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Gatlinburg Area Wildfires


Recent wildfires have devastated parts of Gatlinburg, TN and surrounding communities.  Our Savior Lutheran Church is located in Gatlinburg.  Though the building is reported to be intact, an assessment of its condition has not been made as residents and business owners have not yet been allowed to return.  Residents and business owners will be allowed brief access to their properties today.  No volunteers will be allowed into the impacted areas until some time next week.  All members of the congregation are safe, though two families have lost their homes to fire. 

The Southeastern Synod’s Disaster Ministry Committee and disaster responders are working with local agencies on damage assessment.  Infrastructure to begin to receive volunteers and supplies for immediate response and long-term recovery is beginning to take shape.  At this time, the most critical need is for cash to begin the response and recovery work once the areas are secured and assessments are complete.  Please give generously.  The work of rebuilding hundreds of homes and of providing emotional and pastoral support to this community will be a long-term effort.

As specific needs for Our Savior become available, they will be communicated.  Anyone interested in offering services or donations other than cash at this time should contact Ellen Koester, Volunteer Management Coordinator, at lst.ellenk@gmail.com.  For the most recent report from the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), click here.

Please continue to keep all of those impacted by this disaster in your prayers.

December 2, 2016 11:45 p.m.


A Living Lutheran Legacy & The Troutman-Gordy Atrium

Click here to learn more about the atrium and the planned move of the 
Southeastern Synod office to St. John's, Atlanta, GA



Southeastern Synod 
2016 Leadership Convocation
for all Synod Leaders
~ Lay and Rostered ~


Lutheridge Conference Center
Arden, NC
October 11-13, 2016

      Lord, listen to your children praying:
    A communal conversation and action 
            on racial reconciliation

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