The impact of a story
Twenty-one congregations from our synod are participating in the Beginning a Culture of Generosity
Program with Pr. Mike Ward. Melanie Mitchell who worships at Community of Grace in Grayson, GA has valued the discussions around outcome stories. “Having members of the congregation share what it means to have God in their lives, or the impact of God in their lives, is a great way to share the church’s ministry and remind people of God’s generosity to us. The frequent sharing of personal narratives will serve as “nudges” to others as they then reflect on the impact of God in their lives.”
God is indeed abundant!
$70K has now been distributed to congregations and individuals during this pandemic for assistance to help relieve the financial burdens that our congregations and rostered ministers are facing. We give God thanks for the generosity of those in the wider ELCA who have contributed to the COVID-19 Response Appeal
and the Synod's Strategic Initiative Fund (SIF). The SIF has been funded by primarily Holy Closures of congregations in our synod. The legacy of ministry lives on!
Stewardship During a Pandemic – a session for all
Everyone is welcome to join us on Sunday, October 18 at 3pm ET when Rev. Mike Ward presents “With glad and generous hearts: a look at stewardship of self, congregation and church.” Where the disciples saw scarcity and thought people should depart before mealtime, Jesus recognized abundance and fed more than 5,000 people. Living life and leading congregations from an abundance perspective takes thoughtfulness and intentionality, especially during a pandemic. Join us for discussion to see how it is that generosity leads to our hearts being more connected with God and how generosity is all around us even in this pandemic. Ideas for your stewardship drive will be included in this discussion. Registration is at: https://www.elca-ses.org/newsdetail/october-2020-faith-formation-days-for-laity-14163488
Does your rostered minister have student loan debt?
Has your congregation considered assisting with this debt? Now through December 31, 2020 is the perfect time to do this. The COVID-19 virus pandemic devastated the United States’ economy, causing millions of people to lose their jobs or to experience reductions in income. With so many people struggling to make ends meet, the government created the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide economic assistance. The CARES act allows the employer to contribute up to $5,250 toward an employee's student loans. The payment is excluded
from the employee's income. It's also tax-free
for the employer, since it's not subject to payroll taxes up to the contribution threshold. It's a win win!
For more information, see https://www.elfi.com/important-details-on-employer-student-loan-assistance-programs/
Savings Matching Programs for Rostered Ministers
Rostered Ministers, if you’ve not checked out the resources available through Resourceful Servants, please do! God’s mission in the world is served when you are satisfied and effective in your ministry. Many of you have said that financial uncertainty and stress — frequently caused by a lack of emergency savings, a lack of retirement savings or both — can stand in the way of your satisfaction and effectiveness in ministry. Resourceful Servants, an initiative of the ELCA and its ministry partners, has developed two Savings Matching programs to address these financial challenges. These programs partner with ELCA rostered ministers to encourage a habit of saving and provide matching funding to more rapidly grow emergency savings and retirement accounts.
Find out if you qualify for the Resourceful Servants Savings Matching Programs by visiting https://resourcefulservants.org/rostered-ministers/savings-matching-programs/
and reviewing the introductory booklet and video. Then, complete the Financial Wellness Assessment by clicking the link below. The due date to complete the Financial Wellness Assessment is Oct. 15. You’ll need your Roster Leader’s ID to apply. If you don’t have the ID, give the synod office a call.
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.