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Southern Ohio Synod e-bulletin for the Week of May 6, 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

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. 24 Questions Your Church Should Answer Before People Return 

2. Responsible Start Ohio Welcome Page--Sector Specific Operating Requirements

3. New checklists relevant to congregations and members

4. CDC Cleaning and Disinfection for Community Facilities: Read this to be ready when congregations can safely meet together again.

5. Link to Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services website. This link is under the ODH CDC Who Resources and Mental Health Resources sections.




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Bishop Dillahunt's video call with rostered ministers from 4.30.20 is available now on our YouTube channel

In this call Bishop Dillahunt and Dr. Curt Passafume, Pharm.D., answer our rostered ministers' questions and concerns regarding the next steps to coming back together as a church.


Substitute pastor available to allow your pastor to take a Sunday off!

Has your pastor been working overtime during the pandemic crisis? Would they like a Sunday off? One of our SOS supply preachers is available to assist in making that happen.

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Connect with the High School 'Connect Retreat' online!

With the need to cancel this year, we (Dan Jacob) came up with the idea and coordinated the design of an online Connect Retreat experience. It's flexible, fun and free. Check it out!


Note to the synod: As we wait a little longer

Dear Church,

Much like in the story of Noah in the 8th chapter of Genesis where he watched and waited and sent out birds to see if the time was right to open the doors to the ark and resettle the earth, we, too find ourselves watching and waiting for the right time to re-open the doors of our church buildings for in person worship. Governor Mike DeWine shared his plan on Monday to begin re-opening the economy of Ohio, for many business sectors the time has come to bring back employees and welcome customers, but for congregations, the dove has returned. It is not yet time for us to come together physically as the Church.

Click on the headline to read Bishop Dillahunt's latest letter to the synod.


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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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Reminder regarding live streaming licenses for your congregation's online worship services

Most licenses do not include streaming unless the congregation pays an extra fee to include online streaming in the scope of the license.


Affiliates and Partners

Sustain the Flame! TLS Summer Seminary Sampler is still going strong...

COVID-19 can’t stop Sustain the Flame. In fact, in this season, God’s blessed a new path for vocational exploration and we’re so excited to share it with you!


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SOS Lutheran Men in Mission starting weekly Bible Study

Connect with Dave Drumm to get on the email list and begin connecting spiritually with others in our synod during this time of isolation. It's not too late to participate! Join in today!!!


LOMO Board makes difficult decision to cancel all summer camps, including Amazing Grace Day Camps, due to Coronavirus

Our number one priority is to love each and every person we encounter; this includes campers, donors, retreaters, students, volunteers and employees.

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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.



Family and friends of Mrs. Carol Swank regarding her passing

Family and friends of Mr. Richard Hartmann regarding his passing

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

Pr. Brian Nunnally as he undergoes surgery


Employment Opportunities

Music Director/Organist/Handbell Director
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Reading, Ohio

Ohio jobs from the website


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