In November 2009, the Lutheran Outdoor Ministries of Florida (LOMF) and NovusWay
(then known as Lutheridge+Lutherock Ministries) boards signed an eight-step
agreement to guide the relationship of the two ministries. The purpose was to
find a way to enable more Floridians to benefit from sharing in camp programs
and to bring stability to Luther Springs. The eight steps have been largely accomplished
which led to formal consolidation when the two boards conducted a joint retreat
at Luther Springs on February 27-28, 2015.
See photo at right that depicts the Rev. Joe Glymph, left (NovusWay
president, Largo, FL) and the Rev. Nathan Swenson-Reinhold, right (LOMF
president, Longwood, FL).
The eight step relationship agreement resulted in cost
savings, shared staffing, joint marketing, and debt reduction. For the last
five years Luther Springs has experienced balanced budgets. Debt
has been reduced from nearly $1 million to $570,000, of which $375,000 is
external debt. Joint marketing has
expanded participation from Floridians, not only at Luther Springs, but at
other NovusWay sites. A new master plan
is in place for Luther Springs that will one day enable 250 people to be
accommodated at the site. More recently
the Mission Possible campaign has been launched for Luther Springs (expanded
facilities and debt reduction) and Lutherock (land acquisition and all-camp
these successes, the Florida/Bahamas Synod Council and both the LOMF and
NovusWay boards voted unanimously to consolidate. As the LOMF Board of Directors completed its
service on February 28, each member received a special print of a painting (pictured
at left) of the “Vause Lake dock at Luther Springs” that was completed by board
member Margo Walbolt.
Keith Johnson, NovusWay Executive Director remarked, “This process formalizes the very successful relationship
that has existed for over five years. It
has not only benefited Luther Springs, but Lutherock and other NovusWay
sites. Now that this step has been taken,
staff can focus attention to expanding programs and outreach so that more
people can be ‘inspired and empowered in Christ’s love,’ with specific
attention on Lutheranch.”
ALL TENNESSEE 2020 - November 14
For a HYBRID event (part in-home / part online)
For all youth in 6th through 12th grades
Cost? FREE, since this event is a hybrid event, with part in-person / part-online
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.
In the midst of COVID-19, we are all looking for a way to share God's love with everyone.
We are wondering how to Accept. Embrace. Spread Grace.
We are combining some online events with some in-home activities to engage in All TN this year.
REGISTRATION COMING SOON!!!
To see information from prior years, scroll down...
ALL TENNESSEE 2019 - November 9-10
Check out the pictures from 2019 All TN HERE
All TN 2019 took place at Trinity LC, Tullahoma, TN
ALL TENNESSEE 2018
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.