2600 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville SC
Phone: 864.244.2836



Message from Pastor Bruce :

It is hard to believe that September is almost here and school has started. Summer is winding down, although we will still have hot weather for a while.


We had our Blessing of the Backpacks, and prayed for teachers, students and staff as they begin a new school year. OSLS preschool classes K2, K3 and K4 have also started. Please continue to pray for the students, teachers and staff at OSLS preschool and all the schools in our communities. And pray for, participate in, and support our Sunday School and other educational opportunities here at LCOS. Beginning with Martin Luther translating the Bible into German so that it could be read and understood by all the people, Lutherans have recognized the importance of education for the church and for our communities.


We had a baptism in August and will have more coming up this Fall. During the Baptismal service, the congregation, as the people of God, promise to pray for those who are baptized. This is an important promise and responsibility – one we should take seriously. I know that we would like to have more families with children active in our life together at LCOS. One of the most important things we can do is to show, through our actions that are visible to members and visitors, how much we value the children who are already a part of our congregation.


On September 6, at 8:00 p.m., our congregational members and visitors are invited to the dress rehearsal of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Greenville Little Theater. This is one of my favorite plays, and I strongly encourage you to take advantage of this chance to see and enjoy it. A big Thank You to Judith and Clint Eastham for providing this opportunity for us!


Sunday, September 9 is God's Work. Our Hands. Sunday in the ELCA.  This day is set aside for service to the community. According to the ELCA, service activities offer an opportunity for us to explore one of our most basic convictions as Lutherans:  That all of life in Jesus Christ – every act of service, in every daily calling, in every corner of life – flows freely from a living, daring confidence in God’s grace.


Many of the members of the Lutheran Church of Our Saviour work in service to the community on a regular basis, through ministries of LCOS and in their work or volunteer service. The LCOS Service Board has selected an outreach project which allows all our members to participate: we are collecting personal care items such as toothpaste, shampoo and soap that will be shared with the less fortunate in our community through United Ministries of Greenville. Please share with us through this ministry.


On Sunday, September 23, we will have a jazz style worship service, including "Just a Closer Walk with Thee" and "When the Saints Go Marching In" as hymns and other special music.  Please join us, and invite your family and friends!

Pastor Bruce


Church Council minutes – August 12, 2018

Attending: A.J. Stratton, Liv Osby, Tammy Pursley, Fran Mathewes, Mary McKeen, Todd Scott, Lisa Fuller, Paul Anderson, Laurette Saffy, Clint Eastham, Chris Strom, Mary Rose, Mackenzie Scott, Pastor Bruce Booher, and guest Mattison Scott


Absent: Perry McKain and Josh Rogers


The meeting was opened by Council Chairperson Lisa Fuller.


The June minutes were approved by Council via email.


The Nuestro Salvador service time change from 3:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. was approved via email.


The June Treasurer’s Report was approved by Council.

Offerings for the month of June were $1,109 over budget for the month which resulted in a positive balance of $14,473.79 in the General Operating Fund. Receipts for Facilities Support were $239 over budget for the month.


The July Treasurer’s Report was approved by Council.

Offerings for the month of July were $3,631 over budget for the month resulting in a positive balance of $27,887.48 in the General Operating Fund. Receipts for Facilities Support were $580 over budget for the month. There was a discussion about the overpayment of $1,123 on the beach trip bill. Clint Eastham will work with Elliot Cox to get a resolution to the overpayment.


Old Business:

•  We have received one estimate for the cabinets, but are waiting on 2 more before making a decision.

•  The Audit Committee is tabled until September.

•  The Church Windows computer upgrade is in process by Bob Thompson. He has discovered a satisfactory solution for remote access to the new computer that has the new version of Church Windows installed.

•  AJ Stratton volunteered to learn how to update the electronic sign so we can update it more frequently.

•  AJ Stratton needs keys to the building.

•  The Call Committee is interviewing candidates.

•  OSCM Financial Update:

    o  OSLS account

                     $3500 short due to shortfall in fees for prior school year

                     Thrivent grant has $5000 remaining which can be used for the shortfall, leaving no cushion.

                     The budget is for 30 students and we currently have 22 enrolled.

    o  ASP is in good shape

    o  Pantry

                     Declining donations from congregation

                     Budget for next year reflects this decline

                     If the decline continues, the next budget year will experience a financial shortfall.

    o  Grants

                     Down to $5223

                     Need to use $3500 for school shortfall

                     Need to write more grant requests (Thrivent, etc.)

    o  School starts 8/21 at OSLS. They have hired 2 new teachers for the school year and are really excited about them.

•  There are external light maintenance needs, overgrown trees, and humidity in the sanctuary to be addressed by the Support Board. The carpet cleaning schedule will be verified

•  Colombarium improvements are completed for phase 1 and will begin phase 2 in January.

•  “God’s Work, Our Hands” Sunday – We are collecting personal items for donations. Clint will get the word out on the websites. Liv will provide the content.

•  No new letters have been received from the IRS and there has been no further action on the request to refund the penalty payment.

•  The Nominating Committee is in progress. So far we have 6 candidates and 1 youth candidate.


New Business:

•  The choir room chairs were brought to the attention of the Council. The Worship Board has been tasked with figuring out the best approach to replace them. They will work with Bob Chesebro.

•  Council approved the transfer of Barbara Crawford to Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd.

•  Council also approved the removal of George Ducker, who has not chosen a new church at this time.

•  The Foothills Quilting Guild has been approved for their use of the Fellowship Hall.

•  Birthday Party request to rent the Fellowship Hall was approved.

•  Tables were removed from the storage room and placed in the storage container outside, but it has been brought to our attention that this is not a good idea. The tables can deteriorate in the container so Clint and Todd will work on a solution for where they can be stored.

•  Clint made a motion to move $50,000 from our checking account to our Investment fund. Council seconded it and approved the motion.

•  Council approved for Connie Clark to become a new member.

•  There is kitchen and serving glassware in the Fellowship Hall that will be offered to the congregation and then given to Habitat for Humanity.

•  The 2019 budget must be approved at the September meeting. All Council members must review the proposed budget and provide updates to Laurette via email so that we can present a completed budget for approval at the September meeting. Fellowship Board indicated no changes to their budget.


Pastor Bruce Booher closed the meeting in prayer.


Respectfully submitted,

Lisa Fuller, Council Chair



Nominations for LCOS Church Council

New Council members will be elected at our annual Congregational meeting in October to join Council in January 2019: There are FIVE positions open for a three-year term of service plus a Youth representative for one year.  If you are interested, or might be interested, prayerfully consider having your name placed into the mix.  Members will be contacted directly by our Nominating Committee to have their names added to the list of nominees; or you may initiate a call to one of the Nominating Committee members listed below to express an interest in having your name added to the ballot. Call also if you have questions! Your support and willingness to serve are critical to the life of our congregation.  Let the Holy Spirit guide your decision.


Members of our Nominating Committee are: Fran Mathewes, Mary McKeen, Jayson Adams, and Judy Madaus. 




A message from our Fellowship Board:

If you use supplies from the Fellowship Hall's kitchen/storage room, please put a note in the Fellowship Board mail drawer in the workroom next to the church office. This helps us ensure we don't run out of anything.
Thank you!

~Mary McKeen & Tammy Pursley


Treasurer’s Report


Memo To:                                                                   LCOS Council  Date: July 22, 2018

From:              Laurette Saffy

Subject:          June, 2018 Financial Reports


  • Offerings were $1,109 over budget for the month.  Receipts for Facilities Support were $239 over budget for the month.  We had an unrealized gain that was booked in our investment account of $25,707 that caused the positive net cash flow.  Without this gain there would have been a negative $2,891 cash flow.
  • The General Operating Fund has a positive balance of $14,473.79.  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 $1,383.
  • Other non-budgeted receipts included $100 in memorials, $2,838 for the beach trip, $2,610 in Columbarium Receipts and $442 for Building Initiative.
  • The final bill for the beach trip was paid and there is $2,245 owed to the church.
  • The BB&T Checking Account has been reconciled as of the date of this report.



Respectfully Submitted,

Laurette Saffy, Treasurer




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

Treasurer’s Report


Memo To:                                                                   LCOS Council  Date: August 4, 2018

From:              Laurette Saffy

Subject:          July, 2018 Financial Reports


  • Offerings were $3,631 over budget for the month.  Receipts for Facilities Support were $580 over budget for the month.  There was a positive cash flow of $7,072.
  • The General Operating Fund has a positive balance of $27,887.48.  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 $1,953.
  • Other non-budgeted receipts included $70 in memorials, $973 for the beach trip, $327 for the Wingman Foundation and $798 for Building Initiative.
  • A final bill for the beach trip was paid.  The bill that was paid was not the amount collected from participants.  As of the date of this report, there is $1,123 owed to the church.  At this time it is unclear if this will be paid back to the church or if it will be considered a deposit on next year.
  • 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 11 of this Messenger for e-giving options.



News and Notes



Thank you!

I would like to thank Debbie Rheaume, Chris Strom, Pastor Maria Miller (Lutheran Hospice), the many gracious hands that brought food, worked in the kitchen, set up the reception hall, and showed up in support of my mother, Gladys Reeves Potter. The reception for her Saturday was just perfect and I sincerely thank each of you. Several people from other churches commented on the lengths of which you went to comfort us. We have received many cards of thoughtfulness. LCOS may not be the biggest church or part of the big box growth, but one thing that is big at LCOS is hearts and that is what is truly important – thank you ALL for sharing your hearts with all of us at such a difficult time – we appreciate you and love you!

~Dianna Brown & The Potter Family  

+ + +

The Fellowship and Service Boards thank those who participated in the Fellowship Hall cleaning project on Saturday, August 11 and for all the donations of Magic Erasers.  Please stop in the Fellowship Hall and see how nice the tables look and take a peek at the storage room!  We have made a place for everything and would appreciate your help in keeping everything in its place. No dishes were thrown away, they were packed and placed in the attic.  Excess items not taken home by our congregation will be donated to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

~Mary McKeen, Tammy Pursley and Mary Rose



Address updates – please update your LCOS directory:

Sara & Mark Schnoor have moved to:

274 White Hawk Way

Manteno IL  60950-5202


former member Martha Welshans has moved to:

3335 Wise Creek Ln Apt 242

Aiken SC  29801-2519


Congratulations and best wishes to Hannah Rohrer and Patrick Morrison upon their engagement in July during our congregation's annual Family Beach Trip at Coastal Retreat Center on the Isle of Palms SC. They plan to marry in December 2019 in Greenville.






Prayer Shawl Ministry/Needlepoint Kneelers meetings

We welcome newcomers to join us at 10:00 on Thursday mornings. 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.


We welcome into the Lord’s family through
the Sacrament of Holy Baptism:

Charlie Brooke Martin, baptized at LCOS on Sunday, August 12.  Charlie is Elsie Horton’s great-granddaughter. Charlie’s parents are Robert Lee Martin Jr. and Ashley Brooke Horton Martin.


The gift of the Holy Spirit, entrance into the family of God, and eternal life are God’s gifts to Charlie and all those who are baptized.







 for Golden Group:

Dear Golden Group Members and Friends,

Golden Group is scheduled to resume meetings on Thursday, September 13, at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall with a covered dish supper followed by a program. It is also planned to continue the Friendship Lunches on the fourth Thursday of each month, September-May, with the first one on September 27, from 1:00-3:00 p.m., Dutch Treat, order from the menu, place to be announced.


Thanks to all of your prayers and those of others, we received the good news Wednesday, August 15,  that Gene's cancer is in remission and we are now on the path to a stem-cell transplant scheduled for September  This will involve our being "on-call" 24/7 and may or may not involve hospitalization. The good news is Gene's own stem cells will be used and that most appointments are scheduled on an out-patient basis unless something along the way suggests hospitalization would be necessary – up to 2 weeks in some cases. 


Of course, Gene is my priority; therefore, I must give up my position as coordinator for the Golden Group and really need someone to step up and take it over. Please consider keeping the Golden Group going.  Most of the responsibilities can be done from home: finding programs and scheduling them, sending in Messenger, bulletins, and e-mail announcements, contact members to remind them of the meeting and the food dishes they signed up to bring, and set-up and clean-up in the Fellowship Hall for the meetings. Members have been very cooperative in helping, but, in the end, the meetings need someone to coordinate them. According to our treatment schedule (32 appointments in the coming month), I will not be able to be at the September 13 meeting.  Thanks for considering helping keep the Golden Group active! 

~Jean Bratton

Help the environment AND help LCOS!

Juice cans … 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!!



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



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 or doctor appointments, please call her. Please leave a message if she misses your phone call. Thank you!




  Additional Choir members are always welcome!

The Chancel Choir is beginning another year of music-making and welcomes new members, male and female, young and old, who are interested in making a joyful sound to enhance the LCOS worship experience. 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)!  Come have some fun with us!



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!!



Have you moved in the past year? 

Has your e-mail address changed?

Has your telephone contact information changed
(land line/s no longer used or office number changed)?

Have any of your adult children moved away from home?

Please review the address & telephone numbers listed for you in our LCOS Directory.
Updated directories are mailed out each Fall in preparation for the Annual Meeting – if you can't find your 2017 update, please look at whichever recent one you have available. We will be mailing Annual Congregational Meeting packages next month; we want to be sure we are up-to-date & able to keep in touch with our congregation!

Please update me with any changes for your household via e-mail to k5LCOS@bellsouth.net, or you can leave updates in my mail drawer in the workroom next to the LCOS office. Thank you!

~Debbie Rheaume, Church Secretary


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




Healthy Cooking classes resume on Tuesday, September 11 at 5:30 p.m.
Note the new time!

Please contact Pat George if you plan to attend:
call or text 864/201-1684 or e-mail to scpenguin528@bellsouth.net




Our next Free Blood Pressure & Diabetes clinic will be on Sunday, September 30, following the 11:00 a.m. and before the 1:00 p.m. worship services.  No appointment is necessary.  If you have any questions, please contact our Parish Nurse, Tammy Pursley.






Grief Support Groups will begin in October

The fall weekly grief support groups, sponsored by Interim Hospice, begin Tuesday, October 2 in Greenville, October 3 in Spartanburg, and Thursday, October 4 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 October 9.


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 are 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.







September is here and WELCA monthly Bible study resumes on September 24, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in the LCOS library. All women are welcome and encouraged to attend. We will use the study in Gather Magazine on Repentance. This is a three-month study. Please join us for fellowship, development of faith, and fun.


Saturday, October 6 is the date for the WELCA Foothills Conference, which will be held at Faith Lutheran Chapel in Pickens from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. This is an election meeting for conference coordinator, secretary and treasurer for a 2-year term each.  There will also be a speaker from The Dream Center of Pickens County. This is a faith-based 501(c)3 non-profit that aids families living in poverty. Their primary focus is a mentoring program that empowers people to make different choices by offering guidance in budgeting, money management, parenting, and employment. Please plan to join us at this meeting. We will leave LCOS at 8:30 a.m. and travel by car.


Our annual Thanksgiving Feast is coming up on November 18.  A committee is needed to evaluate last year's dinner and plan the menu for this year. Please volunteer to help; the funds received go to benefit the benevolence of the WELCA group locally.


God’s Peace,

Mary McKeen, LCOS WELCA President






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



     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 September




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

      7:00 p.m. Jubilate Handbells

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


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

        7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir


      10:00 Prayer Shawl Ministry/Needlepoint Kneelers (temporary break)

      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

        1:00 p.m. Nuestro Salvador Sagrada Comunión (Spanish worship) – note the new time!!



September 3:  Labor Day – LCOS office will be closed for the holiday

September 9:

•   God's Work. Our Hands. Sunday (see page 21)

•   The adult Sunday school class will be starting a four-week study on September 9: Human Trafficking titled “My Neighbor Is Not For Sale”.  We will explore: What is Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking?; Safe harbor-Support for Survivors; Ending Demand-Raising the Next Generation of Healthy Boys and Young Men; A Call to Action: Using our Spiritual Gifts to make a difference.  We invite anyone interested in learning more about this topic to join us in the Parlor at 10:00 a.m.; we will move to a larger room (the Fellowship Hall) if needed.

•   Church Council, 12:30 p.m. 

September 13:  Golden Group potluck dinner, 6:00 p.m.
The Golden Group will meet in the Fellowship Hall. We will start with a covered dish supper followed by a program. Anyone 50+ is invited to attend. Since this is our first fall meeting, we did not have a sign-up sheet for food, so just bring a dish to share. We hope to see you there!

September 15:  Items for October Messenger are due!
September 16:  Children's Sunday School resumes!
(see page 17)

September 19:  Worship Board, 6:30 p.m. 

September 25:  OSLS Spirit Night fundraiser at Chick-fil-A in Taylors (in front of Publix on Wade Hampton Blvd.), 5:00-8:00 p.m.

September 27:  Golden Group Friendship Lunch, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Our location will be announced in the Sunday bulletin and at the September Potluck meeting. Everyone, of any age, is welcome to attend! It is Dutch Treat and will be "order from the menu."

September 30:  Blood Pressure & Diabetes clinic (see page 9)


Save these Dates (and watch for updates)!

October 1:  OSCM Pantry fundraiser at Texas Roadhouse, 5:00-9:00 p.m. (details will be announced soon) 

October 6:  Blessing of the Animals, 10:30 a.m. (details will be announced soon)
Please send an e-mail to k5lcos@bellsouth.net or call the church office at 864/244-2836 to let us know what type of pet you will bring (bird, cat, dog, etc.) so that appropriate treats will be available. 

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 – wear red! 

November 4:

• All Saints Sunday
• Daylight Savings time ends

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

December 2:  Advent season begins 

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


May 30-June 1:  SC Synod Assembly (Spartanburg) – details will be announced later

July 14-21:  Family Beach Trip at Coastal Retreat Center, Isle of Palms SC (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


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

During the month of July, the Pantry served 147 clients with households of 475 people.  Of these 147 clients, 24 were new to us and their households included 67 people. 


The total volunteer time we spent in supplying and operating our Pantry was 240.98 hours.  This included 103.73 hours working at the Pantry itself and 137.25 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.”



The OSCM Pantry will hold a fundraiser at
Texas Roadhouse on Monday, October 1, 5:00-9:00 p.m.


Bakers, get ready  – our baked goods sale is a huge part of this fundraiser!

(Football fans don't worry, you will arrive home in plenty of time for the game!)

Additional details will be announced soon!!




Our Saviour Lutheran Preschool

2600 Wade Hampton Blvd

Greenville SC 29615















Dear Parents,


Welcome to September! We had a great start to the new school year. The students and teachers all came back super-excited to start the year. I love hearing giggles and happy children in our school. It’s so quiet during the summer.


This year we welcomed three new teachers to OSLS: Kristyn Gizzi is our new K4 assistant and Art Teacher, Kristen Pittman is our new K3 assistant and Character Education Teacher, and Jaymee Robinson is our new K2 assistant.


Allison Miller moved from K2 Lead Teacher to K4 Lead Teacher, Terri Vanselow moved to K2 Lead Teacher, and Kerrie Azbell continues as our K3 Lead Teacher.


A huge THANK YOU to those of you who were able to attend our “Back to School Ice Cream Social” on Sunday, August 26. Our preschool families enjoyed meeting the LCOS congregation who were able to join us.


On September 1, we started our first fundraiser of the year. The best part about this fundraiser is you do not have to purchase anything! We are partnering with Funds2Orgs to collect gently worn, used shoes, and new shoes. We are collecting shoes of all sizes. Collected shoes are used to support micro-enterprise vendors. Micro-enterprises are small businesses in developing nations. They are typically operated by one person or family and friends, depending upon size of the business. Please bring your shoes and place them in the collection boxes located on the preschool hallway. Help us raise funds for OSLS by donating your gently worn, used or new shoes – ask your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to donate too!


Come down to the preschool hall and visit us any time. The children love having visitors and showing off the art work they have done.


For His Glory,

Katie Franks, Director OSLS



September 25:  OSLS Spirit Night fundraiser at Chick-fil-A in Taylors, 5:00-8:00 p.m. (in front of Publix on Wade Hampton Blvd.) – Mention you are there to support Our Saviour Lutheran School!



The preschool will also be selling Cookie Dough tubs for $10 – Details will be announced soon!

Chick-fil-A will no longer be selling calendars for fundraising, and the calendars were a HUGE fundraising opportunity for us, so the OSCM Board has been exploring other options and hopefully shoes and cookies will bring us added $$.


THANK YOU ALL for supporting our wonderful school that is G-R-O-W-I-N-G daily!! (If anyone has any questions, contact Karen Moose or Mary Ann Sahms and we will TRY to address your concerns and questions!)

~Mary Ann Sahms




Children’s Sunday School returns on Sunday, September 16!

We invite all young children to participate in our Sunday School classes when we continue on Sunday, September 16 at 10:00 a.m.

~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!


Upcoming SC Synod LCY Activities – Mark your Calendars

NOTE: Details for each activity can be found at https://scsynod.com/youth/

For questions or additional information about LCY activities, please contact Clint Eastham.


November 16-18: Hand in Hand (Greenville)
January 18-20, 2019: 9th & 10th Grade Winter Retreat at Camp Kinard
February 15-17, 2019: 11th & 12th Grade Winter Retreat at Coastal Retreat Center
March 15-17, 2019: Spring into Action at Coastal Retreat Center
March 30, 2019: Club 345 (location to be announced, Columbia)
April 26-28, 2019: Middle School Winter Retreat at Camp Kinard
May 17-19, 2019: LCY Convention at Newberry College
July 7-12, 2019: Bridge Building Camp at Camp Kinard
July 21-26, 2019: Camp HUGG at Camp Kinard







In memory of Nonnie Margaret Beach Booher (Pastor Bruce's mother)

Joyce & Gene Helms (for OSCM Pantry)

Mary Johnson (for OSCM Pantry)


In memory of Mary Culp Jarvis (Ebb Culp's sister)

Joyce & Gene Helms (for OSCM Pantry)


In memory of Pat Kenney (Sharon Schulz's brother)

Joyce & Gene Helms (for OSCM Pantry)


In memory of Dr. Bob Moser

Sandra Kerhoulas-Moser


In memory of Gladys Potter (Dianna Brown's mother)

Dianna Brown

Joyce & Gene Helms (for OSCM Pantry)

Mary Johnson (for OSCM Pantry)

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:

•  Pat Kenney, upon his death (Sharon Schulz's brother)

•  Gladys Potter, upon her death (Dianna Brown's mother)

•  Virginia "Ginny" Simmons, upon her death

•  Ruthie Shemenski, upon her death (Connie Clark’s friend)

•  Marliee Chitwood, upon her death (sister of Sandy Bright’s dear friend)

•  Jimmy Burns, upon his death (Bill Bright’s cousin)


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

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 also like to sponsor a Missionary or be a Chancel flower donor? 
Watch the Narthex for opportunities to sponsor in 2019!



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

Holly Ashworth

Gene Bratton

Kay Carlson

Bob Chesebro

Marion Cole

Martha Compton

Ebb Culp

Rita Davis

Gil Fairbanks

Renee Goldsworthy

Gene Helms

Ramona Hopper

Kristi & Carl Kurtz

Bob Larson

Mary McKeen

Liesel Page

Joan Riggs

Sandy Roback

Gail & Lee Robbins

Sharon Schulz

Marlon Scott

Terri Vanselow

Darwin Voet

Doris Wooldridge

Nancy York

Dru Yount

Our Homebound Members:

Dodie Anderson

Rosalie Burnett

Martha Compton

Mary Ann Copenhaver

Toni Counts

Jean Cummings

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


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

Adam Cerniglia

Matt Comer

Anthony Coward

Kevin McKeen

Christopher Underwood


Our friends:
Bradley Cade & family, Debbie Cleveland, Taylor Meister, Clifton Weaver, Eva Gunderson, Elizabeth Christian Pope, Andie Owens, Lily Hicks, Judy Gravley, Cailyn York, Jaxon Hensley, Arlene Hellwig, Nikki, Roxanne Hazelton, Helen Flanagan, Albie Ahlers, David G., Mariarosa Saldini, Phyllis Armitage, Leigh Watson, Debbie Christian, Carol Head, Vivian, Michael Cater, Crystal Treadaway, Jim Rohrer, Janice Hagan, Ray Riggs, Penny Booher, Carol Husted, Rose Ann Patton, Ruthie Clardy, Ella Culp, Louise Gilliam, Leslie Armitage, Diane Wolff, Mason, Margie Waddell, Virgil Hyte, Michael Kingsbury, Shelli Tardugno, Sandra Lee Bible, John “3:16” Fuller, Sarah Slater, Brenda Stevens, Caleb Baumgardner, Brandon Field, Don Joseph, Jim Longpre, Buck Smith, Noah Smith, Penny Kinsey, Christie Wilkey, Angela Mann, Michelle Brogdon, Vic Kotowski, Anj Ramnarine, Aurie Latham, Dale Niemi, Susan Goebel, Patsy Goebel, Dylon McBryde, Jean Lee, Raymond Wilbanks, Michelle & her infant daughters, Vickie Rezendes, Dorothy Kompelien, Amanda Rector, and Calvin Forgie, 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, the Trevor McLaughlin family, and the Gladys Potter 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   Celia Adair

  6   Susan Powell

  7   Boyce Cockman

  8   Butch Weaver

  8   Don Rex

  9   Brenda Safrit

10   G Ann Bjorkedal

12   Bob Larson

12   Charlie Brooke Martin

13   Merv Moeller

15   David Urke

16   Don Walker

18   Al Bjorkedal

19   Cathy Hubbard

19   Jay Clawson

19   Steven Childs

20   Ruth Wells

20   Debbie Hart

22   Diane Tunila

22   Jasmine Jones

23   Rita Davis

23   Michael Hopper

23   Timothy Riley

23   Andria Burke

24   Nell Miller

25   Sheri DeMars

26   Wally Ring

26   Geneva Larson

26   Ray Roback

27   Barbara Gangloff

27   Bill Dunsing

27   Sandra Wise

28   Stephanie King

29   Dean Benjamin

30   Suzanne Culp



Did we miss your special day?

PLEASE call the church office 864/244-2836!

We want everyone to be included!



09/01/1962    Roberta & Dave Cathell

09/04/1993    Kristi & Carl Kurtz

09/06/1993    Cathy & Ben Hubbard

09/10/1965    Diane & Tucker Harrison

09/11/1965    Sherri & Pete Erbskorn

09/21/1964    Phyllis & Steve Everett

09/22/1979    Stephanie & Leo King

09/28/1990    Ellen & Gene Ahlers



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 OCTOBER


is Saturday, September 15


Fax to 268-5169

E-Mail to k5lcos@bellsouth.net

or bring to church office







  God's Work. Our Hands.  September 9 is God's Work. Our Hands. Sunday in the ELCA.  This day is set aside for service to the community.  According to the ELCA, service activities offer an opportunity for us to explore one of our most basic convictions as Lutherans: 

That all of life in Jesus Christ – every act of service, in every daily calling, in every corner of life – flows freely from a living, daring confidence in God’s grace.

Many of the members of the Lutheran Church of Our Saviour work in service to the community on a regular basis. To enable the entire congregation to participate in God's Work. Our Hands. Sunday, LCOS is collecting personal care items such as toothpaste, shampoo and soap that will be shared with the less fortunate in our community through United Ministries of Greenville.  Last year, United Ministries provided crisis assistance to more than 2,000 families. It also gave shelter or interim housing to more than 40 homeless families with children.  Look for donation boxes in the Narthex if you would like to help – and we thank you for your contribution!




 You are invited to join 50forward for these upcoming programs:


Simple Enough:
Living More with Less
Oct. 19-21, 2018

Spend the weekend at Lutheridge, located just south of Asheville, and enjoy autumn beauty in the mountains. We will focus on the gift of SIMPLICITY: How much is enough? How can we live MORE with LESS? How can “letting go” and “doing without” increase our joy and strength for the journey?

Join keynote speaker Bob Sitze
and other leaders for workshops including life transitions; decluttering; living close to the land; setting priorities and more. Enjoy engaging Christian worship and lively entertainment.

including meals & lodging
Discount for groups of 5 or more

Parenting in the
50Forward Years
March 22-24, 2019

Spend the weekend at Lutheranch, located one hour west of Atlanta in Tallapoosa GA.

Learn new strategies for parenting.

Gain valuable resources.

Build community.

Experience meaningful worship.

Join Pastor Tim Canniff-Kuhn and family services professionals.
Two tracks will offer support and resources for those faced with parenting their parents or unsure about how to best parent
adult children.

including meals & lodging
at our new retreat center

Backpacking on the
Appalachian Trail
April 25-28, 2019

Spend 2 days hiking on
beautiful trails; 2 nights camping;
then finish with a celebration meal and hot springs soak.

Hit the trail from Allen Gap to
Hot Springs NC,
hiking 6-8 miles each day, enjoying spring beauty in the mountains. Set up camps at
Rich Mountain (3,600') and
alongside the French Broad River

including most meals &
all equipment, except for
personal gear

For details & to register for these events, visit 50forwardlife.org 

faith-based learning for a community of active adults



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