Join us for Holy Week & Easter
Palm Sunday, April 9:
Holy Communion at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Easter Egg Hunt following 11:00 worship service
Nuestro Salvador (in Spanish), 3:00 p.m.
Service of Wholeness, April 12:
6:30 p.m. service
Maundy Thursday: Footwashing and Stripping of the Altar, April 13:
6:30 p.m. service in English and 7:30 Nuestro Salvador (in Spanish)
Good Friday, April 14:
12:00 Noon Stations of the Cross in English (parts held outdoors)
6:30 Tenebrae Service in English
6:30 Stations of the Cross Nuestro Salvador (in Spanish) – parts held outdoors
7:30 Tenebrae Service Nuestro Salvador (in Spanish)
Easter Vigil, April 15:
Nuestro Salvador (in Spanish), 9:00 p.m.
Easter Sunday – The Resurrection of Our Lord, April 16:
7:00 a.m. Sonrise worship in English
Breakfast will be served in the Fellowship Hall 8:00 −10:45 a.m.
11:00 a.m. Festival service with Holy communion in English
3:00 p.m. Nuestro Salvador Sagrada Comunión Easter service (in Spanish)
Our missionaries who spread God’s gospel throughout the world are sponsored today to the Glory of God by Doug Bell, and in honor of his family.
Thanks to those serving this week: Hospitality Team – 8:30 Tom & Sandy Wise, Perry & Denise McKain, Paul Anderson, Eric Pilkenton and
Elayne Finkelstein & Mary Rose; Lay Assistant – Dru Yount, Acolyte –TW Wilson; Counters – Elaine Bruce and Laurette Saffy
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, Pastor Mark Cerniglia, Gayle Chesebro, Debbie Christian, Marion Cole, Martha Compton, Nell Coogler Miller, Ebb & Suzanne Culp, Jean Cummings, Rita Davis, Bill & Linda Dunsing, Joyce Helms, Vivian & Richard Hiller, Russ Hudson, Hillary Kingsbury, John Kingsbury, Kristi & Carl Kurtz, Lois Kurtz, Bob Larson, Mary McKeen, Evelyn Melder, Elizabeth Pabst, Liesel Page, Ray Roback, Lee Robbins, MacKenzie Scott, 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, 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, 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, Jaxon Hensley, John Culp, Tobie McKeen, Stephen Landrum, the Maxwell family, Bonnie Hardin, Pastor David Laakso, Carolyn Lonkey, Pastor Gary Safrit, Tim Baker, Doris Keeton, Bob & Arlene Hellwig, Jim Riley, Nikki, and Ruthie Clardy who are also coping with health concerns. Please also pray for Keene Goldsworthy, William & Stacia Nance, Ann Collins, Nelson Cerniglia, Phyllis Jennings, and Patsy Goebel.
We pray that God’s comfort and healing be upon our members, friends,
and all caregivers.
(please call the church office with prayer updates)
THIS WEEK AT LCOS – TODAY – ANNUAL MEETING
10:00 Holy Communion, 11:00 Annual Meeting (FH), 11:30 BP & Diabetes Clinic, 3:00 Nuestro Salvador Sagrada Comunión (in Spanish), 4:00 BP & Diabetes Clinic
MON 3/27 – 10:00 WELCA, 2:30 Mosaic ASP (FH), 6:00 SMART recovery meeting (Parlor), 7:30 Jubilate Handbells
TUES 3/28 – 12:30-2:30 Food Pantry, 2:00 Visits to Homebound, 2:30 Mosaic ASP (FH)
WED 3/29 – 9:00 OSLS Chapel, 11:00 KAIROS bible study), 2:30 Mosaic ASP (FH), 6:00 NS Confirmation (Library), 6:30 Lenten mid-week worship; 7:15 Lenten meal (FH), 7:30 Chancel Choir
THURS 3/30 – 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 3/31 – 9:15 Amazing Athletes (FH), 2:30 Mosaic ASP (FH), 6:30 Girl Scouts
SAT 4/1 – 10:00 OSCM Pantry food packing
NEXT SUNDAY, April 2 –
8:30 Holy Communion, 9:30 Family Breakfast (FH), 10:00 Confirmation class, 10:00 SCS, 11:00 Holy Communion, 3:00 Nuestro Salvador Sagrada Comunión (in Spanish)
Our LCOS Monthly Family Breakfast is NEXT Sunday, April 2
There is no better way to enjoy family on a Sunday morning than with a delicious breakfast! We invite all families from LCOS to join us for breakfast on April 2 at 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Friends and relatives are welcome! We will have a different and relaxing experience for your Sunday: a short bible reflection, prayer, and blessing.
Volunteers are needed! We will need a few volunteers who would like to share their delicious breakfast menu skills! Please contact the church office if you are interested in making a breakfast casserole, muffins, breakfast bread or whatever you suggest contributing for this shared meal.
It’s HERE!! World’s Finest™ Chocolate bunnies, etc. have arrived!
If you placed an order, stop by the pre-school office during their office hours (9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.) or stop by the LCOS Nursery on Sunday & Ms. Terri will help you close out your purchase.
Mid-week Lenten Worship Services on Wednesdays
Meals will be served following mid-week worship services during Lent (March 29 & April 5). Help is needed for set-up and clean-up, as well as donations of soups, sandwiches, and desserts. Please see Mary McKeen if you’d like to help with this hospitality opportunity.
Save these Dates (and watch for updates)!
April 9: Easter Egg Hunt, following 11:00 worship service
April 19: OSLS Spirit Night (Fuddruckers in Greer)
April 20: May Messenger items are due!
April 25: Our Saviour Lutheran School Spring Sing, 6:30 p.m. – all are invited!
April 27: Golden Group Fellowship Lunch (Southern Fried Green Tomatoes)
April 29: Spring Shopping Spectacular fundraiser for Our Saviour Lutheran School
May 6: Hands On Greenville at LCOS; and Reedy River Duck Derby
May 21: Graduate Recognition
May 21-23: SC Synod Assembly at the Charleston Marriott
June 4 – Pentecost: Family Celebration, following 11:00 worship service
June 11: Worship in the Park & Picnic at Paris Mountain State Park
June 12-16: Lutheroad at LCOS (see pages 19-20 for details)
July 2: Red White & Blue Picnic/Veteran’s Salute
July 16-23: Isle of Palms Family Beach Trip. Please call/text Elaine Bruce at 864-630-3030 with questions or to reserve dates.
August 6: Favorite Hymns Sunday
August 13: Blessing of Backpacks
September 24: Pig Pickin’
October 22: Annual Fall congregational meeting
October 28: Trunk or Treat
October 29: Reformation Sunday – Celebrating 500 Years!
November 5: All Saints Sunday
November 19: Thanksgiving Feast
The OSCM Pantry has plenty of egg cartons. Thank you!!
LCY Spring into Action will be April 21-23 at Pleasant Ridge Camp (Greenville).
SC LCY Spring into Action will serve the Greenville community on April 21-23. This is the LCY twice a year service weekend that rotates to the various regions of the state. We will have high school youth and adults from all over the state gathering at Pleasant Ridge State Park for the weekend serving the following organizations:
On Sunday, we will worship at Triune Mercy church. This event is open to high school youth and anyone interested in participating or volunteering as staff please contact Clint Eastham.
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 on Tuesdays, on April 4 through June 6, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. 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. To sign up, please contact Tonya Taylor at 864/627-7049 or email@example.com or online at www.hospicegriefsupport.com.
Greenville Little Theatre presents
Lying In State
a comedy by David C. Hyer
April 7-23, 2017
Judith & Clint Eastham are sponsors for a play each year at Greenville Little Theatre and invite the congregation to the dress rehearsal. They invite you and your family and friends to join them for a free preview on dress rehearsal night.
Dress Rehearsal is April 6 at Greenville Little Theatre at 8:00 p.m. Free seating to all LCOS members & visitors/friends – open seating, no ticket required. Beverages & snacks will be available for purchase.
A state senator has died in a ridiculous gun accident, and it has made him a national hero. Everyone is searching for something; the local political leaders are looking for someone to fill his seat, his ex-wife is looking for a bugler to play for his funeral, and a host of other zany characters are looking for love, votes, the right casket, and a purple squirrel named Mel. In this madcap comedy, love, politics, and, well … everything are not what they seem.
It’s DUCK SEASON at LCOS!
That’s right folks, we are a Duck Derby Team again to raise money for Lutheroad Day Camp. You can adopt your ducks online by going to this url: https://www.duckrace.com/greenville/teams/742
We will also have duck adoption forms at church for you to use for adoptions – and please take an extra for a friend! These forms are unique to our team, anyone that uses our forms to adopt gives credit to our team. So take as many forms as you want!
1 duck = $10.00
SUPER QUACK PACK = 5 ducks for only $30.00 – that’s 2 extra chances to win!
Race Day is Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Falls Park in downtown Greenville. Race begins at 2:30 p.m. but we will be there all day so come out and enjoy some fun!
For every duck or quack pack adopted, 20% of the sale will go to support our Lutheroad summer camp here at LCOS.
Kneelers for the Altar
We are in the early stages of getting this project completed. As you may know, this project has been ongoing since Gen Ring started it several years ago. It is going to take more money for completing these cushions than we have in the account. Our current balance is $3,161. If you would like to contribute toward this, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!
Missing in Action
The After School Program’s colorful plastic plates used for the children’s meals & snacks are disappearing from the Fellowship Hall kitchen with a 50% shrinkage rate since school started this year. Would you please check your cabinets at home & see if any hitchhiked with you? These reusable plates aren’t considered “disposables”. If you find any at home, please bring them back to be reunited with their family! Thank you. If you have any questions, please talk with Laura Estep, ASP Director.
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.
Now I See
Blindness means different things to different people, but it means something to everyone. While only some people experience physical blindness, everyone has moments in which we struggle to discover a truth or to see a bigger picture, as well as moments of realization or revelation or sudden remembrance—moments when we say, “Now I see.” Often such a moment shows that we were blind in some way. The moment of new sight might be a move of repentance, a stumbling out of naïveté, or an awakening to the needs of the world around us and the radical way God loves that world.
When Jesus meets the man born blind in John 9, he initiates all sorts of new vision. He treats the man’s physical condition. He declares that the man’s lifelong state does not have to do with how good or evil he or his parents are. Gradually the man also sees who Jesus is; he progresses from labeling Jesus “the man called Jesus” to declaring, “He is a prophet,” to worshiping the Son of Man. In this gospel reading we see Jesus challenge the assumptions the religious authorities hold about how to follow God and even what “sin” means.
The story of the man born blind invites us to open ourselves to the moments that make us say, “Now I see.” These moments include the realization of our wrong actions and our sinful inaction, what we have done and left undone; but they also include the rethinking of our categories, the reconsideration of how God is asking us to minister, the new affirmation of our baptism, and further listening to God’s promises and God’s call. The God who cannot be confined to categories or pathways comes to us today to challenge our blindness and open for us an ever-new way of salvation.
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