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Southern Ohio Synod e-bulletin for the Week of August 23, 2017

Stronger and better together: Joining Jesus in restoration of the world 


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 

Fraud alert! Scammers targeting church treasurers to get money transferred to outside account

A congregation in the ELCA recently was scammed out of over $19,000. If the treasurer had followed some simple steps, they would still have that money for ministry.

September 2017 Parish Paper available for download and reading--'Equipping Volunteers Builds Strong Church Community'

The September 2017 issue discusses ways we can identify and lift up volunteers in our congregations to avoid burnout and losing members who want to be involved.

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 

Know What to Expect During Portico’s Annual Enrollment

ELCA's benefit recipients should be aware of what's happening in the next few months regarding health care plans and enrollment. Read this article to find out what you need to do to sign up for your benefits.

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.



Partners and Affiliates

'Introduction to the Protestant Reformation' Workshop Sept 30--Open invite from our Episcopal partners

We have been able to engage a theologically diverse group of workshop speakers including Rev. Dr. Charles Peterson (Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church), Dr. Fritz Graf (OSU Department of Classics), Dr. Sally Stamper (Capital University Department of Religion and Philosophy), Pastor Joel Miller (Columbus Mennonite Church), and Dr. Diane Lobody (Methodist Theological School of Ohio).

500 & BEYOND - Reform, Restore, Revive and Respond! SOS WELCA Biennial Breeze

Biennial information and Triennial gathering summary...So much going on you won't want to miss this issue!

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. 

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.

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

Prayers for the people in Barcelona, Spain regarding the recent attack on crowds in Las Ramblas

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 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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