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Southern Ohio Synod e-bulletin for Rostered Ministers for the Week of May 13, 2020

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Synod News

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program Available through ODJFS

Ohioans can now apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), a new federal program that covers many more categories of workers than the traditional unemployment program, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) announced today.

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Reminder! Please make sure to flush church building plumbing regularly when building not in use

The following is an article from about what happens when our buildings sit unused for extended periods of time. If your church building isn't being used, please make sure to flush toilets, run sinks, etc. to clear out the stale water sitting in the pipes. This should be done regularly until the building is in frequent use again.


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.

Please share with you church council and other lay leaders.

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Send us your updates!

Updates to online, streaming and any other worship services, Bible studies, etc needed for SOS COVID-19 Resources page.

Worship & Study Resources

Please check out Worship & Study Resources section to see if your information is still correct. If not, or if you'd like to have your online worship service listed, please email with the updates.


Connect with the 'Connect Retreat' today!

Watch Gary Pecuch's intro to the Connect Retreat and why your youth should be 'connected' during this time of being apart!



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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.


Need a break?

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

Have you been working non-stop since the stay at home order started? Need a break? One of our SOS supply preachers is available to assist in making that happen.

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God's Work Our Hands Day of Service September 13 2020

This year our church — and our world — are living through the COVID-19 pandemic. Physical distancing has changed the way we worship and serve. We miss gathering with family and friends to share God’s love in person. But the need is great, and God’s church is at work.


ELCA presiding bishop issues pastoral message on COVID-19 racism and white supremacy

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. —I Corinthians 12:12

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In a time of physical distancing due to the coronavirus, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reminds us in her latest column in Living Lutheran that we aren’t islands—we are united in baptism.


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Here to Serve: Being Church in the Time of COVID-19 Weekly Online Gathering for ELCA Leaders, Wednesdays, 2 pm ET

You are invited to join this weekly gathering designed to provide encouragement and support for ELCA leaders across the church and throughout society.



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.

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Partners and Affiliates
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Register NOW for 'Navigating the Rapids: Finding Hope in Changing Times' May 28-29

Register now for the completely online 2020 May Leadership Event sponsored by Healthy Congregations & Methodist Theological School in Ohio.


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.



Pr. David Eidson regarding health issues

Family and friends of Mrs. Carol Swank regarding her passing

Family and friends of Mr. Richard Hartmann regarding his passing

Pr. Brian Nunnally as he undergoes surgery



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