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Southern Ohio Synod e-bulletin for the Week of September 20, 2017

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


Hurricane 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).

Donations for Hurricane Irma disaster response and recovery

Your help is needed again to aid those most impacted by Hurricane Irma in the Virgin Islands, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Alabama.



SAVE THE DATE All Ohio Rostered Ministers Event, January 16-18 2018

Mark your calendars now to attend this special all Ohio event at Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron, Ohio.

Where will you be Oct 22? Join Bishop Dillahunt and your brothers and sisters 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.


Reformation@500 Events coming up soon

September 24, 2017
Reformation Organ Concert with Dr. David Crean
St. John’s Lutheran Church, 116 N. Seventh Street, Zanesville, Ohio

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

See all Reformation@500 events. Click HERE.


Synod News 

October 2017 Parish Paper available for download and reading--'Short-Term Mission Trips That Yield Long-Term Success'

The October 2017 issue discusses ways we can create effective short-term mission trips that yield long-term success.

Evening and Morning: Celebrating 410 Years of the Hymnody of Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676)

Fundraiser for Faith Lutheran Church in Dickinson, Texas flooded as a result of Hurricane Harvey.

Don't forget to apply your tax exempt status to utilities and other purchases

It's the time of year when utility suppliers may change. Don't forget to let them know your congregation is tax exempt!

'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!


SOS Youth and Family Ministry

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Join SOS Youth & Family Director for FREE monthly webinars!

Gary Pecuch, our Youth & Family Director and Coach, does free monthly webinars during the school year on the second Tuesday from 2 to 3 pm. He is marching through his Faith Skills list. He is about halfway through the list of 40 Faith Skills. All of his webinars are archived. Contact him to be put on the reminder list and/or to receive future links. These webinars are great for Sunday School classes, church councils, women's and men's groups, youth groups, as well as youth directors and pastors.

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.

Youth Ministry Clusters: All cluster meetings are open to anyone interested

South & West Cluster: Thursday, September 21, noon at the Olive Garden in Middletown
Central: Thursday, October 12, noon-2 pm, 3rd floor of Trinity Seminary. Trinity to provide a pizza lunch.
Can't make these because they are during the day? Contact Gary to get an evening cluster started!


ELCA News 

Global Church Sunday

This October, as we observe the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, join us for Global Church Sunday by celebrating and supporting our church’s missionaries!

Follow our Young Adults in Global Mission

Walking alongside companions in 14 countries, these young adults practice a mission of accompaniment and discern a call to serve the world through the church.

Reminder! Register today for the 'Feminine Faithful and Frazzled' ELCA women's rostered ministers retreat

Thursday Oct. 12 lunch to Saturday Oct. 14 lunch at Lutheran Memorial Camp 2970 St.Rt.61, Fulton, Ohio.

Bishop Eaton on Elijah, the widow and Mission Support

Watch Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton's YouTube video to help with mission support conversations.

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.


Partners and Affiliates

Be prepared to help in a disaster! Find out how on Sept 21 or Oct 5

Hurricanes Irma and Harvey are just two examples of why being prepared for disasters is important for everyone. Check out one of these disaster preparedness/response workshops in our synod from LSS Disaster Services.

Stephen Ministry Workshop invitation-October 21

Good Hope Lutheran Church, Bucyrus invites members of Southern Ohio Synod congregations to join them for this special training event.

Financial Wellness Day--October 6, 2017

Join Portico on Oct 6 for a special Financial Wellness Day for seminary students, seminary staff and rostered ministers who are in their 20s, 30s or 40s.

'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

The people of central Mexico as they recover from the recent 7.1 magnitude earthquake

All people in the path of Hurricane Maria

Peace and justice in St Louis, Missouri

Families of youth killed in accident in our Companion Synod in Brazil

Everyone affected by Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts in Texas

Pr. Janet Hatch regarding the death of her brother

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


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 21, 2017
Dayton Conference Gathering
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Kettering

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

October 5, 2017
Northwest Cluster Meeting
Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Columbus--Pr. June Wilkins, host

October 6-7, 2017
Confirmation Retreat
Camp Mowana

October 6-7, 2017
Region 6 Discernment Retreat
Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center, 9601 Union Rd, Donaldson, IN

October 8, 2017
Apple Butter Festival and Silent Auction
Lutheran Memorial Camp

October 12, 2017
Cincinnati ELCA Pastors Conference Meeting
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Cincinnati

October 12, 2017
Columbus Conference Gathering
Dr. Cheryl Peterson, presenter
Trinity Lutheran Seminary, 2199 E Main Street, Columbus, Ohio

October 12, 2017
Youth Ministry Cluster
Trinity Seminary (3rd Floor)

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


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