We extend a warm welcome and thanks today
to the Furman Brass Quartet, our guest musicians for the 11:00 service:
Trumpets: Isabella Quiros & Jonathan Fitzgerald
Trombones: Reece Meares & Mitch Dennison
Our chancel flowers are donated to the Glory of God by Mary Johnson and in loving memory of Woody Johnson, husband of Mary, father of Beth Davis and Matt Johnson, and grandfather of Marlow, Julia, Katie, Carter and Todd.
Our missionaries who spread God’s gospel throughout the world are sponsored today to the Glory of God by Marilyn & Lynn Gerhart.
Thanks to those serving this week: Hospitality Team – 8:30 Tom & Sandy Wise, 11:00 Perry & Denise McKain, Paul Anderson, Eric Pilkenton and Happy Miller; Lay Assistant – 8:30 Pat George, 11:00 Confirmation Youth; Acolyte – Mattison Scott; Counters – Judy & Mike Madaus and Lory & Bob Thompson
This week, we remembered in our prayers:
Adam Cerniglia, Anthony Coward, Andrew Laing, and Kevin McKeen serving in the military.
Ellen Ahlers, Dodie Anderson, Dianna Brown, Debbie Christian, Martha Compton, Ebb & Suzanne Culp, Jean Cummings, Cyril DeMars, Bill & Linda Dunsing, Vivian and Richard Hiller, Hillary Kingsbury, John Kingsbury, Kristi & Carl Kurtz, Lois Kurtz, Bob Larson, Evelyn Melder, Scottie Moeller, Liesel Page, Angel Perezhuerta, Ray Roback, Lee Robbins, Virginia Simmons, Jean Voet, Rosemary Winfield & family, Doris Wooldridge, Nancy York, and Bill Zuber, who are coping with health concerns; and our friends R. W. Helms, Gladys Potter, John Turner, Bradley Cade & family, Grace Paff, Sudy Soltysiak, Debbie Cleveland, Eli Aurand, Taylor Meister, Michael Cooper, Carole Coker, Pat Brennan, Linda Fulbright, Melissa Melton, Clifton Weaver, Pastor Earl Steffens & his wife Kathy, Shirley Knight, Paula Whitley, Eva Gunderson, Michael McGrady, Walter Hoopman, Paula, Dick Chubb, Jimmy Nix, Lucille Allen, Elizabeth Christian Pope, Ralph Hefner, Bob G. Wooldridge, Andie Owens, Lily Hicks, Ivan Parra, Sharon Gromolli, Noah Smith, Penny Hathaway Kinsey, Judy, Richard McNeal, Patsy Cooler, Eddie, Judy Gravley, Grier Washam, Frank Cockman, Richard, Pastor Gary Safrit & Brenda Safrit, Cailyn York, Chris George, Garrick Smith’s sister, Rachel’s daughter, Meghan Ables Chaney, Loretta Glander, John Vanselow, Jesi Slater, Irehne Sack, Sandy, John Carlson, Nena Vance, Cheryl Pearson, Fred Rimer, Shannon Smith, and Lori Smith, who are also coping with health concerns. Please also pray for Anna & Ryan Smith, John “3:16” Fuller, Keene Goldsworthy, William & Stacia Nance, and Pastor Mark.
We pray that God’s comfort and healing be upon our members, friends,
and all caregivers.
We extend our Christian love and sympathy to the families of
• Dakota Hunter, upon his death (Mary McKeen’s grandnephew)
• Henrietta Thomas, upon her death (Ellen Ahlers’ friend)
May these and all who mourn find comfort
in the promise and the power of the resurrection.
THIS WEEK AT LCOS –
TODAY – REFORMATION SUNDAY; WELCA Joy Offering
8:30 Holy Communion, 9:30 Choir/Brass rehearsal, 10:00 Confirmation class, 10:00 SCS, 11:00 Holy Communion, Noon BP & Diabetes Clinic, 3:00 Spanish Worship with Holy Communion, 3:00 BP & Diabetes Clinic
In celebration of Reformation Sunday
and in preparation for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation,
a Reformation 500 Anniversary magnet and a booklet on the Reformation
(The Word at Work – History, Scripture and Reflections on the Reformation) are offered in the Narthex today for each family
MON 10/31 – Pumpkin Patch fundraiser – final day
2:30 Mosaic ASP (FH), 6:00 SMART recovery meeting (Parlor), 7:00 Jubilate Handbells
TUES 11/1 – 12:30-2:30 Food Pantry, 2:30 Mosaic ASP (FH)
WED 11/2 – NO CDC Chapel, NO Kairos Bible Study, 2:30 Mosaic ASP (FH), 7:00 Centre Stage fundraiser at Coffee Underground for MOSAIC After School Program, 7:30 Chancel Choir
Centre Stage fundraiser at Coffee Underground
for the MOSAIC After School Program
The cast of Jekyll and Hyde from Centre Stage will be singing an array of songs from musicals. The money raised at this benefit will go to our After School Program. Join us at Coffee Underground on November 2 at 7:00 p.m. and enjoy an evening of amazing entertainment from some of Greenville's most talented artists. A donation will be accepted as entry.
THURS 11/3 – 9:00 Basket Guild (FH), 10:00 Prayer Shawl (Library), 12:30‑2:30 Food Pantry, 2:30 Mosaic ASP (FH), 5:15 Praise Singers
FRI 11/4 – Secretary Debbie Rheaume will take a vacation day
9:15 Amazing Athletes (FH), 2:30 Mosaic ASP (FH)
Thank you so much to Sue Seamon, for covering the office on Friday, November 4, to allow our Secretary, Debbie Rheaume, to take the day off!
SAT 11/5 – 9:30 LiveWell Winter Workshop (at Long Branch Baptist Church), 10:00 OSCM Pantry food packing
LiveWell at LCOS
LiveWell Greenville is a partnership of dozens of public and private organizations. This includes schools and businesses as well as churches that have crafted plans to make Greenville a safe place to walk, bike, and have healthy foods in schools, child care centers and workplaces. LCOS is involved with this group.
Save the Date!
NEXT Saturday, November 5, 10:00 a.m–Noon.
Registration opens at 9:30 a.m.
LiveWell Greenville’s At Worship Winter Workshop:
Stress Management –
Supporting Pastors during the Holidays
Join other participants at Long Branch Baptist Church for a Zumba demonstration and to explore fun & creative ways to survive the hectic holiday season. Everyone is invited!
NEXT SUNDAY, 11/6 – All Saints Sunday
8:30 Holy Communion, 10:00 Confirmation class, 10:00 SCS, 11:00 Holy Communion, 3:00 Spanish Worship with Holy Communion
Don’t forget to turn your clocks BACK one hour before you come to church!! This is also a good time to replace batteries in your home smoke detectors.
All Saints Sunday will be celebrated at LCOS next Sunday, November 6, when we will remember all the saints who have gone before us to the Church Triumphant, especially those we have lost during the last year – especially members Margaret Anderson, Pauline Halling, Vivian Cockman, Elsie Horton, and Bobbie Scott.
Congregational Meeting Results – October 23, 2016
NEW COUNCIL MEMBERS: Welcome to our new Council members who were elected at the Congregational Meeting last Sunday. Elected to serve three-year terms beginning on January 1, 2017 are Paul Anderson, Lisa Fuller, Perry McKain, and Tammy Pursley. Youth representative MacKenzie Scott was elected to a 1-year term. Regina Boswell will fill the open term (ending December 31, 2017) vacated by Council member Elaine Laing, who resigned due to health reasons.
These people are your leaders. Please support them in their ministry at LCOS: say Yes when they ask you to do something, and volunteer to serve on their board.
We give our thanks & appreciation to these Council Members who will complete their terms on December 31, 2016: Doug Bell, Elaine Bruce, Rick Garner, Stephanie Pilkenton, and youth representative Jannie Kurtz. We also give our thanks & appreciation to Elaine Laing who has resigned from Council due to health reasons. These people led one of our church boards and made our ministries work. LCOS would not have been as successful without their efforts.
2017 BUDGET: The LCOS 2017 budget was approved as presented.
HANDBELL PLAYERS ARE NEEDED!!
Do you enjoy listening to the handbells? Have you ever thought you might like to learn to play? Now is the time. We have an opening in the Jubilate Handbell choir and would love to have you join us on Monday evenings from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the choir room. Please feel free to talk to any of the current members or call Donna Kinsler at 864-801-1313 if you have questions. We would love to have you join us!
and NEW CHOIR MEMBERS ARE STILL NEEDED
The choir is still in need of more new members. There is no audition, no membership fee, no penalty for absence, no stairs to climb – just come and enjoy serving the Lord. A few laughs guaranteed. We think that you will enjoy it! If not, no hard feelings! All ages are encouraged to join; even friends from outside the LCOS family are welcome. Our newest member is Bree Goldsworthy. She, along with Mackenzie Scott and Jenna Pilkenton, have sung with the Chancel Choir over the past year. We are having a surge of interest from the LCOS youth!! We know there are other good singers in the congregation. God loves singers! Give unto the Lord! Please speak to Bob Chesebro if you are interested in joining.
Stewardship / Commitment to LCOS
Stewardship/Commitment information was recently mailed to all LCOS members: letters from Pastor Mark and Council Chair Clint Eastham, a Pledge Card for 2017, and a 2017 Time & Talent Survey.
Prayerfully consider this information and how you can partner in ministry for God’s glory, then mail your Pledge Card and Time & Talent Survey to the LCOS office if you forgot to bring them with you today.
Note: Extra Pledge cards and Time & Talent Surveys are available in the Narthex if you need them.
Mosaic Child Development Center Update
Tammy Barnowski has unfortunately resigned as Day School Director effective 10/28/16. The School Board is actively working to define an interim plan and begin the interview process for a replacement. Parents and teachers have been informed.
Sandy Wise as School Board chairman is leading the efforts and the immediate needs to insure the children’s education and experience at LCOS are of the highest priorities. If you know of qualified candidates, please ask Sandy or the church office for a copy of the job description and ask them to apply for the position. References and a background check are required for this important position.
The Golden Group meeting will be on Thursday, November 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We will begin with a covered dish supper followed by a program (details will be announced soon). Anyone 50+ is welcome. If you didn't sign up for a specific dish, just bring something to share. We hope to see you there!
SC LCY Hand-in-Hand, November 18-20
The SC LCY fall service weekend will occur Nov 18- 20 at Camp Kinard. The cost is $45 and is open to 9–12 grade students. Please let Clint Eastham know if you intend to participate.
Blood Drive – November 20
Sharon Schulz is coordinating a blood drive at LCOS on November 20 (Homecoming & Thanksgiving Feast Sunday), with appointments available from 9:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m. We need at least 35 people to register for the blood drive to enable it take place. Please sign up in the Narthex on Sunday, or call Sharon on her cell phone: 864/834-4655.
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.
A Glad Surprise
Imagine how Martin Luther felt when, in his careful study of Romans 3:21-28, he discovered the incredible gift of God’s amazing grace in the words of scripture! It may have been such a glad surprise to Luther that it felt like chains falling from his spirit. To finally be able to hear that our salvation does not depend on anything that we do, but strictly on what God has already done, must have been the ultimate in glad surprises for a monk who was taught all his life that his salvation depended on his own works.
What a glad surprise we are reminded of today for our own lives! In a society where competition is a major way of relating to one another, we hear today from the pages of scripture that receiving God’s love is not a competition; that our salvation is not dependent on our winning anything; that our rightness in God’s sight is not something that we earn—but that indeed, it is all because of God’s amazing grace through our Lord and Savior Jesus.
Because God’s grace is indeed so amazing, it is often easy for us to miss its import. In practically every other category of life we have to prove ourselves before we receive affirmation. We have to make good grades before we are acknowledged as a good student. We have to be good at our jobs before we are considered to be a good employee. We even have to impress our date or our children in order to be considered a good “catch” or a good parent.
But there is a place where we are acknowledged, blessed, and loved before we do a single thing—and that place is in God’s sight. Daily remembrance of the gift of baptism and weekly reception of the gift of Christ’s own self in communion continue to surprise and fortify us with God’s amazing grace.