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.


Jerusalem, Rincon, GA - Vaccination Site!!!

October 18, 2021

We thank the people of Jerusalem, Rincon, GA, as they staffed and assisted with another round of vaccinations on October 13, 2021. If you would like to share your story as a vaccination site, please SHARE YOUR STORY HERE.

Good Shepherd, Garden City, GA - CANNED FOOD DRIVE

September 23, 2021

Members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Garden City, GA, collected canned food items to donate to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Chatham County, GA for God's Work, Our Hands Sunday, September 12, 2021.  We collected 216 pounds of canned food to be...

First Lutheran Church of Nashville God's Work, Our Hands 2021

September 21, 2021

Members of First Lutheran, Nashville, spent God's Work, Our Hands Sunday, September 12, helping to build a townhouse as part of the Habitat for Humanity Unity Build in Nashville. Teaming up with two other faith communities, their efforts helped a ...

St. Timothy Lutheran Church God's Work, Our Hands

September 17, 2021

The St. Timothy Lutheran Church congregation created more than 800 sacks of kindness to give to local healthcare workers in appreciation for their efforts above and beyond during the Covid pandemic!  Each sack contained a mixture of goodies such as ...

TONS of Gratitude Sunday - Messiah LC, Madison, AL

August 22, 2021

Check out the PHOTO ALBUM here... Check out Messiah LC's BLOG POST HERE. "Comforters" from Messiah LC, Madison, AL My name is Jeanette Beamer.   I am honored to represent the Comforters group at Messiah Lutheran Church in Madison, Alabama.  Our ...

Rummage Sale Exceeds Expectations

August 18, 2021

In July Peace Lutheran Church in Spring Hill, TN received donations of stuff from the community, spent a week organizing and pricing everything then hosted a gigantic community rummage sale.  The sale's proceeds more than doubled prior years'.  All ...

Little Free Library

August 12, 2021

Little Free Libraries are a global phenomenon. The small, front-yard book exchanges number more than 100,000 around the world in over one hundred countries — from Italy to Brazil to Japan. Now, a new Little Free Library at St. Timothy Lutheran ...

40 For Lent

March 14, 2021

40 Days of Lent.   40 miles.  $40 to ELCA World Hunger.      --->     #40forLent Why a "hunger walk" for ELCA World Hunger? (Check out this post from Ms. Cheryl Bopp, Southeastern Synod World Hunger Chair.) Bishop Kevin Strickland invites everyone ...

Feeding the Hungry in Jackson, MS

February 12, 2021

During 2021, Synod hunger ministries and their service to their communities will be celebrated/lifted up/highlighted.  This week, Pastor Tom Clark of Ascension Lutheran Church in Jackson, MS. has contributed this article about Stewpot Community ...

Gifts Held Loosely

February 12, 2021

One of my favorite descriptions of stewardship is, “When God gives you a gift, hold it loosely.”  I understand that statement to mean that whatever God gives us is not exclusively for our benefit, but is intended for the whole family of God.  In ...

Action, Not Words

February 01, 2021

PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH TACKLES FOOD INSECURITY Action rather than words! This phrase became the guiding force for Peace Lutheran Church, Memphis, Tennessee, as members designed a ministry to help alleviate community hunger in summer 2020. With ...

Christmas 2020: Remember The Prisoner

December 16, 2020

Christmas 2020:  Remember The Prisoner Hygiene Bags for West Tennessee State Penitentiary – Women’s Therapeutic Residential Center   Before Covid-19 I went to prison every Tuesday and first Saturday of each month.  I always returned to the freeworld ...

Election Day in the US for a Poll Chaplain

December 11, 2020

Picture:  Pastor Nancy Christensen outside the Lucky Shoals Park Community Center Polling Site, Norcross, GA, on Election Day, 2020. (photo taken by Nancy Christensen). “I’m so glad to see you,” said Elena, the elderly Latina woman, tears in her ...

Thanksgiving Meals given to over 100 families

December 04, 2020

Utilitzing Thrivent Action Teams and soliciting members of St. John's Lutheran and people in our community to assist us, we put together, handed out, and delivered 115 complete Thanksgiving Meals along with grocery story gift cards and various snack ...

Community Garden

December 01, 2020

Community Garden Ministry Christ Lutheran Church and Kiswahili Lutheran Mission has been a refuge to many in different aspects. At Christ Lutheran Church land we are able to start Community Garden. Our community is always thankful for the daily ...

Education Advocacy

November 30, 2020

INTERVENTION BY KISWAHILI LUTHERAN MISSION AND  CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH AND INSPIRITUS (Nashville, TN) The Pain and Chaos of Virtual Learning for Children in our Community   When the pandemic closed schools and colleges everywhere, it was the most ...

God's Work. Our Hands.

September 15, 2020

For our day of service, we worked at our community garden. Our intergenerational team planted seeds, harvested grapes and vegetables, maintained the grounds, and bagged produce to be delivered to the elderly.

COVID-19 Food Insecurity Grant - Celebration, Mt Juliet, TN

July 08, 2020

Celebration Lutheran is 1 of 15 congregations selected by The Southeastern Synod to receive the COVID-19 Food Insecurity Congregation Grant. These grants are made possible by a joint project funded by Lutheran Disaster Response and the Southeastern ...

A Heart for Art

June 15, 2020

Faith Lutheran Church in Clay, Alabama is a Community Partner of nearby Clay Elementary School. We provide for needs in the health room, gather gifts and food at Christmas, and provide materials and labor for their outdoor beautification days.  ...

745 Inspirations!!!

June 03, 2020

On Saturday, May 23, 2020 at a drop-off station at the St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Franklin, TN, 745 fuel bags were donated by approximately 44 families! This overwhelming response was amazing. HOW AMAZING!!! Thank you to everyone who supported this ...

On This Corner for a Reason

May 03, 2020

Located at the corner of Jackson and Willett, Peace Lutheran Church in Memphis has ministered to the midtown community for over 100 years. A beautiful brick building with stained glass windows, it continues to serve its members and the community, ...

Providing Needs After the Nashville Tornado

March 23, 2020

In the midst of the devastation from the March 3rd tornado in Nashville, St. John's continued ways of reaching out to our community. We have taken nearly 500 food/snack bags for the children and families in need in our community through our Partner ...

Come Bloom with Us!

March 07, 2020

These daffodils  may not look like all that much from this one photo, but there continue to be lots of expressions of surprise and wonder at All Saint Lutheran Church, Lilburn, GA, as the flowers began to bloom.  This portion of the 2,000 bulbs ...

Food For Families in Need

January 21, 2020

Partnering with a Middle School in our community, we at St. John's in Nashville provided over 200 food bags, 40 boxes or meals, and a freezer and a half of chicken and meat for the children and families in need in our community for the Christmas ...

Meals on Wheels "Thanksgiving Edition" in Macon, GA

December 02, 2019

The people and neighbors of The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Macon, GA, worked together to spread the Thanksgiving spirit!   The saints of Redeemer regularly serve the people of Macon, GA, by providing an ongoing food pantry, but on Thanksgiving ...

Epiphany Lutheran Blessing of the Pets

October 06, 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 ...

MyCanvas - Nashville Predator's Featured Charities

September 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...

DEM Wayne Fell Joins Epiphany Lutheran Church for Worship

August 09, 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 ...

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

August 08, 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 ...

Partnership with Clay Elementary

July 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...

World Council of Churches - 2018 International AIDS Conference

July 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 ...

Nights Alive

July 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, ...

Let The Little Children Come

May 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 ...

Blessing Bag Ministry at St. John's in Nashville

May 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.  

Church Community Garden Mother's Day

May 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.  ...

Blessed to be a Blessing

May 03, 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 ...

"God's Work. Our Hands." Sunday

May 01, 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

April 05, 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 “...

Gift for Solomon Lutheran, Greenville, TN

March 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 ...

Intergenerational Mission Trip to Hattiesburg, MS

March 08, 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 ...

Faith Leaders Gather at the Georgia Capitol

March 04, 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 ...

MLK Day of Service

January 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.