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Sheila Thomasson
January 9, 2020

“Growing Closer to God in the New Year!” January 2020 Herald Article by Pastor David Butler

“Growing Closer to God in the New Year!” Once again we enjoyed the most wonderful Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services possible. Members of our congregation turned our normally beautiful sanctuary into a sanctuary that literally caused us to catch our breath as we entered. Many thanks to our extremely gifted artists who worked all […]

November 27, 2019

“God is with us.” A message from Pastor David Butler

“Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means “God is with us.”  (Matthew 1:23)   God is with us. What wonderful good news. The God of creation, the God of history, the God of salvation, and the God who claims us as His children, is with […]

October 31, 2019

“Let’s Be Real!” Herald Article by Pastor David Butler, November 2019

“Let’s Be Real!” I wonder if any of us saw it, and if we saw it, how many of us took the time to read the article published by the Post and Courier on Sunday, October 20, 2019. In big letters, it began “Poll, More Americans eschew religious affiliation.” When I see articles like this, […]

April 14, 2019

Looking at Easter from the Empty Tomb – April 2019 Herald Article by Pastor David Butler

“Looking at Easter from the Empty Tomb” For many of us, years ago at Baptism we became Christian and the pastor marked our foreheads with oil in the sign of the cross. Since Baptism, we have lived with that cross on our foreheads as a marker that we have been claimed and sealed and belong […]

August 1, 2017

What’s Our Ministry? August 2017 Herald Article by Pastor David Butler

What’s Our Ministry?” When I think about our congregation, I can close my eyes and see our membership. I can see your faces and recall all the things you do as a vocation. And as I think about those occupations, it is so obvious that we are a most blessed congregation. Sitting in our pews […]

July 7, 2017

Under God by Pastor David Butler July 2017

“Under God” July 4th, Independence Day, will arrive this week. For most of us, Independence Day is a holiday where we stay home from work to enjoy activities with our family, watch a fireworks display and listen to some patriotic music. Perhaps we’ll fire up the grill, enjoy hamburgers and hot dogs, and maybe go […]

June 4, 2017

I was just thinking. by Pastor David Butler Herald June 2017

“I was just thinking …” Recently Dan and Ilene Lackland, Gayle Hilton, and I had the opportunity to represent St. John’s at the South Carolina Synod Assembly held in Charleston at the Marriott Hotel on Lockwood Drive.  It is always an honor to represent our church at the Synod Assemblies but this year it was […]

March 1, 2017

Did You Know by Pastor David Butler March 2017

“Did You Know?” Almost every year I spend a full class discussing the church seasons with my catechism students. They always appear interested and a bit surprised that the church has seasons that are not Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter. Instead we talk about Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost. Pentecost is the longest […]

May 7, 2016

Welcome to Church by Pastor David Butler May 2016

“Welcome to Church” Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. (Matthew 28:19 NRSV) For many reasons baptism has been on my mind. Perhaps because we have […]

January 5, 2016

A New Year Always Brings Changes – Pastor David Butler 1.2016

“A New Year Always Brings Changes” Grace and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s always interesting to come to the end of one year and enter a new year. There are inherent risks associated with a new year. Perhaps I am a dinosaur, but I still write checks to […]

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