News Archive

Litany for a Verdict

April 20, 2021

Litany for a verdict April 19, 2021 by The Presbyterian Outlook Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” (John 14:27)   ...


All Creation Sings - ELW Hymnal Supplement

April 19, 2021

Brief descriptions of the 200 assembly songs in All Creation Sings are now available with a subscription to SundaysandSeasons.com. These give context to the hymn or song through biographical background, lectionary or Scripture connections, or usage ...


Memphis Community Rally on 4/18/2021

April 16, 2021

(please see accompanying articles linked at the bottom of this article): A message from ELCA Pastor Gordon Myers, a Chair of the Tennessee Poor People’s Campaign: To my friends,  As many of you know, I serve as a chair for the Tennessee Poor ...


LTSS Alumni Day & Day of Giving

April 15, 2021

Students like Amanda Taylor (MDIV, UMC) feel the impact of your gifts to Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary every day!  “The scholarship funds that I receive from generous donors grant me the opportunity to be shaped and formed for ministry ...


ELCA World Hunger - Domestic Grant Applications

April 14, 2021

A message from the ELCA World Hunger team: Greetings from ELCA World Hunger! With the hope and promise of new life this Easter season, we gratefully share with you important updates about upcoming grants available for our partners in ministry to end...


Download April 11 Worship Service

April 11, 2021

Click HERE to access the April 11, 2021, worship service.  A full worship service - Service of the Word - is provide for congregational use for the 2nd Sunday of Easter, April 11, 2021.   Feel free to download the service - or just the sermon - or ...


Clergy Resource for Self-Care

April 05, 2021

Now more than ever, clergy need resources for self-care as you navigate the uncharted waters of a pandemic! As you on the front lines know all too well, wellness and self-care are often at the bottom of most clergy persons' to-do list. Here is a book...


Grant Request Deadline!!!

April 05, 2021

Don’t forget Grant request deadline for Vitality Grants / Outreach Grants / Multicultural Grants is Tuesday, April 13 by noon.  Please don’t send them only by US Mail, as we have had a problem with grants getting lost.  Please keep a copy of the ...


Presiding Bishop Eaton's Easter Message

March 30, 2021

View and share Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton’s Easter message. Christ is risen indeed! Read the message: English | Spanish   Download Bishop Eaton's Message  


Respite in the Wilderness

March 29, 2021

Rostered ministers and church professionals, after this busy season of the church year, do you need time away to recharge? NovusWay Ministries knows that you spend your time caring for everyone else. Come to Luther Springs April 13-15, 2021 and let ...


March 25 Tornadoes Prayer & Giving Opportunities

March 26, 2021

The Southeastern Synod prays for all those who were in the path of the storms across our region last night. Please reach out to Pastor Jill Henning (jhenning@elca-ses.org) if you need the assistance of the Southeastern Synod's Disaster Team. If you ...


AIB Network Keynotes program features ITC Prof. Mark Ellingsen

March 16, 2021

The Rev. Dr. Mark Ellingsen - professor at the Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, was recorded by AIB-TV for one of his new books:  Finding Peaks and Valleys in a Flat World. The air dates and times for the Keynotes featuring Dr. ...


Portico News - March 2021 UPDATE

March 15, 2021

Portico Benefit Services offers THREE major updates: SWORD - Virtual Therapy for Joint Pain How to get the Best Rest! Questions about Taxes??? SWORD - Virtual Therapy for Joint Pain Stress is a pain in the neck: If you’re literally feeling the ...


Where Do Your Offerings Go?

March 14, 2021

Wonder where your offering goes? Check out this short video. Then check out this Deep Dive on how our synod offerings support our ELCA ministries and how together, we are doing so much more!


The International Work of ELCA World Hunger

March 11, 2021

More than 11 percent of the world’s people are hungry and 1 in 7 live in poverty.  Tragically, children are especially vulnerable to long term effects of hunger and malnutrition.  Chronically malnourished children don’t grow to reach a normal ...


ELCA Response to Hunger and Food Insecurity in the US

March 01, 2021

In the US as a whole, 1 in 4 (27.5%) of households with children were food insecure and almost 14% of adults in the US said in 2020 that there was often not enough to eat (US Census Bureau).  More than a third of US adults have trouble paying bills ...


Miracles - A Hermeneutic for Evangelical Catholics

March 01, 2021

Mark Ellingsen, an ELCA pastor in our Synod who teaches at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, just had an article published in the Fall issue of Lutheran Forum which will be of interest to pastors and laity who want to preach and ...


Respite Care for Rostered Ministers - a Creative Approach

March 01, 2021

Pastors, deacons, and bishops everywhere have climbed some steep learning curves this year. Now on the back side of the curve, you might be sinking down the slope and drained of creative energy — just as we as we enter our second Pandemic Lent. What ...


Stewardship for All Seasons

March 01, 2021

We are thrilled to have Rev. Mike Ward of GSB Fundraising back with our synod to lead Stewardship for All Seasons. The purpose of Stewardship For All Seasons (SAS) is to guide pastors and congregation leaders to learn tried and true basic principles ...


Welcome, Sarah Parson - Advocacy Policy Council Intern

March 01, 2021

The Advocacy Policy Council will benefit from the presence of Intern, Sarah Parson, during February and March. Sarah is a senior at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, and has been an active member at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lilburn, GA, for 15 ...


An Important BACK TO CAMP Message from NovusWay

February 26, 2021

There is a lot going on at Lutheridge, Lutherock, Luther Springs and Lutheranch as the staff and volunteers prepare to welcome campers and guests back to our synod’s places apart. In this important video message they share news about summer camp ...


ABUNDANCE Appeal Update

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 ...


Synod Assembly Elections - 2022 Churchwide Assembly

February 23, 2021

Voting Members for 2022 Churchwide Assembly to be Elected at 2021 Synod Assembly Submit Biographical Form → Due May 1 The next ELCA Churchwide Assembly (CWA) will be held August 8 – 12, 2022 in Columbus, OH, but synods will be ...


Southeastern Synod - Staff Announcement from Bishop Strickland

February 22, 2021

February 22, 2021 STAFF ANNOUNCEMENT FROM BISHOP STRICKLAND  Dear friends in Christ, Our synod is no stranger to natural disasters. We know all too well; it is not “if” a disaster happens, but “when”. For many years, we have been a leading synod ...


PPP Second Draw Fact Sheet

February 10, 2021

With partnership and support from the Mission Investment Fund of the ELCA, the ELCA Federal Credit Union (FCU) is now offering the second round of Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loans to congregations and ministries.  As the COVID-19 pandemic ...


Help Our (Atlanta) Neighbors Start a New Life!

February 01, 2021

  Partners for HOME is an organization Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Atlanta, has partnered with, which is helping formerly homeless neighbors move into long-term housing.   The apartments they will move into are minimally furnished, and anyone ...


Time to Take Action with Safe Gatherings!

February 01, 2021

The Southeastern Synod encourages you to use Safe Gatherings to screen and train everyone who works with children, youth and vulnerable adults in your church. Safe Gatherings works with more than 8,500 churches, including 11 ELCA Synods. They make it...


Why a Hunger Appeal?

February 01, 2021

Southeastern Synod 40-40-40 Lenten Walk for ELCA World Hunger Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, poverty and food insecurity in the Southeastern Synod are increasing.  A Census Bureau survey conducted in December found that 18% of Mississippi ...


40-40-40 Lenten Hunger Appeal

January 18, 2021

Check out our "Inspiring Stories" page to see some pics of those participating in our #40forLent Appeal. 40 Days of Lent.   40 miles.  $40 to ELCA World Hunger.      --->  #40forLent Why a "hunger walk" for ELCA World Hunger? (Check out this post ...


Synod Council Updates - 1/9/2021

January 13, 2021

The Synod Council met on Saturday, January 9 from 9am-4pm over ZOOM. Highlights of the meeting are as follows:   We welcomed Rev. Andrea Windsor-Peterson, co-pastor at Advent in Augusta, as the newest member of Synod Council who serves as the ...


2021 Synod Assembly - Official Notice of Meeting

January 06, 2021

Official Notice of Meeting 2021 ELCA Southeastern Synod Assembly Digital Meeting Saturday, June 5, 2021 Pursuant to the bylaws of the Southeastern Synod (S7.11.01.), you are hereby given notice that the 2021 ELCA Southeastern Synod Assembly will ...


Rock of Ages (Stone Mountain, GA) Shares a Word of Thanks

January 06, 2021

In June 2020, Rock of Ages Lutheran Church in Stone Mountain, Georgia received a COVID Food Insecurity Grant from the Southeastern Synod to fund the purchase of food for our hunger ministry.  A number of Synod congregations with food ministries ...


Bishop Strickland Introduces Rev. Lugo, ELCA Foundation Partner

January 05, 2021

We are thrilled to announce our new partnership with the ELCA Foundation, yet another way in which our synod will equip, empower, and engage God’s people to love and serve. (Ephesians 4:12). Regional gift planner and member of our synod staff, Rev. ...


Hilton Austin Receives Graetz Advocacy Award

January 05, 2021

The ELCA Southeastern Synod is pleased to name Hilton M. Austin, Jr., as the recipient of the Robert S. and Jean E. Graetz Advocacy Award.  Through his vision and tenacity, Hilton pulled together a network of advocates in the four states of the ...


Synod's NEW Diversity and Justice Task Force

January 05, 2021

New Diversity and Justice Task Force! This summer Bishop Strickland prayed into being the new Diversity and Justice Task Force of the Southeastern Synod. We are charged with lifting up issues around race, gender, disability, and sexual orientation ...


We Need Your Voice! - MLK Virtual Choir Invitation

December 14, 2020

Southeastern Synod ELCA Martin Luther King Day Virtual Celebration Choir Lift Every Voice and Sing   Thank you for your participation in our virtual celebration! This video will be the finale of our service, and we hope that anyone who has a voice ...


IGNITE - Evangelism initiative for 2021

December 11, 2020

  When I hear the word ignite - my mind goes to fire!  Especially this time of the year, a nice warm fire that chases the chill away.  Our stories about Jesus’ presence in our lives is like a fire, it chases the chill of the world away and ...


Southeastern Synod World Hunger Chair - Ms. Cheryl Bopp

December 11, 2020

Dear friends, Please allow me to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new Southeastern Synod World Hunger Chair.  Raised in privilege, I was only vaguely aware of the quiet tragedy of hunger in the U.S and the world.  I first came face ...


Spring 2021 Programs at Lutheranch

December 11, 2020

Prayer Labyrinth and Meditation Retreat January 22-24, 2021 $308 per person, private rooms McKanna-Sandrock Retreat Center Download "Prayer Labyrinth and Meditation Retreat" Flyer HERE. Start the new year by joining us for a weekend of prayer, ...


Disaster Relief fund for Rostered Ministers

December 10, 2020

Dealing with a disaster is never easy, as many in our synod have experienced over the years.   These past months have been personally difficult for two of our Rostered Ministers. One pastor’s home was significantly damaged by wind, and another ...


A message from our Synod Vice-President, Mr. Imran Siddiqui

December 02, 2020

Letter from Mr. Imran Siddiqui - December 2020 “John 21:5-6 Jesus said to them, “Children, you have no fish, have you?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, ...


ELCA Advocacy - 2020 Federal Policy Priorities

December 01, 2020

Here is some excellent information on ELCA Advocacy’s current legislative focus.   The church’s advocacy officers, who work out of Washington, D.C., are also actively advocating for stimulus relief for the pandemic.   Here is a link to find your ...


Email Scam!!!

December 01, 2020

(Updated December 1, 2020) We have had a NEW and BOLSTERED attempt from hackers and spambots to solicit funds from the good people of our synod.   They are posing as Bishop Kevin Strickland.   We are aware of this and you can report these emails per...


Interdenominational Theological Center offers Continuing Ed Class

December 01, 2020

MARTIN LUTHER AND MARTIN LUTHER KING:  HOW THEIR AGREEMENTS CAN IMPACT   THE CHURCH TODAY           Have you ever been struck by the fact that the leader of the Civil Rights Movement was named after Martin Luther?  It’s more than a coincidence!  The ...


Welcome Rev. Ana Lugo - Regional Gift Planner

December 01, 2020

We welcome Rev. Ana Lugo to the Southeastern Synod as our Regional Gift Planner for the ELCA-Foundation. The ELCA Foundation is prepared to assist you and your congregation, offering expertise as well as resources, financial education, and ...


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