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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.

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Church Concerns

 Worship Hours Change

Beginning Easter Sunday our Drive-In Service will be moved from 9:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. to accommodate Sunday School which will resume meeting at 9:30 a.m. The sanctuary service will be at 10:30 a.m.  



Maundy Thursday, April 1 –

Drive-in service ONLY, 5:00pm

Good Friday, April 2 –

Recorded service posted on Emmanuel website and Facebook

Easter Sunday: April 4 –

8:45 Drive-in service (Note Time Change)
  Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.  Sanctuary worship, 10:30 a.m. 

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As the world has reeled from the effects of a deadly pandemic, we have seen the number of hungry people around the world rise, watched as food pantries and soup kitchens expanded to serve an ever-growing number of guests, and longed together for the time when we “will hunger no more, and thirst no more ... and God will wipe away every tear from [our] eyes”(Revelation 7:16-17). This very yearning is at the heart of who we are as church together. Yet our longing has never led to inertia or despair, despite the discouraging forecasts. We are an Easter people, ever journeying toward the cross but trusting in faith that God’s story does not end on that hill. 

40 Days of Giving is a way in which we may combine both our Lenten Discipline, but help relieve the painful experience of hunger. Watch your mail for more information about how you and your family may participate.  


Sunday school for children and adults begins anew on Easter Sunday, April 4. Classes will be forty-five minutes long, 9:30 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. 

Preschool through fifth grade will be taught by Elaine Donaldson. Sixth through Twelfth grade will be taught by Dorie Sanders. Additional teachers are being recruited for both classes.

Adult 1 will be taught by Rick Kingry and Lois Sills. Adult 2 will be taught by Pastor Dudley.

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Corporate Worship

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, www.emmanuelwelcomesyou.com on the Sermons and Services page, or directly from the church YouTube Channel: Emmanuel Lutheran Church, West Columbia, SC. 


Church-Wide Activities

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.


Christian Fellowship

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.


ESP (Senior Adult Fellowship)

Enjoying the Gift of Vital Living

ESP (Emmanuel's Special People) gather on the third Thursday of the month for a variety of activities - apple picking trips, visiting local historic sites, special programs and, of course, lunch.

Praying Together

                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

Children's Ministries are a vital part of our church life. Programs include:
Sunday School for children of all ages
Children's choir
'Lil Lutherans 
Nursery Care for our youngest

Youth Ministry

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

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Pastor Karen Hawkins

Interim Pastor

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.

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Mary Whiteley

Organist and Choir Director

Mary, a graduate of Newberry College, has served as the organist and choir director for several churches. She has been with Emmanuel for  more than a decade as our organist/choir director. She also serves accompanist for the Children's Choirs.

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Program and Support Staff

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Rindy Abdelnour

Church Office Administrator

Contact Emmanuel Lutheran Church

2491 Emanuel Church Rd, West Columbia, SC 29170, USA

(803) 755-9857

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