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Southern Ohio Synod e-bulletin for the Week of September 6, 2017

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


Harvey Flood Photo-Gulf Coast SynodHurricane Harvey disaster response: How you can help now

What is needed most now is prayer and financial donations. DO NOT send in-kind donations at this time. Local communities are not equipped to handle in-kind donations (example: bottled water, food, clothing).

Watch our website and Facebook page for updates on Hurricane Irma and what you can do to help with recovery efforts there once we know the full impact of the storm.



Where will you be Oct 22? Join Bishop Dillahunt and your brothers and sister from the SOS for the Southern Ohio Synod Reformation Service!

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 5475 Brand Rd, Dublin, Ohio will host this special celebration that you will not want to miss!

Reminder! Are you curious about where the Holy Spirit might be leading you? Check out the Region 6 Discernment Retreat

Gather with others like yourself and Region 6 synod representatives to explore where God may be leading you to serve in the Church. (October 6-7, 2017)

'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 

Reminder! Faith & Advocacy Summit, Sept 24, 2017

Sept 24, 3-5 pm at All Saints Lutheran Church, 6770 North High Street, Worthington. Registration is free!

'Speak to Others About Human Trafficking' workshop offered Oct 19 by SOS WELCA Anti-Human Trafficking Committee

Speaking up and educating others is key to putting an end to human trafficking. Will you step up and talk with your community? Don't be afraid. This workshop is here to help!

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 Youth and Family Ministry

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Two chances to participate in Bishop's Youth Ambassador session prior to Youth Gathering

There are two Bishop's Youth Ambassador sessions on the calendar:
  • Sunday February 4, 2018 from 12:30 to 3 pm at Epiphany, Pickerington
  • Sunday March 18, 2018 from 3:30 pm to 6 pm at Trinity, Marysville
Consider bringing your group to learn about "Churchwide" before heading to Houston. Open to all. Sessions are identical.

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 presiding bishop responds to DACA announcement

“As we journey together through the time God has given us, may God give us the grace of a welcoming heart and an overflowing love for the new neighbors among us” –ELCA social message, “Immigration” (1997).

Ignite the Church Conference February 5-7, 2018--Don't miss out!

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany to invite public discourse about the need for change and renewal in the Church. Luther's efforts ignited the Protestant Reformation that changed history. 500 years later, with 80-85% of churches in the United States plateaued or declining, the Church needs to embrace a new season of change and renewal to ignite the Church for another 500 years.

ELCA issues statement on gender identity discrimination

In light of recent public events and conversation, it is important to remember the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) rejects all forms of hatred or discrimination.


Partners and Affiliates

Disasters can happen anywhere, anytime: Be prepared to serve those affected as the hands, feet and heart of Christ

Learn how to help first hand with disaster recovery on Sept 21 from 6:30-8:30 pm at All Shepherds Lutheran Church, Lewis Center. Workshop by LSS Disaster Services.

Healthy Leadership Series offered through Healthy Congregations

The Healthy Leadership Series is an opportunity for leaders across professions (pastors, religious leaders, educators, administrators and health professionals) to enrich and expand their ability to apply principles of systems thinking to self, family, and organizations.

'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).


Employment Opportunities (Find this page under the new 'Who We Are Vision and Mission' tab on our website home page.

Music and Arts Director
First Lutheran Church
1208 Race Street, Cincinnati, Ohio

Church sexton
Redeemer Lutheran Church, Columbus
1555 S. James Rd, Columbus, Ohio

Linden Lutheran Church
1230 Oakland Park, Columbus, Ohio

Director of Music Ministries
Ascension Lutheran Church, Montgomery, Ohio
7333 Pfeiffer Road Montgomery, OH 45242


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

Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts in Texas

Our brothers and sisters in Christ in the path of Hurricane Irma

Pr. Janet Hatch regarding the death of her brother

Molly Schriber as she serves in Cambodia for a year as a YAGM

Sara Bull, Young Adult in Global Mission, as she heads to England for a year of mission and learning

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     

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

September 19, 2017
Columbus East Side Cluster Meeting
St. John Lutheran Church, Lithopolis, Ohio

September 21, 2017
Youth Ministry Cluster
Olive Garden Middletown

September 23, 2017
Fishing for People, Evangelism for all the Baptized
Augsburg Lutheran Church, 11676 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH

September 28-29, 2017
From Dialogue to Commemoration
Trinity Days
Trinity Lutheran Seminary, 2199 E Main Street, Columbus, Ohio

September 29 - October 1, 2017
LOMO Families Helping Families Event

To see all events on the synod website calendar click HERE.


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