2600 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville SC
Phone: 864.244.2836

MARCH 2018



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).



During the month of March we continue our Lenten Journey with Jesus to the cross. In our Wednesday Evening Lenten Services, I will be sharing with you some wonderful Biblical non sequiturs.  The term non sequitur is from Latin and literally means “it does not follow.”  Actually there are lots of non sequiturs in the Bible. Every time God’s grace breaks into the world, these are events that are not caused by our human actions, they do not flow out of events in the world. They are surprising, startling moments of God’s life and love coming to transform our lives and our world. The times I am highlighting in this Lenten series are times when God’s actions were remarkably different from what people were expecting. Time and again we are reminded that God’s ways are not our ways. They are so much more wonderful than our ways! These Wednesday evening services begin at 6:30 p.m. and are followed by a light supper.


Holy Week and Easter remember the events which lie at the heart of our Christian faith – Jesus’ death on the cross and his resurrection. These events stand not only at the heart of our Christian faith – they are the heart of all cosmic history. Colossians 1:20 tells us that “God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of Christ’s cross.” Jesus’ resurrection on Easter marks the beginning of new life that will renew and transform all creation.


Our Holy Week worship begins on March 25 with Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion. We will have a brief Annual Congregational Meeting that day following the 11:00 a.m. service. We will also have our Easter Egg Hunt beginning at 12:30 p.m.  Holy Week services will continue on March 29 with our Maundy Thursday service at 6:30 p.m. as we remember Jesus’ last supper with his disciples before his arrest and crucifixion. We will have our Good Friday Tenebrae on March 30 at 6:30 p.m. Easter falls on April 1 this year. We will celebrate Jesus’ resurrection with a Sonrise Service at 7:00 a.m. and a festival worship service at 11:00 a.m. We will have a breakfast between the services, from 8:30-10:30 a.m.


Plan to join us for Holy Week and Easter services. And please invite others to join you in worship. Many people in our community do not have a church home where they regularly attend. Along with Christmas, Easter is a time when those without a church home are especially open to going to a church.  The most important factor is often having someone they know invite 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 in this upcoming month.


Pastor Bruce 


Church Council minutes – February 18, 2018


Attending: Josh Rodgers, Liv Osby, Tammy Pursley, Fran Mathewes, Mary McKeen, Chris Strom, Todd Scott, Mattison Scott, Pastor Bruce Booher, Lisa Fuller, Mary Rose.


Absent: Perry McKain, Clint Eastham, Paul Anderson, A.J. Stratton, Mackenzie Scott, Laurette Saffy.


The meeting was opened by Council Chairperson Lisa Fuller.


January minutes, Clint remaining as the signor for the bank, and the ASP Saturday proposal have been approved by email vote. All annual Board reports have been emailed to Debbie. The Salt and Light video has been viewed and reflected upon by church council.


The Treasurer’s report has been approved. Offerings for the month of January were $2,347 over budget and receipts for Facilities Support were $1,119 over budget for the month. The General Operating Fund now has a negative balance of $11,233.83 year to date.


Old Business:

  • Cabinet estimates are in process. Todd has not received any new estimates yet, but plans to get them soon. 
  • Audit Committee has been tabled, the Committee is forming. 
  • After evaluation of the current church computers, all four computers must be replaced. Estimates will be sought out in regards to this matter. There is no need to purchase a separate server.  
  • OSLS is at a high enrollment number for this time of year and will be holding a Spaghetti Bingo night April 20. 
  • The 2014 Tax Response has been tabled until the IRS responds. 
  • Interviews will soon be conducted for the Pastoral Call Process. 
  • The Designated Memorial has been approved by the Worship Board. 
  • The church sign is now again accessible. 
  • Support Board is in the process of constructing and prioritizing the building maintenance list. 
  • Sunday school materials in the computer room have been sorted, reorganized, and relocated.
  • As of Feb 1, NS is managing their own financials (budget, contribution counting, check writing, bank account).  A final transfer will take place of the balance of their funds in our account.
  • The Nominating Committee has been formed with Fran Mathewes, Mary McKeen, Jayson Adams, and Judy Madaus as members.


New Business:

  • The Chili Cook-off will be Feb. 25 following the 11:00 service. Josh will need help with set-up and tear-down.
  • The church is in the process of being reimbursed for the Beach trip by participating members. The contract has been signed and the deposit has been made to the Coastal Retreat Center.
  • Two services will be held on March 25 for Palm Sunday and will be followed by a Congregational meeting.
  • NS use of the Fellowship Hall for a fundraiser lunch on April 29 has been approved.
  • Lisa will send the updated Board calendar out to the Council members this week.
  • Adam Cerniglia has been approved in a transfer of membership to the Lutheran Church of Honolulu.
  • Specific details and information will be sought in regards to the Columbarium Committee.
  • Pre-registration for Lutheroad is now being accepted.


Board Updates

  • Fellowship
  • The Easter Egg Hunt flyer is ready for the students of the Day School.
  • The Pancake Supper went really well. It raised $158, which covered the cost of the food and then some.
  • The Day School is partnering with LCOS for Trunk or Treat again this year.
  • Council was asked to please support the Lenten meals.
  • Keith was volunteered to be the Easter Bunny.
    • Support
    • Todd asked for us to keep Paul and his family in our prayers. We decided as a group not to pressure Paul with any support issues until he is ready to come back. Perry and Todd will run the Support Board for now.

Pastor Bruce Booher closed the meeting in prayer.


Respectfully submitted,

Josh Rodgers

Council Secretary





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!!!

Treasurer’s Report


Memo To:      LCOS Council                                    Date: February 10, 2018

From:             Laurette Saffy

Subject:          January, 2018 Financial Reports


  • Offerings were $2,347 over budget for the month.  Receipts for Facilities Support were $1,119 over budget for the month. 
  • The General Operating Fund has a negative balance of $11,233.83.
  • Giving for OSCM Pantry and World Hunger combined were $2,134.
  • Other non-budgeted receipts included $500 for disaster relief, $2,000 for the Sacristy Fund, $1,175 in Memorials, $2,500 in columbarium receipts, $1,942 for Building Initiative, and $366 for Spanish Ministry.
  • There is $2,628 owed to the church for the beach trip.
  • 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 9 of this Messenger for e-giving options.



News and Notes


New addresses for your LCOS directory:

  Elaine & Brad Laing moved to a new address:

105 Lacebark Ct.

Simpsonville, SC  29680-8108


  Pastor Sandy Jones also moved. Her new mailing address is:

PO Box 210

Waller, TX 77484



Name tags:  If you have an LCOS-issued name tag, please wear it on Sundays to help Pastor Bruce 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!!



Friendly Visitors

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.



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



Prayer Shawl Ministry meetings have resumed!

We welcome you to join us at 10:00 on Thursday mornings. We also welcome anyone who is interested in learning – we can teach you the basics! Join us to make prayer shawls & strengthen camaraderie among like-minded crafters. You don’t have to be a member of LCOS to participate. Invite your friends!  Talk with Ramona Hopper or Janet Olsen if you’d like to find out more.


Additional Choir members are still 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)!



Missionary Sponsors and Chancel Flower Donors for 2018

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 like to sponsor a Missionary or be a Chancel flower donor?

Sponsors are needed for missionaries 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 arrangements is approximately $85 including delivery fee & sales tax.


Please stop by the Narthex & consider adding your name to the Flowers 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.



Winter weather policy


We want everyone to stay safe when we have hazardous conditions during the winter.  If the weather is threatening and driving is difficult on a weekend, call the church office 244-2836 to check the recorded message on the phone about whether worship services will be held at LCOS.  We will change the recording to reflect cancellations of services and events if there is electricity so that we can make the recording!!!  WYFF Channel 4 and News Channel 7 will also be advised of our scheduling plans – again if we have power and phone service to do that.  PLEASE use your own best judgment about going out during inclement conditions!


During the week, the church office will operate on the same schedule as the Greenville County School System.  That is, if school is canceled, the office will be closed.  If the schools operate on a delayed opening, the church office will open later than usual.



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



Our next Healthy Cooking class will be on Tuesday, March 13 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 on Sunday, March 25, 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.



New grief support groups will begin in early April

Groups will meet in Greenville (Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.), Easley (Thursdays at 11:00 a.m.), and Spartanburg (Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m.). Dates and locations will be announced in the April Messenger and by Chris Strom (864/982-3683 or listen for updates at church on Sunday mornings).




Lent has started and so have the light suppers sponsored by WELCA after our Lenten services on Wednesday nights. March 7 is taco night, March 14 is soup and sandwiches, and March 21 is baked potato bar/ice cream sundae bar. Join us and, if asked, please supply a needed food item or help with set-up/clean-up. A free-will offering basket will be on the table and all proceeds go to benevolence gifts at the end of the year.


The Spring Foothills Conference meeting for WELCA is Saturday, March 17 at University Lutheran in Clemson from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. A car or two will leave LCOS at 8:30 a.m. Join us and meet the WELCA ladies of other Foothills Conference churches. The speakers will be from Pickens County Habitat for Humanity and a love offering will be collected. There will be lunch, a business meeting, and door prizes. The Fall meeting will be an election meeting for Foothills Conference officers: a coordinator, secretary, and treasurer.


Also, the SC WELCA Convention is coming in June. Candidates to serve on the Board are needed. LCOS WELCA would love to sponsor a first-time convention attendee and/or a young woman guest.


More information about the convention project will be published in the upcoming April Messenger and on the WELCA bulletin board in the crossway near our Fellowship Hall.

~Mary McKeen


Pancake Supper update:

Between 30 and 40 people attended our Pancake Supper on February 13.

Tom & Sandy Wise did a FANTASTIC job with the pancake griddles.

Ken Heckel, Tammy Pursley, and I did odd jobs and prepped the meat, grits, and fruit. I think Jason Adams won the award for “Hearty Appetite”. It was a good time of food, fellowship, and fun.

~Mary McKeen








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.



     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 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


      12:30-2:30 p.m. OSCM Pantry

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


        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)



March 4:

• First Sunday Coffee Hour – February’s first Sunday breakfast was enjoyed by the 15 people who were here for the impromptu 8:30 service (regular service was cancelled due to hazardous road conditions). We also had several more people come in and join us before the 11:00 a.m. worship. We will host our March gathering from 9:45 to 10:45 with casseroles, pastries, juice, coffee, milk, perhaps some grits or oatmeal, sausage biscuits, or whatever we come up with. Join us for food, fellowship, and hearty conversation and get to know your fellow LCOS parishioners better.

• Parroquia Nuestro Salvador will celebrate their 4th Anniversary! Worship service at 3:00 p.m., followed by a reception with authentic Latino food prepared by Nuestro Salvador families. Assistant to the Bishop Rev. Ginny Aebicher will provide the sermon (in English) and Rev. Rick Carter, Director for Evangelical Mission will also join us. All are invited to join Nuestro Salvador on this special day of celebration.

March 6 – Chick-fil-A Spirit Night fundraiser for Our Saviour Lutheran School:
5:00-8:00 p.m. at Chick-fil-A of Taylors (in front of Publix on Wade Hampton). You can Eat In, Drive-Through or Carry Out.  Make sure to mention you are there for Our Saviour Lutheran School!




Midweek Lent services continue at 6:30 p.m. on March 7, 14 & 21,
based on the Holden Evening prayer.
WELCA will provide a soup & sandwich meal (free will offering) in the Fellowship Hall

following these midweek Lent worship services.



March 8: Golden Group potluck dinner, NEW TIME is 6:00 p.m.

Golden Group will meet on Thursday, March 8, in the Fellowship Hall at 6:00 p.m. We will start with a covered dish dinner followed by a program. If you didn't sign up to bring a dish, just bring one to share! We hope to see you there!


March 11:

Daylight Savings Time BEGINS – remember to
when you go to bed on Saturday night!

Church Council meeting, 12:30 p.m.





March 13:

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

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

March 14: Worship Board, 5:30 p.m.

March 15:  April Messenger items are due!

March 16-18:  Middle School Winter Retreat (see page 16)

March 22: Golden Group fellowship lunch, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Golden Group sponsors a luncheon get-together on the fourth Thursday of the month (September-May). Our next luncheon is on March 22. We welcome anyone of any age to join us; come, have a good meal, and visit with friends. You do not need to be a member of the Golden Group to attend. These luncheons are Dutch Treat and we meet from 1:00-3:00 p.m.  The venue will be announced at Golden Group meeting, in the bulletin the Sunday before, as well as the daily e-mails. We hope to see you on the 22nd!



Join us for Holy Week & Easter:

March 25 – Palm Sunday (UPDATED schedule!)
Worship services at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.

Annual Meeting following the 11:00 a.m. service

BP & Diabetes Clinic following the 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. worship services (see page 7)

annual Easter Egg Hunt at 12:30 p.m. (see page 16)


March 29 – Maundy Thursday: worship & stripping of the altar at 6:30 p.m.


March 30 – Good Friday: service of Tenebrae at 6:30 p.m.


April 1 – Easter Sunday:

7:00 a.m. Sonrise service
8:30-10:30 a.m. breakfast in the Fellowship Hall

11:00 a.m. Easter festival service


March 26:  WELCA bible study, 10:00 a.m.


Save these Dates (and watch for updates)!

April 2-3 – Please note: LCOS church office will be closed for holiday

April 7: Habit for Humanity Build (details will be announced soon)

April 19: Lutheran Hospice Service of Remembrance, 6:00 p.m.

April 20-22: Spring into Action (see page 16)

April 27-29 – WELCA retreat at Isle of Palms Coastal Retreat Center:
Cost $120, includes 2 nights & 4 meals.

April 29: Nuestro Salvador will offer a fundraiser lunch in our Fellowship Hall following LCOS’ 11:00 worship service. Details will be announced soon.  All are invited!!

May 5: Reedy River Duck Derby at Falls Park. Race time is 2:30 p.m.

May (date to be determined): Graduate Recognition breakfast

May 20 – Pentecost Sunday: Potluck meal following one worship service at 10:00 a.m.

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

June 8-9: SC WELCA Convention at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Columbia SC

June 11-15: Lutheroad at LCOS

June 15-17: LCY Convention (see page 16)

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

July 1: Red White & Blue Picnic/Veteran’s Salute following one worship service at 10:00 a.m.

July 8-15: Isle of Palms Family Beach Trip

July 15-20: Camp HUGG (see page 17)

July 22-27: Bridge Building Camp (see page 17)

August 5: Favorite Hymns Sunday

August (date to be determined): Blessing of Backpacks

October 14: Pig Pickin’ following the 11:00 worship service (outdoors, weather permitting)

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

October 27: Trunk or Treat

October 28: Reformation Sunday

November 4: All Saints Sunday

November 18: Thanksgiving Feast following one worship service at 10:00 a.m.

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



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 January, the Pantry served 129 clients with households of 414 people. Of these 129 clients, 19 were new to us and their households included 53 people.  This number is higher than we might expect, given the cold weather we had on several days and closure of the pantry on January 18 due to weather.


The total volunteer time we spent in supplying and operating our Pantry was 218.48 hours. This included 86.67 hours working at the Pantry itself and 131.82 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

Welcome to March! I cannot believe we are in the final few months of the school year!


We completed our Spring World’s Finest Chocolate sale on February 15. Thank you so much to the congregation for supporting the preschool during this fundraiser.


We are in the beginning stages of enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year. As of the end of February, we have 17 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 an amazing year next school year with a lot of precious children.


On Tuesday, March 6, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. the preschool will have a Spirit Night fundraiser at Chick-fil-A in Taylors.


The Preschool will be going to see The Cat in the Hat at Furman on Thursday, March 8. We are looking forward to this trip as we will be celebrating “Read Around the World” week for Dr. Seuss’ birthday the same week. 


Please come down to the preschool 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 update:

Our Sunday School class is off to a “rockin” start—you may hear us dancing, and climbing, and  having fun—all related to our lesson of the week!! Kim and I sure  hope something—of what we talk about—or pray about—will stay in their little minds!! We are truly enjoying it!!! We are averaging 4-7 children per week—which we are very excited about!! What we need though is just a few people on “stand-by” that we can call the Saturday before Sunday class—to JUST come and sit in class in case one of us is sick or unable to  teach!! Ideally we like to have at least 2 adults in the classroom—in case one of the children needs to use the restroom—or just to have another pair of hands to help the pre-schoolers!! That person does NOT have to prepare a lesson or teach (but certainly anything they would like to add or contribute or teach would be most welcome!!)—they JUST would have to be another body in the room!!  If anyone feels they can be on the stand-by list, just email me at msahms@ghs.org!  THANKS so much!!

~Mary Ann Sahms



LCOS Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Palm Sunday, March 25 at 12:30 p.m.

There will be crafts, games, and a hunt for filled plastic Easter eggs.
Who knows? The Easter Bunny may show up for pictures!  A light lunch will be served.


Donations of small prizes are needed for the games and nonchocolate candies for the plastic eggs.  Please contact Mary McKeen at mommamac1943@live.com or 864/561-3229. 


Please let us know if you will be attending so we can plan accordingly:  Number of adults, number of children and their ages.




Lutheran Church Youth

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


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)


Newberry College will host Called to the Common Good: High School Youth Theology Institute

June 10–17, 2018



Do you ever ask yourself these questions and wonder how you can use your gifts to make an impact? Are you interested in issues like poverty, hunger and the environment but not sure how one person can make a difference? Do you want to focus on your Christian faith as a resource for making the world a better place?


If you are in grade 10, 11 or 12 and answered “yes” to any of these questions, consider applying to Called to the Common Good: High School Youth Theology Institute.  Details are on their website at https://www.newberry.edu/CommonGood




 March 27 at the TD Convention Center.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m.


You are invited to share in a night of music, delightful food, and inspiring stories from people whose lives have been transformed through Miracle Hill Ministries. There is no charge to attend the banquet, however, an offering will be received in gratitude. This is Miracle Hill’s largest fundraiser of the year, helping provide shelter, food and care for more than 650 people every day.




In memory of Will Anderson

Elayne Finkelstein (for OSCM Pantry)

RuthAnn, Marshall & Seth Gooch

Sally & Will Harris

Debbie Rheaume


In memory of Pam Kendig

Doug Bell

Joyce & Gene Helms (for LCY)

Mary & Tom Rose (for bereavement meals)

Sandra & Tom Wise


In memory of BG Koontz

Dodie Anderson

Rosalie Burnett (for OSCM Pantry)

Linda & Willard Dorsey

Elayne Finkelstein (for OSCM Pantry)

Golden Group (for Kneelers fund)

Joyce & Gene Helms (for Kneelers fund)

Evelyn Melder

Debbie Rheaume

Mary & Tom Rose (for bereavement meals)

Sharon & Jerry Schulz (for OSCM Pantry &
  After School Program)

Diane Tunila

Martha Welshans (for Kneelers/Altar Guild)


In memory of Barry Lentz

Doug Bell

Sharon & Jerry Schulz (for OSCM Pantry &
  After School Program)


In memory of Happy Miller

Dodie Anderson

Doug Bell

Roberta & David Cathell

Elayne Finkelstein (for OSCM Pantry)

Golden Group (for Kneelers fund)

Joyce & Gene Helms (for LCY)

Debbie Rheaume

Dorothy Rimer

Mary & Tom Rose (for bereavement meals)

Diane Tunila



In memory of Christy Smith’s father

Sharon & Jerry Schulz (OSCM Pantry &
  After School Program)



In memory of Jean Voet

Doug Bell


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.




In honor of LCOS musicians



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

•  Will Anderson, upon his death

•  Vivian, upon her death (G.Ann Bjorkedal’s sister-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







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

Dodie Anderson

Holly Ashworth

Gene Bratton

Dianna Brown

Kay Carlson

Marion Cole

Martha Compton

Ebb & Suzanne Culp

Jean Cummings

Renee Goldsworthy

Hillary Kingsbury

John Kingsbury

Kristi & Carl Kurtz

Bob Larson

Mary McKeen

Scottie Moeller

Debbie Ogle

Liv Osby

Liesel Page

Joan Riggs

Gail & Lee Robbins

Sharon Schulz

Marlon Scott

Terri Vanselow

Christine & TW Wilson

Doris Wooldridge

Nancy York


Our Homebound Members:

Dodie Anderson

Rosalie Burnett

Martha Compton

Mary Ann Copenhaver

Toni Counts

Rita Davis

Bill & Linda Dunsing

Richard Hiller

Rachel Kluizenaar

Evelyn Melder

Liesel Page

Marlene Ridgeway

Ruth Wells

Atria Merrywood/Charlotte, NC –

Wally Ring

Autumn Leaves –

                Lois Kurtz

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, Nena Vance, Lori Smith, Michael Cantey, Eli Aurand, Jaxon Hensley, Stephen Landrum, Carolyn Lonkey, Arlene Hellwig, Nikki, Doris Crouch, Roxanne Hazelton, Helen Flanagan, Rhonda Boling, Albie Ahlers, Kirk & Jan Patterson, Jeffrey Jones, Matthew Satterfield, David G., Jeanne Gaines; Mariarosa Saldini, Judy Premont, Judy DeMars, Mrs. Gerry Dilworth, Homer Coker, Phyllis Armitage, Mary Edith Jarvis, Leigh Watson, Debbie Christian, Carol & Tommy Head, Vivian, Michael Cater, Delynn Sisco Huskey, Crystal Treadaway, Don Joseph, Clyde Floyd, Jim Rohrer, Shirley Walker, Janice Hagan, Ray Riggs, Sarah Cook, Khloe Boykin, Penny Booher, Carol Husted, Rose Ann Patton, Melanie Carmichael, Ruthie Clardy, Ella Culp, Jane Thomas, Louise Gilliam, Leslie Armitage, Martha & Ray Shockley, Connie Weber, Diane Wolff, Latongia Pepper, Anj Ramnarine, Mason, Margie Waddell, John Carlson, Beverly, and Virgil Hyte, 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, Patsy Goebel, Christine Tallman, Carol Bruss, Pastor Sandy Jones & family, the Voet family, the Honeycutts, the LaTortue family, Cammy Lee, John “J.D.” Vanselow, Gail White, Delana Boggs & her sons, the Kendig & Zint families, the Russ Hudson family, the Barry Lentz family, Griffin Rohrer, the Husz family, and the Will Anderson 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!!




  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

28   Jonathan Poeta

29   Sandy Roback

29   Kelsey Deily

29   Cole Woyciesjes




Did we miss your special day?

PLEASE call the church office 864/244-2836!

We want everyone to be included!





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



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 APRIL


is Thursday, March 15


Fax to 268-5169

E-Mail to k5lcos@bellsouth.net

or bring to church office





Lilies are $10 each.


Deadline to order is March 25


I (we) would like to order ________ (how many?) Easter lilies to beautify the Chancel on Easter Sunday (April 1). 


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)




The ELCA Federal Credit Union has entered
its second year, and now offers savings accounts and certificates of deposit to ELCA congregations and related ministries.


Throughout our first year as the ELCA’s newest financial ministry, we have been helping ELCA members and employees realize significant savings on loans and lines of credit, while offering the full electronic access members expect today.


Your congregation is now eligible to join our new financial cooperative. Individual members of the ELCA are eligible to join our credit union and take advantage of more competitive rates, fewer fees and enhanced services.  Credit unions can offer these benefits to members because, as not-for-profit financial cooperatives, we return profits directly to members.  In fact, in our first year of operation, we’ve saved individual members an average of nearly $1,500 in finance charges over the life of their loans, compared with outside lenders.  We’re excited about the positive financial impact we’re having for our members.


To apply for membership for yourself or to learn more about our products and services—visit our website: elcafcu.org or call us toll free at 877/715-1111.

ELCA Federal Credit Union
8765 West Higgins Road
Chicago, IL 60631




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