A message from Bishop Strickland on the gift of your generosity in saving lives and continuing our ministry efforts in the Southeastern Synod

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News From Around the Synod

Disaster Preparedness - Hurricane Laura

Please go to our Synod Disaster Response page to watch a video from Bishop Strickland, Pr. Katie Pasch (Synod Disaster Response Chair), and Inspiritus' Deacon Michelle Angalet on how we are preparing for this hurricane and what responses we have in place.

Click HERE to watch our disaster preparedness video.


Sign Up for our Synod Prayer Team

Join Bishop Strickland for a time of prayer once a month via zoom. We will pray for the needs of ourselves, our neighbors locally and globally, the needs of the church and world, and for what else might be in need that day of prayer.

Please feel free to sign up at any time.

Click HERE to join the Bishop in prayer once per month, and to learn of the dates / times.


Being Church in a Digital Age

3-part series: Sept. 14, 21, 28, at 11am EDT / 10am CDT

In a matter of weeks, digital ministry moved from the fringe to the spotlight for many congregations. As it becomes clear that digital ministry is not just a short-term solution, but a long-term element of congregational ministry, the North Carolina Synod, the Southeastern Synod, and the Virginia Synod invite you to a three-week webinar series exploring what it means to be the church in a digital age.

Click HERE to register and to learn more.


Virtual Milagro Gala - Congregational Materials Available

Join us September 12th, 7:00 pm, wherever you are, for a Virtual Gala. Learn about our companion synod Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala, learn about the MILAGRO center that provides education and training for young rural Guatemalan women, and learn how your congregation can support this faithful ministry. Attached is a Save-the-Date graphic and a Q&A sheet to share.

Click Here for congregational resources for your e-newsletters and e-bulletins.



Synod Council Gathers September 12

Please keep your Southeastern Synod Council in your prayers as they begin preparations to meet September 11-12 over ZOOM.

Click here to see the synod council agenda, who serves on synod council, and more.


"Death by Disparities: How Medical Bias Kills" - an ONLINE Forum

Sunday, September 13, 1-3pm EDT / 12noon-2pm CDT

Lutheran Church of the Redeemer's Poverty and Social Justice Series Presents: A distinguished panel of doctors and health policy experts to address why minorities are dying from COVID at such dramatically higher rates in communities across America. We'll answer your questions, and offer concrete ways you can advocate for change.

Click here to REGISTER and to learn more.


Rev. Dr. Everett Flanigan Retirement Celebration

On Sunday, September 13, at 4pm EDT / 3pm CDT, we will gather ONLINE to give thanks for ministry of Rev. Dr. Everett Flanigan.  He has contributed much to this synod and the wider church.

REGISTER HERE to join this time of thanksgiving for Dr. Flanigan's work and ministry.


An Evening with Nadia Bolz-Weber (online event)

Thursday, September 3, 7pm EDT / 6pm CDT

Tyson House is proud to present an evening with Nadia Bolz-Weber, author of Shameless: A Sexual Reformation and other books on faith and life. Her presentation, which has now been converted to a ticketed webinar via Zoom, will feature a talk, followed by a Q&A session, with a time for pre-submitted questions followed by questions from the attendees.

Click here or more information and to REGISTER!!!


God's Work.  Our Hands.

Sunday, September 13

What are you doing for God's Work. Our Hands. Sunday???

Check out Bishop Eaton's video for a bit of inspiration.

Be sure to share your activities on our Synod Facebook page, HERE.

Click here to see the ELCA's web page dedicated to this day of service.  You can order t-shirts, find resources for this day of service, and more.


October Faith Formation Days for Laity

Sunday’s in October 2020 - 3:00-4:30pm EDT / 2:00-3:30pm CDT via Zoom

October 4 - Worship 101:  Why We Do What We Do
October 11 - Say Her Name: Naming the Witness of Nameless Women in the Bible
October 18 - With Glad and Generous Hearts:  a Look at Stewardship of Self, Congregation, and Church
October 25 - Telling the Story of Jesus:  Evangelism in the 21st Century 

For more information, click HERE.


Novus Way Vacation Getaways and Lodging Rentals

Lutheranch has some Weekend Getaway packages available for you to check out in September, October, and November.

Starting in August, Novus Way is inviting individuals, families and small groups to rent their lodging facilities and temporarily suspending all minimum group size requirements to stay in their retreat centers.

For more information, click HERE.


For our Leaders

Rostered Ministers: Sign up for Time with Bishop Strickland

Bishop Strickland is inviting all Rostered Ministers to register for a conversation with each of you during this global pandemic.  These gatherings will be in a group setting with other Rostered Ministers.   We still have ONE registration slot left, and you will be sent the link for this conversation on Zoom.  For those unable to video conference in, there will also be a phone in option to join.

We have ONE time slot left:

  • Thursday, August 27, 4:30pm EDT / 3:30pm CDT



Disaster Coordinator TRAINING

Saturday, August 29, 9:30am EDT / 8:30am CDT

This webinar is designed to equip congregational coordinators with skills and tools to assist their congregations to prepare and respond in the event of a disaster within their communities.

Click HERE to sign up!


Sign up NOW for Congregational Guidance Webinar (Round 5)

Monday, September 21, 2020, 7:00-8:15pm EDT / 6:00-7:15pm CDT

Bishop Strickland, the synod staff, and many of your congregations' leaders gathered on Monday, 2020, to share some guidance for how to be the Church in the midst of this pandemic, and how to support your rostered ministers in these days.

Please CLICK HERE to register.


POSTPONED - Region 9 Rostered Women's Gathering

The Region 9 Rostered Women's Gathering scheduled for November 2020 has been postponed until Fall 2021 due to the virus and concerns for the health and well being of our pastors and deacons.


Leadership Convocation???

Not sure where registration forms are?  That’s because we moved Leadership Convocation to January 25-28, 2021!   This event will still take place at Lutheridge, in Arden, NC.   More information to come soon.

Narrative Preaching Workshops

Columbia Theological Seminary is providing this workshop series, starting September 21, 2020.   Sign up for this course to examine the power of story to transform congregational consciousness, embrace one’s pastoral identity, and engage God and the world God loves. Particular attention will be paid to narrative forms and storytelling methods.  Fee is $190.  

Click HERE to sign up.


Stewardship Resource Updates!!!

We are excited to share some new stewardship resources. Some of our congregations are seeing an increased emphasis on stewardship, with many stepping up to support the virtual ministries and to ensure that the congregations remain alive and well. Other congregations are struggling week to week. Where ever your congregation lands, we know and trust in God's abundance, and we as a synod are here to help!

Click here to see these important Stewardship UPDATES!!!


Student Loan Assistance for Rostered Ministers

Does your rostered minister have student loan debt? Has your congregation considered assisting with this debt? Now through December 31, 2020 is the perfect time to do this.  The CARES act allows the employer to contribute up to $5,250 toward an employee's student loans. The payment is excluded from the employee's income. It's also tax-free for the employer, since it's not subject to payroll taxes up to the contribution threshold. It's a win win!

Click here to learn MORE.


Stewardship Kaleidoscope 2020 - Virtual Gathering

September 22, 29, and October 6, 11:00am-1:00pm EDT / 10:00am - 12:00pm CDT

The ELCA will again be co-sponsoring the Stewardship Kaleidoscope Conference again with the Presbyterian Church USA.  This year the conference will be virtual over three successive Tuesdays.  Please see attached flyer.  The series will focus on The Stewardshift of Change in Community, Technology and Across Generations.  Each presentation will be two hours including Q & A.  Scholarships are available.  Scholarships are available. 

Click HERE to learn more and to register.


Health & Wellness

Mental Health Webinar Follow-Ups

Tuesday, August 18, 11am EDT / 10am CDT

We recently held 2 Mental Health webinars for our leaders.

Please click on the links to see the videos from these events and resources shared during these webinars.


Southeastern Synod Unveils NEW Mental Health Website!

In response to the 2019 Synod Assembly resolution regarding much-needed work in the Mental Health arena, the synod's Mental Health Task Force is proud to share this new website resource for you.

Many are unsure of which resources to trust.   We are here to help with that process.  Check out this website for mental health resources in our four states of GA, AL, MS, and TN.

NOTE:  This will take you a different web page, even though it is linked from our website's Ministries tab.


Children, Youth, and Young Adult

Campus Ministry Referral Form - now available!

Young adults experience unique spiritual, intellectual and emotional challenges. ELCA Campus Ministry seeks to strengthen and support them as they learn and grow.

You can use this referral tool to let us know if you (or someone you know) is heading to a college in any of our four states of Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, or Tennessee. 

CLICK HERE to start a referral now!


All TN Lutheran Youth Gathering

SAVE THE DATE:  November 14-15, 2020

Location:  St. Timothy LC, Hendersonville, TN (or ONLINE)

Check back to our All TN Youth Gathering page on the synod youth page for more details soon.


Lutheranch Moves Barn Grand Opening ONLINE

Sunday, September 20, 2020, is still the date for the grand opening of the Barn, but due to safety concerns, the event has moved to an ONLINE event.

More details available here!


Rostered Ministers Transitions


  • Rev. Nyahaley Labor - August 16, 2020 - Epiphany, Conyers
    • To serve as Associate Pastor, serving particularly with Multi-Cultural Ministry
  • Mr. Jason Davis - September 20, 2020, 5pm EDT / 4pm CDT - St. Mark's, Huntsville
    • To serve as Associate Pastor


Calls Accepted:

  • Rev. John "Jay" Bergstresser - Senior Pastor, Christ the King, Peachtree Corners, GA
    • Begins serving on September 21, 2020
    • Last served in Florida / Bahamas Synod



  • Rev. Devin Strong, Pastor - Spirit of Peace, Richmond Hill, GA - August 23
  • Rev. Randy Jones, Pastor - First United, Kennesaw, GA - August 23
  • Rev. Scott Sessler, Senior Pastor - Trinity, Lilburn, GA - August 30
  • Rev. Taylor Burton Edwards, Pastor (and Reception to the Roster from United Methodist Church), Faith, Warner Robbins, GA, September 6
  • Rev. Steve Alsleben, Pastor - Triumphant Cross, Dothan, AL – September, 13
  • Rev. Ruth Hamilton, Interim Pastor, All Saints, Lilburn, GA 9/20
  • Rev. Mary Armstrong-Reinger, Pastor, St. John's, Griffin, GA - September 27
  • Rev. Steve Renner, Pastor - Messiah, Montgomery, AL - October 11
  • Rev. Jenny McLellan, Associate Pastor for Congregational Care - Redeemer, Atlanta, GA – October 11
  • Rev. Amy Carole Figg Ley, Senior Pastor - St. John's, Knoxville, TN - October 18
  • Rev. Steve Alseben, Pastor - Triumphant Cross, Dothan, AL - October 25
  • Rev. Rich Mueller, Pastor - Holy Trinity, Daphne, AL - November 1


Bishop’s Elections:

  • Rev. Tessa Moon Leiseth – Elected as bishop of Eastern North Dakota Synod on August 16, 2020



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