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Annual Bishop's Theological Convocation March 13, 2017--Together in Hope; Register today!

Bishop Suzanne Dillahunt invites you to join her and our guest presenters, Father John W. Crossin and Reverend Don McCoid on Monday, March 13, 2017 for the annual Bishop’s Theological Convocation. This year’s theme is Together in Hope, mirroring the theme of the gathering in Lund, Sweden in 2016. Our guest presenters are both experts in the area of ecumenical relations and have worked and presented together extensively on the topic, especially in the area of Roman Catholic and Lutheran relations. We encourage you to invite the Catholic priests from your area to be part of this wonderful day of discussion, fellowship and worship.

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Save the date! God's Work, Our Hands Sunday Sept 10 2017

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. The ELCA’s anniversary theme, “Freed and Renewed in Christ,” reminds us of the gospel’s promise that we are freed in Christ to love and serve our neighbors. This is work that you do every day – serving your community in ways that share the love of Christ with all of God’s people.

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Wittenberg selects Dr. Michael Frandsen as 15th president

The Wittenberg University Board of Directors has unanimously selected Dr. Michael Frandsen, vice president for finance and administration at Oberlin College, as Wittenberg’s 15th president. Frandsen will begin his tenure July 1, 2017.

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Southern Ohio Synod Mission Territory Chrism Mass-April 10 and 11

Rostered Ministers of the Southern Ohio Synod are invited to participate in a special Chrism Mass on either April 10 or 11.

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International Women's Day is March 8-How will your congregation celebrate?

Every year on March 8, people around the world commemorate International Women’s Day, a day dedicated to celebrating women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. On this day, members of the ELCA celebrate by supporting and lifting up the International Women Leaders initiative – one of 10 priorities part of The Campaign for the ELCA.

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February 2017 Parish Paper available for download and reading--'How Do Congregations Respond to Interfaith Couples?'

The February 2017 issue discusses how congregations can better welcome interfaith couples.

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Whose work is it?

Bishop Elizabeth Eaton's February 2017 column in 'Living Lutheran'--Looking at the 12, Jesus asked, 'Will you also go away?' Simon Peter answered, 'Lord to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life.' (John 6:66-68)

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Benefit Concert Feb 26th for LSS Faith Mission Homeless Shelter in Columbus

Gethsemane Lutheran Church is hosting a benefit concert, which is open to the entire community. Synchronicity Trio and guest artists Denise Spires clarinet will offer its annual benefit concert for Faith Mission Homeless Shelters on Sunday, February 26 at 4:00 pm.

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'Fishing for People--Evangelism for all the Baptized' workshop, March 4 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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Invite Someone You Know to Explore Trinity March 7 & 8

Invite someone you know to visit campus during the next Explore Trinity event March 7-8. Visitors will meet seminary students, professors, and staff; sample a seminary class; and learn how to find scholarships, interact with local churches and other ministries, and study abroad.

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ELCA presiding bishop addresses President Trump’s refugee executive order

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has issued a pastoral message addressing President Trump’s executive order to restrict entry by refugees and visitors into the United States from seven predominately Muslim countries.

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Resources for joint study of the international ecumenical document “From Conflict to Communion”

All SOS congregations are encouraged to connect with the Catholic parishes in your area to participate in this 5-6 session study during 2017.

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Roy and Kathryn Hickes Scholarship program accepting applications for 2017-18

The Hickes Education Award is available to Lutherans of any age residing in the Southern Ohio Synod and the Ohio Mission District of the North American Lutheran Church; however, members of the congregation of Trinity Lutheran Church, Springfield, Ohio, receive special consideration during the selection process. Applicants may be rostered with the Southern Ohio Synod or the Ohio Mission District of the North American Lutheran Church but enrolled in programs/schools located outside of southern Ohio. Deadline for registration is Feb 24.

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