Events

WORSHIP ATTENDANCE includes both service times and Sunday School attendance.  Please join us. 

There are a lot of new faces in church.
Make sure you make them feel welcome and invite them back. 

If you see someone sitting alone in church, ask them if it would be all right for you to sit next to them. Be aware that some of our parishioners prefer to worship by themselves, but asking them might be an opportunity to make a new friend.

If you miss someone who regularly comes to church, give them a call or send them a card or text and just say something caring to show them they were missed. Folks miss services for all kinds of reasons, but most of them like to know they are important enough to be missed.

LOST or LEFT. Many times church members bring materials to the church or Fellowship hall for events. After the event the material winds up being left. We ask that if you bring it, take it home after the event. If you need assistance, the Property group or the Fellowship group will be glad to help you. Please don’t leave items without arrangements for their storage or removal.  Thanks for your help with this.

Birthday, Anniversary and email lists are fluid and easily become out of date.  If you have not already done so, and would like to have your birthday or anniversary listed or updated in the newsletter and your contact information listed in the Annual Directory, please notify the church office
(email: servant@sccoast.net or phone: 843-347-4914).

Monthly newsletter. Please provide the office with your email address if you would like to receive the monthly newsletter by email. In order to cut down on our significant mailing expense, we will be encouraging members to receive their monthly newsletter by email. Thank You.

STEWARDSHIP:
We are excited to share with you our 2017 theme of
“NOW IS THE TIME.”

And now is the time to allow your light to shine brightly as you prayerfully consider your participation in our church life.

Each year, Christ the Servant Lutheran Church has two (2) programs beginning in September when members are asked to prayerfully consider all that God has given us, and decide what portion of these gifts we will dedicate to His work both spiritually and financially.

EVERY MEMBER RESPONSE — Each of us will be able to complete an estimate of giving card indicating how you will serve the Lord financially in 2016.  All the giving cards together will make the task of forming our budget for the upcoming year. Your information remains private.

Throughout the year, our Church needs every member to give of his/her treasures to the best of our ability to be successful in our mission to Love Christ, Love our neighbors and Make disciples.

Matthew 5:14-16 reminds us of the teaching of Christ: “You are the light of the world. …it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

TIME & TALENT — Each of us will have the opportunity to complete a Time & Talent form indicating how we will serve the Lord spiritually and in person in 2016.

COUNCIL MEMBERS –  At our Annual meeting in November, the following members were elected to Council for 2017: Chuck Smith, John Garbett (2nd term), Bob Whitlatch, George Lotterer, Vince Niemetz, Dick Shingledecker (appointed). Chip Booker and Rich Schneider. They will be joining Gayne Wray, Shirley Dresch, Bob Greaker and John Lesnansky who are entering the second year of their election to Council. This is the 2017 Council.

We offer our heartfelt thanks to Annette Krapf, Chris Dusterhoft, Dianne Siee, John Garbett, Leroy Alford and Ruth DelVecchio who have diligently already served two years on Council.

OUR MINISTRIES. Our church is much more than Sunday services. Our church is our congregation and requires participation to function and flourish. And we would like you to be involved. Everyone is busy with the obligations in their lives, but volunteering for a group within the church is not like taking on a job. There are no bosses and everyone is friendly.

Attending a meeting of a group where you don’t know anyone is a scary thing, but Pastor Rick attends most meetings and he or any Council member will be happy to explain what the Ministry accomplishes and to introduce you to your new friends.

Please feel free to try out our various ministries. There is no problem if the Lord is calling you to a different group. He will lead you where your talents lie. 

HANDBELL CHOIR meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in the Music Room. For information, call Jeff Dresch at 843-347-7449.   

ADULT VOICE CHOIR meets Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary. We are especially looking for new members.  Please join us. For information, call Kim Bodkin at 843-903-0984.

ADULT BIBLE STUDY meets Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the church. We are always looking for new members. Please join us.

PASTOR’s OFFICE HOURS will be Monday and Thursday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

LUTHERAN WOMEN in MISSION: Rachel Circle March Calendar.
Wednesday, September 21 at 10:30 – Bible Study with Pastor Rick in the Conference room.
Thursday, June 15 at 10:00 — Stitchin’ Sisters in the Fellowship hall

Superintendent and teachers for our children, youth and adult classes. We are all studying The Gospel Project as a unified church, adults and children alike.

PAIRS & SPARES meets for lunch in the Fellowship Hall the second Tuesday of each month at 12:30 p.m. For information, call Roland Hilz at 843-347-8719.

SOCIAL MINISTRY, making a difference in our community meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Please join us. For more information call Chip Booker at 843-347-4704.

Would you, on occasion, like to attend an evening function here at church but do not have transportation? If so, please call Bonnie Batina at 843-772 0121 or contact a member of the Social Ministry Mission Team for more details. 

[When I woke up this morning lying in bed I was asking myself what are some of the secrets of success in life? I found the answer right there, in my very room. The fan said, “Be cool.” The ceiling said, “Aim high.” The window said, “See the world clearly.” The clock said, “Every minute is precious.” The mirror said, “Reflect before act or speak.” The Calendar said, “Be up to date.” The door said, “Push hard for your goals.” And the carpet said, “Kneel down and pray.”

Carry a heart that never hates. Carry a smile that never fades. Carry a touch that never hurts.]  Author unknown 

PROPERTY COMMITTEE works to keep our church property safe and attractive. Recently, the lighting around our campus was significantly enhanced, giving a safer experience for our members leaning the church at night. The church sign is now more visible from Highway 501. Additionally, rain gutters all around the church building were replaced to improve our property.

For more information on joining this committee, call John Garbett at 843-333-8912. 

CHURCHES ASSISTING PEOPLE (CAP) reports that their pantry assists 50+ families every day and is constantly in need of replenishment.  There are some items that CAP really needs. A most wanted list of these items can be found on the table in the narthex. Some items in need are one pound bags of rice, dried beans (lima and pinto), cereal, peanut butter, jelly, instant oatmeal and grits packets, bath soap, and toilet paper. Please check the package dates to be sure the items are not outdated. They would appreciate non-perishable food donations of all kinds. Place items any time in the CAP box in the church foyer.

Monetary gifts are also needed and can be put in the large CAP jar in the narthex. The need is great. Thank you for your generosity and help.

CAP is now at: 307 Wright Blvd, Conway. 843-448-2277
Regular hours are: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Directions: Wright Blvd. is also 3rd Avenue; CAP is directly next to the Delta Motel about one half block past the bus station. Please stop by and visit. Feel free to call if you have any questions.

SHEPHERD’S TABLE SERVING OPPORTUNITIES — Every month Shepherd’s Table needs servers.  Serving dates will be posted in the narthex for the following month. This gives members from all services the opportunity to offer their assistance.  

The Shepherd’s Table is looking for groups to decorate their dinner tables one month per year. If you are interested please speak with Jeanne Shaffer or Bonnie Batina. Sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.

Members of the Social Ministry team will be decorating the tables at the Shepherd’s Table for the month of November 2017. If you can help with this fun volunteer project, there is a signup sheet posted on the bulletin board.
For more information contact Bonnie Batina at 843-772-0121.

Shepherd’s Table Address: 1412 Gamecock Ave # A, Conway, SC 29526 Directions: 501 N to Conway > 701 E, left on Powell St (after Salvation Army thrift store) right on Gamecock Ave. Phone: 843-488-3663
Website: shepherdstable.com 

MORTGAGE REDUCTION – At our Annual meeting, we agreed that an additional $2 per week directed toward Debt Reduction would allow us to completely eliminate our mortgage and fully own our church in less than ten years. Additionally, a total of $1,050 was recently received by Thrivent members who donated their Choice dollars to our Debt reduction fund. 

By an email vote by all Council members, the Council voted unanimously to refinance our mortgage at a rate reduction from 6.25 percent to 3.25 percent. The term will be only one year less and will save us about $29,000 in payoff costs.

Our mortgage balance after the April payment now roughly $306,000.  

How are we doing? Our original loan maturity date was Jan 2033. Over the last several months we have reduced our payoff date by 38 months, that is more than three years taken off our loan. This is more than $105,000 that we will not have to pay in mortgage payments. Keep up the great work!! If you have any questions, give Chuck Smith a call. 

HEARTLAND HOSPICE is seeking individuals 18 and older to provide volunteer services in your neighborhoods. Services include providing relief and support to the caregiver of a patient, friendly visits to brighten a patient’s day, bedside vigils for patients in their final hours, playing or singing soothing music to patients, reading aloud or providing a comforting touch and running errands for patients and families. If you would like to be a part of this amazing ministry, please call Heartland Hospice at 843/444 0813 and ask to speak with Ginger Bartos, the volunteer coordinator. You may also obtain a volunteer application by visiting the website at: https://www.heartlandhospice.com/myrtlebeach

Please note: The deadline for submitting information for the Sunday bulletin is 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. The deadline for submitting information for the Monthly Newsletter is the third Sunday of the  month.
Please include your name and phone number.

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Calendar events:  

Every week:
Tue 7 p.m. Bell choir  Off until August
Wed 7 p.m. Adult choir. Please join us.
Thu 7 p.m. Bible Study   Resumes in August

First week:
Monday 1 p.m. -Care & Prayer meeting.
Wednesday 10:30 a.m. -Social Ministry meeting.
Friday 1 p.m. – Outreach meeting

Second week:
Monday 1 p.m. -Long Range Planning meeting.
Tuesday 12:30 p.m. -Pairs and Spares. meets for lunch in the Fellowship Hall.

Third week:
Wednesday 10:30 a.m. Women’s Bible Study
Thursday 10 a.m. Stitchin‘ Sisters 

LUTHERAN MEN normally meets for breakfast in the Fellowship Hall. the last Saturday of the month at 8:30 a.m. All men are encouraged to attend, breakfast and coffee provided. Please join us and bring something to share. Our agenda is food and fellowship and ways to serve our church. At the last meeting there were 13 men in attendance.
For more information, call Bob Whitlatch at 803-622-2016.

EDUCATION MINISTRY TEAM is in need of a Sunday School Superintendent.

CONGREGATION COUNCIL will meet on the third Sunday from 5 – 7 p.m. 

2017 CHURCH DIRECTORIES (RED cover) are available in the foyer.

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Members of the Social Ministry team will be decorating the tables at the Shepherd’s Table for the month of November 2017.

 For other events, see the Servant Lines newsletter.