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Southern Ohio Synod e-bulletin for the Week of October 11, 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 

'No Community Safe from Human Trafficking'

Learn what the SOS Women of the ELCA are doing to fight back against Human Trafficking in our synod and across the country.

Reminder! '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!

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. 


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.


ELCA News 

Individuals and congregations overwhelmed by disaster and love shown by their neighbors

There is much work to do for communities hit by Hurricane Harvey, but this burden is being lightened by Christian communities as they love their neighbors in a real, tangible way.

For Such a Time as This: The October day of fasting and action is Oct. 21

As the seasons transition and the days become colder, we answer the call this month by supporting action for people facing homelessness, unaffordable heating bills, and extreme housing insecurity.

Hunger Advocacy Fellowship Program: New Advocacy Fellows selected

The ELCA Hunger Advocacy Fellowship, a program made possible by ELCA World Hunger, is a year-long transformative experience that combines leadership development and faith formation with impactful advocacy that moves us toward an end to hunger and a just world where all are fed.

Advocacy Guidebook for the Faith Community

This guidebook is intended as a resource for use within faith communities to guide discussion, mission team planning, and other ministries. This guide contains step-by-step instructions on how to contact your Ohio legislators, rethink service projects to be justice focused, and must more.

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.


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. 


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

Associate Director of Praise Worship
Epiphany Lutheran Church, Centerville, Ohio
6430 Far Hills Ave, Centerville, Ohio

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


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

Residents of California and firefighters as they are impacted by the wildfires in California

Florida-Bahamas Synod as they elect a new bishop

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)


Check out the upcoming Reformation 500 Events in our synod! Click HERE to view them all!


Upcoming Events in and Around Our Synod     

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

October 19, 2017
Dayton Conference Gathering

October 22, 2017
Southern Ohio Synod Reformation Service
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 5475 Brand Rd, Dublin, Ohio

October 23-25, 2017
Renew! Youth & Family Ministers Retreat
Lutheran Memorial Camp

October 31, 2017
Looking Back & Called Forward: ELCA 500
Washington, D.C.

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


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