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(20 February 2024)

Web UpdateSynod Website Updates

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.

LSM-bannerLutheran 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.


Nominations 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.

ResponsoryWorship 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 service. Click here for this and more resources for the prayers of intercession.

Camp Summer Staff Applications

Camp Luther and Caroline Furnace are accepting application for summer staff. Visit our Camping Ministry page for information and links.

Parochial Reports

It's time to file parochial reports. Pastors and lay leaders, visit our Parochial Reports page for information and links to the online submission form.

Bishop's Lenten Book Study: The New Church Debate

As 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.

SSS 225Schmucker 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 and Community in AppalachiaFaith & Community in Appalachia Conference: Registration Open

Have 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 Faith

The 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 Openings

We 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 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.

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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