Southeastern Synod Youth and Young Adult Ministry

ALL TENNESSEE 2021

SAVE THE DATE:  November 13-14, 2021

Location:  TBA

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

especially those from Tennessee

 

 

 


 

In June 2020, Rock of Ages Lutheran Church in Stone Mountain, Georgia received a COVID Food Insecurity Grant from the Southeastern Synod to fund the purchase of food for our hunger ministry.  A number of Synod congregations with food ministries received these grants which were made possible through a joint project funded by Lutheran Disaster Response and the Southeastern Synod Disaster Ministry Committee.  On behalf of Pastor Randy Palm and Rock of Ages, I would like to express our gratitude for this grant and share the story of how our congregation was able to support those at risk of food insecurity along the Memorial Drive corridor.

Our food ministry, the Memorial Drive Hunger Ministry (Pastor Palm, director), is an ecumenical ministry in partnership with St. Timothy Methodist Church, Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, All Saints Lutheran Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, and A New Thing Christian Church.  This ministry provides a daily emergency noonday meal Sunday through Friday to the Memorial Drive community of homeless, recently incarcerated, elderly persons of color, and recent immigrants.   Because of the grant, we were also able to support an ELCA immigrant mission congregation with 500 pounds of rice, dried beans, fresh chickens, and grocery store gift cards for 12 weeks. An additional 500 pounds of food was purchased for the Stone Mountain Ecumenical food pantry which serves needy families, many of whom lost jobs because of the pandemic.  Funds were also used to provide food to two single parent families of young children.  Because of the Synod grant, over 1000 meals were provided this past summer with the help of more than 25 volunteers from Rock of Ages, All Saints Lutheran Church, and Trinity Lutheran Church who spent more than 400 hours purchasing, preparing, and delivering food

All of us at Rock of Ages, our ecumenical partners, and our volunteers are humbly grateful to the Synod for the opportunity to share the Synod’s generosity with our local community during this difficult time.
 
 
Cheryl Bopp
Southeastern Synod ELCA World Hunger Chair
Member of Rock of Ages Lutheran Church
Email: cherylbopp@hotmail.com
Cell:  770-856-8464
 

ALL TENNESSEE 2020 - November 14

For all youth in 6th through 12th grades

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 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.