Weekly Update
Announcements From Around the Virginia Synod
Virginia Synod Serves

This past week was the Virginia Synod's 4th annual Week of Service, which coincides with "God's Work, Our Hands" Sunday, the ELCA Day of Service on September 11. This year's dedicated day of service also marked the 15-year anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

All congregations were invited to reach out into their neighborhoods to become God's hands and feet, to serve those in need and to share God's compassion with the world, and to further share their stories of service with the Synod! 
Page County Serves
The Stony Man Parish of Grace and Beth Eden Lutheran teamed up with St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran to host a dessert social for Luray's First Responders and their families. They had a wonderful afternoon of desserts, conversations, face-painting, and gave thanks for those who care for our community and their loved ones.  The event was held at the Luray Volunteer Fire Department and the churches hosted members of the Fire Department, VA State Police, Luray Police, Page County Sheriff's Department, Rescue Squad, and Emergency Communications Center.  For those who were on duty and couldn't join us, packed up platters of desserts were taken to the organizations' headquarters and to the Page Memorial Hospital Emergency Room.  It was a wonderful day for collaboration between congregations and were the fruits of unity was displayed in vibrant service to those who serve Page County.

God's Work, Our Hands in Tidewater
Virginia Synod's Tidewater Conference Lutherans joined together to participate in the Out of Darkness Walk to bring awareness of depression and suicide, to show support, encourage people to get help and where they can find help, raise money and to celebrate our lives. The Hampton Roads walk has been the largest in across the nation for the last 8 years.

Members of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Virginia Beach, Virginia, helped paint the hallways at Luther Manor in the Malibu section of Virginia Beach, as part of the Virginia Synod's "Week of Service 2016."

Faith Lutheran Church in Suffolk served in many ways on Sunday. Together members of Faith  spread mulch, packed Micah' Backpacks, baked cookies and  made thank you cards.  Volunteers from Faith also delivered cookie packages and cards to 10 different police and fire rescue stations in Suffolk, Carrollton, Churchland, Chesapeake, Driver and Chuckatuck. It was a wonderful day of service and outreach!

Richmond's Week of Service
For the first time, Christ the King Lutheran Church participated in the Virginia Synod's Week of Service. Each day of the week members had a variety of ways they could participate in helping the community. With a range of service projects that supported organizations like  St. Matthias Episcopal Food Bank, Peter Paul Development Center, Lutheran World Relief Project Promise, first responders of the community and many more- Christ the King expressed God's love in many different ways across the week.

To read a full report of Christ the King's Week of Service click here

At First English Lutheran in Richmond,  Sunday   School children, teenagers, and adults cleaned up the grassy center divider on Monument Avenue in front of the church up to Allen Avenue. The younger children of First English also helped pick up paper in the small playground park one block from the church on Lombardy Street. In both locations, the yellow shirts were great "conversation starters" with passers-by whom members of First English told about their service project and invited to church!
Roanoke and Harrisonburg serving LFSVA

Civic and church volunteers have been busy inside and out at the Lutheran Family Services of Virginia Minnick School and Day Support program in Roanoke   and creating art for our Minnick School in Harrisonburg. Last week Karen Bolton from Trinity Lutheran Church  in Roanoke helped individuals in the Day Support program create kindness gardens with decorated rocks. The project was part of a nationwide Kindness Rocks project that has the goal of inspiring random acts of kindness. The Day Support is now on the " find a rock " map!  

And, members of Muhlenberg Lutheran Church in Harrisonburg, led by Vicki Heitsch and Barbra Humphrey, are creating water color and paper mosaic "alphabet studies" that will be framed and presented to the Harrisonburg Minnick School.
Jim McCarthy and  Sam Lionberger, III, along with fellow volunteers from  Christ Lutheran Church in Roanoke, helped build garden beds that will be filled with soil and cultivated in the spring. Many thanks to the Kiwanis Club of Roanoke for funding the garden bed project, which will help students learn about planting and harvesting.

Thank you all to everyone who participated in the Virginia Synod Week of Service!

Click here to check out a roundup across social media for more ways congregations and mission partners of our Synod served during the Week of Service using the hashtag #VASynodServes 
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Join us October 1st and October 29th at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Waynesboro, Virginia. Hear Dr. Terri Elton address the paradox of ministry leadership, looking at the importance of balancing our role with God's.

Lost and Found

Lost and Found  is our annual weekend retreat for youth in 7th and 8th grade and their adult advisors. We have Large Group  gatherings that consist of singing, energy, comedy, worship and a presentation on our event theme. After each Large Group gathering each person is part of a Small Group  made up of about 8 youth and a couple adult leaders where participants will get to know other Lutheran youth from Virginia and discuss life, faith and other topics that arise throughout the weekend.

For more information, and to register for Lost and Found - click here!
St. Stephen Lutheran Church Theologian in Residence Weekend Sept 16-18
Dr. Mark Allan Powell, New Testament professor at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio, and an internationally known biblical scholar, will be the Theologian in Residence at St. Stephen, Williamsburg, Sept. 16-18. His topics will be "Jesus Gets Passionate: The Driving Concerns that Determined his Life and Death, Christ and Culture: Paradigms for Social Transformation, and Things that Divide Us."
Children's Ministry Training
Hungry Mother Lutheran Retreat Center Beer and Brats Fundraiser
Hungry Mother Lutheran Retreat Center Announces Our Second Annual
"Where Gem├╝tlichkeit Happens" 

The evening highlights will include:
  • A selection of German Bratwurst and side dishes 
  • A selection of German and domestic beer (sift drinks avalible) 
  • Live music provided by "Diet of Worms" 
  • Lots of Fellowship
When: Saturday September 24th 

*In case of inclement weather, we will hold the event at Shumate Hall. 

Festivities will begin at 5:30 PM. Food will be served at 6:30. 

Suggested Donation: $30 per adult. 


The Leadership Program for Musicians Workshop
The Richmond chapter of the Leadership Program for Musicians (LPM) is pleased to announce what promises to be an amazing fall workshop, led by St. James Music Press president and editor Mark Schweizer.
The workshop will take place on Saturday, October 8 from 9 AM -1 PM at Epiphany Lutheran Church in Richmond, VA

Participants will read through music from St. James Press and have a chance to glean some church music wisdom from Mark's considerable experience. Snacks and beverages are included.
The cost is $45 per person, and the deadline to register is  October 1. To register use the PayPal button on the LPM website:  www.lpm-va.org and email your name, address, phone number, and church name to  lpmvacoordinator@gmail.com.
Don't let this pass! Make the most of this opportunity to meet Mark Schweizer, discover new music, and support your local LPM chapter.

Renew and Retreat a Christian Formation Retreat  
Tuesday Oct 4, 4:30 PM - Thursday Oct 6, 10 AM 
Co-Partnered by Camp Caroline Furnace and
Roots and Wings a Christian Formation Committee of the VA Synod

Retreat Presenter:  Debbie Streicher, President of the Christian  Formation Network of the ELCA. 

Debbie will lead us in a discussion about steps needed to immerse our children and youth in faith and creating meaningful milestones, moments that make a difference as they support children, youth and families of all ages in their faith journey.
Come to Camp Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp and Retreat Center for a retreat which is specifically designed to support and equip both full-time and part-time professional and volunteer Children, Youth and Family Ministry staff. In addition to an educational component there will be ample time for networking and resource sharing, as well as relaxation, conversation and worship. 

Reformation 500 Observances

As the second oldest Lutheran college in the USA, the mission statement of Roanoke College declares that we "honor our Christian heritage by nurturing a dialogue between faith and reason." In this spirit, Roanoke College announces a series of special academic events from late 2016 through the anniversary year 2017 in commemoration of the 500 th  anniversary of the Reformation and in coordination with the 175 th  anniversary of the college's founding.

For more information on this and future events from Roanoke College celebrating the Reformation- click here!
You can make a world of difference!

Do you have skills in art or music that you want to share? Do you have a passion for reading? Are you interested in helping with community outings or special events? We would love to welcome you to the Lutheran Family Services helping community at LFSVA Minnick Schools and Day Programs for adults with disabilities. 

Join us in providing abundance for the people who need us most! Contact Leah Hatcher at  lhatcher@lfsva.org  to sign-up or visit  www.lfsva.org  and click "Get Involved."
The Experience at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS)
The name The Experience was chosen because LTSS believes what you, as a prospective student, experiences is the most appropriate and influential way to determine which seminary is the right place to earn your theological education. During your time with us, we will show you our community and the community surrounding us. You will experience life with our current students and the heartbeat of campus. Also, our faculty will offer you a glimpse of the classroom experience that is essential to your theological formation. We look forward to welcoming you to The Experience!
Jenn Casey, an alum of LTSS and our Enrollment Director reflects, "I remember having a lot of questions during my discernment process and I often wondered if I was the only person with those questions. I also thought I must be crazy for thinking that God was calling me into ordained ministry. I now know I wasn't the only one, but it can be a confusing process!"
We have four opportunities, click on each on for registration information.

Questions? Contact Kohl Friery at 803- 461-3296 or  kohl.friery@lr.edu . If you want to visit LTSS but these events don't work, email Kohl and set up a private visit!
Upcoming Mission Trip to Nicaragua
Zion Lutheran Church in Waynesboro is planning their second annual mission trip to Nicaragua.  They are inviting any congregations or members of Virginia Synod congregations to join in on this wonderful opportunity.  To answer some questions you may have and to explore more information check out the following links: 

Job Opportunities
Director of Church Relations
The Society of St. Andrew, a nationwide faith-based nonprofit, focused on reducing food waste and feeding hungry people through the biblical practice of gleaning, seeks a full-time Director of Church Relations.

As a prominent national faith-based nonprofit Society of St. Andrew (SoSA), intentionally seeks to develop relationships with faith communities across the country. This position is centrally focused on cultivating new and existing relationships with thousands of churches across the country.

To see a full job description  click here

Email resumes to sosausa@endhunger.org
All posts can also be found online at  www.vasynod.org/job-opportunities. If you have job opening you would like posted, email pilat@vasynod.org. 
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