Lisa Geiger Joins Synod Staff
Lisa Geiger, a Virginia Synod Candidate for the Ministry of Word and Service, has accepted a call from the Virginia Synod Council to serve as the Virginia Synod Candidacy Process Administrator. Lisa will be consecrated as a Deacon in the Ministry of Word and Service on Sunday, May 6, at 3:00 PM, at St. Michael Lutheran Church in Virginia Beach. Bishop Humphrey will preside at the consecration, and Pastor Stephen Bohannon will preach.

Through her gifts of organization and administration, Deacon Geiger will provide Christ-like service to candidates and to the Candidacy Committee, as well as to those just beginning to discern God’s call. She will provide administrative oversight to the candidacy process in Virginia, assist the Candidacy Committee in their important work, and provide care and support for ministry candidates as they navigate the often-complicated candidacy process. Deacon Geiger has served as the Church Operations Manager at First Lutheran Church, Norfolk, since December 2015. She will remain at First, Norfolk, in addition to her responsibilities to the Virginia Synod Office of the Bishop.

Deacon Geiger is passionate about helping others see why Jesus matters, and is an advocate for scriptural and theological education. Since 2011, she has been an Adjunct Religion Instructor for Saint Leo University’s Center for Online Education. She is committed to finding innovative and streamlined ways to do the “work at hand” so that more space can be created for ministry development and reflection. She is also deeply committed to our Synod, the ELCA, and our ecumenical and interfaith partnerships.

I believe Deacon Geiger offers wonderful complementary skills, perspective, and experiences that will significantly expand and enhance our mission and ministry in the Virginia Synod, ELCA.

Peace +
Bishop Bob Humphrey
Stations of the Cross in Art
There are many ways to observe Holy Week—Tenebrae, foot washing, Adoration of the Cross, fasting, stripping of the altar, vigils, etc—and will all of those extra worship services and activities, most congregations require the most extra volunteers during Holy Week. However, not everyone feels gifted in areas such as music and public speaking, and so they refrain from volunteering. But there are many more ways to contribute to worship, study, and devotion during Holy Week than just leading worship.
This is one of the reasons that this year, the people of Grace Lutheran Church in Chesapeake joined together to create a set of Scriptural Stations of the Cross. At Grace, 17 artists used various mediums to produce a stunning set of 14 stations for Holy Week and the 15th station (The Resurrection), which will be displayed on Easter. In doing so, the community gets to appreciate the God-given gifts that flow through the people of Grace that we do not always get to see in worship.
Christ is Risen Indeed!
In her Easter message, the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), reminds us that Jesus’ crucifixion is the death of our death.
To watch Bishop Eaton's Easter message, click here.
It all started with such promise – the angel announcing to Mary that the child she would bear would be called Son of the Most High; the conviction of Mary that this child would be the embodiment of God’s promised justice, that the hungry would be filled with good things and the rich sent away empty; angels announcing his birth; thousands being fed; the sick healed; the dead raised.

And then, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” It was over. The world hadn’t changed. Might still made right. How ridiculously naïve to believe that any reversal of the old order could come about. Hope is for the gullible. Looking at this broken man hanging utterly helpless, naked and broken on a cross, the powers and principalities, earthly and spiritual, death and the devil must have said, “You fool.”
This, as St. Paul reminds us, is the wisdom of the world. And the world can present plenty of hard evidence that it is right: children killing children in horrific school shootings, 60 million displaced people – all of this supported by our rebellion against God, our idolatrous claim that we are in control and the world is ours. In the face of this and all of the suffering others cause and we cause others, we, too, might cry out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

I believe that the beginning of Psalm 22 expresses the anguish of the psalmist and the anguish of our Lord, but there is more going on here. Citing the first words of a text was, in the tradition of the time, a way of identifying an entire passage. The psalm ends this way: “All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord; and all the families of the nations shall worship before him. … Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord, and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn, saying that he has done it.” This is the wisdom of God. Jesus’ crucifixion is the death of our death. His innocent suffering has reconciled all of creation to God. He has done it. We stake our lives on this.

This year, Easter falls on April 1. We shall have come through the Lenten desert to the Easter garden. We shall say, “Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia!” And we shall confess this and live this in the face of worldly wisdom that is based on death. Life wins. Love wins. And if the world wants to call us April fools, we are glad to claim that title.

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Presiding Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
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Synod Assembly 2018, "Only By Grace Can We Stand"
Synod Assembly is here!  June 8-10  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  The Rev. Ronald Glusenkamp , Director of the Campaign for the ELCA.

For more information and to register for this year's Synod Assembly,  click here
ELCA presiding bishop to participate in rally to end racism
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), will join ecumenical and inter-religious partners for Act Now: Unite to End Racism April 3-5 in Washington, D.C. The focus of the three-day event will be a rally April 4 on the National Mall. All are invited to join Bishop Eaton at the event.

For more information,  click here
ELCA Youth Gathering: Stories to Share
For the next two months, the ELCA is asking for your youth's reflections and stories to share on the big screen at the Gathering. Every two weeks we'll have a new prompt to reflect on. Submit your videos on Instagram by using the assigned # or DMing the Gathering ( @ELCAGathering ). Please save the videos! If yours is chosen, we will DM you with instructions on how and where to send your video.

  • Youth featured must be in 8th-12th grade.
  • Videos should be 3-10 seconds long.
  • Post in the identified timeline
  • Use listed #s.

March 10-24, we're focusing on our sub theme for June 27 based on Exodus 3:1-16, Moses and the burning bush – God's Call Changes Everything: "In our identity, God's call changes everything." Share with us about your identity and use #ELCAYG2018 #CallChangesEverything.
ELCA Youth Gathering: Hotel Information
Housing letters have been uploaded to  your account for the Youth Gathering, so please review this important information. Be sure to review the rooms you have requested. If need be changes can be made to the current rooming arraignments, as the Hyatt hotel is extremely accommodating.

If you have any questions, reach out to our Gathering Coordinator, T Lehman Shafferman at or by phone 540-327-5190
ELCA Youth Gathering: Houston Astros
Any groups arriving in Houston early for the Gathering, the Houston Astros will be playing at home on Sunday, June 24th at 1:10 PM, as well as Monday, June 25th, and Tuesday, June 26th at 7:10 PM.

To order tickets, call Dean with the Houston Astros at 713-259-8315.
Prices start at $ 7.00.
If you have any questions, contact Rick Corliss at 757-650-5490.
Have you registered for Summer Camp?
Summer 2018 at Caroline Furnace promises to be an exciting one! The theme verse is Ephesians 2:8 - "For by GRACE you have been saved through FAITH, and this is not your own doing; it is the GIFT of God." Camper life is centered around building community through daily worship, Bible study, and new experiences. Campers aged 1st-12th grade can choose from activities such as horseback riding, caving, archery, culinary, backpacking, canoeing, crafting, and fishing. Campers ages 15 to 18 may also participate in LIT! (Leaders In Training) Camp. To learn more and view the summer schedule,  click here

Caroline Furnace will be hosting a Spring Open House on May 12. All are welcome to join for a bluegrass worship, lunch, and camp activities. This is a great time to come and learn more about the camp and retreat opportunities at Caroline Furnace!
You're invited!
Caroline Furnace is seeking Counselors, Chaplains, and Volunteers!

Serving as a counselor is a ten week commitment; two weeks of staff training and eight weeks of summer camp. Counselors can expect a summer of fun, new adventures, sharing faith, learning new things, and growing in faith and leadership abilities.

Chaplains are needed each week of summer camp for spiritual guidance and support. All pastors, seminarians, and lay leaders are invited to serve for a week this summer! 

Volunteers are needed for the spring and summer as well! Come to Spring Work Weekend April 20-22 to help us prepare for Summer Camp! 

Learn more about summer staff here:
Learn more about volunteering here:
Taizé in RVA: a regional, ecumenical gathering for young adults
Congregations of the Richmond Conference of Lutheran (ELCA) Congregations, Episcopal congregations in Hanover County, and other ecumenical partners invite young adults (18-30 years of age) to attend a weekend retreat April 27-28 led by two brothers of the internationally known Ecumenical Community of Taizé from France. The weekend will include prayer in the musical style of Taizé, bible reflections, as well as panel and small group sessions. The event is free, but a $25 donation is being requested from those who can afford it to assist with food. For more information and to register, visit
The National Association of Lutheran Interim Pastors (NALIP) Basic Education for Intentional Interim Ministry and Annual Conference
The National Association of Lutheran Interim Pastors (NALIP) has openings for the Spring and Fall classes in Basic Education for Intentional Interim Ministry and an annual conference for continuing education.

The 2018 Annual Conference will be in St Louis, MO June 21-22. Presenter is Dr. Israel Galindo and the presentations will center around “Perspectives on Congregational Leadership.”

Information on the training and the conference is posted on our website: To discuss the programs call Pastor Ken Ruppar at 804-564-5389.
LTSS Alumni Day 2018
Plans for the 2018 Alumni Day are in place for Thursday, April 26, at the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. It promises to be a day of inspiration, fellowship, and learning. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. A Festival Eucharist follows. Dr. Fred Whitt, University President, will engage attendees in a conversation, followed by a lunch for which a reservation must be made. Previous seminary classes are urged to come as groups. Former LTSS professor, Dr. Thomas E. Ridenhour, will present the Yost Lecture. The day will end in fellowship with an Oompah-pah band. For details and to make a reservation, go to . offers new online giving option for congregations
The ELCA has reached a preferred vendor agreement with , a company that offers online tools, including a mobile app, to enhance financial giving to ELCA congregations and ministries. Through, donation forms are integrated into the congregation's website and a mobile app instead of sending donors to third-party sites. Donors have the option to make one-time or recurring gifts to provide more consistent giving. can work with every ELCA congregation. 
Job Opportunities
Office Administrator, Faith Lutheran, Suffolk
Faith Lutheran Church is seeking a part-time Office Administrator who will support the pastor, church council, and congregation. He/she shall actively participate in the management of the church office by performing administrative duties, including clerical functions and problem solving. Clerical support includes the production of all worship service materials. This is a part-time, hourly position with flexible days and hours within a Monday-Friday work week and between the hours of 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM.  

Job Skill Requirements:
  • Possess knowledge and experience in use of computers, office software, and office equipment (to include copiers, printers, facsimile, MS Office, Excel, PowerPoint, multi-phone system) and be proficient with social media outlets/applications
  • Able to work in a team environment
  • Possess outstanding communication, customer service, and people skills
  • Willing and able to learn new skills and work tools
  • Prior experience as an office administrator is preferred
  • A short MS Office ability assessment will be conducted during the interview process

Please submit cover letter, resume, and three references to Al Blanchard, Personnel Committee, at
Director of School, Saint John Lutheran Church, Norfolk
Saint John Lutheran Church, Norfolk, Virginia is seeking an individual with a strong understanding in child development and early childhood education to serve as Director of our School.

Our students range from 2 years of age to 2nd Grade. Qualities we desire are someone with vision, always looking for new ideas and approaches to serving young children and their families, and seeing potential in each staff member and in the cooperative efforts of the staff in the day-to-day operation of the School. Experience with training and working with new staff is important, as well as the ability to work in a classroom as needed.

Applicants must be 21 years of age or older as required by the Commonwealth of Virginia, with a 4 year degree in child development and early childhood education or a 4-year degree in a related field, with a minimum of 24 hours in child development and/or early childhood education; should be able to meet the licensing requirements of Virginia for a program Director, and have a minimum of 5 years experience in early childhood education.

The deadline to apply is April 16th.

Please email your resume to .
Part-time Church Secretary/Office Manager, Christ Roanoke
Christ Lutheran Church in Roanoke, Virginia needs a secretary/office manager for 28 hours a week due to employee’s retirement. New employee should be self-starter for our fast-paced environment, able to work harmoniously within a team, have exceptional customer skills, have a comprehensive understanding of social media platforms, be fully qualified in Microsoft Office products, and have two-year business education or four years’ experience in general office work. Salary commensurate with experience.

Contact Mrs. Berry at 540-204- 1994 to obtain an application.
Part-time Music Director, PALS Church in Bealeton
PALS Church (Presbyterian and Lutheran Services) in Bealeton, VA, is seeking a part-time Music Director. The primary responsibilities are selecting music for services (working with the pastor), directing the small choir, and providing organ/piano accompaniment for Sunday morning worship (one service) and seasonal mid-week services. Other responsibilities will include (but are not limited to) providing accompaniment at other church functions as requested by the pastor and for funerals and weddings.

Please contact The Rev. Jo Ann Staebler,  or  703-943-9944 .
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