Two recent actions from Bishop Strickland and the synod staff have resulted in poignant conversation and prayer about race and justice.  Here are two video resources for you to use and share as you have constructive conversation about race and about God's beautiful creation of humanity.

Becoming the Body of Christ webinar - 5/21/2020

Click the image below for this discussion with an amazing group of panelists:


Call to Prayer - #Lament100K - 6/1/2020

Click the image below for this ecumenical call to prayer of lament over those who have died from the coronavirus, as well as the national situation of violence and racism:


Financial Assistance

Synod COVID-19 Grants Still Available!!! 

The Bishop and Synod Council are continuing to issue COVID-19 Grants to address the immediate financial need of a small number of congregations in the Southeastern Synod. 

Deadline to apply is June 30, 2020.

Click here to read more and to apply!


LifeLine Fund

A generous grant from the Lilly Foundation, matched by funds from our synod, will provide up to $80K in financial support for rostered ministers plus training and support for congregations who need stewardship assistance. 

The LifeLine Fund will provide rostered ministers with financial education, time with a financial planner, plus up to three years of grants paid directly to the lender.

Click here to read more and to apply today.


For our Leaders

Bishop Eaton June 7 sermon

NOTE:  This is a REVISED sermon, that Bishop Eaton re-recorded and  just released on June 3.

By now, all rostered ministers should have access to Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton's revised sermon for Holy Trinity Sunday, June 7, 2020.   She has made a special effort to share the Gospel message of hope for such a time as this.

This sermon and previous synod staff sermons are available on our synod staff sermon page.  

Check back on June 7 for a public sharing of this sermon.


WEBINAR:  Congregational Guidance (Round THREE)

Monday, June 22, 7pm EDT / 6pm CDT

We have established another date / time for us to gather to further discuss preparations for next steps for in-person gatherings, respond to racial injustices before us, and to answer questions as best we can.

CLICK HERE to sign up for this webinar to better help you support your ministers and congregations.


WEBINAR:  Senior Care in the Midst of COVID-19

Tuesday, June 23, 10am EDT / 9am CDT

We know that Senior Care in this pandemic is a challenge.  We are here to help.

Click here for to sign up for a time to gather with some medical experts, Bishop Kevin Strickland, and Pr. Jill Henning.


Temporary Expanded Licensing for Streaming Worship Services

Augsburg Fortress is extending through July 31, 2020, its temporary permission for worshiping communities to include Augsburg Fortress administered liturgical text and liturgical music copyrights in a livestream or podcast.

Click here for more details.


COVID-19 Guidance & Preparations

Bishop Kevin Strickland and the Southeastern Synod COVID-19 Task Force have worked diligently on giving you practical, spiritual, and emotional guidance in the midst of this uncertain time in which we live. 

Click here to find the COVID-19 Southeastern Synod Guidelines Document to prepare for an eventual return to in-person gatherings, along with other findings.


Congregational COVID-19 Task Force and Disaster Coordinator

In the Southeastern Synod COVID-19 Guidelines, each congregation is asked to designate a Disaster Coordinator that the Southeastern Synod Disaster Team will train in Disaster Ministry and the synod's COVID-19 Task Force will communicate with when we have new guidance or recommendations to be communicated. 

Click here to inform the synod's COVID-19 Task Force of the congregational disaster coordinator for your congregation.


Synod Convocation RE-SCHEDULED for Jan. 25-28, 2021

In order to keep folks safely distanced, we would not be able to meet for our annual Synod Leadership Convocation in September 2020.   Thus, we have re-scheduled this event for January 25, 2021.  The event will take place at Lutheridge, Arden, NC.


News From Around the Synod

Over $40,000 in Grants Awarded!

Between our synod's COVID-19 grants, LifeLine Funds, and Stewardship of Life Institute grants, we celebrate God's abundance as we support the many ministries and ministers doing God's Mission in the world.

Click here to read more about these wonderful grant disbursements.


No Bigotry Allowed Book Study - Pr. Ron Bonner

All are invited to attend, beginning Sunday, June 7, 9:30am EDT / 8:30am CDT.

Pr. Ron Bonner, Redeemer, Atlanta, gA, has written a book on conversations about racism and white supremacy.  He is leading a study using his book as the main resource.   

Click here for Zoom link information and to learn how to purchase this book.  (Book purchase not required to attend.)


Blog:  Gardening in the Time of the Coronavirus

The corona virus had made him think.  Was nature so clever as to be able to communicate to us about its needs?  The pope and plenty of others seemed to think so.  Or maybe it was simply a conscientious human way of reflecting on the incongruity and unbelievable contradictions of the present situation.

To read more, click here.


745 Inspirations!

The saints of St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Franklin, TN, gathered over 745 fuel bags full of high protein snacks for the homeless population in the area.  This was all done during a time of quarantine!

Click here to see pictures and to learn more about this story of inspiration.

If you have a Story of Inspiration, please submit the story along with pictures at the bottom of our synod home page.  Look for the yellow background.


Children, Youth, Young Adults

E-FFIRM - June 13, 2020


AFFIRM will officially gather ONLINE on Sunday June 13, 2020, for a half-day of fun, worship, and small group gatherings.

We cleverly call it E-FFIRM!  Look for us with tags #EFFIRM2020 and #CHOSEN

Click here to see the Affirm page, where you can find more updates and a link to the REGISTRATION PAGE.

Oh, and order your AFFIRM t-shirt on the Affirm page, or click here:


SESLYO Assembly - June 20, 2020


In an ONLINE assembly, the Southeastern Synod Lutheran Youth Organization (SESLYO) leaders invite at least two participants (those just graduating from 6th through 12th grade) from EVERY congregation in our synod.  More are welcome to attend from the same congregation, but only two folks from each church will have voice AND vote for the elections of board members and in the ratifying of the SESLYO Constitution, By-Laws, and Continuing Resolutions.

Please click here to REGISTER today!


WEBINAR:  Children and Youth Ministry in Uncertain Times - June 25, 7:00pm EDT

Pr. Michael Jannett and Bishop Kevin Strickland are gathering several ELCA leaders in the area of children's and youth ministry:  Rachel Alley (ELCA Youth Ministry), Janelle Hooper (ELCA Children's Ministry), and Dawn Rundman (Sparkhouse and Augsburg Fortress contributor).  Together, we will explore ways to equip our children and youth ministry leaders as they lead through uncertain times.  A virus, a quarantine lifestyle, and racism are tough seas to navigate.

God calls us to walk with one another, sharing Christ's love with others.  Be sure to REGISTER here now for this helpful conversation.


Passion Collective Internship Applications are LIVE!

"We are word-shaped beings who live word-shaped lives within word-shaped communities” (Jonathan Merritt).
Grace House is happy to announce our Passion Collective application is live for next year!

Come live and work alongside students in the metro Atlanta area, living in an international Christian discernment house!
We will be monitoring COVID-19 updates and will be adjusting the programing according to recommended compassionate guidelines.

Contact Pastor Andrew ( for more info!



Rostered Minister Transitions
  • The Rev. Kim Stover, pastor of All Saints, Lilburn, GA, retired on June 1, 2020.
  • The Rev. Dr. James Thomas of Lenoir Rhyne University, Associate Professor of Church and Ministry, Director of African American Ministries, LTSS Campus, retired on June 1, 2020.
  • The Rev. Steve Alsleban has accepted a part-time call at Triumphant Cross, Dothan, AL.


Prayers & Concerns
  • For the family and friends of Deacon Laura Kay Shackelford.  Deacon Shackelford passed away on Saturday, May 30, 2020.  See Deacon Shackelford's synod obituary here.
  • For the family and friends of Deacon Virginia "Gini" Knueppel.  Deacon Knueppel passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2020.  See Deacon Knueppel's synod obituary here.
  • For the family and friends of Ms. Martha Hartmann (wife of Pr. Peter Hartmann, St. Paul's, Savannah).  Ms. Hartmann passed away on Monday, Friday, May 22, 2020.  See Ms. Hartmann's synod obituary here.
  • For the Synod Council, who meets June 5-6, to elect new synod council members and keep our synod's mission moving forward.


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