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AFFIRM (E-ffirm)
Jun 26
Going digital again, this year, folks.  That's right.   We plan to be in person for AFFIRM 2022. ...

Pride Panel Discussion webinar
Jun 27 3:00 PM
Sign up TODAY for a Pride Panel Discussion webinar on Sunday, June 27, 2021, 3pm ET / 2pm CT.  

ELCA Youth Gathering Conversations
Jun 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)
Jul 04
Shepherd of the Hills (Birmingham) holds a Word and Prayer Ministry in Spanish the 1st Sunday of ...

Synod Prayer Team - July
Jul 19 9:00 AM
PRAYER SESSION is Monday, July 19, 9:00am EDT / 8:00am CDT Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything make your requests to God...by prayer, thanksgiving and placing your request to God, the peace of God will guard your heart and mind fully beyond understanding (Phil. 4: 6–7) Bishop Kevin Strickland invites you to join him in prayer.   Newcomers are always welcome!   This team will meet with him once a month via zoom to pray. Praying ...

Conference 5 Deanery Meeting
Jul 20
Cross of Life, Roswell

ELCA Youth Gathering Conversations
Jul 26 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
Jul 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)
Aug 01
Shepherd of the Hills (Birmingham) holds a Word and Prayer Ministry in Spanish the 1st Sunday of ...

Conference 5 Deanery Meeting
Aug 17
Cross of Life, Roswell

Synod Prayer Team - August
Aug 23 9:00 AM
PRAYER SESSION is Monday, August 23, 9:00am EDT / 8:00am CDT Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything make your requests to God...by prayer, thanksgiving and placing your request to God, the peace of God will guard your heart and mind fully beyond understanding (Phil. 4: 6–7) Bishop Kevin Strickland invites you to join him in prayer.   Newcomers are always welcome!   This team will meet with him once a month via zoom to pray. Praying ...

ELCA Youth Gathering Conversations
Aug 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
Aug 24 11:00 AM
10:00 a.m. Central Time Meeting on 3/24/2020 will take place via ZOOM.

Disaster Relief Concert by Inspiritus
Aug 29 3:00 PM
NOTE:  3-8:30pm Eastern / 2-7:30pm Central A fundraising event to rebuild disaster survivors’ home....

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

"Holy Ground and the Interim" - an Interim Ministry Retreat
Sep 13
September 13-15, 2021 Lutheranch, Tallapoosa, GA   Join Interim Ministers from the Evangelical ...

Boundaries: Racial Justice Education
Sep 13 12:00 PM
Boundaries: Racial Justice Education for all Rostered Ministers

Synod Prayer Team - September
Sep 20 9:00 AM
PRAYER SESSION is Monday, September 20, 9:00am EDT / 8:00am CDT Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything make your requests to God...by prayer, thanksgiving and placing your request to God, the peace of God will guard your heart and mind fully beyond understanding (Phil. 4: 6–7) Bishop Kevin Strickland invites you to join him in prayer.   Newcomers are always welcome!   This team will meet with him once a month via zoom to pray. ...

Conference 5 Deanery Meeting
Sep 21
Cross of Life, Roswell

ELCA Youth Gathering Conversations
Sep 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
Sep 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)
Oct 03
Shepherd of the Hills (Birmingham) holds a Word and Prayer Ministry in Spanish the 1st Sunday of ...

Boundaries: Racial Justice Education
Oct 07 9:00 AM
Boundaries: Racial Justice Education for all Rostered Ministers

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

Synod Prayer Team - October
Oct 25 9:00 AM
PRAYER SESSION is Monday, October 25, 9:00am EDT / 8:00am CDT Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything make your requests to God...by prayer, thanksgiving and placing your request to God, the peace of God will guard your heart and mind fully beyond understanding (Phil. 4: 6–7) Bishop Kevin Strickland invites you to join him in prayer.   Newcomers are always welcome!   This team will meet with him once a month via zoom to pray. Praying...

ELCA Youth Gathering Conversations
Oct 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
Oct 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)
Nov 07
Shepherd of the Hills (Birmingham) holds a Word and Prayer Ministry in Spanish the 1st Sunday of ...

Conference 5 Deanery Meeting
Nov 16
Cross of Life, Roswell

Boundaries: Racial Justice Education
Nov 16 10:00 AM
Boundaries: Racial Justice Education for all Rostered Ministers

ELCA Youth Gathering Conversations
Nov 22 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
Nov 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)
Dec 05
Shepherd of the Hills (Birmingham) holds a Word and Prayer Ministry in Spanish the 1st Sunday of ...

Conference 5 Deanery Meeting
Dec 21
Cross of Life, Roswell

ELCA Youth Gathering Conversations
Dec 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
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 ...

Conference 5 Deanery Meeting
Jan 18
Cross of Life, Roswell

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.

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.

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

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

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

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 ...

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...

Selma - Movie Watch & Discussion
Movie Watch & Discussion regarding SELMA, on Sunday, February 21, 2021. Video discussion following ...

Synod Assembly Elections - 2022 Churchwide Assembly
Voting Members for 2022 Churchwide Assembly to be Elected at 2021 Synod Assembly Submit Biographical Form → Due May 1 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, May 1, 2021.   We will have a total ...

Synod Assembly Elections - Synod Secretary, Consultation, Discipline, At-Large Synod Council
Nominations Sought for 2021 Synod Assembly Elections Biographical Forms Due May 1 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: May 1, 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
(UPDATED:  6/1/2021) During the season of Lent and as part of the 40-40-40 Synod Hunger appeal, ...

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 ...

Sermon - Mark 4:35-41 - Fourth 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 20th, 2021) is from Bishop Kevin Strickland. He preaches on Mark 4:35-41. 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 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...

Tips for Staying Healthy for A Lifetime!
A year ago I wrote, “I have never had a problem finding a health topic to write about until now.” ...

[Spanish]Sermon - John 3:1-17 - Holy Trinity 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 (May 30th, 2021) is from Pr Justin Eller. He preaches on John 3:1-17. 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 - John 3:1-17 - Holy Trinity 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 (May 30th, 2021) is from Pr Justin Eller. He preaches on John 3:1-17 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 - John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 - Pentecost 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 (May 23rd, 2021) is from Pr Matt Steinhauer. He preaches on John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 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 - John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 - Pentecost 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 (May 23rd, 2021) is from Pr Matt Steinhauer. He preaches on John 15:26-27; 16:4b-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 ...

Have YOU Become Part of the Herd?
When we think of a herd we think of a large group of animals (such as sheep or elephants) especially...

Sermon - John 17:6-19 - Seventh 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 (May 16th, 2021) is from PrPatti Axel. She preaches on John 17:6-19. 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 - John 15:9-17 - Sixth 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 (May 9th, 2021) is from Pr Karen Boda. She preaches on John 15:9-17. 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 - John 15:9-17 - Sixth 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 (May 9th, 2021) is from Pr Karen Boda. She preaches on John 15:9-17. 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 ...

Supporting Newberry College
Newberry College Sunday is May 16, 2021!!! Access Gift Form Here Inspiration is a beautiful thing!...

Sermon - John 15:1-8 - Fifth 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 (May 2nd, 2021) is from Pr Michael Jannett. He preaches on John 15:1-8 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 ...

Disaster Response in ALL FOUR STATES
April 26, 2021 Disaster Update: Spring has come in with fury. We have had disasters in all four ...

Sermon - John 10:11-18 - Fourth 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 25th, 2021) is from Pr Justin Eller. He preaches on John 10:11-18 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 we can ...

[Spanish]Sermon - Luke 24:36b-48 - Third 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 18th, 2021) is from Pr Jill Henning. She preaches on Luke 24:36b-48. 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 - Luke 24:36b-48 - Third 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 18th, 2021) is from Pr Jill Henning. She preaches on Luke 24:36b-48. 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 ...

The Church Wedding We Thought We'd Never Have
In late 2014, as circuit courts one after another across the country struck down bans on same-sex ...

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!      

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.