Southeastern Synod ELCA


Qualified Charitable IRA Distributions

September 28, 2018

In this article, submitted by Mr. Lee Smith, Treasurer, ELCA Southeastern Synod, he discusses a potential tax break opportunity for those who are retired and over age 70½.

14 Simple Reasons Why I Get a Flu Shot Each Year

September 12, 2018

Each year at this time, I am compelled to write about the upcoming flu season and the prevailing need to get a yearly flu shot! This year is no exception because you and I know by now that every flu season is different and there is never any way to predict whether it is going to be a mild season or one that sends many individuals scurrying to the doctor for treatment of flu symptoms.

Immunizations! Protecting Your Family, Yourself and the Community!

July 27, 2018

The new school season is here and parents and children are rushing around to ensure that new school supplies, appropriate clothing, lunch bags, backpacks and other required school items are purchased and ready for the first day of school. With all the rushing, many parents are confronted with the fact that the children must have the dreaded “shots” before they are allowed to attend public school, daycare, and other care organizations.

National Women’s and Men’s Health Weeks!

June 18, 2018

As I am preparing this article on May 9, I am aware of at least five emails that I have already received this month regarding National Women’s Health Week, beginning this year on Mother’s Day. Since ...

Are You a Distracted Driver?

May 09, 2018

Deciding what health related topic to include in each month’s newsletter can sometimes be a challenge. After I wrote an article on recycling last month I realized that National Distracted Driving ...

Consider Starting a Green Team

April 27, 2018

Have you looked at your Church budget?   If you are like many churches you spend more on utilities than outreach.   To flip this around has your Church considered a “Green Team” to see how you can cut...

Creation Justice Ministries

April 23, 2018

Left to right:  Rabbi Daniel Swartz, Rev. Cliff Bahlinger, Rev. John Barton, Rev. Peter Cook, Shantha Ready Alonso, Bishop Carroll Baltimore As a former Park Ranger with the National Park Service and...

This Land is Your Land

April 16, 2018

This article was written by the Rev. Cliff Bahlinger, pastor, St. Luke, Cordova, TN, for Creation Justice Ministries, a ministry partner of the ELCA and the National Council of Churches. Pr. Bahlinger has been invited to be a clergy delegate to Washington, DC on April 19, where he and other clergy will meet with lawmakers at the Capitol as a part of Earth Day activities. He said, "we will ask our elected officials to support public land and advance funding for our National Parks." We are hopeful for a second article and some pictures when he returns.

The Gospel Mandate

April 11, 2018

What does the Lord require of us but to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with our God.  Written by the Rev. Leslie Wilder, pastor, The Good Shepherd, Morristown, TN, who articulates the struggles within her community that may also be found in the communities in which we all live and serve.

Celebrate Earth Day: End Plastic Pollution!

April 10, 2018

  We frequently read about how Americans consume too much and recycle too little.  This message becomes even more apparent when one views the overflowing garbage cans each week in a typical American ...

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