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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

ELCA Rostered Ministers Gathering


All are invited to join Bishop Dillahunt for a synod wide Reformation Service on Oct 22!

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--Evangelism for all the Baptized' workshop, Sept 23 led by Pr. Katie Kerrigan

'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.

Check out the Reformation 500 events going on in our synod!

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!


Synod News 

Southern Ohio Synod Hunger Task Force invites you to join us on September 16!

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.

SOS 2017-18 Hymn List ready for download

Thanks to Pr. Bill Rauch for putting together the 2017-18 hymn list for our synod!

Register now for Lay School of Theology's two Fall 2017 courses--Don't miss out!

'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

All volunteer and paid youth staff are invited to cluster with us the second Thursday of the month beginning in September at Trinity Seminary from noon to 2pm. We will meet on the 3rd floor. Just head upstairs and follow the laughter.
September 14
October 12
November 9 and
December 14

Did you know? The Southern Ohio Synod has a 2018 Youth Gathering Facebook page? Well now you do...What are you waiting for? Click now and check it out!


ELCA News 

ELCA commitment to confronting racism and anti-Semitism

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.

You are invited to 'Looking Back & Called Forward' in Washington DC or via livestream on Oct 31

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.

Portico Annual Enrollment information for employers coming soon!

Please watch your email for employer information about Portico Benefits annual enrollment.

Mark Wilhelm named executive director of Network of ELCA Colleges and Universities

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.

ELCA asks for your input on the Human Rights Social Message

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.

Reminder: Faith, Sexism, Justice: Conversations Toward a Social Statement responses due Aug 31

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.

Understanding the Impact of Addiction & Supporting Recovery Workshop

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.

Time for some fall colors exploration on the 'Fall Colors Journey' with LOMO

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

Faith & Advocacy Summit, Sept 24, 2017

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

Campus Pastor
Capital University
Columbus, Ohio


If your ELCA-affiliated organization or congregation has an open position you'd like to advertise, please send the position description, contact person information and a deadline for submitting applications to You may also access our online form by clicking here.


Prayer Requests

Prayer for Charlottesville from the ELCA Conference of Bishops

The people of Charlottesville, VA who were injured or killed during the demonstration on Aug 12

Pr. Janet Hatch as she undergoes surgery on Aug 18


Congregational Vacancies

(Click on link above to see current congregational vacancies in the Southern Ohio Synod and celebrate with those who have received calls to our congregations. Updated July 20, 2017)


Upcoming Events in and Around Our Synod     

August 19, 2017
Youth Gathering Informational Meeting
All Saint's, Worthington

August 26, 2017
Ohio Candidacy Retreat
Camp Mowana

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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