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Southern Ohio Synod e-bulletin for the Week of April 17, 2019

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

A blessed Holy Week to you, your family and your congregation!

Assembly News

Reminder! All are encouraged to read and share the Bishop's Call Process Devotions for individuals and congregations in preparation for assembly

We will be spending the next few months in a synod-wide devotional practice to help us prepare for the 2019 Synod Assembly to be held at Wittenberg University on June 7-8, 2019. At this Synod Assembly, we will be electing a bishop for the Southern Ohio Synod. Our voting members, our congregation members, our nominees have the important task of discerning how God is calling us to be stronger and better together. The devotions are meant to be used in a variety of settings - personal devotions, Bible studies, adult forums, prayer groups, devotions before meetings, and so on. The questions provided are starters for conversation; please follow where the Spirit guides! Click HERE to read and download the devotions. It's not too late to start the devotions!


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Opportunity to identify Ordained Rostered Ministers to complete Discernment of Call of Bishop form prior to Assembly

We pray that you have set aside time during this Lenten Season to go through the Bishop’s Call Process Devotions, asking the Holy Spirit to guide you as you consider which Ordained Rostered Ministers you believe should discern the call of Bishop of the Southern Ohio Synod at this time. If you have identified someone you would like to consider the call of Bishop, please read this article and complete the request form by April 26.


The 2019 Southern Ohio Synod Assembly registration is now open!

The 2019 Southern Ohio Synod Assembly takes place on June 7-8 at the HPER Center, 250 Bill Edwards Drive, Wittenberg University, in Springfield, Ohio. Our theme for assembly is Being Church Together: On the way. Our focus scripture is Luke 24:13-24. We are delighted to welcome our ELCA representative, The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, Presiding Bishop.

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MVPs (Ministries, Vendors & Partners) invited to display at 2019 Synod Assembly

There's an exciting opportunity for our Vendors and Partners to sponsor our Fellowship Dinner and the Assembly in general--lots of perks for those who choose to do so! Check it out! Online payment option available.

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Submit Your Reports  

Assembly reports due by May 10, 2019 to be included in pre-assembly materials

If you send in an annual report for publication in the SOS pre-assembly packet, May 10 is your due by date.


Synod News
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Members of ELCA congregations in central Ohio invited to be part of the 2019 Gay Pride Parade, June 15

For the seventh year, the Reconciling in Christ ministries in Central Ohio (First English, Gethsemane, Trinity, Lord of Life, Redeemer, Peace,  Embrace Ministries at Capital University & Trinity Seminary) will be gathering as an ELCA witness at the 2019 Gay Pride Parade in Columbus on Saturday, June 15, with the step-off in the Short North at 10:30 AM. 


Save the Date for next Faith Advocacy Day--May 14

Our advocacy day on Tuesday was a great success with nearly 20 legislative office contacts in one day on the importance of investing to guarantee food on the table and a roof over the head of all Ohioans. Will you join us for our next advocacy day on May 14th?

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Youth and Family News
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Youth for Monarchs

The Youth for Monarchs project is a scripturally grounded service-learning project, for congregations developed to engage youth ministries in the nationwide effort to save the monarch butterfly. Based out of Christ The King, West Chester. This website is a toolkit and its pages include everything youth leaders need to inform youth, engage the community, take action, teach the importance of creation care, and collectively make a measurable difference in the survival of a species.

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ELCA Domestic Hunger Grant application opening soon! Be ready when it does!

The application window for 2020 ELCA World Hunger Domestic Hunger Grants opened April 15!


An Easter message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

Easter makes it possible, even at the grave, to sing alleluia.

Elizabeth Eaton Presiding Bishop ELCA


Luther's Small Catechism with African Descent Reflections available now from Augsburg Fortress

In connection with the observance of the five hundredth anniversary of the Reformation events initiated by the 95 Theses, a distinguished group of African descent Lutheran theologians gathered at the offices of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) to explore and reflect on Luther’s Small Catechism.

   Luthers Small Catechism African Descent Reflections


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Get your Congregational and Rostered Minister reports in before the deadline of May 15!

It is that time of year--when the annual reports for all rostered ministers should be submitted, as well as Form A and C parochial reports for congregations. We did much better last year getting the reports done and in, but we still have a way to go! Let's shoot for 100% participation!


ELCA Church Council approves measures addressing sexism, embracing authentic diversity

The Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) met at the Lutheran Center in Chicago April 4-7.

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Partners and Affiliates

Young Adults wanted for 11-month program of non-profit volunteer service & learning about social justice

The Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer Network, is looking for young adults (age 21-30) with Bachelor's degrees for an 11-month program of non-profit volunteer service and learning about social justice. Program locations in California.



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RSVP today for the Nelson W. Trout Lectures at TLS--April 25-26

This year's guest speaker is Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder, founding pastor of City of Refuge UCC in Oakland, CA.

Employment Opportunities

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

Associate for Public Policy
Ohio Council of Churches
Columbus, Ohio

Minister in Residence
Jacob's Porch Campus Ministry
The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Church Relations Specialist
Oesterlen Services For Youth, Inc.
Springfield, OH

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 requests

Calendar   Check out what's going on in and around our synod!
Click HERE to see our calendar.


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