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ALOA letter: Beyond a smart doorbell

As older Christians, we have experienced the peace that comes through intimate conversations with God. When we stop to pause and pray, we reconnect to the blessings, not the busyness. We naturally add an intentional and conscious connection to God during these personal snapshots in time.


Reminder! 'Blast Off for Books' collection at SOS Assembly--Don't miss out on this great way to serve the youth of Houston!

The books you donate will be distributed at community book fairs, camps and other events around the city as part of the Gathering's Service Learning experience. By putting books in the hands of Houston's economically disadvantaged students, you can help change lives.


May 2018 Parish Paper available for download and reading

'How to Balance Hospitality and Church Security'


Volunteers needed to assist with registration at Synod Assembly

Looking for 10 volunteers for Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2 to assist registrants with check-in process.


Nominate a young person today for the ELCA Horizon Apprentice Program--Extended deadline May 1!

The Horizon Apprenticeship Program provides opportunities during the summer months for high school and college students of color or whose primary language is that other than English who are between the ages of 16 and 20 to explore their vocations as they reflect on God’s presence and on the church community. A $1,500 stipend is paid to the apprentice.


ELCA Church Council meets under Future Directions 2025

In her report, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton emphasized that the work of the churchwide organization, including that of the council, is guided by 'ways to live into and implement the five goals that we set as a church together in Future Directions 2025.'


May 5 academy around the corner! Register today for this one-day Stewardship Academy!

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.


Great VBS service project ideas from Lutheran World Relief

Looking for a service project to incorporate into this summer’s Vacation Bible School? Assemble Kits of Care for Lutheran World Relief! There are many types of Kits to bring youth together in service to our neighbors in need.


ELCA Disability Ministries update

ELCA Disability Ministries is approaching a decisive crossroad. Several transitions have occurred in the past year, some of which include personal health, missional dollars and questions about our direction.


Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the ELCA, issues statement regarding Syria

Following the April 13 air strikes conducted by the armed forces of the United States, the United Kingdom and France, the president and the general secretary of the Lutheran World Federation issued a statement that I encourage ELCA members to read and prayerfully consider.


Register today for TLS' Master of Arts in Church Music Program 3 week summer session

Courses can be taken for graduate credit or audited.


ELCA presiding bishop calls on church to work for racial justice

Following the “Act Now: Unite to End Racism” rally in Washington, D.C., the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has issued a statement on racism, recommitting this church “to work for racial justice and inclusion, to work against white privilege, and to be a church that truly welcomes all.” The April 4 rally was held in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.


Invitation to attend 'Storytelling as Evangelism' on April 27-28

The following invitation came to the synod office from our Full Communion Partners of the Episcopal Church. This is a great opportunity to use storytelling in your evangelism efforts and to create connections with our sisters and brothers in Christ in the Episcopal Church. 


Call for nominations for synod council and the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly

Nominate someone today from your conference who has a passion for ministry and serving the larger church.


'April Fools' Read Bishop Eaton's April column from Living Lutheran

'Life wins. Love wins. And if the world wants to call us April fools, we are glad to claim the title.'


Members of ELCA congregations in central Ohio invited to be part of the 2018 Gay Pride Parade, June 16

For the sixth year, the Reconciling in Christ ministries in Central Ohio (First English, Gethsemane, Trinity, Lord of Life, Redeemer & Trinity Seminary) will be gathering as an ELCA witness at the 2018 Gay Pride Parade in Columbus on Saturday, June 16, with the step-off in the Short North at 10:30 AM.


Reminder! Social Statement on Women and Justice draft responses due by Sept 30

The comment period on the draft is open until September 30, 2018. Please take time to review the draft document and respond before the September deadline.


April 2018 Parish Paper available for download and reading

'Church Energy Use: Can We Harness Hope?'


Reconciling Works offering training on May 11 & 12 in Youngstown

'Building an Inclusive Church' is designed to help your faith community to publicly and intentionally welcome people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions


Display application for SOS task forces, ministries, partners and affiliates ready for download

Display space at our 2018 SOS Assembly is limited. If you are a SOS task force/committee chairperson, ministry leader, partner or affiliate and wish to display at this year's assembly, complete the application soon to reserve your spot!


Opportunity to support Jacob's Porch, OSU Campus Ministry

Jacob's Porch to purchase rights to current building and expand ministry opportunities: short-term and long-term support needed!


Nelson W. Trout Lectures April 26-27

The Rev. Eboni Marshall Turman, Ph.D., assistant professor of theology and African American religion at Yale University Divinity School, will be the featured speaker for the annual Nelson W. Trout Lectures on April 26 and 27. 2018.


God is calling

Bishop Elizabeth Eaton's March column in 'Living Lutheran' is ready for download and sharing!