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VIDEO: Our Synod...Thriving

Check out this video which shares the vision of the Southeastern Synod...as we EQUIP, EMPOWER, and ENGAGE God's people to love and serve!

Full Worship Liturgy Now Available for April 11

A full worship service - Service of the Word - is provide for congregational use for the 2nd Sunday of Easter, April 11, 2021.   Feel free to download the service - or just the sermon - or ...

The Hate U Give - Movie & Discussion

May 16 3:00 PM
Sunday, May 16, 2021 - Movie viewing will begin at 3pm EST / 2pm CST, with discussion to follow. The ...

Stepping Up to Supervision

Supervision, especially in a faith-based environment, requires learning new skills – probably skills you did not learn during your professional formation. This event provides you with ...

AFFIRM - June 26, 2021 - a DIGITAL event

We are going digital again, this year, folks.  That's right.  This will be the best and safest way we can gather. Registration opens April 15, 2021.  Staff applications will be available ...

April 6 Synod E-news

Check out the latest synod e-news, including lots of events, updated guidance for your congregations, and more!

Easter Sermon - Bishop Strickland

+ + + Christ is risen! Alleluia! + + + Bishop Strickland shares an Easter sermon with you, here...

Presiding Bishop Eaton's Easter Message

View and share Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton’s Easter message. Christ is risen indeed! Read the message: English | Spanish   Download Bishop Eaton's Message  

ILAG - Thanksgiving and Celebration ZOOM

God’s Work. Our Hands. Southeastern Synod and ILAG - Let’s give thanks and celebrate! Sunday, April 18th 3:00pm ET / 2:00pm CT

Bp Strickland - Statement on Anti-Asian Racism

Bishop Kevin Strickland shares a statement on Anti-Asian Racism in the wake of the March 16, 2021, shooting in Atlanta. See Bishop Strickland's statement here, or as a PDF for downloading ...

2021 Synod Assembly Registration is now OPEN!

Saturday, June 5 - 9:00am-5:00pm ET / 8:00am-4:00pm CT This will be a DIGITAL assembly with an ONLINE platform Check out our Synod Assembly page for registration and details

Developing a Foundation for Planned Gifts
Apr 15 1:00 PM
The ELCA Foundation cordially invites you to learn more about setting the cornerstone for your ...

Ignite the Church Conference - Creative Expressions of the Church
Apr 15 2:00 PM
Crises like we are now facing often create opportunities for new things to emerge. In the spirit of ...

Bold Men's Gathering
Apr 17 12:00 PM
The BOLD GATHERING is a day for men to come together to learn, to network, and be equipped to BOLDY ...

ILAG - Thanksgiving and Celebration ZOOM
Apr 18 3:00 PM
God’s Work. Our Hands. Southeastern Synod and ILAG - Let’s give thanks and celebrate! Thanksgiving &...

Congregational Leader Zoom (Round 9)
Apr 19 7:00 PM
For Congregational Leaders, including Council Presidents and council leaders This is the NINTH round...

Conference 5 Deanery Meeting
Apr 20
Cross of Life, Roswell

Earth Day Teach In 2021
Apr 22 6:00 PM
The Advocacy Policy Committee of the Southeastern Synod will be sponsoring an evening of learning, ...

Synod Prayer Team - April
Apr 26 9:00 AM
PRAYER SESSION is Monday, April 26, 9:00am EDT / 8:00am CDT Do not be anxious about anything, but in...

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

Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders
May 03
Please join the people of the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center for Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders, a workshop for clergy and lay leaders who wish to learn how to deal more effectively with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of group conflict.  Earn 32 contact hours, enjoy Christian fellowship, and acquire practical skills and knowledge so that you can address destructive conflict head on!  The next available ...

"Stepping Up to Supervision" Workshop
May 11
Continuing Education Opportunity: Stepping Up to Supervision with Susan Beaumont 6 Sessions over 3 ...

The Hate U Give - Movie & Discussion
May 16 3:00 PM
Sunday, May 16, 2021 - Movie viewing will begin at 3pm EST / 2pm CST, with discussion to follow. ...

Conference 5 Deanery Meeting
May 18
Cross of Life, Roswell

"Stepping Up to Supervision" Workshop
May 18
Continuing Education Opportunity: Stepping Up to Supervision with Susan Beaumont 6 Sessions over 3 ...

Synod Prayer Team - May
May 24 9:00 AM
PRAYER SESSION is Monday, May 24, 9:00am EDT / 8:00am CDT Do not be anxious about anything, but in ...

"Stepping Up to Supervision" Workshop
May 25
Continuing Education Opportunity: Stepping Up to Supervision with Susan Beaumont 6 Sessions over 3 ...

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

Synod Assembly
Jun 05 9:00 AM
The 2021 Southeastern Synod Assembly will be held on a digital platform.   2021 Synod Assembly Details  

Conference 5 Deanery Meeting
Jun 15
Cross of Life, Roswell

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

Conference 5 Deanery Meeting
Jul 20
Cross of Life, Roswell

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

Conference 5 Deanery Meeting
Aug 17
Cross of Life, Roswell

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

Conference 5 Deanery Meeting
Sep 21
Cross of Life, Roswell

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

Synod Leadership Convocation
Oct 18
Synod Leadership Convocation Tuesday, October 19 - Thursday, October 21, 2021 Lutheridge - Arden, NC First Call Ministers retreat to be held on Monday, October 18-Tuesday, October 19.  

Conference 5 Deanery Meeting
Oct 19
Cross of Life, Roswell

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

Conference 5 Deanery Meeting
Nov 16
Cross of Life, Roswell

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

Conference 5 Deanery Meeting
Dec 21
Cross of Life, Roswell

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.

Conference 5 Deanery Meeting
Jan 18
Cross of Life, Roswell

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.

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.

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.

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

Clergy Resource for Self-Care
Now more than ever, clergy need resources for self-care as you navigate the uncharted waters of a pandemic! As you on the front lines know all too well, wellness and self-care are often at the bottom of most clergy persons' to-do list. Here is a book that addresses this issue in a gentle and holistic way.   Sue Magrath is a retired psychotherapist and spiritual director, currently a writer, church/clergy consultant, retreat and workshop leader. ...

Grant Request Deadline!!!
Don’t forget Grant request deadline for Vitality Grants / Outreach Grants / Multicultural Grants is Tuesday, April 13 by noon.  Please don’t send them only by US Mail, as we have had a problem with grants getting lost.  Please keep a copy of the Grant request and scan and email them to synod.office@elca-ses.org.   Postal Address is: ELCA-Southeastern Synod P. O. Box 400 Decatur, GA 30031 Alternatively, applications may be faxed to ...

Presiding Bishop Eaton's Easter Message
View and share Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton’s Easter message. Christ is risen indeed! Read the...

Respite in the Wilderness
Rostered ministers and church professionals, after this busy season of the church year, do you need ...

March 25 Tornadoes Prayer & Giving Opportunities
The Southeastern Synod prays for all those who were in the path of the storms across our region last...

AIB Network Keynotes program features ITC Prof. Mark Ellingsen
The Rev. Dr. Mark Ellingsen - professor at the Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, was ...

Portico News - March 2021 UPDATE
Portico Benefit Services offers THREE major updates: SWORD - Virtual Therapy for Joint Pain How to ...

Where Do Your Offerings Go?
Wonder where your offering goes? Check out this short video. Then check out this Deep Dive on how ...

Workshop: Leadership and Anxiety in the Church - A Family Systems Perspective
Workshop is ONE FULL DAY, and is available on several dates in 2021:  May 13 June 9 August 19 ...

The International Work of ELCA World Hunger
More than 11 percent of the world’s people are hungry and 1 in 7 live in poverty.  Tragically, ...

Congregational Financial Analysis (CFA) from Resourceful Servants
Thanks to all who attended the sessions with ELCA's Steve Oelschlager and found out how to ...

ELCA Response to Hunger and Food Insecurity in the US
In the US as a whole, 1 in 4 (27.5%) of households with children were food insecure and almost 14% ...

Miracles - A Hermeneutic for Evangelical Catholics
Mark Ellingsen, an ELCA pastor in our Synod who teaches at the Interdenominational Theological ...

Respite Care for Rostered Ministers - a Creative Approach
Pastors, deacons, and bishops everywhere have climbed some steep learning curves this year. Now on ...

Stewardship for All Seasons
We are thrilled to have Rev. Mike Ward of GSB Fundraising back with our synod to lead Stewardship ...

Welcome, Sarah Parson - Advocacy Policy Council Intern
The Advocacy Policy Council will benefit from the presence of Intern, Sarah Parson, during February ...

An Important BACK TO CAMP Message from NovusWay
There is a lot going on at Lutheridge, Lutherock, Luther Springs and Lutheranch as the staff and volunteers prepare to welcome campers and guests back to our synod’s places apart. In this important video message they share news about summer camp staff applications, summer camp registration, and the upcoming Back to Camp Day of Giving on March 9th. They have received a generous $60,000 challenge gift to provide an additional $200 for every gift ...

ABUNDANCE Appeal Update
Together during this pandemic, our synod has continued to do some incredible ministry. We have given...

Synod Assembly Elections - 2022 Churchwide Assembly
Voting Members for 2022 Churchwide Assembly to be Elected at 2021 Synod Assembly Submit Biographical Form → Due April 12 The next ELCA Churchwide Assembly (CWA) will be held August 8 – 12, 2022 in Columbus, OH, but synods will be electing their voting members at this year’s synod assembly.   To be considered for one of the voting member positions, biographical forms must be submitted by Sunday, April 12, 2021.   We will have a ...

Synod Assembly Elections - Synod Secretary, Consultation, Discipline, At-Large Synod Council
Nominations Sought for 2021 Synod Assembly Elections Biographical Forms Due April 12 The Southeastern Synod Nominating Committee is currently seeking potential nominees for several positions to be elected at the 2021 Synod Assembly.  DEADLINE for submission of biographical forms to be considered by the Nominating Committee: April 12, 2021. The Nominating Committee's goal is to nominate two to four persons for each position. The Committee will ...

Southeastern Synod - Staff Announcement from Bishop Strickland
February 22, 2021 STAFF ANNOUNCEMENT FROM BISHOP STRICKLAND  Dear friends in Christ, Our synod is ...

PPP Second Draw Fact Sheet
With partnership and support from the Mission Investment Fund of the ELCA, the ELCA Federal Credit ...

Help Our (Atlanta) Neighbors Start a New Life!
  Partners for HOME is an organization Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Atlanta, has partnered with,...

Time to Take Action with Safe Gatherings!
The Southeastern Synod encourages you to use Safe Gatherings to screen and train everyone who works ...

Why a Hunger Appeal?
Southeastern Synod 40-40-40 Lenten Walk for ELCA World Hunger Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, poverty and food insecurity in the Southeastern Synod are increasing.  A Census Bureau survey conducted in December found that 18% of Mississippi households, 14% of households in Tennessee and Alabama, and 13% of households in Georgia didn’t have enough to eat. Many synod congregations with food ministries have now found themselves on the front lines ...

40-40-40 Lenten Hunger Appeal
Check out our "Inspiring Stories" page to see some pics of those participating in our #40forLent ...

Synod Council Updates - 1/9/2021
The Synod Council met on Saturday, January 9 from 9am-4pm over ZOOM. Highlights of the meeting are ...

2021 Synod Assembly - Official Notice of Meeting
Official Notice of Meeting 2021 ELCA Southeastern Synod Assembly Digital Meeting Saturday, June 5, 2021 Pursuant to the bylaws of the Southeastern Synod (S7.11.01.), you are hereby given notice that the 2021 ELCA Southeastern Synod Assembly will be held digitally on June 5, 2020. - The Rev. Randy T. Jones, Synod Secretary   Additional information, including registration, will be available in early 2021. Please contact the Rev. Jill Henning at ...

Rock of Ages (Stone Mountain, GA) Shares a Word of Thanks
In June 2020, Rock of Ages Lutheran Church in Stone Mountain, Georgia received a COVID Food ...

Bishop Strickland Introduces Rev. Lugo, ELCA Foundation Partner
We are thrilled to announce our new partnership with the ELCA Foundation, yet another way in which our synod will equip, empower, and engage God’s people to love and serve. (Ephesians 4:12). Regional gift planner and member of our synod staff, Rev. Ana Lugo, will assist our synod in developing and stewarding individual and congregation planned gifts for our ministries and supporting our ministries through charitable gift instruments.   ...

Hilton Austin Receives Graetz Advocacy Award
The ELCA Southeastern Synod is pleased to name Hilton M. Austin, Jr., as the recipient of the Robert...

Synod's NEW Diversity and Justice Task Force
New Diversity and Justice Task Force! This summer Bishop Strickland prayed into being the new ...

We Need Your Voice! - MLK Virtual Choir Invitation
Southeastern Synod ELCA Martin Luther King Day Virtual Celebration Choir Lift Every Voice and Sing  ...

IGNITE - Evangelism initiative for 2021
  When I hear the word ignite - my mind goes to fire!  Especially this time of the year, a nice ...

Southeastern Synod World Hunger Chair - Ms. Cheryl Bopp
Dear friends, Please allow me to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new Southeastern ...

Spring 2021 Programs at Lutheranch
Prayer Labyrinth and Meditation Retreat January 22-24, 2021 $308 per person, private rooms McKanna-Sandrock Retreat Center Download "Prayer Labyrinth and Meditation Retreat" Flyer HERE. Start the new year by joining us for a weekend of prayer, meditation and contemplation at Lutheranch. Learn new techniques to help manage stress, improve mindfulness and strengthen your prayer life as you grow closer to God. The weekend will include ...

Disaster Relief fund for Rostered Ministers
Dealing with a disaster is never easy, as many in our synod have experienced over the years.   These past months have been personally difficult for two of our Rostered Ministers. One pastor’s home was significantly damaged by wind, and another pastor’s home was greatly damaged by fire.   The Southeastern Synod Disaster Committee has set up a fund to assist them in their recovery.  You can make a donation through online giving page, labelled "...

Urgent Hurricane Disaster Relief Needed to Support ILAG, Guatemala
DONATE HERE (be sure to mark "Disaster Response") Our companion synod, la Iglesia Luterana ...

A message from our Synod Vice-President, Mr. Imran Siddiqui
Letter from Mr. Imran Siddiqui - December 2020 “John 21:5-6 Jesus said to them, “Children, you have no fish, have you?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish.”   Siblings in Christ and fellow members of our Southeastern Synod,   I pray and hope that you are staying safe in the midst ...

ELCA Advocacy - 2020 Federal Policy Priorities
Here is some excellent information on ELCA Advocacy’s current legislative focus.   The church’s advocacy officers, who work out of Washington, D.C., are also actively advocating for stimulus relief for the pandemic.   Here is a link to find your Congressman and U.S. Senator, should you wish to contact them about any advocacy issue.   House: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative Senate: https://www.senate.gov CLICK HERE ...

Email Scam!!!
(Updated December 1, 2020) We have had a NEW and BOLSTERED attempt from hackers and spambots to ...

Interdenominational Theological Center offers Continuing Ed Class
MARTIN LUTHER AND MARTIN LUTHER KING:  HOW THEIR AGREEMENTS CAN IMPACT   THE CHURCH TODAY           ...

Welcome Rev. Ana Lugo - Regional Gift Planner
We welcome Rev. Ana Lugo to the Southeastern Synod as our Regional Gift Planner for the ...

Year-End Giving - Insights from the ELCA Foundation
The Rev. Ana Lugo, Regional Gift Planner for the ELCA Foundation shares with us the latest insights ...

2020 Synod Advent + Christmas Devotional NOW AVAILABLE!
Looking for an Advent Devotional? Check out the Southeastern Synod Advent/Christmas Devotional ...

Ignite the Church Conference 2021
We Have Gone Online! Join us in 2021 for Adapting to a New Reality: Living into a Fresh Vision for ...

Stewardship Resources - November 17, 2020
Click here to return to the STEWARDSHIP RESOURCE PAGE $90K distributed within our synod: Together, ...

Muchas Gracias!
Muchas Gracias! After the Virtual GALA, we received this special thank you video from Pastora Karen...

Stewardship Resources - October 20, 2020
Click here to return to the STEWARDSHIP RESOURCE PAGE Did you know that many congregations receive over 35% of their giving in the last three months of the calendar year?  Many households also make their designated or special gifts in the last week of the year.   Now is the time to start planning! Did you know that the electronic giving platform, Tithe.ly has discovered that over the last three years that 72% of electronic giving is done via a ...

Sermon - John 20:19-31 - Second Sunday of Easter- 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 (April 11th, 2021) is from Pr Patti Axel. She preaches on John 20:19-31. 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 ...

Sermon - John 20:1-18 - Resurrection of Our Lord/ Easter Sunday- 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 (April 4th, 2021) is from Bishop Kevin Strickland. He preaches on John 20:1-18. 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 ...

Bishop Strickland Shares Easter Greetings!
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you ...

Covid-19 Herd Immunity: Why be Vaccinated?
It is hard to believe that the American population began extreme lockdown due to Covid-19 in March ...

[Spanish]Sermon - Mark 11:1-11, Mark 14:1-15:47 - Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion- 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 (March 28th, 2021) is from Pr Karen Boda. She preaches on Mark 11:1-11, Mark 14:1-15:47. Many thanks to Pr Julie Crosby for translating! Or click below to see the VIDEO version of this sermon. Many thanks to Pr Karen Boda!      

Sermon - Mark 11:1-11, Mark 14:1-15:47 - Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion- 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 (March 28th, 2021) is from Pr Karen Boda. She preaches on Mark 11:1-11, Mark 14:1-15:47. 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 12:20-33 - Fifth Sunday In Lent- 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 (March 21st, 2021) is from Pr Michael Jannett. He preaches on John 12:20-33. 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 ...

Diversity & Justice: a Young Person's Perspective
At my school, I am a part of a club called ‘Teens for Tolerance.’ It shares many of the same goals ...

[Spanish]Sermon - John 3:14-21 - Fourth Sunday In Lent- 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 (March 14th, 2021) is from Pr Patti Axel. She preaches on John 3:14-21. Many thanks to Pr Julie Crosby for translating! Or click below to see the VIDEO version of this sermon. Many thanks to Pr Patti Axel!      

Sermon - John 3:14-21 - Fourth Sunday In Lent- 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 (March 14th, 2021) is from Pr Patti Axel. She preaches on John 3:14-21. 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 can ...

Sermon - John 2:13-22 - Third Sunday In Lent- 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 (February 21st, 2021) is from Pr Matt Steinhauer. He preaches on John 2:13-22. 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 ...

[Spanish]Sermon - Mark 8:31-38 - Seond Sunday In Lent- 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 (February 21st, 2021) is from Pr Jill Hening. She preaches on Mark 8:31-38. 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 8:31-38 - Second Sunday In Lent- 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 (February 21st, 2021) is from Pr Jill Hening. She preaches on Mark 8:31-38. 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 ...

Health Blog: Physical Activity!
Bishop Strickland’s invitation to the Southeastern Synod (SES) congregation members to join him in ...

[Spanish]Sermon - Mark 1:9-15 - First Sunday In Lent - 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 (February 21st, 2021) is from Pr Karen Boda. He preaches on Mark 1:9-15. Many thanks to Pr Julie Crosby for translating! Or click below to see the VIDEO version of this sermon. Many thanks to Pr Karen Boda!      

Sermon - Mark 1:9-15 - First Sunday In Lent- 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 (February 21st, 2021) is from Pr Karen Boda. He preaches on Mark 1:9-15. 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 ...

Respite Care for Rostered Ministers - A Creative Approach
Pastors, deacons, and bishops everywhere have climbed some steep learning curves this year. Now on ...

Sermon - Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21- Ash Wednesday - 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 weeks sermon (February, 17th, 2021) is from bishop Kevin Strickland. He preaches on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21. 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)...

[Spanish]Sermon - Mark 9:2-9 - Transfiguration of our Lord - 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 (February 14th, 2021) is from Pr Justin Eller. He preaches on Mark 9:2-9. 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 9:2-9 - Transfiguration of our Lord - 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 (February 14th, 2021) is from Pr Justin Eller. He preaches on Mark 9:2-9. 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...

The Blessing of Diversity
My son, Byron, went to a racially diverse Lutheran school in southern California from preschool through 8th grade.  His first exposure to the issue of race arose when he was in kindergarten.  The teacher later told me that there was a question about racial differences that came up in class one day, so they had a discussion about it.  Which explains why he came home from school that day and asked me, “Mommy, what kind are you?”  Baffled as to what...

[Spanish]Sermon -Mark 1:29-39- Fifth Sunday after Epiphany - 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 (January 31st, 2021) is from Pr Patti Axel. She preaches on Mark 1:29-39. Many thanks to Pr Julie Crosby for translating! Or click below to see the VIDEO version of this sermon. Many thanks to Pr Patti Axel.      

Sermon -Mark 1:29-39- Fifth Sunday after Epiphany - 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 (January 31st, 2021) is from Pr Patti Axel. She preaches on Mark 1:29-39. 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 Heart?
How is Your Heart! I hope that you pledged last month with Courage, Hope, Compassion and Love to ...

[Spanish]Sermon -Mark 1:21-28- Fourth Sunday after Epiphany - 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 (January 31st, 2021) is from Pr Matt Steinhauer. He preaches on Mark 1:21-28. Many thanks to Pr Julie Crosby for translating! Or click below to see the VIDEO version of this sermon. Many thanks to Pr Matt Steinhauer!      

Sermon -Mark 1:21-28- Fourth Sunday after Epiphany - 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 (January 31st, 2021) is from Pr Matt Steinhauer. He preaches on Mark 1:21-28. 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 1:14-20- Third Sunday after Epiphany - 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 (January 24th, 2021) is from Pr Jill Henning. She preaches on Mark 1:14-20. 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 1:14-20- Third Sunday after Epiphany - 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 (January 24th, 2021) is from Pr Jill Henning. She preaches on Mark 1:14-20. 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 1:43-51- Second Sunday after Epiphany - 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 (January 17th, 2021) is from Pr Karen Boda. She preaches on John 1:43-51. 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 can...

Feet That Carry the Good News
It was a beautiful late November day and the Food Ministry at the Lutheran Church of the Atonement ...

[Spanish]Sermon - Mark 1:4-11- Baptism of our Lord - 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 (January 10th, 2021) is from Bishop Kevin Strickland. He preaches on Mark 1:4-11. Many thanks to Pr Julie Crosby for translating! Or click below to see the VIDEO version of this sermon. Many thanks to Bishop Kevin Strickland!      

Sermon - Mark 1:4-11- Baptism of our Lord - 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 (January 10th, 2021) is from Bishop Kevin Strickland. He preaches on Mark 1:4-11. 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 ...

A Word from Lutheran Church of the Atonement
Here is a word from Lutheran Church of the Atonement (Atlanta, GA), and how they THRIVE in the midst...

[Spanish]Sermon - John 1:[1-9] 10-18 - Second Sunday After Christmas - 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 (January 3rd, 2021) is from Pr Michael Jannett. He preaches on John 1:[1-9] 10-18   Many thanks to Pr Julie Crosby for translating! Or click below to see the VIDEO version of this sermon. Many thanks to Pr Michael Jannett!      

Sermon - John 1:[1-9] 10-18 - Second Sunday After Christmas - 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 (January 3rd, 2021) is from Pr Michael Jannett He preaches on John 1:[1-9] 10-18 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...

Courage, Hope, Compassion, Love!
It is December 14, 2020, 7:00 AM and I am excited to learn that a health care worker has stepped up ...

[Spanish]Sermon - Luke 2:22-40 - First Sunday After Christmas - 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 (December 20, 2020) is from Pr Justin Eller. He preaches on Luke 2:22-40 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 - Luke 2:22-40 - First Sunday After Christmas - 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 (December 27th, 2020) is from Pr Justin Eller. He preaches on Luke 2:22-40. 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 - Luke 1:26-38 - Fourth Sunday of Advent - 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 (December 20, 2020) is from Pr Matt Steinhauer. He preaches on Luke 1:26-38   Many thanks to Pr Julie Crosby for translating! Or click below to see the VIDEO version of this sermon. Many thanks to Pr Matt Steinhauer      

Sermon - Luke 1:26-38 - Fourth Sunday of Advent - 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 (December 12, 2020) is from Pr Matt Steinhauer. He preaches on Luke 1:26-38 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 ...

Heart To Art
“How will the children color pictures without crayons?” That is the question bemoaned by Ms. Jessica...

[Spanish]Sermon - John 1:6-8, 19-28 - Third Sunday of Advent - 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 (December 12, 2020) is from Pr Jill Henning. She preaches on John 1:6-8, 19-28. 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 - John 1:6-8, 19-28 - Third Sunday of Advent - 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 (December 12, 2020) is from Pr Jill Henning. She preaches on John 1:6-8, 19-28. 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 ...

[Spanish]Sermon - Mark 1:1-8- Second Sunday of Advent - 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 (December 6,, 2020) is from Pr Karen Boda. She preaches on Mark 1:1-8.  Many thanks to Pr Julie Crosby for translating! Or click below to see the VIDEO version of this sermon. Many thanks to Pr Karen Boda!      

Sermon - Mark 1:1-8- Second Sunday of Advent - 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 (December 6,, 2020) is from Pr Karen Boda. She preaches on Mark 1:1-8.  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 ...

Miles to Go Before I Sleep
Most of you are familiar with Robert Frost’s 1922 poem, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. The ...

Life Happens
Especially in the midst of a pandemic, Life Happens. We lose jobs or our hours at work are cut. Our ...

[Spanish]Sermon - Mark 13:24-37- First Sunday of Advent - 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 (November 29, 2020) is from Pr Patti Axel. She preaches on Mark 13:24-37.  Many thanks to Pr Julie Crosby for translating! Or click below to see the VIDEO version of this sermon. Many thanks to Pr Patti Axel!      

Sermon - Mark 13:24-37- First Sunday of Advent - 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 (November 29, 2020) is from Pr Patti Axel. She preaches on Mark 13:24-37.  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 - Matthew 25:31-4 -Christ The King Sunday - Year A
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 (November 22, 2020) is from Bishop Kevin Strickland. He preaches on Matthew 25:31-46.   Many thanks to Pr Julie Crosby for translating! Or click below to see the VIDEO version of this sermon. Many thanks to Bishop Kevin Strickland!      

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 ...

MLK Day of Service
Sponsored by the ELCA Southeastern Synod, Lutheran Theological College in Atlanta and Lutheran ...

2021 Synod Assembly

The 2021 Southeastern Synod Assembly: EQUIP – EMPOWER – ENGAGE the Beloved Community will be held on June 5th from 9:00 am Eastern – 4:00 pm Eastern on a digital platform.

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.