Southeastern Synod Youth and Young Adult Ministry


Psalm 136
Give thanks to the Lord for he is good and his love endures forever.
This past weekend I did what I’ve done every November for the last 28 years. I dug through our cabinets and retrieved two sets of turkey salt and pepper shakers. I don’t actually fill them with salt and pepper. They’re of no monetary value and they’re not very attractive, but I give them a prime spot right in the center of our dining room table. You see, they are overflowing with memories - passed from my grandmother to my mother. When my mother died, they were passed to me.   
In this season as the days grow long, the leaves begin to fall, and the temperatures cool, we are reminded to give God thanks for those who will join us at our tables to laugh yet again at the turkeys, and those missing from our tables who we continue hold dear in our hearts. We remember and give God thanks for the impact they have made on our lives. Whether saint or sinner, or both, all have helped to form us into who we are today.
Although we won’t all gather around the same table for their Thanksgiving feast this year, I give God thanks for the people of Faith Lutheran in Clay, Alabama – a congregation who loved and nurtured me and my husband, Alan, then released us to take a call as part of the synod staff. Moving back to Atlanta, I give thanks for old friends and a home congregation who shaped my faith and my call into ministry.
Finally, I give God thanks for the congregations I have recently visited in Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia (and soon Mississippi!). I give God thanks for the people I have met, the stories I have heard, and the ministry being done in one congregation after another across this synod. There are so many faithful Christians deep within our congregations, living out baptismal calls, loving one another as God loves us, and reaching into the community in which they have been planted.
I pray this November that all of us can look around and see God in the nooks and crannies of our lives, in the turkey salt and pepper shakers, in beautiful friends, in our congregations, and then give God thanks.
Many blessings,
Pastor Karen Boda


ALL TENNESSEE 2020 - November 14

Times: tba

For a HYBRID event (part in-home / part online)

For all youth in 6th through 12th grades


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.

In the midst of COVID-19, we are all looking for a way to share God's love with everyone.

We are wondering how to Accept.  Embrace.  Spread Grace.

We are combining some online events with some in-home activities to engage in All TN this year.


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.