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Southern Ohio Synod e-bulletin for the Week of October 18, 2017

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


Sos Reformation Service Oct 22 2017 FlyerSOS Reformation Worship Service open to all in Southern Ohio mission territory-October 22

Want something to sing about? Come join your SOS brothers and sisters on Oct 22 for the SOS Reformation Worship Service. Our Worship Director has planned an uplifting worship service with lots of opportunity for you to raise your voice in song. Come join in and stay for a fellowship meal afterwards provided by the hospitable people of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Dublin. Offering will benefit our New and Renewing Congregations! Click HERE for more information.


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 

Details for the 2018 Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs are now available

In the 2018 Lilly Endowment National Clergy Renewal Program and the 2018 Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program for Indiana Congregations, eligible congregations will be able to apply for grants of up to $50,000 each to support a renewal program for their pastor.

'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.


SOS Youth and Family Ministry

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The Renew Retreat October 23-25, 2017: Come when you can, leave when you must. Here are the special presentation options for this year. All held in Spring Run. Feel free to pop in just for a session or two.

  • Monday 7:00pm – UnConference Style Workshop – led by Mary Ellen Helms
  • Tuesday 9:00am-10:45am – Prayer Experiences with Rev. Dr. Brenda Buckwell
  • Tuesday 11:00am-12:15pm – Bible Besties with Pastors Lorne Hlad and Alex Hoops
  • Tuesday 4:45pm-5:30pm – Bible Bestie Creative Storytelling Practice with Pastor Lorne
  • Tuesday 7:00pm-8:30pm It’s Just a Phase – Developmental and Spiritual Needs Workshop led by Pastor Nicole Kelly

The Bishop's Meet & Greet Thursday December 7, 2017. Are you a paid youth ministry staffer or a primary volunteer in a church without a paid staff person? If so, the Bishop would like to invite you to a Meet & Greet. Simply her chance to say "thank you" for all that you do. Two opportunities this year. The event is free of charge. Questions or RSVP by November 20th to Gary at

1. From 10:30 am to noon (followed by lunch) at The Proctor Center 11235 State Route 38 SE, London, OH  43140   OR

2.  From 6:30 to 8:30 pm (Refreshments) at The Synod Office 300 S. 2nd Street Columbus, Ohio 43215   


ELCA News 

The Rev. Pedro Suarez elected bishop of the ELCA Florida-Bahamas Synod

The Rev. Pedro Manuel Suarez, Pompano Beach, Fla., was elected Oct. 13 to a six-year term as bishop of the Florida-Bahamas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election was held during the Synod Assembly Oct. 12-14.

Fall ELCA Disabilities Newsletter shares how this ministry is making our church stronger

This edition of the newsletter is focused on demonstrating how Disability Ministries along with young adult leaders like Emily Schmidlin ally and advocate, and how members of the Advisory Table have been working to achieve the goals of our program.

A video message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

A message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton about how Christ is with us during these questioning times.

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.


Partners and Affiliates

West Virginia needs your help to complete disaster recovery projects still not complete from 2016/17 floods

The West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod's social ministry agency, Community Lutheran Partners (CLP), has been integral in organizing long-term disaster recovery efforts in West Virginia in wake of the devastating summer flooding that occurred in 2016 and 2017. Please consider serving our neighbors to the south.

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


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

Congratulations to Rev. Pedro Suarez on being elected bishop of the Florida-Bahamas Synod

Pr. Tom Bernlohr and family regarding the death of his father, Pr. Fred Bernlohr

Congratulations to John Pyron and his wife on the birth of their 2nd child

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


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)


500 Reformation Logo Vertical 2 colorCheck out the upcoming Reformation 500 Events in our synod! Click HERE to view them all!





Upcoming Events in and Around Our Synod      

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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