Synod Council meets regularly three to four times during
the year with special meetings held, often by
teleconference, as need. The Synod Council is chaired by
the vice president. The membership of the Synod Council
includes the four officers of the synod and twelve voting
members from around the synod, representing a balance of
clergy and laity, geographical distribution, and age. Click here for the roster of
the Synod Council and its committees.
Synod Council AAR: 18 April 2020
Synod Council met 18 April 2020 by Zoom. Here are the
- Council acknowledged the review required by the Manual
of Policies and Procedures for Management of the Rosters
of the ELCA VI.A(a)(2) for extended ecumenical service
rendered by the Revs. Casey Leineman (Church of the
Covenant, Grafton), Peter Vial (Holy Trinity, Elkins),
and Susan Claytor (St. Luke’s, Beckley).
- Bishop Riegel that five pastors each received $2025 as
disbursement from the Rostered Leaders Debt Reducation
- Bishop Riegel reported that all processes for the
cancellation of a June 2020 Synod Assembly 2020 have
been completed without financial loss to the synod. It
was explained that an Synod Assembly may yet be called
as either a regular or special assembly at some point in
the future, especially if the there are financial or
other issues that cannot wait until June 2021.
- Treasurer Solberg reported that the Synod has had
$16,000 more in expenses than income which puts the
Synod -$8,000 more than last year at this time. Solberg
stated that we are $9,000 behind where we need to be
even though one church paid its mission support of
$17,000 for the remainder of the year. He added that the
Synod has applied for both paycheck protection loans
through the emergency government plans.
Synod Council After Action Report: 1 April 2020
Synod Council rescinded, by postal ballot, SC19.9.1,
which had set the time and place of the next Synod
Assembly at Flatwoods, 5-6 June 2020. As a consequence,
Synod Assembly will not be held on 5-6 June.
Synod Council After Action Report: 11 January 2020
Synod Council met 11 January 2020, taking the following
Synod Assembly Related
Four laity and four clergy were appointed to the Synod
Nominating Committee. Thus far, seven have accepted, and
one declined. The clergy members accepting are The Revs.
Ruth Bullwinkle (MVMC), Karen Erskine-Valentine (PC), Joel
Richter (UOVC), and Patrice Weirick (OKVC). The laity
members accepting are Mary Sanders (MVMC), Lois Broyles
(OKVC), and George Friedline (UOVC). Bullwinkle serves as
chair. The appointee for Potomac Conference declined.
Executive Committee will appoint a replacement. If you
have a recommendation, let the bishop know.
Also under Nominating Committee, Synod Council was
notified that The Rev. Jason Felici and Joseph Solberg
would be voluntarily resigning from Discipline Committee a
year early to allow for a better staggering of terms and
reduction of complications in the election process. Synod
Council has authorized the election of one clergy member
and one laity member to serve on the Discipline Committee
for full six-year terms (rather than making vacancy
Plan for SA 2020
Synod Council received a report from the SA 2020 Planning
Committee detailing proposed level of amenities and
suggestions for agenda. Council approved, in principal,
the proposed level of amenities and instructed that
contracting work should commence.
The Ad Hoc Committee on Governing Documents made a
progress report on the non-required provisions of the Constitution
for Synods as amended by Churchwide Assembly 2019.
Synod Council authorized the committee to report directly to
Synod Assembly its recommendations. It should be noted that
none of the recommendations require previous notice.
Nevertheless, they will be included in the Pre-Assembly
Bulletin of Reports.
Synod Council authorized the securing of an auditor for
Synod Council authorized the relocation of the Synod
Office to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Morgantown, WV, the
office to be located in the former youth room. This move
is to be completed by the end of January. While the Synod
Assembly ordered a review of the office location with an
eye to cost reduction, this particular move was spurred by
termination of the lease by our landlord. Relocation to
St. Paul means a significant reduction in square footage
with a proportional reduction in rent. We are exploring
The Synod Council green lighted implementation of the
protocols contained in the Provisional Guidance Related to
Deans. This will be a phased implementation over the next
two to three months. The document has been forwarded to
the Ad Hoc Committee on Governing Documents for
review and codification. Until publication of the codified
form, you may request of the bishop a copy of the document
presented to Synod Council.
The Synod Council authorized the bishop to appoint synod
statisticians, complying with †S8.12(i)(12) Constitution
of the WV-WMD Synod, to encourage the submission of
Commission for Synodical Lay Worship Leadership
Synod Council authorized and appointed The Commission for
Synodical Lay Worship Leadership with authority to review
the Plan for Synodical Lay Worship Leaders, reporting back
to Synod Council with recommendations, and to develop
those details necessary for implementation as seem
reasonable at this time. Thus far, The Rev. Sean Smith
(chair), The Rev. Sally Bartling, and Stephanie Setley
have accepted appointment. We are waiting for confirmation
from the fourth appointed.
Upper Flats Administration
Following up on action previously taken, Synod Council
appointed Mike Lieving, James Elias, and The Rev. Patrice
Weirick to serve as trustees of St. Mark's Lutheran
Church, Upper Flats, WV, under S13.24 of the Constitution
of the WV-WMD Synod.