International Women's Day
This year, on Sunday, March 8, your congregation has the beautiful opportunity to celebrate and honor women leaders around the globe—and to double your impact by uplifting the International Women Leaders (IWL) program. Sunday, March 8, is the perfect time for your congregation to take an offering for IWL, as it will go twice as far—gifts will be matched dollar for dollar up to $100,000.

You can download this worship resource with prayers and hymns to use in your service, as well as this new bulletin insert. Thank you so much for celebrating with us and investing in the future of women leaders!
Coronavirus (COVID-19)
While the coronavirus (COVID-19) is not currently impacting Virginia in significant ways, the news about the spread of the virus is creating anxiety and worry in many communities. Hopefully, the spread of the virus will slow, but health officials at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization have called for communities to be prepared for the disease to spread in the United States.

As we engage in ministry with congregants and the community, it is helpful to remind your congregation and networks that rumor control and regular situational awareness are essential. Please get your information from trusted sources like the  Virginia Department of Health Coronavirus Update Page  and/or  the CDC . It is also important to remind folks that concerns about coronavirus should focus on public health and safety and NOT be used as an excuse for anti-Asian-American racism or xenophobia. We urge you to speak out against this kind of hate.

At this point, the ELCA Churchwide organization has not made specific recommendations regarding communion practices, sharing of the peace, or large group gatherings in response to the coronavirus. The Virginia Synod has created a webpage at  with information sharing a number of  prepardness resources , as well as  liturgical resources . This webpage will be updated as needed. If recommendations are made by the ELCA Churchwide organization, that information will be shared here.
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Synod Assembly 2020: General Arrangements and Registration
Synod Assembly is here! June 12-13 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 this year will be Dr. Mary Streufert, Director for Justice for Women, ELCA.

General Arrangements and registration information will be available on this Wednesday March 4, 2020!
Spring Adult Faith Formation Retreat
Come enjoy a time away and an opportunity to grow in your faith. With the help of Dr. Crainshaw, you will have opportunities to consider practical strategies for personal spiritual formation, leadership formation and brainstorm in dialogue with each other about healthy leadership practices for their contexts and communities. Register today for the Spring Adult Faith Formation Retreat!  Registration will close on March 6, 2020 . There are three different options to register for the overnight retreat: Single room with meals $150, Double room with meals $125, or Commuter (Meals only) $67.For more information on the event and to register,  click here .
Roots & Wings One Day Extravaganza
March 28, 2020 10 AM - 3 PM Grace, Waynesboro
Whether age-appropriate or an intergenerational setting, what tools do we use and what steps can we take to encourage faith talk beyond the walls of the church building? At the Roots & Wings One Day Extravaganza on March 28, 2020 10 AM - 3 PM Grace in Waynesboro we will discuss resources, both material and people, being used in our own congregations and others. We will process and determine concrete, realistic steps to take in our own settings to encourage faith talk in daily life between all ages. Participants will be given opportunities to get to know one another and tell about their own ministries in the context of how we walk alongside others and support them in their faith journey. The One Day Extravaganza will be led by Debbie Streicher.

To register for the event, click here. For an event flyer, click here.
Region 9 Rostered Women's Gathering
Join us November 2-4 for the Region 9 Rostered Women’s Gathering to be held in Atlanta.

  • Imagine a place where your stories are shared and believed.
  • Imagine a community where pain is expressed and hands join together to hold it in the light.
  • Imagine conversation with coaches, counselors, and spiritual directors helping you to discern and do the next right things.
  • Imagine investing in your vocation not because you are deficient but because you are uniquely gifted to carry out ministry as a leader in your place.
Now don’t imagine it, join us for such a time together all for the sake of building up women leaders who build up the body of Christ. Register today, there's early bird pricing until April 1. All the details are on the website, but if you have additional questions email Pastor Kelly Bayer Derrick.
Virginia Lutheran Men in Mission 2020 Gathering: “Growing in Faith Through Hardship”
Join us March 21-22 at the Roslyn Retreat Center in Richmond for the Virginia Lutheran Men in Mission Gathering. This year's theme "Growing in Faith Through Hardship" will be led by presenters Pastor Ted Edwards and Pastor Carl Troast, with Chaplain Pastor Patrick Freund.

The deadline for Registering is March 4, 2020. For more information, click here. To register for the gathering, click here.
Christ Lutheran Sponsors Bach Around the Clock
Christ Lutheran Church, Staunton–Pastor Rob McCarty, Dean of the Southern Valley Conference, and Music Director Florence Jowers–will again sponsor the popular Bach Around the Clock on Bach’s birthday, March 21st, from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. The church will join forces with the Heifetz Institute, Nicholas Kitchen, Artistic Director, to feature the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, the greatest Lutheran church musician, composer, and organist. Throughout the day individuals or ensembles will play and sing the music of Bach, who wrote over 300 sacred cantatas, hundreds of works for organ, many string compositions, and elaborate pieces for various instruments. The event is free, though a “Bach’s Lunch” may be purchased for $10, and donations are especially encouraged for the evening organ recital and choral program.

For more information, click here.
James R. Crumley Jr Friends of the Archives Banquet
You are cordially invited to celebrate with this year's honorees at the James R. Crumley, Jr. Archives "Friends of the Archives Banquet." This year's banquet will take place at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2020 in the Lenoir-Rhyne University Cromer Banquet Room in Hickory, NC. Our honorees include the Rev. Don Poole and Mrs. Brenta Poole, Lutheridge-Novus Way Ministries, and the N.C. Synod, ELCA

Please RSVP to the Archives by April 10th. For more information on RSVPing and to register for the event, click here.
Lenoir-Rhyne University A Cappella Choir and Brass Ensemble Spring Tour
The Lenoir-Rhyne University A Cappella Choir and Brass Ensemble Spring Tour is coming to Muhlenberg Lutheran Church 281 E Market St, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 on Sunday March 22, at 7 PM. The performance is free and open to the public with no ticket required. A free-will offering will be recieved. For an event flyer, click here.
Updates and Upcoming Events at Caroline Furnace
Summer Camp 2020
Good indeed is the Lord, whose steadfast love endures forever. God's faithfulness continues for all generations. -Psalm 100:5 Get ready for another amazing summer! Registration is now open for Summer 2020 camps at Caroline Furnace. Campers who are 16 & 17 years old are eligible for the LIT! Program (Leaders in Training). Are you (or someone you know) interested in serving as a Camp Counselor this summer? Every week is a new adventure! Paid academic internships are available. Learn More and Register

Family Nights
Join us for an evening of fun! We're bringing dinner, games, and a campfire for s'mores to a church near you. Bring your questions about Summer Camp and Retreats. All are welcome - invite your friends! RSVP on the Facebook event (Caroline Furnace page), sign-up sheet at your church, or by emailing RSVP requested but not required; there is no cost to attend. Learn more and get flyers and Facebook events here:  Family Nights schedule
March 15 at 5pm - Epiphany Lutheran Church, Richmond VA
March 22 at 5pm - College Lutheran Church, Salem VA
April 5 at 5pm - St. Mark Lutheran Church, Charlottesville VA

NEW! Spring Break Work Weeks: March 9-13, March 16-20
Paul Bunyan Weekend: March 6-8
Spring Work Weekend: March 20-22
Grab your work gloves and come spend Spring Break at camp; we need your help with the Moyer Lodge and Farmhouse upgrades! This is a large-scale project and many hands make light(er) work. Lodging and meals are provided for the length of your stay - come for a day or stay for both weeks. There is no cost to participate, but an option is available during registration to help fund the project. No skill required. Spring Break Work Weeks are for all ages, not just college students. Bring your mission group! Invite your friends! Sign up now.
Job Opportunities
Job Opportunities can now be found on the Virginia Synod website at If you have a position opening you would like posted, please email Emily Pilat at