Our chancel flowers are donated today to the Glory of God by Geneva & Bob Larson and in loving memory of their fathers, who were both born in September.
Our missionaries who spread God’s gospel throughout the world are sponsored today to the Glory of God by Ellen & Gene Ahlers.
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 Mary McKeen, 11:00 Stephanie Pilkenton;
Acolyte – Sami Goetchius; Counters – Mary Ann Sahms and Tammy Pursley
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, Bill Carnell, Martha Compton, Ebb & Suzanne Culp, Cyril DeMars, Bill & Linda Dunsing, Mark Fairbanks, Vivian and Richard Hiller, Hillary Kingsbury, John Kingsbury, Kristi & Carl Kurtz, Bob Larson, Scottie Moeller, Liesel Page, Angel Perezhuerta, Dorothy Rimer, Ray Roback, Lee Robbins, Virginia Simmons, Jean Voet, Kim Weaver, 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, Carol Coker, Pat Brennan, Linda Fulbright, Melissa Melton, Clifton Weaver, Pastor Earl Steffens & his wife Kathy, Shirley Knight, Paula Whitley, Henrietta Thomas, Pam Glass, Eva Gunderson, Michael McGrady, Walter Hoopman, Paula, Hennie Thomas, 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, Jesi Slater, Sheila Duncan, Judy, Richard McNeal, William Whittle, Patsy Cooler, Adriana McKeen, Eddie, Judy & Bobby, Grier Washam, Frank Cockman, Richard, Pastor Gary Safrit & Brenda Safrit, Cailyn York, Chris George, Garrick Smith’s sister, Rachel’s daughter, and Meghan Ables Chaney, who are also coping with health concerns. Please also pray for Anna & Ryan Smith, and John “3:16” Fuller.
We pray that God’s comfort and healing be upon our members, friends,
and all caregivers.
We extend Christian love and sympathy to the family and friends of:
• Martha Brawley, upon her death (Joyce Helm’s mother)
• Dawn Moore, upon her mother’s death (Dawn is Stephanie Pilkenton’s
May these and all who mourn find comfort in the promise and the power of the resurrection.
THIS WEEK AT LCOS – TODAY
8:30 Holy Communion, 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
Free Blood Pressure & Diabetic checks will be offered TODAY following the 11:00 and 3:00 worship services. No appointment is necessary. If you have any questions, please contact our Parish Nurse, Joan Riley.
MON 9/26: 10:00 WELCA, 2:30 Mosaic ASP (FH), 6:00 SMART recovery meeting (Parlor), 7:00 WELCA, 7:00 Jubilate Handbells
TUES 9/27: 12:30-2:30 Food Pantry, 2:30 Mosaic ASP (FH)
WED 9/28: 9:00 OSLS Chapel; 11:00 Kairos Bible Study (FH), 2:00 Visits to Homebound, 2:30 Mosaic ASP (FH), 7:30 Chancel Choir
THURS 9/29: 9:30 OSLS class (FH), 10:00 Prayer Shawl (Library), 12:30‑2:30 Food Pantry, 2:30 Mosaic ASP (FH)
FRI 9/30: 9:15 Amazing Athletes (FH), 2:30 Mosaic ASP (FH), 6:30 Girl Scouts (FH)
SAT 10/1: 10:00 OSCM Pantry food packing, 10:30 Blessing of the Animals, Praise Singers (time to be announced)
NEXT SUNDAY, 10/2
8:30 Holy Communion, 10:00 Confirmation class, 10:00 SCS, 11:00 Holy Communion, 3:00 Spanish Worship with Holy Communion
WELCA Bible Study
It's time to gear back up for our Fall Bible Study circles!
We resume meeting TOMORROW, September 26. If you are new to LCOS, or if you would like to gain a woman's perspective while studying the Bible, join us on the fourth Monday of the month at either 10:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. Ask friends to join you. We welcome women of all faiths and churches to join us. The lesson will be on Jonah – God forgives the guilty.
Acolyte training will be on Sunday, October 9
at 10:15 a.m. in the sanctuary.
If you are in 2nd grade or above and would like to be an acolyte, then please come to this training.
If you have any questions, please contact Pat George at email@example.com or call or text her at 864-201-1684.
Grief Support Classes
Are you struggling with loss of your cherished loved one?
Are you having difficulty finding companions who really understand?
Are you looking for practical tools to help you cope?
If so, join the grief support class at the Mackey Mortuary Corporate Office starting Tuesday, October 11, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Class meets each Monday through December 13. Participation will help you cope and adjust with the painful reality of your deep loss in the presence of those who are or have been where you are. Co-facilitators are Chris Strom and Jill Storm.
For information, contact Chris Strom at 864-982-3683.
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 a couple openings 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. Our first rehearsal will be on Monday, September 12. 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 McKenzie 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.
The 500th anniversary of the Reformation is fast approaching!
Learn about Martin Luther, his writings, and the
impact of the Reformation for the church today.
Discover a variety of resources on the Reformation for readers of all ages.
Stop by the church Narthex for our Book Fair.
To qualify for up to 50% off a book’s price plus free shipping, complete an order form & make your check payable to LCOS.
PUMPKIN PATCH Fundraiser
The Board of our 501(c)3, Our Saviour Community Ministries, is sponsoring a Pumpkin Patch in our churchyard the last three weeks of October. The funds raised by sale of the pumpkins will be used to support the educational outreach ministries of our nonprofit. This will require lots of volunteer help to unload the pumpkins when they arrive on Oct. 7 at 4:00, and then staff the pumpkin patch Monday through Saturday to sell the pumpkins. Pastor Mark has reported that this was a very successful fundraiser for the church he served in Montgomery, Alabama. A side benefit is that it attracted a lot of attention to the church and its ministries from the community.
Thank you so much to all the people who signed up last Sunday!!! I will be there again today and now that you have had the opportunity to think about how much fun this is going to be, I hope you will add your name to the list. It has been a wonderful surprise to talk to the folks who will be bringing our pumpkins. They have offered many suggestions and helpful materials to give us the opportunity for a successful sale. I am looking for the following items to use during the weeks of our sale:
Some interesting facts about our pumpkins – they are raised on the Navajo Indian Reservation in New Mexico. Ninety-five% of the labor to grow them is the Navajo people. They utilize sustainable agricultural practices with a limited use of herbicides, yielding a great product with little impact on the environment. Very commendable!! One effect of sponsoring this pumpkin patch will be the opportunity to interact with the folks who stop by to shop. Please consider helping to be a light on the hill and be a welcoming force in our community!
Build a Bridge
Many people travel the same route every day. Some drive to work via the same roads, past the same buildings, and around the same turns. Some ride the bus to school or work past the same stores or fields and over the same hills. Whether you ride in a truck or on a bike, whether you walk or drive a tractor, you probably pass by both things and people again and again and aren’t really aware of them.
Lazarus lay at the rich man’s gate day after day hungry and hurting. The rich man passed by him day after day on his way to and from his home. Even though there wasn’t a physical chasm between the two in their day-to-day life, the rich man never reached out to Lazarus. Jesus’ parable highlights how it will be too late in the next life to make a difference, and how our actions in this life have impact not only on our neighbor but also on the health of our relationship with God.
Luther defined sin as being curved in on oneself. When we are curved in on ourselves, we are turned toward ourselves and not toward God or our neighbor. It’s almost as though we dig the chasm in Jesus’ story ourselves, and it hems us in.
Thankfully, Jesus has come to bridge the chasm in this life between God and our sinful selves. Jesus lays himself down that we might be freed from our sinful selves to see and help our neighbor, freed to build bridges instead of digging chasms.
On your way to work, school, or wherever your daily life takes you, may God give you eyes to see your neighbor in need. May the living and resurrected Lord feed and strengthen you in worship today with the forgiveness, humility, and courage to reach out and get to know them. Build a bridge.