Dessert Tea Room

Sunday, October 7th from 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Volunteers Needed! Opportunities Include:

  • Serve during tea time on 10/7
  • Wash Tablecloths
  • Provide financial support
  • Set up on Saturday, October 6 @ 9:30 am
  • Clean up
  • Provide a dessert

Women’s Bible Study

Cynthia Mays began a new Bible Study series in September and interested women are invited to attend. They meet every Monday night at 6:15 at Cynthia’s home at 1817 Overdell Drive, Charleston, SC 29407. The group’s current study is “Jonah, Navigating a Life Interrupted” by Priscilla Shirer.


Our Outreach project for October . . . the Charleston Animal Society

Today, Catholics and some protestant denominations, celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on October 4th, often a popular day for the “Blessing of the Animals.” In honor of the life of St. Francis, during the month of October, we will be collecting the following items for the Charleston Animal Society:

  • Chicken or beef broth
  • Small and large dog toys
  • Dog treats
  • Monetary donations
  • Peanut butter (creamy)
  • Dry or wet cat food
  • Dry or wet dog food
  • Newspapers

Donations may be placed in the wagon on the front porch or in Gatch Hall near the Outreach Closet. Thanks for your support in advance!!!

Citadel Cadet Sunday

Sunday, October 21st


The Citadel Cadets will be leading worship for us. And what a wonderful opportunity for us to thank them for being a part of the ministry at St. Johannes.

The Citadel is a landmark in Charleston that is noted for its educational reputation as well as its rich history. Founded in 1842, The Citadel has an undergraduate student body of about 2,300 students who make up the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. The Corps draws students from about forty-five states and a dozen countries. Pastor Alvin has been serving as Chaplain of Lutheran Campus Ministry at the Citadel.

The following Cadets have been a part of the Lutheran Campus Ministry: Skylar Addy*, Andrew Brabazon*, Brandon Davis*, Jacob Harding, Joshua Jones, Evan Kukuk, Brogen LaBranche, Sara Mauney, Chase Muehl, Eddie Scott, Bottie Shivers, Kendall Smith, Evan Sweere.
*indicates they are a member at St. Johannes

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.

Pastoral Care

Please let us know if you or a member of your family are hospitalized or in need of pastoral care. You may contact us at the office at (843)722-8906, or Pastor Alvin at (803) 201-1857. Or you can ask the hospital Chaplain to contact us. Pastor Alvin would love to be able to lift you up in prayer, provide a visit or help you in any way possible.

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!

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 Williams 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 8:45 am, 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 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 Turner, Jean 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) 224-3854. Monetary 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

Don’t forget, volunteers from St. Johannes are still going on the last Friday of each month from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Won’t you plan on joining us on Friday, September 28th? For information contact: Mary Lou at or (843) 224-3854.

Catechism Class

Please join Pastor Alvin and the confirmands as they begin confirmation classes each Sunday from 9:10 – 9:40 am 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.

Save the Date for a Day of Fun!

Who: Children ages 1st – 6th grade
When: Saturday, December 1st, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where: St. Johannes Lutheran Church
Why: To celebrate God’s amazing love and to have some fun!