Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
ELCA South Carolina Synod
Emmanuel Lutheran Church
As children of God and marked with the cross of Christ forever, we, the members of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, will proclaim the good news and spread the word of our Lord and His loving kindness by ministering together to our church family and to our community and to the Church at large.
Please bear in mind, that our overriding concern is for the health and welbeing of all those who attend the indoor service, as well as outdoor activities of the church. As we work together this goal can be achieved. Thank you all for your consideration for others and your conformity to these guidelines and others.
Please consider donating blood at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Blood Drive on Friday, October 16th from 2-7pm. Your blood donation is needed! And, the American Red Cross would like to “Thank you” for your help by offering a $1,000 AMAZON GIFT CARD to five lucky winners. The Red Cross will automatically enter all donors for a chance to win when you donate during the month of October.
As an added incentive, the Red Cross is currently testing all blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies. The results of COVID-19 antibody testing will be sent to you via the Red Cross Blood Donor app or online via the donor portal.
You can register online at www.redcrossblood.org: Sponsor ode: ELCWestColumbia. Then enter your name and email address in the time slot of your desired donation time. You can also sign-up by calling Geniene Ciuca at 803-727-0388. Remember ONE donation can save up to THREE lives!!
All staff will be wearing masks and gloves, donor stations will be located to observe social distancing and sanitized before & after each blood donation. All persons entering the building will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19. All donors will need to wear a mask; if you do not have one, the Red Cross will provide you with a mask.
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Gathering in Faith
During the current Covid-19 pandemic many of the congregation's activities have been curtailed. Worship is NOT one of them. Each Sunday we gather at 9:00 a.m. for worship via "drive-in" church. Park in the church parking lot or the ball field, tune your radio to FM 98.1 and participate in the service using the bulletin available from the container at the entrance to the church offices. Members of the congregation who choose also receive the bulletin by email.
The video of the service for the day is ordinarily available later on Sunday or by Monday on the church website, on the Sermons and Services page, or directly from the church YouTube Channel: Emmanuel Lutheran Church, West Columbia, SC.
Growing in love
The congregation gathers for dinner and programs during Advent and Lent, as well as occasional other meals such as the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, the Christmas Banquet, and more. We gather not simply for the food, but equally as important for strengthening the bonds of love that bind us together as a community.
Building upon longterm relationships and creating new relationships, the people of Emmanuel come together on a regular basis to enjoy food, fun, conversation, and the gift of life. Visitors are always welcome
Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church
WELCA offers four circles (small groups) for women who meet monthly for mutual encouragement, study, prayer, and refreshments or a meal. In addition there are occasional gatherings for all the women of the church. The Altar Committee is a part of the WELCA ministry, as well as the Bereavement Committee which provides meals to families following Funerals or Memorial Services.
Lutheran Men in Mission
The men of Emmanuel gather on the first Wednesday of each month for a meal, program, and fellowship. It is a time to build new relationships and to enrich old ones. All men of the church and friends, too, are welcome to participate.
Whenever you did it to one of the least of these, my brothers and sisters, you did it to me.
Emmanuel is involved in reaching out into the community in a number of tangible ways:
The Food Bank is made possible through the gifts of Emmanuel's members and provides bags of food for those in need in our community. It is open the last Tuesday of each month.
Monthly Community Meal is provided once a month for members of the community and also members of Emmanuel who join in food and fellowship.
Boy and Girl Scout Troops are available for children and youth in our community.
Meals on Wheels - members of Emmanuel participate in this community-wide ministry. Additional volunteers are always needed.
Blood Drives - offers two Red Cross Blood Drives annually.
Health and Wellness Fair brings together a wide variety of organizations within the community who provided displays and interact with all participants, community members and church members.
A Fuller Life honors the memory of Barbara Jane Corley Fuller, a life-long memory of Emmanuel and a woman who touched the lives of many childen in our community. A Fuller Life hosts events and fundraisers thoughout the year to gather monies to help provide students have a more positive school experience. Money raised assists with school debts, as well as the purchase of yearbooks, dance tickets, sporting event tickets, and more for those who cannot afford them. This year one high school senior was able to receive his diploma because A Fuller Life paid a school debt he could not afford to pay. The committee hosts quarterly Socials immediately following worship. A variety of desserts are served and donations accepted. Other fundraising events have included a silent art auction.
Christian Education and Formation
Is for all ages
Learning more about who we are as the disciples of Jesus Christ is a lifelong endeavor. Emmanuel offers educational opportunities for children, youth, and adults through weekly Sunday School classes at 9:15 a.m. and special groups for the younger among us.
Children's Ministries are a vital part of our church life. Programs include:
Sunday School for children of all ages
Nursery Care for our youngest
Our sixth through twelfth graders meet each Sunday evening for supper, recreation, study, and fellowship. In addition the young people enjoy retreats and other special activities. There is also an annual Confirmation Class for youth.
Pastoral and Music Staff
Pastor Karen Hawkins
Pastor Karen Hawkins is a 1980 graduate of the College of Charleston and a 1994 graduate of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. She has served congregations in Columbia, Charleston, and Mt. Pleasant. Prior to seminary Pastor Hawkins taught school in Dorchester County School District Two in the area of special education at the middle and elementary grade levels. She is married to Dr. Robert Hawkins.
Pastor Dudley Weaver
Pastor Weaver has served Presbyterian congregations in South Carolina, Georgia, Oregon, and Florida. He is a graduate of King College, Bristol, TN, and Union Theological Seminary in Virginia. Serving with us under the Formula of Agreement between the ELCA and the PC (USA) he has particular responsibility for pastoral care ministries, communication, and preaching in the absence of the Pastor. He and his wife Mary have two adult children and two grandchildren.
Organist and Choir Director
Mary serves as the organist choir director for Emmanuel as well as the director/accompanist for the Children's Choirs.
Program and Support Staff
Contact Emmanuel Lutheran Church
2491 Emanuel Church Rd, West Columbia, SC 29170, USA