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Southern Ohio Synod e-bulletin for the Week of September 27, 2017

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


Lutheran Disaster Services and affiliate agencies need your help

“Comfort, comfort my people,” says your God. --Isaiah 40:1



SAVE THE DATE Sawmill Rostered Ministers Retreat, 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!


Reformation@500 Events coming up soon

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

October 3, 2017
From Conflict to Communion Discussions
Epiphany Lutheran Church, 6430 Far Hills Ave, Dayton, Ohio

October 10, 2017
From Conflict to Communion Discussions
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 6245 Wilmington Pike, Centerville, Ohio

October 10, 2017
Reform: A Roman Catholic/Lutheran Conversation
St. Susanna Catholic Church, Mason, Ohio

October 12, 2017
The Reformation: Catholic and Lutheran Historical Perspectives
Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 7770 Beechmont Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio

October 13-15, 2017
Martin Luther: A Rock Opera
Eintracht Singing Society and Event Center, 2707 Troy Pike, Dayton, 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.

'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

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 

A Letter From the African Descent Desk on the Recent Hurricanes

As response efforts begin and continue, Rev. Albert Starr, Jr., director of Ethnic Specific and Multicultural Ministries and program director for African Descent Ministries for the ELCA, offers this update and call for our prayers for all our neighbors affected by the storms, including those on smaller islands often given too little attention in U.S. national news.

Stories of Faith in Action 2017-2018 is here!

Stories of Faith in Action is an annual publication highlighting how God is changing lives through the ministries funded by your congregation’s unrestricted offering of Mission Support.

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.

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

SOS WELCA Biennial Update

The Biennial Convention is 3 weeks  away. We anticipate your arrival at the Program, on Saturday, 14 October, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM.

Lutheran Men in Mission is here to help establish or strengthen your congregation's men's ministry

A strong and effective men's ministry is possible. Find out how.

Don't miss these exciting LOMO Camps fall activities coming soon!

Download the October 2018 LOMO Camps flyer and bulletin inserts to share with your congregations! 

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.


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

Mr. Carl Beck and wife, Pam, due to health concerns

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 September 22, 2017)


Upcoming Events in and Around Our Synod     

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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