Our chancel flowers are donated to the Glory of God by Jean & Gene Bratton, and in honor of their good friend Janelle Hunt.
Our missionaries who spread God’s gospel throughout the world are sponsored today to the Glory of God and sharing of the Good News by Jean & Gene Bratton.
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 Sandy Wise, 11:00 Stephanie Pilkenton; Acolyte – Bree Goldsworthy; 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, Rosalie Burnett, Richard Campbell, Gayle Chesebro, Debbie Christian, Marion Cole, Martha Compton, Ebb & Suzanne Culp, Jean Cummings, Rita Davis, Bill & Linda Dunsing, Pete Erbskorn, Vivian & Richard Hiller, Hillary Kingsbury, John Kingsbury, Kristi & Carl Kurtz, Lois Kurtz, Bob Larson, Hal Linn, Evelyn Melder, Elizabeth Pabst, Liesel Page, Ray Roback, Lee Robbins, Virginia Simmons, Jean Voet, Doris Wooldridge, Nancy York, and Bill Zuber, who are coping with health concerns; and our friends Gladys Potter, John Turner, Bradley Cade & family, Grace Paff, Sudy Soltysiak, Debbie Cleveland, Taylor Meister, Michael Cooper, Pat Brennan, Linda Fulbright, Melissa Melton, Clifton Weaver, Pastor Earl Steffens & his wife Kathy, Paula Whitley, Eva Gunderson, Michael McGrady, Walter Hoopman, 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, Richard McNeal, Patsy Cooler, Judy Gravley, Cailyn York, Chris George, Loretta Glander, John Vanselow, Jesi Slater, Nena Vance, Cheryl Pearson, Fred Rimer, Shannon Smith, Lori Smith, Connie Weber, Michael Cantey, “Cris” Criscola, Charlie Holmesley, Andrew Laing, Eli Aurand, Linda Vaughn, Nick Busby, Nancy Bradley, and Jaxon Hensley, who are also coping with health concerns. Please also pray for Keene Goldsworthy, William & Stacia Nance, Ann Collins, Nelson Cerniglia, and Phyllis Jennings.
We pray that God’s comfort and healing be upon our members, friends,
and all caregivers.
THIS WEEK AT LCOS – TODAY –
8:30 Holy Communion, 10:00 Confirmation class, 10:00 SCS, 11:00 Holy Communion, Noon Chili Cook-Off, 12:30 Church Council meeting, 3:00 Spanish Worship with Holy Communion
LCOS’ annual Chili Cook-Off fundraiser to benefit Lutheroad is TODAY, after the 11:00 a.m. worship service.
This year we have 1st place, 2nd place, and 3rd place trophies to award.
TO EAT: $5 per person, kids 3 and under FREE, max $20 for families.
All proceeds benefit our Lutheroad Day Camp program at LCOS Please contact Stephanie Pilkenton if you have questions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
MON 2/13 –2:30 Mosaic ASP (FH), 6:00 Healthy Cooking class (FH), 6:00 SMART recovery meeting (Parlor), 7:00 Jubilate Handbells
TUES 2/14 – 9:00 PEO (FH), 12:30-2:30 Food Pantry, 2:00 Visits to Homebound, 2:30 Mosaic ASP (FH)
WED 2/15 – 9:00 OSLS Chapel, 11:00 Kairos Bible Study, 2:30 Mosaic ASP (FH), 6:00 NS Confirmation class (Library), 6:30 Worship Board, 7:30 Chancel Choir
THURS 2/16 – 9:30 OSLS class (FH), 10:00 Prayer Shawl (Library), 12:30‑2:30 Food Pantry, 2:30 Mosaic ASP (FH), 5:15 Praise Singers
FRI 2/17 – 9:15 Amazing Athletes (FH), 2:30 Mosaic ASP (FH), 6:30 Girl Scouts
FRI 2/17 – SUN 2/19: LCY Winter Retreat grades 11 & 12 at Coastal Retreat Center (Isle of Palms). Don't let your youth miss out on the fun, faith building, and fellowship! Retreats are $45, payable to LCOS. Please contact Clint Eastham if you have questions
SAT 2/18 – 10:00 OSCM Pantry food packing
NEXT SUNDAY, January 19 –
8:30 Holy Communion, 10:00 Confirmation class, 10:00 SCS, 11:00 Holy Communion, 3:00 Spanish Worship with Holy Communion
Our next Healthy Cooking class is TOMORROW at 6:00 p.m.
Please let Pat George know if you plan to attend: email@example.com or 864-201-1684.
Council Secretary needed!
We extend our thanks to Laurette Saffy for agreeing to be Church Treasurer and Chris Strom for agreeing to be Church Financial Secretary. We now have an immediate need for someone to fill the role of Council Secretary that Laurette has vacated to assume her new role as Treasurer. If you think you might be interested in becoming Council Secretary, please contact Clint Eastham for a description of responsibilities.
LCY Winter Retreats
SC Synod sponsored LCY Winter Retreats are coming up, and the time to register is here. Don't let your youth miss out on the fun, faith building, and fellowship!
March 18-19 for grade 6: The Event at Camp Kinard. Sixth grade is a time of great transition for everyone. During The Event, we will work together to explore some ways to deal with change, and have a lot of fun at the same time!
Retreats are $45, payable to LCOS; The Event is $30. Please contact Clint Eastham if you have questions.
Souper Bowl – Tackling Hunger results
Our youth collected $200.29 and 174 food items for OSCM Pantry. Thank you to our youth for taking on this project, and to everyone who provided items for their breakfast last Sunday. And thank you to all who donate money, food items, or time to bless our community through this outreach ministry!
Mardi Gras/Pancake Supper, Tuesday, February 28, 6:30 p.m.
in the Fellowship Hall. Music, Pancakes and Fun!!
Don’t miss it. Invite your friends and relatives. All are welcome.
A love offering will be taken for the pancake meal.
If you would like to help with set-up, clean-up, or food prep for Mardi Gras,
please contact Mary McKeen at 561-3229 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Meals will be served following mid-week worship services during Lent (March 8 through April 5). Help is needed for set up and clean up, as well as donations of soups, sandwiches, and desserts. Mary McKeen will have a sign-up sheet available beginning on February 26; please see her if you’d like to help with this hospitality opportunity.
Friendly Visitors needs more volunteers!
Would you like to go visit members of our Church who are ill or can't come to church for health reasons? These visits will be on the 2nd & 4th TUESDAYS OF EACH MONTH. Two volunteers go together and we usually visit 3-4 folks/week, taking any publications and altar flowers that are available. I have to admit that the visitors get as much from these visits as those we visit; we get to know members we otherwise would never know and know each other who visit better. To sign up or for more information, contact Joan Riley at email@example.com or 864/268-4650.
Free Blood Pressure & Diabetic checks will be offered on Sunday, February 26 following the 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. worship services. No appointment is necessary. If you have any questions, please contact our Parish Nurse, Joan Riley.
Free Tax Service: SAVE THE FEE – FILE FOR FREE
As we are now into tax time, there is a free tax preparation service that our members should know about. VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) is an IRS sponsored program to help prepare and file income tax returns primarily for seniors and low-to-moderate income individuals. The preparers are volunteers who have to train, take tests, and be certified before they can prepare the returns. Within our scope are normal earnings (like wages, pensions, interest, dividends, and capital gains), some self-employment earnings, any credits available including earned income credit, child tax credits, energy credits, and education credits. The federal and state returns are then e-filed at no cost. Refunds can be received by direct deposit – generally in about 10 days.
There will be several sites available in Greenville County and you can locate a site by calling 2-1-1 which is the United Way info line. The site I work at is Taylors First Baptist Church on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings. Call me at home – 864/268-1873 – for more info.
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.
The 2017 flower chart and missionary sponsorship charts
are available in the narthex:
Sign up before your first choice of Sundays are gone!
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.
“And also with you”
“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all,” the presiding minister greets the assembly gathered for worship. “And also with you,” the assembly responds.
After the prayers of intercession and before the offering, the presiding minister says, “The peace of Christ be with you always,” and the assembly responds, “And also with you.” Then worshipers physically (handshakes, kisses, peace signs, waves, nods, hugs, fist bumps) and verbally share the peace of Christ with each other. “Peace be with you!” “And also with you!” “The Lord be with you!” “And with you!”
After the offering is gathered and the table is set for communion, thanksgiving is offered. This includes the minister chanting or saying, “The Lord be with you,” and the assembly once again responding, “And also with you.”
These three opportunities for mutual blessing remind us we cannot be right with God without being right with our neighbor. These greetings, built into worship, offer Spirit-spaces where we are nudged to “be reconciled to your brother or sister” (Matt. 5:24).
It can be downright difficult to share God’s peace in worship. Just as in families, as brothers and sisters in Christian community we know each other well enough to inflict pain. The resulting anger and hurt can cause the words of God’s peace to stick in our throats.
Fortunately, as Christian community, all saints and sinners, we know that when exchanging God’s peace is difficult, it is then that the exchange is most important. We remember the exhortation of Jesus to reconcile. We remember the command to love one another. God’s Spirit troubles our conscience, pushing us past hurt and anger and pushing us toward forgiveness and reconciliation.