Hurricane News SC Synod

For Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Hurricane Florence Updates
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As we prepare for how we will respond to Hurricane Florence, there are several things to keep in mind.
First, pray for all those whose lives and property have been or soon will be impacted by the winds, floods, and storm surge along the coast. Keep in mind especially those who are being evacuated from hospitals, nursing facilities, and retirement communities on the coast.
Second, consider a gift to the South Carolina Synod Disaster Response which will be used for short term responses to those who are the hardest hit within the Carolinas, and/or give to the ELCA Lutehran Disaster Response (see article below) which goes to the long-term recovery efforts which may take years.
The Rev. Herman Yoos
ELCA South Carolina Synod
Giving Options
The synod is making available options to receive donations to assist those in need because of this storm throughout the Carolinas.
One option is giving by text.
To give by test simply dial 864-383-1482. If this is your first time giving to use by text, you will be prompted to attach a card of some form to send the payment. After that, simply type in the dollar amount you would like to send (no $ is required) followed by a space and then the fund name. (i.e. 10 South Carolina Disaster Response)
Another option is to give online. Click the give now button and select fund "South Carolina Disaster Response."
South Carolina Emergency Management Division Resources
The SC Emergency Management Division has advised that South Carolina prepare for the Hurricane Florence. Please visit their website for tips on how to prepare, knowing your zone, when to evacuate and more.
Places follow the most up to date information.
Please stay in touch with the Synod Office though email, our website contact form, and social media and let us know as soon as possible any damage or issues. We would also like to know to share what information we have on this page. Remember, our office is closed on Fridays. So, there will be no one to answer your calls. The current track of the storm puts it between the Myrtle Beach area and as far north as Norfolk, VA. We strongly urge you to follow local authorities guidance in the times of disaster.
This page will be updated as information is made available. The information on the page will include closures, evacuations, and shelters as the information is made available.
Camp Kinard offers emergency housing during Hurricane Florence
Camp Kinard offers emergency housing during Hurricane Florence
With the approaching severe weather due to Hurricane Florence, the South Carolina Lutheran Retreat Centers would like to once again offer emergency housing at Camp Kinard (Batesburg-Leesville, SC) to those forced to evacuate the coast.
There is no charge for lodging (donations to this ministry are accepted) and guests are able to check-in beginning this afternoon (Wednesday, September 12, 2018).
For more info or to make a reservation, please contact Elliott Cox at" target="_blank">
Due to occasional severe allergies of the guests we serve, please note that our facility is pet free. An area individual has graciously offered to host a small number pets in need of a place to stay while guests stay with us here at camp. Due to our limited space, housing is also be offered to those traveling from at least 75 miles away.
Housing at Lutheridge
Lutheridge has some housing available for those who are evacuating. They can contact Angie Yates at" target="_blank"> or 828-209-6328.
Boundary Awareness Training Rescheduled
Dear SC Synod Rostered Leaders,
All of you are aware that we had to cancel the Boundary Training Workshop which was scheduled for September 11, 2018. We felt that was the best decision we could make given the evacuation orders, school closures and Interstate lane reversals to keep everyone off the roads and as safe as possible as Hurricane Florence approached the coastline of the Carolinas. We are praying for everyone’s safety.
We have rescheduled the Boundary Training Workshop for Thursday, November 15th at Zion Lutheran Church ~ 226 Corley Mill Road ~ Lexington, SC. The first session is 9:30 – 11:30 am. the second session is 1:00 – 3:15 pm. Lunch is on your own. Information about places to eat in the area will be shared when you get there. 
This Boundary Training Workshop is a repeat of the one we offered in January 2018. It is provided for the convenience of those who were unable to be present earlier in the year. If you participated in the January Training you do not need to attend this one, but we hope that all of our leaders will have taken advantage of one or the other times that this was offered. Each leader who participates will receive a certificate of completion and a copy of that certificate is placed on your file. If you have already taken a Boundary Training course elsewhere, you do not need to come to the training we are providing. Please send us a copy of your certificate if you haven’t already done so.
Lutheran Day at Newberry College Football to be rescheduled
This weekends Newberry College football game that was to be the center point of of the Lutheran Day has been postponed. Both the game and the Lutheran Day are being rescheduled. Details as they become available.
Newberry College Ranks Among Nation's Best
Newberry College had an impressive showing on the 2019 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings released today. Newberry appeared on the following lists: 
  • Best Regional Colleges in the South (#12) 
  • Best Value for Regional Colleges in the South (#3) 
  • Schools With the Most International Students (unranked list) 
  • Least Debt at Graduation for Regional Colleges in the South (unranked list) 
Fall Festival
The First Annual Fall Festival will be held Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. This festive time features a cook off with Chef Zack and the Richland County Sheriff's Department. There will be games, pumpkin painting, a bounce house, car show and photo booth.
Join in the food, fellowship and fun at Rice Estate, 100 Finley Road, Columbia, SC
Festival in the Mountains
Join in the fun of the Fall Festival and 5k Rock Trail Race at Lutherock on October 5-7, 2018.
Who doesn't love when the leaves start to change to beautiful yellows, oranges, and red? The Fall Festival and The Rock 5k Trail Race give you the wonderful opportunity to enjoy the fall weather. Spend time apple picking, using the high ropes course and zip line, apple cider pressing, campfires and much more!
Fear not
For Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, Isaiah 43:1-7 is one of the most hopeful and lovely passages in all of Scripture. Find out why in her September column for Living Lutheran, where she says it is possible for us to fear and fear not. Read her column in English and her column in Spanish.
I’m a Lutheran: Peter Mayer
Peter Mayer is a songwriter, the lead guitarist for Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band, and a Lutheran. “I’m a Lutheran because I’m called to be part of that vital choir of service and rejoicing that speaks and listens to a world that needs a song and needs to know and experience this mighty love of God in Christ.”
Livestreamed BOLD Gathering
Join us Saturday October 27, 2018 in Fargo, ND or livestreamed into your church or living room!
We had great success with our speakers last April in Omaha. Each speaker took 20 minutes to cover a topic and we called it Mantalk. That was LMM's first time to do a live event from coast to coast. The feedback was so positive that we knew LMM had to find more speakers and do it again. 
This time we will be broadcasting from the south campus of Hope Lutheran church in Fargo, ND. Right now we are getting the last couple speakers to commit, submit their bios and provide an overview of their topic. 
The theme of this BOLD Gathering is Endurance! 
Come find out how each one of our speakers used Endurance to be 
Bold and Daring followers of Jesus Christ. 
Mark your calendar, gather a group of men together to watch 
and the crew in Fargo will give you a great event. 
Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem needs your help!
Augusta Victoria Hospital (AVH), located on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, needs your urgent help. Owned and operated by the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), it is the main cancer and kidney center serving Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. 
AVH and five other East Jerusalem hospitals rely on funding each year from the United States and the European Union to cover approximately half the costs of patients referred to these hospitals. Currently, the AVH is owed over $38 million of a total of $80 million to the six East Jerusalem hospitals. However, several media reported on Sept. 7 that $25 million in 2017 U.S. government funding that was designated for AVH and the other East Jerusalem hospitals would not be released. Approximately half of the $25 million would be for AVH. The large amount owed to AVH is due to the high cost of cancer medications. It is especially urgent that this action be challenged in order to ensure ongoing treatment and to avoid putting cancer patients in jeopardy.
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