Our Ministries

Please keep in your prayers every day:

  • Our members who are sick and in extended care centers
  • Members of our military.
  • Families and victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, as well as all other families and victims of violence.
  • Members of our congregation and all who seek forgiveness and reconciliation, with families and friends, with themselves and with God.
  • Members of our United States, state and local governing bodies that they may find unity with each other and come to understand their purpose.
  • Teachers of our youth that they provide light to follow for their students.

Worship–

  • Sunday worship 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM with fellowship between.
  • Sunday school: 10 AM

Bible Study–

  • Sundays: 10:00 AM– Adult Sunday School and Bible study led by Pastor Hank in the Fellowship Hall on various topics.
  • Thursdays: 7:00 PM – Bible Study led by Geoff Wilson
  • Saturdays: 9:30 AM – Catechetical / Confirmation class
  • Monthly – Lutheran Women in Mission

Please call the church for more information about our following ministries:

Council Ministries– Ministry team reports at Council meetings
from the Ministry Council Representative (CR) 

Worship & Holy Communion: Every Sunday @ 8:30 & 11:00 AM, using the traditional Lutheran service (green hymnal).

Bible study & prayer: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays

Targeted ministries:
Encourage the congregation to become involved in the life and mission of our church. We are a Lutheran family, gathered together to worship God and carry out our mission. Our mission as God’s children is to:

Love God, Love our neighbor and make disciples.

Worship Ministry plans the Worship life of the Congregation. Guides the format of the Worship services that are held every Sunday morning at 8:30 and 11:00 AM.

Holy Communion is celebrated every Sunday and on festival days. Our own Pastor Hank or other ordained pastors are preferred to distribute Communion, but members of the Congregation fill this office when a pastor is not available.

During Lent, mid-week services with Holy Communion are held every Wednesday at 6:15 PM. A Lenten meal of soup and sandwiches shared by those attending precedes the services at 5:30 PM, from the week following Ash Wednesday to the week preceding Holy week.

Candlelight services are held on Christmas eve at 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM. There is no service on Christmas day when the congregation is encouraged to spend this time of celebration with their families. 

Choirs: The church has two choirs. A 19 member senior voice choir provides song during each of our Sunday services, led by our musical director. An 8-member handbell choir provides occasional music at both of our services.

Altar Flowers for Sunday worship are provided by The Daisy Fair Flowers in Conway and paid for by individuals in the Congregation in celebration of a special event or in memory of a departed person(s).        Call the church office (Tuesday – Friday, 9 AM – 1 PM) to order altar flowers. Please keep in mind there may be others who wish the same date, so call early.

Care and Prayer Ministry leads the Congregation in its ministry of sharing Christian love in times of joy, sorrow, illness, hospitalization or death. The Congregation is divided into 10 teams that take turns preparing Lenten midweek soups and sandwiches and other meal occasions.

James Ministry is an extension of the Care and Prayer Ministry. The James Ministry team will visit, on request, those in hospital or hospice, homebound or sick, who wish to have members of their church family pray over them, anoint them with the natural oils of frankincense and myrrh, and offer them Holy Communion. The group is made up of members of our church family who love our members and strongly believe that what is written in the pages of the Bible is true in all respects and when God says that action on our part will result in a response on His part according to His word. 

The origin of the James Ministry may be found in James 5:13-16. It is a ministry of Love, Faith, and Healing. “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

Education Ministry gives leadership to the various Christian education ministries of the church, including Sunday school studies, Bible studies, and Catechetical (confirmation) programs.
Sunday School: for all ages (adult, youth, confirmation) is held at 10:00 AM year-round.

Fellowship Ministry provides opportunities for fellowship and social events for 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 implementation 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 the buildings and grounds of our church. This ministry accepts requests from the congregation and repairs or replaces outdated and broken equipment to make sure our church presents a neat and well-maintained appearance. Recently, solar panels were installed on the rear roof of the Fellowship building, resulting in a significant saving in electrical costs. 

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 the annual budget for the church allowing for the proper distribution of congregational resources, maintained by the congregation’s Treasurer.

Social Ministry oversees the congregation’s ministry among the needy of the church and the community. Examples of assistance would be volunteering to cook 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, donating clothing and coats and working community blood drives. 

Church / Staff Ministry provides a process for sharing concerns of the congregation with the salaried staff of the church.

Lutheran Church Youth Ministry: Currently our youth numbers, ages 11-18 are at an ebb. However, fundraising for youth-sponsored projects continues through our extra Congregational coin donations at both services on the last Sunday of every five-week month (i.e. four per year).  They are known as “Noisy Offerings” due to the sound of coins being dropped into metal cans. Cash offerings are also welcome. In recent times, the youth offerings have contributed to projects undertaken by our other ministries.

Lutheran Men in Mission is a fellowship of Lutheran men meeting on the last Saturday of each month for breakfast at 8:30 AM. They discuss topics of service and projects they might accomplish for our church with their labor and money from their fundraising. The ladies of the church are also invited.

Scholarship Ministry provides a $1,250 scholarship for our graduating high school seniors. These scholarships are funded by contributions to the Susan B. Handy memorial scholarship fund around Mother’s Day.

Community ministries:

Churches assisting People of Conway (CAP): Please remember that on the first weekend of the month, you are encouraged to bring canned and dried food items that we contribute to the needy through CAP. Please place your food contribution in the CAP box in the foyer.

Monetary contributions are also needed for CAP and the RED DOOR fund to assist people needing immediate assistance for gas money to get home. Those donations can be placed in the large jar marked for that purpose.

Shepherd’s Table is for feeding the homeless and hungry. Volunteers are always needed for cooking, serving and working at other necessary jobs.

FREE DINNER FRIDAY is held twice monthly at 5 pm in our  Fellowship Hall. Everyone is invited to a delicious dinner prepared by our member, AJ Perez.  Join us & bring a friend. It is a great way to meet others in our Congregation. 

Manufacturers’ coupons are collected and saved for our overseas military forces and placed on the table in the narthex.

IN-CARE Hospice needs caring volunteers to sit with hospice patients in their homes. Call Katherine (843) 293-4614 if you have some time.

LET’S HAVE SOME FUN:   

Pairs and Spares:  Retirees and seniors meet the second Tuesday of every month at 12:30 PM with potluck lunch and a speaker. 

Supper club meets monthly on Saturday evenings at various local restaurants. This is a great opportunity to mix with other members and make friendships.