Welcome Pastor Mitch Phillips!

Bishop Barbins is delighted to announce that Pastor Mitch Phillips will be joining your Synod Staff as the Assistant to the Bishop for Leadership. You will be able to greet him at Synod Assembly; his first official day is June 21st. Pastor Phillips grew up in Columbus, Ohio – but...

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Pre-Assembly Documents Posted

The 2021 Northeastern Ohio Synod Education Day and Assembly (June 11 and 12) – is fast-approaching! Registration closes on May 30, 2021. Pre-Assembly Materials (general information, business items, and reports) are now posted on the Assembly webpage.

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ELCA Open Doors Grants

Beginning April 21, your congregation is invited to apply for an Open Doors grant. Open Doors is a new initiative to support ELCA congregations interested in meeting new people during this time of re-gathering in physical spaces. Together as the ELCA, we share a ministry goal of connecting with a million new people and...

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ELCA World Hunger – Domestic Grant Opportunities

From ELCA World Hunger, two new grant opportunities… First, a new round of Daily Bread Matching Grants launches soon! ELCA congregations interested in raising funds for their feeding ministry through ELCA World Hunger’s online platform, matched with a $500 grant, can register and apply in ELCA GrantMaker starting Monday, April...

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Farewell Announcement: Pastor Karl Biermann

It is with decidedly mixed feelings that we announce Pastor Karl Biermann, Assistant to the Bishop, has taken a new call with the ELCA Foundation. You can read Pastor Biermann’s letter here. We will miss Pastor Biermann’s dedication and passion for ministry in the Northeastern Ohio Synod, but wish him...

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Synod Council Endorses Anti-Racism Statements 

At its March 20,2021 meeting, NEO Synod Council unanimously endorsed the anti-racism statements of the ELCA Presiding Bishop and Conference of Bishops. Both of these statements condemn the surge of anti-Asian sentiment and the acts of violence again Asian descent peoples in the past year. Along with these statements, your...

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Changes to the PPP Business Loan Program

We received information from Pr. Amy Reumann of ELCA Advocacy regarding applications for the Paycheck Protection Program. The next two weeks are set aside only for applications from businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 staff (i.e., most churches!), because these entities have been disadvantaged in the application process in...

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