Meetings and Ministries

WORSHIP ATTENDANCE matters. Please join us in church. 

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 the 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Birthday, Anniversary and email lists are fluid and easily become out of date.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. To cut down on our significant mailing expense, we will be encouraging members to receive their monthly newsletter by email. Thank You.

STEWARDSHIP:
As we welcome our new
pastor Hank, we are excited to share with you our 2020 theme of

“A NEW BEGINNING”

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 November when members are asked to prayerfully consider all that God has given us, and decide what portion of these gifts we will return to 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 our new year.  Together all the giving cards will help to make the task of forming our budget for the upcoming year easier. Your personal information remains private.

Throughout the year, our Church needs every member to give of our 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 in person in the coming year.

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 all of us to be involved. Everyone is busy with obligations in our 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 our pastor attends most meetings and he or any Council member will be happy to explain what their 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. 

PRAYER CIRCLE meets Tuesdays at 10 am in the Sanctuary for general and special prayers. Join us anytime with your special prayers.

HANDBELL CHOIR meets Tuesdays at 6 pm in the Music Room. For information, call Jeff Dresch at 843-347-7449.   

ADULT VOICE CHOIR meets Wednesdays at 6:30 pm 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 6:30 pm in the church conference room We are always looking for new members. Please join us.

PASTOR’s OFFICE HOURS will be determined soon. Call the office.

LUTHERAN WOMEN in MISSION: Rachel Circle.
Thursdays at 10:00 — Stitchin’ Sisters in the Fellowship Hall.

Superintendent and teachers for our children, youth and adult classes. Pastor Hank conducts between-services teaching of the Bible in the Fellowship Hall.

PAIRS & SPARES meet for lunch in the Fellowship Hall on the second Tuesday of each month at 12:30 pm. For information, call the church. Please join us.

SOCIAL MINISTRY, making a difference in our community meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 10:30 am Please join us. For more information call the church.

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. 

Carry a heart that never hates. Carry a smile that never fades. Carry a touch that never hurts. 

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 leaving the church at night. The church sign is now more visible from Highway 501. 

For more information on joining this committee, call the church.

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 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 at 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 am-4 pm; Friday 10 am-1 pm.
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.  

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. The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.

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 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 October payment is now roughly $188,000.  

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, which 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 Geoff Wilson 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 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 am 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 6 pm Bell choir  
Wed 6:30 pm Adult choir. Please join us.
Thu 6:30 pm Bible Study   

First week:
Monday 1 pm – Care & Prayer meeting.
Wednesday 10:30 am -Social Ministry meeting.
Friday 1 pm – Outreach meeting

Second week:
Monday 1 pm -Long-range planning meeting.
Tuesday 12:30 pm -Pairs and Spares meets for lunch in the Fellowship Hall.

Third week:
Wednesday 10:30 am Women’s Bible Study
Thursday 10 am Stitchin‘ Sisters 

LUTHERAN MEN normally meets for breakfast in the Fellowship Hall on the last Saturday of the month at 8:30 am All men are encouraged to attend, breakfast and coffee provided. Please join us. 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 the church.

EDUCATION MINISTRY TEAM needs a Sunday School Superintendent.

CONGREGATION COUNCIL meets on the third Monday of each month from 5 – 7 p.m. 

2019 CHURCH DIRECTORIES are available in the church office. It is important to call each other. 

The SERVANT LINES newsletter detailing many events in and around the church is put out on the first of the month. Copies are available by email or in the church office or the Narthex.

Events are also announced in church before the start of each service. This is a good time to come to church and learn about events that are planned before we worship.