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LTSS Seminary Snapshot - a Discernment Retreat
Jan 30 2:30 PM
Is God's Spirit gently nudging you towards ministry? Learn more about Lutheran Theological Southern ...

Evangelism 101 - with Dave Daubert
Jan 30 3:00 PM
Kicking off the New Year with The Rev. Dave Daubert Evangelism 101 - What you really need to know ...

Virtual Lent Planning (LTSS - Dr. Driggers)
Feb 04 9:00 AM
What if you could tap into an abundance of resources to enhance your Lenten planning? How about infusing your church’s Lent experience with fresh perspectives and insightful gems of Biblical wisdom? The Lent Planning Workshop at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary provides the means to do just that. Dr. Brent Driggers, professor, and associate dean of academic programs at LTSS, will present a thought-provoking approach to the 40 days leading ...

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

Lectionary Study for Lent 2022 texts with Joy Moore
Feb 17 1:00 PM
Lectionary Study for March 2022 texts with Joy Moore Description:  “Ash Wednesday through Palm / ...

Umoyo Mental Health Workshop
Feb 20 1:00 PM
See Melissa Fuller Sims. Specifics to be defined 11/30/2022

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.

2022 All GA Youth Gathering
Feb 26
ALL GEORGIA 2022 February 26, 2022 Participants will be gathering in their home congregations / ...

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

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

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

Formation for Christian Living - webinar
Mar 10
The Christian Education Network of the ELCA is sponsoring a "Designing Faith Formation for the ...

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.

2022 Southeastern Synod Conference Caucus Day
Mar 27 3:00 PM
We are excited to invite Pastor Mary Canniff-Kunn, interim pastor at Friendship Lutheran Church as ...

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

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

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

Conference 5 Deanery Meeting
Apr 19
Cross of Life, Roswell

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

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

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

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

Conference 5 Deanery Meeting
May 17
Cross of Life, Roswell

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

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

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

2022 Synod Assembly
Jun 03
2022 Southeastern Synod Assembly June 3, June 4, and June 5, 2022   Chattanooga Convention Center ...

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

AFFIRM
Jun 12
For a full description, please go to sesyouth.org/AFFIRM!!!

Conference 5 Deanery Meeting
Jun 21
Cross of Life, Roswell

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

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

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

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

Conference 5 Deanery Meeting
Jul 19
Cross of Life, Roswell

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

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

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

Conference 5 Deanery Meeting
Aug 16
Cross of Life, Roswell

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

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

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

Conference 5 Deanery Meeting
Sep 20
Cross of Life, Roswell

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

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

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

Conference 5 Deanery Meeting
Oct 18
Cross of Life, Roswell

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

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

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

Conference 5 Deanery Meeting
Nov 15
Cross of Life, Roswell

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

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

Synod Prayer Team
Dec 19 11:00 AM
PRAYER SESSION is (mostly) the 4th Monday of each month at 11am ET / 10am CT Do not be anxious about...

Conference 5 Deanery Meeting
Dec 20
Cross of Life, Roswell

MS/AL Coast Deanery Meeting
Dec 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)
Jan 01
Shepherd of the Hills (Birmingham) holds a Word and Prayer Ministry in Spanish the 1st Sunday of ...

Conference 5 Deanery Meeting
Jan 17
Cross of Life, Roswell

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

Form A & C Parochial Reports
Every year, congregations are asked to complete "Form A" and "Form C" for the ELCA's statistical ...

2021 Reports to Bishop Kevin Strickland
All rostered leaders (pastors and deacons) file a report to the Bishop every year so that our synod bishop can better know and support our leaders.    We ask that all retired leaders fill out these forms, as well.    All rostered leaders will receive a separate email with a link to an online form for submission.  Be on the lookout.   If you do not receive an email by Friday, January 24, 2022, please contact Assistant to the Bishop Rev. Michael ...

2022 Vital Congregations Training
[Click HERE to see the 2022 Congregational Vitality REPORT for more information] Dear Leaders, ...

Youth Day at the Capitol
To our YOUNG PEOPLE (ages 12-17) of the Southeastern Synod - we are hoping you can join us for this ...

Boy Scouts of America - Bankruptcy Filing
UPDATE on 12/6/2021: The voting deadline for the Boy Scout bankruptcy plan has been extended until ...

Advent & Christmas Formation Tools for Children and Adults
Advent and Christmas Devotions, Crafts, Teaching Tools, and Worship resources abound! Check out the...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[Spanish] Sermon - 4th Sunday after Epiphany - Year C
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already; these are also available to give preachers a respite, and for a congregation to hear another voice from the pulpit. This Sunday's sermon (January 30, 2022) is from Pr. Jill Henning (Southeastern Synod) Many thanks to Pr Julie Crosby for translating!   Click below to view the VIDEO version of this ...

Sermon - 4th Sunday after Epiphany - Year C
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already; these are also available to give preachers a respite, and for a congregation to hear another voice from the pulpit. This Sunday's sermon (January 30, 2022) is from Pr. Jill Henning of the Southeastern Synod You may DOWNLOAD the sermon for this Sunday so that you can more easily insert this sermon ...

[Spanish] Sermon - 3rd Sunday after Epiphany - Year C
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already; these are also available to give preachers a respite, and for a congregation to hear another voice from the pulpit. This Sunday's sermon (January 23, 2022) is from Pr. P. Morgan Gordy (Southeastern Synod) Many thanks to Pr Julie Crosby for translating!   Click below to view the VIDEO version of this...

Sermon - 3rd Sunday after Epiphany - Year C
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already; these are also available to give preachers a respite, and for a congregation to hear another voice from the pulpit. This Sunday's sermon (January 16, 2022) is from the Rev. Dr. P. Morgan Gordy of the Southeastern Synod You may DOWNLOAD the sermon for this Sunday so that you can more easily insert ...

Disaster Preparedness: State Resources
Helpful article:  Be Prepared for a Winter Storm - FEMA (Winter Storm Information Sheet)   We’ve ...

[Spanish] Sermon - 2nd Sunday after Epiphany - Year C
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already; these are also available to give preachers a respite, and for a congregation to hear another voice from the pulpit. This Sunday's sermon (January 16, 2022) is from Pr. Jonathan Hemphill (Southeastern Synod) Many thanks to Pr Julie Crosby for translating!   Click below to view the VIDEO version of ...

Sermon - 2nd Sunday after Epiphany - Year C
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already; these are also available to give preachers a respite, and for a congregation to hear another voice from the pulpit. This Sunday's sermon (January 16, 2022) is from Pr. Jonathan Hemphill of the Southeastern Synod You may DOWNLOAD the sermon for this Sunday so that you can more easily insert this ...

[Spanish] Sermon - Baptism of our Lord - Year C
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already; these are also available to give preachers a respite, and for a congregation to hear another voice from the pulpit. This Sunday's sermon (January 9, 2022) is from Pr. Patti Axel (Southeastern Synod) Many thanks to Pr Julie Crosby for translating!   Click below to view the VIDEO version of this ...

Sermon - Baptism of our Lord - Year C
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already; these are also available to give preachers a respite, and for a congregation to hear another voice from the pulpit. This Sunday's sermon (January 9, 2022) is from Pr. Patti Axel of the Southeastern Synod You may DOWNLOAD the sermon for this Sunday so that you can more easily insert this sermon ...

[Spanish] Sermon - 2nd Sunday of Christmas - Year C
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already; these are also available to give preachers a respite, and for a congregation to hear another voice from the pulpit. This Sunday's sermon (January 2, 2022) is from Pr. Michael Jannett (Southeastern Synod) Many thanks to Pr Julie Crosby for translating!   Click below to view the VIDEO version of this ...

Sermon - 2nd Sunday of Christmas - Year C
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already; these are also available to give preachers a respite, and for a congregation to hear another voice from the pulpit. This Sunday's sermon (January 2, 2022) is from Pr Michael Jannett of the Southeastern Synod You may DOWNLOAD the sermon for this Sunday so that you can more easily insert this sermon...

[Spanish] Sermon - 1st Sunday of Christmas - Year C
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already; these are also available to give preachers a respite, and for a congregation to hear another voice from the pulpit. This Sunday's sermon (December 26th, 2021) is from Pr. Danielle DeNise (North Carolina Synod). Many thanks to Pr Julie Crosby for translating!   Click below to view the VIDEO version ...

Lessons and Carols (North Carolina Synod) - Full Worship Service - Year C
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already; these are also available to give preachers a respite, and for a congregation to hear another voice from the pulpit. This Sunday's offering is a "Lessons & Carols" worship service for December 26, 2021, from the North Carolina Synod. You may DOWNLOAD the worship service for this Sunday so that you ...

Lessons and Carols - "A Thrill of Hope" (Virginia Synod) - Full Worship Service - Year C
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already; these are also available to give preachers a respite, and for a congregation to hear another voice from the pulpit. This Sunday's offering is a "Lessons & Carols" worship service for December 26, 2021, from the Virginia Synod. You may DOWNLOAD the worship service for this Sunday so that you can ...

Sermon - 1st Sunday of Christmas - Year C
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already; these are also available to give preachers a respite, and for a congregation to hear another voice from the pulpit. This Sunday's sermon (December 26, 2021) is from Pr Danielle DeNise of the North Carolina Synod You may DOWNLOAD the sermon for this Sunday so that you can more easily insert this ...

[Spanish] Sermon - Christmas Eve - Year C
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already; these are also available to give preachers a respite, and for a congregation to hear another voice from the pulpit. The Christmas Eve sermon (December 24th, 2021) is from Pr. Kelly Bayer Derrick (Virginia Synod). Many thanks to Pr Julie Crosby for translating!   Click below to view the VIDEO version...

Sermon - Christmas Eve - Year C
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already; these are also available to give preachers a respite, and for a congregation to hear another voice from the pulpit. This Christmas Eve sermon (December 24, 2021) is from Pr Kelly Bayer Derrick of the Virginia Synod You may DOWNLOAD the sermon for this Sunday so that you can more easily insert this...

[Spanish] Sermon - 4th Sunday of Advent - Year C
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already; these are also available to give preachers a respite, and for a congregation to hear another voice from the pulpit. This Sunday's sermon (December 19th, 2021) is from Pr. Dave Delaney (VA Synod). Many thanks to Pr Julie Crosby for translating!   Click below to view the VIDEO version of this sermon. ...

Sermon - 4th Sunday of Advent - Year C
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already; these are also available to give preachers a respite, and for a congregation to hear another voice from the pulpit. This Sunday's sermon (December 19, 2021) is from Pr Dave Delaney of the Virginia Synod You may DOWNLOAD the sermon for this Sunday so that you can more easily insert this sermon into...

[Spanish] Sermon - 3rd Sunday of Advent - Year C
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already; these are also available to give preachers a respite, and for a congregation to hear another voice from the pulpit. This Sunday's sermon (December 12th, 2021) is from Bp Robert Humphrey (VA Synod). Many thanks to Pr Julie Crosby for translating!   Click below to view the VIDEO version of this ...

Sermon - 3rd Sunday of Advent - Year C
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already; these are also available to give preachers a respite, and for a congregation to hear another voice from the pulpit. This Sunday's sermon (December 12, 2021) is from Bp Robert Humphrey of the Virginia Synod You may DOWNLOAD the sermon for this Sunday so that you can more easily insert this sermon ...

Giving Tuesday - Grace House campus ministry: What's Going on at Grace House, anyway???
Check out this PROMO VIDEO (below) to see what's going on at Grace House, then click below to share ...

The Lack...and the Work Christ Helps Us to Do
A woman is about to give birth.  She is poor and has no resources.  She struggles to find a safe ...

[Spanish] Sermon - 2nd Sunday of Advent - Year C
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already; these are also available to give preachers a respite, and for a congregation to hear another voice from the pulpit. This Sunday's sermon (December 5th, 2021) is from Pr John Wertz (NC Synod). Many thanks to Pr Julie Crosby for translating!   Click below to view the VIDEO version of this sermon.  ...

Sermon - 2nd Sunday of Advent - Year C
The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons so that churches who do not gather for worship, due to the coronavirus, have a sermon prepared already; these are also available to give preachers a respite, and for a congregation to hear another voice from the pulpit. This Sunday's sermon (December 5, 2021) is from Pr John Wertz of the Virginia Synod You may DOWNLOAD the sermon for this Sunday so that you can more easily insert this sermon into ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Listening Line Volunteers Needed
What to help out in Disaster Response but need to do it from home? Be a Listening Line Call ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Synod Council

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

Diversity and Justice

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

Ministries

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