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SOS WELCA Biennial Update

The Biennial Convention is 3 weeks  away. We anticipate your arrival at the Program, on Saturday, 14 October, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM.

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Don't miss these exciting LOMO Camps fall activities coming soon!

Download the October 2018 LOMO Camps flyer and bulletin inserts to share with your congregations! 

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A Letter From the African Descent Desk on the Recent Hurricanes

As response efforts begin and continue, Rev. Albert Starr, Jr., director of Ethnic Specific and Multicultural Ministries and program director for African Descent Ministries for the ELCA, offers this update and call for our prayers for all our neighbors affected by the storms, including those on smaller islands often given too little attention in U.S. national news.

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Stories of Faith in Action 2017-2018 is here!

Stories of Faith in Action is an annual publication highlighting how God is changing lives through the ministries funded by your congregation’s unrestricted offering of Mission Support.

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Evening and Morning: Celebrating 410 Years of the Hymnody of Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676)

Fundraiser for Faith Lutheran Church in Dickinson, Texas flooded as a result of Hurricane Harvey.

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October 2017 Parish Paper available for download and reading--'Short-Term Mission Trips That Yield Long-Term Success'

The October 2017 issue discusses ways we can create effective short-term mission trips that yield long-term success.

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Reminder! Register today for the 'Feminine Faithful and Frazzled' ELCA women's rostered ministers retreat

Thursday Oct. 12 lunch to Saturday Oct. 14 lunch at Lutheran Memorial Camp 2970 St.Rt.61, Fulton, Ohio.

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Follow our Young Adults in Global Mission

Walking alongside companions in 14 countries, these young adults practice a mission of accompaniment and discern a call to serve the world through the church.

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Global Church Sunday

This October, as we observe the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, join us for Global Church Sunday by celebrating and supporting our church’s missionaries!

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Be prepared to help in a disaster! Find out how on Sept 21 or Oct 5

Hurricanes Irma and Harvey are just two examples of why being prepared for disasters is important for everyone. Check out one of these disaster preparedness/response workshops in our synod from LSS Disaster Services.

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Don't forget to apply your tax exempt status to utilities and other purchases

It's the time of year when utility suppliers may change. Don't forget to let them know your congregation is tax exempt!

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Donations for Hurricane Irma disaster response and recovery

Your help is needed again to aid those most impacted by Hurricane Irma in the Virgin Islands, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Alabama.

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SAVE THE DATE All Ohio Rostered Ministers Event, January 16-18 2018

Mark your calendars now to attend this special all Ohio event at Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron, Ohio.

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Stephen Ministry Workshop invitation-October 21

Good Hope Lutheran Church, Bucyrus invites members of Southern Ohio Synod congregations to join them for this special training event.

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Financial Wellness Day--October 6, 2017

Join Portico on Oct 6 for a special Financial Wellness Day for seminary students, seminary staff and rostered ministers who are in their 20s, 30s or 40s.

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Bishop Eaton on Elijah, the widow and Mission Support

Watch Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton's YouTube video to help with mission support conversations.

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Supper’s ready

Read Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton's latest column in Living Lutheran.

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ELCA presiding bishop responds to DACA announcement

“As we journey together through the time God has given us, may God give us the grace of a welcoming heart and an overflowing love for the new neighbors among us” –ELCA social message, “Immigration” (1997).

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Ignite the Church Conference February 5-7, 2018--Don't miss out!

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany to invite public discourse about the need for change and renewal in the Church. Luther's efforts ignited the Protestant Reformation that changed history. 500 years later, with 80-85% of churches in the United States plateaued or declining, the Church needs to embrace a new season of change and renewal to ignite the Church for another 500 years.

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Where will you be Oct 22? Join Bishop Dillahunt and your brothers and sister from the SOS for the Southern Ohio Synod Reformation Service!

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 5475 Brand Rd, Dublin, Ohio will host this special celebration that you will not want to miss!

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Reminder! Are you curious about where the Holy Spirit might be leading you? Check out the Region 6 Discernment Retreat

Gather with others like yourself and Region 6 synod representatives to explore where God may be leading you to serve in the Church.

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'Speak to Others About Human Trafficking' workshop offered Oct 19 by SOS WELCA Anti-Human Trafficking Committee

Speaking up and educating others is key to putting an end to human trafficking. Will you step up and talk with your community? Don't be afraid. This workshop is here to help!

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Healthy Leadership Series offered through Healthy Congregations

The Healthy Leadership Series is an opportunity for leaders across professions (pastors, religious leaders, educators, administrators and health professionals) to enrich and expand their ability to apply principles of systems thinking to self, family, and organizations.

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'Introduction to the Protestant Reformation' Workshop Sept 30--Open invite from our Episcopal partners

We have been able to engage a theologically diverse group of workshop speakers including Rev. Dr. Charles Peterson (Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church), Dr. Fritz Graf (OSU Department of Classics), Dr. Sally Stamper (Capital University Department of Religion and Philosophy), Pastor Joel Miller (Columbus Mennonite Church), and Dr. Diane Lobody (Methodist Theological School of Ohio).

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September 2017 Parish Paper available for download and reading--'Equipping Volunteers Builds Strong Church Community'

The September 2017 issue discusses ways we can identify and lift up volunteers in our congregations to avoid burnout and losing members who want to be involved.

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You are invited to 'Looking Back & Called Forward' in Washington DC or via livestream on Oct 31

The all-day event, which will include speakers, fellowship, music and worship, will be held at Lutheran Church of the Reformation and will be livestreamed for all to view. As the first centennial of the ecumenical era, we will look back on 500 years of the Reformation through the lens of more than 50 years of ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue and look to the future as we are called forward together in Christ.

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SOS 2017-18 Hymn List ready for download

Thanks to Pr. Bill Rauch for putting together the 2017-18 hymn list for our synod!

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Robert Humphrey elected bishop of ELCA Virginia Synod

The Rev. Robert F Humphrey, Harrisonburg, Va., was elected June 11 to a six-year term as bishop of the Virginia Synod of the ELCA.

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