Virginia Synod
Young Adult Retreat
On May 10-12, 2019, young adults of the Virginia Synod gathered for a weekend retreat at Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp & Retreat Center. This exciting new ministry, supported by the ForwardingFaith campaign, saw 14 young adults from all across the Virginia Synod gathered to spend their weekend in worship, fellowship, and community. Led and organized by young adults of the Virginia Synod, the retreat's theme was “Foundation of Community” and focused on Ephesians 2:19-22.

Any young adults (20 to 30-somethings) who would like to connect digitally to the young adult group, are invited to join the group's Facebook page for planning and information about future events!
Alive in the Church: A Series Introduction
Congregations often ask, "Where are the young adults?" In this introduction to the "Alive in the church" series, Savanna Sullivan the program director for  ELCA Young Adults  urges people to "look around" and "listen up."
Virginia Synod Rostered Ministers Gather Together
Over the last several weeks, several gatherings of Virginia Synod Rostered Ministers have been held. The Richmond Conference took a trip to visit Lake Gaston, where they had a picnic together, and boat tour.

Rostered Ministers of the Costal Partnership (made up by the Tidewater Conference and Peninsulas Conference) also gathered together in a joint conference gathering to share news, joys, and discuss matters that are relevant to their area.

Our Conference Deans also recently gathered in a meeting to connect with the Synod Office, and to share matters that are important to each of their regions.

We are so happy to share the unity and fellowship of our rostered ministers and celebrate the time they spend together!
Virginia Synod Sermons
Sermons are available one month prior to the Sunday service they are to be shared during. View all the sermons shared   on the Virginia Synod website.

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Synod Assembly 2019
J une 7-8 will be our time to get together as the Virginia Synod to fellowship, learn about the wider church, do business, and worship. Our ELCA representative for this year's Synod Assembly will be the the  Rev. Dr. Sandy Chrostowski , Director for DEM (Director of Evangelical Mission) Relationships for the ELCA.

For more information, visit:
Virginia Synod Assembly Nomination Information
Below are roles that will be up for election during the 2019 Synod Assembly:

  • Synod Vice President- Four-year term ending in 2023
  • Synod Secretary- Four-year term ending in 2023
  • Disciplinary Committee Class of 2025 (6-year term)
  • 2 Lay members 1 male 1 female
  • 2 Clergy 1 male 1 female

Class of 2022  – 4 lay members (any gender) to be elected, from the following Partnerships:
  • Coastal
  • Valley
  • Appalachia
Persons of color and/or whose primary language is other than English  – 2 members
  • 1 lay person
  • 1 layperson or clergy person
Youth  – 1 member
  • 1-year term, expires June 2020

For more information about nominations, and to see who has currently been nominated, visit
Synod Assembly Guidebook
Our Synod Assembly Guidebook App is live for smart phones, tablets, and computers. It puts all the information about Synod Assembly at the tip of your fingers! More information is being added as we approach our time together, so stay tuned for the Bulletin of Reports, complete schedule, and additional information in the weeks to come. To download the guide, click here.
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!
Upcoming Events at Caroline Furnace
Quiet Days: October 2, December 2
Pre-Advent Retreat : August 19-21 at Buttonwood Lodge

Call (540)-449-0012 or email  to learn more!
Adopt-a-Trail with Hungry Mother Camp
Hungry Mother Camp has volunteered to adopt-a-trail at neighboring Hungry Mother State Park, a valued neighbor and partner for many of our programs. In the spirit of being good stewards of the land, we have adopted the 1/2 mile Clyburn Hollow Trail and will have our first trail clean up day on June 1, 2019 at 9:00 AM. We will have a brief introduction by the Park staff before getting started.

Anyone interested in joining us for a couple hours that Saturday morning can email for exact time and location to meet. If you are part of a group or know of one who would be interested in this type of opportunity please reach out as well.
Job Opportunities
ELCA Career Listings
Explore and apply for opportunities available with the churchwide organization or global service on the ELCA Job Board at
Community Ministries Coordinator- St. Philip Lutheran, Roanoke
We are a joy-filled, dynamic Lutheran congregation, with average attendance of 127 weekly. Our vision is to think about church in a new way, engaging the internal and external communities we serve. The Community Ministries Coordinator will work 30-40 hours weekly, proclaiming the gospel; developing and implementing congregational programming; and identifying, recruiting, and empowering lay volunteers and church resources for our ministries. The candidate should have strong interpersonal, computer, and social media skills.

Interested candidates should search Zip Recruiter with Community Ministries Coordinator and submit a resume or click here.
Leader of Youth Choir - First Presbyterian Church Winchester, Virginia
Looking for an energetic individual to lead the youth choir (grades 5-12) with a joyful noise at First Presbyterian Church! As a vital member of our music ministry, this person will lead the youth choir in rehearsals weekly and in worship services once a month. Music experience and joy for working with youth aged singers is a must! If you are interested in this position, please submit your resume and cover letter to

For a full description of this position, click here.
Part-Time Director of Church Music - College Lutheran, Salem
College Evangelical Lutheran Church (Salem, Virginia) seeks applications for a part-time Director of Church Music (Organist and Choir Director) position. The position is for 20-25 hours per week with the understanding that some weeks may require more than 25 hours and some weeks fewer than 20 hours to be determined by the Director of Church Music in consultation with the Pastor.

For a full description of this position, click here.

To apply, please electronically submit a cover letter, resume, and names of references to LuAnn Yates, Personnel Ministry Team Chair, at Applications will be reviewed starting May 1, 2019. For additional information about College Lutheran Church, go to
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 or contact Program Director Casey Dunsworth at 530-756-1550 or 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.

  • 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
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