Please welcome the new musical Artist in Residence at St. Johannes Church!

With council approval, we are proud to announce that the Schleifer Consort will be St. Johannes’ Artists in Residence. Their members are: Swati Linder, Flute; Frank Miley, Oboe/English Horn; Susan Rice and George Hiatt, Continuo.  George is also our music director and organist; these are his friends from the local music community. Together they perform delightful chamber music for special and ordinary occasions.

A schleifer (pronounced with a long “i”) is a musical ornament like a grace note or found in Baroque music; also being a German word, it seems to fit in nicely with St. Johannes. Please “like” and “friend” them on their Facebook page to stay in touch and be notified about performances. For more information, please talk to our Music Director, George Hiatt: 843-296-8901.

2018 South Carolina Synod Assembly

This year the Assembly was held May 31-June 2 in Columbia, SC. Three members from St. Johannes attended: Pastor Alvin, Cynthia Mays, and Kirsten Hughes.


Prayers for safe travels, as well as prayers that the assembly would be led by the Holy Spirit, and that our representatives would gain understanding to bring back to St. Johannes were answered tenfold!


Cynthia enjoyed her break-out trip to the Lutheran Seminary, where she walked the Labyrinth and took advantage of a photo op with a statue of “the man” himself, Martin Luther!

Kirsten, Cynthia, and Pastor Alvin shared their enriching experience with the congregation during morning worship on June 10th.

E-Blast Weekly Announcements

Each week St. Johannes sends out email announcements (E-Blasts) to all our parishioners who have signed up to receive them.  If you wish something to be announced in E-Blast, please email our E-Blast editor / designer, Chuck Long, at no later than Wednesday at 12:00 PM.  Also, if you have not signed up to receive the E-Blasts, please send an email request to  Chuck and assistant editor, Amy Bifano, have been working very hard to make these weekly email announcements interesting, informative, and …well, very COOL!  Thanks Chuck and Amy!

Altar Flowers

​Your help is needed!
The 2018 Flower Chart is in the Narthex.  Please mark when you would like to place flowers on the altar.  There are several open dates coming up: July 8, July 29, August 19, and August 26.  There are more open beyond these dates!  Call Gerry Naumann, the Flower Guild chairman, if you have any questions (843-795-4039).

Children Sermons

Our children sermons have become a vital part of our service and all ages of “children” are welcomed each week!  Even the Citadel cadets get in on the action. 

Children Sermons have become a vital part of our service and all ages of “children” are welcomed each week! Check out the new addition that Pastor Alvin  added to spice it up:  additional actors.  To emphasize the point of Jesus cleaning out the temple, he brought in Marc Willaims and Dr. Susan Crocker in the role of domestic cleaners. As they cleaned up the church he pointed out their role to the “children!”






Lutheran Campus Ministry at The Citadel​​

Have you noticed a few Citadel Cadets in worship?  Each Sunday, we will be providing transportation for those cadets who wish to attend morning service at St. Johannes.  They need to be picked up from The Citadel campus at 8:45am, and dropped back off after church.  Volunteers are needed to help with transportation….or how about taking a cadet to lunch after church?  

As the Chaplain for Lutheran Campus Ministry at the Citadel, Pastor Alvin meets with the Lutheran cadets every Monday evening.  Local Lutheran churches are responsible for providing a meal each Monday for 10-15 cadets.  St. Johannes will be responsible for the 4th and 5th Monday.  We will be providing a meal on March 26th and April 23rd at The Citadel in Mark Clark Hall, room 340.  Volunteers are needed to help prepare and/or serve these meals. A big thanks to Katie TurnerJean Rivas, and Kay Winnett for helping out with previous meals!

If you are interested in helping out with this Outreach effort, please contact Mary Lou Waitschies at or (843) 224-3854Monetary donations to assist with the cost of the meals will also be welcomed. Checks can be made out to: St. Johannes and marked for “Citadel Dinner.”


Tricounty Family Ministries

A big thank you to everyone for their generous donations of new underwear for Tricounty Family Ministries. On March 30th, we delivered 2 laundry baskets FULL of new underwear to TFM!!!

Catechism Class

Please join Pastor Alvin and the confirmands as they begin confirmation classes each Sunday from 9:10—9:40am in the Sunday School room. Everyone is invited to attend and it is a great way to reacquaint yourself with the Lutheran theology and heritage. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call Pastor Alvin on his mobile: (803) 201-1857!

​Security Precautions

For security reasons, Church Council has decided that during our Sunday worship service, the doors leading to the church’s restroom facilities will be kept locked. Those facilities will remain available to those attending the service.  A council designee will remain at the back of the sanctuary to ensure access.​​