Christ the Servant Lutheran Church
2105 Hwy 501 E, Conway SC 29526
Mission: Our Mission as the Body of Christ is to love God, love our neighbors, and make disciples.
Membership: 255 Youth: 20 Giving Units: 156
Congregation Council President:
Kenneth Kean (972)743-7270 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Important events from the history of the congregation:
1984: A four-acre site at 2105 Hwy 501E, Conway SC was purchased for $140,000.
March 24, 1985: Our first worship service was held with 120 people attending.
Oct 13, 1985: Our Charter Sunday with 106 people signing as Charter members.
Feb 16, 1986: Pastor Marion Brazell accepted the call to be our Pastor.
June 4, 1989: Our first worship service was held in our new sanctuary building
Oct 6, 2013: After 27 years of ministry, Pastor Marion retired.
2013: Interim Pastor: Jan Pulman served until he received a call.
Nov 2014: Pastor Rick Weidman accepted our call.
May 15, 2018: Pastor Weidman resigned
Sept 2018 – Feb 17, 2019: Pastor Joan Scheffler served as Interim Pastor.
Sept 15, 2019: Pastor Hank Corcoran accepted our call along with his wife Beth. May he serve as our Spiritual leader for many years to come.
1989- our Sanctuary building was constructed.
2005- A 5,000 sq ft Fellowship Hall was constructed.
Spring 2005- Sunday school classrooms, a sacristy, a music room, and a conference room were added to the Sanctuary building.
Jan 2013-The Sanctuary interior was painted, and our parking lot was repaved and lined with additional guest and handicap spots.
Feb 2013-The Sanctuary roof and the Fellowship Hall roof were replaced.
March 2018- Solar panels were installed on the rear roof of the Fellowship building, resulting in significant savings to our church in electrical costs.
Significant trends in congregational demographics:
We have a diverse congregation, many of who have relocated here from various parts of the country.
MINISTRY PRACTICES, STRUCTURE, AND FUTURE
Current ministry structure and practices:
Worship: Every Sunday at 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM, traditional Lutheran services with Holy Communion, following the Lutheran green hymnal.
Holy Communion: Every Sunday and special festival dates.
Youth and Adult Sunday school: Every Sunday between services.
Bible Study and Prayer: Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.
Free Friday meals for the Community: twice monthly.
Ash Wednesday service: 7:00 PM.
Wednesday Lenten Soup and Sandwich fellowship: 5:30 PM.
(from the week after Ash Wednesday to the week before Holy Week)
Wednesday Lenten Services with Communion: 6:15 PM.
Good Friday Service: 7:00 PM.
Easter Sunday Services: 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM. He has risen!
Christmas Eve Candlelight Services: 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM.
The following ministries encourage the congregation to become involved in the life and mission of our church. “Our Mission as Christ’s Body is to…love God, love our neighbors and make disciples”
Worship Ministry plans the worship life of the congregation. Guides the format of the worship services.
Choirs: The church has a 19-voice choir at both services, led by our music director. A two-octave handbell choir provides occasional music at both services.
Care and Prayer Ministry leads the congregation in its ministry of sharing Christian love in times of joy, sorrow, illness, hospitalization, and death. The congregation is divided into ten, member teams who pray, send cards, make phone calls and help as needed. The teams take turns providing the Wednesday Lenten Soup and Sandwich fellowship meals and other meals as needed.
James Ministry: As an extension of the Care and Prayer Ministry provides visits, prayers, and Holy Communion to the sick and home-bound.
Education Ministry gives leadership to the various Christian education ministries of the church, including Sunday School Studies, Bible Studies, and Catechism.
Fellowship Ministry provides opportunities for fellowship and social events of the congregation.
Long-Range Planning Ministry leads the congregation in developing and planning for the future of the church. Long-Range planning was responsible for the installation of the Columbarium, allowing members and spouses eternal rest on church grounds.
Outreach/Evangelism/Membership Ministry leads the congregation in outreach to the un-churched of the community and seeks to reactivate inactive members.
Property/Building Maintenance Ministry maintains and improves the buildings and grounds of the church.
Resource Ministry encourages the giving of time, talents, and treasures to the Lord’s ministry in the church and provides for the proper maintenance and distribution of those resources. The Resource Ministry team creates an annual budget for the church allowing for the proper distribution of the congregation’s resources.
Social Ministry oversees the congregation’s ministry among the needy of the church and the community. Examples of assistance by our members would be volunteering to cook for and serve the homeless at Shepherd’s Table, donating emergency assistance groceries to the Churches Assisting People (CAP) for families in need, providing clothing and school supplies for needy children through Fostering Hope, providing a January coat and clothing drive and working community blood drives.
Church Staff Ministry provides a semi-annual review of the salaried and contract staff of the church and makes recommendations to the Church Council.
Lutheran Church Youth Ministry supports activities and fundraising for youth sponsored projects.
Lutheran Men in Mission is a fellowship of men, meeting the last Saturday of each month, discussing topics of service and projects they might accomplish for our church with labor and money from their fundraising.
Scholarship Ministry provides scholarships for graduating high school seniors who are church qualified and pursuing higher education.
Church Community Culture: South Carolina is a part of the Bible Belt. Many denominations are represented in the surrounding area.
Neighborhood Economy: According to the US Census Bureau, Myrtle Beach, Conway and North Myrtle Beach are the second-fastest-growing areas in the United States. Most local jobs are found in Hospitality, Construction, Recreation, and Medical.
Our Facility: We are located on Hwy 501E across from Horry Georgetown Technical College and Coastal Carolina University. Miller-Motte Technical College is less than a mile from our church. There are several 55+ communities and fast-growing family communities nearby. Our church sits on a well maintained four-acre property with handicapped accessible buildings. Offices, Sacristy, Sunday school classrooms, a conference room, and music room are in the church building. The sanctuary has an audio-visual system for live streaming, projecting announcements and parts of the service on the front wall. We have a covered picnic area and onsite storage.
Christ the Servant Current Situation: In its existence since 1986, the Congregation has varied in size from approximately 120 to 290 members. We now have approximately 280 members with a variety of talents.
Future Vision: We envision a congregation of more than 300 active members, increased attendance in Sunday School, Bible Study and Prayer Groups and other church activities. We look forward to possibly enlarging our church, fellowship hall, and parking area. “Come help us grow.”
A Final Thought:
We open our doors to those in search of God’s Word and forgiveness and welcome everyone to join us at the table of Jesus Christ.