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Read a Book Day

September 6 is National Read a Book Day and the Northwestern Ohio Synod staff wants to help you celebrate! We challenge you to make today the day that you finish that book that’s been sitting on your shelf for months, or to start the book that you’ve been putting off!...

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Installation Announcement: Reverend Doug Pretorius

Installation Announcement Reverend Doug Pretorius St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Wapakoneta, Ohio September 11, 2018 at 6:30 P.M. Dear Rostered Ministers, Lay Leaders, and Brothers & Sisters in Christ, We are pleased to announce that on Tuesday, September 11, at 6:30...

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Fall Gatherings and Bishop’s Bake-Off

Join us for a night of worship, fellowship, and learning at the annual NWOS Fall Gatherings! Gathering Info All Gatherings will start at 6:30 p.m. with worship, followed by the Bake-Off, and a time of learning. Bishop Daniel will kick-off the evening with...

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Reflections on Tanzania – Part 2

Dear Friends in Christ, "I lift up my eyes to the hills- from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth." (Psalm 121:1-2) It was a blessing to have the opportunity to travel to Tanzania, July 29 - August 11. As I stated in last...

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Reflections on Tanzania – Part 1

Dear Friends in Christ, "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty (John 4:13) It was a blessing to have the opportunity to travel to Tanzania, July 29-August 11. The purpose...

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2019 ELCA World Hunger Domestic Hunger Grants

The application for 2019 ELCA World Hunger Domestic Hunger Grants is now open! Visit ELCA.org/domestichungergrants to learn more about the grants and how to apply. You are also invited to attend a webinar that will review the granting priorities and cover...

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Money Matters

"It is well with those who deal generously and lend, who conduct their affairs with justice." (Psalm 112:5). Money matters, and the careful and strategic use of money is a necessary (though often neglected) ingredient for effective leadership. Money matters to Jesus,...

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Centering Prayer

Dear Friends in Christ, "Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him..."  (Psalm 37:7a) It is good to be back in Ohio, after time away in Houston, Texas, for the National Youth Gathering. I will write more about the Gathering in the weeks to come. On Friday,...

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Augsburg Confession

Dear Friends in Christ, "but all things should be done decently and in order" (1 Corinthians 14:40) On June 25, 1530, the Augsburg Confession was presented to the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V, at an Imperial Diet, in the city of Augsburg. Emperor Charles V invited...

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Discouragement

"So, we rebuilt the wall, and all the wall was joined together to half its height; for the people had a mind to work. But when Sanballat and Tobiah and the Arabs and the Ammonites and the Ashdodites heard that the repairing of the walls of Jerusalem was going forward...

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Criticism

"Now when Sanballat heard that we were building the wall, he was angry and greatly enraged, and he mocked the Jews. He said in the presence of his associates and of the army of Samaria, "What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they restore things? Will they sacrifice?...

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The Jesus Prayer

"When he [Bartimaeus] heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" (Mark 10:47). In one of my past e-mail blasts, I mentioned praying the "Jesus Prayer" during my long-distance runs. "Jesus Christ, Son of...

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NWOS Lutherans ‘March for Our Lives’

Caroline Guy | April 24, 2018 “Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12 One month ago, on March 24th, 2018, people all over the world came together to say “Never Again”...

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Prayer is a Marathon

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you" (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). I just finished my 3rd half-marathon, and I was pleased with my finish and time. I am slowly learning how to run...

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Lifelong Learning

"For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding" (Proverbs 2:6). One of the guiding principles that we pursue as a staff in the Northwestern Ohio Synod is the principle of lifelong learning. As a learning community devoted to Christian...

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Solitude and Motivation

"Then I got up during the night, I and a few men with me; I told no one what my God had put into my heart to do for Jerusalem. The only animal I took was the animal I rode.I went out by night by the Valley Gate past the Dragon's Spring and to the Dung Gate, and I...

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Prayers and Plans

"Then the king said to me, "What do you request?" So, I prayed to the God of heaven. Then I said to the king, "If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor with you, I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city of my ancestors' graves, so that I may...

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Affirmation of Vows

On March 27, rostered ministers from Northwest Ohio will be gathering for the annual Affirmation of Vows Chrism Mass. This special service includes the blessing of oils and a renewal of the commitment these leaders have made to serve the body of Christ. The blessing...

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Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed the World

Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed the World Trinity Lutheran Church 389 S. Shoop Ave. Wauseon, OH 43567 Sunday, October 22 6:00pm Trinity Lutheran Church in Wauseon will host a public viewing of the movie recently shown on pbs, "Martin Luther: The Idea...

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Sacred Threads Exhibit

The HeART Gallery in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, downtown Toledo, will host a traveling exhibit “SACRED THREADS” October 19-21. The juried exhibit of 40 fiber art pieces is a gathering of wall quilts exploring themes of spirituality, joy, inspiration,...

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Fall Gatherings

Join Bishop Daniel for dessert, fellowship, worship, and learning at the Fall Gatherings! Gathering Info: This non-conference specific event will take place at five different congregations across Northwestern Ohio. Each gathering will begin at 6:30pm with a Taize...

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Coordinator of Communications and Technology – Caroline Guy

The Northwestern Ohio Synod is pleased to announce Caroline Guy as our new Coordinator of Communications and Technology. Caroline Guy is a recent graduate of Baldwin Wallace University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and specializations in Public...

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2018 ELCA Youth Gathering

Information for the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston, Texas on June 27-July 1, 2018 is listed below. Important Dates July 15 - Financial Aid window opens July 15 - Volunteer sign-up closes September 15 - Registration Begins Early Bird - Sept. 15-Nov. 15 ($350)...

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Synod Musician Recognition Event

Church musicians are some of the busiest (and most organized) people on the planet. And while the school year is closing and summer schedules are ramping up – we are asking you to add . . . yes . . . .one more thing to your calendar! Saturday, June 10 from noon - 3:30...

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