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'Introduction to the Protestant Reformation' Workshop Sept 30--Open invite from our Episcopal partners

We have been able to engage a theologically diverse group of workshop speakers including Rev. Dr. Charles Peterson (Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church), Dr. Fritz Graf (OSU Department of Classics), Dr. Sally Stamper (Capital University Department of Religion and Philosophy), Pastor Joel Miller (Columbus Mennonite Church), and Dr. Diane Lobody (Methodist Theological School of Ohio).

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September 2017 Parish Paper available for download and reading--'Equipping Volunteers Builds Strong Church Community'

The September 2017 issue discusses ways we can identify and lift up volunteers in our congregations to avoid burnout and losing members who want to be involved.

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500 & BEYOND - Reform, Restore, Revive and Respond! SOS WELCA Biennial Breeze

Biennial information and Triennial gathering summary...So much going on you won't want to miss this issue!

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Know What to Expect During Portico’s Annual Enrollment

ELCA's benefit recipients should be aware of what's happening in the next few months regarding health care plans and enrollment. Read this article to find out what you need to do to sign up for your benefits.

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Fraud alert! Scammers targeting church treasurers to get money transferred to outside account

A congregation in the ELCA recently was scammed out of over $19,000. If the treasurer had followed some simple steps, they would still have that money for ministry.

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ELCA commitment to confronting racism and anti-Semitism

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), stands against all forms of hatred and discrimination. The church believes that cultural, ethnic and racial differences should be seen and celebrated as what God intends them to be—blessings rather than means of oppression and discrimination.

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Wittenberg University to host several Reformation Commemoration events on campus starting in September

Here at Wittenberg University we will have a number of events this fall to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, to help us understand this movement’s impact and continuing legacy.

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All are invited to join Bishop Dillahunt for a synod wide Reformation Service on Oct 22!

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 5475 Brand Rd, Dublin, Ohio will host this special celebration that you will not want to miss!

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You are invited to 'Looking Back & Called Forward' in Washington DC or via livestream on Oct 31

The all-day event, which will include speakers, fellowship, music and worship, will be held at Lutheran Church of the Reformation and will be livestreamed for all to view. As the first centennial of the ecumenical era, we will look back on 500 years of the Reformation through the lens of more than 50 years of ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue and look to the future as we are called forward together in Christ.

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Video from President Beth Paul regarding the reunion of Capital University and Trinity Lutheran Seminary

Capital University and Trinity Lutheran Seminary are rising up for a world that needs us.

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Time for some fall colors exploration on the 'Fall Colors Journey' with LOMO

Come explore the scenery of Door County and experience the beautiful Downtown Chicago city life. Spend a week on a bus journey with a variety of sites, venues, activities, dining and shopping experiences.

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SOS 2017-18 Hymn List ready for download

Thanks to Pr. Bill Rauch for putting together the 2017-18 hymn list for our synod!

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Understanding the Impact of Addiction & Supporting Recovery Workshop

Thursday, August 24, 2017--Strategies for Clergy and other Congregational Leaders that will strengthen their knowledge on how to share hope to all who suffer from addiction.

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Mark Wilhelm named executive director of Network of ELCA Colleges and Universities

he Rev. Mark N. Wilhelm has been named executive director of the Network of ELCA Colleges and Universities. Wilhelm previously served as ELCA program director for schools, which included early childhood, elementary, secondary and colleges and universities. He was appointed interim executive director of the network when it was established in 2015.

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Portico Annual Enrollment information for employers coming soon!

Please watch your email for employer information about Portico Benefits annual enrollment.

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Southern Ohio Synod Hunger Task Force invites you to join us on September 16!

The Southern Ohio Synod Hunger Task Force invites you to join us in our work in encouraging and supporting congregational hunger ministries in our mission territory. Our next meeting is Saturday, September 16, 10:00 am-12:00 pm at the Synod office, at 300 S. Second Street in Columbus.

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Reminder! All are invited to join Bishop Dillahunt for a synod wide Reformation Service on Oct 22!

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 5475 Brand Rd, Dublin, Ohio will host this special celebration that you will not want to miss!

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‘With New Voices: Commandment #2' video

Video from Bishop Eaton on the 2nd commandment and info about the next installment...Commandment #3.

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Reminder! Register today for the 'Feminine Faithful and Frazzled' ELCA women's rostered ministers retreat

Thursday Oct. 12 lunch to Saturday Oct. 14 lunch at Lutheran Memorial Camp 2970 St.Rt.61, Fulton, Ohio.

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ELCA Stewardship Summer Newsletter tidbits

The ELCA Stewardship team had this to say about mission support and how your congregation can share the importance of giving and how these dollars impact lives near and far.

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Save the Date: National Day of Prayer for Faith, Hope & Life

Sept 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention invites you to pray for those who have been affected by suicide.

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ELCA asks for your input on the Human Rights Social Message

Please take some time to read and respond to the ELCA Human Rights Social Message on the ELCA website. A link to the page is provided in this article.

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'Fishing for People--Evangelism for all the Baptized' workshop, Sept 23 led by Pr. Katie Kerrigan

'Fishing for People' is designed for all baptized members of our congregations, not just the ordained or specially trained. You’ll receive real-world, hands-on training and tips you can take back to your congregation to share, plus meet others from our mission territory who also want to share the Good News in their communities. You’ll walk out of this workshop excited and prepared to ‘fish for people’ and will have made a few new friends in the process.

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Robert Humphrey elected bishop of ELCA Virginia Synod

The Rev. Robert F Humphrey, Harrisonburg, Va., was elected June 11 to a six-year term as bishop of the Virginia Synod of the ELCA.

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