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Southern Ohio Synod e-bulletin for the Week of November 21, 2017

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


Psalm 107 Thankgiving

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. Register today!


Synod News 

Despite the doom and gloom of many reports, congregation still flourishing

While many mainline denominations are seeing a decline in membership, many congregations are still thriving by adapting to their new surroundings and embracing change.

Protecting congregations from active shooter incidents

Steps your congregation can take to prevent and prepare for the worst. Information and resources provided by FEMA/Homeland Security and Church Mutual Insurance.

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.


SOS Youth and Family Ministry

If you wish to receive all of Gary's monthly information, please contact Gary Pecuch at to be added to his distribution list.    

SOS Bishop's Youth Ambassador Program (Our Educational Events): Two Opportunities. RSVP to Gary, If you are going to Houston consider having your youth attend to get a glimpse of the wider church before next summer.

  • Sunday February 4 at Epiphany, Pickerington
  • Sunday March 18 at Trinity, Marysville


ELCA News  

ELCA Church Council’s fall meeting looks to the future

The Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) met at The Lutheran Center in Chicago, Nov. 9-12. The council, which serves as the ELCA’s board of directors, focused on the goals of ELCA Future Directions 2025 and the church’s priorities around congregational vitality and leadership.

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.'

Worship at the Center: Journey from Ash Wednesday to Easter

The ELCA invites you to join one of two special worship services and study times in January and February.


Partners and Affiliates

Camps for confirmation and MLK Day in January...Don't miss out!

LOMO Camps don't let the chill in the air keep them from offering fun, Christ-centered retreats and camps. Don't miss out on what's coming in January and February!

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.


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


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

The families of those killed in the recent shooting in California

All those affected by the earthquake in Iran and Iraq

Pr. Tim Iseringhausen and family as they mourn his dad's passing

Holy Cross Lutheran Church members in Rockport, Texas as they recover from extensive hurricane damage

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

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


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      

December 2, 2017
Synod Council Meeting
Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio

December 5, 2017
Advocacy in Advent:Preparing the way to END hunger in Ohio
Ohio Statehouse, Columbus, Ohio

December 5, 2017
First Call Theological Education gathering
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 712 N Fountain Ave, Springfield, Ohio

December 7, 2017
Northwest Cluster Meeting
Annual White Elephant Book Exchange
Location TBD

December 7, 2017
Bishop's Youth Ministry Meet & Greet
Daytime Session
The Procter Center, London, Ohio

December 7, 2017
Bishop's Youth Ministry Meet & Greet
Evening Session
Synod Office, 300 S. 2nd Street, Columbus, Ohio

December 14, 2017
Columbus Conference Gathering
Dr. Julie Faith Parker, presenter
Trinity Lutheran Seminary, 2199 E Main Street, Columbus, Ohio

December 14, 2017
Dayton Conference Gathering
St. Paul Lutheran Church, Dayton

December 14, 2017
Cincinnati ELCA Pastors Conference Meeting
Kenwood Towne Center Food Court, 7875 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH

December 14, 2017
Youth Ministry Cluster
Trinity Seminary (3rd Floor)

December 19, 2017
Central Ohio East Side Cluster Meeting
David Lutheran Church, Canal Winchester

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


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