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July 31, 2020
Volume 33 - Issue 4
Published 6 Times a Year
Next Unified mailing: 
Sept 25, 2020
Deadline for articles: 
Sept 21, 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: The Lutheran Center continues to operate under modified hours. Office Administrator Sony Gilroy (330-929-9022, ext. 21) is 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) is 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 continues to record weekly sermons for your use during this time. They are available on the Northeastern Ohio Synod YouTube channel, NEOSynod.

Please refer to our COVID-19: Updates & Resources for Congregations page on the website for helpful information. We will continue to update our website and social media sites as new information becomes available.

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2020 Assembly Update. The 2020 Northeastern Ohio Synod Assembly has been rescheduled for September 11 and 12, and registration is now open. The Call & Notice, registration instructions, and answers to common questions about this assembly can all be found on the Assembly page of the synod website: and in the weekly e-news.
This will be a virtual assembly, conducted online through Zoom. Registration is now open and will be open until August 13. Even if you already registered for the original June dates, you will have to RE-register for September. We are not able to transfer previous registrations. Please read the registration instructions carefully before you register. We have included a one-page summary flyer with this Unified.

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Resource additions to the synod website. Earlier this year we added a COVID-19 resource page to the synod website, and we have updated the resources available there on an almost-weekly basis. Among many other useful links, you will find a page of guidelines for safely conducting in-person worship, and sample protocols for in-person worship that have been shared by some of our synod congregations. Check this page regularly:
            We have also begun to compile a list of websites and resources for congregational study and conversations about racial justice. The Racial Justice resource page can be found here:
            Finally, we are adding a section of Stewardship resources (under the "Resources" tab on website home page) and will begin adding content to that page in the next couple of weeks.
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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): 
5          Bishop's Clergy Meeting, 10:00 AM, via Zoom  
(contact for link)
11        Stewardship Committee Meeting, 10:00 AM, via Zoom
17        Worship Committee Meeting, 1:00 PM, via Zoom
20        Discipling & Evangelizing Committee Meeting, 1:30 PM, via Zoom
2          Bishop's Clergy Meeting, 10:00 AM, via Zoom  
(contact for link)
8          Conference Deans Meeting, 1:00 PM, via Zoom
11-12   Northeastern Ohio Synod Assembly, via Zoom (
see details above and on the synod website)
7          Bishop's Clergy Meeting, 10:00 AM, via Zoom  
(contact for link)
17        Synod Council Meeting, details to be sent to Synod Council members