2600 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville SC
Phone: 864.244.2836
Messenger



DECEMBER 2017

NEWS YOU CAN USE FROM LCOS!

 

LCOS Interim Pastor

The Reverend Bruce Booher (Pastor Bruce) is our interim pastor.  This interim hire will be in place until we call a new pastor. Please welcome Pastor Bruce and his wife Penny to our congregation!

 

If you need pastoral care, please call Pastor Bruce at 864/482-8425
(please note: this is a long-distance call to Seneca, so be sure to dial
1 + the area code).

 

 

 

December is almost here, which means Christmas is not far off. Yes, there is the shopping, decorations, parties and all the rest. But let’s try to keep a clear focus on what we are celebrating. In incredible love and startling wonder, God comes to us, born as a baby, to share our life. The words of Isaiah and the music of Handel’s Messiah declare it so powerfully – For unto us a child is born; unto us a son is given! Unto us God comes! This is the joy and the promise of Christmas.

 

Let us take the time to prepare ourselves, our hearts, minds and lives for Christmas by observing Advent. This year, in addition to our Sunday services, we will have three Mid-week Advent services on December 6, 13 and 20. These services will begin at 6:30 p.m., and be followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall. These services will focus on our call to live as People of Promise. We will look at Abraham and Sara, at David, and at Mary as those who, by their faith, lived as people of promise.

 

One way we will include this theme of promise in our Sunday services will be to use a new song for our Gospel Acclamation (the short song we sing before the reading from the Gospel). It is a song I wrote based on 2 Corinthians 1:20.  That Bible passage declares: “For all the promises of God find their Yes in Jesus.”  The words of the song are “Jesus is the Yes to all the promises of our great and loving God! Alleluia!” I hope you will find the song meaningful.

 

This year Christmas falls on Monday, so Sunday will be Christmas Eve. Our Worship Board has decided to have one service on Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. and one Candlelight Christmas Eve service at 6:00 p.m. Nuestro Salvador will have one service that day at 8:00 p.m. 

 

Plan to join us in December as we observe Advent and celebrate Christmas. And please invite others to join you in worship. Many people in our community do not have a church home where they regularly attend. The month of December is a time when those without a church home are especially open to going to a church.  The most important factor is often someone they know inviting them to come to church.  There have been many surveys made of people who join congregations. And consistently 75-85% of those people say that they first visited that church because someone they knew – a friend, relative, neighbor or co-worker, invited them. Please pray and consider if there is someone you know whom you could invite to come and worship with you sometime this December.

 

Pastor Bruce 

 


Church Council minutes – November 12, 2017

 

Attending: Josh Rodgers, Fran Mathewes, Tammy Pursley, Mary McKeen, Paul Anderson, Gail Robbins, Perry McKain, Gene Bratton, Liv Osby, Pastor Bruce Booher, Laurette Saffy, Clint Eastham, Mackenzie Scott, Lisa Fuller.

 

New Members : Mary Rose, Todd Scott, Chris Strom

 

Absent: A.J. Stratton.

 

The meeting was opened by Council Chairperson Clint Eastham.

 

The October Council and Congregation Meeting minutes, OSCM Board additions: Michelle Pcheny & Sandy Wise, parking lot approval, and Executive Committee referrals were approved by email vote since the October Council meeting.

 

The Treasurer’s report was approved. The General Operating Fund has been reduced substantially from a negative $38,687 to $19,718 this past month. Offerings came in at $5,257 over budget resulting in an actual of $38,257 over the projected budget of $33,000.

 

Old Business:

  • Cabinet estimates are in process of completion.
  • Audit committee establishment in progress.
  • Church Windows upgrade is on hold.
  • OSCM financials remain in good shape.
  • The parking lot has been completed with a generous donor projected to cover all costs of the resurface.
  • Building initiative is currently on pause as we continue to accept contributions to build upon our funding with a goal of a smaller mortgage once we do begin.
  • Nuestro Salvador Memo of Understanding is being signed, is agreed upon, and is approved by the Bishop. The final version will be shared with Council.
  • Tax response to the 2014 IRS clerical error is in progress.
  • Commitment and Homecoming will be Sunday, November 19, 2017.
  • The results from the meeting with the Synod will be aggregated and sent to the congregation by letter and will be updated into the Church’s ministry site profile.
  • The new safe has been installed. A new process will be defined with the counter chairman for the ushers and counters that will incorporate the safe into our financial controls.

 

New Business:

  • We will be constructing a Holiday postcard, based on a model from the Synod website, to send to all people listed in the church directory. Lisa Fuller accepted the challenge.
  • Members of the congregation will begin to acolyte due to lack of younger youth in the typical age groups. Acolytes will be serving for both services.
  • Debbie will be taking PTO days on November 17, December 1, 4, 8, and 11 resulting in the office being closed these days.
  • Girl Scout room use dates have been approved by Council.
  • The Council has voted on the Call Committee members. This will be announced shortly.
  • The Ministry Profile will be updated with the feedback of the congregation meeting.
  • The church will acquire a mail order for new residents moving into different zip codes for mailing brochures. These will also be used at bake sales and other fund raisers to increase our advertising profile.
  • A contribution of $100 will be made from the LCY fund to aid Puerto Rico disaster relief.
  • An Angel tree (Good Gifts Tree) will be used to aid Lutheran World Hunger relief.
  • Blue Christmas and Healing and Wholeness services will not be held this year.
  • Mackenzie and Lisa will lead Carols and Hot Chocolate project this year.
  • Advent services will be held December 6, 13, and 20 followed by refreshments. Gene Bratton will schedule the Boards to support the refreshments.
  • New tables are on the way and will arrive this week. Mary McKeen is coordinating.

Pastor Bruce Booher closed the meeting in prayer.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Josh Rodgers

Council Secretary

 


Call Process Update

At the November Council meeting, Council voted the following members to the Call Committee:

 

Doug Bell

Elaine Bruce

Ali Eastham

Charlie Kramer

Perry McKain

Liv Osby

Mackenzie Scott

 

Please keep this group in your prayers as they work through the Call Process documentation and candidate evaluations. We also thank those that submitted their names for consideration to the committee.

 

 

LCOS Website and Facebook Page

You know we have a website right? LCOSgreenvillesc.org

You know we have a Facebook pageHave you liked it?

 

Do you know that you can request information to be added to either site?

 

If you have a calendar request – contact Debbie in the church office. Our complete church calendar is always up-to-date and on the LCOS website.

 

Do you want to write an article and include pictures? Take some pictures, write some content and send to Clint at jcemet123@yahoo.com

 

How easy is that!!!

 

 

 

 

We offer prayers of thanksgiving for everyone at LCOS.
We appreciate you so very much as partners in ministry for God’s glory!


Treasurer’s Report

 

Memo To:      LCOS Council                                    Date: November 9, 2017

From:             Laurette Saffy

Subject:          October, 2017 Financial Reports

 

 

 

Notes –

  • Offerings were $5,257 over budget for the month.  Receipts for Facilities Support were $423 over budget for the month.  The cash flow for the month is a positive $18,541.
  • The General Operating Fund has a negative balance of $19,718. 
  • Giving for OSCM Pantry and World Hunger combined was $3,531.
  • Other non-budgeted receipts included $1,360 for disaster relief, $936 for Building Initiative, $2,100 for Day School Scholarships, $1,566 for Spanish Ministry.
  • The BB&T Checking Account has been reconciled as of the date of this report.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Laurette Saffy, Treasurer

 

 

Be sure to turn in your 2018 Stewardship / Commitment to LCOS!

 

Stewardship/Commitment information was mailed to each member in November:
a letter from Council Chair Clint Eastham, a Pledge Card for 2018, and a 2018 Time & Talent Survey.  Prayerfully consider this information and how you can partner in ministry for God’s glory, then bring or mail to the LCOS office if you have not turned in yours. Thank you!

 

 

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 8 of this Messenger for e-giving options.

 


News and Notes

 

 

Thank you!!

 

To Pastor Bruce and the amazing congregation of LCOS:

I'm improving every day but still have quite a long way to go. I really appreciate all the prayers, cards, food, emails, texts, gifts .... and oh, that gorgeous sunny yellow prayer shawl that I received. Whomever made that, thank you so much, I absolutely love it! I show it to everyone that comes to visit. Keeping you all in my prayers and hope to be back to church at least in 3-4 weeks. I have to stay out of crowds for now and get some energy back, so please continue to lift me up in your prayers. Thank you again and again.

Love, Judy Madaus

+ + + +

Hi folks!! Sandy Wise and I, along with the entire OSCM Board, would like to thank ALL who helped us with the Pumpkin Patch in October & November!! THANK YOU to everyone who volunteered: THANK YOU to everyone who came to unload pumpkins; THANK YOU to everyone who bought pumpkins; THANK YOU to everyone who donated. Our volunteers are all so amazing – giving up time to sit in the cold, the wind, and traffic noise!! Again, thanks so very much and God Bless you all!!

~Mary Ann Sahms

+ + + +

A big thank you to everyone who helped unload the new tables, and prepare the Fellowship Hall for the Thanksgiving Feast, including those who brought pies and stuffing, or cooked turkeys.  WELCA made $426 dollars which will go to benevolence offerings in the community. Our leftover food was given to benefit those needing a meal at Triune Mercy Center.

~Mary McKeen

 

 

Friendly Visitor News

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

 

The two-person teams will be 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.

 

The Friendly Visitor teams will continue to meet on the second Tuesday of each month to receive updates and exchange concerns of our members. 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.

 

 

 

 

Name tags

If you have an LCOS-issued name tag, please wear it on Sundays to help Pastor Bruce, as our interim pastor, make name/face associations.  If you do not have a name tag, disposable stick-on ones with a couple of Sharpies are available in the Narthex.  Please use them!!

 


Have you remembered to fill out a Communion card this calendar year?

(extracted from LCOS Annual Reports):

 

The ADULT MEMBERSHIP (confirmed) is reminded that, according to our Constitution, there are several classifications of membership which need to be stressed.  Please note Chapter 8, MEMBERSHIP, C8.01 and C8.02 that “members of this congregation shall be those baptized persons on the roll of the congregation at the time that this constitution is adopted and those who are admitted thereafter and who have declared and maintain membership in accordance with the provisions of this constitution and its bylaws.  Members shall be classified as follows: (a) baptized, (b) confirmed, (c) voting, (d) associate.”  For the purposes of adult (confirmed) membership you will please heed the following:  CONFIRMED members are baptized persons who have been confirmed in this congregation, those who have been received by adult baptism or by transfer as confirmed members from other Lutheran congregations, or baptized persons received by affirmation of faith. VOTING members are confirmed members who have COMMUNED AND MADE A CONTRIBUTION OF RECORD during the current or preceding year.

 

Traditional Worship Services are held each Sunday at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.  Holy Communion is celebrated at the traditional services at 8:30 each Sunday and 11:00 on the first and third Sundays of each month plus various festival days throughout the year.  All members are encouraged to remember that one of the requirements of an active member is that Holy Communion be received REGULARLY (by record) for the forgiveness of sins and the strengthening of one’s relationship to God through Jesus Christ.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Communion cards are available in each pew.  Each LCOS member should fill out a Communion card at least once per calendar year & place it in the offering plate as a record of your participation. Thank you!

 

 

Make a Difference – be a Hospice Volunteer!

Volunteers are needed to visit Lutheran Hospice patients residing in local Nursing Homes. Volunteers make a difference with Lutheran Hospice patients and with their families.  Please contact Debbie Hoopes, Volunteer Manager for Lutheran Hospice, at 864/263-4063 to learn more about a role in their non-profit ministry.

 

 

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

 

 

Additional Choir members are needed!

The Chancel Choir welcomes any new members, male and female, young and old, who are interested in making a joyful sound enhancing the worship experience of others. We have fun too!  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)!

 

and we are also seeking ONE MORE Handbells Player!!

Have you ever thought you might like to learn to play handbells or maybe just try ringing? Now is the time. Handbell rehearsals are on Monday nights at 7:00 in the choir room (September through May).  Anyone is welcome to attend this rehearsal. If you have ever thought that it looks like fun then come and give it a try: we will be glad to give you a demonstration and let you do some ringing.  Come join us for a fun filled evening! 


 

Keep this telephone # handy.

Share it with family & friends.  Help prevent suicide.

 

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number:
1-800-273-8255

 

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

 

 

 

Healthier Lifestyles

December’s Healthy Cooking class will be on Tuesday, December 5 at 6:00 p.m. Please let Pat George know if you plan to attend (scpenguin528@bellsouth.net or 864/201-1684).

 

Blood Pressure & Diabetic checks will be not be offered in December. The next date to mark on your calendar is Sunday, January 28, following the 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. worship services. No appointment is necessary.  If you have any questions, please contact our Parish Nurse, Tammy Pursley.

 


Grief Support Groups

Are you struggling with loss of your cherished loved one?

Are you having difficulty finding companions who really understand?

Are you looking for practical tools to help you cope?

 

If so, join the grief support group (location TBD) starting on Tuesday, January 9, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. This group meets each Tuesday through March 15. Participation will help you cope and adjust with the painful reality of your deep loss in the presence of those who are or have been where you are.
Co-facilitators are Chris Strom and Laura Langston.

For information, contact Chris Strom at 864/982-3683. To sign up, please contact Tonya Taylor at 864/627-7049 or tonya.taylor@interimcares.com or online at www.hospicegriefsupport.com.

 

 


Church Activities & Events for December

 

WEEKLY MEETINGS

 

      Monday:

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

        7:00 p.m. Jubilate Handbells

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

      Wednesday:

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

        7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir

      Thursday:

      12:30-2:30 p.m. OSCM Pantry

        5:10 p.m. Praise Singers

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

      Sunday:

        8:30 a.m. Worship with Holy Communion

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

      10:00 a.m. Sunday Church School

      11:00 a.m. Worship with Holy Communion

        3:00 p.m. Nuestro Salvador Sagrada Comunión (Spanish worship)

 

 

 

 

The elves are ready to sort your Christmas greetings to fellow LCOS membersBring your cards to the breezeway to be sortedWe suggest you use the regular Post Office to mail cards directly to our homebound members so that they receive them in a timely fashion.  And remember to check the breezeway weekly to pick up greetings sent to you!  Many thanks to Dru & Carl Yount for providing this opportunity!!!

 

 


Please consider alternative gift-giving ideas through the ELCA Good Gifts and SC Synod Gifts of Hope programs (see page 21)

 

December 2:

  • Calling all “Advent Angels” – beginning at 9:00-9:30 a.m., Chrismon trees will be installed & decorated for Advent/Christmas. Contact Sandy Roback at sroback0329@yahoo.com if you would like to help.
  • LCY Club 345 in Columbia SC (see page 15)

December 3: Advent season begins

December 5:  Healthy Cooking class, 6:00 p.m. (see page 7)

December 6, 13 & 20 – Join us to make this a holiday season to remember: Advent midweek evening services at 6:30 p.m., followed by refreshments in the Fellowship Hall

 


December 12:

● Friendly Visitors monthly team meeting, 2:00 p.m.

● Feast of Guadalupe, 7:00 p.m.

December 13:

● January Messenger items due note EARLY deadline due to the Christmas & New Year holidays!

● Worship Board, 5:30 p.m. – note time change due to Advent service!

 

December 14: Golden Group, 6:30 p.m. – note new venue this year!

Our annual Christmas dinner will be at Red Lobster on the corner of Pleasantburg and Wade Hampton in their back room. They asked for a tentative number a week ahead of time so they can schedule wait staff. There will be a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board. However, if you don’t get to sign up beforehand, you are still welcome at the dinner. The Brattons will be available to carpool if anyone needs a ride. Just let them know: 864/268-1873.

 


Please note:
We have not scheduled a Golden Group Friendship Lunch for December since it would have been too close to Christmas. The lunch gatherings will resume in January.

 

 

December 17: last day to order Poinsettias!  (see page 19) 

December 19: OSLS Preschool Christmas Program, 6:30 in Sanctuary, followed by cookies & punch reception in Fellowship Hall

 


December 22: The Church office will close at Noon

               December 23:  Carols and Cocoa              
Noon-2:00 p.m. – Caroling to our homebound members
2:00-3:00 p.m. – Caroling and hot chocolate in the Fellowship Hall


Don’t miss the bus – the LCOS bus departs at Noon!!
We will be stopping outside homebound member homes to sing Christmas carols for 2 hours and then will meet back at the church for hot chocolate. All are welcome to join us for either activity or both! We encourage everyone to join us in the Fellowship Hall since we will be inviting the preschool children from Our Saviour Lutheran School to participate. Please show your support for our church and come sing with us!


December 24 – Christmas eve: one morning worship service at 10:00 a.m.; and one Candlelight service at 6:00 p.m.

December 25-26:  The Church office will be closed in observance of Christmas.

December 29:  The Church office will close at Noon on Friday, December 29.
It will also be closed on Monday, January 1 in observance of New Year’s Day
.

 

Save these Dates (and watch for updates)!

2018:

January 6 – Epiphany: take down Chrismon trees & decorations

January 19-21: LCY 9th & 10th Grade Winter Retreat (Camp Kinard) (see page 15)

May 31-June 2: SC Synod Assembly at Columbia Metro Convention Center 


July 8-15 – Isle of Palms Family Beach Trip: 
Looking for a G-R-E-A-T Christmas present? 
Join other church families and friends for

a week at the beach, July 8-15, 2018 at the ELCA's beautiful Coastal Retreat Center located
at Isle of Palms, SC!

 

Reservations are first come, first reserved at $150 per room, payable to LCOS.  You can reserve any portion of the week that fits your schedule. Each room sleeps up to four people and is $104/night.  The balance of your reservation (after the $150 deposit) will be due on June 1, 2018.  Reservations MUST be received by January 7, 2018 or we will release any excess rooms.

 

We promise this to be the most relaxing and enjoyable vacation you will have experienced in a long time and you, too, will be hooked on IOP!

 

Please call/text Hannah Rohrer (864-640-7532) or Robbie Rohrer (864-630-2545) with your requested dates or questions.

 

 

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)

LCOS and friends are stocking our food pantry to serve our neighbors in need. 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.

 

At this time, our pantry days and hours remain the same: 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 milk boxes: the food pantry is using 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 and grab any that seem clean and dry!  The boxes are usually closed on one side of the top ... this is great because we need less tape to close them!

 

When shopping at Publix, please thank them for the free paper bags they are sharing with us: we need 40 per week!

 

When shopping at BiLO, please thank them for the free paper bags they are also sharing with us!

 

We are 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 October, the Pantry served 143 clients with households of 450 people.  Of these 143 clients, 30 were new to us and their households included 108 people.

 

The total amount of volunteer time we spent in supplying and operating our Pantry was 215.08 hours.  This included 87.25 hours working at the Pantry itself and 127.83 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.”

 


 

 

Our Saviour Lutheran School

2600 Wade Hampton Blvd.

Greenville, SC 29615

(864) 268-4714


December has been a very busy and exciting month at Our Saviour Lutheran School. Our students are all bursting with Christmas cheer. We are looking forward to Christmas break but cannot wait to get back on January 3 for the second half of the school year.

 

Our Holiday Food Drive for the OSCM Pantry was a huge success. Our goal was 100 items. We exceeded our goal! We extend a huge thank you to our students, their families and our teachers for helping us meet our goal.

 

Thank you all so much for the support with our Chick-fil-A Calendar fundraiser.  It was again a huge success for the preschool. We have been blessed to have so many of the congregation support our fundraisers.

 

We are looking forward to a fabulous time with our Christmas Program this month on Tuesday, December 19. All the teachers did a wonderful job preparing the children for this precious program. Also, a huge thank you to the OSCM board for providing cookies and punch refreshments to follow the program.

 

Please come down to the preschool hall anytime and see everything our students have been doing! We love having visitors.

 

Sincerely,

Katie Franks, Director

 


YOUTH MINISTRIES

 

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!

 

For questions, additional information about any of the activities listed below, or to register, please contact Clint Eastham.

 

Upcoming SC Synod LCY Activities – Mark your Calendars

 

December 2: Club 345 (Columbia); Adult Group available ($15 per person)

2018 (Parents & Youth: Please notice updated costs for LCY activities):

January 19-21: 9th & 10th Grade Winter Retreat (Camp Kinard), $50 per youth registrant

February 16-18: 11th & 12th Grade Winter Retreat (Coastal Retreat Center), $50 per youth registrant

March 16-18: Middle School Winter Retreat (Camp Kinard); Adult Group available ($50 per person)

April 20-22, Spring into Action (Camp Kinard), $50 per person

June 15-17, LCY Convention (Newberry College); Adult Groups available ($75 per person)

 

 

 

June 27-July 1: 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering (Houston, TX)

 

 

 

July 15-20, Camp HUGG (Camp Kinard) ($50 per youth registrant)

July 22-27, Bridge Building Camp (Camp Kinard) ($50 per youth registrant)

 


Attention High School seniors, college students & parents:

 

ELCA colleges and universities have a helpful website – whygolutheran.org – for students and parents as they embark on the college search process. On the site families can:

• Learn more about the value of the Lutheran college experience.

• Read about the distinctive features of a Lutheran liberal arts education.

• Complete one simple form to request college information from individual institutions.


MEMORIALS 

 

In memory of Joan Bjork (for Choir)

Sherri & Pete Erbskorn

 

In memory of Anna Lee Dayvault
(Ebb Culp’s sister)

Gene & Joyce Helms (for OSCM Pantry)

 

In memory of Bob Hellwig (for OSCM Pantry)

Elayne Finkelstein

 

In memory of Vivian Hiller

Karen Fivecoat

Joyce & Gene Helms (for OSCM Pantry)

 

In memory of Sherry Humenanski

Elayne Finkelstein (for OSCM Pantry)

 

In memory of Dorothy “Diki” Kagel
(for OSCM Pantry)

Suzanne & Ebb Culp

Elayne Finkelstein

Mary Johnson

Dorothy Rimer

 

In memory of Winnie Ross (for WELCA)

Sherri & Pete Erbskorn

 

In memory of Jean Voet (for OSCM Pantry)

Sherri & Pete Erbskorn

 

 

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:

•  Vivian Hiller, upon her death 

•  Robert Sargent, upon his death (AJ Stratton’s step-dad)

•  Bob Hellwig, upon his death (Denise McKain’s father)

•  Linda Vaughn, upon her death (Butch Weaver & Happy Miller’s sister) 

•  Jeff Craton, upon his death (Tammy Pursley’s brother-in-law) 

 

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

 

 

Would you like to be a Missionary Sponsor or Chancel Flower Donors for 2018?

Sponsors are needed for missionaries & flowers throughout the year:

•  $25 is a small amount to invest in our Missionaries who spread the Gospel & make a difference in the world.  

•  The total cost for a given Sunday’s two chancel flower arrangements is approximately $85 including delivery fee & sales tax.

 

Please stop by the Narthex & consider adding your name to the Flower donors list or Missionary sponsors list.  Flower donors & Missionary sponsors are announced with thankfulness in the Sunday bulletin & The Messenger when they are known in advance of newsletter publication.

 

Thank you to everyone who has signed up to sponsor flowers and our missionary
(The Reverend Dr. Jeffrey A. Truscott) for 2017 – and throughout LCOS history!
We appreciate your generosity.

 


THE POWER OF PRAYER

 

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

Dianna Brown

Kay Carlson

Gayle Chesebro

Marion Cole

Martha Compton

Mary Ann Copenhaver

Jean Cummings

Anne Davidson

Pete Erbskorn

Renee Goldsworthy

Richard Hiller

Pam Kendig

Hillary Kingsbury

John Kingsbury

BG Koontz

Kristi & Carl Kurtz

Bob Larson

Judy Madaus

Debbie Ogle

Liv Osby

Liesel Page

Sandy Roback

Gail & Lee Robbins

Robbie Rohrer

Sharon Schulz

Marlon Scott

Chris Strom

Doris Wooldridge

Nancy York

 

Our Homebound Members:

Dodie Anderson

Rosalie Burnett

Martha Compton

Toni Counts

Rita Davis

Bill & Linda Dunsing

Richard Hiller

Russell Hudson

Rachel Kluizenaar

Evelyn Melder

Liesel Page

Marlene Ridgeway

Ruth Wells

Atria Merrywood/Charlotte, NC –

Wally Ring

 

Autumn Leaves –

                Lois Kurtz

Southern Oaks Residential –

Happy Miller

The Cascades –

Virginia Simmons

 

Our church and family members serving in the US military:

Adam Cerniglia

Anthony Coward

Kevin McKeen

Christopher Underwood

 

Our friends:
Gladys Potter, Bradley Cade & family, Grace Paff, Sudy Soltysiak, Debbie Cleveland, Taylor Meister, Michael Cooper, Pat Brennan, Melissa Melton, Clifton Weaver, Paula Whitley, Eva Gunderson, Michael McGrady, Walter Hoopman, Dick Chubb, Jimmy Nix, Elizabeth Christian Pope, Andie Owens, Lily Hicks, Ivan Parra, Noah Smith, Patsy Cooler, Judy Gravley, Cailyn York, Lori Smith, Michael Cantey, Eli Aurand, Jaxon Hensley, Stephen Landrum, Carolyn Lonkey, Arlene Hellwig, Nikki, Doris Crouch, Roxanne Hazelton, Helen Flanagan, Rhonda Boling, Lance Crawford, John “3:16” Fuller, Albie Ahlers, Kirk & Jan Patterson, Jeffrey Jones, Matthew Satterfield, David G., Jeanne Gaines, Mariarosa Saldini, Judy Premont, Judy DeMars, Mrs. Gerry Dilworth, Susan Phillippe, Homer Coker, Joan Koob, Phyllis Armitage, Mary Edith Jarvis, Leigh Watson, Debbie Christian, Brenda Fairbanks, Carol Head, Cheryl Pearson, Jack Travis, Vivian, Michael Cater, Delynn Sisco Huskey, Crystal Treadaway, Don Joseph, Melinda Moorer, Clyde Floyd, Jim Rohrer, Barbara Love, Shirley Walker, Janice Hagan, Ray Riggs, Sarah Cook, Khloe Boykin, Penny Booher, Carol Husted, Rose Ann Patton, Melanie Carmichael, and Ruthie Clardy, 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, Ann Collins, Phyllis Jennings, Patsy Goebel, Christine Tallman, Carol Bruss, Pastor Sandy Jones & family, the Voet family, the Honeycutts, the LaTortue family, Cammy Lee, and John “J.D.” Vanselow.

 

PLEASE call the church office at
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!!

 

 



DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS

 

  1  Bob Gangloff

  1  Jerry Craven

  3  Tripp Gillespie

  4 Gail Robbins

  5  Gloria Pruett

  8  Katie McCuen

10   Kim Weaver

11   Liv Osby

12   Gayle Chesebro

12   Teresa Tinsley

13   Greg Chapman

16   Griffin Rohrer

17   Stacy Ashworth

18   John Kingsbury

20   Hailey Fuller

22   Pastor Jerry Smith

22   Lexie Pilkenton

25  Jesus

26   Harry Moose

26   Gail Cooley

30   Virginia Simmons

30   Miodrag Krstovic

31   Will McCuen

 

 

 

 

 

  

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

 

12/02/2005   Barbara (Lassiter) & George Bomar

12/06/1980   Debbie & Paul Rheaume

12/22/2012   Lorena & Adam Cerniglia

12/26/1959   Sharon & Jerry Schulz

12/26/1965   Sandy & Bill Bright

12/27/1975   Diane & Gene Tunila

12/30/1994   Terri & John Vanselow

12/31/1971   Patti & Don Rex

 

 

 

Did we miss your special day?

PLEASE call the church office at 244-2836!

We want everyone included!

 

 

 

 

 

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 JANUARY

THE MESSENGER articles

is Wednesday, December 13

(EARLY because of the Christmas holiday!!)

 

Fax to 268-5169

E-Mail to k5lcos@bellsouth.net

or bring to church office

 

 

 

 

 

It’s time to order your Christmas Poinsettia!!

NOTE:  The LAST day to order is December 17,
for your donation to be listed in the bulletin!
Thank you!

 

We (I) would like to order _____ Poinsettias
at $11.00 each  (total $______) to decorate the Church Chancel at Christmas. 

 

Given by (your name):

 

______________________________________________

 

 

In Memory of:

 

______________________________________________

 

______________________________________________

 

 

In Honor of:

 

______________________________________________

 

______________________________________________

 

Check one:

_____ I will pick up after December 24

_____ Please deliver to homebound member

 

Each Poinsettia costs $11.00. 
Please include payment with your order. 

You may place this form &
your payment in the offering plate,

or mail it to the LCOS office with your check:
2600 Wade Hampton Blvd., Greenville  SC  29615


 

 

During the holidays, The Lutheran Church of Our Saviour anticipates and relies on a seasonal increase in contributions. It is through the donations of every individual and family in the congregation that we are able to carry on our work now and throughout the year.

 

If you need a convenient way to make recurring contributions or plan to make an additional gift before the end of the year, we encourage you to check out our electronic giving options. As the pace of life speeds up around the holidays, you may find electronic giving a most welcome way to make contributions.

 

There are multiple ways to set up a recurring giving schedule. You may complete a paper authorization form and return it to the church office.  You may go to our website www.lcosgreenvillesc.org  to set up a one-time or recurring payment through Thrivent. You may also use the QR code on page 8 of this Messenger.

 

Call the church office at 864/244-2836 if you need assistance.

 

 

GIFTS OF STOCK

 

IF YOU PLAN TO GIVE A GIFT OF STOCK TO THE CHURCH BEFORE THE END OF 2017, please remember that the actual money from the sale of the stock
MUST be in the church office BY DECEMBER 28!!  Our books close on December 31 and we cannot make exceptions.  Talk to your broker and find out how long the sale will take so that the money can be here by December 28 if you would like to include it in your 2017 tax information.  Thank you!!!

 

 

ALTERNATIVE GIFT-GIVING IDEAS

for an impact both Locally and Beyond!

 

As you plan your Christmas gifts this year, we suggest you consider alternatives to the commercialization of Christmas by department stores and malls.  The following gifts can be given to someone truly in need, in honor of someone you love who probably doesn't really need anything other than a reminder of your thoughtfulness.  Please consider a gift to one of the following recipients:

 

Angel Tree: Our Angel Tree this year supports outreach programs of the ELCA Good Gifts program.

 

Lutheroad: Give a scholarship for Lutheroad.  Do you have fond memories of summer camp?  Help a child from our congregation enjoy a week of fun and faith formation next summer at Lutheroad 2018.  Help a family in need provide a wonderful Christ-centered summer experience for their child.  Make your check in any amount to LCOS and designate “Lutheroad Scholarship” on the memo line.

 

Pastor’s Discretionary Fund: EVERY week the church office receives requests for help from LCOS members, friends, and people off the street.  Money for gasoline, a hot meal, a night’s lodging, help with rent or utility payments – the need is real and we see it every day.  We cannot help with every request.  And we do our best to make certain a need is legitimate before we try to help.  Your donation in any amount to LCOS designated for “Pastor’s Discretionary Fund” will help with these unbudgeted requests.

 

OSCM Pantry: Our Saviour Community Ministries Pantry (formerly God’s Pantry II) operates on Tuesdays and Thursdays and serves over 150 households each month by distributing protein and shelf-stable food to families in need. You can make a donation through LCOS – simply designate “OSCM Pantry” on the memo line.

 

Greenville County Meals on Wheels: “For it is in giving that we receive.” No truer words capture the mission of Meals on Wheels of Greenville. Volunteers visit more than 1,500 isolated and homebound individuals each week by delivering a hot, nutritious meal and companionship.  A special bond is created with those who give and receive and this bond is the heart of the Meals on Wheels mission.  For only $25, you can provide meals to one client for a week.

 

You can make your donation by mailing a check directly to Meals on Wheels, 15 Oregon Street, Greenville, SC 29605-1780 or make a donation on-line at www.MealsonWheelsGreenville.org or by writing a check to LCOS and write “Meals on Wheels” in the memo line to designate funds for MOW.

 

ELCA Good Gifts: ELCA Good Gifts offers an on-line catalog available through the ELCA website that allows you to support the ELCA World Hunger campaign.  ELCA World Hunger responds to the root causes of hunger with work in 60 countries around the world, INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES.  This Christmas program provides livestock to families to help train them to lift themselves out of hunger and poverty.  There will be a tree decorated in the Fellowship Hall with ornaments you can purchase.  A $50 donation will buy a goat for a family.  $30 buys a pig.  Chickens are only $10.  See more information on page 21 of this Messenger.

Gifts of Hope: This program sponsored by the South Carolina Synod is now offered year-round, supporting individuals served by the institutions and companion synods of the Synod. For example, $10 given to our companion synod in Colombia through Gifts of Hope will help the Lutheran Church in that country provide craft supplies to women who can make and sell crafts to supplement their family income.  Gifts can go to our sister synods in Japan, Tanzania, or Colombia, to homeless veterans in SC, to hospice patients, seminary students, and Lutheran Retreat Center facilities. See more information on page 21 of this Messenger.

 

Ten Thousand Villages: Ten Thousand Villages sells high quality Fair Trade items at their store located at 2 North Main Street in downtown Greenville.

 

Good Gifts begin at $10 (for 10 chicks)

As members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), we believe that God is calling us into the world – together. And with generous, loving hands, we can make a difference.  ELCA Good Gifts is your opportunity to provide critical support to the ministries and programs that mean the most to you and the people you love.

 

There are FOUR ways to give:

♥  Buy ornament(s) at LCOS from the Gifts Tree in the Narthex

♥  Online: ELCA.org/goodgifts  (ONLINE bonus: If your gift is in honor of a friend or loved one, it’s easy to tell them about it.  Give online and you may personalize free, printed cards to be sent directly to your loved ones. You may also select to send the cards to yourself, print them at home, or have them delivered via e-mail. Card options will be available after checkout.  Note: These options are only available when you give online.)

♥  Phone:  800-638-3522

♥  Mail:  Send a check to: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, P.O. Box 1809, Merrifield, VA 22116-8009

 

Every project in every community starts with listening. We believe that our congregations, companion churches and partners know their communities best. That’s why they identify the needs and priorities in their communities, as well as the solutions they believe will make the biggest impact. Items in the Good Gifts catalog are real examples from projects currently supported through different churchwide ministries. The projects have been planned by our partners – meaning that each community receives exactly the kind of support they need and none of what they don’t.

 

Questions? Answers to Frequently Asked Questions are on-line, or call 800-638-3522, or email info@elca.org.

 

Gifts of Hope is the alternative gift-giving program of the South Carolina Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America,
a year-round program available online
! You can view the catalog, choose the gifts you would like to purchase, pay online, and print your gift inserts. Gifts of Hope is on the SC Synod website at http://scsynod.com/gifts-of-hope/

 

 

 

Whether your gift is for Christmas, a birthday, anniversary, or any other occasion –
give gifts that really matter – Give HOPE!

 

 

Web Design by TrueZeal.com
Hosting by TrueZealHost.com