Bishop Bradosky recently sent a letter and information to all Ohio congregations to  encourage a Fund Drive Appeal for the Oromo Evangelical Church of Columbus.

This  immigrant congregation is the fastest growing in the NALC at 20% per year, and has outgrown their rented space. The appeal is for the purchase of a church building for sale that will meet their needs far into the future, located just outside of Pickerington, Ohio on 9 ½ acres. This building will allow them to develop an additional worship service in English, and will serve as a center for the over 6,000 Ethiopians living in east Columbus. An information packet including the bishop’s letter, a video, and partnership documents was sent to every congregation before Thanksgiving, and congregations are being asked to send a generous gift and/or pledge before the end of the year as well as taking a Sunday in Advent to highlight the need and invite the personal partnerships of parishioners. Time is of the essence as we have until mid-January to collect pledges and contributions for the approval of their loan. If you have questions, please contact Pr. Jeff Morlock, Dean of SE Ohio Mission District at jmorlock@ualc.org or 614-451-4652 ext. 4652.

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Oromo Video  
Proposed Church Building   
Trifold Campaign Brochure   
Partnership Documents        


Please check out our Outreach Page for information on donating or supporting the relief efforts of the SEOMD for the hurricane victims in Texas.


The next Mission District Pastors/Lay Ministers Gathering will be Friday, January 26 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 3220 Columbus St., Grove City, Ohio 43123. Thanks to Pastors Don Allman and Patti Morlock for hosting us and leading us in Scripture and prayer.

The next Executive Council Meeting of the Mission District will be Thursday, January 18 at Grace Lutheran Church, 65 E. Columbus St., Thornville, OH 43076. Thanks to Pr. Orrey McFarland for hosting and leading us in Scripture and prayer.


Please pray for four congregations currently in the call process:
New Life, Gallipolis - Pastor
St. John, Columbus - Pastor
St. John’s, Grove City - Senior Pastor
Upper Arlington Lutheran (UALC) - Senior Pastor

Send prayer requests for individuals or congregations to: Pr. Jeff Morlock,
 jmorlock@ualc.org 
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Congratulations to St. John Lutheran Church, Columbus, celebrating their 100th Anniversary of Word and Sacrament ministry and reaching out in mission and witness to the Hilltop community in west Columbus!