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Announcements From Around the Virginia Synod
A Heart for Worship
Synod Assembly is our annual opportunity for the 150 congregations of the Virginia Synod to come together and be reminded what it means to be a part of the wider church. The theme of our 2016 Virginia Synod Assembly was "Ambassadors for Christ: A Heart for Worship." During the weekend event, June 10-12, rostered leaders and lay leaders from across the state gathered at Roanoke College to discuss both business of the Synod, and the heart of our worship.
ForwardingFaith Reaches $1.5 million in donations

Bishop James F. Mauney delivered a report for the ongoing $2.5 million fundraising campaign, ForwardingFaith that will endow the position for Youth Ministry and Christian Faith Formation in the Virginia Synod. It was announced that to date over $1.5 million has been given or pledged towards the ForwardingFaith campaign.

Testimonials from prominent adults and youth across the Synod were given in support of the ForwardingFaith campaign. Speaking on the campaign and the support it brings, Synod Council Vice President Charles Downs Jr, touched on how many prominent leaders of the Synod grew up with faith formation programs, "The Synod is full of lay leaders and ambassadors for Christ that attended youth events as teenagers."

In addition to two short videos were shown over the weekeend showcasing the many ministries this endowment aims to support.
ForwardingFaith Together
Above is one of the videos that was shown this weekend to showcase the ForwardingFaith campaign

Synod Leaders Elected
Elections took place over the weekend with The Rev. Evan Davis, pastor of St. Jacob's-Spaders  and Trinity Keezletown, in Mount Crawford elected as the Virginia Synod Council Treasurer.  This election comes following the conclusion of George "Skip" Zubrod's two terms of office. We would like to extend our great thanks to Skip for the wonderful leadership he has provided the Synod over the course of his time as Treasurer.

Both Barry Proctor of Redeemer Lutheran in Bristol, and Jody Smiley of St. Michael in Blacksburg were reelected to serve as lay members of the Synod Council. Darrell Short of St. Paul, Shenandoah, and Molly Beyer of Bethel, Winchester are the newly elected lay members on Synod Council.
The Rev. Evan Davis
Barry Proctor
Lay Male
Jody Smiley
Lay Female
Darrell Short
Lay Male
Molly Beyer
Lay Female
Resolutions Passed
Three resolutions were passed, which included: expressions of gratitude for military personnel through prayer and support, continued commitment to issues of diversity through the Tapestry steering team, and prayers to discern the guidance of the Holy Spirit in electing a new Bishop in 2017.

Rev. Kevin L. Strickland on traditions in worship
During the weekend, The Rev. Kevin L. Strickland, Director of Worship of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, helped explore the theme for the Assembly. He drew us together in song and word, focusing on the ritual of worship, "Rituals gather us together, embody Holy Scripture, and remind us of what's important alongside one another," he said.

The Rev. Kevin Strickland also represented the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, bringing good news from the wider church. He told us of 62 new congregations started in the United States, as well as redevelopment efforts ongoing in 134 congregations. 

Ordination and Anniversaries
We celebrate Rev. Nathan Huffman, who was ordained into the ministry of Word and Sacrament in the ELCA during Saturday evening liturgy at St. Andrews in Roanoke. He will serve as Associate Pastor of St. Michael Lutheran Church in Virginia Beach.

Among many other anniversaries, The Rev. Kenneth A. Price was recognized for the 60th anniversary of his ordination. Invited up on stage, Rev. Price reflected on the many changes that have occurred during his many years of service, "What's one thing that hasn't changed over these years is God's love for all of his creation," he said. 
Young Adults in Global Mission
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 weekend, four young women-  Karen Griffith, Emily Edmonds, Mary Proctor, and Emily Dietrick were commissioned for Young Adults in Global Mission. All four have accepted one-year appointments as YAGMs to Senegal, Australia, and Southern Africa. 

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.
Youth Assembly: I Could Sing of Your Love Forever

Along with Synod Assembly. Youth Assembly also took place this weekend. On the last day of the Assembly,  Wyatt Gretka of Gloria Dai in Hampton, the president of the Lutheran Youth Organization, presented the Youth Assembly report, centered on the Youth Assembly theme. He spoke of the immeasurable value of youth events, and expressed his deep desire for their continued support across the Synod. 

The next LYO Board president will be Michaela Loving of Mt. Zion, New Market.
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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. 

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.
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 pilat@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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