Affirmation of Welcome
Reformation, a congregation of Christ's Church, welcomes everyone to join with us in a journey of faith. We are committed to providing worship, programs, ministries and pastoral care to all, regardless of religious background, age, color, ability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic status, or national origin. Everyone is welcome in this place, where the love of God is the foundation of all that we say and do!
March Newsletter 2022
The Reporter
Reformation Lutheran Church
ALL Are Welcome & Affirmed Here!
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Worship Service Update
  We have resumed the in-person worship service on Sundays at 10:00 AM.  In addition to this, and in order to ensure the health and safety of our congregation, we will continue to broadcast the service online via Facebook Live.  Please join us for worship online HERE.
Safe Space Dinners
We, as a committee, are continuing to partner with local organizations that already serve the homeless and housing insecure youth. I believe our involvement in their activities and our presence in their facilities is not only beginning to bear fruit but also expands the very scope and definition of our ministry itself. We have now had three people attend our Safe Space Dinners. While that may sound small, it comes after initial monthly dinners lacking attendees. We have now found it helpful to get out and meet them where they already find some services. This not only fits the original purpose of the ministry, but it may also make our original plan blossom. By bringing supplies and items from our stock to Palmetto Place and MIRCI youth drop-in center we have been able to serve an additional 42 homeless or housing insecure youths. 

We are also having impacts and making connections in other ways. We Are Family, a LGBTQ+ youth organization in Charleston, contacted us to help a youth they serve virtually here in Columbia. She, and her family, are not only struggling to remain in their home but they were, simultaneously, in covid quarantine. We were able to help by delivering many items they needed and the young lady, no longer in isolation, attended our last Safe Space Dinner. Pastor Tim and I have attended drag shows to share information about our program with the audience. We have since received a donation collected by drag performers. Members of our committee have taken water, snacks, and literature to the streets of Columbia to share with members of our homeless community. 
All our efforts thus far have provided items and information to those in need, potentially in need, and those who already serve or are aware of youths we can help. Because our committee has remained open to pivots and broader visions, we have now provided supplies and fellowship to at least 45 youths who are all part of the audience our ministry was created to serve. We have done so while maintaining a consistent message of inclusive support and affirmation for all youths, especially the most vulnerable LGBTQ+ homeless and housing insecure. 

In our committee meeting this week, the expansion of participation with local organizations and their programs will be a focus of our agenda. We will use these partnerships, the connections we make, and the information we gather to make any needed adaptations to our monthly dinners. This process will nurture attendance in our own program while also serving those for whom we created the ministry. We can be Safe Space Dinners as a monthly gathering as well as a service we provide to or with local organizations. Without realizing it, our efforts have already helped many in need. While our dinners begin to grow, we will continue serving youths by helping established organizations provide for these kids. It’s a win for all involved.

For more information about this ministry and ways to get involved, please visit Safe Space Dinners ( As always, we thank you for your generous support.
Michael Watson
Safe Space Dinners Chairperson
Monthly Zoom Schedule
The 2022 schedule and listing of Zoom meetings and ID numbers are on the RLC website and updated as necessary.
1118 Union St. Columbia, SC 29201
Tim Bupp, Pastor