Virginia - Western Maryland Synod
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
(20 January 2023)
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
Synod Assembly 2023
The page for Synod Assembly 2023 is now live and includes
information on nominations, resolutions & memorials,
submitting reports, and exhibiting. Click here
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
BTW, Synod Assembly registration fee will be $0.00—that's
Synod Council met 14 January. To review the actions taken
at the meeting, click here.
Lutheran 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 (email@example.com) 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.
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 RateThe 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 ChurchChurchwide 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
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
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.
West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod, ℅St. Paul Lutheran Church, 309 Baldwin Street, Morgantown, WV 26505
304-363-4030 + Porter@WV-WMD.org