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Synod Assembly 2022
Call of the Assembly
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 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
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.,
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.
Bartling 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: 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,
the Synodical Lay Worship Leaders page.
Camp Luther: Camper Registration Opens
Camper registration for Camp Luther 2022 is now open. Visit
Ministry page for more information.
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
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
page for information, instructions, and various mission
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
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.
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).
Are 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
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.