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Southern Ohio Synod e-bulletin for Rostered Ministers 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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Clergy housing allowance ruled 'constitutional' by federal appeals court

The Freedom From Religion Foundation argued successfully in a Wisconsin district court that the long-standing exemption for religious housing in the IRS tax code violated the First Amendment’s establishment clause. But a three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the lower court decision on Friday (March 15).


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.


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New 'Coaching' page for rostered ministers launched for those ready to take the next step

All rostered ministers in the Southern Ohio Synod are invited to yoke themselves with one of our trained coaches for the purpose of growth, support, encouragement and motivation to take the next step in leadership. 


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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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 this Saturday, April 6!




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.


Affiliates and Partners

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.

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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.


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.

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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

Employment Opportunities

Assistant Director of Admission (Seminary Recruiter)
Capital University
Columbus, Ohio

Congregational Openings

Click HERE to view which congregations in our synod are seeking a pastor or deacon.

Calendar   To see events on the synod website calendar click HERE.


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