Our chancel flowers are donated to the Glory of God by Dorothy Rimer and in loving memory of Shelton Rimer & Shelton Rimer, Jr.
Our missionaries who spread God’s gospel throughout the world are sponsored today to the Glory of God by Joan Riley.
Thanks to those serving this week: Hospitality Team – 8:30 Tom & Sandy Wise, 11:00 Perry & Denise McKain, Paul Anderson, Eric Pilkenton and Elaine Laing; Lay Assistant – 8:30 Connie Gawne, 11:00 Confirmation youth and Sunday School children; Acolyte – TW Wilson; 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, G.Ann Bjorkedal, Dianna Brown, Nancy Carter, Gayle Chesebro, Martha Compton, Ebb & Suzanne Culp, Jean Cummings, Bill & Linda Dunsing, Vivian and Richard Hiller, Hillary Kingsbury, John Kingsbury, Kristi & Carl Kurtz, Lois Kurtz, Bob Larson, Evelyn Melder, Nell Miller, Scottie Moeller, Liesel Page, Blanche Perrott, Ray Roback, Lee Robbins, Virginia Simmons, Darwin & Jean Voet, Mim Voet, Rosemary Winfield & family, 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, Eli Aurand, 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, 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, Richard, Pastor Gary Safrit & Brenda Safrit, Cailyn York, Chris George, Rachel’s daughter, Loretta Glander, John Vanselow, Jesi Slater, Irehne Sack, John Carlson, Nena Vance, Cheryl Pearson, Fred Rimer, Shannon Smith, Lori Smith, Ron Messer, Mike Johnson, and Connie Weber, who are also coping with health concerns. Please also pray for John “3:16” Fuller, Keene Goldsworthy, and William & Stacia Nance.
We pray that God’s comfort and healing be upon our members, friends,
and all caregivers.
THIS WEEK AT LCOS – TODAY – Third Sunday of Advent
8:30 Holy Communion, 10:00 Confirmation class, 10:00 SCS, 11:00 Holy Communion, 12:30 Council Meeting, 3:00 Spanish Worship with Holy Communion
MON 12/12 – 2:30 Mosaic ASP (FH), 6:00 SMART recovery meeting (Parlor), 7:00 Jubilate Handbells, 7:00 Feast of Guadalupe (Sanctuary & FH)
TUES 12/13 – 9:00 PEO (FH), 12:30-2:30 Food Pantry, 2:00 Visits to Homebound, 2:30 Mosaic ASP (FH), 6:00 Healthy Cooking class (FH), 6:30 MOSAIC CDC Christmas program (Sanctuary), 7:00 Architect Meeting (Library)
WED 12/14 – 11:00 Kairos Bible Study, 2:30 Mosaic ASP (FH), 6:30 midweek Advent Worship service, 7:30 Chancel Choir
THURS 12/15 –January Messenger items are due!
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, 6:30 Carols & Cocoa (FH)
Carols & Cocoa:
Let’s enjoy the Christmas magic through singing, hot chocolate and fellowship. If you have questions, please contact Pastor Alejandro at 803/351-2474 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRI 12/16 –9:15 Amazing Athletes (FH), 2:30 Mosaic ASP (FH), 6:30 Girl Scouts (FH), 7:00 Community Christmas Celebration
There will be a Community Christmas Celebration at
Northside Methodist Church (435 Summit Drive), 7:00-8:30 p.m.
This will be an evening of Christmas music by instrumentalists and vocalists from across the community. The LCOS Jubilate Handbell choir will be playing and there will be a beautiful Christmas Cantata by Lloyd Larson. This would be a wonderful way to begin your Christmas season. Please come and join us!
SAT 12/17 –10:00 OSCM Pantry food packing
NEXT SUNDAY, 12/18 – Fourth Sunday of Advent
8:30 Holy Communion, 10:00 Confirmation class, 10:00 SCS, 11:00 Holy Communion, 3:00 Spanish Worship with Holy Communion, 6:30 Blue Christmas
Join us to make this a holiday season to remember.
Midweek Advent worship services will be held on WEDNESDAY evenings at 6:30 p.m. on December 14 & 21.
See your December Messenger for suggestions of alternative gift-giving ideas that allow you to make an impact in the Greenville community & beyond! As you plan your Christmas gifts this year, we suggest you consider alternatives to the commercialization of Christmas by department stores and malls. Gifts can be given to someone truly in need, in honor of someone you love who probably doesn't really need anything other than a reminder of your thoughtfulness. Please consider a gift to one of the following recipients: Lutheroad at LCOS for summer 2017, the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund, OSCM Pantry, Greenville County Meals on Wheels, ELCA Good Gifts, SC Synod Gifts of Hope, or Ten Thousand Villages.
PLEASE NOTE: If you select an ELCA Good Gifts or SC Synod Gifts of Hope ornament from the Narthex tree, please pay for it/them through the offering plate or stop by the Church office. We need to obtain an accurate list of specific gifts (items only, not to whom) to accompany the check LCOS will write to the ELCA and SC Synod in January. There are also Good Gifts cards with envelopes available in the office available for gifters to use that explain to the recipient the benefit of their honorary gift.
2016 annual reports from all LCOS Boards and Committees
are DUE in December!
Please contact the church office if you need a set of guidelines.
The elves are ready to sort your Christmas greetings to fellow LCOS members! Boxes are available in the breezeway through December 25 for your Christmas Card Exchange. Please remember that cards for our homebound members should be mailed through the regular Post Office so they can be received in a timely fashion. And remember to check the boxes weekly to pick up greetings sent to you! Many thanks to Dru Yount and the Service Board for providing this service!!!
Thank you to everyone from our congregation who wrote cards for Veterans. We delivered 1160 cards to the Red Cross this year – 160 more than last year! You are an amazing congregation!!
LCY Piedmont Conference Gathering
"Clothe Yourself with Kindness"
Demonstrate Kindness beyond Sunday
Donated over 125 items to OSCM Food Pantry
Packed 40 boxes/bags for pantry distribution
Annie's House – spread mulch, reclaimed lumber, built bottle/mud wall, removed weeds, played with chickens, moved logs & limbs
Christmas Cards for 33 shut ins from LCOS & St. John's
Christmas cards for veterans
Staff Leadership at Club 345
Staff leadership for content and schedule at this event
Staff Leadership from 4 former LCY (college adult) as adult leaders !!
8 churches represented – LCOS, Nuestro Salvador, St. John's, Mt. Horeb, St. James, St. Timothy, Redeemer, Cedar Grove
Thank you to LCOS for hosting us!!!
Mark your calendars!
Next Sunday, December 18:
6:30 p.m. Blue Christmas Service for those persons who want to remember loved ones who are no longer a part of our joyous celebrations during this season. This service is especially designed for those who feel “blue” or have difficulty fitting into the party spirit that swirls around us during this time of year. Participants are invited to bring a photograph or memento of their loved ones to set on the display table in the chancel area during this service.
God of Mercy, hear our prayer in this Advent season for ourselves and our families who live with the painful memories of loss. We ask for strength for today, courage for tomorrow, and peace for the past. We ask these things in the name of you, Christ, who shares our life in joy and sorrow, death and new birth, despair and promise. Amen.
December 21: Worship Board, 5:30 p.m. (please note time change)
December 23: Church office will close at Noon.
OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE ON CHRISTMAS EVE
Ushers are needed for the 8:30 p.m. traditional candlelight service on December 24. No experience necessary – we will arrange for some coaching. Volunteers please call Gene Bratton at 864/268-1873.
Celebrate the birth of our Lord on
Christmas Eve and Christmas day!
December 24: Christmas Eve services
5:00 p.m. Family service
6:30 p.m. Nuestro Salvador service (Spanish)
8:30 p.m. Traditional candlelight service with Holy Communion
11:00 p.m. Traditional candlelight service with Holy Communion
December 25 – Christmas day. We will hold ONE morning worship service at 10:00. Holy Communion will be celebrated at this service. Be sure to sign a communion card ONCE during each year!
December 26-27: Church office will be closed in observance of Christmas.
December 27: Visits to Homebound, 2:00 p.m.
December 30: Church office will close at Noon.
December 31: New Year’s Eve
5:00 p.m. Service of Wholeness
7:00 p.m. Nuestro Salvador service (Spanish)
OSCM Pantry recycles egg cartons!
The OSCM Pantry received some eggs in large trays. They can use your clean (dozen-sized) egg cartons to repack them for OSCM families. Please drop these by LCOS anytime during church office hours (9:00 a.m.-Noon and 1:00-4:00 p.m.), or on Sunday morning when you come to worship. Thank you!
The 2017 flower chart and missionary sponsorship charts
are now available in the narthex:
Sign up before your first choice of Sundays are gone!
Friendly Visitors needs more volunteers
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, 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
Church Financial Secretary & Treasurer Needed!
LCOS needs a new Financial Secretary and Treasurer beginning on January 1, 2017.
The Financial Secretary volunteer position helps in posting donations to LCOS and prepares the quarterly (typically only 3rd Quarter & year-end) financial giving statements. We extend our thanks to Connie Gawne for providing her skills and extended service (4 years) in this position.
The Treasurer volunteer position keeps the books of income and disbursement accounts for LCOS, prepares a written (which is actually produced by the accounting system) monthly Financial Report to the Congregation Council, and assists with the annual audit and preparing the annual church budget. Many thanks to Chris Strom for his 3 years of service in this position.
Benefits include a free lunch once a month, succinct and well run Council meetings, and knowledge of what and how the church serves our ministries. Time commitments per month vary yet are reasonable.
Speak to Connie, Council Chair Clint Eastham, or Treasurer Chris Strom if you are interested in either opportunity.
GIFTS OF STOCK
IF YOU PLAN TO GIVE A GIFT OF STOCK TO THE CHURCH BEFORE THE END OF 2016, please remember that the actual money from the sale of the stock MUST be in the church office BY DECEMBER 28!! Our books close on December 31 and we cannot make exceptions. Talk to your broker and find out how long the sale will take so that the money can be here by December 28 if you would like to include it in your 2016 tax information. Thank you!!!
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.
What You Hear and See
Messengers of John the Baptist ask Jesus, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” (Matt. 11:3). John, who thrived outdoors, is confined to a prison cell, awaiting violent death. Perhaps he wonders: Was I wrong about Jesus? Has my own life’s calling been in vain, or can it bear fruit? John’s question is the sort we ask when we are hemmed in and it’s hardest to see, hear, or move. In our darkest hours of pain, injustice, and loss, we too may wonder: does it make sense to trust, to hope?
Jesus asks the crowds who had followed John, “What did you go out into the wilderness to look at?” (Matt. 11:7). The wilderness is empty and rough, yet it can also be a wide open space for gaining perspective and connecting or reconnecting with God. As we continue through the wilderness season of Advent, what do we ourselves long to discover and see?
A desert is a vast reach of rock and sand. When rare and welcome rain soaks into its thirsty ground, color and life spring forth; the very earth rejoices! Neither Solomon in all his glory nor Herod’s soft-robed courtiers were clothed like this. Our Advent readings from Isaiah present visions of the whole creation blossoming—flowering—flourishing—not elsewhere, but on the climate-stressed, war-torn planet where we live. Today, images of healing and wholeness intensify promises of gladness and singing even in a hostile desert environment.
Jesus responds to the messengers and to us, “Go and tell . . . what you hear and see” (Matt. 11:4). Evil would confine us in cynicism and fear, and hope is no small virtue. We strengthen one another’s hearts by sharing where we have sensed God’s presence: in beauty, in acts of healing and liberation, in people of integrity who have held to the truth. As we tell, we answer both questions. Yes, this is the one for whom we have waited—whose coming is certain, and whose day draws near.
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