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links to important web pages, Facebook links, and other
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304-363-4030 (for both voice and SMS/text)
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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.
We dropped our fax line, which seemed to be good for little more than unsolicited solicitations. If you have a document that you would like us to receive, scan it to PDF and email it to us.
The Bishop's Roadshow is an e-newsletter
published irregularly—in other words, if there is
something that seems important to share, we send out a Roadshow.
The Bishop's Roadshow was moved to a new
provider, Mailchimp®. It was not been a smooth
transition, but a move had to be made. The Roadshow had
employed Yahoo! Groups® for thirteen years, but
Yahoo!® discontinued that service on 15
In searching for a new platform, these are the things we looked for:
By the way, his name is Freddie.
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Synod Website: WV-WMD.org
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.
Synod AssemblyWe have a page dedicated to Synod Assembly Communications. Click here to find out how to keep abreast of the work of the highest legislative authority in the synod.
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Last update: 3/12/2023
West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod, ℅ St. Paul Lutheran Church, 309 Baldwin Street, Morgantown, WV 26505
304-363-4030 + Porter@WV-WMD.org