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Anti Sex Trafficking 101 Workshop being offered by SOS WELCA on Oct 31

This important workshop is being held at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 4456 Morse Rd, Gahanna. Mark your calendars today and look for registration info soon.

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Invitation to attend 'Following Jesus: A Small Town Community Organizer' Oct 14-16

If you live and serve in a small town and want to increase your impact on your community, this event is for you!

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ELCA to join AME Church Sept. 6 for prayer, commitment to end racism

In response to a statement and call to action from the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME), the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA, has pledged the 3.8 million-member ELCA to participate Sept. 6 in “Confession, Repentance and Commitment to End Racism Sunday.”

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In-kind and monetary donations needed for flood victims in Jackson County

Monetary donations can be mailed to The Jackson County Long Term Disaster Recovery Committee, C/O Jackson Vinton Community Action, 118 S New York Ave, Wellston OH 45692

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2015 ELCA Ohio Women Rostered Leaders Retreat Oct 15-16

Our time together will include reflection and discussion of the book, 'Everyday God: The Spirit of the Ordinary' by Paula Gooder

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New drop off location for 2015 Lutheran World Relief Ingathering!

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Kettering, Ohio will be the new drop off point for the LWR Quilts & Kits

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2015-2016 Southern Ohio Synod Hymn List ready for download

You may now download the SOS hymn list for 2015-16 as either a PDF or Microsoft Word document.

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Make disaster planning a priority for your congregation and be ready for National Preparedness Month

The following letter is from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regarding National Preparedness Month (September). If your congregation does not have a disaster plan in place, please see the resources link to begin your planning. We pray you'll never need it, but if you do, may you be a light to your community.

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Reminder! God's Work. Our Hands. Sunday Day of Service coming up Sept 13

What do you and your congregation have planned for this year's day of service?

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Christian Author and Activist Brian McLaren to Speak at Trinity Seminary

Prominent Christian author, pastor, and activist Brian McLaren will be the featured presenter during the annual Trinity Days events, September 24 and 25, at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, 2199 E. Main Street, Columbus.

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Portico Benefit Services costs to increase in 2016

Over the weekend, Portico’s trustees approved several adjustments to the cost of ELCA benefits in 2016. While 2016 is still two seasons away, I’m sharing this news with you today, knowing that budget conversations have already begun in some congregations.

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Why Are Our Health Care Costs Going Up? A special webinar from Portico Aug 28

Health care costs are going up and everyone will feel the impact. Explore the why's and how's by taking part in this special webinar from Portico.

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Gary and Laurie Pecuch launch new youth ministry consultation website

The website is designed to meet the needs of congregations outside the Southern Ohio Synod and will be interdenominational in nature.

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Walk for Water raises over $400,000 at ELCA Youth Gathering!

After the Sunday morning offering, money raised totaled more than $402,000 of our $500,000 goal. Thank you! There's still more to do!

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New Lay School of Theology courses offered at Chillicothe and Dayton Campus starting September 19

New courses are 'The Prophets Then and Now' and 'Introduction to the New Testament.'

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'No secrets here' Bishop Eaton's August Column in The Lutheran

In her August column for The Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton says rumors and politics on three issues before the ELCA are at odds with true discernment.

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ELCA presiding bishop to hold live webcast on confronting racism

In an effort to continue understanding the complexity and implications of racism, the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA, invites the 3.8 million member church to participate in a live webcast Aug. 6 at 8 p.m. (CDT).

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A Pastoral Letter & Guidance to Pastors & Congregations of the SOS on Same-Gender Marriage Ruling

Bishop Suzanne Dillahunt sent a letter to all rostered leaders regarding the United States Supreme Court ruling on same-gender marriage. This letter should be read by all of our congregational members as well as rostered leaders.

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ELCA leaders express grief over shooting in South Carolina

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA, released a statement June 18 in response to a shooting where nine people were killed at a historic African American church in Charleston, S.C. Local authorities are calling the killing racially motivated.

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