In response to the great need in our synod during this pandemic, $49,800 has already been distributed to 19 of our congregations in all four of our states. These funds have come from our Synod’s Strategic Initiative Fund plus grants from generous donors across the ELCA. We give God thanks for those who continue to support the work of the church and continue to spread God’s message of hope and love in the midst of this crisis.
These funds have been used by our congregations in many ways, blessing all whom they have touched.
- Gathered by Grace in Montgomery, AL, has seen some of the highest virus numbers in the state. Their Life Happens Fund serves as a community resource by providing financial assistance for rent, utilities, child care, and groceries. The needs in the last few months have exceeded the requests from the last two years combined.
- At Teluga Mission in Atlanta, part of the grant is being used to supplement the pastor’s salary. In addition, they are now supporting a family who lost all sources of generating income. One of this family member’s extended stay in ICU left them devastated in all ways, especially, financially.
- Faith and Grace in Decatur, GA, states that the grant gave hope and proved that God will always provide for his followers and believers in the midst of a global pandemic. The grant was used to continue the payroll of the administrative secretary, musicians and general church operations as they spread the gospel to the congregation and community.
- Advent in Lagrange, GA, has used grant money to purchase supplies to disinfect the worship space, plus masks, and sanitizers. Other funds have been used to supplement their technology so that the gospel can be spread virtually throughout that community.
- Holy Spirit in Savannah, GA, has been able to help support their high school seniors as they head off into the now unknown future of college and jobs. One of their seniors will be attending Lenoir Rhyne, a university affiliated with the ELCA, on a full scholarship. There remains goodness in our midst!
If you feel called to support in a broader way the work of the synod, please reach out to one of the synod staff. We’ll be honored to discuss how you can, even with a small donation, make a difference in the lives of those in the southeast.
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.