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Headline News
(1 December 2021)

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.

New Terms Begin

A total of twenty-five seats were elected (not counting the bishop's election) this past Synod Assembly, and, according to a newly amended bylaw, terms being today (1 December 2021). To review who's new (on Synod Council, Executive Committee, Consultation Committee, and Discipline Committee) visit out Polity page.

Vacancy Appointment to Synod Council

In related news, The Rev. Kevin Mackey was appointed by Synod Council, on November 29, to the OKVC clergy seat on Synod Council, filling a vacancy created by the resignation of The Rev. Emilie Theobald-Rowlands, who served more than five years in that seat. His service on the Synod Council began on November 29 upon acceptance of the appointment.

Synod Assembly

The 33rd Annual Synod Assembly of the West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod is behind us, sorta. While the assembly has adjourned sine die, the mop up is still ongoing. We have posted the synopsis of the Assembly and are working on finalization of the proceedings. In the meantime, visit the Synod Assembly page.

Synod Assembly 2022

Synod Council has set the date and venue for the 2022 Synod Assembly as Saturday, 4 June 2022, at the Mon county 4-H Center. visit the Synod Assembly page to learn more.

Amended Bylaws Posted

The Synod Bylaws as amended by the 2021 Synod Assembly are now on-line. Visit our Polity page to access the newest version (as well as our other current governing documents).

Trappe pulpitApply 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 Supply Preaching page.

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.

Youth Gathering

Youth Gathering is a year away, making it time to think seriously about how your youth and your congregation might engage. You can learn more at the ELCA's Youth Gathering site. Important dates are on the ELCA Youth Gathering Registration page. E.G.,

  • Regular Registration - $390 - Nov 22-Feb 21
  • Late Registration - $440 - Feb 22-May 22

You can also subscribe to the Youth Gathering enewsletter here. Pr. Jess Felici is serving as Youth Gathering Lead for the synod. If you have questions, you can contact her at

Vaccination Requirements and Other COVID Info

Gathering leadership has decided to require full COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative test result (likely 72 hours before arrival) to attend the 2022 Gathering, MYLE and the tAble. Click here, for more information (and information about other COVID matters related to Youth Gathering.

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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