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December 1, 2017

“What Will They Say” December 2017 Herald Article by Pastor David Butler

“What Will They Say?” In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to […]

October 31, 2017

‘The Anniversary Intersection’ November 2017 Herald Article by Pastor David Butler

I grew up in Columbia, SC. By the time I was in high school and certainly by college, I had heard of “Five Points.” It was an area located near the University of South Carolina where five roads intersected and created a hustling, bustling area of shops, bars, and restaurants. Everybody knew where Five Points […]

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 […]

August 31, 2016

An Update: ELCA Churchwide Assembly by Pastor Butler – September 2016

During the week of August 8-13, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America met at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA.  Gathering under the theme “Freed and Renewed in Christ: 500 Years of God’s Grace in Action”, the Assembly met to discuss and vote on significant items of ministry and administration.  Presiding […]

August 2, 2016

These Are Your Favorites by Pastor Butler August 2016

These Are Your Favorites! Have you ever been someplace where they ask you, “Well, what’s your favorite?”  The question might involve an ice cream flavor or a hamburger restaurant.  It doesn’t really matter what the question pertains to… for almost all of us have a favorite everything.  That’s certainly true as it applies to the […]

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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