Virginia - Western Maryland Synod
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
(20 February 2024)
The synod website updates frequently (as in often) and
irregularly (as in not on a particular schedule). Click here (or on the picture at
right) to find out what has been recently updated.
Lutheran Summer Music Academy
Do you know a high school musician who would benefit from
four-week, faith-based music academy? Check out the Lutheran
Summer Music Academy.
NominationsNominations are not coming in but not as quickly as we would like. The public input phase of our nominating process officially opened 2 February 2024. A full posting of positions to be elected at Synod Assembly 2024 is posted on our Nominations page (where you can also access the online public input form). Deadline for submissions is 3 March 2024.
Synod Clergy Cont. Ed: Winter/Spring 2024 and Fall 2024
A major announcement related to the our not holding a
Winter/Spring 2024 Event is posted on out Education for
Clergy & Laity page. At the same time
alternative opportunities for continuing education are
post on the same page along with a very advance notice
about the presenter and dates for the Fall 2024 Event.
Worship in Lent
Worship resources for Lent have been updated. Colors,
candles, responsories, introits, and basic liturgical
design is accessible from our Worship page.
Zeidler's Altar Prayers
We are now providing a modern English adaptation of Zeidler's Altar Prayers.
The latest installment of Zeidler's Altar Prayers,
covering Lent (Ash Wednesday through Easter Vigil) is now
available for download. You are invited to use these for
personal devotion or as an alternative for the prayers of
intercession (a.k.a. prayer of the church) at Sunday
here for this and more resources for the prayers of
Camp Summer Staff Applications
Camp Luther and Caroline Furnace are accepting
application for summer staff. Visit our Camping Ministry page for
information and links.
It's time to file parochial reports. Pastors and lay
leaders, visit our Parochial
Reports page for information and links to the online
Bishop's Lenten Book Study: The New Church DebateAs the Commission for a Renewed Lutheran Church tackles questions of restructuring the denomination, a book study on The New Church Debate allows readers to explore questions swirling at the time of the formation of the ELCA. For details, visit our Education for Clergy & Laity page.
Schmucker at 225
A day-long conference on the legacy of Samuel Simon
Schmucker a noted (and, in the opinion of some, notorious)
Lutheran churchman, educator, theologian, and abolitionist
will be held at Gettysburg College on 24 February 2024.
For more details, visit our Education for Clergy
& Laity page.
Faith & Community in Appalachia Conference: Registration OpenHave you heard about the Faith & Community in Appalachia Conference? Registration is now open. Check it out.
Draft of a Social Statement on Civic Life and FaithThe Draft of a Social Statement on Civic Life and Faith is now available for review and feedback. Visit our Civic Life & Faith page for details.
Call OpeningsWe have one active MSP at the moment and a couple in drafting. We also have some settings in which a call could be considered without an active MSP. On top of that, there is potential for contract appointments. With several clergy vacancies across the territory, there are opportunities for clergy interested in serving in the WV-WMD Synod. Visit the clergy page to find out whats available (or will be available once the MSP is completed).
Mutual Ministry Committee and the Driesen ManualIn partial fulfillment of an order from Synod Assembly 2021, information about the Driesen Manual has been uploaded to the website on a new page, Mutual Ministry Committee and the Driesen Manual. You will find there an explanation an a link to the manual.
If you haven't checked out the members portal...Don't forget to take a peek of the members portal (click the button at right near the top of this page). It's not password protected. We only call it the "members portal" because it's mostly stuff that deals with the internal workings of the synod. Visitors looking for more general information about the synod, will probably find the "guest portal" more interesting.
West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod, ℅St. Paul Lutheran Church, 309 Baldwin Street, Morgantown, WV 26505
304-363-4030 + Porter@WV-WMD.org