Southeastern Synod Youth and Young Adult Ministry


Saturday, November 13, 2021

10am-12noon ET / 9-11am CT

via ZOOM

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

especially those from Tennessee

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We will explore what it means to SHARE OUR GOSPEL STORY together by gathering online and learning how God is active in our lives, even when we don't realize it!   

And this is what sets our SOUL ON FIRE!




Southeastern Synod ELCA
Martin Luther King Day Virtual Celebration Choir
Lift Every Voice and Sing
Thank you for your participation in our virtual celebration! This video will be the finale of our service, and we hope that anyone who has a voice will contribute to the effort. There will be a few guidelines to follow, so regardless of your experience in doing something like this, please review the ones outlined here to help us put this massive project together. The deadline for submissions will be January 3, 2021. 
Equipment needed:
Headphones or Earbuds
Desktop computer
Smartphone or Tablet
Materials from the Dropbox Folder:
(Your vocal part) - Lift Every Voice and Sing.wav
Lift Every Voice and Sing.pdf 
How to record:
  • Download the PDF and WAV files1 to your computer. (Link)
  • Plug in your headphones or earbuds to your computer.
  • Double click on both the PDF and WAV files to open them in your computers PDF reader and media player respectively.
  • You may print the PDF or read it from the computer monitor. If you print it, please make sure your headphones aren’t on your head when you go to the printer to retrieve the music.
  • Play through the WAV file to rehearse your part as much as you need. 
  • When you’re ready to record, set up everything so you will have to move as little as possible.
  • Open the camera app on your phone (or tablet), set it to record video, and make sure your face is visible.
  • Begin recording video on your phone, then start the music on your computer and sing along.
  • When you’re finished, rename the file - without parentheses, but with periods -  (vocal part).(your name).wav (or whatever suffix your device assigns to the file - try not to alter that when you rename the file.)
  • Upload your finished file here.
  • Pat yourself on the back on our behalf.
1Each of the WAV files is a guide track for a specific vocal part. If you’d like to hear all the parts while you record, there’s a wav file for that. The vocals recorded as guides don’t reflect the gospel choir sound we’d like to get from all of you, so feel free to sing out on the refrains!
Some general guidelines:
  • The room should be quiet - as free as is possible from voices, TV, radio, and vehicles. It should also be free from reverb. A carpeted office is better than a living room with wood floors. And don’t even think about the bathroom - great for singing in the shower, but terrible for recording. 
  • Please arrange everything - your phone, the computer, the music, etc. - so that you don’t have to move anything during recording. Paper rustling can ruin a good performance, so if you have to turn pages, do so no sooner than 3 seconds after you finish a section and no later than 3 seconds before you start the next one.
  • Recording video necessitates your holding your phone at least 12 inches from your face. This is ideal for the audio quality of the recording as well. If you make an audio-only recording (not encouraged, but you’re welcome to do so for any reason), try to keep this same distance. If your recording device is too close, it introduces a proximity effect that is, well, bad. 
  • Please make sure that your beautiful face is well lit! If you’re using the one that’s not as beautiful, light it up anyway.
  • The voices on the guide track are much smoother than what we’d like from all of you. Please sing with a lot of energy. And smile!
  • These instructions are available as RTF or PDF in the download folder.
  • If you have questions, you may send me an email at Please include SES MLK 2021 in the subject line so I can find you among the clutter in my inbox.
In case the links embedded in the text above don’t work, here are the URLs:
To download track, music, and instructions:
To upload finished video and audio files:
This document may need to be updated, so if you happen to record a week or more after downloading, please check for a new version in the Dropbox folder. These updates will be indicated by a version number in the file name. 
Rejoice and sing with gladness!

ALL TENNESSEE 2020 - November 14

For all youth in 6th through 12th grades


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


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.