Synod Assembly in action
Synod Assembly
of the
West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod

The West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod will gather in assembly, June 2-3, under the theme...

Faith Comes from What Is Heard

Registration is still open. Visitors are welcome---please register. Here's some info that you might find helpful.

Assemby Book Art

Where & When Is Synod Assembly?

Synod Assembly 2017 will be held, Friday and Saturday, June 2-3, in the Parkersburg, WV, area, with business sessions and meals at the Grand Point Conference and Reception Center and Friday night assembly mass at First Lutheran Church. Opening for the assembly will be Friday, June 2, 12:30 PM. Registration and brunch will be available before the assembly opening.

For those arriving early, Friday matins (morning prayer) will be prayed at Christ Lutheran Church (Vienna) at 8:30 AM. Thursday evening, a river cruise on the sternwheeler, Valley Gem, is a recreational option ($10 per person, children 12, $5) with boarding no later than 5:30 PM. Registration for the sternwheeler cruise is separate from registration for the assembly. Instructions on who to register for the sternwheeler are found on the assembly registration page. Hit the links at right that say, "Register Here."

All Things Registration...

Registration is still open for Synod Assembly 2016, but the deadline is fast approaching. Registration closes May 7. If you want boarding and/or lodging, you need to be registered by the deadline. Late Registration: After the deadline, registration will be available at the door of the assembly, but boarding and lodging will not be available through the synod; you'll have to make your own arrangements for meals and overnight accommodations. There is a registration fee for registration at the door; checks & cash most appreciated at that time.

To register on-line, click here and scroll a little down the page. You'll see the options under the "Register Now" heading.

Register hereWho Attends? Who Pays?

We have a handy chart to help you figure this out as well as the general rules posted here. If you are still confused, call or email the synod office.

How do I pay?

Payment by credit card is on-line though the on-line registration process. This is preferred. When registering at the door, cash or check is preferred. If you opt not to use the on-line credit card option, payment needs to be in full before you can be seated.

What if we want to send two women or two men?

The synod constitution requires that the congregations with two voting members send one male and one female. Dispensation from this provision is possible under the rules of the ELCA. That means that a congregation can send two females or two males, but it must be approved by Synod Council. Synod Council has empowered a credentials committee to handle requests for dispensation from the male-female rule. Please send your congregations request for dispensation to

Can I get time on the agenda or a display space?

Deadline for requesting display space is May 19. Request form is posted on the registration site.

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Assembly Business

Where's my Pre-Assembly Bulletin of Reports?

All that great detailed stuff about agenda, resolutions, etc. will be released electronically 10 days before the assembly.

Who's running in the elections?

The Report of the Nominations Committee will be formally given at the assembly; advance information will be in the Pre-Assembly Bulletin of Reports.

Who's our Churchwide rep?

We are happy to have Mr. Andrew Steele, Director of Global Church Sponsorship as our Churchwide rep. Steele is not a stranger to our synod. He visited us a few years back as a YAGM recruiter following his time in the field.

Who's our keynoter?

The Rev. Paul Hoffman of the Northwest Washington Synod, a nationally known leader in faith formation for adults, will introduce us to catechetical Bible study through both presentation and practice. We'll be needing some lay folk to serve as Bible study leaders during the assembly. Special training will be offered Friday morning at 10:00 AM at the assembly hall. No prior experience or theological degrees required. What we'll learn, we'll be able to take home to our congregations and our communities, getting people into the Word and advancing the ongoing work of the Reformation. Indeed, our assembly theme is inspired by Pr. Hoffman's work. To learn more about Pr. Hoffman's work, visit

Who's hosting?

First Lutheran Church, Parkersburg, will be our hosts for this assembly. Pr. Ian Reid will serve as assembly chaplain, leading devotions throughout the assembly. Friday's assembly mass will be held at First Parkersburg.

Jess' artWhere did you find that great assembly art?

Special thanks go to Pr. Jess Felici for creating an original work on our assembly theme.

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Pre-Assembly Book

The Pre-Assembly Book will not be mounted no later than ten days before the assembly. Attendees are asked to download their own copy as hard copied will not be provided at the assembly. The book is downloadable as a single PDF document. Inside the book, you will find reports, assembly rules, resolutions and action items, maps, directories, etc..

Digital users: You don't have to print the book if you prefer to use a digital copy on your computer or mobile device. The document is not in a mobile-freindly format. While there will be WiFi at the assembly hall, know that working WiFi is never guaranteed---we had serious problems with this two years ago. Making sure that you have downloaded and saved a digital copy to your device would be prudent. Also, give the device you want to use a trial run with the book to make sure that it is readable for you and easy to manipulate. Assume that you will not be able to charge your device until you get to your room.

Hard copy users: What you print is up to you, but the assembly office will not be able to provide hard copies of anything available in the book. You might find it expedient to print those pages which you will find most useful.

One PlusFlood Relief Collection

Community Lutheran Partners, Inc., will be collecting items for ongoing 2016 Flood relief efforts at the Synod Assembly. Towel sets (bath towel, hand towel, and washcloth), One+Plus Kits, and $25 Walmart Gift Cards are being accepted. If you are not sure what a One+Plus Kit is, check out CLP's "Relief Supplies" page.

What's Cooking?

Want to know what's to eat at assembly? Visit the registration page.

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Will There Be More Info Coming?

Invariably! To get the latest, please register for the Bishop's Road Show by sending a blank e-mail to You can unsubscribe just as easily by sending a blank e-mail to The Road Show is an e-newsletter published irregularly---in other words, if there is something that seems important to share, we send out a Road Show.

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