Southern Ohio Synod e-bulletin for the Week of August 16, 2017
Stronger and better together: Joining Jesus in restoration of the world
Note to the synod: Prayers for Charlottesville, VA
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
The Church has a distinct voice in condemning hatred, racism, bigotry and violence that rage around us. On Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia religious leaders from various traditions stood with those who are victimized by bigotry, racism and hatred to provide a witness to the Gospel in the name of the God of mercy, grace, peace, justice and love that we name in Jesus Christ. We stand with them, pray with them in our homes and congregations. Bishop Bill Gafkjen, on behalf of the ELCA Conference of Bishops, offered the following prayer which was posted on the Southern Ohio Synod Facebook page.
Just and merciful God, we give you thanks for our sisters and brothers – bishops, pastors, deacons, people of God – who this Saturday walk the way of the cross in Charlottesville, Va. On this day and in that place, they join other courageous and faithful people across time and space to stand against bigotry, hatred and violence; to stand with those who are intended victims; and to stand for justice and mercy, peace and equality for all people.
We stand with them in prayer, asking you to empower them, protect them, and use their witness as a hopeful sign of your resurrection reign afoot in your beloved and troubled world. By your might, break the bondage that bigotry, hatred and violence impose on their victims and their perpetrators. May your kingdom come on earth as in heaven. And, we pray, empower us in our own communities to follow their lead as fellow servants to your dream of a community in which all people and their gifts are welcomed and honored, cherished and celebrated as beloved children of a just, merciful and loving God; through Jesus Christ crucified and risen for the life of the world. Amen
We cannot remain silent on issues of racism, hatred, bigotry and violence. To be Christ’s presence in the world is our call. I invite you to use the above prayer, modify or pray your own, but don’t be silent. Our world is watching how we respond.
Together in Christ’s Name,
Bishop Suzanne Darcy Dillahunt
MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND PLAN TO ATTEND THESE UPCOMING SYNOD EVENTS!
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 5475 Brand Rd, Dublin, Ohio will host this special celebration that you will not want to miss!
'Fishing for People' is designed for all baptized members of our congregations, not just the ordained or specially trained. You’ll receive real-world, hands-on training and tips you can take back to your congregation to share, plus meet others from our mission territory who also want to share the Good News in their communities. You’ll walk out of this workshop excited and prepared to ‘fish for people’ and will have made a few new friends in the process.
There are lots of Reformation commemoration activities going on in our synod--from music to art to movies to book studies to worship services, there's something for everybody. Check out our calendar on the Reformation@500 website today!
The Southern Ohio Synod Hunger Task Force invites you to join us in our work in encouraging and supporting congregational hunger ministries in our mission territory. Our next meeting is Saturday, September 16, 10:00 am-12:00 pm at the Synod office, at 300 S. Second Street in Columbus.
Thanks to Pr. Bill Rauch for putting together the 2017-18 hymn list for our synod!
'This is Most Certainly True: Experiencing Martin Luther’s Small Catechism for Today' is being offered at the Chillicothe campus at Calvary Lutheran Church, Chillicothe; Instructor – The Rev. Suzanne Darcy-Dillahunt, Bishop of the Southern Ohio Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America AND 'Being the Church: Living Jesus’ Mission' is being offered at the Dayton campus at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 901 E. Stroop Rd, Kettering; Instructor – The Rev. Ed Williams, retired Director of Evangelical Mission for the Southern Ohio Synod.
SOS Youth and Family Ministry
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Youth Staff Cluster, 2nd Thursday of the month
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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), stands against all forms of hatred and discrimination. The church believes that cultural, ethnic and racial differences should be seen and celebrated as what God intends them to be—blessings rather than means of oppression and discrimination.
The all-day event, which will include speakers, fellowship, music and worship, will be held at Lutheran Church of the Reformation and will be livestreamed for all to view. As the first centennial of the ecumenical era, we will look back on 500 years of the Reformation through the lens of more than 50 years of ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue and look to the future as we are called forward together in Christ.
Please watch your email for employer information about Portico Benefits annual enrollment.
The Rev. Mark N. Wilhelm has been named executive director of the Network of ELCA Colleges and Universities. Wilhelm previously served as ELCA program director for schools, which included early childhood, elementary, secondary and colleges and universities. He was appointed interim executive director of the network when it was established in 2015.
Please take some time to read and respond to the ELCA Human Rights Social Message on the ELCA website. A link to the page is provided in this article.
The ELCA Task Force on Women and Justice: One in Christ invites you to join a growing conversation and to add your input. After receiving feedback from more than 100 Listening Events and hearing from several dozen specialists, the task force has written the study “Faith, Sexism, Justice: Conversations Toward a Social Statement” as way to invite broad engagement with the questions and issues.
Partners and Affiliates
Wittenberg University to host several Reformation Commemoration events on campus starting in September
Here at Wittenberg University we will have a number of events this fall to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, to help us understand this movement’s impact and continuing legacy.
Thursday, August 24, 2017--Strategies for Clergy and other Congregational Leaders that will strengthen their knowledge on how to share hope to all who suffer from addiction.
Come explore the scenery of Door County and experience the beautiful Downtown Chicago city life. Spend a week on a bus journey with a variety of sites, venues, activities, dining and shopping experiences.
Video from President Beth Paul regarding the reunion of Capital University and Trinity Lutheran Seminary
Capital University and Trinity Lutheran Seminary are rising up for a world that needs us.
Political Action and Advocacy in the Faith Based Community: Possibilities and limits in our US democracy
Interfaith Association of Central Ohio (IACO) 25th Annual Main Event Sunday, August 27, 2017 — Doors open at 4:30 pm, Program begins at 5:00 pm First Community Church - 3777 Dublin Road, Columbus, OH 43221
Sept 24, 3-5 pm at All Saints Lutheran Church, 6770 North High Street, Worthington. Registration is free!
Employment Opportunities (Find this page under the new 'Who We Are Vision and Mission' tab on our website home page.
Linden Lutheran Church
1230 Oakland Park, Columbus, Ohio
Director of Music Ministries
Ascension Lutheran Church, Montgomery, Ohio
7333 Pfeiffer Road Montgomery, OH 45242
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Upcoming Events in and Around Our Synod
August 19, 2017
Youth Gathering Informational Meeting
All Saint's, Worthington
August 26, 2017
Ohio Candidacy Retreat
August 27, 2017
Heritage Hymns of Our Faith
Featuring Linda Hill Lally, organ and piano, and Barbara Watson, piano
Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3530 Dayton-Xenia Road, Beavercreek, Ohio
September 7, 2017
Youth Gathering Informational Meeting
St. John's, Vandalia
September 10, 2017
God's Work Our Hands
Camp Mowana and Lutheran Memorial Camp
September 13, 2017
Youth Gathering Informational Meeting
Good Shepherd, Cincinnati
September 14, 2017
Youth Ministry Cluster
Trinity Seminary (3rd Floor)
September 15, 2017
Youth Gathering Early Bird Registration Opens
To see all events on the synod website calendar click HERE.
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