The Assembly also approved the 2019-20 Ministry Funding Plan (a copy of the Narrative Budget for 2019-20 is available here), the 2019 Compensation Guidelines, and heard from ministry partner agencies and organizations.
A hearing for the ELCA Draft Social Statement on Women and Justice was held on Saturday. To learn more and to provide your feedback to this draft, click here.
Finally, a number of elections were held, including those for voting members to the 2019 Churchwide Assembly. Those elected to serve are listed below:
Mr. Imran Siddiqui, St. John's, Atlanta, GA Synod Vice President
The Rev. Carolyn Hayford, Shepherd of the HIlls, Birmingham, AL member of the Consultation Committee
Synod Council Members:
Ms. Emily Jackson, Christ the King, Tupelo, MS, young adult representative, two-year term beginning June 2018
Mr. Ed Ringer, Trinity, Lilburn, GA, member At-large, two-year term beginning June 2018
Ms. Roxann Thompson, St. Stephen, Decatur, GA member At-large, two-year term beginning June 2018
Mr. Steve Gehret, Reformation, Greeneville, TN, Conf 6 representative, two-year term beginning June 2018
Mr. Stephen Schrader, Shades Valley, Birmingham, AL, Conf 7 representative, two-year term beginning June 2018
The Rev. Monica Weber, Epiphany, Collierville, TN, Conf 8 representative, two-year term beginning June 2018
The Rev. Cuttino Alexander, Christus Victor, Ocean Springs, MS, Conf 9 representative, two-year term beginning June 2018
Voting Members of the 2019 Churchwide Assembly:
Mr. Imran Siddiqui, St. John's, Atlanta, GA
Ms. Elizabeth Hawkins, Advent, Murfreesboro, TN
Mr. Andrew Stevens, Beth Eden, Louisville, MS
Ms. Roxann Thompson, St. Stephen, Decatur, GA
Mr. Michael Franklin, Holy Trinity, Nashville, TN
Mr. Donald Noland, Redeemer, Atlanta, GA
Ms. Patti Austin, St. John's, Atlanta, GA
The Rev. Matt Steinhauer, Faith, Lebanon, TN
The Rev. Patti Axel, Nativity, Bethlehem, GA
The Rev. Tiffany Chaney, Gathered by Grace, Montgomery, AL
Ms. Bethany Fayard, Christus Victor, Ocean Springs, MS
Alternate Voting Members of the 2019 Churchwide Assembly:
The Rev. Rick Ohsiek, St. Paul, Maryville, TN
Ms. Jordan Becker, Faith, Warner Robins, GA
We are grateful for the photos provided courtesy of Mr. Greg Williams, St. John's, Atlanta. For information on and materials from the 2018 Southeastern Synod Assembly, visit the Assembly website here. There you will also find a few additional resources in the My Resources folder, including the Growing Your Congregation Young workshop Power Point presentation and Managing Risk: Steps Toward Congregational Best Practices.
122 youth and adults met November 10 & 11 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hixson, Tennessee for All Tennessee. During the event youth from across Tennessee gathered to learn more about the "GODISNOWHERE" theme by participating in different activities throughout Saturday afternoon. Youth looked at where God was through an interactive Stations of the Cross activity, they also got to ask Pastor Ed Myers and Pastor Katherine Museus any question they wanted to ask, they learned about how we can be God's hands in the midst of disasters through the work of Lutheran Disaster Relief and put together hygiene kits for Lutheran World Relief. To finish out their service that day they moved mulch on to the church's playground. Worship started with a group of youth from Christ Kiswahili Lutheran Mission leading in song and during the confession participants were invited to take a piece of string to represent their confession and tie it on nails that formed "GODISNOWHERE" - a powerful way to see that God comes to us in the midst of our brokenness and as we communed together we saw God come once again in the body and blood of Christ. Special thanks to the volunteers of Trinity Lutheran Church for their hospitality and meals, as well as the ALL Tennessee planning team for their hard work putting it all together.