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For June 2020, we recognize Pride month and the special commemorations for the ongoing racial justice ministries in which we are engaged. 

Click the images below to learn more about what the Southeastern Synod is doing to engage in these ministry opportunities:




Synod Assembly Information 

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

Lots of information is HERE on our Synod Assembly website, including: Nominee biographical information, Synod Assembly Materials, and more...

Rostered Ministers who are not attending must send a written excuse to Bishop Strickland at


Synod Assembly WORKSHOPS!!! (OPEN TO ALL!!!) 

The 2021 Synod Assembly Voting Members and guests are welcome to join one or both workshops being offered on Friday, June 4, 2021.

We are offering a hearing on the Ministry Spending Plan and a workshop sponsored by the Diveristy & Justice Task Force, entitled, "Conversation and Guidance on Becoming a Reconciled in Christ (RIC) Congregation"

The TWO TIME SLOTS are as follows, on Friday, June 4:

  • 4-5:15pm ET / 3-3:15pm CT, and
  • 7-8:15pm ET / 6-7:15pm CT


Book Discussion:  Made, Known, Loved - Developing LGBTQ-Inclusive Youth Ministry

Tuesdays, June 8, 15, and 22

How to create a program that affirms LGBTQ youth in their faith and their identity, accepts and welcomes diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, and equips future leaders for the church and the LGBTQ community


AFFIRM - ONE-DAY Digital Event - June 26


In keeping with safety guidelines, we are going to gather via ZOOM on Saturday, June 26, 2021, for AFFIRM.   This premiere youth event will include an opportunity to gather our youth (6th through 12th grade) according to their age group, and will give us time to grow closer to God and to one another.

 Sign up TODAY for this FREE youth event.


NovusWay Camps are OPEN

Register now for Lutheranch, Lutheridge, Lutherock, or Luther Springs!!!

Faith-filled summer camps, retreats & hosted ministries

Whether you’re looking for your child’s faith-filled summer camp experience, planning a retreat for your community or looking for one NovusWay's many Fall & Spring programs, NovusWay Ministries has what you’re looking for. NovusWay's four unique locations allow you to experience Christ, camp, nature and more in a new way.


Synod Ministry Resources

2021 (July) "Ordinary Season" Preaching Workshop with Karyn Wiseman

Tuesday, June 15
9am EST / 8am CST

Join The Rev. Dr. Karyn L. Wiseman, Lead Pastor of Gloria Dei Church, Huntingdon Valley, PA, The Herman G. Stuempfle Associate Professor of Homiletics via zoom.  All are welcome and there is no cost.

Preaching cover:

  • July 4 - Mark 6:1-13
  • July 11 - Mark 6:14-29
  • July 18 - Mark 6:30-34, 53-56
  • July 25 - John 6:1-21


Online Giving - Vanco and

Did you know that ELCA congregations that offer debit and credit card giving have seen significantly higher giving than congregations that did not offer online or mobile giving – more than three times higher? Or that while giving in services on Sunday once represented a majority of church income, the most common day of worship now brings in less than a third of total weekly giving?  Click this article to learn more about these services.


Growing Young - Fall 2021 Initiative

In the Fall of 2021, the Synod Youth Team will lead an initiative of educating several congregations on how to "Grow Young."   This program will share the Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church

Dates / Times for these 6 sessions:   Sundays, 9/19-10/24, 4-5:30pm ET / 3-4:30pm CT.


Tips for Staying Healthy for a Lifetime

I decided to revisit my thoughts from a year ago on how to care for one’s health in good times and bad.  As I write, I do not pretend to interpret the mass of information and misinformation regarding Covid-19 that awaits us each morning. I do plan to continue to do what I can to stay safe from the virus, not whine about what I want my world to look like today and to focus on Tips for Staying Healthy for A Lifetime! 


Creating Safe and Affirming Places Within the Church

The first step to being an affirming church is to recognize that the church can do more to support its LGBTQIA+ members.  This PDF brochure is full of wonderful resources to help make your congregational space a more safe and affirming place.  This resource, and more, can be found on our page dedicated to LGBTQIA+ inclusion.


Word & Prayer Ministry (in Spanish) - JUNE 6!!!

Shepherd of the Hills (Birmingham) holds a Word and Prayer Ministry in Spanish the 1st Sunday of each month at 1pm CT, 2pm ET. The Rev. Ed Cortes leads the service in Spanish and invites all who understand Spanish to participate.

Shepherd of the Hills (Birmingham) realiza un servicio de palabra y oración en español el primer domingo de cada mes a las 1pm CT, 2pm ET. El Rev. Ed Cortes dirige el servicio y invita a todas y todos que entienda español a participar.


Rostered Ministers:  Could You Use a Coach?

Could you use a Coach?  What is ELCA Coaching?  How do I know if I need a Coach?   Would you like to be a Coach?

Learn more!



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:



Inspiration & Advocacy

Lenten Hunger Walk Results

During the season of Lent and as part of the 40-40-40 Synod Hunger appeal, congregations and individuals from the Southeastern Synod contributed a total of $23,964 to ELCA World Hunger!  Thank you to all who gave! 



Call to Care for our Siblings in India

The situation in India is desperate in the wake of Covid 19 with surging cases and lack of healthcare  resources.
The Southeastern Synod Disaster Ministry Committee committed to sending $1000.00 to support the Covid response in India and will match donations up to $2500.00.  Please consider donating to help respond to help our neighbors caught in the clutch of this pandemic.

Read more... GIVE NOW



Disaster Relief Concert by Inspiritus

Sunday, August 29, 2021

A fundraising event to rebuild disaster survivors’ home. 

Enjoy the outdoors, amenities & beer from Hop Springs Beer Park - Murfreesboro, TN - as you experience acclaimed artists for this concert fund-raising event. 


"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.


Continuing Education Opportunities

Leadership and Anxiety in the Church - workshop

Five Sessions Available:  May 13, June 9, August 19, Sep. 29, and Nov. 4, 2021

Rooted in Scripture and grounded in Bowen family systems theory, this workshop identifies differentiation of self and anxiety as two key variables impacting human functioning.  Leadership and Anxiety looks at the challenges presented by the rising levels of anxiety being experienced in churches today, as well as the role that self-differentiated leadership can play in calming such anxiety.  Works of fine art illustrating Biblical themes help facilitate theological reflection on the themes being presented.  



All Creation Sings - ELW Hymnal Supplement news...

Brief descriptions of the 200 assembly songs in All Creation Sings are now available with a subscription to

The All Creation Sings website includes videos of selected hymns and songs, several blog posts, an overview webinar, and a resource to support introducing ACS in synods and congregations.

Pew, Accompaniment and Leaders editions are available for purchase. Introductory pricing for the Pew edition is available until June 15, 2021.


Crumley Archives - Spring 2021 newsletter

Check out the Spring 2021 Crumley Archives newsletter to learn about the latest news and activities.  Also, check out the upcoming archives workshop, scheduled for June 22, 2021.




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.


Office Coordinator - Good Shepherd, Woodstock, GA

Good Shepherd, Woodstock, GA, seeks a part-time Office Coordinator who will manage functions of the congregation including office administration, building usage and financial processes. For a full Job Description and Employment Application, contact Trina Hutchison (  


Prayers and Concerns
  • For Rev. Darrel Peterson, retired, former Assistant to the Bishop
  • For Rev. Dennis Fakes, retired.
  • For Rev. Ginny Bishop, retired. 


Rostered Ministers Transitions



  • Sylvia Countess - Ordination to take place at St. John's, Knoxville, TN - Sunday, July 11, 2021, 5pm ET


  • Rev. Paul Baumgartner, Pastor, Good Shepherd, Woodstock, GA - May 31, 2021


Upcoming Events



Synod Office Closed:

  • Due to the bishop and staff needing to focus their attention on the Digital Synod Assembly - and for a few days of respite following the Assembly, the synod office will be CLOSED Wednesday, June 2, through Wednesday, June 9.


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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