Synod Assembly registration is NOW OPEN!

This Assembly will be a digital event

on Saturday, June 5, 9am-4pm ET / 8am-3pm CT

Lots of information is HERE on our Synod Assembly website, including: Registration, Elections., and MORE...


Top News this Week!!!

Pre-Assembly Gathering and Caucus Meetings

Sunday, March 21, 4-5pm ET / 3-4pm CT

Voting Members of the Assembly and Congregational members are invited to join Bishop Kevin Strickland for ALL Conference Caucus Gathering and a presentation of "God's Abundance in a Pandemic" by Pastor Andrew Rickel, Campus Pastor at Grace House.


Lenten Mid-Week Pause

 Wednesdays in Lent, 12noon EST / 11:00am CST

Turn to synod social media (YouTube and Facebook) for mid-week pauses throughout Lent.  A member of the synod will read a psalm, and share a reflection and a prayer every week.  Come join us!


40-40-40 Lenten Hunger Appeal

We are delighted that over 200 individuals - representing over 40 congregations - have accepted Bishop Strickland’s challenge to participate in the 40-40-40 Lenten Hunger Appeal - including Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton!

Send selfies of yourself walking/running to Cheryl Bopp at, or post on social media with #40ForLent for inclusion in the newsletter. 

Be sure to let us know you are participating (and see who else has signed on)!

Download the ELCA World Hunger Lent Study Guide, here, and consider creating your own walking chart.


Easter Lectionary Study with Mary Hinkle Shore

This Workshop will be held on Zoom over the 5 Mondays in March (1, 8, 15, 22, and 29) - 10:00-11:00am ET / 9:00-10:00am CT

Join the Rev. Dr. Mary Hinkle Shore, Rector and Dean for Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary of Lenoir Rhyne University for a study of the Easter Lectionary texts for 2021.   

These sessions will be recorded and sent weekly to all who are registered.  You can STILL SIGN UP for the next 4 sessions!


March is Women's History Month!

Faithful women across our synod contribute to their communities and share the love of Christ with so many!  For the month of March, we will be highlighting on Facebook one woman a day from our synod who will share how she serves others and where she has seen God's abundance. This diverse group of lay and rostered leaders from throughout the synod will inspire as they share their love of God and passion for helping others. At the end of the month, all the women will appear together on our Diversity and Justice webpage.

Diversity & Justice Training

Saturday, March 13, 10am-12noon ET / 9-11am CT

Come join us (on Zoom) as the Diversity & Justice Task Force will provide training for:

+ Racial Justice
+ Gender Justice
+ LGBTQIA+ Inclusion, and
+ Disabilities Inclusion


For Rostered Ministers:  Check-in with Bishop Strickland

3 time slots available!

  • Tues, 3/15, 10am ET / 9am CT
  • Wed, 3/16, 2:30pm ET / 1:30pm CT
  • Mon, 3/22, 11am ET / 10am CT

Register today for a time to check in with Bishop Strickland.  This will be a group format; you will be checking in with the bishop, along with whoever else signs up for the same time slot.


For Rostered Ministers:  Service of Prayer and Renewal of Vows

Tuesday, March 30 - 10am ET / 9am CT

Bishop Strickland invites all rostered ministers (those in a call, on leave from call, or retired) to join him on Tuesday, March 30th for a service of prayer and renewal of vows. Musicians from around our synod and the ELCA will be joining us to lead in worship. And we are thrilled to have as our guest homilist for the day, The Rt. Rev. Phoebe Roaf, Bishop of the Diocese of West Tennessee of the Episcopal Church.


2021 Mission Support Intent

Our synod has received over 100 mission support intents from congregations for 2021! This far exceeds the 61 received in 2020 and we rejoice! As we all know, financial intents assist congregations in planning your mission investment in the coming year, and intents help our synod do the same. It's not too late to submit your 2021 intent here!

If your congregation's fiscal year doesn't align with the calendar year or if you plan to give a percent, please submit an intent based on the previous year's gifts. We give thanks for your continued support of the wider ministries of our synod. Together, we are doing some incredible things - even during this pandemic!  


Abundance Appeal Update

Our synod has been blessed beyond measure by the generosity of over 60 individuals and 15 congregations who have contributed over $114,000 to our Abundance Appeal. We give God thanks for each of you and your gifts. These funds allow our synod to continue to support our ministries so critical in these times. Our goal is to raise another $110K to meet the 2021 expected shortfall. Will you consider a gift to our synod? Gifts can be made via check  to our synod office (P.O. Box 400, Decatur, GA 30031) or an intent made online.


Hope Lives! National Lutheran Choir - a Winter Virtual Program

Sunday, March 14, 5pm ET / 4pm CT

Join the National Lutheran Choir and guest artists, the Keith Hampton Singers, for a FREE virtual program blending spoken reflections, songs and familiar hymns of joy and hope with new music that speaks to our present time, inviting all people of faith to sing in joy together!


Synod Ministry Resources

From the Covid Task Force:  Guidance for Holy Week and Easter

The Ecumenical Consultation on Protocols for Worship, Fellowship, and Sacraments produced this material.  Here a quote from the introduction:

As we are writing these materials (in February 2021), the number of new daily cases of COVID-19 in the United States has only begun to decrease while deaths
continue to climb.

Our work relies on sound public health guidance to call Christians to
responsible decisions about gathering and safe practices when they gather.


Congregational Financial Analysis (CFA) from Resourceful Servants

Thanks to all who attended the sessions with ELCA's Steve Oelschlager and found out how to proactively assess your congregation's 21 financial practices from five key areas: Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Risk Management, and Stewardship.  Check out the website and short video intro to the CFA tool. A more comprehensive booklet is available here.


"Stewardship For All Seasons"

We are thrilled to have Rev. Mike Ward of GSB Fundraising back with our synod to lead Stewardship for All Seasons. The purpose of Stewardship For All Seasons (SAS) is to guide pastors and congregation leaders to learn tried and true basic principles and effective methodologies to carry out productive stewardship programs.


PPP Second Draw Fact Sheet

With partnership and support from the Mission Investment Fund of the ELCA, the ELCA Federal Credit Union (FCU) is now offering the second round of Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loans to congregations and ministries. 


Good Friday - April 2 - Stations of the Cross

Leaders from throughout the synod will be sharing 14 Stations of the Cross on Good Friday.  These will be posted on social media (YouTube and Facebook) every 30 minutes, beginning at 7am ET / 6am CT.   These reflections will be about 2 minutes each.


April 11 / 2nd Sunday of Easter:  Worship and Sermon Provided for You

The synod staff will provide a full liturgy (Service of the Word) and sermon for any congregation to use.  The service will be available for viewing and downloading on the synod staff sermon page.  This pre-recorded service will be available by March 28.


Weekly Sermons From your Synod Staff

The Bishop and Assistants are filming sermons for Sunday's surrounding the pandemic of COVID-19; we will post them here and host on our synod YouTube channel.

Each Sunday’s sermon will be archived on the Sermons page on our synod website.  If you wish a dial-in option, just call:



Respite Care for Rostered Ministers - A Creative Approach

Pastors, deacons, and bishops everywhere have climbed some steep learning curves this year. Now on the back side of the curve, you might be sinking down the slope and drained of creative energy — just as we as we enter our second Pandemic Lent.
What if you consider using some of your Continuing Education resources and time to participate in an on-line creative learning opportunity?


Inspiration & Advocacy

Stewpot Ministry - Feeding the Hungry in Jackson, MS

Stewpot Community Services and Ascension Lutheran Church
Ascension is currently the only ELCA congregation within the city of Jackson, MS; one of only two in the metro-Jackson area. None of the nine ELCA congregations in Mississippi are large, but all are committed to sharing the good news of God’s love through Jesus with our communities.


Health Blog: Physical Activity!

In November, 2018 the CDC released new findings on physical activity stating that the scientific evidence continues to build—physical activity is linked with even more positive health outcomes than we previously thought. New findings show that moving more and sitting less have tremendous benefits for everyone, regardless of age, sex, race, ethnicity, or current fitness level.


Op-Ed: John Lewis, Crossing the Bridge, Then and Now

This piece was printed in the Austin American-Statesman on the op-ed page on Sunday, February 21, 2021 (on the anniversary of John Lewis's birth). This article has been retooled slightly to coincide with the 56th anniversary of Bloody Sunday on March 7th.


ELCA Response to Hunger and Food Insecurity in the US

ELCA World Hunger Domestic Grants in 2021, ELCA World Hunger Domestic Hunger Grants,  and Big Dream Grants accompany congregations and their partners throughout the United States and Caribbean as they draw on the strengths of communities to address local issues such as food security, housing, job readiness, clean water, human rights, policy change, leadership development and more.


Upcoming Domestic Hunger Grant Applications Opening in late March 2021

If you were not awarded a grant for 2021, the opportunity to re-apply is approaching. Domestic Hunger Grant applications will be open again for 2022 grants in late March. Check back at for more details. 


Texas Severe Storms

Beginning Feb. 14, a polar vortex descended over the United States. It is responsible for subfreezing temperatures and heavy snow across the country, impacting millions of people. The harsh conditions severely impacted Southern states, such as Texas, which lack the infrastructure to handle the freezing temperatures and record-setting snow and ice. This has led to power, food and water shortages throughout the region. 

Your gifts will support storm survivors. Gifts to "U.S. Severe Storms" will be used in full (100%) to assist those affected by severe storms.


"God's Work. Our Hands." Sunday - September 12, 2021

This day is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.

Service activities offer an opportunity for us to explore one of our most basic convictions as Lutherans: that all of life in Jesus Christ – every act of service, in every daily calling, in every corner of life – flows freely from a living, daring confidence in God’s grace.


Faith Formation for All Ages

Ignite the Church Conference - Hybrid Community: Virtual and In-Person

Thursday, March 18, 2pm EST / 1pm CST

Most congregations were thrust into unknown territory 8 months ago when worship went virtual / online instead of in person. Church renewal leaders maintain that vital congregations must continue their online presence going forward and offer a hybrid blend of community (phygital) that is both physical and digital.


SESLYO Assembly - a digital gathering of synod youth

Friday, March 26 & Saturday, March 27

We invite at least two participants (those just graduating from 6th through 12th grade) from EVERY congregation in our synod.   More participants are welcome to attend from the same congregation, but only two folks from each church will have voice AND vote at the Assembly 


African Descent Liberation Theology Book Club

Saturday, March 27 - 10am EST / 9am CST

Join the African Descent Lutheran Association (Southeastern Chapter) and others in a conversation on the book, The Search for Common Ground, by Howard Thurman.


Time to Take Action with Safe Gatherings!

Use Safe Gatherings to background check and train everyone who works with children, youth and vulnerable adults in your church. Safe Gatherings works with more than 8,500 churches, including 11 ELCA Synods. They make it easy!


Spring 2021 Program at Lutheranch

Head over to Lutheranch for "Women of the Range" on March 5-7, 2021.  This program was selected because it is limited in size and has a majority of the activities outside.

The Annual Lutheranch Quilting Retreat has been rescheduled from February to September.

Visit to register TODAY!


Miracles - A Hermeneutic for Evangelical Catholics

Rev. Dr. Mark Ellingsen, an ELCA pastor in our Synod who teaches at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, just had an article published in the Fall issue of Lutheran Forum which will be of interest to pastors and laity who want to preach and teach the miracles of the Bible with integrity. 



Just a reminder that ALL are welcome to post a congregation-related classified on our synod website, here:

Click "Submit a classified" button,

or read through current classifieds.


Director of Youth and Family Ministries - Grace Lutheran Church Tampa, FL

Seeking to hire a full time (40 hours) Director of Youth and Family Ministries for planning, implementing, directing, coordinating and managing Christian Education ministry for the entire Grace Lutheran Faith Formation from nursery to adults. The Director is also responsible for selecting and supervising the volunteer teachers, leaders, facilitators and assistants.


Prayers and Concerns
  • For family and friends of Mr. Hilton Austin, former Director for Advocacy for the Southeastern Synod, who died on February 20, 2021.  
  • For Rev. Darrel Peterson, retired, former Assistant to the Bishop
  • For the Rev. Fabian Kreischer, Vice President of the  Iglesia Evangélica Luterana Unidad de Argentina y Uruguay (IELU), who was murdered last week. Pastor Kreischer was a preacher of God´s abundant love and an avid proponent of LGBTQ rights in society and the church.
    • Investigations at this point are suspecting it as a hate crime related to his sexual orientation. We hold the IELU, Pastor Kreischer´s family, friends, and congregation in our prayers as they navigate grief of such a tragic loss.
  • For Rev. Dennis Fakes, retired.
  • For Rev. Ginny Bishop, retired.


Rostered Ministers Transitions

Call Accepted:



  • Rev. Connie Bramlett, Pastor, All Saints, Huntsville, AL - March 14, 2021
  • Rev. Richard Johnson, Jerusalem & St. John's, Rincon, GA - March 18
  • Rev. John Stirewalt, Pastor, Faith, Clay, AL - September 19, 2021
  • Rev. Lewis Groce, Pastor, Christ, Fairfield Glade, TN - March 21, 2021



  • Rev. Jim Nipper, retiring in February 2021
  • Rev. Carla Hope Knobler, retiring in February 2021



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St. John's Lutheran Church
Physical Address:
1410 N Ponce de Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307


Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 400
Decatur, GA 30031


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For questions or concerns regarding our regular or special enews, please contact: Rev. Michael Jannett - Assistant to the Bishop for Formation and Communication


The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Southeastern Synod,
c/o St. John's Lutheran Church, 1410 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307