Top News this Week

Leadership Convocation Registration OPEN!!!

Worship, Learning, Workshops, Trivia, Retreat...The 2021 ELCA Southeastern Synod Leadership Convocation provides a space for congregational leaders (ordained and laity) to gather for mutual upbuilding and support.

We continue our focus on Diversity and Justice with our theme:

"Drawing the Circle Wide Until No Lines Exist"

Disaster Relief Concert by Inspiritus

Sunday, August 29, 2021

2:00-7:30pm CT

A fundraising event to rebuild homes of disaster survivors. 

This marks the 1st Annual Disaster Relief Concert for the Nashville area supporting INSPIRITUS. The recovery from fires and floods, tornados and bombing, Covid 19 and other economic disaster continues and is supported by the volunteer teams and resources coordinated by INSPIRITUS.



2021 Guatemala Gala - REGISTER TODAY!

Saturday, September 11, 2021

7:00pm ET / 6:00pm CT

This in-person Guatemala Gala 2021 exists to support the dreams of young Guatemalan women at the MILAGRO Women’s Education Center.




Faith-Formation in a Post-Pandemic World

What will faith formation look like as we emerge from the pandemic in Fall 2021 and beyond?

Dates:  7/22, 7/29, 8/5, and 8/12

Times:  2-3:30pm ET / 1-2:30pm CT

Cost:  $40 if from Region 9, $80 for those outside of Region 9.

Join youth leaders and pastors and deacons from across Region 9 (and beyond) for a 4-week series discovering the how, why, and what of faith formation for children, youth, and young adults in this post-pandemic world.

Led by Vibrant Faith Ministries.



A Reason to Wear Your Masks

The Rev. Dr. Morgan Gordy, Assistant to the Bishop for Disaster Response, shares a message about staving off this pandemic for sake of our youngest members and encourages ALL to receive the Covid vaccine.

Click HERE for more videos encouraging those who are eligible to receive their vaccination!


Synod Ministry Resources

Word & Prayer Ministry (in Spanish) - AUGUST 1!!!

Shepherd of the Hills (Birmingham) holds a Word and Prayer Ministry 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.


Learn Spanish for Ministry

Have you ever wanted to understand when someone speaks to you in Spanish or wished you could respond to someone in Spanish? Well, if so, then you’re in good company. This is why Southeastern Synod’s En Conjunto Latinx Ministry is developing a Spanish language course for rostered and congregational leaders who want to learn Spanish for ministry. If you’re interested, please let us know by completing the following form, and we will contact you. Thank you!


Creating a Culture of Generosity - a preview

Have you heard of “Creating a Culture of Generosity"? 

Mike Ward of GSB brought it to our synod last year and is coming back this year to do it again.  Check out this recording...a PREVIEW of this fantastic approach to stewardship in the congregation.



Unbinding Your Heart - Survey

This past Lenten Season the synod staff embarked on a 6 - week prayer journey using the book Unbinding Your Heart by Martha Grace Reese.  Several congregations throughout the synod have completed this same journey or have plans to do so.  For those that have completed the study please have each participant select the link below and complete the survey. We appreciate your feedback.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Melissa Fuller Sims ( or Pastor Patti Axel (



Monthly Youth Gathering Prep

Join Pr. Michael Jannett - your 2022 ELCA Youth Gathering Synod Coordinator - every 4th Monday at 7pm ET / 6pm CT over Zoom, to learn about the latest Gathering news, share ideas on travel and fundraising, and more!

Register once to receive a monthly reminder.



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:


Please note:  This ministry will be maintained through Labor Day 2021.  After that, the synod staff will provide sermons on special occasions and when most helpful.


Inspiration & Advocacy

FREE Suicide Prevention Summit - July 24 and 25

On July 24 and 25, Mental Health Academy, the American Counseling Association, and the American Association of Suicidology are holding a FREE suicide prevention summit-- the world's largest online suicide prevention conference for mental health professionals.

Click here to learn more and to register!


Disaster Recovery Volunteers Needed

Covid slowed down the volunteer response for the much needed disaster recovery work over the last 16 months in our synod. But it did not slow down the disasters - with more storms in 2020 and this year as well, with more homes damaged or destroyed, more families in need.

This articles gives you a contact for each state in our synod.


Advocacy Summer School

Get familiar with what advocacy is... and what is distinctive about how Lutheran advocates and the ELCA bring their faith into the public square. With real world examples and time for your questions this Advocacy Summer School session lays a good foundation.  Sessions are held via Zoom Webinar, and last 30 minutes.

Wednesdays, August 11, through September 8, 2021.  REGISTER TODAY!


Resources for Economic and Ecological Justice

Are you a faith leader or clergy person looking for resources on economic and ecological justice to use in your community or congregational work?

Connect with the The Wendland-Cook Program in Religion and Justice at Vanderbilt Divinity School to look at some of the online trainings they are developing.

Input needed NOW for resources to be launched in Fall 2021...  Fill out this form TODAY~


"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.

Considerations for preaching, prayers, and hymn suggestions for use on Sunday, Sept. 12, the ELCA’s annual day of service, are available in PDF and Word formats.


Continuing Education Opportunities

Augsburg Fortress Music Clinic

July 28-29, 2021

Join clinicians Anton Armstrong and John Ferguson as they present new seasonal music, host a hymn festival, lead workshops and more!

Register for this free virtual Summer Music Clinic today!

You may still view the 2020 clinic, with John Ferguson and Chris Aspaas.



"Holy Ground and the Interim" - an Interim Ministry Retreat

September 13-15, 2021

Lutheranch, Tallapoosa, GA

Join Interim Ministers from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Episcopal Church USA for a three-day Interim Ministry retreat at Lutheranch, September 13-15, 2021. We will gather in large group sessions, workshops, center ourselves in worship, and social time with one another. Speakers from both denominations will be leading sessions and workshops.



Seminary Classes for Everyone! (The Candler Foundry)

Theological explorations designed to help individuals and congregations grow spiritually, reflect deeply, and engage issues that matter to their communities.

Check out The Candler Foundry online!


The Candler Foundry is an initiative of Candler School of Theology at Emory University.




I'm a Lutheran: Nura Aly - Living Lutheran

As a musician and music teacher, I experience life through the lens of music.

Nura Aly is a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Evanston, Ill, and is a violinist, teacher assistant at Park School in Evanston, Ill., violin/viola instructor and music minister at Grace.


"Tell Me You're a Lutheran" Challenge...

As we look to the future of the ELCA and invite new people to know Jesus, Bishop Eaton asks, “how would you describe what it means to be a Lutheran Christian?”





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.


Praise Worship Director - Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Marietta, GA

The Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Marietta GA, is looking to hire a Praise Worship Director. The position would be 15-17 hours per week, working with the Pastor and the Praise Team in creating exceptional, interactive weekly worship at 11:00 am Sundays. Experience in leading and/or participating in Praise Worship, as well as exceptional skills in guitar, singing and / or keyboard would be key. For more information about the position, please contact Pastor Dave Helfrich at


Prayers and Concerns
  • A memorial service will be held for Mr. Jim Donnelly, who died on April 20, 2020, and was husband to Pastor Dee Donnelly.  Details for the public "Celebration of Life":
    • Saturday, July 31, 2021, 11am ET
    • Christ the King, 5575 Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree Corners (Norcross), GA 30092
    • 770-449-3315 |
  • Deacon Jo Hood, who is recovering from a recent knee replacement surgery.
  • The father of Pastor Mark Larson (Ross Larson), who had a possible seizure recently.
  • For minister Kat Folk, one of the campus ministers at Grace House (Georgia Tech), whose father (Ed Pierce) passed away recently.


Rostered Ministers Transitions



  • Jin Ko - Ordination into the Ministry of Word and Sacrament  and Installation - to serve as a pastor of Epiphany, Suwanee, GA - Sunday, August 28, 4pm ET



  • Rev. Michelle Kuhlman - Pastor, Advent, Murfreesboro, TN - Sunday, July 25, 3pm CT
  • Rev. Stephen Friedrich - Pastor, Peace, Knoxville, TN -Sunday, August 8, 4:00pm ET



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