“The Church exists by mission as a fire exists by burning.” Those words describe Immanuel Lutheran Church of Sumter, South Carolina. Kindled by the Holy Spirit, they are a small gathering at the base of a big flame. Their diverse congregation gathers for worship, Sunday School and Bible studies, and then disperses across their community and state, bearing the name and love of Jesus.
Immanuel reaches into human lives through two primary missions, to the incarcerated and returning citizens, and to the aging, as well as other ministries. Their “Stand by Me” prison ministry provides weekly worship, Bible studies and individual ministry to returning citizens at four South Carolina prisons and one detention center, and mails letters, Bibles and books to the incarcerated in a total of 17 prisons. Immanuel’s “Care Center Ministry” offers weekly worship and Bible study at two senior living facilities, as well as a monthly communion service at one facility. Other caring ministries include a free Christian library, pillows for hospital patients, the Sumter Pregnancy Center, and Water Mission.
Having received grant funding in the past from the NALC, Immanuel is now seeking additional financial and prayer partnerships. While each member is engaged in ministry, their pastor has recently retired, and they are seeking additional support for leadership.
140 Poinsett Drive
Sumter, SC 29150
To learn more, visit their website.