February 25, 2021
Together during this pandemic, our synod has continued to do some incredible ministry. We have given over $100K in COVID-19 grants, provided hunger grants and assisted rostered ministers with education debt. We’ve shepherded 90+ candidates towards ordination, responded to disasters, spoken out for the marginalized, provided faith formation especially around racial justice, and provided life-changing opportunities for our youth and young adults. We have funded stewardship programs and begun to reach further into our Latinx communities.
Stories abound about God’s abundance at St. John’s in Nashville, who are rebuilding after a tornado destroyed their building, just as the pandemic took hold. As their sign now says, “Winds blow and walls fall. God’s love raises us up!”; Martin Luther in Mobile, who provide services for the homebound and isolated and Peace in Memphis who provide hygiene bags to the incarcerated women; our candidates for ministry who continue studies, CPE and internships remotely.
As one of our youth from Alabama so poignantly states, “I have been blessed by so many wonderful experiences that could not have been possible if not for the help of the church, so I <want> to give back to the church that has given me so much.”
Our synod has been blessed beyond measure by the generosity of over 60 individuals and 15 congregations who have contributed over $114,000 to our Abundance Appeal. We give God thanks for each of you and your gifts. These funds allow our synod to continue to support our ministries so critical in these times. Our goal is to raise another $110K to meet the 2021 expected shortfall. Will you consider a gift to our synod? Gifts can be made via check to our synod office (P.O. Box 400, Decatur, GA 30031) or an intent made online.