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1st Sunday of Advent, Year C
Nov 28
Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13; Luke 21:25-36

Virtual Advent Pilgrimage to Palestine - SYNOD group
Nov 30 7:00 PM
Advent Pilgrimage in Palestine is a four-week virtual pilgrimage from the ELCA’s Peace Not Walls and...

Webinar: Resisting Occupation: A Global Struggle for Liberation (Decolonizing Theology)
Dec 04 12:00 PM
The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer - Atlanta - will host a webinar featuring Mitri Raheb (President...

Word & Prayer Ministry (in Spanish)
Dec 05
Shepherd of the Hills (Birmingham) holds a Word and Prayer Ministry in Spanish the 1st Sunday of ...

2nd Sunday of Advent, Year C
Dec 05
Malachi 3:1-4; Psalm (Luke 1:68-79); Philippians 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6

Congregational Leaders Zoom (Round 10)
Dec 06 7:00 PM
For Congregational Leaders, including Council Presidents and council leaders This is the TENTH round...

Virtual Advent Pilgrimage to Palestine - SYNOD group
Dec 07 7:00 PM
Advent Pilgrimage in Palestine is a four-week virtual pilgrimage from the ELCA’s Peace Not Walls and...

Disaster Coordinator Roundtable and Disaster Updates
Dec 08 6:00 PM
Special Presentation on Being a part of a community disaster response.   TWO MORE SESSIONS SCHEDULED! December 8, 2021 - Being Part of a Community Response January 12, 2022 - Emotional Spiritual Care Team Development Interested in learning more about disaster response? Join Pastor Morgan Gordy and other disaster coordinators for conversation and training! Disaster Updates and Coordinator Round Table - 5pm CT / 6pm ET Disaster Response Training ...

3rd Sunday of Advent, Year C
Dec 12
Zephaniah 3:14-20; Psalm (Isaiah 12:2-6); Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18

Lectionary Studies for January 2022 texts with Delmer Chilton
Dec 13 1:00 PM
Join us for a Lectionary Study for the texts in January 2022, Year C: January 9, 2022 - Baptism of ...

Virtual Advent Pilgrimage to Palestine - SYNOD group
Dec 14 7:00 PM
Advent Pilgrimage in Palestine is a four-week virtual pilgrimage from the ELCA’s Peace Not Walls and...

4th Sunday of Advent, Year C
Dec 19
Micah 5:2-5a; Psalm (Luke 1:46b-55); Psalm (alternate) Psalm 80:1-7; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45 [46-55]

Synod Prayer Team
Dec 20 11:00 AM
PRAYER SESSION is (mostly) the 4th Monday of each month at 11am ET / 10am CT Do not be anxious about...

ELCA Youth Gathering Conversations
Dec 20 7:00 PM
Want to know more about the 2022 ELCA Youth Gathering??? Register here, and you will receive a Zoom...

Conference 5 Deanery Meeting
Dec 21
Cross of Life, Roswell

Virtual Advent Pilgrimage to Palestine - SYNOD group
Dec 21 7:00 PM
Advent Pilgrimage in Palestine is a four-week virtual pilgrimage from the ELCA’s Peace Not Walls and...

Blue Christmas - a Service of Longing and Hope
Dec 21 7:30 PM
On this day we will hold a service in honor of lost loved ones and in support of those that are ...

Nativity of Our Lord (I), Christmas Eve
Dec 24
Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14 [15-20] (White)

Nativity of Our Lord (III), Christmas Day
Dec 25
Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1:1-4 [5-12]; John 1:1-14 (White)

Nativity of Our Lord (II), Christmas Day
Dec 25
Isaiah 62:6-12; Psalm 97; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2:[1-7] 8-20 (White)

1st Sunday of Christmas, Year C
Dec 26
1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26; Psalm 148; Colossians 3:12-17; Luke 2:41-52

MS/AL Coast Deanery Meeting
Dec 28 11:00 AM
10:00 a.m. Central Time Meeting on 3/24/2020 will take place via ZOOM.

Word & Prayer Ministry (in Spanish)
Jan 02
Shepherd of the Hills (Birmingham) holds a Word and Prayer Ministry in Spanish the 1st Sunday of ...

Epiphany of Our Lord
Jan 06
Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12 (White)

Baptism of Our Lord / 1st Sunday after Epiphany / Lectionary 1
Jan 09
Isaiah 43:1-7; Psalm 29; Acts 8:14-17; Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

Disaster Coordinator Roundtable and Disaster Updates
Jan 12 6:00 PM
Special Presentation on Being a part of a community disaster response.   TWO MORE SESSIONS SCHEDULED! December 8, 2021 - Being Part of a Community Response January 12, 2022 - Emotional Spiritual Care Team Development Interested in learning more about disaster response? Join Pastor Morgan Gordy and other disaster coordinators for conversation and training! Disaster Updates and Coordinator Round Table - 5pm CT / 6pm ET Disaster Response Training ...

Conference 5 Deanery Meeting
Jan 18
Cross of Life, Roswell

Synod Prayer Team
Jan 24 11:00 AM
PRAYER SESSION is (mostly) the 4th Monday of each month at 11am ET / 10am CT Do not be anxious about...

Lectionary Study for February 2022 texts with Mary Anderson
Jan 24 1:00 PM
Title: Lectionary Study for February 2022 texts with Mary Anderson   Description:  “Fifth Sunday after Epiphany through Transfiguration of Our Lord”   January, 24, 2022 1-4pm ET via zoom Led By: The Rev. Dr. Mary W. Anderson (covering: February 6, 13, 20, 27)       

ELCA Youth Gathering Conversations
Jan 24 7:00 PM
Want to know more about the 2022 ELCA Youth Gathering??? Register here, and you will receive a Zoom...

MS/AL Coast Deanery Meeting
Jan 25 11:00 AM
10:00 a.m. Central Time Meeting on 3/24/2020 will take place via ZOOM.

Word & Prayer Ministry (in Spanish)
Feb 06
Shepherd of the Hills (Birmingham) holds a Word and Prayer Ministry in Spanish the 1st Sunday of ...

Conference 5 Deanery Meeting
Feb 15
Cross of Life, Roswell

MS/AL Coast Deanery Meeting
Feb 22 11:00 AM
10:00 a.m. Central Time Meeting on 3/24/2020 will take place via ZOOM.

Synod Prayer Team
Feb 28 11:00 AM
PRAYER SESSION is (mostly) the 4th Monday of each month at 11am ET / 10am CT Do not be anxious about...

ELCA Youth Gathering Conversations
Feb 28 7:00 PM
Want to know more about the 2022 ELCA Youth Gathering??? Register here, and you will receive a Zoom...

Word & Prayer Ministry (in Spanish)
Mar 06
Shepherd of the Hills (Birmingham) holds a Word and Prayer Ministry in Spanish the 1st Sunday of ...

Conference 5 Deanery Meeting
Mar 15
Cross of Life, Roswell

MS/AL Coast Deanery Meeting
Mar 22 11:00 AM
10:00 a.m. Central Time Meeting on 3/24/2020 will take place via ZOOM.

Synod Prayer Team
Mar 28 11:00 AM
PRAYER SESSION is (mostly) the 4th Monday of each month at 11am ET / 10am CT Do not be anxious about...

ELCA Youth Gathering Conversations
Mar 28 7:00 PM
Want to know more about the 2022 ELCA Youth Gathering??? Register here, and you will receive a Zoom...

Word & Prayer Ministry (in Spanish)
Apr 03
Shepherd of the Hills (Birmingham) holds a Word and Prayer Ministry in Spanish the 1st Sunday of ...

Conference 5 Deanery Meeting
Apr 19
Cross of Life, Roswell

Synod Prayer Team
Apr 25 11:00 AM
PRAYER SESSION is (mostly) the 4th Monday of each month at 11am ET / 10am CT Do not be anxious about...

ELCA Youth Gathering Conversations
Apr 25 7:00 PM
Want to know more about the 2022 ELCA Youth Gathering??? Register here, and you will receive a Zoom...

MS/AL Coast Deanery Meeting
Apr 26 11:00 AM
10:00 a.m. Central Time Meeting on 3/24/2020 will take place via ZOOM.

Word & Prayer Ministry (in Spanish)
May 01
Shepherd of the Hills (Birmingham) holds a Word and Prayer Ministry in Spanish the 1st Sunday of ...

Conference 5 Deanery Meeting
May 17
Cross of Life, Roswell

Synod Prayer Team
May 23 11:00 AM
PRAYER SESSION is (mostly) the 4th Monday of each month at 11am ET / 10am CT Do not be anxious about...

ELCA Youth Gathering Conversations
May 23 7:00 PM
Want to know more about the 2022 ELCA Youth Gathering??? Register here, and you will receive a Zoom...

MS/AL Coast Deanery Meeting
May 24 11:00 AM
10:00 a.m. Central Time Meeting on 3/24/2020 will take place via ZOOM.

Word & Prayer Ministry (in Spanish)
Jun 05
Shepherd of the Hills (Birmingham) holds a Word and Prayer Ministry in Spanish the 1st Sunday of ...

Conference 5 Deanery Meeting
Jun 21
Cross of Life, Roswell

Synod Prayer Team
Jun 27 11:00 AM
PRAYER SESSION is (mostly) the 4th Monday of each month at 11am ET / 10am CT Do not be anxious about...

ELCA Youth Gathering Conversations
Jun 27 7:00 PM
Want to know more about the 2022 ELCA Youth Gathering??? Register here, and you will receive a Zoom...

MS/AL Coast Deanery Meeting
Jun 28 11:00 AM
10:00 a.m. Central Time Meeting on 3/24/2020 will take place via ZOOM.

Word & Prayer Ministry (in Spanish)
Jul 03
Shepherd of the Hills (Birmingham) holds a Word and Prayer Ministry in Spanish the 1st Sunday of ...

Conference 5 Deanery Meeting
Jul 19
Cross of Life, Roswell

Synod Prayer Team
Jul 25 11:00 AM
PRAYER SESSION is (mostly) the 4th Monday of each month at 11am ET / 10am CT Do not be anxious about...

MS/AL Coast Deanery Meeting
Jul 26 11:00 AM
10:00 a.m. Central Time Meeting on 3/24/2020 will take place via ZOOM.

Word & Prayer Ministry (in Spanish)
Aug 07
Shepherd of the Hills (Birmingham) holds a Word and Prayer Ministry in Spanish the 1st Sunday of ...

Conference 5 Deanery Meeting
Aug 16
Cross of Life, Roswell

Synod Prayer Team
Aug 22 11:00 AM
PRAYER SESSION is (mostly) the 4th Monday of each month at 11am ET / 10am CT Do not be anxious about...

MS/AL Coast Deanery Meeting
Aug 23 11:00 AM
10:00 a.m. Central Time Meeting on 3/24/2020 will take place via ZOOM.

Word & Prayer Ministry (in Spanish)
Sep 04
Shepherd of the Hills (Birmingham) holds a Word and Prayer Ministry in Spanish the 1st Sunday of ...

Conference 5 Deanery Meeting
Sep 20
Cross of Life, Roswell

Synod Prayer Team
Sep 26 11:00 AM
PRAYER SESSION is (mostly) the 4th Monday of each month at 11am ET / 10am CT Do not be anxious about...

MS/AL Coast Deanery Meeting
Sep 27 11:00 AM
10:00 a.m. Central Time Meeting on 3/24/2020 will take place via ZOOM.

Word & Prayer Ministry (in Spanish)
Oct 02
Shepherd of the Hills (Birmingham) holds a Word and Prayer Ministry in Spanish the 1st Sunday of ...

Conference 5 Deanery Meeting
Oct 18
Cross of Life, Roswell

Synod Prayer Team
Oct 24 11:00 AM
PRAYER SESSION is (mostly) the 4th Monday of each month at 11am ET / 10am CT Do not be anxious about...

MS/AL Coast Deanery Meeting
Oct 25 11:00 AM
10:00 a.m. Central Time Meeting on 3/24/2020 will take place via ZOOM.

Word & Prayer Ministry (in Spanish)
Nov 06
Shepherd of the Hills (Birmingham) holds a Word and Prayer Ministry in Spanish the 1st Sunday of ...

Conference 5 Deanery Meeting
Nov 15
Cross of Life, Roswell

MS/AL Coast Deanery Meeting
Nov 22 11:00 AM
10:00 a.m. Central Time Meeting on 3/24/2020 will take place via ZOOM.

Hispanic Heritage Month - 9/15-10/15/2021
The En Conjunto Ministry has been working on resources for ally congregations and especially in time...

Welcome Rev. Derrick Rice - New Director of the Lutheran Theological Center in Atlanta (LTCA).
The Christian Community and Leadership Home Area of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America ...

Episcopal and Lutheran bishops in Georgia Respond to the Verdict in the McMichaels-Bryan Case
DOWNLOAD PDF of letter HERE.  November 24, 2021 Episcopal and Lutheran bishops in Georgia respond ...

25 Mile Journey to Bethlehem
As we prepare our hearts and minds for the recognition of Christ Jesus and his birth, we encourage ...

ITC's 11th Presidential Installation Ceremony for President Matthew Wesley Williams
Read the full article about President William's installation HERE. + + + + + The ...

Candidacy Update - Nov 2021
The Candidacy meeting dates and materials deadlines for 2022 are listed below. If you have plans to...

Atlanta Warming Centers and Cold Weather Stations
Salvation Army Cold Weather Program Free and open to men, women and families experiencing ...

VIRTUAL Advent Pilgrimage in Palestine
Advent Pilgrimage in Palestine is a four-week virtual pilgrimage from the ELCA’s Peace Not Walls and...

Advent & Christmas Devotionals for Children
Advent and Christmas Devotions, Crafts, Teaching Tools, and Worship resources abound! Here is a ...

2021 MILAGRO GALA WINNERS ANNOUNCED!
A first time donor and frequent MILAGRO supporters won the drawing for the handmade quilt and ...

Boy Scouts of America - Bankruptcy Filing
On February 18, 2020, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. As...

Observing Indigenous People’s Day
Earlier this month, we observed Indigenous People’s Day, which in some parts used to be known as ...

Webinar on Climate Justice Conducted by LIRS
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services conducted a webinar on Climate Justice which delves into ...

Being Here Podcast
https://porticobenefits.org/podcasts/ From the Portico webstie: Welcome to Being Here, a podcast ...

German Companion Synod Trip Announced
June 28 - July 10, 2022 Our synod has a partner synod in Germany!   It is known as the Lutheran ...

Guatemala: Empowering Young Women with Education and Life Skills (LWF article)
This article was originally published on The Lutheran World Federation's Facebook page, September ...

2023 Holy Land Trip Announced
“4 Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, ...

Mercy Church: an Atlanta-Based Ministry Seeking Your Help
Here is a letter from Pr. Gary Christensen, an advocate for Mercy Community Church, Atlanta, GA:   ...

DONOR-ADVISED FUNDS: A FLEXIBLE, FAMILY-FOCUSED CHARITABLE GIVING OPTION
FROM THE ELCA FOUNDATION "insights" e-news: Often referred to as “charitable checkbooks,” ...

Subscribe to Administration Matters today!
Administration Matters is a bimonthly electronic newsletter for ELCA church leaders. It addresses common, practical issues including finance, governance, risk management, and tax and legal concerns, as well as other topics of interest about day-to-day operations and management in church settings.   If you wish to subscribe to the Administration Matters e-newsletter, you can do so by logging in to https://blogs.elca.org/adminmatters/ (see left ...

ELCA Youth Gathering - COVID: Updates & FAQs
Gathering leadership is proceeding with plans for the 2022 Gathering, with registration to open ...

2021 ILAG - Gala Changed to Virtual ONLY
In-Person Gala Changed to Virtual Only Following CDC recommendations and Southeastern Synod ...

2021 Fall Convocation Cancelled
  Dear friends in Christ,   It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that the ...

National Faith HIV/AIDS Awareness
Discussion on HIV/Aids Awareness is not new. Many people first became aware of this health crisis ...

Pr. Ann Bassett's podcast - "Crossing Barriers"
Pr. Ann Bassett (Peace, Spring Hill, TN) has a podcast called "Crossing Barriers."  In one of her ...

Trauma Responsive Program for Congregations
Trauma Response Program for Congregations: All congregations respond to trauma. Responding well can...

Following Jesus: Perspectives from Diverse Christian Traditions
PURPOSE OF THE PROJECT Given the multiplicity of religious traditions that self-identify as “...

2021 Guatemala Gala - SAVE THE DATE!!!
Register today! The ELCA Southeastern Synod and the Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala (ILAG) ...

Celebration of Grace - Canton, GA - Donates Church Furniture
Celebration of Grace Lutheran Church P. O. Box 5025 Canton, GA 30014 Contact Person: Mary Johnson, ...

Learn Spanish for Ministry
Have you ever wanted to understand when someone speaks to you in Spanish or wished you could respond...

The Candler Foundry
Theological explorations designed to help individuals and congregations grow spiritually, reflect ...

Why Is it So Hard to Ask?
One of the crucial things to remember about the people that we strive to honor and advocate for on ...

2021 Synod Assembly Summary
A Brief Summary of the 2021 Southeastern Synod Assembly   The Southeastern Synod of the ELCA met in ...

Disaster Recovery Volunteers Needed!
Covid slowed down the volunteer response for the much needed disaster recovery work over the last 16...

Economic and Ecological Justice Training Opportunities
The following is an advertisement from the Wendleand-Cook Program at Vanderbilt University... Are ...

June 2021 Synod Council Update
Our Southeastern Synod Council met on Friday, June 4 both in person at Redeemer, Atlanta and over ...

Call to Care for our siblings in India in the wake of the Covid 19 Crisis
The situation in India is desperate in the wake of Covid-19 with surging cases and lack of ...

Bishop Strickland Responds to CDC Updates on COVID-19
May 18, 2021   Dear church, This coming Sunday, Pentecost Sunday, we will hear from Acts, “All were ...

Online Giving - Vanco and Tithe.ly
Did you know that ELCA congregations that offer debit and credit card giving have seen significantly...

Mental Health Awareness Statement - Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton
Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2 NRSV)....

Guidance from our Ecumenical Working Group Regarding CDC's Updates for Covid
From the Ecumenical Protocols for Worship, Fellowship, and Sacramental Practices group: The latest ...

Certificate in Climate Justice and Faith
NEW from the Center for Climate Justice and Faith of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary ...

Could You Use a Coach?
Could you use a Coach?  What is ELCA Coaching?  How do I know if I need a Coach? If you’ve ever ...

Newberry College Sunday - May 16!!!
"Vocation across the Academy" Newberry College asks for your support of the Vocation across the ...

FEMA Covid-19 Funeral Costs
The US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced it will provide financial support to offset the cost of funeral services for COVID-19 victims. The financial support is available for individuals who died in the US from COVID-19 (documented on the death certificate) after January 20, 2020, and while applicants must be US citizens or residents, there is no citizenship or residency requirement for the deceased individuals. FEMA is ...

Episcopal Bishop Rob Wright - Statement on Verdict of Police Officer in George Floyd Case
The Rt. Rev. Rob Wright, D.D., Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta issued the following ...

Litany for a Verdict
Litany for a verdict April 19, 2021 by The Presbyterian Outlook Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you;...

All Creation Sings - ELW Hymnal Supplement
Brief descriptions of the 200 assembly songs in All Creation Sings are now available with a ...

Memphis Community Rally on 4/18/2021
(please see accompanying articles linked at the bottom of this article): A message from ELCA Pastor...

LTSS Alumni Day & Day of Giving
Students like Amanda Taylor (MDIV, UMC) feel the impact of your gifts to Lutheran Theological ...

ELCA World Hunger - Domestic Grant Applications
A message from the ELCA World Hunger team: Greetings from ELCA World Hunger! With the hope and ...

Download April 11 Worship Service
Click HERE to access the April 11, 2021, worship service.  A full worship service - Service of the ...

Disaster Response Updates for September 7, 2021
The Congregational Disaster Plan is live! The first step in helping your congregation prepare for a ...

[Spanish] Sermon - 1st Sunday of Advent - Year C
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already; these are also available to give preachers a respite, and for a congregation to hear another voice from the pulpit. This Sunday's sermon (November 28th, 2021) is from Bishop Tim Smith (NC Synod). Many thanks to Pr Julie Crosby for translating!   Click below to view the VIDEO version of this sermon. ...

Sermon - 1st Sunday of Advent - Year C
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already; these are also available to give preachers a respite, and for a congregation to hear another voice from the pulpit. This Sunday's sermon (November 28, 2021) is from Bishop Tim Smith of the North Carolina Synod You may DOWNLOAD the sermon for this Sunday so that you can more easily insert this ...

[Spanish] Sermon - Christ the King Sunday - Year B
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already; these are also available to give preachers a respite, and for a congregation to hear another voice from the pulpit. This Sunday's sermon (November 21st, 2021) is from Deacon Tammy Jones West (NC Synod). Many thanks to Pr Julie Crosby for translating!   Click below to view the VIDEO version of this ...

Sermon - Christ the King Sunday - Year B
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already; these are also available to give preachers a respite, and for a congregation to hear another voice from the pulpit. This Sunday's sermon (November 21, 2021) is from Deacon Tammy Jones West, of the North Carolina Synod You may DOWNLOAD the sermon for this Sunday so that you can more easily insert ...

Fearless Generosity - Advent Series Reflections
What is fearless generosity? Fearless generosity is a response to what God is doing in our lives. We faithfully respond in living generously through our giving and serving. It is a missional call to share with others—our time, our talent and our resources. Fearless generosity means we share out an abundant love to do God’s business in the world around us. Knowing that God always takes good care of us. Here is what the series will look like and ...

[Spanish] Sermon - 25th Sunday after Pentecost - Year B
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already; these are also available to give preachers a respite, and for a congregation to hear another voice from the pulpit. This Sunday's sermon (November 14th, 2021) is from Pr. Danielle DeNise (NC Synod). Many thanks to Pr Julie Crosby for translating!   Click below to view the VIDEO version of this ...

Sermon - 25th Sunday after Pentecost - Year B
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already; these are also available to give preachers a respite, and for a congregation to hear another voice from the pulpit. This Sunday's sermon (November 14, 2021) is from Pr. Danielle DeNise, of the North Carolina Synod You may DOWNLOAD the sermon for this Sunday so that you can more easily insert this ...

[Spanish] Sermon - All Saints Sunday - Year B
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already; these are also available to give preachers a respite, and for a congregation to hear another voice from the pulpit. This Sunday's sermon (November 1st, 2021) is from Pr. Sara Ilderton (NC Synod). Many thanks to Pr Julie Crosby for translating!   Click below to view the VIDEO version of this sermon. ...

Sermon - All Saints Sunday - Year B
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already; these are also available to give preachers a respite, and for a congregation to hear another voice from the pulpit. This Sunday's sermon (November 7, 2021) is from Pr. Sara Ilderon, of the North Carlolina  You may DOWNLOAD the sermon for this Sunday so that you can more easily insert this sermon ...

Disaster Volunteers Needed!!! (11/2/2021)
TWO important ways to help TODAY! 1 - Help with muck outs, clean ups and rebuilds! WE NEED ...

Health Blog: Are You at Risk for Diabetes?
Each year the American Diabetes Association designates the month of November as American Diabetes ...

[Spanish] Sermon - Reformation Sunday - Year B
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already; these are also available to give preachers a respite, and for a congregation to hear another voice from the pulpit. This Sunday's sermon (October 31st, 2021) is from Pr. Justin Eller. Many thanks to Pr Julie Crosby for translating!   Click below to view the VIDEO version of this sermon.  Many thanks...

Sermon - Reformation Sunday - Year B
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already; these are also available to give preachers a respite, and for a congregation to hear another voice from the pulpit. This Sunday's sermon (October 31st, 2021) is from Pr. Justin Eller. You may DOWNLOAD the sermon for this Sunday so that you can more easily insert this sermon into your worship ...

[Spanish] Sermon - Mark 10:46-52 - Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost - Year B
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already; these are also available to give preachers a respite, and for a congregation to hear another voice from the pulpit. This Sunday's sermon (October 24th, 2021) is from Pr. Jonathan Hemphill. Many thanks to Pr Julie Crosby for translating!   Click below to view the VIDEO version of this sermon.  Many ...

Sermon - Mark 10:46-52 - Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost - Year B
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already; these are also available to give preachers a respite, and for a congregation to hear another voice from the pulpit. This Sunday's sermon (October 24th, 2021) is from Pr. Jonathan Hemphill. You may DOWNLOAD the sermon for this Sunday so that you can more easily insert this sermon into your worship ...

[Spanish] Sermon - Mark 10:35-41 - Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost - Year B
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already; these are also available to give preachers a respite, and for a congregation to hear another voice from the pulpit. This Sunday's sermon (October 17th, 2021) is from Pr. Matt Steinhauer. Many thanks to Pr Julie Crosby for translating!   Click below to view the VIDEO version of this sermon. Many ...

Sermon - Mark 10:35-45 - Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost - Year B
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already; these are also available to give preachers a respite, and for a congregation to hear another voice from the pulpit. This Sunday's sermon (October 17th, 2021) is from Pr. Matt Steinhauer. You may DOWNLOAD the sermon for this Sunday so that you can more easily insert this sermon into your worship ...

[Spanish] Sermon - Mark 10:17-31 - Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost - Year B
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already; these are also available to give preachers a respite, and for a congregation to hear another voice from the pulpit. This Sunday's sermon (October 10th, 2021) is from Pr. Jill Henning. Many thanks to Pr Julie Crosby for translating!   Click below to view the VIDEO version of this sermon. Many thanks ...

Sermon - Mark 10:17-31 - Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost - Year B
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already; these are also available to give preachers a respite, and for a congregation to hear another voice from the pulpit. This Sunday's sermon (October 10th, 2021) is from Pr. Jill Henning. You may DOWNLOAD the sermon for this Sunday so that you can more easily insert this sermon into your worship ...

[Spanish] Sermon - Mark 10:2-16 - Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost - Year B
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons for a few weeks so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already. This Sunday's sermon (October 3rd, 2021) is from Pr. Patti Axel.   Many thanks to Pr Julie Crosby for translating!   Click below to view the VIDEO version of this sermon. Many thanks to Pr Patti Axel    

Sermon - Mark 10:2-16 - Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost - Year B
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons for a few weeks so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already. This Sunday's sermon (October 3rd, 2021) is from Pr. Patti Axel. You may DOWNLOAD the sermon for this Sunday so that you can more easily insert this sermon into your worship service. Please let Pr. Michael Jannett (mjannett@elca-ses.org) know how we can better assist and support you...

Health Blog: Breast Cancer Awareness Month - October 2021
As I often do when preparing to write a monthly newsletter article, I consult the list of National ...

[Spanish] Sermon - Mark 9:38-50 - Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost - Year B
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons for a few weeks so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already. This Sunday's sermon (August 29th, 2021) is from Pr. Jonathan Hemphill. He preaches on Mark 9:38-50.   Many thanks to Pr Julie Crosby for translating!   Click below to view the VIDEO version of this sermon. Many thanks to Pr Michael Jannett

Sermon - Mark 9:38-50 - Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost - Year B
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons for a few weeks so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already. This Sunday's sermon (September 26th, 2021) is from Pr. Michael Jannett. You may DOWNLOAD the sermon for this Sunday so that you can more easily insert this sermon into your worship service. Please let Pr. Michael Jannett (mjannett@elca-ses.org) know how we can better assist and ...

Listening Line Volunteers Needed
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Vaccination Sites across the Synod!!!
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Sermon - Mark 9:30-37 - Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost - Year B
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons for a few weeks so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already. This Sunday's sermon (September 19th, 2021) is from Bishop Kevin Strickland. You may DOWNLOAD the sermon for this Sunday so that you can more easily insert this sermon into your worship service. Please let Pr. Michael Jannett (mjannett@elca-ses.org) know how we can better assist and...

Sermon - Mark 8:27-38 - Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost - Year B
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons for a few weeks so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already. This Sunday's sermon 9September 5th, 2021) is from Pr. Justin Eller He preaches on Mark 7:24-37. You may DOWNLOAD the sermon for this Sunday so that you can more easily insert this sermon into your worship service. Please let Pr. Michael Jannett (mjannett@elca-ses.org) know how we ...

Devotion: In the Depths of the Sea
In the Depths of the Storm Winds and waves I wish you were calm. We are as weary as the master in ...

It is Up to Each of Us!
Each year at this time I am compelled to write about the upcoming flu season and the ever prevailing...

Sermon - Mark 7:24-37 - Fifthteenth Sunday After Pentecost - Year B
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons for a few weeks so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already. This Sunday's sermon 9September 5th, 2021) is from Pr. Justin Eller He preaches on Mark 7:24-37. You may DOWNLOAD the sermon for this Sunday so that you can more easily insert this sermon into your worship service. Please let Pr. Michael Jannett (mjannett@elca-ses.org) know how we ...

[Spanish]Sermon - Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 2-23 - Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost - Year B
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons for a few weeks so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already. This Sunday's sermon (August 29th, 2021) is from Pr. Jonathan Hemphill. He preaches on Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 2-23   Many thanks to Pr Julie Crosby for translating!   Click below to see the VIDEO version of this sermon. Many thanks to Pr Jonathan Hemphill!  

Sermon - Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 2-23 - Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost - Year B
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons for a few weeks so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already. This Sunday's sermon (August 29th, 2021) is from Pr. Jonathan Hemphill. He preaches on Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 2-23 You may DOWNLOAD the sermon for this Sunday so that you can more easily insert this sermon into your worship service. Please let Pr. Michael Jannett (mjannett@elca-ses.org)...

Sermon - John 6:51-58 - Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost - Year B
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons for a few weeks so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already. This Sunday's sermon (August 8th, 2021) is from Pr. Jill Henning. She preaches on John 6:51-58. You may DOWNLOAD the sermon for this Sunday so that you can more easily insert this sermon into your worship service. Please let Pr. Michael Jannett (mjannett@elca-ses.org) know how we ...

Sermon - John 6:35, 41-51 - Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost - Year B
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons for a few weeks so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already. This Sunday's sermon (August 8th, 2021) is from Pr. Patti Axel. She preaches on John 6:35, 41-51. You may DOWNLOAD the sermon for this Sunday so that you can more easily insert this sermon into your worship service. Please let Pr. Michael Jannett (mjannett@elca-ses.org) know how we ...

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Sermon - John 6:24-35 - Tenth Sunday After Pentecost - Year B
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons for a few weeks so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already. This Sunday's sermon (July 18th, 2021) is from Pr. P Morgan Gordy. She preaches on John 6:24-35.   You may DOWNLOAD the sermon for this Sunday so that you can more easily insert this sermon into your worship service. Please let Pr. Michael Jannett (mjannett@elca-ses.org) know how we ...

[Spanish] Sermon - John 6:1-21 - Ninth Sunday After Pentecost - Year B
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons for a few weeks so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already. This Sunday's sermon (July 18th, 2021) is from Pr. Michael Jannett. He preaches on John 6:1-21.   Many thanks to Pr Julie Crosby for translating!   Click below to see the VIDEO version of this sermon. Many thanks to Pr Michael Jannett!  

Sermon - John 6:1-21 - Ninth Sunday After Pentecost - Year B
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons for a few weeks so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already. This Sunday's sermon (July 18th, 2021) is from Pr. Michael Jannett. He preaches on John 6:1-21. You may DOWNLOAD the sermon for this Sunday so that you can more easily insert this sermon into your worship service. Please let Pr. Michael Jannett (mjannett@elca-ses.org) know how we ...

[Spanish]Sermon - Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 - Eighth Sunday After Pentecost - Year B
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons for a few weeks so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already. This Sunday's sermon (July 18th, 2021) is from Pr. Justin Eller. He preaches on Mark 6:30-34, 53-56. Many thanks to Pr Julie Crosby for translating! Or click below to see the VIDEO version of this sermon. Many thanks to Pr Justin Eller!      

Sermon - Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 - Eighth Sunday After Pentecost - Year B
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons for a few weeks so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already. This Sunday's sermon (July 18th, 2021) is from Pr. Justin Eller. He preaches on Mark 6:30-34, 53-56. You may DOWNLOAD the sermon for this Sunday so that you can more easily insert this sermon into your worship service. Please let Pr. Michael Jannett (mjannett@elca-ses.org) know how ...

Sermon - Mark 6:14-29 - Seventh Sunday After Pentecost - Year B
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons for a few weeks so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already. This Sunday's sermon (July 11th, 2021) is from Pr. Patti Axel She preaches on Mark 6:14-29. You may DOWNLOAD the sermon for this Sunday so that you can more easily insert this sermon into your worship service. Please let Pr. Michael Jannett (mjannett@elca-ses.org) know how we can ...

[Spanish]Sermon - Mark 6:1-13 - Sixth Sunday After Pentecost - Year B
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons for a few weeks so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already. This Sunday's sermon (July 4th, 2021) is from Pr. Jill Henning. She preaches on Mark 6:1-13. Many thanks to Pr Julie Crosby for translating! Or click below to see the VIDEO version of this sermon. Many thanks to Pr Jill Henning!      

Sermon - Mark 6:1-13 - Sixth Sunday After Pentecost - Year B
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons for a few weeks so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already. This Sunday's sermon (July 4th, 2021) is from Pr. Jill Henning. She preaches on Mark 6:1-13. You may DOWNLOAD the sermon for this Sunday so that you can more easily insert this sermon into your worship service. Please let Pr. Michael Jannett (mjannett@elca-ses.org) know how we can ...

Health Blog: How is Your Skin?
A few years ago I was surprised to learn that a young coworker had been diagnosed with Melanoma. She...

Sermon - Mark 5:21-43 - Fifth Sunday After Pentecost - Year B
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons for a few weeks so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already. This Sunday's sermon (June 27th, 2021) is from Pr. Matt Steinhauer, Assistant to the Bishop and Director of Advocacy. He preaches on Mark 5:21-43. You may DOWNLOAD the sermon for this Sunday so that you can more easily insert this sermon into your worship service. Please let Pr. ...

Sermon - Mark 4:26-34 - Third Sunday After Pentecost - Year B
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons for a few weeks so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already. This Sunday's sermon (June 13th, 2021) is from Pr Michael Jannett. He preaches on Mark 4:26-34. You may DOWNLOAD the sermon for this Sunday so that you can more easily insert this sermon into your worship service. Please let Pr. Michael Jannett (mjannett@elca-ses.org) know how we ...

Sermon - Mark 3:20-35 - Second Sunday After Pentecost - Year B
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons for a few weeks so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already. This Sunday's sermon (June 6th, 2021) is from Pr P Morgan Gordy. She preaches on Mark 3:20-35. You may DOWNLOAD the sermon for this Sunday so that you can more easily insert this sermon into your worship service. Please let Pr. Michael Jannett (mjannett@elca-ses.org) know how we can...

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A year ago I wrote, “I have never had a problem finding a health topic to write about until now.” ...

ShowerUP
When Paul came to pick up the items he said, "WOW you guys did really great. I have mega churches ...

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We thank the people of Jerusalem, Rincon, GA, as they staffed and assisted with another round of ...

Good Shepherd, Garden City, GA - CANNED FOOD DRIVE
Members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Garden City, GA, collected canned food items to donate to ...

Shades Valley Lutheran Church (Birmingham, AL) - God's Work , Our Hands
     Shades Valley Lutheran Church had 3 options for our church members to do for God's Work, Our ...

First Lutheran Church of Nashville God's Work, Our Hands 2021
Members of First Lutheran, Nashville, spent God's Work, Our Hands Sunday, September 12, helping to ...

Christ Our Shepherd - Peachtree City, GA - God's Work. Our Hands.
God’s Work, Our Hands! 2021 Christ Our Shepherd Peachtree City, GA Disaster Mission Team at work in ...

St. Timothy Lutheran Church God's Work, Our Hands
The St. Timothy Lutheran Church congregation created more than 800 sacks of kindness to give to ...

TONS of Gratitude Sunday - Messiah LC, Madison, AL
Check out the PHOTO ALBUM here... Check out Messiah LC's BLOG POST HERE. "Comforters" from Messiah...

Rummage Sale Exceeds Expectations
In July Peace Lutheran Church in Spring Hill, TN received donations of stuff from the community, ...

Little Free Library
Little Free Libraries are a global phenomenon. The small, front-yard book exchanges number more than...

40 For Lent
40 Days of Lent.   40 miles.  $40 to ELCA World Hunger.      --->     #40forLent Why a "hunger walk"...

Feeding the Hungry in Jackson, MS
During 2021, Synod hunger ministries and their service to their communities will be ...

Gifts Held Loosely
One of my favorite descriptions of stewardship is, “When God gives you a gift, hold it loosely.”  I ...

Action, Not Words
PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH TACKLES FOOD INSECURITY Action rather than words! This phrase became the ...

Christmas 2020: Remember The Prisoner
Christmas 2020:  Remember The Prisoner Hygiene Bags for West Tennessee State Penitentiary – Women’s Therapeutic Residential Center   Before Covid-19 I went to prison every Tuesday and first Saturday of each month.  I always returned to the freeworld at the end of my approved time to be in the prison.  Since mid-February, visitors and volunteers, such as me, have been unable to enter the prison because of Covid-19. I remain captivated by the ...

Election Day in the US for a Poll Chaplain
Picture:  Pastor Nancy Christensen outside the Lucky Shoals Park Community Center Polling Site, ...

Thanksgiving Meals given to over 100 families
Utilitzing Thrivent Action Teams and soliciting members of St. John's Lutheran and people in our ...

Community Garden
Community Garden Ministry Christ Lutheran Church and Kiswahili Lutheran Mission has been a refuge ...

Education Advocacy
INTERVENTION BY KISWAHILI LUTHERAN MISSION AND  CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH AND INSPIRITUS (Nashville, ...

God's Work. Our Hands.
For our day of service, we worked at our community garden. Our intergenerational team planted seeds,...

COVID-19 Food Insecurity Grant - Celebration, Mt Juliet, TN
Celebration Lutheran is 1 of 15 congregations selected by The Southeastern Synod to receive the ...

Providing Books and Activitiy Bags to the Children in our Community
We delivered 100s of books (Pre-K - 4th Grade) and many Activity Bags filled with crayons, coloring ...

A Heart for Art
Faith Lutheran Church in Clay, Alabama is a Community Partner of nearby Clay Elementary School. We ...

745 Inspirations!!!
On Saturday, May 23, 2020 at a drop-off station at the St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Franklin, TN, 745...

On This Corner for a Reason
Located at the corner of Jackson and Willett, Peace Lutheran Church in Memphis has ministered to the...

Providing Needs After the Nashville Tornado
In the midst of the devastation from the March 3rd tornado in Nashville, St. John's continued ways ...

Come Bloom with Us!
These daffodils  may not look like all that much from this one photo, but there continue to be lots ...

Food For Families in Need
Partnering with a Middle School in our community, we at St. John's in Nashville provided over 200 ...

Meals on Wheels "Thanksgiving Edition" in Macon, GA
The people and neighbors of The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Macon, GA, worked together to ...

Epiphany Lutheran Blessing of the Pets
Epiphany Lutheran in Collierville, TN recently conducted its annual Blessing of the Pets on ...

Quilt for VBS 2018 and Advent Children's Ministry
The quilting group meets once or twice per month making quilts for missions and community support. 

MyCanvas - Nashville Predator's Featured Charities
  MyCanvas – a program of Lutheran Services in Tennessee – has been chosen as one of the Nashville ...

DEM Wayne Fell Joins Epiphany Lutheran Church for Worship
Epiphany Lutheran Church in Collierville welcomed Director for Evangelical Mission Wayne Fell in ...

Back to School with Our Partner School, Two Rivers Middle!
We gathered a carload of school supplies for our partner school, Two Rivers Middle, delivered them ...

Partnership with Clay Elementary
One Sunday each month during the summer, Faith Lutheran has come together to work on an outreach ...

St. John's Nashville - Painting Bathrooms for our Partner School.
We furthered our "partnership" with Two Rivers Middle School by painting several of their bathrooms....

World Council of Churches - 2018 International AIDS Conference
We congratulate Ms. Karson Thompson of St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Decatur GA, Southeastern Synod ...

Nights Alive
Nights Alive is an affordable summer mini-camp that is just for middle schoolers.  This year's ...

Let The Little Children Come
At St. Luke Lutheran Church, Cordova, TN, as Jesus did, we welcome children of all ages as integral ...

Blessing Bag Ministry at St. John's in Nashville
Blessing Bag Ministry at St. John’s is designed to help care for our sisters and brothers in need ...

The Spirit is blowing hard at Nativity Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, GA
On Pentecost 2018, Nativity Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, GA celebrated 5 years as an official ELCA ...

Church Community Garden Mother's Day
Epiphany Lutheran Church, Collierville, TN. held a church community garden Mothers Day event on ...

Blessed to be a Blessing
Since partnering with a local Middle School for the past couple of years, in conjunction with ...

Light in the Darkness Interfaith Vigil at the Atlanta City Detenion Center
A message from the Lutheran community shared by Deacon Melanie Johnson from Lutheran Services of ...

"God's Work. Our Hands." Sunday
Save the date!  Do God's work!  Tell your inspiration story in pictures using the link on the bottom...

The Living Last Supper
“The Last Supper”… is a story retold, year after year from generation to generation. This year this ...

Gift for Solomon Lutheran, Greenville, TN
We are so pleased with this generous gift from one of our members, Lucille Carter. She commissioned ...

Intergenerational Mission Trip to Hattiesburg, MS
Following church on February 18, 2018, eleven disciples from Christ Our Shepherd, Peachtree City, GA...

Faith Leaders Gather at the Georgia Capitol
Faith leaders gathered at the Georgia Capitol March 1, 2018 to speak out in a press conference about...

Hunger Walk Brings Lutheran Churches Around Metro Atlanta Together
Despite the gloomy weather, we had a fantastic turnout for the 2018 Hunger Walk on February 25 at ...

Synod Council

Synod Council meets on September 18, 2021, to discern how God is calling our synod to mission and ministry.

Diversity and Justice

This section of our website is dedicated to Diversity and Justice. Click the links below to visit our Diversity and Justice Ministries:

Ministries

As one of 65 synods in the ELCA, we are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the communities that we serve. Together we extend our ministry and our reach around the country and around the world. We are church. We are Lutheran. We are church together. We are church for the sake of the world.