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Southern Ohio Synod e-bulletin for the Week of December 6, 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. Deadline for registration is December 14, 2017. Register today!

Rostered Ministers can earn 5.7 contact hours toward continuing education. 


Synod News 

Facebook F Logo Bishop's Challenge! 1,200 Facebook likes by  Christmas Eve

Please help us get to 1,200 Facebook likes by Christmas Eve.

Check out our Facebook page to catch a glimpse of everything going on in our synod and the ELCA!

January 2018 Parish Paper available for download and reading

'18 Questions for 2018'--Making your congregation vibrant in 2018!


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  

Disengage the autopilot

Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton's December 2017 column for 'Living Lutheran' is ready for reading and sharing.

Lori Fedyk elected treasurer of the ELCA

Lori Fedyk, a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Libertyville, Ill., was elected to a six-year term as treasurer of the ELCA by the ELCA Church Council at its November meeting. Her term will begin February 1.

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.


Partners and Affiliates

School’s Out, Camp’s In! MLK Retreat

The kids are off school, but you have to work or you just need the day to catch up. This 1-night school holiday inspired retreat is perfect for a busy parent.

Make Dec 4 and Dec 8 annual Advent and Christmas music events at Wittenberg U a 'must do' on your list!

Don't miss the annual Community Sing and Lessons and Carols at Weaver Chapel on Wittenberg University's campus.

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!


Employment Opportunities 

This link is now located on the lower left-hand side of the synod home page in the quick links box.

Campus Ministry/Church Office Administrator
Christ Lutheran Church, Athens, Ohio
69 Mill Street, Athens, 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

Below are prayer requests for people in our synod or people connected with our synod. Please remember these brothers and sisters in Christ in your prayers.

Click HERE to read the full prayer request.

  • Those in the path of fires in Southwest California Synod
  • Ms Linda Cole regarding health issues

  • Deacon Elaine Malzahn and family as her mother prepares to enter the Church Triumphant

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

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 December 4, 2017)


Upcoming Events in and Around Our Synod      

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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