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(20 January 2023)

Web UpdateSynod Website Updates

We've moved the list of updates to the to a page of its own. Click here (or on the pic at right) to find out what has been recently updated.

SA 2023 stdSynod Assembly 2023

The page for Synod Assembly 2023 is now live and includes information on nominations, resolutions & memorials, submitting reports, and exhibiting. Click here to access.


The nominating process is now open. Visit our Synod Assembly Nominations page to find out what office and positions are up for election this year. You may may recommend someone for nomination, but don't delay. The public input phase closes 19 February 2023.

Free Registration

BTW, Synod Assembly registration fee will be $0.00—that's right: free!

Synod Council

Synod Council met 14 January. To review the actions taken at the meeting, click here.

                for WVU BBall gameLutheran Day at the Coliseum

No, Lutherans are not going to be fed to the lions. Instead, Lutherans can watch WVU take on Texas Tech in basketball for $40 a ticket. The game is slated for Saturday, 18 February 2023, 12:00 noon. After the game, everyone is invited to the Lutheran Campus Chapel for some of Chap. Ben's Chili and afternoon prayer. RSVP to Pr. Ian Reid ( ASAP. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales supports the Lutheran Campus Ministry at WVU.

Synod Clergy Continuing Ed Event: Details

We have details on the Synod Clergy Continuing Ed event scheduled for 15-17 February 2023. The Rev. Jake Jacobson will be our presenter. Registration deadline is 23 January 2023. For the details, visit our Education for Clergy & Laity page.

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Open Meeting on Zoom, 1/25/23

You are invited to an open meeting (on Zoom) to learn more about Global Missions in the WV-WMD Synod, especially our companion synod program with the Betioky and Betroka Synods in of the Malagasy Lutheran Church in Madagascar. The meeting will be held on 25 January 2023 at 7:00 p.m. It is open to all. For Zoom details, visit our new Global Missions page.

WV-WMD Global Mission Facebook Group

A Facebook Group for Global Missions has been created. Join to get the latest updates about Global Missions and to contribute to the conversation. visit our new Global Missions page to find the link.

Global Missions Webpage Uploaded

We've mentioned it twice now. Yes, we now have a Global Missions webpage. As time goes on, resources and news will be posted on it.

IRS Increases Standard Mileage Rate

The IRS announced on 29 December 2022 that the standard business mileage rate for 2023 is 65.5¢ per mile. This is a 3¢ increase on the 2022 rate.

Commission for a Renewed Lutheran Church

Churchwide Assembly 2022 adopted a memorial calling for the creation of a commission to work on the restructuring of the ELCA with an eye to a reconstituting convention. This could mean major changes for how the ELCA does its work. Many don't think constitutions are very interesting, but they are the rules by which we "play the game," and the rules can make it easier or harder to play that game. Learn more at our CRLC page.

Registration Open: Rostered Ministers Gathering

Clergy, registration is now open for the Rostered Ministers Gathering scheduled for July 2023 in Phoenix, AZ. Details about the event are links on our Clergy page.

Congregational Budgeting Time

Mission Support

Numbers for 2023 mission support were posted on 6 August 2022 on our website with notices going out by The Bishop's Roadshow (several issues in a row) and also by one round of direct email to clergy. Of course, we know that it is easy to miss that sort of stuff unless you are looking for it. So, here are the links to the info you may be seeking to assist you in your budgeting work.

Clergy Compensation Kit for 2023

The clergy compensation kit for 2023 is now available on line. Click here to access that and other clergy compensation items.

Worship Aids for Pulpit Vacancy: Christmastide and Ordinary Time

The constellation of pages to assist congregations in pulpit vacancy (and anyone else) with worship planning continues to evolve. The previous upload included guidance and resources for the Feast of the Epiphany and the Baptism of Our Lord, adding to the materials already posted for Dodekaemeron of Christmas. Today's upload covers Ordinary Time following Epiphany. You can access all this through our Worship Aids for Pulpit Vacancy page.

Online Reader's Sermon Library: 10th Ed.

The tenth edition of the Readers' Sermon Library for Synodical Lay Worship Leaders is now online with a plethora of sermons on the Gospel texts for Christmas and several Christmas sermons by Leo the Great, but, sadly, we still have work to do on Ordinary Time following Epiphany. Three sermons by Martin Luther are provided to get us through 15 January 2023.

Even those who are not called upon reading a sermon in the corporate worship of the congregation may find reading these sermons a helpful personal devotion. They may even provide fodder for a group study. Help yourself.

To learn more about the SLWL program and how you can apply for the first level license, the "reader," click here.

Query: What Do Congregational Officers Need?

A congregation is more like a small town than a small business. That's not to say that there are no business-like aspects to a congregation. It's just an observation about the decision-making processes involved. With an eye to offering some workshops (and other resources) for [vice] presidents, secretaries, and treasurers, we're asking you what you might find helpful and where you are finding particular challenges. If you are a congregational lay leader, please take this very short survey so that we can offer what's of potential use.

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.

Call Openings

Three congregations just activated their MSPs. 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).

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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