WEEKLY BULLETIN UPDATES
Thank you to Reverend David Coffman who is our presiding pastor today. Pastor Mark is traveling in Thailand and Cambodia. If you have an emergency, contact Pastor Alejandro at (803) 351-2474.
Today will be the last Sunday that we will be able to enjoy the wonderful singing of Abigail Hart. She has blessed us with her solo work and also her leadership in the Chancel Choir. Abigail will graduate from Furman University on May 7th with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance. She will do further study in graduate school next Fall and we wish her every success in this endeavor. A big thank you, Abigail, from all of us. Godspeed!
Our chancel flowers are donated today to the Glory of God by Jean & Gene Bratton and in honor of Gene on his birthday.
Our missionaries who spread God’s gospel throughout the world are sponsored today to the Glory of God by Judy & Mike Madaus and in honor of their grandson, Eric Calder.
Thanks to those serving this week: Hospitality Team – 8:30 Tom & Sandy Wise, 11:00 Perry & Denise McKain, Paul Anderson, Eric Pilkenton and Beth Linn; Lay Assistant – 8:30 Karen Fivecoat, 11:00 Sandy Roback,
Acolyte – Mattison Scott; Counters – Mary Ann Sahms and Tammy Pursley
This week, we remembered in our prayers:
Adam Cerniglia, Anthony Coward, and Kevin McKeen serving in the military.
Ellen & Gene Ahlers, Dodie Anderson, Dianna Brown, Ebb & Suzanne Culp, Cyril DeMars, Bill & Linda Dunsing, Mark Fairbanks, Vivian and Richard Hiller, Carl Kurtz, Tobie McKeen, Angel Perezhuerta, Virginia Simmons, Doris Wooldridge, and Bill Zuber, who are coping with health concerns; and our friends R. W. Helms, Gladys Potter, John Turner, Bradley Cade & family, Ellen Ahler’s sister Grace Paff & cousin Lee Soltysiak (& his wife Sudy), Debbie Cleveland, Eli Aurand, Jill Jeffords, Taylor Meister, Jim Filipowski (& his wife Mary), Michael Cooper, Carol Coker, Pat Brennan, Linda Fulbright, Melissa Melton, Steve Flannagan, Clifton Weaver, Pastor Earl Steffens & his wife Kathy, Shirley Knight, Paula Whitley, Emily Ann Kagel, Janet Renna, DJ Long, Dapo Aldret, Ralph Hefner, Cheryl Pearson, Kevin Chesebro, Eric Calder, Henrietta Thomas, Pam Glass, John “3:16” Fuller and Gail Howell, who are also coping with health concerns.
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 SCS, 10:00 Confirmation Class, 11:00 Holy Communion, 3:00 Spanish Worship with Holy Communion, 5:00 Celebration for Mothers
MON 5/2: 2:30 After-School Program (FH & Library), 6:00 SMART recovery meeting (Parlor), 7:00 Jubilate Handbells
TUES 5/3: 2:30 After-School Program (FH & Library)
WED 5/4: 2:30 After-School Program (FH & Library), 6:30 Learning Board, 7:00 Fellowship Board, 7:30 Chancel Choir
THURS 5/5: 9:30 Pre-School PE (FH), 10:00 Prayer Shawl, 2:30 After-School Program (FH & Library), 5:30 Praise Singers, 7:00 Basket Guild (FH), 7:00 Bible Study (Library)
FRI 5/6: 2:30 After-School Program (FH & Library)
SAT 5/7: Reedy River Duck Derby
NEXT SUNDAY, 5/8 – Mother’s Day
8:30 Holy Communion, 10:00 SCS, 10:00 Confirmation Class, 11:00 Worship, 3:00 Spanish Worship with Holy Communion
Isle of Palm UPDATE
Good news: I have not had a chance to cancel unreserved rooms for the 7/17-7/24 family beach trip, yet. What does that mean for you? Well, it means that you have ONE MORE chance to check your calendars and reach out to Elaine Bruce about the details. In a nutshell, it promises to be the MOST relaxing vacation ever for only $105 per night. You can choose how many nights you want to stay, up to 7. This is open to church family and friends, so invite someone to come with you!
Please call/text Elaine Bruce @ 864-630-3030 to discuss. You won’t regret it!!!
CALLING ALL GRADUATES –
PLEASE DO NOT ASSUME WE KNOW YOU ARE GRADUATING!!!!
If you are graduating from high school or higher education this spring, NOW is the time to notify the church office. Call us at 244-2836 or e-mail to email@example.com
Keep Quacking, LCOS!
You can adopt ducks online through May 6, 2016, and adopt ducks by mailing in the LCOS adoption forms through May 7! If you need Stephanie to turn in the duck form for you, she needs them by Sunday, May 1 to get them turned in.
The rubber ducks will race down Reedy River at 2:30 p.m. on May 7 in Falls Park, Greenville, SC. We are still in 2nd place – so get those adoptions in!
Remember, every penny goes to support a local charity, and if you adopt through us, 20% of your sale will go toward our Lutheroad Camp. You can also claim this as charitable donation on your taxes. If we can take the lead and adopt out the most ducks, we get an extra 10% donation per adoption!!
Let’s go Team LCOS!!
Adopt online at: http://www.duckrace.com/greenville/teams/742
Thank you again for a great year with the Duck Derby!!
If you have any questions, please call Stephanie Pilkenton at 864-349-8124
Golden Group – Thursday, May 12, 6:30 p.m.
The Golden Group will meet Thursday, May 12, at 6:30 in the Fellowship Hall. We will have a covered-dish dinner followed by an evening of fun, fellowship, and BINGO hosted by the Helms, Tunillas, and Everetts. If you have not signed up to bring a dish, just bring one to share. Anyone 50+ is welcome. Hope to see you there! Jean & Gene Bratton
May 15 is Pentecost Sunday – wear RED!!
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 on Sunday, May 15, we will decorate our chancel area with red geraniums – did you remember to order your geranium(s)??
May's healthy cooking class will be Monday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m. Please let Pat George know if you are planning on attending. firstname.lastname@example.org or 864-201-1684.
P.S.: Did you miss the April class? Recipes are available in the Narthex!
Free Blood Pressure & Diabetic checks will be offered on Sunday, May 29 following the 11:00 worship service. No appointment is necessary. If you have any questions, please contact Joan Riley.
Walking update: We have walked through the capitals of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, DC, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and are on our way to Mississippi! That is 2810 miles since January! Way to go LCOS! Keep logging your miles, we still have a lot of states to go!
LCY Convention is June 17-19 this year. Once again we will gather at Newberry College for a weekend of fellowship and business. Please let Clint Eastham know if you plan to attend so we can complete the registration process. This is for grades 7 thru 12. The cost is $75 per person (1/2 the total cost – the LCY budget supports the balance).
Peace in the Flesh
When we gather for worship on Sundays, we sing, we hear God’s word, we pray, and then, just before we share the meal at God’s table, there is this strange thing we do: we share a sign of God’s peace. Or, to be exact, we shake hands or hug the people around us, saying “Peace be with you!” or “Christ’s peace!” In doing so, we echo the words of Jesus: “Peace I leave with you” (John 14:27).
But what does this mean? Peace as a feeling of tranquility and relaxation? Peace as the absence of disagreement? Peace as a diplomatic solution to global tensions? What exactly is the peace Christ gives us?
True peace is not a feeling, nor is it a policy or a program. It is a person. “For he (Christ) is our peace” (Eph. 2:14). Peace is enemies being reconciled, strangers becoming brothers and sisters. Peace is the healing of a broken and polluted earth, the poor being lifted up, the oppressed set free, the lonely welcomed. Peace is community.
All of us have experienced this peace at some point in our lives—perhaps in the forgiveness of a friend, the love of a mother, or the unexpected generosity of a stranger. When we gather around the water of baptism, the meal of the eucharist, and the word of the gospel, we come to seek that peace in each other. And because we all need reminders occasionally, we take time to say out loud in the middle of worship, “The peace of Christ be with you always.” And as we look around at the people gathered here, our words become flesh: the peace Christ left for us is reaching out to us in one another.