Weekly Update
Announcements From Around the Virginia Synod
$30 for 30: A Birthday Celebration
On September 4th Pastor Leslie of Grace Lutheran in Chesapeake, will celebrate her 30th birthday. This year she's forgoing birthday cake, presents, songs, or any other fancy celebrations and has instead invited her congregation, family, and friends to donate what they can, preferably in increments of thirty ($30, $0.30, or maybe $30,000) to celebrate the occasion! It's a win-win for Pastor Leslie, as the proceeds raised in honor of her birthday will go to support one of her biggest passions: youth ministry.
"While serving in the New England Synod during my first call, the Executive Director of Massachusetts Council of Churches Laura Everett turned 35 and they ran a fundraiser, "$35 for Rev. Laura's 35th". So really I got the idea from that," said Pastor Leslie in discussing her inspiration for such a fundraiser.
"Youth ministry was a natural fit for my birthday campaign because of the huge role the VA Synod Youth Program played in my faith formation and discernment process that led me to where I am today," Pastor Leslie has been an active presence at the Virginia Synod's youth events as a youth, young adult, and now adult leader. Those positive experiences led her to seminary and the ministry of Word and Sacrament "At Grace, we have a relatively small youth program, but regardless I would hate to see finances ever be the thing that holds a kid back from having life and faith changing experiences at events like Lost & Found, and Kairos."
The proceeds from "$30 for Pastor's 30th" will support youth ministry throughout three expressions, local, state, and national, of the ELCA, as they are distributed evenly between The Grace Lutheran Youth Fund, The ForwardingFaith Campaign of the Virginia Synod, and The Always Being Made New: Campaign for the ELCA.

Supporting these three causes was a no brainer for Pastor Leslie. Because of her positive experiences at youth and young adult ministry programs, she strives to make this focus a pillar of her own ministry, "Not only does the slate of three causes highlight the three expressions of the ELCA, it also makes the dividing easy and in line with the "3" in my upcoming age," said Pastor Leslie.
"There are a million great causes I could have chosen to have this fundraiser benefit, but I landed on the three levels of youth ministry because of the recent roll out of the VA Synod ForwardingFaith Campaign," she explained, "I was inspired by the stories I have heard so far about creative fundraising ideas people have come up with to support the ForwardingFaith Campaign, and I'm excited to be able to get involved this way, and I would encourage you to find your own creative way to support the present and future of God's church."

If you would like to help celebrate Pastor Leslie's birthday, you can make a donation- either online at www.GraceLutheranChesapeak.org or by sending a check to Grace Lutheran Church at 521 Providence Road, Chesapeake, VA 23325, with "$30 for Pastor's 30th" in the memo.
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Lutheran Disaster Response in Louisiana
At least eleven people have been killed, tens of thousands have been rescued and even more have been evacuated as floodwaters continue to sweep across southern Louisiana.
Lutheran Disaster Response works to bring God's hope, healing and renewal to those who have been affected by the floodwaters.

Your gifts through Lutheran Disaster Responsewill bring God's hope, healing and renewal to those who are affected by Louisiana floodwaters.

For more information on how to donate click here

September 4-11, 2016 will be the Virginia Synod's 4th annual Week of Service! 

The Virginia Synod Week of Service coincides with "God's Work, Our Hands" Sunday, the ELCA Day of Service on September 11.  This year's dedicated day of service also marks the 15-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

We have extended the opportunity to serve to accommodate varying schedules. Last year 70 churches participated in the Week of Service.

All congregations are invited to reach out into their neighborhoods to become God's hands and feet, to serve those in need and to share God's compassion with the world. The Week of Service is an opportunity for everyone to intentionally invest time in service projects outside the walls of the church. Pick a project and prepare to serve others in the name of God's love.

For more information on how you and your congregation can get involved- click here!
Fall Stewardship Program August 30th

St. Stephen Lutheran Church Theologian in Residence Weekend Sept 16-18
Dr. Mark Allan Powell, New Testament professor at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio, and an internationally known biblical scholar, will be the Theologian in Residence at St. Stephen, Williamsburg, Sept. 16-18. His topics will be "Jesus Gets Passionate: The Driving Concerns that Determined his Life and Death, Christ and Culture: Paradigms for Social Transformation, and Things that Divide Us."
Children's Ministry Training
Hungry Mother Lutheran Retreat Center Beer and Brats Fundraiser
Hungry Mother Lutheran Retreat Center Announces Our Second Annual
"Where Gem├╝tlichkeit Happens" 

The evening highlights will include:
  • A selection of German Bratwurst and side dishes 
  • A selection of German and domestic beer (sift drinks avalible) 
  • Live music provided by "Diet of Worms" 
  • Lots of Fellowship
When: Saturday September 24th 

*In case of inclement weather, we will hold the event at Shumate Hall. 

Festivities will begin at 5:30 PM. Food will be served at 6:30. 

Suggested Donation: $30 per adult. 


Fall 2016 ACTS Courses
Register Now for Fall 2016 ACTS Courses
Join us October 1st and October 29th at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Waynesboro, Virginia. Hear Dr. Terri Elton address the paradox of ministry leadership, looking at the importance of balancing our role with God's.

Renew and Retreat a Christian Formation Retreat  
Tuesday Oct 4, 4:30 PM - Thursday Oct 6, 10 AM 
Co-Partnered by Camp Caroline Furnace and
Roots and Wings a Christian Formation Committee of the VA Synod

Retreat Presenter:  Debbie Streicher, President of the Christian  Formation Network of the ELCA. 

Debbie will lead us in a discussion about steps needed to immerse our children and youth in faith and creating meaningful milestones, moments that make a difference as they support children, youth and families of all ages in their faith journey.
Come to Camp Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp and Retreat Center for a retreat which is specifically designed to support and equip both full-time and part-time professional and volunteer Children, Youth and Family Ministry staff. In addition to an educational component there will be ample time for networking and resource sharing, as well as relaxation, conversation and worship. 

Reformation 500 Observances

As the second oldest Lutheran college in the USA, the mission statement of Roanoke College declares that we "honor our Christian heritage by nurturing a dialogue between faith and reason." In this spirit, Roanoke College announces a series of special academic events from late 2016 through the anniversary year 2017 in commemoration of the 500 th  anniversary of the Reformation and in coordination with the 175 th  anniversary of the college's founding.

For more information on this and future events from Roanoke College celebrating the Reformation- click here!
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Do you have skills in art or music that you want to share? Do you have a passion for reading? Are you interested in helping with community outings or special events? We would love to welcome you to the Lutheran Family Services helping community at LFSVA Minnick Schools and Day Programs for adults with disabilities. 

Join us in providing abundance for the people who need us most! Contact Leah Hatcher at  lhatcher@lfsva.org  to sign-up or visit  www.lfsva.org  and click "Get Involved."
Upcoming Mission Trip to Nicaragua
Zion Lutheran Church in Waynesboro is planning their second annual mission trip to Nicaragua.  They are inviting any congregations or members of Virginia Synod congregations to join in on this wonderful opportunity.  To answer some questions you may have and to explore more information check out the following links: 

Job Opportunities
Director of Church Relations
The Society of St. Andrew, a nationwide faith-based nonprofit, focused on reducing food waste and feeding hungry people through the biblical practice of gleaning, seeks a full-time Director of Church Relations.

As a prominent national faith-based nonprofit Society of St. Andrew (SoSA), intentionally seeks to develop relationships with faith communities across the country. This position is centrally focused on cultivating new and existing relationships with thousands of churches across the country.

To see a full job description  click here

Email resumes to sosausa@endhunger.org
Director of Youth and Children's Ministry
Faith Lutheran Church, Suffolk, is seeking a part-time Director of Youth and Children's Ministries. The DYCM will direct/coordinate children's programs within the church including Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Christmas Programs, Children's Church, and other youth programs. Full job description available upon request. Applicants must have a valid driver's license, transportation, a minimum of a high school diploma/equivalent, and pass a background check.

Please submit cover letter, resume, and three references to: 
Al Blanchard, FLC Personnel Committee Chairperson at faith_lutheran@verizon.net.

Required education:  High school or equivalent
Required license or certification:  Driver's License
All posts can also be found online at  www.vasynod.org/job-opportunities. If you have job opening you would like posted, email pilat@vasynod.org. 
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