2600 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville SC
Phone: 864.244.2836

MAY 2018



As we begin the month of May, the church’s season of Easter continues. Easter is too important to limit to one Sunday. Just as there are 12 days of Christmas, the Easter season has seven Sundays – a week of Sundays. But beyond that, every Sunday service is a “small” celebration of Easter.  The early church was made up of Jewish men and women, for whom worship on the Sabbath (the seventh day of the week – Friday sundown to Saturday sundown) was deeply engrained. But they understood that Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, on the first day of the week, marked the beginning of a whole new creation. Therefore they made Sunday morning the primary time for weekly worship. Every Sunday when we gather to worship we are remembering and celebrating Jesus’ resurrection from death to new life.


On May 13 we will celebrate Mother’s Day, remembering and honoring all the mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers present with us that day, as well as our own mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, and all those women who have been like mothers to us. We will have a special gift for those we are honoring that day.


On May 20 we, and fellow Christians around the world, will celebrate Pentecost. Pentecost remembers the birth of the Church as the Holy Spirit is poured out on Jesus’ gathered disciples. Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost are the three major festivals of the Church year. Pentecost has never caught people’s attention or stirred the imagination the way that Christmas and Easter have. But Christmas and Easter would be unfulfilled without Pentecost. Jesus took flesh, lived, died and rose again, not only to reconcile all things to God, but also so that the Holy Spirit – the dynamic, living, breathing presence of God – might dwell in men and women, gathering us together as the Body of Christ present in the world through the centuries. Recognizing this is not about saying how great we are, but acknowledging our high and holy calling to be the Body of Christ in the world today. On Pentecost, we will have one worship service at 10:00 a.m., followed by a potluck meal. During that meal, I invite anyone interested in finding out about joining LCOS to meet with me at a designated table for discussion.


The South Carolina Synod Assembly will be held in Columbia, May 31–June 2. Please keep the assembly and our congregation’s voting members of the assembly in your prayers.


Penny and I would like to thank those who sent cards or remembered us in other ways at Easter. We are very thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the family of God at LCOS.


Pastor Bruce

Church Council minutes – April 15, 2018


Attending: Josh Rodgers, Liv Osby, Tammy Pursley, Fran Mathewes, Mary McKeen, Chris Strom, Todd Scott, Lisa Fuller, A.J. Stratton, Mary Rose, Mackenzie Scott, Perry McKain, Paul Anderson, Laurette Saffy, Clint Eastham.


Absent: Pastor Bruce Booher.


The meeting was opened by Council Chairperson Lisa Fuller.


March minutes and approval of the South Carolina Knitting Guild use of the Fellowship Hall were approved by email.


The Treasurer’s Report, with the adjustment of adding the final account balance of NS to $0 in the Report notes, was motioned for approval by Todd Scott and seconded by Tammy Pursley.


The Treasurer’s Report has been approved. Offerings for the month of March were $559 under budget and receipts for Facilities Support were $16 under budget for the month. The General Operating Fund now has been reduced to a negative balance of $3,417.96 year to date. There was an unrealized loss in our investment account of $11,345.45 which is booked quarterly.


Old Business:

  • The cabinet installation process still at estimate phase.
  • The Audit Committee will be resolved before the end of the summer.
  • The new computer specifications will be defined with Bob Thompson so that we can order new equipment.
  • OSCM has experienced an irate mother incident which has been resolved.
  • The Call Process Committee is interviewing candidates.
  • HOG Day/building maintenance list has been arranged and students from Wade Hampton High School will be returning to assist.
  • Lutheroad is in need of children with only 6 potential kids to date, there are currently 209 ducks purchased for the Duck Derby sponsored by our church. Lutheroad will be cancelled in the event that we do not have 16 kids by May 1. Lisa Fuller will email Pastor Alejandro, Katie Franks, and Laura Estep to invite children to Lutheroad.
  • We will not be making monetary donations to Lutheran Services Carolinas due to the other activities our congregation is involved in but will disperse the information received by the program.
  • Duke Energy’s Energy Wise program will be installed to reduce spending. It involves installing programmable thermostats at no cost to LCOS.
  • SC Synod Assembly volunteers are still needed; Clint will be seeking out participants.
  • Scholarship applications for the day school program will be left in the hands of OSCM.
  • The Columbarium Committee consists of Todd Scott (Chairperson), Carl Yount, and Beth Linn. The Columbarium walkway and benches have been pressure washed; the weeds have been killed, and the metal work will be painted for $350. Estimates are being received for a drainage problem.
  • God’s Work. Our Hands Sunday September 09 is in progress.
  • The Columbarium Committee has been approved for spending under $1,000 to be made without Council input and for costs over $1,000 to be submitted and approved by Council through email vote. Mackenzie Scott motioned the approval and Mary Rose seconded the motion.
  • Habitat for Humanity was rained out, however, $1,425 was raised from the congregation, and the story of participation in the project will be in the SC Synod magazine.

New Business:

  • See the Executive Committee minutes for the incident at the Day School.
  • After working with the IRS, we have paid the amount of $4,266.33; we will attempt to dispute the fines and charges received by the IRS.
  • The nominating committee has 3 adults and one youth for the ballot. We need 8 names if we can get it.
  • The transfer of Maria Waldrop to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Greenville, SC was motioned for approval by Clint Eastham and seconded by Chris Strom. It was approved unanimously.

Respectfully submitted,

Josh Rodgers

Council Secretary



2017 Mission Support


Thank you to the members of Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, Greenville

from the South Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

In grateful appreciation for giving $31,949.00

for Mission Support beyond the congregation for synodical and churchwide ministries

of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.


Herman R. Yoos             Elizabeth A. Eaton

SC Synod Bishop           Presiding Bishop




 Thinking about becoming a member of LCOS?

For those interested in finding out more about the Lutheran Church of Our Saviour and/or joining our congregation, there will be a special table hosted by Pastor Bruce for new member discussions at our congregational potluck lunch following the 10:00 service on Pentecost Sunday, May 20. If you are interested, please see Pastor Bruce for a reservation to be our guest for lunch on May 20. We will announce a date (to be determined) when we will formally accept new members.


Treasurer’s Report


Memo To:                                                                   LCOS Council  Date: April 11, 2018

From:              Laurette Saffy

Subject:          March, 2018 Financial Reports


  • Offerings were $559 under budget for the month.  Receipts for Facilities Support were $16 under budget for the month.  We had an unrealized loss in our investment account of $11,345.45. This is what caused the negative receipts and the negative cash flow.  These gains/losses are booked every quarter to make the statement balance to our books. 
  • The General Operating Fund has a negative balance of $3,417.96.
  • Giving for OSCM Pantry and World Hunger combined were $1,244.
  • Other non-budgeted receipts included $1,295 for Habitat, $530 for Easter Lilies, $200 for the Handbell fund, $350 in memorials, $100 for the beach trip and $1,159 for Building Initiative.
  • There is $1,576 owed to the church for the beach trip.
  • The final payment to NS has been made and that account balance is currently zero.
  • 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.



Church Council minutes – March 11, 2018 (corrected) 

Attending: Josh Rodgers, Liv Osby, Tammy Pursley, Fran Mathewes, Mary McKeen, Chris Strom, Todd Scott, Pastor Bruce Booher, Lisa Fuller, Mary Rose, Mackenzie Scott, Perry McKain, Paul Anderson, Laurette Saffy.


Absent: Clint Eastham


Visitors: Beth Linn, Bill Kendig


The meeting was opened by Council Chairperson Lisa Fuller.


Beth Linn and Bill Kendig brought up issues with the Columbarium. They were concerned with how it looks and the upkeep of the landscaping/niches. It was voted that Todd Scott would be the Council member on the Committee and he would get a team together.


February minutes, Nuestro Salvador use of the Fellowship Hall on April 29 for a fundraiser, Debbie’s PTO and PTO coverage, and special offering request on March 18 for Habitat for Humanity have been approved by email vote.


Updated Board calendars have been emailed out to all Council members.


The Treasurer’s Report has been approved. Offerings for the month of February were $2,191 under budget and receipts for Facilities Support were $116 under budget for the month. The General Operating Fund now has a negative balance of $5,114.41 year to date.


Old Business:

  • Cabinet estimates have been tabled until after Easter.
  • The Audit Committee is being formed for 2016 & 2017.
  • A motion was passed for Lisa Fuller and Bob Thompson to get estimates for three new computers with a $4000 maximum limit out of the Unencumbered Memorial account. The new computers will run a new software program compatible with Windows 10 and will require individuals to be trained.
  • OSCM currently has 17 kids enrolled for the new school year approaching.
  • The 2014 IRS tax situation has been closed with LCOS debt being reduced to $0.
  • The Call Committee is interviewing candidates. All is going well in accordance with the constitutional guidelines.
  • A building maintenance list has been made; estimates and work to the facilities are in progress. The outside lights will be replaced with new fixtures and LED lights. It will cost more up front, but will save the church money in the long run. The bulbs should not need to be replaced for 25 years.
  • The balance of the Nuestro Salvador fund was approved to be transferred to NS now that they are independent.
  • The Nominating Committee for the congregational meeting is being structured.


New Business:

  • $2,000 will be transferred from the Hal Linn account to the Choir fund.
  • An inquiry is being made into the Schramm Memorial account.
  • Duck Derby is in progress and underway. We will have the duck at the Easter Egg Hunt.
  • The Learning Board will meet to begin Lutheroad pre-registration.
  • The Service Board will reach out for more information regarding the Lutheran Services Carolinas request to meet with Council.
  • An inquisition will be made to clarify details in regards to Duke Energy’s proposal. The Support Board will get answers to several questions at the request of Council before we make a decision.
  • Participants will be sought to attend the SC Synod Assembly, Lisa Fuller may be available to attend.
  • Council approved to move the April meeting to April 15.
  • HOG Day is May 05. The Pantry, Preschool, and Support Board have made a list of items that the volunteers will be doing that day.
  • A WELCA Lenten Meals cookbook will be constructed, consisting of soup and dessert recipes, and the proceeds will benefit the Food Pantry. These will be available for the congregation to buy. A price has not been decided at this time.
  • The Executive Committee will meet in regards to an incident that occurred on February 25 at the Chili Cook-off.
  • The Council received a request for a scholarship from the Day School. Lisa Fuller will get more information before a decision will be made.
  • The Service and Witness Boards will consider participation in “God’s Work. Our Hands” on Sunday September 09.
  • The After School Program use of church facilities during the summer has been approved.
  • The church will switch to postcards from standard cards and distribute them to members on birthdays to reduce cost and save the church money.
  • The graduation breakfast will be held on the first Sunday in the month of June.
  • The church will cover Pastor Booher’s hotel cost for the night before Easter Sunday to reduce his travel time.


Pastor Bruce Booher closed the meeting in prayer.


Respectfully submitted,

Josh Rodgers

Council Secretary











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


News and Notes



Thank you!

Tom and I wish to thank everyone for their kind words and cards and Facebook notes after my sister, Judy Premont, passed away on March 21.  You may have noticed that Judy was on our prayer list for quite a long time.  I am thankful for all the many kindnesses of the LCOS congregation. 

~Sandy Wise


Thank you for all the cards you have sent; I really appreciate hearing from our congregation members since I’m unable to get out & about like I used to.

~Linna Peters


Thank you to Karen Fivecoat for her donation to purchase a new chair for the church secretary office – it’s very much appreciated!

~Debbie Rheaume



Habitat for Humanity update:
The weather unfortunately did not cooperate with the scheduled Habitat build on Saturday, April 7.  While disappointing, we are grateful that the Habitat team puts safety first and canceled putting people on roofs & ladders in the rain.


Our sincerest thanks go to Cathy Hubbard, Melissa Strom, Charles Compton, Bill Carnell, and Bill's coworkers for being ready & willing to build.  For anyone interested, additional Faith Build dates are open for signup on https://habitatgreenville.volunteerhub.com. Thank you to those who generously donated food or were willing to serve it:  Liv Osby, Mim Voet, Elaine Bruce, Mary McKeen, Dru Yount, Connie Gawne, Mary Rose, Sandy Bright, Dottie Campbell, and Laurette Saffy.  Most food has been frozen or stored to support the Habitat build on May 3, or to feed volunteers on Hands On Greenville Day at OSCM, May 5.  The rest was donated to OSCM Pantry.  Thanks also to Debbie Rheaume for communications and logistical support.


Financial support from the LCOS family has been much appreciated: LCOS donations designated for Habitat totaled $1,425. This homebuilding ministry could not happen without the generosity of people who believe in the cause.  Thank you again for your support!

~Asha Carnell



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)!




we will celebrate our graduates on Sunday, June 3


If you are graduating from high school or higher education this spring (or graduated after June 2017),
NOW is the time to notify the church office:  call us at 864/244-2836 or e-mail to k5lcos@bellsouth.net




Friendly Visitors

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


The two-person teams 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 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 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!!


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, May 15 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, May 27, 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.










Our May WELCA Bible study meeting will be a week early due to the Memorial Day holiday. We will meet on Monday, May 21, at 10:00 a.m. All women of the church & their friends are invited to join us!

~Mary McKeen





Pentecost Geraniums

Pentecost celebrates the time when the Holy Spirit descended to believers gathered in Jerusalem. It is a day when decorations and ceremonies should be reminders of the Holy Spirit. 



The liturgical color for Pentecost is red, symbolizing the fire of the Spirit.  The altar paraments are red, and members and friends of the congregation are encouraged to wear something red for this day.


In celebration of Pentecost 2018 on Sunday, May 20, we will decorate our chancel area with red geraniums.  Thanks to Country Boys at 2917 Wade Hampton Blvd., we will offer these geraniums for just $4.25 each pot.  You may take your geranium home with you following the service that day, or you may donate it to the church to be planted in one of the gardens here.



We (I) would like to give  _____   (how many?)  geraniums to decorate the Church Chancel on Pentecost Sunday, May 20. 

Each geranium costs $4.25. 
  Thank you!


In Memory of: _____________________________________



In Honor of: ______________________________________


Given by (your name) _______________________________


Please indicate:

________ I will pick up after worship on May 20

________ Please plant in the church garden

Please include payment with your order.
You may place your order in the offering plate
or mail to the church office.  Thank you!




May 20, 2018 

Pentecost Potluck Meal

following one worship service at 10:00 a.m.


We will be honoring Fathers, Mothers, and Families as well as celebrating Pentecost, when our Church Family began.


We ask that families bring food
according to the first letter of their last name:

A to J: main dish/meat

K to R: vegetable or salad

S to Z: dessert


If more information is needed, call Mary McKeen at
864/561-3229 or email at mommamac1943@live.com



Please let us know by May 13 if you plan to join us: complete the bottom portion of this form & place it in the offering plate or mail it to the church office, Attn: Mary McKeen.


Name _______________________________________


Number attending ________/__________
                                 Adults  /  Children


Willing to help with:

____ Set-up

____ Serving

____ Clean-up




Church Activities & Events for May





        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


      10:00 Prayer Shawl Ministry

      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)



May 1: fundraiser at Texas Roadhouse for OSCM Food Pantry (see page 15) 

  May 5 – Hands On Greenville (HOG) Day at OSCM, 8:00–11:30 a.m.


May 5 – Reedy River Duck Derby at Falls Park in downtown Greenville: Race begins at 2:30 p.m. but we will be there all day so come out and enjoy some fun!

1 duck = $10.00  or  4 ducks for only $30.00

For every duck or quack pack adopted, 20% of the sale goes to support our Lutheroad summer camp here at LCOS.  You can adopt your ducks online by going to this url: https://www.duckrace.com/greenville/teams/742.
If you have questions about this year’s Duck Derby, please contact Lisa Fuller.



May 6 – First Sunday Coffee Hour: We will host our May gathering from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Join us for this opportunity to get to know your fellow LCOS parishioners better: food, fellowship, and hearty conversation.

May 8: Friendly Visitors monthly team meeting, 2:00 p.m.

May 10: Golden Group potluck supper, at 6:00 p.m.
The Golden Group will meet in the Fellowship Hall at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 10.  We will start with a covered dish supper followed by a program.  Just bring a dish to share and enjoy some good fellowship.  Anyone 50+ is welcome – we hope to see you there!

May 13 – Mother’s Day: We will celebrate all women of our church during regularly scheduled worship services.

May 15:
• Items for June Messenger are due!
• Healthy Cooking class
, 6:00 p.m. (see page 7) 

May 16: Worship Board, 5:30 p.m.

May 17: “Laugh, Learn & Lunch” – Camp Kinard, 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  This program will highlight Celebrating Women of the Bible. This program presented by The Journey, A Performing Arts Worship Experience will center around 12 female Biblical personalities. Cost to attend is $20 per person. Space is limited; register with Camp Kinard online at www.sclrc.com/LLL.html, or by calling (803) 532-3183, or by e-mail at contactus@sclrc.com.  Additional information is on the cork strip near the LCOS office.

May 20 – Pentecost Sunday:

• Potluck meal following one worship service at 10:00 a.m. (see page 8 or the Sunday bulletin insert to sign up)

• Church Council meeting, 12:30 p.m.

May 21:  WELCA bible study, 10:00 a.m.

May 24: Golden Group fellowship lunch, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
The Golden Group Fellowship Lunch will be Thursday, May 24, from 1:00-3:00 at Josey's Chuck Wagon, 6001 Wade Hampton Blvd., Taylors. Going up Wade Hampton toward Greer from the church, this sits on the left at the corner of Fairview Road at the traffic light just BEFORE you get to Target.  You can see the Target sign from the light. Turn left at the light, pass the restaurant, then turn right to get to their parking lot. This is a "meat and three" or you can order salads, sandwiches, or dinners from the menu.  It is Dutch Treat and anyone who wants good fellowship and food is welcome to join us. You are not obligated to stay the whole time. Our reservations are for two hours in case you might want to linger & visit a while. No reservations are necessary. The Golden Group sponsors this lunch, but you do not have to be a member to participate – all ages are welcome to join us. We hope to see you there!

May 28 – Memorial Day: LCOS church office will be closed for holiday

May 31: K4 graduation & End of the Year music program, 10:00 a.m. (Sanctuary) – all are welcome to join us!

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


Save these Dates (and watch for updates)!

June 3: Graduate Recognition breakfast 

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


June 11-15: Lutheroad at LCOS. Lutheroad 2018 is almost here!  Please plan to register! Registration forms are available in the Narthex or by contacting the church office.

           ♥ We will need help with serving snacks and lunch each day for the campers.

           ♥ We also need a couple of members to be present all day for the week of Lutheroad.

           ♥ And we need places for the counselors to stay while they are here for the week.


Closer to June, we will have a sign-up sheet to feed the counselors breakfast each day, and dinner for the week. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Denise McKain, Lisa Fuller, Josh Rodgers, or Mackenzie Scott.


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

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: LCY Camp HUGG (see page 17)

July 22-27: LCY 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
• Daylight Savings time ends

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



A Concert for Emmy, Sunday, May 20, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Emmy Reeves needed a life-saving pancreas transplant, being a Type 1 diabetic 13-year-old girl who is allergic to ALL insulins. After trying many different options, a panel of specialists from many different fields unanimously agreed that this was the best option for her quality of life and to prolong her life. 

Emmy and her family have been attending Reformation Lutheran Church in Columbia. They wanted to join before they left for Minnesota, where her surgery would be performed, but the process unfolded quicker than they thought it would. The family stopped by my office the Sunday before they left, and Emmy made it a point to let me know when she returned to Columbia she wanted to begin confirmation here at Reformation. An amazing faith for a young woman her age.

The transplant took place earlier this year and things are looking awesome as her new organ adjusts to her body, and her body adjusts to its new organ. With all that wonderful news, her medical costs have topped $75,000, plus the amounts of medications she needs to take to keep her body from rejecting the new pancreas. So, we at Reformation decided to sponsor a concert to help her and her family to defer the cost of the surgery. 

The concert will feature Jim Sonefeld (of Hootie and the Blowfish), Soda City Brass Band, Willie Wells & the Blue Ridge Mountain Grass: Special Guests Clay Carlyle, Sarah Rosebrock, Clayton King, Saran & Kevin Hasinger, Anthony Charles, Eve Ross, and Jondra Harmon. All of these artists are performing pro bono, so all proceeds go to helping Emmy and her family. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Tickets are available on-line at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-concert-for-emmy-tickets-45392403902

~The Rev. Tim Bupp, Reformation Lutheran Church, Columbia


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 March, the Pantry served 127 clients with households of 417 people.  Of these 127 clients, 35 were new to us and their households included 113 people.


The total volunteer time we spent in supplying and operating our Pantry was 230.3 hours.  This included 91.13 hours working at the Pantry itself and 139.17 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).

+ + + +

     We have wonderful volunteers who pick up bread and sweets from Publix on Wade Hampton Blvd. (very close to LCOS) each Tuesday morning and deliver it to the OSCM Pantry around 11:00 a.m. so it can be unloaded and set up for our clients by 12:30.  We have a team of kind people who share this task, swapping “their day” with each other to allow for trips, appointments, etc.


One or two additional people partnering with Mike Madaus and Al Bjorkedal in sharing this commitment would lessen the load for all and ensure the weekly delivery of treats for our clients.
Driving an SUV, station wagon or truck is helpful as the loads are often large and can be awkward! 

Please contact Mike Madaus (241-6990) with questions or to volunteer!


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

Hello May! I cannot believe we are in out LAST month of classes. The second half of this school year has flown by; it’s hard to believe we only have a few weeks of school left.


  • We are still going strong with enrollment for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. As of the beginning of April, we have 21 confirmed enrolled and many others that the parents have stated their child will be returning next school year.  All our K2 students have already enrolled for K3 and all but a couple of the K3 students have enrolled. We are continuing to receive 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.


  • Our K2 playground has new mulch! We are so thankful to Karen and Harry Moose and everyone that helped them over Spring Break to spread the mulch and have it ready for the two’s when we came back.


  • Our Students had a blast at our field trip to The Children’s Museum of the Upstate on April 24. This is always one of our favorite trips.


  • Our Spring Sing is being combined with our End of the Year program on the last day of school: we would love for everyone to come and enjoy the children singing on Thursday, May 31 at 10:00 a.m. in the LCOS Sanctuary and watch our K4 students graduate.


Please come down to the preschool hall any time 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:

We invite all young children to participate as our Sunday School classes continue on Sunday mornings at 10:00.

~Mary Ann Sahms & Kim Weaver



Lutheran Church Youth (LCY)

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


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


South Carolina Lutheran Church Youth is…

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


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


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: LCY Camp HUGG (Camp Kinard) ($50 per youth registrant)

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




In memory of Beverly Histon (Judith Eastham’s mother)

Tammy Pursley

Mary & Tom Rose

Dru & Carl Yount


In memory of Emmett Kenney (Sharon Schulz’s brother)

Joyce & Gene Helms (for OSCM Pantry)


In memory of James Logan Lusk (Denise & Tom Porter’s grandson)

Mary & Tom Rose


In memory of Judy Premont (Sandy Wise’s sister)

Joyce & Gene Helms (for OSCM Pantry)

Mary & Tom Rose


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:

•  David Geliske, upon the death of his newborn daughter (Lisa Fuller’s co-worker)

•  Cassandra “Cassi” Braham, upon her death (AJ Stratton’s niece)

•  Beverly Histon, upon her death (Judith Eastham’s mother)

•  Jacob Huffman, upon his death (business associate of Terri Vanselow’s son, Matthew Slater)

•  Thomas Koob, upon his death (Doris Woodridge’s son-in-law)

•  The Reverend John Lewis Heyer, upon his death (he served the LCOS congregation 1965-1971)


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

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

~Prayer from the Lutheran Book of Worship




Missionary Sponsors and Chancel Flower Donors 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.



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

Mary Ann Copenhaver

Ebb & Suzanne Culp

Jean Cummings

Renee Goldsworthy

Hillary Kingsbury

John Kingsbury

Kristi & Carl Kurtz

Bob Larson

Mary McKeen

Scottie & Merv Moeller

Liv Osby

Liesel Page

Joan Riggs

Sandy Roback

Gail & Lee Robbins

Sharon Schulz

Marlon Scott

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

Scottie & Merv Moeller

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, 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, Matthew Satterfield, David G., Jeanne Gaines; Mariarosa Saldini, Judy DeMars, Homer Coker, Phyllis Armitage, Mary Edith Jarvis, Leigh Watson, Debbie Christian, Carol 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, Diane Wolff, Latongia Pepper, Mason, Margie Waddell, John Carlson, Virgil Hyte, Michael Kingsbury, Shelli Tardugno, Sandra Lee Bible, John “3:16” Fuller, Linda Crawford, Connie Weber, Sarah Slater, George Eastergard, and Brenda Stevens, 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 also pray for William & Stacia Nance, Ann Collins, Patsy Goebel, Christine Tallman, Carol Bruss, the Voet family, the Honeycutts, the LaTortue family, Cammy Lee, Gail White, Delana Boggs & her sons, the Kendig & Zint families, the Russ Hudson family, Griffin Rohrer, the Husz family, the Will Anderson family, and Kirsten Jones.


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!!




1     Craig Riley

2     Gene Bratton

6     Jaime Fivecoat

6     Sara Pursley

9     Kyle Pcheny

11   Elizabeth Pabst

11   Connie Schmaltz

11   Hannah Rohrer

12   Dodie Anderson

12   Pete Erbskorn

12   Billy Sorochak

12   Jessica McKelder

13   Richard Campbell

13   Anne Marie Cummings

16   Jasper Adams

18   Rebecca Riley

18   Natalia Tapia

20   Elaine Laing

20   Payton Franks

21   Melissa Strom

22   Ebb Culp

23   Mitzi Adams

25   Karen Fivecoat

25   Bill McCauley

26   Jeff Ring

27   Tom Rose

27   Nicole Ashworth Fowler

28   Pat George

28   Leslie McCauley

29   Gene Ahlers

29   Kirsten Urke

31   Ryan Saffy

31   Lauren Saffy



Did we miss your special day?

PLEASE call the church office 864/244-2836!

We want everyone to be included!



May 15              Donna & Larry Kinsler

May 15, 1993    Michelle & Bill Pcheny

May 15, 2010    Lisa & Keith Fuller

May 21, 1977    Mary & Chris Strom

May 29, 1954    Barbara & Bob Gangloff

May 30, 2002    Sara & Mark Schnoor





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 JUNE


is Tuesday, May 15


Fax to 268-5169

E-Mail to k5lcos@bellsouth.net

or bring to church office





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