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Southern Ohio Synod e-bulletin for Rostered Ministers for the Week of April 10, 2019

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

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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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 Youth Conference @ Witt during Assembly!

Register your youth now!

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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Pastoring the Multiracial Church Conference--June 21-22

The SOS Race Relations Task Force found this conference at OSU that you and your leaders may find inspiring and helpful as you reach into your community and seek to welcome members of all races into your congregation. Costs of attendance: $75.00 registration $50 registration if in groups of 3 or more.


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. 

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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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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...

May 4, 2019
First Lutheran Church
30 S. Wittenberg Avenue
Springfield, Ohio



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

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

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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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All created things.

Check out the latest column from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton in the April issues of 'Living Lutheran.'


Affiliates and Partners

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

Associate for Public Policy
Ohio Council of Churches
Columbus, Ohio

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. Updates posted 4.9.19.

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


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