New Candidates for Ministry
The Candidacy Committee has entranced seven new candidates for ministry, five Word and Sacrament and two Word and Service. We now have 19 Virginia Synod Candidates for ministry. We celebrate their gifts for ministry!

For more information on the Candidacy Process, visit:
Virginia Lutheran Homes Statement on Sale of Luther Manor
Virginia Lutheran Homes, located in Roanoke, Virginia, is a social ministry organization focused on the care and well-being of seniors of various socioeconomic means through the management of HUD properties and a Life Plan community. VLH is also an active and contributing member of the Virginia Synod, therefore, we would like to share information about changes to our organization.
Earth Day Sunday resources
Creation Justice Ministries wants to help your congregation celebrate Earth Day Sunday this year with the resource, "Next Generation Rising." It is about how people of all ages are caring for God's earth today to ensure that it is liveable for our children, grandchildren, and beyond.
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
Virginia Synod Sermons
Sermons are also available   on the Virginia Synod website.
Do You have an announcement, upcoming event or news story idea? Send it to Emily Pilat at  and make sure to follow our
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  or 540-389-1000
“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 Episcopal 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  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
Job Opportunities
ELCA Career Listings
Explore and apply for opportunities available with the churchwide organization or global service on the ELCA Job Board at
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
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 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