2600 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville SC
Phone: 864.244.2836

JULY 2018



LCOS Interim Pastor

The Reverend Bruce Booher (Pastor Bruce) is our interim pastor.  This interim hire will be in place until we call a new pastor. 


If you need pastoral care, please call Pastor Bruce at 864/482-8425
(please note: this is a long-distance call to Seneca, so be sure to dial 1 + the area code).


On July 1, we will have one worship service at 10:00 a.m., followed by our Red, White and Blue Picnic. I hope you will join us that day.


On July 4, we will be celebrating our country’s independence. We will be remembering the principles, ideals and vision our country was founded on. Let us also remember the ways that vision of what our country can be has inspired so many people, not only in our country, but around the world.


I have always felt deeply about our country, as I know you do. Throughout my years as a pastor I tried to be careful in addressing political issues. As your Interim Pastor I have tried to be particularly careful, because I know that I am with you on a temporary basis and may not be with you long enough to work through any controversies and conflicts that could arise.


However, when high-ranking government officials quote the Bible to support their positions, I feel it is my responsibility as your Pastor to address how we understand and use the Bible to guide our thinking on political issues.


Recently, Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke about immigration policies and how families entering our country are treated.  In his remarks, he said: “I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order,”


One of the most important principles to follow as we look at the Bible is to allow Scripture to interpret Scripture. It is important not just to take one verse or passage from the Bible and simply use that to guide us. Instead of just taking one verse, we should look at the teaching of the whole Bible and use that to help us understand how particular verses might apply in life.


We see Jesus using this principle when he was tempted by Satan. “Then the devil took (Jesus) to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you, to protect you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’” Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” (Luke 4:9-12) Satan quotes a passage from Scripture, but that does not settle the issue as far as Jesus is concerned. Jesus takes the whole teaching of God’s Word and bases his decision on that.


Romans 13:1 does say “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities” and “those authorities that exist have been instituted by God.” Certainly, most of the time, Christians should obey the law. However, there are many passages in the Bible which make it clear that God’s people are, at times, called to resist and oppose some laws and some governing authorities. In Acts 5:29, Peter and the apostles refuse to obey the governing authorities saying “We must obey God rather than any human authority.” Moses refused Pharaoh’s commands. Prophets in the Old Testament often confronted and resisted the governing authorities. Jesus and his disciples broke Sabbath laws. When human authority conflicts with God’s teaching and God’s express will, Christians are called to follow God.


The primary theme of Romans 13 is that we are to love our neighbor. Indeed Romans 13:9 says “The commandments … are summed up in this word, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus told the Parable of the Good Samaritan when someone asked “And who is my neighbor?” in response to this commandment. The answer is that one who is in need is my neighbor, the one whom we are to love as ourselves. This is one of the primary teachings of the Bible. The Bible also repeatedly calls upon us, as God’s people, to care for the foreigner, the widow and the orphan – those who are particularly vulnerable.


As people who care deeply about following Jesus, who care deeply about our country and who care deeply about the well-being of all people, let us pray that our leaders will be guided by the will and compassion of God and that our country will be a beacon of freedom and hope in the world.


Pastor Bruce

Church Council minutes – June 10, 2018


Attending: A.J. Stratton, Josh Rodgers, Liv Osby, Tammy Pursley, Fran Mathewes, Mary McKeen, Todd Scott, Lisa Fuller, Perry McKain, Laurette Saffy, Clint Eastham, Pastor Bruce Booher.


Absent: Paul Anderson, Chris Strom, Mary Rose, Mackenzie Scott.


The meeting was opened by Council Chairperson Lisa Fuller.


The May Council Minutes and the reinstating of Ira Gene Helms II to LCOS membership were approved by email vote.


The May Treasurer’s Report was motioned for approval by Tammy Pursley and seconded by Clint Eastham and was unanimously approved by Council.


Offerings for the month of May were $2,847 over budget for the month resulting in a positive balance of $14,702.03 in the General Operating Fund. Receipts for Facilities Support were $286 over budget for the month. A discussion over the beach trip amount still owed was brought to attention but was tabled.


Old Business:

  • Cabinet estimates were tabled until August. 
  • The Audit Committee is tabled until September. 
  • The Church Windows computer upgrade is in process by Bob Thompson. 
  • DSS came for routine inspection of OSLS and OSLS passed with flying colors and received 100/100. The only item addressed by DSS was to thicken the mulch in the playground area, which is a standard issue for all schools at the end of a school year. 
  • The Call Committee is interviewing candidates. 
  • The outside lights are being finished. A proposal to pay $700 to have a roofing company “walk the roof” which includes replacing roofing nails as needed and inspecting the roof will be done if it includes the Fellowship Hall. Todd Scott motioned the proposal and Clint Eastham seconded the proposal, and it was unanimously approved by Council. 
  • Lutheroad is underway with the counselors present and a schedule in motion.  
  • The rocks were replaced in the Columbarium and plants will be addressed beginning next year in January or February. 
  • God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday will be used to recognize those who volunteer and give their time regularly in the church. $100 will be given to supply small gifts of appreciation and items will be requested to donate to the homeless. Todd Scott motioned and Liv Osby seconded the proposal. 
  • No new letters have been received from the IRS. 
  • The Nominating Committee is in progress. 
  • The possibility of accessing the electronic sign via an outside device will be inquired upon. 

New Business:

  • The church will not promote communication of Scout Troop 266 due to lack of children that fit the required age range. 
  • The church is in year three of a five-year contract with Toshiba and a proposal has been made by Toshiba to upgrade our printers, eliminating the two remaining years but reinstating the church in another five-year contract. Before a decision is made other options will be sought out. 
  • Council approved Debbie being able to leave an hour early or come in an hour late a couple days for appointments that she may need. 
  • If a gym is ever constructed by the church to attract new families, a suggestion was made that we could lease the gym to other organizations to draw income. 
  • As voting season approaches a reminder was made that no political signs are to be on church property. 
  • Preliminary budgets are due at the August meeting.
  • A Clean-up day for the storage room and kitchen will be set up for August.
  • No Council meeting will be held in July.

Pastor Bruce Booher closed the meeting in prayer.


Respectfully submitted,

Josh Rodgers

Council Secretary




Juice cans – Bring them in!

We recycle large juice cans for our Friendly Visitors: covered with florist foil & with a loving card attached, they make a beautiful Cinderella transformation into containers for transporting flowers to our homebound members!  Bring yours to the church office or Narthex for recycling.  Thank you!!





Learn more at http://www.elca.org/



A reminder from the SC Synod of the ELCA:

We Lutherans in South Carolina are part of a church that shares a living, daring confidence in God’s grace — and there’s room for all here.


Your questions, curiosity, passion and complexities are part of who you are, and you are a beloved child of the living God!


~SC Synod



The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), convened ELCA ecumenical and inter-religious partners in a statement addressing concerns over a recent U.S. government policy calling for more stringent enforcement of federal immigration laws. The government policy will most likely result in an increase in family separations. Here is a link with the full statement, which was signed by Bishop Eaton and 22 other religious leaders: http://www.elca.org/News-and-Events/7935



The Word in Season
The quarterly devotionals for July/August/September are available in the Narthex for each family to pick up & take home to read.


Treasurer’s Report


Memo To:                                                                   LCOS Council  Date: June 3, 2018

From:              Laurette Saffy

Subject:          May, 2018 Financial Reports


  • Offerings were $2,847 over budget for the month.  Receipts for Facilities Support were $286 over budget for the month. 
  • The General Operating Fund has a positive balance of $14,702.03.  This positive balance is mostly due to the fact that we are not paying a full time pastor.  If we had been paying a full time pastor, our financial picture would look much different.
  • Giving for OSCM Pantry and World Hunger combined was $2,243.
  • Other non-budgeted receipts included $105 in memorials, $725 for the beach trip, and $522 for Building Initiative.
  • There is $149.50 owed to the church for the beach trip from the initial payment, and there is still a final bill to be paid and collected on.
  • The BB&T Checking Account has been reconciled as of the date of this report.



Respectfully Submitted,

Laurette Saffy, Treasurer





DON’T FORGET!  Please remember that we offer a direct deposit option for your offerings.  A set amount can be withdrawn from your checking or savings account and sent directly to the LCOS account for any amount you choose, on any schedule you choose.  Call the church office at 864/244-2836 for a direct deposit form to complete, or see page 9 of this Messenger for e-giving options.




News and Notes



Thank you!

To the LCOS Congregation:


Thank you again for all the support and love from the members of Lutheran Church of Our Saviour. Thank you for all the prayers and donations of your time, money, and food!


We held our Lutheroad Day Camp on June 11–15.  Under the leadership of area director Sara Robinson, our 2018 counselors were Charlotte Grush, Barbara Ram, and Addam Setzer. We truly had an awesome week growing in Faith, singing God’s praise, learning Bible stories, laughing together, spreading God’s love, and sliding down a 15’ inflatable water slide!!


Thank you to Perry and Denise McKain for offering their home to house the counselors during their stay in Greenville. We greatly appreciate this generosity!


Many thanks to Denise McKain who prepared all of the snacks and lunches for the week. She really went above and beyond to make Lutheroad happen. We could not have done it without her!


And thank you to all our volunteers: Ken Heckel, Mattison Scott, Lindsey Bruce, Denise McKain, Mary McKeen, and Mary Ann Sahms. We appreciate you being there for our counselors and campers.  You were a blessing and a huge help – and our campers loved spending time with each of you!


Thank you to the members of Church Council and our church secretary Debbie for jumping in and helping us make this week happen.


Special thanks to each person that brought breakfast for the counselors or provided dinner – thank you! We appreciate the few who were able to join us for the cookout on Monday night. Thank you to Perry McKain for cooking all the burgers and hot dogs that night! I hope we can get a bigger crowd for next year to really welcome our counselors and campers to Lutheroad.


To all of our supporters: Lutheroad could not have happened without all of your support and donations at our fundraisers throughout the year. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! Duck Season is in 7 short months! ;)


And lastly – Thank you to all the parents that allowed their children to play and learn with us this week.


God’s peace be with you all,

Lisa Fuller


Office postscript

Thank you to Lisa Fuller, Mackenzie Scott, and Denise McKain for coordinating this year's Lutheroad to make it a resounding success for the Glory of God!!





Request for transportation assistance

Doris Wooldridge is no longer able to drive as the result of glaucoma damaging her peripheral vision. If you are available to provide Doris with transportation to & from church services, please call her at 864/292-3244. Please leave a message if she misses your phone call. Thank you!




If you know of a member of our church family who is in need of help, please let the church office know!
We cannot help if we don’t know of a problem!! You might be the ONLY person to know that another has a problem or concern. Please share these with Pastor or me. I can PROMISE you that we will keep your information in strictest confidence. But again, remember, if we don't know, we can't help!

~Debbie Rheaume, Church Secretary




Prayer Shawl Ministry/Needlepoint Kneelers meetings

We are on a short break until July 12, but we welcome newcomers to join us at 10:00 on Thursday mornings when we resume meeting. We also welcome anyone who is interested in learning to knit – we can teach you the basics! Join us for needlepoint kneelers or to knit prayer shawls & strengthen camaraderie among like-minded crafters. You don’t have to be a member of LCOS to participate. Invite your friends!  Talk with Ramona Hopper or Janet Olsen if you’d like to find out more.




Additional Choir members are still needed!

The Chancel Choir begins summer recess for June-August, but still welcomes new members, male and female, young and old, who are interested in making a joyful sound enhancing the worship experience. We have fun too!  If you would like to explore this opportunity to praise the Lord through your music, please contact Bob Chesebro – or better yet, just show up for Choir rehearsals on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 (September through May)!




Friendly Visitors

To better accommodate the individual needs of both our homebound and our Friendly Visitors team, we have introduced flexibility into our schedule:


The two-person teams will be assigned a group of homebound members that they will contact through either a phone call and/or arrange a home visit if desired. This will be a mutually convenient day and time for both parties. It is our intention to contact all individuals at least every six weeks, or more frequently as the schedules permit. These contacts can be either through a visit, telephone call or written cards. We want to make sure that all of our homebound members will routinely feel the love and care of the congregation. This is an especially important ministry as we are transitioning to a new pastor.


We welcome anyone who is interested in joining this outreach ministry of LCOS. Please contact Doug Bell at 864/325-0615 or dougbell864@gmail.com.




Name tags:  If you have an LCOS-issued name tag, please wear it on Sundays to help Pastor Bruce make name/face associations.  If you do not have a name tag, disposable stick-on ones with a couple of Sharpies are available in the Narthex.  Please use them!!


Healthier Lifestyles

Keep this telephone # handy.

Share it with family & friends.  Help prevent suicide.


The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number:


The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.


For more information visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org


You are loved!





LCOS sponsors SMART meetings
for anyone struggling with any type of addictive behavior


SMART (Self-Management And Recovery Training) offers free face-to-face and on-line mutual self-help groups to assist people with recovery from ALL types of addictive behaviors, including alcoholism, alcohol abuse, drug addiction or abuse, gambling addiction, and addictions to other substances or activities.


Meetings are on Mondays nights at 6:00 in the Parlor – even on Mondays that are holidays!



Grief Support Groups

The summer weekly grief support groups, sponsored by Interim Hospice, begin Tuesday, July 10 in Greenville, July 11 in Spartanburg, and Thursday, July 12 in Easley.  The Greenville group meets at 5:30 p.m., the Spartanburg group meets at 1:00 p.m., and the Easley group meets at 11:00 a.m.


These groups are open to the general public, so pass along the information to anyone who might be interested. Contact Chris Strom (864/982-3683) for more information or Tonya Taylor (864/627-7049) to sign up. Registration deadline is July 17.



  Our next Free Blood Pressure & Diabetic clinic will be on Sunday, July 29, following the 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. worship services.  No appointment is necessary.  If you have any questions, please contact our Parish Nurse, Tammy Pursley.



The SC WELCA Convention was held at Redeemer Lutheran in West Columbia on June 8-9. It was such a joy to represent LCOS as a delegate, see old friends, and make new ones.  There were 202 people in attendance; this included delegates, first time guests, young women guests and visitors. The following women were elected as officers:

  • Becky Koch was re-elected as President for 2 years. Becky is from Immanuel, Greenwood, Foothills conference.
  • Mary Soltis was elected as vice president for one year. Mary is 32 and wants to see WELCA continue. Mary is from Bethlehem, Irmo, Midlands Conference.
  • Rachel Quesada was re-elected as Treasurer. Rachel is from University, Clemson, Foothills Conference.
  • Amanda Boatwright was re-elected for a 2-year term on the board. Amanda is from St. James, Leesville, Western Conference.
  • Rae F. Davis was elected for her first 2-year term on the board. Rae is from Mt. Horeb, Chapin, Heartland Conference
  • Amanda Marie Sease-Baker was elected for her first 2-year term on the board. Amanda is from St. Paul, Gilbert, Western Conference.
  • Kristin Snelgrove was elected for her first 2-year term on the board. Kristin is from St. David, W. Columbia, Saxe Gotha Conference.

The offerings collected were as follows:

• Joy offering            $ 3,670.30

• Convention offering $ 4,010.05 (divided into 50% convention, 25% each to LSC and Tanzania Project)

Report of projects in-gathering:

• Lutheran Services of the Carolinas    9,278 items at an estimated value of $40=50 thousand

• Gift cards                                                      $ 2,134

• Checks                                                          $ 4,469

• 25% of convention offering                          $ 1,003

      Total for LSC                                             $ 7,606 plus items ingathered.

Tanzania sleep house for girls

• Throughout the year and ingathering             $10,004

• Silent offering                                               $  3,487

• 25% from convention offering          $  1,003

     Total                                                           $14,494

The Women of SC WELCA are very generous!


Local news:

Don’t forget our Summer Bible study at 10:00 a.m. on July 28!

Bring a salad to share and your June, July-August issues of Gather magazine. I will have copies to share.


God’s Peace,

Mary McKeen, LCOS WELCA President



     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.


Church Activities & Events for July




      6:00 p.m. SMART recovery (Parlor)

      Jubilate Handbells on summer recess

      Tuesday: 12:30-2:30 p.m. OSCM Pantry


      11:00 a.m. Kairos Bible Study (temporary break)

      Chancel Choir on summer recess


      10:00 Prayer Shawl Ministry/Needlepoint Kneelers

      12:30-2:30 p.m. OSCM Pantry

      Saturday: 10:00 a.m. OSCM Pantry food packing

      Sunday (with occasional exceptions):

        8:30 a.m. Worship with Holy Communion

      10:00 a.m. Confirmation Class (temporary break)

      10:00 a.m. Sunday Church School

      11:00 a.m. Worship with Holy Communion

        3:00 p.m. Nuestro Salvador Sagrada Comunión (Spanish worship)



Golden Group dinners will not be held during the summer months. 
We will also not have Fellowship Lunches during the summer months.

We hope everyone has a good summer, and we will see you in September!

No Church Council meeting in July.


Through July 20: After School Program Summer Arts sessions, 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. (FH)

July 1: one worship service at 10:00 a.m. followed by our annual Red, White and Blue Military Salute/indoor picnic.  A hot dog lunch will be served.  Texas Roadhouse will provide the hot dogs.  Bring a dessert, cole slaw, or baked beans to share. Proceeds raised by the picnic that day will go to The Wingman Foundation, organized by Pastor Mark Cerniglia’s late son’s fellow pilots to support families of pilots killed in service.  The Wingman Foundation provides immediate post-mishap needs to families of Marines and Sailors of the aviation community, offers scholarships to the children left behind, and mentors veterans who are pursuing a transition to the private sector.

July 4:  Independence Day – LCOS office will be closed for holiday

July 8-15: Isle of Palms Family Beach Trip

July 15:  Items for August Messenger are due!

July 15-20: LCY Camp HUGG (see page 15)

July 18: Worship Board, 6:00 p.m.

July 19: After School Summer Arts Program showcase, 6:00 p.m. (FH) – everyone is invited!

July 22-27: LCY Bridge Building Camp (see page 15)

July 28: WELCA Summer Bible Study & Salad Lunch, 10:00 a.m. (FH) (see page 8)

July 29: Blood Pressure & Diabetes clinic (see page 7)

Save these Dates (and watch for updates)!

August 5: Favorite Hymns Sunday – don’t forget to vote in July!!

August 19: Blessing of Backpacks

September 9: God's Work. Our Hands.

October 14: Pig Pickin’ following the 11:00 worship service (outdoors, weather permitting)

October 21: Annual Fall congregational meeting following one worship service at 10:00 a.m.

October 27: Trunk or Treat

October 28: Reformation Sunday

November 4:

• All Saints Sunday
• Daylight Savings time ends

November 18: Thanksgiving Feast following one worship service at 10:00 a.m.

December 22: Caroling for our homebound members with refreshments served on the bus, Noon to 4:00 p.m. (details will be announced later)



Do you need to check the most up-to-date LCOS calendar?
You don’t have to wait to call the office!
You can find out anytime by visiting our website at  www.lcosgreenvillesc.org/Calendar.asp



This Summer … Get Inspired!

NovusWay manages a family of locations for Camps, Conferences and Retreat Rentals and is supported by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.


Camps and Retreat Rentals in North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

Grade School:  Camp is made for kids! Onsite, activities include swimming, crafts, active games, stories, songs, campfires, engaging Bible lessons, creative worship – and more. Fantastic college-age counselors are excellent role models who keep kids safe and help them make friends.


Middle School:  Stretch into new adventures! Camp activities for this age include the low ropes course, an off-site outing into God’s creation, and a crazy costume dance at the end of the week. Swim, play games, make crafts, hike, sing around the campfire, share stories, and grow in faith with creative Bible study and worship!


High School:  Campers make friends for life! Camp activities include all the favorites: swimming, low ropes course, campfires, games, songs, crafts, creative Bible study, and worship. High School campers have at least one off-site outing and plan/lead many of their own activities. Camp is great leadership training! College-age counselors act as friends and guides.


Adult & Family:  Adults can be campers too! Come with others to deepen fellowship or come alone and make new friends. Enjoy the fun of summer camp as a family, making friends and memories that will last a lifetime. This stress-free, affordable, faith-filled vacation is ideal for individuals or extended families–including former staff! Create your staff reunion! Kids love spending the morning with counselors. Parents and grandparents enjoy some time for themselves. Everyone wins!
Find out more at: https://www.novusway.org/

Our Saviour Community Ministries Pantry

(formerly known as God’s Pantry II at LCOS)

LCOS and friends are stocking our food pantry to serve our neighbors in need. We need a continual supply of shelf-stable foods, including pasta (1 & 2 lb. packages), soups & ramen noodles, canned vegetables and any low-sugar, high-protein item such as baked beans, mac & cheese, etc.


Each week of the month, OSCM Pantry will focus on collecting a Weekly Food Item to expedite this process:

  • Week One – peanut butter
  • Week Two – breakfast foods, including dry cereals, “complete” pancake mix (add water only) & grits
  • Week Three – canned spaghetti sauce/tomato products
  • Week Four – canned fruit
  • Week Five (also an ongoing need) – canned vegetables


This is a suggested guide; however, we will accept any shelf-stable item at any time.  A great asset will be store sale items and buy one, get one free foods: buy one for you, give one to God via OSCM.  Our goal is to develop our bargain shopping skills so please feel free to pass along “great buys”!  So far, the lowest price & sugar content found for dry cereal is Aldi’s at $1.19 per box while Wal-Mart has the lowest price for grits at $0.88.


At this time, our pantry days and hours remain the same: Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:30–2:30 p.m.


We need a minimum of 20 bags for 1 person in household, 20 boxes for 2 people in household and 20 boxes for 3 people in household to “OPEN” each Tuesday and Thursday


Four volunteers are needed to pack our bags/boxes in the Parish Nurse office once or twice a week to ensure OSCM is “ready” for our clients.  This is currently a work in progress, complicated by “buying” excursions.  Are you eager to help anyway?  Call me, email me or sign up on the form provided on the Parish Nurse Office door.  It’s FAST fun…really!J


Elayne Finkelstein:  864/268-7635 (H#)      864/238-6737 (C#)   or     lillief70@gmail.com


When shopping at Ingles and Walmart, please thank them for the free boxes that we use for packing: the food pantry uses up to 80 a week! If you are out and about early, feel free to scoot by Ingles and check out their free box pile to grab any that seem clean and dry!  The milk boxes are usually closed on one side of the top ... this is great because we need less tape to close them!


When shopping at BiLO, please thank them for the free paper bags they continue to share with us!


If you dine at Flour Haven, please thank them for providing their surplus donuts with us on Thursdays; it is such a blessing & our clients really appreciate it!


We are very blessed by the support of our community!  I want them to be constantly reminded of how many Lutherans trade with them on a regular basis.....and how this relationship is mutually beneficial!  Thank you!!  Elayne


Update from OSCM Pantry

The Pantry has now received the check for our May 1 fundraiser from our very supportive business partner, The Texas Roadhouse. They very graciously donated 10% of all evening sales in the amount of $223.00!  This, along with the $508.37 raised through our baked treats sale gives us a grand total of $731.37!  We were able to have a great evening for The Pantry as well as a grand opportunity to share the loving, community spirit of The Lutheran Church of Our Saviour! 

Remember, YOU are that spirit and YOU are LCOS!  Without your prayers, constant encouragement and sustaining support, our mission is simply an idea rather than the passion to be God's hands in helping our neighbors in need!

~Elayne Finkelstein


During the month of May, the Pantry served 150 clients with households of 496 people.  This is the largest number of clients we've had in almost a year.  Of these 150 clients, 43 were new to us and their households included 161 people. 


The total volunteer time we spent in supplying and operating our Pantry was 243.05 hours.  This included 93.13 hours working at the Pantry itself and 149.92 hours doing the 'behind the scenes' work of buying, sorting, packing and reporting.


Additional information on our clients and their households is posted outside the church office.


Respectfully submitted,

Paula Mackintosh



The OSCM pantry needs volunteers to share the load and would welcome help from our fellow congregants as your schedule allows.  Help is needed in the following areas:

  • ·     Distributing food to recipients in the pantry from 12:15 to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and logging the transactions.
  • ·     Help loading food from Harvest Hope on Tuesday mornings around 10:30 and unloading it again at LCOS.
  • ·     Help unloading food on Thursday and Friday afternoons around 4:00 p.m. on an as-needed basis. (You'll be called only when help is needed.) 
  • ·     Help scheduling the packers, who fill boxes on Saturday mornings, so there is even coverage every week.
  • ·     Occasional help picking up boxes on Thursday or Friday afternoons and delivering them to LCOS.
  • ·     Also, a co-coordinator for the pantry to help run fundraisers two or three times a year would be welcome.


If you’re interested in volunteering for this important mission, please contact Elayne Finkelstein (864/238-6737 or lillief70@gmail.com) or Connie Gawne (864/220-3584).



In MATTHEW 25:40, Jesus said,

Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”


It's Open Enrollment time for Fall 2018!


Dear Parents,


We are accepting registrations for the 2018-2019 school year, and we would love to have your child learn with us!

Our K2 class offers both 3-day (M-W-F or T-W-Th) and 5-day options;
K3 and K4 classes offer both 4-day (Monday–Thursday) and 5-day options.


We have a Facebook page that showcases many of our activities. We invite you to Like us & follow us on Facebook.


To reserve your child’s place, please fill out an application and return it to the school office along with the non-refundable registration fee. Applications can be found in our church Narthex, at the pre-school, and in your June newsletter. It is important to reserve your child’s spot as soon as possible because space is limited, and spots fill quickly. Please note, all registration forms must be complete and include a check or cash for the full registration fee.


We are very excited about our plans for next school year at Our Saviour Lutheran School. We have many wonderful changes coming to enhance the learning experience for our students. Please be in prayer for our efforts to reach more families in the surrounding area. If you have friends or neighbors who are currently searching for an early childhood center, please spread the word about the greatness of OSLS.



Katie Franks





Children’s Sunday School update:

Our Children’s Sunday School classes are on summer recess.  We invite all young children to participate in our Sunday School classes when they continue in the fall on Sunday mornings at 10:00.

~Mary Ann Sahms & Kim Weaver


Lutheran Church Youth (LCY)

We are called, young and old, to be the Body of Christ together. In baptism we receive God’s Spirit, through which we are empowered to answer that call. Together we can do so much more than we can individually. Together, let us share God’s love with all the world!  Together we can make a difference!


The purpose of the South Carolina Synod Lutheran Church Youth organization is to be a community in Christ…Rooted in God’s love…Hearing God’s voice…Acting as God’s hands.


South Carolina Lutheran Church Youth is…

  • ministry by, with and for youth
  • helping youth to know and share God’s love in Christ
  • making connections that will last a lifetime!


For questions, additional information about any of the activities listed below, or to register, please contact Clint Eastham.



Congratulations to Mattison & Jenna!

During the LCY Convention at Newberry College in June, Mattison Scott was elected the new 9th/10th grade representative for SC Synod LCY Council, and former LCOS member Jenna Jade Pilkenton was elected the new 7th/8th grade rep for SC Synod LCY Council.



Thank you for sending LCOS & Nuestro Salvador Youth to
the ELCA National Youth Gathering 2018





Upcoming SC Synod LCY Activities – Mark your Calendars

July 15-20: LCY Camp HUGG (Camp Kinard) ($50 per youth registrant)

July 22-27: LCY Bridge Building Camp (Camp Kinard) ($50 per youth registrant)



In memory of Mike Cummings (Jean Cummings’ son)

Mary Johnson (for OSCM Pantry)


In memory of John Kingsbury (for OSCM Pantry)

Suzanne & Ebb Culp

Jane & David McGahee

Sidney Skardon

Geraldine & Christopher Trabookis

Dru & Carl Yount


If you made a memorial donation to LCOS in the past month that was not listed here,
please contact the church office so we may adjust our records.  Thank you.



We extend our Christian love and sympathy to the families & friends of:

•  Greg Eaddy, upon his death (Perry McKain’s nephew)

•  Connie Weber, upon her death (Adam & Joseph Cerniglia's mother)

•  Carolyn Shepler, upon her death (Michelle Pcheny's mother)

•  Latongia Pepper, upon her death (Debbie Ogle's co-worker)

•  Trevor McLaughlin, upon his death (Patrick McLaughlin's half-brother)

•  Ethel Smith, upon her death (Dianna Brown's aunt)

•  Norberto Porras, upon his death (Pastor Alejandro Mejia’s grandfather – his mother's dad)

•  Eric Anderson, upon his death (from visitor Cam Hammond)


May all who mourn find comfort in the promise and the power of the resurrection.

Almighty God, source of all mercy and giver of comfort: Deal graciously, we pray, with those who mourn, that, casting all their sorrow on you, they may know the consolation of your love; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

~Prayer from the Lutheran Book of Worship




Missionary Sponsors and Chancel Flower Donors for 2018

Thank you to everyone who has signed up to sponsor flowers and our missionary
(currently The Reverend Dr. Jeffrey A. Truscott) throughout LCOS history! 
We appreciate your generosity.

Would you like to sponsor a Missionary or be a Chancel flower donor?  Sponsors are needed for missionaries throughout the year: $25 is a small amount to invest in our Missionaries who spread the Gospel & make a difference in the world. The total cost for a given Sunday’s two chancel arrangements is approximately $85 including delivery fee & sales tax.

Please stop by the Narthex & consider adding your name to the Flowers list or Missionary Sponsors list.  Flower donors & Missionary sponsors are announced with thankfulness in the Sunday bulletin &
The Messenger when they are known in advance of newsletter publication.



Prayer is a powerful gift which each Christian possesses.  Sometimes it is only when we or our loved ones need the prayers of others that we know how very important prayer is!  Our Lord said that we should pray and that we should be persistent in our prayers.   Martin Luther said it didn’t matter when we pray, not how, as long as we do it!  Here is a listing of those for whom we have offered to God our prayers of intercession:

Our members who have become ill or struggled with personal issues within this past month:

Ellen Ahlers

Dodie Anderson

Holly Ashworth

Gene Bratton

Dianna Brown

Kay Carlson

Bob Chesebro

Marion Cole

Martha Compton

Ebb Culp

Jean Cummings

Rita Davis

Renee Goldsworthy

Gene Helms

Kristi & Carl Kurtz

Bob & Geneva Larson

Mary McKeen

Liesel Page

Joan Riggs

Sandy Roback

Gail & Lee Robbins

Sharon Schulz

Marlon Scott

Darwin Voet

Terri Vanselow

Doris Wooldridge

Nancy York

Our Homebound Members:

Dodie Anderson

Rosalie Burnett

Martha Compton

Mary Ann Copenhaver

Toni Counts

Rita Davis

Bill & Linda Dunsing

Richard Hiller

Rachel Kluizenaar

Evelyn Melder

Scottie & Merv Moeller

Liesel Page

Marlene Ridgeway

Ruth Wells

Atria Merrywood/Charlotte, NC –

Wally Ring

Autumn Leaves –

                Lois Kurtz

The Cascades –

Virginia Simmons


Our church family members & friends serving in the US military:

Adam Cerniglia

Matt Comer

Anthony Coward

Kevin McKeen

Christopher Underwood

Our friends:
Gladys Potter, Bradley Cade & family, Debbie Cleveland, Taylor Meister, Michael Cooper, Melissa Melton, Clifton Weaver, Paula Whitley, Eva Gunderson, Walter Hoopman, Dick Chubb, Jimmy Nix, Elizabeth Christian Pope, Andie Owens, Lily Hicks, Ivan Parra, Judy Gravley, Cailyn York, Nena Vance, Lori Smith, Michael Cantey, Eli Aurand, Jaxon Hensley, Stephen Landrum, Carolyn Lonkey, Arlene Hellwig, Nikki, Roxanne Hazelton, Helen Flanagan, Rhonda Boling, Albie Ahlers, David G., Mariarosa Saldini, Homer Coker, Phyllis Armitage, Leigh Watson, Debbie Christian, Carol Head, Vivian, Michael Cater, Crystal Treadaway, Clyde Floyd, Jim Rohrer, Shirley Walker, Janice Hagan, Ray Riggs, Khloe Boykin, Penny Booher, Carol Husted, Rose Ann Patton, Melanie Carmichael, Ruthie Clardy, Ella Culp, Jane Thomas, Louise Gilliam, Leslie Armitage, Diane Wolff, Mason, Margie Waddell, Virgil Hyte, Michael Kingsbury, Shelli Tardugno, Sandra Lee Bible, John “3:16” Fuller, Sarah Slater, George Eastergard, Brenda Stevens, Caleb Baumgardner, Dax Andrews, Brandon Field, Don Joseph, Jim Longpre, Buck Smith, Noah Smith, Penny Kinsey, Christie Wilkey, James Dallas, Nonnie Booher, Pam Glass, Angela Mann, Tammy Calder, and Michelle Brogdon who are also coping with health concerns.  Please keep families who are dealing with addictions of any type in your prayers.  Please keep families who are going through separation, divorce, or experiencing marital conflict in your prayers.  Please pray for William & Stacia Nance, the Voet family, the Honeycutts, the LaTortue family, Cammy Lee, Gail White, Delana Boggs & sons, the Kendig & Zint families, the Russ Hudson family, the Husz family, the Will Anderson family, Kirsten Jones, Beverly Franklin, Donna Rocker, the Kingsbury family, Tonya & her children, the James & Donna Arnold family, and the Trevor McLaughlin family.


Please call the church office at
864/244-2836 to update us when you
(or family/friend you added) can be removed
from the prayers list!



PLEASE remember that hospitals DO NOT notify us when a member is hospitalized. 


Please call 244-2836 to let us know!!




  2   Deborah Ogle

  4   Robbie Rohrer

  5   Rev. Bruce Booher

  5   Patricia Chardt

  6   Karen Moose

11   Nathan Cummings

12   Penny Booher

12   Tom Rohrer

17   Denise Porter

17   Ellen Ahlers

18   Fran Moore

21   Linna Peters

21   Bradley Benjamin

24   Richard Hiller

25   Laura Estep

25   Nancy Riskevics

26   Eloise Cerniglia

26   Marlene Ridgeway

26   Gil Fairbanks

26   Connie Gawne

26   Jean Bratton

26   Julie Hanks

27   (former member) Martha Welshans

28   Bob Thompson

29   James Counts

29   Connor Rogers

29   Matt Adamson

31   Doug Bell

31   Jackie Cummings




Did we miss your special day?

PLEASE call the church office 864/244-2836!

We want everyone to be included!



07/03/04    Anne Marie & Nathan Cummings

07/07/74    John & Gail Hillary

07/07/12    Julie & Joey Hanks

07/11/??     Rev. Bruce & Penny Booher

07/13/63    Linda & Bill Dunsing

07/19/68    Geneva & Bob Larson

07/20/57    Nancy & Allan York

07/24/87    Pat & Bill George

07/31/99    Dana & Robb Lanning




Please, please – if you know of a member of our church family who is in need of help, PLEASE let the church office know!!!


We cannot help if we do not know of a problem!! It's hard for us Lutherans to share concerns – we don't want to gossip – but sometimes, you might be the ONLY person to know that another has a problem or concern.  Please share these with Pastor or me.  I can PROMISE you that we will keep your name in strictest confidence.  But again, remember, if we don't know, we can't help!


                            Thank you!  Debbie











Deadline for AUGUST


is Sunday, July 15


Fax to 268-5169

E-Mail to k5lcos@bellsouth.net

or bring to church office







Don’t let the lazy days of summer delay your donations to LCOS!

Our ministries – and bills! – are year-round.  Remember that we offer a direct deposit option for your offering.  A set amount can be withdrawn from your checking or savings account and sent directly to the LCOS account for any amount you choose, on any schedule you choose.  Call the church office at 864/244‑2836 for a direct deposit form to complete, or see page 9 of this Messenger for e-giving options.  As Summer continues, we hope that everyone is enjoying a wonderful & relaxing time!  Here are some tips for you to consider:


SUMMER WORSHIP – If you want to have more time on Sunday for a recreational activity, consider attending the 8:30 worship service.  Please note we will hold ONE worship service on Sunday, July 1 at 10:00 a.m., followed by our annual Red, White & Blue picnic.


If you are out of town on a Sunday, check the ELCA website (www.ELCA.org) for the name of a congregation near you.  If you don’t have internet access, call the LCOS office (864/244-2836) and we can look up the information for you.  If you have family and friends visiting you over a weekend, invite them to join us for worship!


OFFERING ENVELOPES – There is an envelope pre-addressed to the church in each bi-monthly packet of offering envelopes mailed to you.  You can use that to send your offering to the church when you will be away.  Or consider electronic giving as a one-time or routine way to donate (operating or designated) funds. We are very grateful for everyone who gives their offering when they are unable to be here on a Sunday; it is a big help since utility bills & routine expenses continue throughout the year.


DAILY E-MAILS, FACEBOOK and WEBSITE – You can keep up-to-date with your LCOS family by joining our daily prayer request/updates and church newsletter (The Messenger) mailing list if you’re not already on it;
e-mail your address to k5lcos@bellsouth.net with your request to be added.  If you like to stay connected through social media, find us on Facebook, and check out our website at www.lcosgreenvillesc.org!


Vacations (and “Staycations”) are both necessary & a blessing, giving us a break from daily routine with opportunities to strengthen us physically, mentally & spiritually.  We hope you are enjoying a refreshing summer, both in your time of vacation and in your faithful participation!  You can see from all the information packed into our issues of The Messenger that the action doesn’t stop at LCOS, even for a summer break.  We hope to see you here!





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