Southeastern Synod Youth and Young Adult Ministry


Saturday, November 13, 2021

10am-12noon ET / 9-11am CT

via ZOOM

an ONLINE gathering of all youth (6th-12th grade) of the Southeastern Synod, 

especially those from Tennessee

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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!




Created and Hosted by Pastor Mary W. Anderson

As a parish pastor for 37 years, I, like many of you, have seen the church and its ministry change and grow, worry and panic, in the midst of the transformational times in which we live. In the last five months of living in a global pandemic, we’ve all had to learn more about using technology in ministry than we thought was possible or even theologically correct.
For the past two years, I’ve been creating an on-line ministry platform called MyPocketPreacher. It’s for everybody, but I created it mostly for those who are not engaged in a brick-and-mortar congregation. In our rapidly changing community some have dropped out of our congregations, some stand on the edge with a vague spirituality, some are very skeptical, and some have no place to take their prayer concerns, theological ponderings, or questions about the Bible. I created this platform for them as I continue to learn more from them.
My hope is that pastors and deacons will also find it useful for ministry and they will refer it to others in their congregations and wider communities. It is a good additional resource for the homebound and deployed military personnel.
The website and app share most features. My longtime weekly blog “Ponder Anew” is linked to both. A podcast called “Walking With” is available in which I talk with a variety of people about spirituality, current events, and their vocations. Check out the podcast with retired ELCA Navy Chaplain, Danny Wheeler, who was the last survivor pulled from the rubble of the Marine barracks in the Beirut bombing in 1983. There is a page with “Super Quick Bible Studies” and another page called “Breadcrumbs”, which are little quotes packed with punch to help us all think about faith and culture in new ways.

A “Prayer Board” is only available on the App where visitors can find a place to leave their joys and concerns and receive a response. The website also has an in-depth “Study Series.” Currently on this page, readers will find a Bible 101 review. There is also a five-part series called, “How Lutherans Interpret the Bible.” All of these are here for your use in ministry. We are always resources for each other.
Your feedback is critical to improving the content of this platform. I assume it will change as I continue to learn from new people and their experiences with God, the church, and the world. It’s another way we are “church together for the sake of the world.”

Find MyPocketPreacher online or download the app!
Please like and follow MyPocketPreacher on Facebook and Instagram.
Reach The Rev. Dr. Mary W. Anderson at for more information.

ALL TENNESSEE 2020 - November 14

For all youth in 6th through 12th grades


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 TENNESSEE 2019 - November 9-10

Check out the pictures from 2019 All TN HERE

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.