Our chancel flowers are donated to the Glory of God Scottie and Merv Moeller in honor of the Youth of LCOS and in honor of their 58th wedding anniversary. Congratulations!
Our missionaries are sponsored to the Glory of God by Mary McKeen.
Thanks to those serving this week Counters – Elaine Bruce, Laurette Saffy
THIS WEEK AT LCOS – SUNDAY, AUGUST 9 YOUTH SUNDAY - 8:30 Holy Communion, 10:00 Youth Presentation and breakfast, 11:00 Holy Communion, 3:00 Spanish Worship with Holy Communion; MONDAY – 6:00 Football Practice, 6:00 SMART recovery meeting; TUESDAY – 9:00 PEO in FH, 5:30 Grief Support Group, 6:00 Football Practice; WEDNESDAY – 2:00 Visits to homebound members; THURSDAY – 10:00 Prayer Shawl Ministry, 6:00 Football Practice, 6:00 Golden Group to eat at Mutts in Greer; FRIDAY - 6:00 Football Practice; SATURDAY – 8:00 Football Practice, 3:00 Praise Band Practice, 5:30 Emergent Worship; SUNDAY AUGUST 16 BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS - 8:30 Service of the Word, 10:00 DAY SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE, 11:00 Holy Communion, 3:00 Spanish Worship with Holy Communion
This week, we remembered in our prayers: Adam Cerniglia, Anthony Coward, and Kevin McKeen serving in the military, Bev Adamson, Martha Compton, Cyril DeMars, William Dunsing, Jaime Fivecoat, Vivian and Richard Hiller, Carl Kurtz, Nancy Nix, Ray Roback, Virginia Simmons, Jean Voet, Annette Weaver, Carl Yount, and Doris Wooldridge who are coping with illness and our friends Margaret Anderson, Lindsey Motley, Elise Ogle Lawrence, Cliff Weaver, Linda Vaughn, and Bradley Cade & family. We pray that God’s comfort and healing be upon our members, friends, and all caregivers.
Our sympathy to Sandra Moser and her family at the death of Bob Moser. Pastor Mark presided at the funeral on Monday. May this family and all who mourn find comfort in the power and the promise of the resurrection.
GOLDEN GROUPERS - how about meeting for dinner at Mutt’s in Greer on Thursday at 6 p.m.? Sign up on the Golden Group bulletin board.
PARDON OUR DUST! Flooring in the narthex and nave areas of the church took place this week. As with any renovation, problems (opportunities!) were encountered along the way. Thanks to Carl Yount and Art Hutson who worked many hours supervising this project.
And many thanks to Jerry Schulz for mowing our wooded areas in front of the playground.
And speaking about the playground – and the entire day school area – take a look around. Things are being spiffed up and readied for the start of the new school year.
NEXT SUNDAY we will hold our annual BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS at the 11:00 worship service. All students and educational workers are encouraged to bring their backpacks on that morning for a special blessing before the start of the new school year.
Also NEXT SUNDAY, our DAY SCHOOL will hold an open house during the Sunday School hour. You are invited to come and see our freshly stocked classrooms and meet our school staff. If your friends have kids ages 3 and 4, invite them to join you that day. Our school is a gem – come and learn more!
LIVE WELL QUARTERLY WORKSHOP
SATURDAY, AUGUST 22 FROM 10 UNTIL 12
Plan to come meet with the other 13 area churches involved in the Live Well initiative. Our Speaker Connie Terrell will speak on Portion Distortion and Pat George will give information on healthy cooking. Mark your calendar now!
Mark Sunday, August 30th on your calendar so you won’t miss the opportunity to view the movie Selma with other area churches and be a part of the discussion following. More details to come.
Check out the coconut tree in the hallway near the nursery and the restrooms where you can find supplies needed for our day school students. Perhaps you could pick up an item or two when you are doing back-to-school shopping?
An update on the walking program. WE ARE ON OUR WAY HOME FROM JAPAN! Please remember to record your miles. If you haven't been, please add them up and put them down now. Everyone can do this, no matter your age. Remember any activity that is not walking or running is counted as 1 hour = 5 miles. That means swimming, gardening, housework, bicycling, working out, etc. When we return to Greenville, we will have a healthy lunch featuring dishes from all 4 places that we have visited.
A fundraiser has been started to help with the medical expenses for Cyril DeMars. He in undergoing treatments for his lung cancer that are not covered by his insurance plan.
This update from Sheri DeMars -
We would like to send a very big thank you to those who have donated toward Cyril's medical expenses. We have a ways to go to meet our goal. If anyone else is able to donate, we would greatly appreciate it. You can mail a check to 232 N Dill Ave, Greer, SC 29651. Thanks again! Hugs! Sheri & Cyril DeMars
Come and Get It!
With school not in session, many children are spending the long summer days outside. But when lunch is ready, they quickly hurry inside, hungry for a hearty meal and thirsty for a refreshing drink, after so much running and yelling and playing and climbing. Then, with their bellies full, they rush back outside to continue their games.
When church bells ring and doors open wide to invite the people of God to the feast of Christ, it is like God is calling us home for lunch to fill up and refuel. We may come exhausted from a busy week, or with our heads and hearts still filled with the worries and responsibilities of everyday life. But gathered around the table with our sisters and brothers, we receive new strength in the true bread of life—Jesus Christ. In the word of the gospel and the meal of the eucharist, Christ becomes part of our very bodies, and we become part of his. For an hour or so, we recharge and remember the new life we share together. Then it is time to go back out into the world again. After all, we have work to do. But we leave reenergized, knowing that the one who was raised from the dead beats in our hearts and walks in our shoes with us.
In today's gospel, Jesus compares himself to manna, the bread from heaven given to the Israelites while they were traveling through the desert on the way to the promised land (John 6:48-51). Like them, we are fed by God on our journey. Like them, we have to keep returning to the Source to replenish while we are on our way. And so, week after week, we hear God's call: The meal is ready. Come and get it!
The Staff :
Senior Pastor: The Reverend Mark A. Cerniglia email@example.com
ELCA Mission Developer : Alejandro Mejia
Pastor Emeritus: The Reverend Gary L. Safrit
Council Chairperson: Clint Eastham
Director of Music: Robert Chesebro
Organist : Rahab Hackett
Asst. Music Director: Anne Marie Cummings
Jubilate Handbell Director: Donna Kinsler
Children's Choir Director: Anne Marie Cummings
Nursery Attendant: Terri Vanselow
Secretary: Karen Fivecoat firstname.lastname@example.org