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Headline News
(14 May 2022)

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.

Synod Assembly 2022

Call of the Assembly

By order of the Synod Council of the West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, a regular meeting of the Synod Assembly shall convene on Saturday, 4 June 2022, at 10:00 AM, at the Mon County 4H Center, Mylan Park, Morgantown, WV.

Synod Assembly Save-the-Date

Synod Assembly 2022: On-Line Registration Now Open

On-line registration for Synod Assembly 2022 is now open. Visit our Synod Assembly 2022 page for complete information on who should register and how to register.

Last Day To Submit Resolutions/Memorials

The last day to submit resolutions and memorials for consideration by Synod Assembly 2022 is 15 May 2022. For more information, visit our Synod Assembly 2022 page.

COVID Mitigation

Synod Council, at its 9 April 2022 meeting, set COVID mitigation policy for the up-comping Synod Assembly. You may review it at our Synod Assembly 2022 page.

Pretty Much Everything You Might Like to Know about Synod Assembly at This Point

You will find at our Synod Assembly 2022 page information related to registration, time & venue, nominations, resolutions & memorials, reporting & exhibiting, communications, COVID mitigation, etc., etc., etc..

Worship Aids for Pulpit Vacancy

A new page providing advice on worship (including planning liturgy and managing church appointments) has been uploaded. Check out our Worship Aids for Pastoral Vacancy page.

CollageBartling To Be Installed

The Rev. Sally Bartling will be installed at St. Luke's, Cumberland, MD, on Sunday, 22 May 2022, at 3:00 p.m.. Before you start worrying that she is leaving Keyser---we've already received one panicked call---read the full story in the "Transitions" section of our Clergy page.

You will also find there news about other clergy movement. For example, The Revs. Erzkus have been installed at WVU. The Rev. Darick Biondi of the United Methodist Church has been invited to extended ecumenical service to Cross of Grace.  The Rev. Curtis Black receives a call to Bethlehem. Read all about it.

Home Base

Home Base: Youth Event

Something is going to happen right here in WV-WMD. Home Base is a youth event taking place in the synod this summer, 25-28 July, in Morgantown, WV. The infographic gives you some basics, but full information can be found on our Youth page.

SLWL: Licensed Readers

Licensed Readers Page Uploaded

A page dedicated to explaining the Licensed Readers aspect of the Synodical Lay Worship Leaders program has been uploaded. You'll also find an application for licensure on the page.

Sermon Library On-Line

The first edition of the sermon library for Synodical Lay Worship Leaders is now online. To learn more about the SLWL program and the first level license, the "reader," click here.

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, visit the Synodical Lay Worship Leaders page.

Camp Luther: Camper Registration Opens

Camper registration for Camp Luther 2022 is now open. Visit our Camping Ministry page for more information.

Working Vacation

WV-WMD is exploring a "working vacation" program. Some of our congregations in pastoral vacancy have parsonages, and those parsonages are located in some beautiful central Appalachian country. By offering clergy (retired, on sabbatical, on leave from call, working on a dissertation, etc.), in return for some ecclesiastical service (Sunday service, a round of shut-in calls, and the handling of any emergencies that come up) the clergy gets lodging and access to peace and quiet and recreational opportunities afforded by the territory. To find out more, click here

Bishop's Pastoral: On Baptism during a Pandemic

At the direction of the Synod Assembly, Bishop Riegel has published a pastoral letter addressing matters related to baptism during a pandemic. This is now available on a webpage, "On Baptism during a Pandemic," and also a PDF downloadable from that page. The pastoral includes a discussion of the benefits of baptism, of the importance of baptism during a pandemic, and of matters directly related to baptismal practice under pandemical conditions. If you downloaded the PDF previously, be advised that it is revised as of 21 January 2022, here.

Mission Support Pledge Form Available for Download

It was brought to our attention that the mission support commitment (pledge) form was not properly uploaded. We've fixed that problem, and, now, you can download it. Visit our Congregations page for information, instructions, and various mission support forms.

Educational Opportunities

The Education for Clergy & Laity page lists a wide variety of educational offerings. To find out about this offering and other offerings, click here.

Clergy Compensation Package and Mission Support Request posted

Synod Council has acted on both the Clergy Compensation Package recommendation for 2022 and the Mission Support Request for 2022. For details, click the links.

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).

Riegel lecturesAre you looking to learn something?

We have a webpage dedicated to educational opportunities for both clergy and laity. Not surprisingly, it is titled, Education for Clergy & Laity. Check it out.

Bishop's Roadshow: Time to Resubscribe

We are rebuilding the mailing list for the Bishop's Roadshow from scratch. Even if you were subscribed, you will have to subscribe again. More information and subscription links here.

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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