|Synod Assembly 2022
West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod
The 2022 Synod Assembly of the West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod convened in regular session on Saturday, 4 June 2022, at the Mon County 4-H Center, Mylan Park, Morgantown, WV. The weather was perfect for the first assembly of this synod to be held in the open air.
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Formal actions taken by the Synod Assembly included
Numerous reports were received in both written and oral
form. Of special note was the reports of The Rev. Dn. Mary
Ann Schwabe, representing the Churchwide expression of the
ELCA. The bishop also reported, giving the required state
of the synod report. He also spoke on the recruitment of
clergy, distributing small business cards with "Is this
your call to the ordained ministry?" printed on one side
and a web address to a vocational discernment page on the
synod website on the other, instructing the attendees that
they each had one year to give that card to someone they
thought had the requisite skill, piety, and intelligence
for the public ministry of the Word. He concluded with a
lengthy exploration of possible future models for
Synod Assembly mass was presided over by The Rev. Linda
Muhly with the bishop preaching.
Dining and refreshments featured the Stray Cat Chimmi
Shack and amazing and beyond the call of duty service by
the Lutheran Campus Ministry at WVU.
For the second year in a row, assembly registration was
The proceedings are still in the works, but several
sections are online and availble for review, but, please,
remember, these are not finalized. You can access this draft of the Proceedings on the
The minutes of the the 34th Annual Synod Assembly of the
West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod are already posted. Click here to review.
Our Churchwide Representative was The Rev. Dn. Mary
Ann Schwabe. Schwabe gave the Report of the
Churchwide Representative. As the assembly was held in the
"show ring" (outdoor pavilion), we were unable to show the
PowerPoint slides that accompanied her report. We are,
however, able to share them here. Click here
for a PDF download.
Presiding Bishop EatonAs has been the custom for many, many years, the Presiding Bishop provided a video for Synod Assembly attendees. This can be watched online at your leisure; click here to view.
Synod Officer ReportsThe bishop is required by †S18.12(g)4 to submit a report on the "synod's life and work." This is essentially a "state of the synod report." You may review his written report in the Proceedings under the heading, "Nuts & Bolts (Bishop's Report, Part I)." In addition, the bishop spoke on recruitment of clergy and future models for ministry. He has been asked to prepare a written version of his oral remarks. This is forthcoming.
The vice president's written report may be reviewed in the Proceedings under the heading, "Report of the Vice President."
The secretary's report is a record of actions taken by the Synod Council and the Executive Committee since the last report of the same. Also included in the secretary's report are those actions recommended to the Synod Assembly by the Synod Council. All may be reviewed in the Proceedings under the heading, "Report of the Secretary."
The treasurer's report often focuses on the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year. This year was no exception. You may review his report in the Proceedings under the heading, "Proposed Budget for FY2023-2024."
The director of evangelical mission (D.E.M.), while not an elected officer, has her report organized under the reports of officers. You may review her report in the Proceedings under the heading, "Report of the Director of Evangelical Mission."
Standing Committee ReportsSeveral standing committees report to the Synod Assembly:
Written reports were submitted by
Separately Incorporated ELCA Ministry ReportsWritten reports were submitted by
ElectionsThe Synod Assembly elected eleven to positions on the Synod Council, Consultation Committee, and Discipline Committee on the general ballot.
Full report of the election results can be reviewed under the heading, "Elections," in the Proceedings.
FiscalTwo budget actions were adopted by the Synod Assembly.
Governing DocumentsEleven amendments to the Synod Bylaws were proposed by the Bylaws Committee with recommendation from Synod Council to adopt. All eleven were adopted en bloc. To review these amendments, see "Amendments to Governing Documents Adopted" in the Proceedings.
LegislationIn addition to the adoption of the budget for FY2023-2024, the mission support escrow amendment to the budget for FY2022-2023, and amendments to the synod's bylaws, four pieces of legislation were adopted by the 2022 Synod Assembly.
All four items, as adopted, may be reviewed under the "Legislation Adopted" subsection in
The Synod Assembly opened and closed the business session
with the appropriate rites.
Assembly mass was held after the conclusion of the of the
afternoon business meeting. The Rev. Linda Muhly served as
Eucharistic celebrant and liturgist, assisted at altar by
Laurel Muhly-Alexander with The Rev. Paul Schafer serving
as cantor. Bishop Riegel preached on the Gospel text for
Pentecost Year B, pointing out that the text identifies
the Holy Spirit as God's defense lawyer (not ours) over
and against humanity's tendency, since the Fall, to place
God in the dock.
The Synod Assembly used as its worship books hand-me-down
LBW Convention Editions given by the Southwest
Pennsylvania Synod. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
We returned to the Mon County 4-H Center at Mylan Park in
hopes that the assembly could meet outside under the
covered pavilion, and we were not disappointed.
We were blessed with gorgeous weather: not too hot, not
too cold; sunshine; and an intermittent light breeze which
stiffened a bit as the assembly drew to a close.
One voting member commented that being outdoors made it easy to stay awake. Our reason for meeting outdoors was rooted in COVID concerns. Another benefit was the ample space for the assembly. There was no crowding and ease of movement.
A 90-minute lunch adjournment allowed attendees to pursue
various dining options. At least one couple was observed
picnicking. Some dispersed to try the various eateries in
the area. A new feature of this year's assembly was the
presence of a food truck, the Stray Cat Chimmi Shack.
Several attendees and and the entire Committee on
Elections took advantage of some very tasty chimmis.
Coffee Service PlusThe Chaplains Erzkus were offered the opportunity for the Lutheran Campus Ministry at WVU to provide the coffee service—we've been told that there has to be coffee service—and they jumped at it. In fact, they might have jumped a little too high, by providing mocktails, finger sandwiches, different menus for the morning and afternoon meetings, and even table service. Hopefully, the assembly will not expect such extravagance in the future.
For the second year in a row, registration fee was set at
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