The Synod Council met on Saturday, January 9 from 9am-4pm over ZOOM. Highlights of the meeting are as follows:
- We welcomed Rev. Andrea Windsor-Peterson, co-pastor at Advent in Augusta, as the newest member of Synod Council who serves as the representative from Conference 1.
- Bishop Strickland presented his report to our synod, which can be found here. Highlights include Synod COVID-19 responses and resources, Stewardship and Abundance update, Prayer Team, Evangelism, Faith Formation Resources, Congregation Transitions, Candidacy, Strategic Vision Task Force and new logo. Rev. Devin Strong joined the meeting to provide an update on the work of the Diversity and Justice Task Force.
- A Synod Office Advisory Board will be formed of members of our Synod and members of St. John’s Lutheran Church to address the day to day needs and concerns of our lease.
- Rev. Justin Eller presented and received approval for our synod’s Latinx Ministry Strategy and the creation of a Latinx Ministry Initiatives Task Force.
- Stewardship Updates were presented by Rev. Eric Murray and included an update on our Abundance Appeal. Almost $100K has been committed by individuals and congregations to assist with the anticipated $225K shortfall for 2021, and sixty-six congregations have already made 2021 Mission Support Intents. We give thanks for God’s abundance!
- Rev. Patti Axel presented the new Evangelism/Vitality strategy for our synod and received approval for the creation of a Vitality Committee.
- We welcomed Rev. Ana Lugo, our ELCA-Foundation gift planner who joined our staff in November. Our synod’s Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Foundation identifies our priorities for the year can be found here. Please invite Rev. Lugo into your congregation, deanery, and home to discuss legacy planning.
- Budget and Finance
- Our current financial statement can be found here. Giving is significantly down, but with our PPP, Abundance Appeal and reduced expenses, we expect to end the fiscal year in the black. The concern is 2021 with no PPP. The investments in the synod endowment accounts and the Strategic Initiatives Fund have continued to do quite well.
- Any surplus or deficit in the operating fund at the end of this fiscal year be cleared according to this resolution.
- 100% of the contributions to the Synod’s Abundance Appeal through Jan 2022 will remain in the Synod and be allocated to the operating fund.
- Churchwide Representative Nick Kiger joined in consultation to discuss the mission support percentage from our synod to the ELCA. Our Council voted to reduce our mission support percentage from 50% to 43% for a period of three years, with the goal to raise it back to 50% as quickly as synod finances stabilize. Given the increased stewardship emphasis in our synod and our partnership with the ELCA-Foundation, our synod expects this change to be short term.
- The 2021 Synod Assembly will be held online Saturday, June 5 and will utilize digital conference software. Voting members will come in through a secure portal for voting. Visitors are welcome to attend the Assembly through the live-streaming platform of the Assembly. Offerings from the Assembly will be given to our synod’s multicultural ministries. Costs and more information will be distributed shortly.
- The Synod Council worked on a Covenant of Leadership, setting standards for their responsibilities and relationships with promises to God, our synod family, and each other on Synod Council.
- Great Commission, Lin, and Morton Funds grants were awarded to seven congregations.
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.