News and Stories from the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly
The triennial ELCA Churchwide Assembly (CWA) was held last week August 5-10 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee. Over 900 Voting Members gathered together under the theme, "We are church." Voting members from all all 65 Synods were together for amazing worship, rich education and thoughtful, prayerful deliberation on matters affecting the whole church.

To get caught up on all of the highlights and information from the 2019 Churchwide Assembly, we've provided links to a synopsis of the actions taken at the 2019 CWA formatted as a bulletin insert, coverage provided by Living Lutheran, as well as comprehensive video from each of the six days of the assembly so you rewatch all the action.
Bishop Humphrey's Statement on the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly and “Sanctuary Denomination”
Continued Prayers for Papua New Guinea
Colleagues in ministry - I share an update from our partners in Papua New Guinea (PNG), from Pastor Tobby Eleaser. Please continue to keep them in prayer as they deal with ongoing devastation following the volcanic eruptions. A group of four from the Virginia Synod will soon be traveling to PNG; Pastor Tobby references this trip in his email:

"I am very much occupied with the volcano eruption related problems...
If the airport [in Hoskins] is cleared we might cut short your visit to Kimbe/Bialla. I am not sure if I can get you over to Bialla because it has become a disaster zone. There have been problems with bridges and also the volcano eruption and I do not want us to be caught by surprise in a situation which might hamper your flight schedules.
Congregation members in Navo, Kabaya and Soi have been badly affected and many of them are at care centres at Barema and Wilelo. Some have left Bialla for Kimbe in fear of rumors circulating now that there might be a third eruption soon. Others have come to see me so I can help them to arrange for a ship to transport them back to their home provinces.
Pastor Tobby"

If you would like to provide financial support for our brothers, sisters, and siblings in PNG, please give using Virginia Synod Disaster Response .

The Rev. Kelly Bayer Derrick
Assistant to the Bishop
Virginia Synod, ELCA
2019 Virginia Synod VBS Decoration Contest Winners
This summer we invited you to show off your VBS volunteers skills as part of our Virginia Synod VBS Decoration Contest. Across our synod transformations of typical gathering spaces have turned into something spectacular for Vacation Bible Schools, what amazing work you have shared with us!

With plenty of fantastic submissions, we're taking a moment to share our two randomly selected winners from Virginia Synod congregations.
Grace Lutheran Church in Chesapeake
Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winchester
Thank you to all who entered! It has been so much fun to see and share the amazing talents at work in our Synod. To view all of the entires from this year's contest, click here
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Announcements
21st Century Tools for Ministry Workshop:
August 28 @ 5:30 - 8:30 PM
21st Century Tools for Ministry: Digital Media and Ministry   is a workshop co-sponsored by the Virginia Synod and the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Virginia focused on equipping lay and rostered leaders for ministry in the 21st Century.

Our  workshop leader  will be Sarah Stonesifer who works in  Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary  as the Manager of Operations and Digital Missioner. She focuses on digital engagement, resources and training for thoughtful, innovative Christian formation for all ages.

Church leaders have been reinventing the best ways to communicate, teach, and preach since the earliest days of Christian community. In this workshop, we’ll explore the 21st century tools for ministry, how we can maintain healthy boundaries and genuine connection at the same time, while engaging in the work of the Jesus Movement. Ministry leaders will walk away inspired to be digital evangelists and hearing authentic ways to connect, ending the evening equipped with tools and resources. This workshop is recommended for anyone already engaged in the use of digital media in ministry or those desiring to learn.

The  cost  per person is $15 and dinner, snacks, and refreshments are all included. To register, click here .

For more information, please email Pastor John Wertz, Jr at:  wertz@vasynod.org .
Upcoming Fall Events at Caroline Furnace
Play, Pray, Play, October 1-3
Come find renewal in and through God's creation! Begin with a day of play: hiking, fishing, canoeing, creekwalking, playing gagaball, crafting and more. We'll begin the day with interactive, camp-like worship and Bible study, and end with a campfire. Day 2 is set aside as a Day of Prayer - time for silent meditation, praying the labyrinth, reading, and contemplation. We'll wrap up the retreat with another day of play: hiking, fishing, canoeing, creekwalking, playing gagaball, crafting and more. Local horseback riding, wineries, and river trips may be available on the play days as well at additional cost. Lodging is modern-rustic and scratch-made meals are provided Tuesday lunch through Thursday lunch. 2 Day (Tues/Wed or Wed/Thurs): $80; 3 Day (Tues-Thurs): $125

Renew & Retreat, presented by Roots & Wings, October 8-10
Renew & Retreat is a Christian Formation Retreat for Family Ministries, presented by Roots & Wings, a ministry of the Virginia Synod, ELCA. This year's facilitator is Debbie Striecher, Co-Director at Milestones Ministry and past president of the Christian Education Network of the ELCA. Debbie is passionate about family ministry and the importance of daily immersion in the language of faith. Her vision is to involve all ages in faith formation, strengthen family relationships through spiritual growth, and empower God-given gifts to do ministry. All are welcome, to include other Synods, denominations, and ecumenical partners. Early Registration until Sept 1 is $100.

For more information and to register, click here.
Called to be Prophets
"Called to be Prophets" Sept 27 and 28th. You can stay and worship with us on the 29th as well! I started this conference because I believe we are called to be more than pastor and chaplains. Brian McLaren is the headliner, Robyn Henderson-Espinoza is a very talented prophet, and Dr. Steed Davidson was our OT professor at PLTS back in the day. The conference is going to be great and I'd ask that you'd help us spread the word. North Carolina is beautiful in September! Link to the event is tinyurl.com/calledtobeprophets.

Scholarships available, email daniel.pugh@ctkcary.com for more information. Live podcast Friday night with our friends at Homebrewed Christianity and book reading/signing Saturday night coffee shop. First 100 registrants get free copies of McLaren and Henderson-Espinoza's new book before they come out! For more information on this event, click here.
U2charist Coming to Salem Lutheran, Mt. Sidney
At 7 p.m. on Saturday September 28th Salem Lutheran in Mt. Sidney will be doing something it has never done before: host a U2charist. A what???

For all those familiar with the music of the Irish rock band U2, this is essentially what it says it is - a Eucharist with U2 music. Unfortunately, the actual band will not be in attendance - but their music and message will be.

Think of it as a multimedia rock concert meets Eucharist. The result is a new way of being together, worshipping together, and proclaiming the Gospel. Much of U2’s music expresses a concern for social justice in the world. Our offering on the 28 th will go toward the ELCA fund for world hunger. All are welcome, dress is casual, and dancing in the aisles is encouraged.
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
Worship and Music Director- Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Virginia Beach
Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Virginia Beach, VA., is seeking a part time Director of Worship & Music. We are a liturgical church following a specific format for worship. We are looking for someone who will be responsible for directing the sanctuary choir, children’s choir, and possibly hand bell choir. The Director must be a professional musician who is proficient in singing and can play one or more instrument(s) (piano/organ preferred). They must be able to select hymns and music pieces that fit with the particular Bible readings for a given Sunday and season of the Church year. Some computer skills are needed to prepare PowerPoints for the worship service, reports for the Church Council, and newsletter articles. They will be responsible for working within a budget and helping to develop a new budget for upcoming years. Above all, we are looking for a leader who loves the Lord, and His people and who will shepherd the choir members as part of his/her ministry at Emmanuel.

For information on applying, please email admin@elvb.org
Director of Church Music- College Evangelical Lutheran Church, Salem
College Evangelical Lutheran Church (Salem, Virginia) seeks applications for a part-time Director of Church Music (Organist and Choir Director) position. The weekly working hours will average 20-25 hours per week with the understanding that some weeks may require more than 25 hours and some weeks fewer than 20 hours. Scheduling will be determined by the Director of Church Music in consultation with the Pastor.

For a complete position description, click here.

To apply, please submit your cover letter, resume, and references electronically to: LuAnn Yates, Personnel Ministry Team Chair yateslax@comcast.net. Applications are currently being reviewed. For additional information about College Lutheran Church, go to www.collegelutheran.org.
ELCA Hunger Advocacy Fellow in Richmond, Virginia
Through the support of ELCA World Hunger, ELCA Advocacy works in partnership with statewide advocacy ministry networks across the United States to end hunger by engaging directly with local, state and national governments and equipping people of faith to seek justice through advocacy. Each office relates to the synods in their state and works closely with hunger leaders and synod teams.

For a complete position description, and to apply, click here.
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!
If you have a position opening you would like posted, please email Emily Pilat at  pilat@vasynod.org