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Southern Ohio Synod e-bulletin for the Week of August 21, 2019 for Rostered Ministers

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


Gatherings with Bishop, Rostered Leaders & Spouses

The Thrive Campaign has been launched to equip the people of God in Southern Ohio to thrive in ways we have not previously been able to afford or attempt. The goals center around:

-Equipping Lay Leaders

-Raising Up Leaders for Smaller Congregations

-Strengthening Rostered Ministers

-Launching New Congregations and Reaching New People

-Enhancing Worship Practice

The Thrive Campaign has been launched to equip the people of God in Southern Ohio to thrive in ways we have not previously been able to afford or attempt. The goals center around:

  • Equipping Lay Leaders
  • Raising Up Leaders for Smaller Congregations
  • Strengthening Rostered Ministers
  • Launching New Congregations and Reaching New People
  • Enhancing Worship Practice

We want you, as Rostered Leaders of our congregations, to hear more about this exciting opportunity. The following opportunities are available to you. You are welcome at the one in your area or you are welcome to travel outside your conference if the schedule works better for you. Please RSVP to the host site.

    • Muskingum Conference Gathering, August 22nd, 5:00 p.m. at New Hope Lutheran Church, Adamsville (740.796.4665), including potluck supper
    • Northwest Conference Gathering, August 31st, 10:00 -1:00 at St. Mark, Fairborn (937.878.4700), with catered lite lunch
    • Dayton Conference Gathering, September 9, 7:00-9:00 pm at St. John's, Vandalia (937.898.5656), with desserts!

This effort is being planned by a Pastors Advisory Cabinet (PAC) that is led by Rev. Bonnie Gerber and Rev. Gil Santiago. Other Cabinet members include pastors: Michael Althauser; Elizabeth Clothier; Jonathan Eilert; Steve Mahaffey; Barry Scott; Charlie Woodward; Henry Zorn; and Campaign Manager, Larry Donner

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Synod News

Join us for the 2020 Ohio Rostered Ministers Gathering!

Pastors, Deacons, and full-time church professionals are invited to gather at the Nationwide Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio on January 28-30, 2020.

Keynote speaker is Rev. Jake Jacobson and Bible Study Leader is Dr. Wally Taylor. Their focus for this conference is 'Practical Evangelism'.

Registration opens September 1!

Look for more info soon!

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Southern Ohio Synod chosen as host for 2022 Churchwide Assembly!

The 2022 ELCA Churchwide Assembly (CWA) will be held in Columbus, Ohio for the first time in 35 years! We are thrilled with the opportunity to show off our great synod and all of its incredible people! Look for ways in the future that YOU can be a part of this important event.

We are stronger and better together...Joining Jesus in the Restoration of the World!

To see the live video stream of the 2022 CWA location announcement visit our Facebook page 


Free movie screening at Jacob's Porch-'Becoming Truly Human'

Join the folks at Jacob's Porch at OSU for a free movie screening/Q&A and/or lecture led by the movie's director, Nathan Jacobs--Sept 6 & 7

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A Mighty Fortress And Logo 3x3  

2019-2020 Synod Hymn List ready for download

The new Synod Hymn List is ready for your use as you plan the coming year.



Summary of ELCA Churchwide Assembly Actions

Here's the condensed version of what happened over 6 days in Milwaukee, WI when voting members from all 65 synods gathered to do the work of the Church.

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Elizabeth Eaton Presiding Bishop ELCA  

Our common witness.

Download the latest column by newly re-elected Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton.


Partners & Affiliates
Building An Inclusive Church Book 3x3  

Building an Inclusive Church training session Sept 27 in Cincinnati

Lutheran Church of the Resurrection hosts this special training for all congregations interested in becoming more welcoming to the LGBTQIA+ community.



Family and friends of Pr. Darryl Adams regarding his passing

Pr. Fred Cook and family as they mourn the death of his mother

Pr. Betsy Williams as she undergoes surgery August 27

Pr. Carol Hertler regarding the death of her father

Victims, families, friends and the communities of Dayton and El Paso

Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) with connections to the Southern Ohio Synod



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