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Southern Ohio Synod e-bulletin for the Week of December 20, 2017

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

Synod News  

O Come, O Come Emmanuel

The waiting is over! A Christmas message from Bishop Dillahunt

One-day Stewardship Academies coming to a location near you in 2018!

Sponsored by the Southern Ohio Stewardship Team, the Stewardship Academy is an opportunity for congregational leaders (rostered and lay) to "retool" their congregation's stewardship ministry.

'Countering the Language of Violence' training series from Faith in Public Life

Faith leaders are uniquely equipped to prevent the language of violence from escalating into attacks like we saw in Charlottesville, and we can keep already explosive situations from spiraling out of control. Please join our first training on this crucial issue. 


SOS Youth and Family Ministry

Sign up now for the Capital Bowl Feb 2-3, 2018

This overnight retreat, designed for high schoolers and their chaperones, is scheduled for the Friday and Saturday of Super Bowl weekend.  


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


ELCA News  

A Christmas Message from Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

Presiding Bishop of the ELCA, The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, shares her thoughts on the promise to come during this season.

Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton's statement regarding movement of U.S. Embassy in Israel

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has issued the following statement in response to the decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Disengage the autopilot

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


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.

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.

Pastoral Care Specialist
Graceworks Lutheran Services

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.

  • Susan Barton-Nonno and family as they mourn the loss of her dad

  • Ms Linda Cole regarding health issues


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 18, 2017)


Upcoming Events in and Around Our Synod      

Dec. 22, 2017 - Jan. 2, 2018
Southern Ohio Synod office closed

January 4, 2018
NW Columbus Cluster Gathering
Ascension Lutheran Church--Pr. Tim Muller, host

January 11, 2018
Cincinnati ELCA Pastors Conference Meeting
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Cincinnati

January 11, 2018
Columbus Conference Gathering
Mr. Nick Bates, presenter
Trinity Lutheran Seminary, 2199 E Main Street, Columbus, Ohio

January 11, 2018
Dayton Conference Gathering
Wittenberg University

January 12-14, 2018
The Middle School MiX
Lutheran Memorial Camp

January 16-18, 2018
All Ohio Rostered Ministers Retreat
Life in the spirit: Let us pray
Sawmill Creek Resort, 400 Sawmill Creek Dr, Huron, Ohio

January 16, 2018
Central Ohio East Side Cluster Meeting
Hope Lutheran Church, Columbus

January 20, 2018
Something More High School Equipping Event Session I
Epiphany, Centerville

January 26-29, 2018
Youth Ministry Extravaganza 2018
Houston, Texas



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


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