Southeastern Synod ELCA


Why Won't You Give Me Antibiotics?

March 28, 2019

Many times I’ve heard friends tell me that they had a bad cold (or related disease) and they were frustrated because their doctor refused to prescribe antibiotics. Some even told me that they went to...

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Congregational Hospitality – Part 1

January 22, 2019

This article is the first in a series based on observations while worshipping during my 2018 sabbatical (October, November, and December).  Because I’m immersed daily in the workings of ELCA ...

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Congregational Hospitality – Part 2

January 22, 2019

In my first “sabbatical follow-up” blog, I got us to the building with observations from the four denominations/eight congregations I visited.  Let’s go inside the sanctuary now.   1        Special ...

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Congregational Hospitality – Part 3

January 22, 2019

So far, we’ve looked at getting to church and settling in the pew.  Now let’s see how the eight non-ELCA congregations I visited did with their bulletins.    1        Helpful hints were more abundant ...

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Congregational Hospitality – Part 4

January 22, 2019

In my last blog, we took a look at the bulletins and announcements from the four denominations/eight congregations of my sabbatical visits.  I bet you thought we’d never get to the actual worship!  ...

Handwashing - A Very Special Gift!

December 04, 2018

Having just celebrated Thanksgiving, we are keenly aware of how fortunate we are to live in an area of the world that has modern amenities such as running water, electricity, and sanitation. Events ...

The 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht

November 02, 2018

On November 9 in 1938, a pogrom was carried out against Jews in Nazi Germany. This large scale attack was carried out by German Stormtroopers (paramilitary) in Berlin, and aided by German citizens. The night became known as Kristallnacht, or “The Night of Broken Glass.”


October 15, 2018

While researching what topic to cover in my November newsletter article I kept thinking about water. I guess water is on my mind because I have watched the news regarding the devastation from the ...

Qualified Charitable IRA Distributions

September 28, 2018

In this article, submitted by Mr. Lee Smith, Treasurer, ELCA Southeastern Synod, he discusses a potential tax break opportunity for those who are retired and over age 70½.

14 Simple Reasons Why I Get a Flu Shot Each Year

September 12, 2018

Each year at this time, I am compelled to write about the upcoming flu season and the prevailing need to get a yearly flu shot! This year is no exception because you and I know by now that every flu season is different and there is never any way to predict whether it is going to be a mild season or one that sends many individuals scurrying to the doctor for treatment of flu symptoms.

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