Southeastern Synod ELCA

Partners in Celebration

The Partners in Celebration Program provides an intentional way for interested individuals and Southeastern Synod congregations to support new church starts and redevelopment efforts through targeted financial contributions. It is a very realistic goal for 100 Partners in Celebration to each contribute $100+ - three or four times each year - to a featured ministry. We have the potential for these gifts to easily generate additional, unbudgeted income of $10,000 or more which would be an enormous blessing for any size ministry.  Please share this information with your congregation, family and friends.



Our highlighted ministry for the first quarter of 2019 is Good Samaritan Lutheran Ministries. GSM is a new faith community for refugees grounded in hospitality and the Lutheran tradition. This ministry seeks to welcome new arrivals living in the Clarkston area which is the heart of the refugee community in Georgia. Currently GSM serves refugees from D.R. Congo, Central Africa Republic, Pakistan and Chad.
GSM Ministries include…

  • Outreach Ministry - home visits to welcome new refugees by the pastor and members of the congregation. An offer of practical support to help these new residents as they start a new life in a new country. We also invite them to join GSM.
  • Weekly Worship and Fellowship - GSM worships each Sunday afternoon in the sanctuary of Rock of Ages Lutheran Church in Stone Mountain, GA. Our Lutheran liturgy is the format for this worship with an emphasis on singing, praying, and fellowship. 
  • Social Adjustment Ministries - include English as Second Language Classes and various educational events focusing on life-skill issues like health, employment, home management, banking, budgeting, bill payment, saving money, taxes, etc.  These classes help to empower refugees to achieve successful resettlement and integration into their new community.
  • Children and Youth Ministry - GSM has many children and few youth. Many refugee children have been traumatized by war and many other horrific life experiences. These children need to feel loved. They need a safe place to learn how to trust the world in which they now live. GSM plans to organize social and educational outings, field trips and other fellowship activities to help children learn about life in America and to help them grow more confident, safe and secure.

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Your generous donations are greatly appreciated to meet the expenses of these outreach events.

Your tax-deductible PIC contribution should be mailed to: ELCA - Southeastern Synod, ATTN: Partners in Celebration, P.O. Box 400, Decatur, GA 30031. 

Secure on-line donations may be made through the ELCA-Southeastern Synod website link here

To view past Partners in Celebration ministries, click the links below.