News Archive

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...


Boy Scouts of America - Bankruptcy Filing

October 18, 2021

On February 18, 2020, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. As the case progresses, we continue to receive questions about the bankruptcy filing and what it may mean for ELCA congregations that presently charter ...


Observing Indigenous People’s Day

October 18, 2021

Earlier this month, we observed Indigenous People’s Day, which in some parts used to be known as Columbus Day. I don’t remember it being a big deal while growing up in Alabama—we didn’t even get a day off from school!  I ran across an interesting ...


VIRTUAL Advent Pilgrimage in Palestine

October 18, 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.  SIGN UP HERE...


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...


2021 ILAG - Gala Changed to Virtual ONLY

August 16, 2021

In-Person Gala Changed to Virtual Only Following CDC recommendations and Southeastern Synod guidelines, and in order to protect the least of these, the Guatemala Gala will return to an all-virtual event for 2021. That’s right, there will be no ...


2021 Fall Convocation Cancelled

August 16, 2021

  Dear friends in Christ,   It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that the Fall Convocation is being cancelled. Out of an abundance of caution, concern and overall care for the wellbeing and health of all; it is not safe for us...


National Faith HIV/AIDS Awareness

August 16, 2021

Discussion on HIV/Aids Awareness is not new. Many people first became aware of this health crisis during the 1980s. With the worldwide push for us to learn about the disease and how it impacts the lives of people around the world, musicians banded ...


Pr. Ann Bassett's podcast - "Crossing Barriers"

August 16, 2021

Pr. Ann Bassett (Peace, Spring Hill, TN) has a podcast called "Crossing Barriers."  In one of her latest podcasts, she interviews Assistant to the Bishop Matt Steinhauer for "The Basics of Advocacy" Here is the link to episode website: https://anch...


Trauma Responsive Program for Congregations

August 16, 2021

Trauma Response Program for Congregations: All congregations respond to trauma. Responding well can lead to thriving—in the life of our congregations, our neighborhoods, and our cities. Trauma Response Program foster mutual learning among a network ...


Following Jesus: Perspectives from Diverse Christian Traditions

August 10, 2021

PURPOSE OF THE PROJECT Given the multiplicity of religious traditions that self-identify as “Christian” and the resulting astounding number of denominations that have emerged from this multiplicity, it is indisputable that there is no single response...


2021 Guatemala Gala - SAVE THE DATE!!!

July 01, 2021

Register today! The ELCA Southeastern Synod and the Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala (ILAG) invite you to attend the in-person Guatemala Gala 2021 to support the dreams of young Guatemalan women at the MILAGRO Women’s Education Center. Mark ...


Celebration of Grace - Canton, GA - Donates Church Furniture

July 01, 2021

Celebration of Grace Lutheran Church P. O. Box 5025 Canton, GA 30014 Contact Person: Mary Johnson, Council President Phone: 678-662-9297 Email: mary.johnson7117@gmail.com Celebration of Grace Lutheran would like to donate four items to the Synod to...


Learn Spanish for Ministry

July 01, 2021

Have you ever wanted to understand when someone speaks to you in Spanish or wished you could respond to someone in Spanish? Well, if so, then you’re in good company. This is why Southeastern Synod’s En Conjunto Latinx Ministry is developing a Spanish...


The Candler Foundry

July 01, 2021

Theological explorations designed to help individuals and congregations grow spiritually, reflect deeply, and engage issues that matter to their communities. Check out The Candler Foundry online! See their SEMINARY COURSES FOR EVERYONE! The ...


Why Is it So Hard to Ask?

July 01, 2021

One of the crucial things to remember about the people that we strive to honor and advocate for on the synod’s Diversity and Justice Task Force (people of color, LBGTQ+ folks, women, and people with disabilities) is that we are ALL different, both ...


2021 Synod Assembly Summary

June 15, 2021

A Brief Summary of the 2021 Southeastern Synod Assembly   The Southeastern Synod of the ELCA met in Assembly on June 5, 2021 via the LUMI digital platform.  280 Voting members were present with 153 being Lay Voting members and 127 being Rostered ...


Disaster Recovery Volunteers Needed!

June 15, 2021

Covid slowed down the volunteer response for the much needed disaster recovery work over the last 16 months in our synod. But it did not slow down the disasters - with more storms in 2020 and this year as well, with more homes damaged or destroyed, ...


Economic and Ecological Justice Training Opportunities

June 14, 2021

The following is an advertisement from the Wendleand-Cook Program at Vanderbilt University... Are you a faith leader or clergy person looking for resources on economic and ecological justice to use in your community or congregational work? Would ...


June 2021 Synod Council Update

June 10, 2021

Our Southeastern Synod Council met on Friday, June 4 both in person at Redeemer, Atlanta and over ZOOM. Detailed financial reports and reports from committees, staff, and partners in ministry can be found on our Synod Council website. The agenda was...


Bishop Strickland Responds to CDC Updates on COVID-19

May 18, 2021

May 18, 2021   Dear church, This coming Sunday, Pentecost Sunday, we will hear from Acts, “All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What does this mean?’” (2:12). But earlier in this well-known text, we hear that they “were all together...


Online Giving - Vanco and Tithe.ly

May 17, 2021

Did you know that ELCA congregations that offer debit and credit card giving have seen significantly higher giving than congregations that did not offer online or mobile giving – more than three times higher? Or that while giving in services on ...


Certificate in Climate Justice and Faith

May 13, 2021

NEW from the Center for Climate Justice and Faith of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary Certificate in Climate Justice and Faith   This certificate offers a cohort-based, online trans-continental curriculum which empowers participants to cultivate...


Could You Use a Coach?

May 03, 2021

Could you use a Coach?  What is ELCA Coaching?  How do I know if I need a Coach? If you’ve ever asked these questions or wondered if Coaching is for you, check out the answers to some of these questions here: ELCA Coaching FAQ's Coaching is an ...


Newberry College Sunday - May 16!!!

April 30, 2021

"Vocation across the Academy" Newberry College asks for your support of the Vocation across the Academy through a donation to the project, mini-grants, or travel scholarships.   ALL DONATIONS MADE THROUH MAY 31 WILL BE MATCHED - DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR ...


FEMA Covid-19 Funeral Costs

April 27, 2021

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...


Litany for a Verdict

April 20, 2021

Litany for a verdict April 19, 2021 by The Presbyterian Outlook Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” (John 14:27)   ...


All Creation Sings - ELW Hymnal Supplement

April 19, 2021

Brief descriptions of the 200 assembly songs in All Creation Sings are now available with a subscription to SundaysandSeasons.com. These give context to the hymn or song through biographical background, lectionary or Scripture connections, or usage ...


Memphis Community Rally on 4/18/2021

April 16, 2021

(please see accompanying articles linked at the bottom of this article): A message from ELCA Pastor Gordon Myers, a Chair of the Tennessee Poor People’s Campaign: To my friends,  As many of you know, I serve as a chair for the Tennessee Poor ...


LTSS Alumni Day & Day of Giving

April 15, 2021

Students like Amanda Taylor (MDIV, UMC) feel the impact of your gifts to Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary every day!  “The scholarship funds that I receive from generous donors grant me the opportunity to be shaped and formed for ministry ...


ELCA World Hunger - Domestic Grant Applications

April 14, 2021

A message from the ELCA World Hunger team: Greetings from ELCA World Hunger! With the hope and promise of new life this Easter season, we gratefully share with you important updates about upcoming grants available for our partners in ministry to end...


Download April 11 Worship Service

April 11, 2021

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


Clergy Resource for Self-Care

April 05, 2021

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...


Grant Request Deadline!!!

April 05, 2021

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 ...


Presiding Bishop Eaton's Easter Message

March 30, 2021

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


Respite in the Wilderness

March 29, 2021

Rostered ministers and church professionals, after this busy season of the church year, do you need time away to recharge? NovusWay Ministries knows that you spend your time caring for everyone else. Come to Luther Springs April 13-15, 2021 and let ...


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