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(12 March 2023)

Web UpdateSynod Website Updates

We've moved the list of updates to the to a page of its own. Click here (or on the pic at right) to find out what has been recently updated.

Pittsburgh Compline Choir Sings Becker

The Pittsburgh Compline Choir will feature the music of its founding director, John W. Becker, during its Sunday, 12 March 2023, compline service. Seaton Hill University's Una Voce will be joining the choir for this memorial compline. Compline begins at 8:00 p.m. in Heinz Chapel, University of Pittsburgh.

The choir sings weekly during the academic term, leading the community in the compline liturgy, the last prayer office of the day. The service is contemplative in nature. To learn more, visit the Pittsburgh Compline Choir website.

Faith & Community in Appalachia: Registration Deadline, March 14

Registration deadline for the Faith & Community in Appalachia Conference is March 14. After a five-year hiatus, the Conference is back! Formerly known as the State of Appalachia Conference, the Faith and Community in Appalachia Conference provides a place for reflection on the issues facing Appalachia today, opportunities for networking, and a time to renew our spirits. The 2023 theme is "Being the Beloved Community." It will be held 24-25 March 2023 at Chief Logan State Park. The West Virginia Council of Churches is a prime sponsor. For more details, visit our Education for Clergy & Laity page.

Camping Ministry

Maple Sugar Festival at Camp Agapé

Camp Agapé's Sugar Maple Festival Returns to Hickory, PA, 18 March 2023. Details on our Camping Ministry page.

Camp Luther: Camper Registration

Camper registration is now open for Camp Luther 2023. Details on our Camping Ministry page.

NLAS Seeks Jamboree Volunteers

National Lutheran Association on Scouting is looking for scouts and scouters to staff the Lutheran booth at the 2023 Jamboree. Details on our Camping Ministry page.

postcard WVU dinnerWVU Campus Ministry Benefit Dinner

From the Lutheran Campus Ministry at WVU,

Nothing beats a good meal with good company, so we’re fixing to do just that! Join us for a special evening out in Morgantown with a delicious four-course, locally sourced dinner featuring modern Appalachian cuisine by Chef Marion Ohlinger. (Yes, that Chef Marion Ohlinger!)

Some details:

  • Menu released shortly.
  • BYOB, with suggestions by Chef Marion.
  • Arrival at 6:30pm, dinner will start at 7:00pm.
  • Not only will you have a great dining experience, but the dinner benefits the Lutheran Campus Ministry at WVU (you know, that red building with the funky roof across from WVU’s Downtown Library)!
  • Get your tickets ($60 each) today at
  • Keep an eye out for our Fall locally sourced brunch!

SA roSynod Assembly: Registration Open

Online registration is now live for Synod Assembly 2023. To register, visit the Synod Assembly 2023 page.

The page for Synod Assembly 2023 has been live for over a month. It includes information on resolutions & memorials, submitting reports, exhibiting, logistics, and lodging & dining. Click here to access.

BTW, the Synod Assembly registration fee will be $0.00—that's right: free!

                postcardLARCUM 2023

Save the date: LARCUM 2023 will be held 8-10 May 2023 in Charleston, WV, under the theme, "Evangelism?" Learn more on the LARCUM page.

Government and Civic Engagement: Study

Churchwide Assembly 2019 authorized development of a social statement on government, civic engagement, and the relationship of church and state. The study document is now available. Click here for more.

Online Reader's Sermon Library: 12th Ed.

The twelfth edition of the Readers' Sermon Library for Synodical Lay Worship Leaders is now online with sermons through Judica (the Sunday before Palm Sunday).

Even those who are not called upon reading a sermon in the corporate worship of the congregation may find reading these sermons a helpful personal devotion. They may even provide fodder for a group study. Help yourself.

To learn more about the SLWL program and how you can apply for the first level license, the "reader," click here.

Commission for a Renewed Lutheran Church

There have been questions about the possible reconstituting of the ELCA. There have been questions about what this will mean for the WV-WMD Synod and for our congregations in these mountains. Learn more on our CRLC page.

Query: What Do Congregational Officers Need?

A congregation is more like a small town than a small business. That's not to say that there are no business-like aspects to a congregation. It's just an observation about the decision-making processes involved. With an eye to offering some workshops (and other resources) for [vice] presidents, secretaries, and treasurers, we're asking you what you might find helpful and where you are finding particular challenges. If you are a congregational lay leader, please take this very short survey so that we can offer what's of potential use.

Mutual Ministry Committee and the Driesen Manual

In 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.

Call Openings

Three congregations just activated their MSPs. 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).

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.

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