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Southern Ohio Synod e-bulletin for the Week of October 4, 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



On October 22 please 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! Special offering collection for our New and Renewing Congregations.

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.


Synod News 

Pastoral letter on violence from the ELCA Conference of Bishops

This letter was originally issued in March 2013. May its words provide comfort and direction in light of yet another senseless act of violence.

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 

Bishop Elizabeth Eaton's column for Living Lutheran focuses on life after October 31

'Oct. 32 and beyond' is the title of Presiding Bishop Eaton's latest column for you to read and share with your congregation.

2018 Portico Annual Enrollment starts soon!

Read on to learn more about how you can be ready for the annual enrollment process.

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.

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!

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.



Partners and Affiliates

Christian Unity Gathering 2017, sponsored by the National Council of Churches, accepting registrations now!

Christian Unity Gathering 2017 will take place November 8-10, 2017 at the Sheraton in downtown Silver Spring, MD, just outside Washington, DC. This will be an important time to regroup, recharge, and recommit ourselves to the work ahead.

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. 


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

Director of Music Ministry-Part time
Messiah Lutheran Church, Fairview Park, Ohio
Fairview Park, Ohio

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

Prayers for healing and peace for those involved in the Las Vegas shootings

Pr. Mark Wildermuth as he mourns the loss of this mother

Mrs. Pam Beck and family as they mourn the death of Carl Beck


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     

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)

October 13-14, 2017
Fun-in-Faith Elementary Retreat
Camp Mowana

October 15, 2017
Fall Festival and Auction
Camp Mowana

October 17, 2017
Columbus East Side Cluster Meeting
Linden Lutheran Church, Columbus, Ohio


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


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