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Southern Ohio Synod e-bulletin for the Week of March 27, 2019

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


Synod 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!


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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SOS WELCA 'Spring Breeze' ready for you to download and share with a friend!

This issue contains updates and info about Gatherings, projects, and who to call.


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!

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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.


Please join us for the Seeing Race Through Faith training at a location near you!

Attendees will engage in dialogue, ask questions, and help one another improve our understanding on race so that we can be better equipped for mission in God's world. 

Next event is:

April 6, 2019
Lord of Life Lutheran Church
6329 Tylersville Rd, West Chester, Ohio

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Spring Gatherings for SOS WELCA conferences starting soon!

All women who attend ELCA congregations in our synod are invited to attend the SOS WELCA Spring Gathering near you! Mark your calendars!

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Youth and Family News

Synod Youth Conference @ Witt during Assembly!

All SOS youth entering 7th grade through finishing 12th are invited to attend 'Together 2 Gather' held on Wittenberg's campus from 6:30pm on June 7 to 7:00pm on June 8.

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Share your story at the 2019 ELCA World Hunger Leadership Gathering: submit your video today!

You are invited to submit a 90-second video sharing your story, for the chance to be selected as a guest speaker for the gathering.

Stop Hunger


Elizabeth Eaton Presiding Bishop ELCA  

ELCA presiding bishop pastoral message on Christchurch mosque shootings

Hate-filled violence knows no bounds – whether a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, a Christian church in Charleston, a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh – and now these mosques in New Zealand. Together with our ecumenical and inter-religious partners, we stand shoulder to shoulder in condemning hatred, bigotry, racism and violence whenever and wherever it occurs.


Partners and Affiliates
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Come be a part of Faith Community Advocacy Day, April 2!

Your voice is needed! Join us on April 2, 2019 at the Statehouse at 9:30 a.m. for our next Advocacy Day. After learning about the Ohio budget, you will have the opportunity to speak with legislative leaders about our priorities to improve our communities.



The Future of Worship at Capital University--March 29

The Future of Worship at Capital University will offer a foretaste of this future through the eyes of four incredible Lutheran leaders as well as musicians and worship leaders from across Capital University.

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Rev Dr Yvette Flunder  

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.

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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