ACTS 2019 Spring Course: Liturgy Distilled from Daily Life
This past Saturday kicked off the beginning of the 2019 Spring ACTS (The Ambassadors Community for Theological Study) course in Waynesboro, Wytheville, and Hampton. This year’s spring course, “When I in Awesome Wonder: Liturgy Distilled from Daily Life", focuses on listening for God’s Story within human stories and invites participants to be more in tune with God’s presence in all of human life. Liturgy is distilled from everyday life when we peer through the mist and see the sacramental and spiritual dimensions of daily actions, objects, conversations, and events.
Holy Week and Easter Holiday Graphic Resources
This year to support your communication needs, the Synod Office has created a number of Holy Week and Easter graphics you can use in your congregation!

These graphics can be used as part of your congregation's social media plan, printed off and displayed in and around your church, or any number of ways that best serve your congregation! From email headers to printable posters there plenty of great ways to make use of our Advent and Christmas graphics!

If you have any questions about how to use these graphics in your congregation, need a graphic to be in a different dimension to use, or require a text free version of any of the graphics provided, please contact Emily Pilat at pilat@vasynod.org
“Big Dreams” fight hunger
Inspired by the creativity and bold thinking of anti-hunger ministries in the church, ELCA World Hunger launched the Big Dream Grants program to support ministries that are building and designing innovative and lasting solutions to hunger, poverty and economic inequality.

IMPACT: Interfaith Movement Promoting Action by Congregations Together was one ministry that received a Big Dream Grant in our synod! Located in Charlottesville, Virginia, IMPACT strives to create social change through direct action.

“[We] work with faith communities to identify and recruit leaders to do justice by building power [and] then exercising that power annually to win public commitments from people in power,” said Josh Scott, IMPACT’s lead organizer. “We listen, we do research with local experts to uncover the problem and take action, and we give everyone an opportunity to invest back into their ministry.”

Initiatives sponsored by the organization range from creating a free dental clinic to expanding public transportation options on Sundays and evenings. The Big Dream Grant will support IMPACT’s work on a new initiative to provide affordable care and housing for seniors.

For more information about IMPACT and their ministry, visit impactcville.com To learn more about Big Dream Grants, and other ministries that received grants this year across the ELCA, read the complete article from Living Lutheran.
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Announcements
Registration Open: Young Adult Retreat
Young adults of the Virginia Synod are invited to the  Young Adult Retreat  weekend at Caroline Furnace on  May 10-12, 2019 ! Join us for an amazing weekend of worship and fellowship as we gather as a community to form connections and empower one another in our faith lives. For more information, and to register for the retreat,  click here .

Registration is limited, so encourage young adults in your congregation to sign up today!

If you have any questions, reach out to Pastor Dave Delaney at  delaney@vasynod.org  or 540-389-1000
Power in the Spirit 2019 Registration Open!
Power in the Spirit is an inspirational conference for everyone who wishes to explore God’s call to service through joyous worship, Bible study, keynote addresses, workshops, and fellowship.

To view this year's event packet with information on everything happening at this year's Power in the Spirit,  click here .

Join us  July 11-13  at Roanoke College for a conference with Lutherans for all across the state.  Register for Power in the Spirit online today!
“From Crib to Cross” Lutheran-Episcopal Retreat
All rostered ministers and seminarians of the Virginia Synod are invited to a retreat June 24-26, 2019 in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley to meet with other clergy and leaders of the Episcopal Church as we continue to live into our full communion partnership. Our guest speakers are Dr. Timothy Wengert of Philadelphia Seminary and Dr. Alyson Barnett-Cowan of the Anglican Church in Canada. Both speakers will help us explore the theological impulses of our traditions (the “Crib” and the “Cross”) and how our distinctions help us understand our own traditions better. There will be time for conversation among participants as well as free time and activities. Pastors looking to explore this special partnership will be enriched by this retreat!

Registration Deadline is May 15, 2019. Save $10 by registering by April 30! For more information and to register for this event, click here.

Upcoming Events at Caroline Furnace
Spring Open House: May 4th at 10:45 AM
Spring Work Weekend : April 12-14 in the Cabin Village
Quiet Days: April 2, May 2, October 2, December 2
Board Gaming Retreat :  April 26-28 at Buttonwood Lodge
Pre-Advent Retreat : August 19-21 at Buttonwood Lodge

Call (540)-449-0012 or email   julie@carolinefurnace.org  to learn more!
Luther Memorial in Blacksburg Visiting Theologian
A Palestinian-American Lutheran pastor who made news as a political candidate in Brooklyn two years ago is the subject of an award-winning documentary film that will be shown at the Lyric Theater in Blacksburg on the afternoon of Saturday, April 27. Admission is free and open to all. A conversation with the Rev. Khader El-Yateem, profiled in the film “Father K,” and a reception will follow the 3 PM showing.

The presentation is co-sponsored by Luther Memorial Lutheran Church, The Well (Lutheran Campus Ministry at Virginia Tech), the Virginia Tech Department of History, and the Lyric Theater.

For more information, contact Luther Memorial by calling 540-951-1000 or emailing luther@lmlc.org.
Job Opportunities
ELCA Career Listings
Explore and apply for opportunities available with the churchwide organization or global service on the ELCA Job Board at elca.atsondemand.com
Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer Network Program
LEVN, the Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer Network, is looking for young adults (age 21-30) with Bachelor's degrees for an 11-month program of non-profit volunteer service and learning about social justice. From the end of August 2019 to the end of July 2020, our corps members will be provided housing, utilities, health coverage, spiritual direction, and a $535/month living stipend. We also offer a $1000 re-entry grant at the completion of the program.

The placement sites for the upcoming program year include faith-based non-profits, secular non-profits, congregations, outdoor ministry, and our campus ministry at UC Davis. These service sites address issues of homelessness, food insecurity, unemployment, children and youth ministries, and other important social justice issues facing our communities.

We gather each week for evening prayer, dinner, and formation. The corps members live in intentional community in one of two residences: The Belfry, an apartment attached to our campus ministry center in Davis, CA, or The Priory, an apartment at All Saints Episcopal Church in Sacramento, CA. We're an ecumenical program in the Episcopal Service Corps network; applicants needn't be either Lutheran or Episcopal to apply—interest in Christian spirituality is the only expectation. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until July 31, 2019.

Visit levn.org or contact Program Director Casey Dunsworth at 530-756-1550 or pastor@thebelfry.org for more information!
Part-Time Director of Music- Grace & Glory, Palmyra
Grace & Glory Lutheran Church in Palmyra, is looking for a part-time (20 hours per week) Director of Music.

Qualifications:
  • Must possess an undergraduate degree in music, music education, voice or instrumentation, or equivalent experience, education, or a combination thereof.
  • Accomplished organist, pianist, or musical keyboardist.
  • Experience / familiarity with liturgical musical traditions and contemporary settings.
  • Ability to provide choral musical direction and leadership to a diverse group of people of all ages and musical abilities.

Salary commensurate with experience. Please submit your cover letter and resume to admin@graceandglory.org
Youth and Family Ministry Intern- Resurrection Lutheran, Fredericksburg
The youth and family intern will provide leadership in ministry to those in the first third of life while learning alongside the senior pastor and the volunteers that lead those ministries. The intern can expect to gain practical ministry experience through teamwork and leadership in the youth and family ministry program. This internship is year-round and has a two-year option. To apply, please send resume to ResurrectionLutheranFXBG@gmail.com For a full description of this position, click here.
Caroline Furnace Now Hiring Summer Staff!
Know a young adult who has what it takes to work at Summer Camp? They'll be signing up for 2 weeks of staff training and 8 weeks of varied outdoor adventure - May 31 to August 9. There are opportunities for select applicants to begin a couple weeks early and stay a week or two later. They can expect new experiences each week, to gain new skills, and to make friendships that will last a lifetime. They'll need an endless supply of energy, love, enthusiasm, patience and kindness. They must be able to share their faith story and encourage young people to grow in their own relationship with Jesus Christ. They must embrace the adventure of the outdoors and work well in a team. They must be willing to unplug from technology and focus on their relationship with God, nature, and the people around them. Academic Internships are available. Housing and meals are provided for the summer. Pay is based upon experience and certifications. Learn more and apply online.
If you have a position opening you would like posted, please email Emily Pilat at  pilat@vasynod.org