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Southern Ohio Synod e-bulletin for Rostered Ministers for the Week of April 29, 2020

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

As promised, everything in this e-bulletin pertains to the current COVID-19 pandemic and our response as the Church. Everything below is available on our website. Many of the resources are updated daily. Please check our website and Facebook page regularly and look for emails, like this one, from SOS Communications and Bishop Dillahunt.
Synod News

Don't forget to join Bishop Dillahunt for a check-in call regarding the next steps for congregations as the Ohio economy begins to open up and stay at home orders change.

When: Apr 30, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Bishop's Update 

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Password: 927377

Or iPhone one-tap : 

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Or Telephone:

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COVID-19 Resources centralized for easy access to the information you need

Please see our COVID-19 Resources page by clicking on the link below (also found in our Quick Links section on the bottom left of or home page) or select one of the links to a specific section using those links below.

New information in the COVID-19 Resources section you need to know about:

1. Publications to consider as congregations make a plan to begin in-person worship

Guidelines For Re Engaging In Public Religious Gatherings

From Citizens for Community Values (Ohio specific)

24 Questions Your Church Should Answer Before People Return 

Article by Ken Braddy, Jr. (Not Ohio specific)

Guidance for the New Normal from the Clergy Coaching Network

Clergy Coaching blog (Not Ohio specific)





This week on Facebook...SOS Serves isn't only about food pantries or clothing distribution...It's about being Jesus' presence in our communities. Read how Augsburg Lutheran Church, Cincinnati showed the love of Christ during a time of mourning to members and the community.

On Monday, April 27 Augsburg LC, Cincinnati held it's first brief 'lawn gathering'. A long time member died from COVID-19 a few days earlier. Congregational members were invited to meet in the church parking lot, with signs and masks. Those who were unable to attend or uncomfortable about attending were invited to pray at home during this time. We drove to the home in a procession. It was quite a site. Neighbors joined the congregation on the large front lawn and nearly filled it. Some stayed at or in their cars. Most in masks. Everyone social distancing. Some with signs. One member brought his guitar and played it. Together we sang hymns, heard God's Word, and prayed for the family. Family members Face-timed other family members. When we were finished, Augsburg members spontaneously began to yell to the family "We love you" "God is with you" "We're praying for you." The presence of the Spirit was undeniable.

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Missed the Online Stewardship Workshop? Watch Recording with Updated Information!

If you missed the April 2nd or 23rd online workshops on 'Keeping Stewardship Strong in Uncertain Times' led by our Thrive consultantPr. Mike Ward of GSB Fundraising, you may now view a recording of the April 23rd event.

The recording includes updated information not part of the April 2nd workshopGet tangible ideas for responding during this crisis, keeping generosity flowing to your congregations, and the type of effective messaging to use in communications to your congregation and community.

You may access the recording at:  April 23rd Online Workshop: Keeping Stewardship Strong in Uncertain Times.

The password is: 3M*T$8@!

Please note: the first 6 minutes includes “gathering time,” so you may wish to “fast forward” to timestamp 6:05 where the workshop begins.

For additional resources from Mike and GSB about responding to the crisis, click here:  More Resources from GSB

The workshop is brought to you by Thrive! and the generosity of many individuals and congregations who have donated to the campaign.

   Mike Ward


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Recruitment for the 2020 cohort for Stewardship for All Seasons (SAS) extended until May 22

Given the mass disruption in the life of the church and society, Pr. Katie Kerrigan is extending the SAS recruitment period to May 22. Please don't miss out on this incredible opportunity.


Bishop Dillahunt to participate in 'Finding Courage in a time of Overwhelming Fear' online event May 3

As part of a new series from The Cincinnati Festival of Faiths, Bishop Dillahunt will share her thoughts during the third in the "Turning to Faith" series of brief webinars will be held this Sunday, May 3, beginning at 4:00 pm.

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Youth Gathering Informational Meeting
Mon, May 4, 2020 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT) 

Please join Gary Pecuch from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 

You can also dial in using your phone. 
United States: +1 (669) 224-3412 

Access Code: 673-163-261 

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: 


Coaching Resources for Rostered Ministers

Leading through uncertainty...

During this time of uncertainty, Pastor Mike Weaver, Synod Coaching Coordinator and Certified Leadership and Influence Coach, invites you to gather for Leading Through Uncertainty. 

You will walk away with:

1.  Seven questions to prepare yourself and the congregation for what’s next.

2.  Insights about how to be influential on video.

3.  A tool that will help eliminate stress and help you stay focused during this time.

4.  Wisdom from the world of improv theater to help you lead well during this time.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 826 939 7419


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Tracking Online Worship Attendance--Updates to Form A for ELCA reporting

This period of “social distancing” has demanded that congregations come up with creative online solutions for gathering the community in worship, whether through livestreaming, posting of recorded services, or both. This has led to many questions about how to track and report attendance when it comes time to fill out Form A next year.


ELCA COVID-19 response

You can help the ministries of the ELCA by supporting your local congregation and making a gift to the ELCA’s COVID-19 Response Fund.

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ELCA Worship News for April 2020

When our hearts are wintry, grieving, or in pain your touch can call us back to life again, fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been; love is come again like wheat arising green. (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 379)


The staff of the Southern Ohio Synod is here for you as you need us. Please reach out to us as you always have if your congregation's leadership needs guidance or support.



A note from Bishop Dillahunt: A prayer for protection and of gratitude while we wait

Pr. Brian Nunnally as he undergoes surgery

Deacon Dr. Timothy Guenther as he recovers from surgery

Pastors, Deacons and others making end of life visits during the pandemic



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