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Thank you for your support of synod and ELCA ministries!

The following letter was sent, along with the first quarter of the fiscal year congregational giving statements, to all congregations. The letter should have arrived the third week in August. If there is every a question about your giving statement or about mission support giving in general, please send an email to Joy Hacker at or call the synod office and talk with Susan Barton-Nonno (614.464.3532, ext 5). Thank you for supporting our synod and ELCA ministries. We truly are stronger and better together!

Dear Partners in the Gospel:

Thank you for your Mission Support to the Southern Ohio Mission Territory!

I also want to thank you for your many expressions of support for and generosity to our new and renewing congregations during our recent Special Time of Giving during Lent. Our brothers and sisters appreciate your gifts. I hope that the reflections and devotions written by members of those congregations were an inspiration for your Lenten journey.   If you haven’t yet sent in your gifts and offerings, it’s not too late!

Earlier this year pastors and lay leaders from 10 Southern Ohio Synod congregations participated in the first Stewardship Academy hosted by the Synod’s Stewardship Team, supported in part by a grant from the Stewardship of Life Institute. Dr. Wally Taylor and Dr. Cheryl Peterson offered presentations on the biblical and theological themes of Gracious Giving, while Pastor Peter Rudowski offered practical strategies for stewardship in the congregation. The response from the participants was overwhelmingly positive. One participant said, on their evaluation, “The information shared was all rock solid ... great presenters! Most helpful was to have a “safe space” to talk stewardship and challenge ourselves to grow!” I want to offer my thanks to the Stewardship Team and the Academy participants, and I am delighted that the Stewardship Team is even now working out how to take the Stewardship Academy “on the road” so that more congregations may share in this blessing.

Lutherans give so that others may know Christ. Sharing the gifts God has given us is part of what makes us Stronger and Better Together and an important way in which we Join Jesus in the Restoration of the World. Thank you for your ongoing support of the mission of the Southern Ohio Mission Territory and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

If you would like more information about supporting (or participating in) future Stewardship Academies, or supporting our new and renewing congregations, please contact Pastor Katie Kerrigan, Assistant to the Bishop and Director for Evangelical Mission at

In Christ,

Bishop Suzanne Dillahunt

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