Virginia - Western Maryland Synod
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
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West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod
Synod HQ Relocation
Synod HQ has moved from Fairmont to Morgantown. Our new location in the lower level of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Morgantown, WV. Synod Assembly 2019 had ordered Synod Council to review location and cost of the Synod HQ, but the timetable was accelerated when our landlord decided not to renew our lease, offering a different location in place of the Fairmont Avenue address. Well, if you are going to more, you are going to move. Multiple locations were investigated and a plan to move into shipping containers was considered. Morgantown seemed the best option primarily for the financial profile. We've downsized from 1190 sq. ft. to 360 sq. ft. with analogous savings, but we have also lost our dedicated conference room and the bishop's office (he is working from home and the road). We are still unpacking but open for business.
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The West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod maintains a website with the URL, "WV-WMD.org."
Synod Website Updates
We've moved the list of updates to the WV-WMD.org to a
page of its own. Click here
(or on the pic at right) to find out what has been
Don't Fall for Spoofed eMails
At the beginning of July a spoof email went out under a
poorly rendered version of the Bishop's name. Since then,
we've received word that others are also being spoofed,
including pastors of the synod and staffers of Camp
Typically, these spoofed emails attempt to solicit money,
as you can see in the example provided.
Some things to note:
Emily Pilat, Communications Director of the Virginia Synod, put it well,
In the past year this has happened with more frequency in synods and congregations across the ELCA.This is not a hack to our email system, but rather a common scam tactic. Often times, scammers like this can make convincing looking emails. The key is to look at the from address carefully to be sure it is from the individual it claims to be. This is especially important to stay vigilant as we are increasingly working remotely and rely on electronic communication.
The Southeastern Iowa Synod has put together a very nice
flyer (in PDF) on how to spot email and texting-based
scams. We recommend it. You can download it here.
Feel free, should you ever get something like this, to ask a challenge question, preferably one involving the Four Uses of the Law or the genera of the communicatio idiomatum.
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West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod, ℅ St. Paul Lutheran Church, 309 Baldwin Street, Morgantown, WV 26505
304-363-4030 + Porter@WV-WMD.org