Southeastern Synod ELCA

Photos and Stories of Inspiration

The stories we hear of God's work in the Southeastern Synod and around the world are too good not to share. As human beings, we are created to tell, share, respond to, and learn from stories. Under our Stories of Faith tab, you'll find links to publications that are committed to telling the story of how Lutherans do God's work with their hands.


Epiphany Lutheran Blessing of the Pets

Epiphany Lutheran Blessing of the Pets

10/6/2018

Epiphany Lutheran in Collierville, TN recently conducted its annual Blessing of the Pets on Saturday, October 6 at its Community Garden. Special guests included the members of St Andrew's Episcopal Church, Collierville, and Mr. Singh, a Sikh from India who lives near the garden and routinely contributes seeds and plants. Mr Singh doesn't speak English, but the Lankapalli family, members of Epiphany, were able to communicate with him through a shared knowledge of Punjabi. Mr. Singh meditates in ...


Quilt for VBS 2018 and Advent Children's Ministry

Quilt for VBS 2018 and Advent Children's Ministry

9/27/2018

The quilting group meets once or twice per month making quilts for missions and community support. 


MyCanvas - Nashville Predator's Featured Charities

MyCanvas - Nashville Predator's Featured Charities

9/14/2018

  MyCanvas – a program of Lutheran Services in Tennessee – has been chosen as one of the Nashville Predators’ featured charities for this season. Only four charities are granted this honor each year. As a featured charity, MyCanvas will receive extra support from the Predators, including recognition in team publications and a supply-and-fund-raising drive during the game on March 21.   MyCanvas offers art therapy camps to at-risk youth in Davidson and Rutherford Counties. The camps’ art ...


DEM Wayne Fell Joins Epiphany Lutheran Church for Worship

DEM Wayne Fell Joins Epiphany Lutheran Church for Worship

8/9/2018

Epiphany Lutheran Church in Collierville welcomed Director for Evangelical Mission Wayne Fell in worship on August 5, featuring a special piano & organ duet by the congregation’s summer musicians, members Prannoy and Praharsh Lankapalli. The congregation is grateful to Wayne and to the Synod for hosting the TM 2.0 ministry workshops in the Memphis Deanery.  


Back to School with Our Partner School, Two Rivers Middle!

Back to School with Our Partner School, Two Rivers Middle!

8/8/2018

We gathered a carload of school supplies for our partner school, Two Rivers Middle, delivered them and helped give them out to “our” students at their Open House. The next day, I was blessed to have prayer time and a time of anointing the teachers before the kids arrived on the first day of school. Blessed to be a Blessing.  


Partnership with Clay Elementary

Partnership with Clay Elementary

7/31/2018

One Sunday each month during the summer, Faith Lutheran has come together to work on an outreach project. All ages are welcome!   The first project was to make 25 tied fleece blankets for the health room. We prayed that the littlest of God’s children will feel some warmth and love when they are sad or hurt. The blankets will be sent home with children as appropriate.    For our second project, we painted inspirational rocks and a bench for their garden. The rocks were brought forward during our...


St. John's Nashville - Painting Bathrooms for our Partner School.

St. John's Nashville - Painting Bathrooms for our Partner School.

7/30/2018

We furthered our "partnership" with Two Rivers Middle School by painting several of their bathrooms. 


World Council of Churches - 2018 International AIDS Conference

World Council of Churches - 2018 International AIDS Conference

7/26/2018

We congratulate Ms. Karson Thompson of St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Decatur GA, Southeastern Synod of the ELCA, for her appointment as Young Adult of Color to the 2018 International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  She is also the co-leader for A New Things Ministry and a member of ADLA-Atlanta Chapter. Here, Karson ministers in song as she participates in an Interfaith Prayer Service on July 24th, day 2 of the Conference. The service was sponsored by the World Council of Churches ...


Nights Alive

Nights Alive

7/24/2018

Nights Alive is an affordable summer mini-camp that is just for middle schoolers.  This year's Nights Alive was hosted again by Christ Lutheran Church in Nashville.  Participants stay up late and sleep late the next morning.  During this 2-night, one-day event kids engage in all kinds of fun late night stuff, water activities, music, service project, and crafts.  This year participants starred in a music video, "Warriors not Worriers" also found on YouTube, which was written and directed by ...


Let The Little Children Come

Let The Little Children Come

5/29/2018

At St. Luke Lutheran Church, Cordova, TN, as Jesus did, we welcome children of all ages as integral members of the body of Christ, and we welcome the sounds and activity that accompany them! We offer a number of spaces and activities designed for children to experience and participate in worship according to their needs.  Our newest space is our Pray Ground.  This space in the back left corner of the Sanctuary is designed for parents to sit with their young children and quietly engage in ...


Blessing Bag Ministry at St. John's in Nashville

Blessing Bag Ministry at St. John's in Nashville

5/23/2018

Blessing Bag Ministry at St. John’s is designed to help care for our sisters and brothers in need along the side of the road by providing them water and snacks and, as they are available,Thrivent T-shirts.  


The Spirit is blowing hard at Nativity Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, GA

The Spirit is blowing hard at Nativity Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, GA

5/22/2018

On Pentecost 2018, Nativity Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, GA celebrated 5 years as an official ELCA congregation!  That might not sound like much but with the statistics stacked against Mission Developments and young congregations in the semi-rural Southeastern US, this is big.  We had an immersion Baptism (the video can be seen on our Facebook Page) and a Pig Roast the night before and a silent auction where we raised over $1100.00 to patch our parking lot and beautify our grounds for our ...


Church Community Garden Mother's Day

Church Community Garden Mother's Day

5/14/2018

Epiphany Lutheran Church, Collierville, TN. held a church community garden Mothers Day event on Saturday morning, May 12, 2018.  Neighbors came, toured the garden and built Mason bee houses.  These bees are known to be pollinators and rarely sting.  All vegetables in the Epiphany garden are given to the Collierville Food Pantry.  Last season the garden produced nearly 1,800 lbs. of fresh vegetables.  Cookies, ice water, and small flower arrangements were given to the moms and grandmothers.  A ...


Blessed to be a Blessing

Blessed to be a Blessing

5/3/2018

Since partnering with a local Middle School for the past couple of years, in conjunction with Thrivent Action Teams, St. John’s in Nashville has donated well over 1,000 food bags for their homeless students and students in need. We have also donated many needed school supplies and clothing articles. Again, thanks to Thrivent, this ministry is truly blessing us to be a blessing in our community.    


Light in the Darkness Interfaith Vigil at the Atlanta City Detenion Center

Light in the Darkness Interfaith Vigil at the Atlanta City Detenion Center

5/3/2018

A message from the Lutheran community shared by Deacon Melanie Johnson from Lutheran Services of Georgia and ELCA Southeastern Synod Advocacy at the Light in the Darkness Interfaith Vigil at the Atlanta City Detention Center on May 3, 2018: We join all the people of God tonight to pray for those who have died in detention and for those who loved them and mourn their loss.  Part of the baptismal covenant made by Lutheran Christians is to serve all people following the example of Jesus and to ...


"God's Work. Our Hands." Sunday

5/1/2018

Save the date!  Do God's work!  Tell your inspiration story in pictures using the link on the bottom of the Home Page.  Include a brief description if you wish.  


The Living Last Supper

The Living Last Supper

4/5/2018

“The Last Supper”… is a story retold, year after year from generation to generation. This year this story was told in a very special way.  So very special that I was not sure what to expect from accepting an invitation to attend the performance of “The Living Last Supper” at Lutheran Church of the Atonement, Atlanta, GA. Directed by Mrs. Eva Hamer, the Atonement Men in Mission engaged me in a chilling, authentic, yet melancholy reenactment of “The Last Supper.”  The performance transported me to...


Gift for Solomon Lutheran, Greenville, TN

Gift for Solomon Lutheran, Greenville, TN

3/13/2018

We are so pleased with this generous gift from one of our members, Lucille Carter. She commissioned this piece in memory of her parents, Frank and Martha Speares, early members of Solomon Lutheran Church. The artist, Bill Donoho, from Artistry in Glass (Limestone, TN) is pictured with the piece.


Intergenerational Mission Trip to Hattiesburg, MS

Intergenerational Mission Trip to Hattiesburg, MS

3/8/2018

Following church on February 18, 2018, eleven disciples from Christ Our Shepherd, Peachtree City, GA  boarded the church bus for Hattiesburg, MS to work on tornado recovery.  We had a range from high school students to grandparents and found that there was work for all ages and abilities.  We had opportunities for learning new skills and time for laughter in spite of the circumstances.   It takes a long time to recover from a natural disaster as the week before our trip marked the one year ...


Faith Leaders Gather at the Georgia Capitol

Faith Leaders Gather at the Georgia Capitol

3/4/2018

Faith leaders gathered at the Georgia Capitol March 1, 2018 to speak out in a press conference about anti-immigrant legislation before the Georgia legislature this session.  Particularly at issue was SB452 which would require local law enforcement agencies to detain any undocumented person they come into contact with and turn them over to federal authorities.   Rostered ministers representing the ELCA Southeastern Synod (pictured left to right above) were the Rev. Randy Palm, Pastor, Rock of ...


Hunger Walk Brings Lutheran Churches  Around Metro Atlanta Together

Hunger Walk Brings Lutheran Churches Around Metro Atlanta Together

2/25/2018

Despite the gloomy weather, we had a fantastic turnout for the 2018 Hunger Walk on February 25 at the Georgia State Stadium. Churches from all over the metro area, from Lawrenceville and Marietta to McDonough and Carrollton, came together to help fight hunger in Georgia.  The light rain didn't keep the teams from gathering at the LSG tent for photos and fun, and we were blessed with a rain-free walk through Grant Park. This year we had 39  teams and 369 walkers and runners registered for Hunger ...


MLK Day of Service

MLK Day of Service

1/22/2018

Sponsored by the ELCA Southeastern Synod, Lutheran Theological College in Atlanta and Lutheran Services of Georgia, this event brought many together for an annual day of service.  Additional photos may be found on Facebook.