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Southern Ohio Synod e-bulletin for the Week of November 1, 2017

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



Rostered Ministers Retreat 2018

All Ohio Rostered Ministers Retreat-REGISTER TODAY!

This year's All Ohio Rostered Ministers Retreat's theme is Life in the Spirit: Let's pray. Prayer will be a big part of this retreat, as will worship and fellowship. Early bird registration ends November 14, so register today!







November 5, 2017
Joint Prayer Service in Commemoration of the Reformation
with Archdiocese of Cincinnati Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Binzer and ELCA Southern Ohio Synod Bishop Suzanne Dillahunt

Epiphany Lutheran Church, 6430 Far Hills Ave, Centerville, Ohio


Synod News 

Pr. Emily Beckering shares her and her congregation's story about why we are stronger and better together!"

This letter was mailed to congregations on October 12. The Stewardship Committee wants to make sure everyone has a chance to read it, so we're publishing Pr. Beckering's letter here as well.

Letter and video for congregations demonstrating your mission support at work

This letter was mailed to all congregations on October 19. Check out the video today!

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.


SOS Youth and Family Ministry

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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.


Partners and Affiliates

Family Advent Retreat Making Room for Jesus--December 1-3

Christmas planning can quickly turn from fun to frustrating. Camp Mowana is excited to offer its annual escape from the Christmas chaos.

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. 


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


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

People of New York City regarding the recent terrorist attack that claimed 8 lives

Pr. Alicia Nierman and family as they mourn the loss of her sister

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


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 October 31, 2017)


500 Reformation Logo Vertical 2 colorCheck out the upcoming Reformation 500 Events in our synod! Click HERE to view them all! There's still more to come in November.





Upcoming Events in and Around Our Synod      

November 2-5, 2017
ELCA Youth Summit
Houston, Texas

November 2, 2017
Northwest Cluster Meeting
Jacob's Porch, OSU Campus--Pr. Grant Eckhart, host

November 5, 2017
Joint Prayer Service in Commemoration of the Reformation
with Archdiocese of Cincinnati Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Binzer and ELCA Southern Ohio Synod Bishop Suzanne Dillahunt
Epiphany Lutheran Church, 6430 Far Hills Ave, Centerville, Ohio

November 9, 2017
Cincinnati ELCA Pastors Conference Meeting
First Lutheran, 1212 Race St., Cincinnati, OH

November 9, 2017
Columbus Conference Gathering
Dr. Mark Powell, presenter
Trinity Lutheran Seminary, 2199 E Main Street, Columbus, Ohio

November 9, 2017
Youth Ministry Cluster
Trinity Seminary (3rd Floor)

November 11, 2017
German North Church Task Force
Shouvlin Center, Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio

November 11, 2017
Wittenberg Choir Reunion Concert
Weaver Chapel, Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH

November 16, 2017
Youth Gathering Regular Registration Opens

November 16, 2017
Dayton Conference Gathering

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


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