West Virginia - Western Maryland Synod
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Pr. Casey Leineman (MVMC)
Pr. Kevin Mackey (OKVC)
Pr. Christine Olson (PC)
Pr. Sherri Schafer (UOVC)
WV-WMD typically holds two main clergy cont. events each
year, one in fall, the other in winter. At the Winter 2018
Synod Clergy Continuing Education Event, the presbyteral
college elected to establish a committee for the design,
planning, and management of synod sponsored clergy
continuing education with one representative from each of
the four conferences. It is worth noting that
CA97.2.7(a)(1)(a) encourages "a minimum of 50 contact
hours per year of intentional continuing education, or 150
contact hours each three-year period." Synod Cont. Ed, as
we currently have it configured, only provides 8-12 per
Serving on the the Continuing Ed Committee we have Pr. Christine Olson (PC), Pr. Kevin Mackey (OKVC), Pr. Casey Leineman (MVMC), and Pr. Sherri Schafer (UOVC), with Bp. Riegel as an advisory member. Synod clergy should feel free to talk to their conference's committee member about ideas and concerns related to continuing ed.
Our next event is has an option pre-event. Read
everything so that you know about boundaries training as
well as the main event. You can register for one, the
other, or both. Registration
deadline is close of Sunday, January 19!
Also, n.b., lodging is separate from event registration.
Read further down for that info.
Our next event will be held February 4-5 at Mary Help of Christians
(quondam Bishop Hodges), Huttonsville, WV. The
Rev. Dr. Cheryl Peterson will present on the theme,
"Sharing the Gospel in the 'Age of the Spirit.'" Peterson
serves as Professor of Theology and also as Associate Dean
for Academics, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Capitol
University. She also serves on the International
Lutheran-Pentecostal Dialogue. Peterson will bring both
her expertise as a scholar and an ecumenist to explore a
range of pneumatological issues, including Charismaticism
and Pentecostalism. Lunch on Tuesday is at 12:00 PM. We
have scheduled "Bishop's Time" for 1:00 PM on Tuesday with
Peterson's lectures beginning immediately following.
Peterson's proposed outlines includes:
We'll wrap up Wednesday with lunch. N.B., there
will be a pre-event on Monday afternoon and Tuesday
morning (see below), but it is possible to register for
only the cont. ed event.
Clergy from other judicatories (Lutheran and
non-Lutheran) are welcome.
The Revs. Sherri Schafer and Sarah Lee Faulkner will be
providing boundaries training as a pre-event for the
Winter 2020 Synod Clergy Continuing Ed Event. All synod
clergy should double check the terms of their letters of
call, the policies of their respective congregations, and
the provisions of their respective insurers for any
boundaries training requirements. It should also be noted
that the Rostered Minister Profile (RMP) asks when the
last boundaries training had been completed. Those
interested in mobility are advised that many synods will
not consider your RMP without boundaries training.
Boundaries training is scheduled to begin at 1:00 PM on Monday, February 3---lunch will not be served on Monday so grab something on your way in. It will wrap up prior to lunch on Tuesday, February 4. Monday evening is currently expected to be free time. It is possible to register for only boundaries training.
Event registration deadline (for
the synod) is close of Sunday, January 19!
The housing registration deadline (with Mary Help of
Christians) is the next day, but you might as well do it
You may register for both boundaries training and the
"Age of the Spirit" event as a combo, or you may register
for either one by itself. Lodging
is not included in the cost of registration; see
instructions below. To register, click
here. N.B., if there are two coming together
(e.g., spouses), each should register separately. Here are
||Combo: "Age of the Spirit" &
Monday (1:00 PM)-Wednesday (1:00 PM), Feb 3-5
|All meals Monday dinner through
Wednesday lunch. Social hours Monday and Tuesday.
N.B., no lunch on Monday.
||Boundaries Training (only)
Monday (1:00 PM)-Tuesday (1:00 PM), Feb 3-4
|All meals Monday dinner through
Tuesday lunch. Social hour Monday.
N.B., no lunch on Monday.
||Cont. Ed: "Age of the Spirit" (only)
Tuesday (12:00 PM) - Wednesday (1:00 PM), Feb 4-5
|All meals Tuesday lunch through Wednesday lunch. Social hour Tuesday.|
Lodging arrangements should be made directly with Mary Help of Christians
(304-335-2165---corrected phone number)---if you
get an answering machine, leave you name, contact number,
and request, calling back if you do not receive a
confirmation. You have a choice of three housing levels:
double, single, or suite. You may also opt for one-night
(if you are not attending both the cont. ed event and the
boundaries training) or for two nights. In theory, if you
wanted a little extra time away, you can always check with
Mary Help of Christians to see if they have openings on
either side of our stuff. Here are the rates:
||Two beds, private bath. N.B.,
this price is for one person in a double. Line up
your roommate and save yourself (or your
congregation some money). Total cost for the double
is $90 for one night and $180 for two; so, this
represents sharing the room.
||One bed, private bath
||One bed, private bath, sitting area
Again, get your lodging
arrangements made directly with Mary Help of
Christians by January 20.
You are not obligated to stay at Mary Help of Christians.
There are, however, limited lodging options in the
immediate area (one motel and two B&Bs of which we are
aware), unless one wants to drive to Snowshoe or Elkins.
The Fall 2019 Synod Clergy Continuing Ed event was held
at Chief Logan State Park, 8-10 October 2019. The Rev. Dr.
Nelson Rivera presented on "The Holy Spirit and the
Church." In addition to excellent lectures by Dr. Rivera,
there was time for synod business, and review of
Churchwide Assembly, worship (led by Prs. Diane and Matt
Day), fellowship (with special evening hospitality by Reid
& Smith in Cottage 1), and an optional tour of the WV
Mine Wars Museum.
The SCALDers haven't started thinking about SCALD
III, but they know there is going to be a SCALD III.
SCALD (Symposium for Central Appalachian Lutheran Dogmatics) is designed as a day of theological discussion, employing the symposium model. Presenters give papers with discussion of those papers open to all participants. It is about providing an intellectually engaging and profitable opportunity for rank and file pastors and lay theologians (amateur and professional) to test their all too often private ruminations among those capable of being critical and convivial at the same time.
SCALD II, meeting in Keyser,
WV, on 21 Feb 2019, saw a doubling of attendance over
SCALD I, with 30 participating, representing 6 ELCA
judicatories (WV-WMD, LSS, Allegheny, MNYS, NC, and
Del-MD). There were 2 non-ELCA folks there (TEC and
UCC). There were 6 laity and 24 clergy. One of the lay
participants, a seminarian from LSTC, even road the
train overnight to attend.
SCALD II's papers...
Until the SCALDers get a proper page set up, you
can indicate your interest in SCALD III by visiting
SCALD II's facebook
event and posting in the comments thread. That way the
SCALDers will know to let you know about SCALD III.
CA95.6.55 ...To require, by the fall of 1997, that all newly rostered pastors and lay leaders participate, throughout their first three years of ministry under call, in structured programs of theological education, designed and supervised by their synods, according to churchwide standards;....
The 1995 ELCA Churchwide Assembly mandated continuing
education for the first three years of called ministry.
The synods of Region 8, compacting, even during the
preceding two-year pilot phase, to establish a region-wide
approach, developed a program featuring an annual plenary
retreat and regular geographical cohort groups. The annual
3-day retreat is held in early November not far from
Gettysburg, PA. The geographical cohort is currently run
on a synodical basis with the bishop having direct
oversight. The cohort has begun meeting on a nearly
monthly basis. All new first-call pastors and deacons will
be contacted by the bishop with details related to this
Are you a pastor of the ELCA (or full-communion partner)
interested in learning more about WV-WMD? Drop us a line.
You can email the +Riegel at Bishop@WV-WMD.org or call the
office (304-363-4030). There is plenty to commend service
and life in our mountains and in our valleys. Like
Nebraska, it's not for everyone, but, for those who aren't
afraid of an adventure, we have a great mix of challenge
Parochial reports are important for strategic planning and the call process. The report for 2019 will also determine the number of seats allocated to WV-WMD in Churchwide Assembly 2021. For more information on the parochial report and how to file, visit the synod's Congregation Page. SECELCA would like to have the reports by 15 February 2020.
*C9.12(b). The pastor of this congregation: shall submit a summary of such statistics annually to the synod.
The governing documents of our church state the
S14.15. Each minister of Word and Sacrament on the roster of this synod shall submit a report of his or her ministry to the bishop of the synod at least 90 days prior to each regular meeting of the Synod Assembly.
*C9.13. The pastor(s) shall submit a report of his or her ministry to the bishop of the synod at least 90 days prior to each regular meeting of the Synod Assembly.
Pursuant to these provisions, all rostered leaders (under
call or not) are required to submit said report by 7 March
acceptable report form may be downloaded from the ELCA
Office of the Secretary Website, but you may submit a
report of your own devising. The report form is in PDF. Be
sure to save the report before exiting or you will lose
your information. After completing, email to
Bishop@WV-WMD.org with the subject line, "Rostered
Minister Report." If you have questions about how to
complete the report, contact +Riegel. To download the ELCA