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May 28, 2020
Volume 33 - Issue 3
Published 6 Times a Year
Next Unified mailing: 
July 17, 2020
Deadline for articles: 
July 13, 2020
The e-Unified is sent to all E-news subscribers, and published on the Synod's web site, six times/year; submission deadlines are announced in each issue. Between e-Unified issues, the weekly E-news keeps you updated with news, events, and announcements. If you would like to begin receiving the E-news and our other electronic mailings you may sign-up on our website. Simply go to and click on Unified Newsletter; from there click on Join Our Electronic Mailings to sign-up. If you have articles or notices to publish in the Unified, please contact Marilyn Matevia at the Synod office, 
Please remember to let the Synod office know if your Unified job postings, equipment offers or requests, etc., have been filled!
Please note: As of Tuesday, March 17, the Lutheran Center is operating under modified hours. Office Administrator Sony Gilroy (330-929-9022, ext. 21) will be in the synod office on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and Resource Specialist Karen Kaufman (330-929-9020) will be in the Resource Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Essential individual appointments may still be held at the participant's discretion, but ALL group meetings will be held electronically. The pastoral team and support team will be working remotely except for those days and times listed above and you will have electronic access to any pastor or support team member via email and voicemail. All pastoral staff visits to congregations are cancelled until further notice. The pastoral team will also be recording weekly sermons for your use during this time. They will be available on the Northeastern Ohio Synod YouTube channel, NEOSynod. Please refer to our COVID-19: Updates & Resources
for Congregations page on the synod website for helpful information. We will continue to update our website and social media sites as new information becomes available.
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Pentecost, Trinity Sunday Worship Options. The Northeastern Ohio Synod Pastoral Team is pleased and excited to announce that we will provide a complete online worship service (Service of the Word) for Pentecost Sunday, May 31, 2020. This is our way of expressing appreciation for all the hard work the rostered ministers and worship leaders of our congregations have done during this time of pandemic, and a way of giving you the option of a Sunday "off." The service will be available on our YouTube channel: with a link and downloadable bulletins also available on the synod website:
In addition, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will be providing a sermon in video and written format that may be used by congregations in your local online worship or devotional ministry. It is scheduled to be available in time for Trinity Sunday, June 7, 2020. It will be based on texts that make it "transferrable" to other Sundays close to that date if that works better in local planning. This is a way for Bishop Eaton to remind us that "We are Church Together." Watch our Facebook and Twitter pages for when it becomes available.
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Temporary Expanded Licensing for Streaming Worship Services. Augsburg Fortress is extending through July 31, 2020, its temporary permission for worshiping communities to include Augsburg Fortress administered liturgical text and liturgical music copyrights in a livestream or podcast. You have permission to livestream or podcast all liturgy and music content under copyright to or administered by Augsburg Fortress when that content is being used for worship. No reporting is required. The following content is included:
  • All liturgical text and liturgical music under copyright to or administered by Augsburg Fortress
  • All service music, hymns, and songs under copyright to or administered by Augsburg Fortress
  • Augsburg Fortress choral, keyboard, and instrumental music
For detailed information, visit the Augsburg Fortress website: 
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You can find updated synod events on the website calendar page, along with more details about the events below (where appropriate):
30          8:30 AM, Synod Council, via Zoom
3           10:00 AM, Cleveland East, Cleveland West, Canton-Massillon rostered
leaders meeting, via Zoom
4          12:30 PM, Finance & Budget Meeting, via Zoom
16        1:00 PM, Conference Deans Meeting, via Zoom
25        5:30 PM, Executive Committee Meeting, via Zoom
30        1:00 PM, Conference Deans Meeting, via Zoom
14         1:00 PM, Conference Deans Meeting, via Zoom
18        8:30 AM, Synod Council Meeting, via Zoom