keep your name in strictest confidence, if you would like. But again, when we don't know, we can't help!

Thank you!





  2   Judith Eastham

  2   Anastasia Chardt

  4   Tyler Lanning

  5   Alison Patrick

  6   Bev Adamson

  7   Sherri Erbskorn

  8   Katie Franks

  9   Connie Woyciesjes

  9   Nancy Vaught

14   Jenitza Mochulsky

14   Sally Swenson

14   Andy Sturman

14   Morgan Cooley

15   Sonny Patrick

15   Brian Harmon

15   Neal Franks

18   Stewart Bruce

20   Sara Schnoor

20   Austin McKittrick

24   Carl Yount

25   Nancy Nix

26   Pastor Gary Safrit

26   Martha Compton

27   Toni Counts

29   Sandy Roback

29   Kelsey Deily

29   Cole Woyciesjes




March 8, 1980:
Denise & Perry McKain

March 15, 2008:
Amy & Rick Garner

March 22, 2003:
Sherry & Paul Anderson

March 26, 1983:
Tracy & David Kramer

March 28, 1980:
Leslie & Bill McCauley

March 30, 1957:
Suzanne & Ebb Culp




Did we miss your special day?

PLEASE call the Church office 864/244-2836
to update our records; we want everyone to be included!




Lilies are $10 each.


Deadline to order is April 7


I (we) would like to order ________ (how many?) Easter lilies to beautify the Chancel on Easter Sunday (April 21). 


Please enclose a check marked “lily” in the memo line with your order.  Thank you!


In memory of:






In honor of:






Donated by:






_____ I will pick up my lily after the 11:00 Easter service


_____ Please take my lily to a homebound member.


(“extra” lilies will be planted in the Church gardens)




Organized May 27, 1956

2600 Wade Hampton Blvd.

Greenville SC  29615



We WELCOME all to WORSHIP Christ and
to WITNESS God’s love
through caring and service to others.



Phone:  864/244-2836

Fax:  864/268-5169



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Lutheran Church of Our Saviour / Nuestro Salvador



E-mail:  k5LCOS@bellsouth.net



Secretary:  Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

(lunch break varies)


Rev. Bruce
Booher  864/482-8425 (Seneca, SC)


Our Saviour Lutheran School

Phone: 864/268-4714


Preschool Director:  Katie Franks


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