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Announcements From Around the Virginia Synod
Virginia Young Adults Called Across the Globe
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program invites ELCA young adults ages 21-29 into a transformative, yearlong journey in international service. This year, Virginia has four new missionaries from our Synod that have been called overseas.

Current YAGM country programs include: Argentina/Uruguay, Cambodia, Central Europe (Hungary), Jerusalem/West Bank, Madagascar, Mexico, Rwanda, Southern Africa and the United Kingdom.

Each of these Young adults are asked to raise funds before they leave for their year of service. To find out how you can support our Virginia YAGMs,  go online here.

Meet Karen, Emily, Mary, and Emily- four amazing women who will be sent out this year across the globe serves communities in West Africa, Australia, and Southern Africa.

Karen Griffith
Karen Griffith is a recent graduate of Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia who is now looking forward to spending the next year in service to the ELCA in Senegal West Africa.

She heard about the Young Adults in Global Mission program from an alumnus of the program who visited campus, a chance encounter with another alumni across the pond in London, as well as through Roanoke College Chaplain Chris Bowen. It is because of their words and praise for the program that Karen was encouraged to apply for YAGM.

This was the perfect opportunity for Karen to spend a year serving the world after graduation who says she hopes her time in Senegal will not only help a community in need, but also provide further direction for her own life.

Emily Edmunds
Emily Edmunds grew up in Rural Retreat, Virginia. She attended Roanoke College and graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelors Degree in Theatre in 2015. Emily is a member, Pastoral Assistant, and Youth Director of St. Paul Lutheran of Rural Retreat.

This coming year, Emily will serve the Aboriginal community, Hope Vale in Queensland Australia.

Emily is looking forward to her time in Australia, and the global perspective it will grant her, "I hope to gain a better understanding of different cultures and ways of life. Having grown up in a very small town in the Appalachian Mountains I haven't been exposed to a whole lot of diversity, yet there is such beauty in the differences between people and the way they live and view life.

I hope to have a better idea and a clearer path as to what I want to do and what God is calling me to do in the world as well. I expect to grow in a lot of ways and I hope I can help the community of Hope Vale in some way even if just by being open and allowing myself to learn from them."

Mary Proctor
Mary Proctor is a recent graduate from James Madison University where she received her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science. 

In August Mary will begin her year of service in Australia and the United Kingdom with Young Adults in Global Mission, and it is clearly another journey she is eager to embark on. Mary said, "I can't wait to live in community with my neighbors of the world" 

Emily Dietrick
Emily Dietrick is a recent graduate of the University of Richmond where she earned her BSBA in Business Administration. She is now looking forward to her year of service to the ELCA as she journeys to Southern Africa.

Originally from Mechanicsville, Virginia, Emily calls Epiphany Lutheran Church in Richmond, Virginia her home congregation. Throughout her time at Richmond, Emily was an active member of Tri Delta Sorority.

Emily is eagerly looking forward to her time serving in Southern Africa, " I am hoping to gain a better understanding of what faith looks like in another culture and grow in my own faith through immersing myself in that culture."

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Download the Synod Assembly Guidebook App Now!

The Guidebook App is being built and updated as we finalize information for the 2016 Synod Assembly. Get access to the schedule and be the first to know everything about the Assembly by clicking here to Download Our Mobile App. 
Synod Assembly 2016 is Livestreaming!

Synod Assembly 2016 is this weekend! If you can't make it and want to follow along online watch our livestream on YouTube and stay up to date!
60th Anniversary Celebration at Lutherock-Aug 19-21

Come celebrate 60 years of ministry at Lutherock Lutheran Camp and Conference with us! Join us for a day or weekend of celebration and reconnecting with your brothers and sisters in Christ. The weekend will be full of fun camp activities such as: ice cream making, skits and songs around the campfire, hiking on the property, climbing the Challenge Tower, zipping off the ropes course and so much more! Overnight accommodations are based on availability and require pre-registration. Space is limited, so register early!

Enjoy picnic lunch, recognitions and day activities: Free will offering and does not require pre-registration.
Tent camping: $10/person or $20/per family each night
Moretz Lodge, Cabin Village, Founder's Lodge, or Stone Lodge: $20/person or $40/family each night
Crow's Nest: $30/person or $50/family each night
Rates include meals, lodging and programming for the weekend!

Volunteers Wanted For Disaster Recovery in New Jersey

Some homes in New Jersey still haven't been rebuilt after the destruction of hurricane Sandy. Are you and your church looking for a mission trip opportunity? Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey (LSMNJ) Disaster Recovery continues to need volunteer teams interested in doing disaster rebuilding work. All skill levels welcome for a weekend, few days or week of work. There are more than 9,000 families still displaced and volunteer housing is available. If interested please contact Amy Pennenga at apennenga@lsmnj.org or 609-699-4137.
Power in the Spirit Registration is Now Available!

Register Now for Power in the Spirit! 
Join us July 14-16 at Roanoke College for a conference with Lutherans from all across the state. Hear Rev. Dr. Kathryn Kleinhans lead us through two days of talking about God's grace. The registration deadline is JULY 1. 

Theology For Teens at Roanoke College: July 24-29
Rising 10th and 11th grade teens!
Ask the big questions
Live on campus for a week
Learn with professors and Roanoke College students

Sunday July 24, 2016 through Friday July 29, 2016
An all new, week-long summer program introducing teens to biblical and theological scholarship, exploring contemporary challenges & how their faith tradition can meet those challenges.  We will focus on the life & thought of Dietrich Bonhoeffer-a church leader who met the challenges before him-we will explore today's social issues & encounter other faiths by engaging the students with leaders from those various communities.  Come and discover a sense of mission, be equipped with theological tools to enable you to meet the challenges facing the church today. Go to www.roanoke.edu/t4teens for more information.

Job Opportunities
All posts can also be found online at  www.vasynod.org/job-opportunities. If you have job opening you would like posted, email fuller@vasynod.org. 
Office Administrator--Suffolk, VA
Faith Lutheran Church in Suffolk is currently seeking to hire a part-time office administrator. Click Here For the Full Position Description
Office Administrator--Richmond, VA
GraceInside (Virginia's Prison Chaplain Service) seeks a full-time Office Administrator. Duties and responsibilities: include providing administrative support to ensure efficient operation of the office. Support managers and employees through a variety of tasks related to organization and communication. Includes communicating via phone and email, ensuring that all administrative assistant duties are completed accurately and delivered with high quality and in a timely manner. Organizes and schedules meetings and appointments; maintains contact lists; produces and distributes memos, letters, faxes and forms; does data entry and prepares reports and invoices; keeps track of deadlines for grants/reports.  Purchases and maintains office equipment and supplies.  Requirements: proven admin or assistant experience; knowledge of office management systems and procedures; excellent time management skills and ability to multi-task and prioritize work; attention to detail and problem solving skills; excellent written and verbal communication skills; strong organizational and planning skills; proficiency in MS Office.

To apply : Send current resume' to johnvance@graceinside.org .  
Deadline: Friday, June 10th, 2016.

Part Time Organist--Petersburg, VA
Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer in Petersburg is looking for a part-time organist-keyboardist.  This could be on a rotation schedule with other organist-keyboardist, so it would not be an every Sunday commitment.

Day School Teacher--Chesapeake, VA
Grace Lutheran Day School, a ministry of Grace Lutheran Church in Chesapeake, is seeking an experienced preschool teacher for the 2016-17 school year. Candidates should possess a high school diploma AND a certificate in early childhood education OR a bachelor's degree in early childhood education. First aid and CPR training are also desired. Teaching experience with 3 and 4 year-old children is required. Hours are 8:30am-12:30pm, Monday thru Friday from September until mid-May. Candidates will be subject to criminal background checks with social services and the State Police. The hiring process will begin in mid-June. Contact Jody Miller for an application at 757-420-4704 or  secretary@gracelutheranchesapeake.org

United Campus Ministries (UCM) of Christopher Newport University (CNU), located in Newport News in the heart of historic Hampton Roads, Virginia, wishes to hire a campus minister (ordination preferred) to serve the university students and the university community. UCM is specifically seeking someone who is motivated, energetic, and exemplifies Christian values and love so that they can guide, support, and encourage the students to explore and grow their Christian faith.  This is a part time position and involves meeting with and developing relationships with the students and the rest of the university community, planning activities, providing spiritual counsel, service and outreach opportunities and enjoying fun fellowship with the students and the university community.
 If you feel called to apply for this rewarding position, email your resume and cover letter to the Personnel Committee Chair, Suzanne Howell at bsh-887@verizon.net , no later than 11:59 PM on June 15th, 2016. Please use "UCM Position" in the Subject line. A detailed job description will be sent to you. 

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