an IN-PERSON gathering of all youth (6th-12th grade) of the Southeastern Synod,
especially those from Tennessee
Dear friends in Christ,
It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that the Fall Convocation is being cancelled. Out of an abundance of caution, concern and overall care for the wellbeing and health of all; it is not safe for us to gather at this time. With the rise in COVID cases and the DELTA variant, we are not at a place in our four states to mitigate would be a very risky gathering. Even vaccinated and wearing masks would not eliminate all the unforeseen risks. I know you are disappointed by this news. Trust me, I am too. But, I encourage you to keep the faith, stay strong, and be good encouragers of one another. More than ever we need everyone banding together to encourage masks to be worn in all indoor spaces, worship gatherings to be risk accessed, vaccinations encouraged, and a phasing back of in person gatherings. These are all needed things until we as a country are able to more fully maintain and reduce the spread of this unending virus. If you have questions or concerns, please direct them to me or Pastor Jill Henning. And if you have already registered, Ms. Holly Liersch will be in touch with a refund for your registration.
Again, my deepest apologies that we are having to make this decision, but I can only pray that we can be together again soon. May God continue to strengthen you and sustain you in these days.
+Bishop Kevin Strickland
THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD IN A HYBRID FORMAT!!!
MORNING SESSION: on your own, in your household, or with your youth group (if you are gathering in-person, physically distanced, of course). Suggested start time is 10:00am EST / 9:00am CST.
AFTERNOON SESSION: we gather via ZOOM at 3:00-4:30pm EST / 2:00-3:30pm CST
CONCERT WITH RACHEL KURTZ: after our afternoon session, Rachel Kurtz will join in our ZOOM call to lead a concert!!!
So cool! So excited!
PLUS, we get to reveal the theme that SESLYO developed for our 2020-2021 youth events for the synod...Accept. Embrace. Spread Grace.
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.
This year, we are taking registrations on an INDIVIDUAL BASIS, NOT through a congregational registration.
To see information from prior years, scroll down...
All TN 2019 took place at Trinity LC, Tullahoma, TN
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.