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
Thursdays in Black: A Conversation with Malagasy Women
A rare opportunity to join in conversation with our
Malagasy sisters will take place by Zoom, 1 December 2022,
11:00 a.m. EST. This event is explained on our Social Ministry page. It is
part of a 16-day awareness program on gender-based
violence sponsored by the United Nations and supported by
ELCA Global Missions. Visit the Social Ministry page to lean
more and to get access to the Zoom links.
The Revs. Amelia & Daniel Collins will be installed
as pastors of Trinity Lutheran Church (Arden),
Martinsburg, WV, and St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Charles
Town, WV, in separate vespers services held on 7 December
2022 and 14 December 2022. For more information, visit our
Worship Aids for Pulpit Vacancy: Advent
The constellation of pages to assist congregations in
pulpit vacancy (and anyone else) with worship planning
continues to evolve. The latest upload, Worship
Aids for Pulpit Vacancy: Details for Advent,
provides guidance for Advent, including liturgical form,
colors, what to do about the Advent wreath, and what to do
about the Christmas tree. For general guidance, check out
our Worship Aids for Pulpit
Synod Assembly 2023: Change of Date!
The date of Synod Assembly has been moved to 20 May 2023.
The Mon County 4-H Center will be the venue. Please note the
change. For more information, visit our Synod Assembly
SLWL: Licensed Readers
On-Line Reader's Sermon Library
The seventh edition of the Readers' Sermon Library for
Synodical Lay Worship Leaders is now online. Sermons for
Advent are linked as are the tables of contents for two of
the volumes of the the first series of Augsburg Sermons
Series, covering both Gospels and Epistles for Year A. To
learn more about the SLWL program and the first level
license, the "reader," click here. You'll also find
there a link to the library.
Apply To Be a Reader (Supply Preacher)
The Synodical Lay Worship Leaders Program is now online,
and applications are being accepted for the reader
license. A reader does not write his/her own sermon but
reads a sermon and leads worship. This is the first of the
licenses available under the SLWL program. To learn more,
the Synodical Lay Worship Leaders page.
WV Incorporation Amendment Fails
On 8 November 2022, West Virginians defeated an amendment to
the Constitution of West Virginia that would have permitted
the incorporation of churches and denominations. Folks
started asking the bishop about this back in September,
leading him to write a responsum ad
propositum dubium on the question in early
October. An addendum as been added to address the matter in
light of the defeat of the amendment.
Mark's, Upper Flats, Closing Service
St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Letart, WV, held its closing
service on Reformation Sunday, 30 October 2022, marking
the occasion with a double baptism. Read more (and get a
little history) about St. Mark's on our Congregations
page. (Photo by Tara Suchevits)
Congregational Budgeting Time
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.
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.
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.