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ELCA Vital Congregations Training – Fall 2022
September 06, 2022

Is your congregation ready to take some steps (even small steps) toward renewal or revitalization? Are you ready to try some new things, share some ideas, gain a greater understanding of the broader mission, bring clarity about your own congregation’...


2023 Morton Fund Grants for Ministry in East Tennessee:
September 02, 2022

Each year the Synod Council awards grants of various sizes from the Morton Fund to support ministry projects in Tennessee, from Chattanooga eastward. Grant requests are reviewed by an advisory group from East Tennessee, prior to submission to the ...


2023 Synod Grants – Upcoming deadlines
September 02, 2022

Applications for Vitality Grants / Outreach Grants / Multicultural Grants are due by noon  October 3, 2022.  Approved disbursements will be made after the January 2023 Synod Council meeting. If you want your proposal reviewed by the DEM’s prior to ...


Monthly Giving Focus - Gathered by Grace
September 02, 2022

September 2022 - Gathered By Grace, Montgomery, AL   Gathered by Grace is a community of young adults in Montgomery, Alabama, gathered by Christ, growing spiritually, serving our community, getting to know our neighbor, welcoming all, and sharing the...


Bishop Strickland Appoints Interim Synod Vice President
August 30, 2022

Dear Church, We give thanks for the ELCA Churchwide election of Imran Siddiqui as ELCA VP. I  am also delighted to announce that Ms. Phyllis Solgere has accepted my asking her to serve as Interim VP of the Synod. She will begin following this ...


Imran Siddiqui Elected Vice President of the ELCA
August 17, 2022

  We wish to congratulate Mr. Imran Siddiqui, Southeastern Synod Vice President (and member of St. John’s, Atlanta, GA), on his election to the position of ELCA Vice President.  The term for this position is 6 years.   Please keep Mr. Siddiqui and ...


2022 ELCA Churchwide Assembly Wrap-Up
August 16, 2022

Update - 9/1/2022   SUMMARY OF ACTIONS OF THE 2022 CHURCHWIDE ASSEMBLY Prepared by the Office of the Secretary Evangelical Lutheran Church in America   Update - 8/16/2022 Members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) gathered for ...


2022 ELCA Churchwide Assembly
August 03, 2022

2022 ELCA CHURCHWIDE ASSEMBLY WEBSITE:  https://www.elca.org/churchwideassembly For the Assembly Wrap-Up, click HERE   Update - 8/11/2022 For Livestream access, go to the ELCA's YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/c/elca ELCA Churchwide ...


2022 Synod Assembly Wrap-Up
June 07, 2022

UNMUTE YOURSELF was our theme for the 2022 Southeastern Synod Assembly. FOR THE FULL ASSEMBLY WRAP-UP, CLICK HERE...


Holy Closure: From Death to Life
June 06, 2022

“For everything, there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted. . .” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)   For over ninety years, Lutheran Church of the ...


Foros de Voces, Vidas y Visiones del año 2022
May 17, 2022

Bienvenidas/os a los foros de Voces, Vidas y Visiones del año 2022. A través de las conversaciones y perspectivas de las voces, vidas y visiones de luternas/luteranos latinés, deseamos seguir construyendo y aportando al desarrollo de las identidades ...


SESLYO Board Openings
May 16, 2022

Good people of the Southeastern Synod:  Our Lutheran Youth Organization of the Southeastern Synod (SESLYO) has several openings for their board.  If you wish to learn more about how to become a servant leader through this organization, please reach ...


Southeastern Synod Swag is Now Available!!!
May 09, 2022

If you would like Southeastern Synod Swag, polo shirts, jackets, pretty much anything you can put the logo on you can now order direct from Land’s End Business.  You can get items embroidered in the multi-colored logo or in a single color.  Items are...


Passion Collective - Welcoming New Applicants!
May 02, 2022

Contact Pr. Andrew Rickel for more information at andrew@gracepeople.org.     Intern at Grace House! Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry @ Georgia Tech Passion Collective Internship Young Adult Discernment and Service Year In the Heart of Midtown ...


ELCA Young Adults: "Welcome to ABIDE!"
March 31, 2022

What is Abide? Abide is a small group ministry hosted by ELCA Young Adults. Young adults can register to be placed into a weekly, virtual small group led by a young adult Small Group Leader. Groups meet via video call for approximately an hour over ...


Time to Update that Contact Information
March 30, 2022

From time to time we change our congregation's email or internet providers, our office phone numbers change, as well.  Even our website address can change over time. And YOU, ROSTERED MINISTERS, we need accurate information from you!!!  If you have ...


Will You Share Your Story?
March 30, 2022

Will you tell your story?  We are inviting you to share a 3–5-minute video (on a cell phone is just fine) about YOUR story... ...about how you feel called to share the Good News ...about when you have done that effectively ...or when someone has ...


2023 Domestic Hunger Grants
March 04, 2022

FROM THE ELCA WORLD HUNGER TEAM: Dear partners and friends of ELCA World Hunger, Registration for ELCA World Hunger’s 2023 Domestic Hunger Grants opens next week, on March 18! ELCA World Hunger congratulates those partners in ministry awarded a ...


Synod Staff Updates - Spring 2022
March 01, 2022

Bp. Kevin Strickland​ Dear Church,   It is a joy and a blessing to do this work together and work that I alone as your bishop could or would not be able to do alone. I am grateful for a dedicated and faithful staff. In January, Pastor Matt ...


Bishop's Lenten Visits with Renewal of Vows and Chrism Mass
January 28, 2022

Rostered Ministers (retired or active) are invited to join Bishop Kevin Strickland at one of these services for an opportunity to renew your ordination vows, receive oils for use in ministry rites, receive Holy Communion, and gather with one another ...


Dr. Mark Ellingsen Television Appearance: "At the Table"
January 28, 2022

An interview with Dr. Ellingsen will appear in the 2nd half of the “At the Table” episode that is scheduled to air on AIB Network on the following schedule during the month of February: Tuesdays @ 8PM @ 8PM Wednesday, 9:30AM & 7:30PM Thursdays @ ...


Form A & C Parochial Reports
December 22, 2021

Every year, congregations are asked to complete "Form A" and "Form C" for the ELCA's statistical analysis and research.  These help track categories like attendance, baptisms, donations, expenses, mission support, and more. These forms are available...


2022 Vital Congregations Training
December 20, 2021

[Click HERE to see the 2022 Congregational Vitality REPORT for more information] Dear Leaders, Grace and peace to you and your congregation in Jesus Christ Savior. We are writing to share a special invitation with you: Is your congregation ready ...


Youth Day at the Capitol
December 11, 2021 - Diversity and Justice

To our YOUNG PEOPLE (ages 12-17) of the Southeastern Synod - we are hoping you can join us for this day of advocacy in January. Share your hopes with our legislators in Atlanta on this Youth Day at the Capitol. There are training dates to help our ...


2021 Reports to Bishop Kevin Strickland
December 08, 2021

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 ...


Boy Scouts of America - Bankruptcy Filing
December 06, 2021

UPDATE on 12/6/2021: The voting deadline for the Boy Scout bankruptcy plan has been extended until December 28.  This has been updated on our guidance document, which remains posted in the same place:   BSA Voting Summary point - 12-3-2021 Legal - ...


Advent & Christmas Formation Tools for Children and Adults
November 29, 2021

Advent and Christmas Devotions, Crafts, Teaching Tools, and Worship resources abound! Check out the Southeastern Synod Advent / Christmas Devotional HERE! Here is a list of places where you can go online to discover some helpful items when ...


VIRTUAL Advent Pilgrimage in Palestine
November 28, 2021

Advent Pilgrimage in Palestine is a four-week virtual pilgrimage from the ELCA’s Peace Not Walls and Young Adult Ministry teams featuring young adult voices from the ELCA and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land.  There are ...


25 Mile Journey to Bethlehem
November 16, 2021

As we prepare our hearts and minds for the recognition of Christ Jesus and his birth, we encourage all of you to join the Southeastern Synod of the ELCA in a 25-mile journey to Bethlehem.   1 mile per day in the month of December, leading up to the ...


Candidacy Update - Nov 2021
November 14, 2021

The Candidacy meeting dates and materials deadlines for 2022 are listed below. If you have plans to meet with the committee in 2022 please reach out to your relator, and/or the synod office by contacting Pastor Jill Henning or Ms. Melissa Fuller ...


2021 MILAGRO GALA WINNERS ANNOUNCED!
October 21, 2021

A first time donor and frequent MILAGRO supporters won the drawing for the handmade quilt and wall-hanging. Thanks to the “Quilters for Christ” from First United Lutheran Kennesaw for crafting such beautiful items to use in our give-away. Individuals...


Webinar on Climate Justice Conducted by LIRS
October 18, 2021

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services conducted a webinar on Climate Justice which delves into the impact of climate change on immigration. The presentation features: Rev. Karen Castillo is President of the Augustinian Lutheran Church of ...


Being Here Podcast
October 04, 2021

https://porticobenefits.org/podcasts/ From the Portico webstie: Welcome to Being Here, a podcast that explores real world issues and topics important to professionals in the faith community. Hosted by the Rev. Melissa Pohlman, Being Here welcomes ...


German Companion Synod Trip Announced
October 04, 2021

June 28 - July 10, 2022 Our synod has a partner synod in Germany!   It is known as the Lutheran Church in Augsburg and Swabia.  Their bishop - Bishop Axle Piper - and one of his synod colleagues - Pr. Christoph Burger - were present for Bishop ...


2023 Holy Land Trip Announced
October 03, 2021

“4 Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and 5 like living stones, let yourselves be built[a] into a spiritual house” ( 1Peter 2:4-5a)     Dear friends in Christ,   Join me and Pastor Jill ...


Mercy Church: an Atlanta-Based Ministry Seeking Your Help
October 01, 2021

Here is a letter from Pr. Gary Christensen, an advocate for Mercy Community Church, Atlanta, GA:   Good Morning! Wanted to share with you a sustainable and compassionate ministry conducted by Mercy Church WITH AND TO our homeless and working poor ...


Hispanic Heritage Month - 9/15-10/15/2021
September 30, 2021

The En Conjunto Ministry has been working on resources for ally congregations and especially in time for Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month (9/15-10/15). One resource that was created was Sunday bulletin inserts that could also be considered for ...


Subscribe to Administration Matters today!
September 20, 2021

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 ...


ELCA Youth Gathering - COVID: Updates & FAQs
August 22, 2021

Gathering leadership is proceeding with plans for the 2022 Gathering, with registration to open Sept. 22. We are in continuous conversations with the City of Minneapolis and medical professionals about the COVID-19 pandemic, the Delta variant and how...


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