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Headline News
(13 July 2024)

Web UpdateSynod Website Updates

The synod website updates frequently (as in often) and irregularly (as in not on a particular schedule). Click here (or on the picture at right) to find out what has been recently updated.

Grants for Congregations

Several grant opportunities are available to congregations. Visit our Congregations page to learn more.

Synod HQ on Reduced Hours

Synod HQ was closed for several days and is now on reduced hours due to illness until further notice. Because of the closure, there is quite a mound of backlogged communications that we are sorting through. We ask your patience.

Draft of a Social Statement on Civic Life and Faith

A conversation with the bishop on the Draft of a Social Statement on Civic Life and Faith will be held 20 August 2024 in Martinsburg. For details, visit our Civic Life & Faith. You will also find there information on hosting a hearing as well as a downloadable link of the draft and other resources.

                  2024Wentz Prize

The Abdel Ross Wentz Prize for 2024 is a $2,500 cash award to be presented to the author of the most outstanding essay or research paper dealing with American Lutheran history. If merited, an award will be offered for a winning paper from each of the following categories: 1) first degree students enrolled at a seminary or divinity school 2) M.A./PH.D graduate students 3) Post graduate 4) Amateur Historian. For competition details, visit the Lutheran Historical Society of the Mid-Atlantic website. Deadline for submission is 30 September 2024.

Ordinations & Installations

In the next few weeks, we'll have a series of special events: one ordination and two installations. Mark your calendars for the following:

  • July 14 — ordination of Carrie Hoff to the presbyterate and installation as pastor of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Oakland, MD; and
  • August 4 — installation of David Rockwood as assisting pastor of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Clarksburg, WV.

For more details, visit our Clergy page.

Synod Assembly

The Proceedings of the Synod Assembly is shaping up nicely, but you don't have to wait until formal publication to find out what happened. A synopsis of Synod Assembly 2024 has been posted. From there, you can find election results, a copy of the budget adopted for FY2025-2026, and amendments to our governing documents. Visit our Synod Assembly 2024 page.

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                TreeCamp Luther Appeal

Camp Luther has been authorized by Synod for a synod-wide appeal. Click here for the full story and information on how you can support Camp Luther by making a donation today.

Call Openings

We have one active MSP at the moment and a couple in drafting. We also have some settings in which a call could be considered without an active MSP. On top of that, there is potential for contract appointments. 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).

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.

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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