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Gifts Of Hope is an alternative gift-giving program in the SC Synod (ELCA). This Christmas give gifts to family and
friends that really matter…Give Hope. For your shopping pleasure, this catalog contains 39 unique gifts priced from $5 to $200 that give hope to others. The gifts in this catalog are represented by Institutions and Social Ministry Organizations affliated with the SC Synod, ELCA, as well as the SC Synod’s companion synods.

For each gift you purchase, you receive two items – a gift card and an insert describing your chosen gift – which you give to your friend or family member. The actual gift will be delivered by the designated organization or institution to the beneficiary (for example, give a 24 hour well-deserved break for family caregivers or food for a refugee family). Gifts Of Hope is operated totally by volunteers from throughout the SC Synod, ELCA. Every penny received goes directly to the beneficiary organizations.

Whether you give Gifts Of Hope to share your faith and blessings, to advocate for a simpler lifestyle, to enjoy matching your purchases to the interest of those you present with the gifts, for convenience – or for all these reasons, we thank you for participating in this program to give hope to someone who really needs it.
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Participating Ministries and Institutions

Iglesia Luterana Manantial de Vida (ILMV)
Iglesia Luterana Manantial de Vida (Spring of Life), is a ministry of the SC Synod of the ELCA. Our mission is to serve individuals and families physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Our worshipping community will include a Latino cultural center that we envision as a place where immigrant families can once again be part of a community, improve their English language skills, continue their education, remain connected to the culture and fine arts of their homeland, and learn life skills that will enable them to live healthy lives.

Japan Evangelical Lutheran Association (JELA) /
Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church (JELC)
JELA/JELC has a companion synod relationship with the SC Synod of the ELCA. JELA and JELC work in cooperation on many ministry programs in other Asian and South American countries, which are reflected in this catalog’s gift descriptions.

Lutheran Family Services in the Carolinas (LFS)
Each year, LFS Carolinas works to bring healing and wholeness to children, adults, families and communities through accredited human service programs at many program sites in North and South Carolina coordinated from central offices in Raleigh, Greensboro and Charlotte, NC and Columbia, SC. LFS Carolinas partners with human service providers, governmental agencies, congregations and others to provide the most effective programs and outcomes possible. Founded in 1976, LFS is a joint social ministry of the North Carolina and South Carolina Synods of the ELCA

Lutheran Homes of South Carolina (LHSC)
Lutheran Homes of South Carolina promotes the well being of older adults by operating five continuing care retirement communities---Franke at Seaside in Mt. Pleasant, the Heritage at Lowman in White Rock, Rice in Columbia, RoseCrest in Inman, and Trinity in Aiken; Lutheran Hospice with offices in Columbia, Greer and Mt. Pleasant; and BeWell Home Services that provides in-home care in the Midlands and Lowcountry.

Lutheridge+Lutherock Ministries, Inc. (LLMI)
Lutheridge+Lutherock Ministries Inc. is owned and operated by the Florida-Bahamas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Southeastern synods of the ELCA and serves all ages from the SE United States. Its mission is to provide programs, opportunities, and places apart where all people can experience a Christ-centered community, grow in relationship to God and God’s creation, and be equipped for ministry. Camp and conference facilities are Lutheridge, 160 acres in Arden, NC known for its summer camp and year-round ministry programs; and Lutherock, 700 acres on Sugar Mountain, known for its rugged, outdoor adventure ministry.

Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS)
Southern Seminary has served the Church since its founding by the South Carolina Synod in 1830. The seminary’s mission is to teach, form and nurture men and women to become servant leaders in the public ministries of the Church. Southern Seminary is one of eight ELCA seminaries and has been located on N. Main Street in Columbia, SC since 1911. Offering three degree programs: Master of Divinity (M. Div), Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) and Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.), Southern Seminary draws students from Region 9 of the ELCA and from across the country. For more info visit or call (866) 921-1157.

Newberry College (NC)
Newberry College, a coeducational undergraduate college of the liberal arts and sciences, is a residential learning community dedicated to the intellectual and personal development of its students in a caring and supportive academic environment. Owned and in part supported by the South Carolina, Southeastern, Florida/Bahamas and Caribbean Synods of the ELCA, the college enrolls a small but diverse student body hailing predominantly from the southeastern United States. The Lutheran tradition allows us to celebrate the concept of vocation, leading students to prepare for meaningful life experiences, occupations, and service to the world as well as to the church.

South Carolina Lutheran Retreat Centers (SCLRC)
SCLRC provides places of hospitality where congregations, communities and individuals can experience a Christian environment to renew faith, foster fellowship, build memories and encounter the glory of God’s creation. These places of hospitality are Camp Kinard near Batesburg-Leesville, and Coastal Retreat Center on Isle of Palms, SC. We host a variety of congregational and synodical groups all year at both centers. We provide facilities at Kinard for special summer camps such as Camp Kemo, a camp for children fighting cancer, Camp Wonder Hands which is for kids who are deaf and hearing impaired, and Children Unlimited, a camp for special needs kids waiting for adoptive placement. Learn more at online at

South Western Diocese Of Tanzania (SWDT)
The South Western Diocese is located in the southwestern corner of Tanzania in a remote mountain region. The Diocese was created in 1992 when the Southern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania was divided. There are approximately 18 parishes and each parish has several congregations. Tanzania is a very stable country, but very poor, with warm and friendly citizens. The Lutheran Church’s rapid growth rate in Tanzania makes it one of the world’s fastest growing churches in East Africa.

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