an ONLINE gathering of all youth (6th-12th grade) of the Southeastern Synod,
especially those from Tennessee
We will explore what it means to SHARE OUR GOSPEL STORY together by gathering online and learning how God is active in our lives, even when we don't realize it!
And this is what sets our SOUL ON FIRE!
Wanted to share with you a sustainable and compassionate ministry conducted by Mercy Church WITH AND TO our homeless and working poor neighbors in Atlanta.
MERCY CHURCH is… “a grassroots, ecumenical, open and affirming congregation that meets in the basement of a big church on a busy street in the heart of Atlanta. We believe that God desires life, health, dignity, and sanctuary for us all…” (https://www.mercyatl.org/covid/). The Core Values of Merch Church include – Community, Worship & Hospitality. .
Much of Mercy’s ministry is hosted and housed by St. John’s Lutheran Church where my wife, Nancy, serves as Pastor. During these most difficult and challenging times, our Sisters and Brother in Christ - the good folks of the Mercy Community - have some specific needs. I’m reaching out to you to see if you can help out with these “humanitarian” efforts of the Mercy Community.
Please let me know if you have any questions or need some help transporting any of your donated items to St. John’s – the collection point for Mercy Church. God Bless you.
Mercy Church desperately need MEN'S pants size 30-36, hats and visors. But all casual men's clothing is welcome, especially new socks.. Donations may be dropped off in the bin on the St John's sun porch between 10-Noon Monday - Friday (ring bell for Glen) or when you come for worship – or email Pastor Gary for help (Mercy Church).
Mercy is looking for a pick-up truck that they can use to tow their supply trailer. Please let me know if you have a source for a servicable 4-wheel drive truck – either as a donation… or a fair price… for for a combination of the two… partial payment and a partial charitable donation.
OTHER GENERAL DONATIONS & VOLUTEEER OPPORTUNITIES…
Whether it is time, goods, prayers, or monetary donations - Mercy always welcomes the support of our beloved community. Learn how you can help. For more info, go to https://www.mercyatl.org/covid/. You can also donate specific “much needed” items by going the Mercy Church Amazon Wish List (https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/3JACV39Y7H70Q/).
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40).
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.