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Southern Ohio Synod e-bulletin for the Week of November 8, 2017

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



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!


Synod News 

A Veterans Day prayer from Bishop Dillahunt and synod staff

We'd like to pray for our veterans in the Southern Ohio Synod. Share the name of a veteran you'd like Bishop Dillahunt and the synod staff to pray for at our next staff meeting.

New SOS website coming in December!

The Southern Ohio Synod website is undergoing a facelift and transformation to support our mission statement: Stronger and Better Together: Joining Jesus in the Restoration of the World.

What's in it for us? Where your donations go

Your mission support provides the necessary funds to make mission and ministry happen across our synod, country and world. Thank you!

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!


SOS Youth and Family Ministry

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RSVP for The Bishop's Meet & Greet to be held on Thursday December 7, 2017

Are you working or volunteering in youth ministry in a Southern Ohio Synod congregation? 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. Have children? Bring them along. Questions or RSVP by November 20th to Gary at

  • From 10:30 am to noon (followed by lunch) at The Proctor Center 11235 State Route 38 SE, London, OH  43140   OR
  • From 6:30 to 8:30 pm (Refreshments) at The Synod Office 300 S. 2nd Street Columbus, Ohio 43215   
There will be a follow up email sent after November 20th to those that indicated they plan to attend.


ELCA News 

ELCA presiding bishop delivers Veterans Day message

Video and prayer for our veterans on Veterans Day.

Living in a broken world.

Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the ELCA, shares her thoughts and hope in Living Lutheran's November issue.

Christmas and Advent communication tools for your congregation from the ELCA

'To support your communication needs, we have prepared a number of invitational tools created specifically for congregations.'


Partners and Affiliates

University, seminary boards approve agreement to establish Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University

Driven by an alignment in mission and strong belief that, united, the institutions can have a greater positive impact on the world then they can achieve separately, Capital and Trinity boards have approved a plan to unify the institutions effective January 1, 2018.

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


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

Pr. Karen Alsnauer and family regarding a death in the family

For the families of those killed in the church shooting in Texas

Pr. Tim Swanson as he has heart surgery on November 6

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


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)


Upcoming Events in and Around Our Synod      

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

November 21, 2017
Central Ohio East Side Cluster Meeting
Redeemer Lutheran Church, Columbus

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


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