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Announcements From Around the Virginia Synod
2016 Virginia Synod Week of Service
September 4-11

Have you been looking for an excuse to wear your bright yellow "God's Work, Our Hands" t-shirt? Well go ahead and mark your calendar for September 4-11, our third annual Virginia Synod Week of Service. 

The Week of Service coincides with The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America "God's Work, Our Hands" Sunday on September 11. This year the day of service falls on the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. 

The ELCA has some great resources out this year for local congregations. Are you just getting started with your plans for your service project? Check out the 2016 Toolkit for resources that will help you brainstorm projects and publicize your service activity once you have all the details in order. 

Volunteering in the community can be a powerful time of reflection as well as action. The Baptized Servants Learning Resource can  be used as either an individual or a small group tool. In the booklet it is written that, "Being baptized into Christ's life creates a whole new world of relationships - with God, with others and even with ourselves - that is characterized by loving, liberated service." Serving together is one way to deepen relationships in your community, discussing the reasons behind the service can help solidify relationship and strengthen individual faith. 

In the past two years congregations have been quite creative with the ways they have chosen to love their communities. Oftentimes their project is an extension of something with which the congregation is already involved. From quilting to gardening to backpack programs--from the pictures it looked like the week of service was a chance for existing passion to spread throughout the congregation. 

The Virginia Synod is blessed to partner with eight amazing organizations throughout the state. Our mission partners, Roanoke College, Southern Seminary, Lutheran Family Services, Virginia Lutheran Homes, National Lutheran Communities and Services, GraceInside, Hungry Mother Lutheran Camp and Caroline Furnace Camp, are all great options to consider when planning your project this year if you want to lift one of our great Lutheran organizations in the state. 

Because this year's "God's Work, Our Hands" Sunday falls on September 11th, this may be the perfect opportunity to show the first responders in your area how much they are loved and appreciated. 

In 2014 St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Vinton did just this during the Week of Service and made a stop by their local fire station so they could shine some light--both with the love of Jesus and through their shirts. 

September will sneak up on us before we know it, so start planning now. That way you will have plenty of time to order your "God's Work. Our Hands" before the August 19th deadline. As you solidify your plans, make sure to let the Synod Office know about your project so we can celebrate how we are all being ambassadors for Christ together. 
 If you want to submit an announcement, please  check out the Submission Guidelines and send your submission to fuller@vasynod.org.

The NEW Virginia Synod website will be launched THIS Saturday!  www.vasynod.org
 will be unavailable on the  morning of May 14.
If you need to register for Synod Assembly during that time period, please use the links that are located below ( or just go ahead and register right now ).

Synod Assembly is here! June 10-12, 2016 will be our time to get together at Roanoke College as the Virginia Synod to fellowship, learn about the wider church, do business, and learn more about worship. Our keynote speaker this year will be the Rev. Kevin L. Strickland, Director of Worship of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Click the links below for the General Arrangements document that has everything you need for Synod Assembly 2016.

*Youth Assembly participants will be the only people housed on campus. Participants at the Adult Synod Assembly can use our  Salem Area Hotel List  to make reservations.


THAT'S THIS SUNDAY, so register today!
Download the Synod Assembly Guidebook App Now!

The Guidebook App is being built and updated as we finalize information for the 2016 Synod Assembly. Get access to the schedule and be the first to know everything about the Assembly by clicking here to Download Our Mobile App. 
Pack The Park for LFSVA
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Pack the Park for LFSVA! You can be a superhero for LFSVA at our third Pack the Park event, Saturday, May 21 (Superhero Night!), at Salem Memorial Baseball Stadium. For every $10 ticket we sell, LFSVA gets $5, which will go toward LFSVA's Supported Employment Services that helps individuals with disabilities in the Roanoke area prepare for and find real jobs through job coaching and mentoring. Come support our individuals, their families and our program. Questions? Contact Leah Hatcher at lhatcher@lfsva.org. Purchase tickets online at www.lfsva.org.
Theology For Teens at Roanoke College: July 24-29
Rising 10th and 11th grade teens!
Ask the big questions
Live on campus for a week
Learn with professors and Roanoke College students

Sunday July 24, 2016 through Friday July 29, 2016
An all new, week-long summer program introducing teens to biblical and theological scholarship, exploring contemporary challenges & how their faith tradition can meet those challenges.  We will focus on the life & thought of Dietrich Bonhoeffer-a church leader who met the challenges before him-we will explore today's social issues & encounter other faiths by engaging the students with leaders from those various communities.  Come and discover a sense of mission, be equipped with theological tools to enable you to meet the challenges facing the church today. Go to www.roanoke.edu/t4teens for more information.

Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer Network For Young Adults 
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 work and learning about social justice. From the end of August 2016 to the end of July 2017, the corps members will be provided housing, utilities, health insurance, transportation, spiritual direction, and a $400/month food stipend. We also offer a $1000 re-entry grant at the end of the program for moving expenses.

The placement sites for the upcoming program year include faith-based non-profits, secular non-profits, congregations, including a position with the Sierra Pacific Synod office. The corps members live in intentional community in a 4-bedroom apartment in Davis, CA. Visit levn.org or contact Program Director Casey Kloehn at 530-756-1550 or programs@thebelfry.org for more information!
Job Opportunities
All posts can also be found online at  www.vasynod.org/job-opportunities. If you have job opening you would like posted, email fuller@vasynod.org. 
Day School Teacher--Chesapeake, VA
Grace Lutheran Day School, a ministry of Grace Lutheran Church in Chesapeake, is seeking an experienced preschool teacher for the 2016-17 school year. Candidates should possess a high school diploma AND a certificate in early childhood education OR a bachelor's degree in early childhood education. First aid and CPR training are also desired. Teaching experience with 3 and 4 year-old children is required. Hours are 8:30am-12:30pm, Monday thru Friday from September until mid-May. Candidates will be subject to criminal background checks with social services and the State Police. The hiring process will begin in mid-June. Contact Jody Miller for an application at 757-420-4704 or  secretary@gracelutheranchesapeake.org
Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago-  Director  of  
As the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago lives into its Public Church curriculum, it is essential that our Director of Admissions reaches out to a new generation of visionary leaders. The Director of Admissions will lead the task of recruitment and admissions, chiefly (but not exclusively) for our first degree programs: the Master of Divinity and the two Master of Arts degrees. The Director will serve as a representative of LSTC through contacts with colleges, churches, synods, and other organizations. Because the Director will engage a broad range of prospective students, it is essential that s/he brings a high degree of intercultural competency.  Full time position with ELCA benefits. For a full description please go to: 

United Campus Ministries (UCM) of Christopher Newport University (CNU), located in Newport News in the heart of historic Hampton Roads, Virginia, wishes to hire a campus minister (ordination preferred) to serve the university students and the university community. UCM is specifically seeking someone who is motivated, energetic, and exemplifies Christian values and love so that they can guide, support, and encourage the students to explore and grow their Christian faith.  This is a part time position and involves meeting with and developing relationships with the students and the rest of the university community, planning activities, providing spiritual counsel, service and outreach opportunities and enjoying fun fellowship with the students and the university community.
 If you feel called to apply for this rewarding position, email your resume and cover letter to the Personnel Committee Chair, Suzanne Howell at bsh-887@verizon.net , no later than 11:59 PM on June 15th, 2016. Please use "UCM Position" in the Subject line. A detailed job description will be sent to you. 

Congregational Communications Facilitator-Yorktown, VA
St. Mark Lutheran Church in Yorktown is looking for a Congregational Communications Facilitator.  This position supports the Pastor and the Parish Administrator in the production of all worship service materials and coordination of special events.  He/she shall perform receptionist responsibilities and facilitate parish and public communications.  Secondary responsibilities include clerical support to the St. Mark Preschool and CafĂ© St. Mark.  This is a part-time salaried position with normal duty hours Monday-Friday, 9 am - 3:30 pm.  Position may require occasional weekend and after normal duty hours.
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.
Please submit cover letters and resumes to personnel@smlconline.org .
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