As of 3/27/2020, here is the information we have gathered regarding the Coronavirus as it pertains to the worshiping communities of the Southeastern Synod. Our scope is for ALL to be healthy and well, and the best way for us to do this is to be responsive to the way we guide and conduct our activities in our various worship settings.
The responses you see here, as expansive as they are, still focus on care for our worshiping communities. Please continue to use local, state-wide, and national resources as you see fit.
Here are some links that should be helpful for you, as a more comprehensive response to the Coronavirus.
A Statement from Timothy Wengert regarding Holy Communion (mentioned in Bishop Strickland's Letter about Worship in a Virtual Age) (Posted 3/20/2020)
Letter from our synod's COVID-19 Response Team Leader, Dr. Erica Bjornstad (3/19/2020)
VIDEO: Pastor Tom Clark to SES congregations RE COVID-19 response (3/22/2020)
VIDEO: Bishop Kevin Strickland and VP Imran Siddiqui share a pastoral word (3/20/2020)
VIDEO: Assistant to the Bishop Pr. Jill Henning, and Dr. Erica Bjornstad give guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic (and the PDF of PPT slides found in video) (3/20/2020)
See this letter from Bishop Kevin Strickland and staff (Posted 3/12/2020, 10:10pm EST)
Bishop Kevin Strickland's Pastoral Letter Regarding Coronavirus. (Posted 3/8/2020; Includes responses from other church leaders, as well.)
BLOG (Pr. Morgan Gordy): How to care for our most vulnerable during a pandemic. (Posted 3/13/2020)
FAQs in time of COVID-19 for faith-based leaders from DHHS (3/27/2020)
ELCA Public Health page
LEAD - a group dedicated to resourcing faith leaders - is helping to provide holistic care for faith leaders in this difficult time of crisis.
Worship in Times of Public Health Concerns (A resource from the ELCA)
ELCA Executive for Worship in the ELCA recommends no intinction for Holy Communion (NPR radio spot).
Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton addresses concerns about COVID-19.
Congregational Planning Checklist for a Pandemic (A Lutheran Disaster Response resource)
Trinity Lutheran Church
705 Wilson Ave, Tullahoma, TN 37388
For all youth in 6th through 12th grades
Cost? $35 per person which includes Meals, Programming and an awesome t-shirt! The registration fee is for both adults and youth.
Who Can Come? This gathering is for 6th-12th graders from congregations in the WHOLE SOUTHEASTERN SYNOD, but especially for the Lutherans and friends of TENNESSEE. ALL are welcome.
We have a great weekend retreat planned for our youth! Friends are welcome at the event! Saturday afternoon, we have service projects and outdoor games planned. On Saturday evening we will worship as well as have some activities planned (and maybe a dance party). Sunday, we will worship with the Trinity congregation at their late service, and receive a blessing before heading back to our home congregations.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 1, 2019!!!
Please be sure to mark which of youth and adults attending would like to have leadership roles at this event.
Please download the Registration Packet for more details...
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.