The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


It wasn't exactly a wedding ...

but on this day two did become one

They had thought and prayed about it for quite some time. Finally they announced their plans and set the date. They sought counsel from clergy, planned the service and chose special music. The cake was ordered, the invitations mailed. They discussed their future and dreamed of their new life together. When the big day came, they walked down the aisle and made a public commitment together at the altar. A photographer captured their joy during the reception. Later they would receive place settings of their china.

Eddie Fennell<BR><BR>When the congregation
When the congregation of St. Andrew Lutheran, Charleston, S.C., gathered a final time on Christmas Eve, sets of dishes were presented to members, including Thelma Horres (left), Florence Cotten, Marion Donohoe and vicar Melinda Jones.
But it wasn’t exactly a wedding.

This was the beginning of Holy Spirit Evangelical Lutheran, Charleston, S.C., the consolidation of two congregations with a combined ministry of 200 years: 153-year-old St. Andrew in historic downtown Charleston and 47-year-old Holy Comforter, in a growing area near the city’s historic gardens. Each officially closed its doors Dec. 3, 2006, after morning worship.

That afternoon, members gathered for a consolidation service (at which they processed down the aisles to sign the new charter) and reception. After eating cake, members wandered outside to admire the new church sign.

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