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This article comes from the ELCA publication Stories of Faith in Action, a free annual publication that highlights how God is changing lives through the ministries funded by your congregation's unrestricted offering of Mission Support which is shared with our Synod and the ELCA churchwide organization. Together, we serve God's people across the United States and around the world through our 9,300 congregations, 65 synods, and one churchwide organization.

To read more from Stories of Faith in Action, and to learn more about Mission Support click here.

Comfort in Prayer
After a long, exhausting day training with a group of U.S. Marine Corps Reserve members, Cris Frigm, pastor of Trinity Lutheran in Taneytown, Md., and a U.S. Navy Reserve chaplain, handed out prayer books and led night prayer in the field. Following worship, members turned in for the night, leaving not one prayer book behind.

"Every time I train with the group, I try to lead a service out of the prayer book," said Frigm. "Sometimes they take the books with them, and sometimes they don't. This particular night, it seemed they really needed the time for worship. Not one book came back to me."

Now in his sixth year as a Navy Reserve chaplain, Frigm has developed a long
relationship with a group of residents at Oakwood Lutheran Ministries in Wisconsin who, inspired by the Green Bay Packers, call themselves the Oakwood Packers. During the third Friday of each month, they pack boxes of prayer books and ship them to pastors like Frigm.

"My first deployment was to Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, Africa. That was
the first time I received the books," he said. "They have been a great resource especially with the Marine Reservists because they don't get a lot of support outside their drill weekend. It's helpful for them to take that book with them and have that extra support."

Ron Mach, a retired pastor and Oakwood resident of 14 years, said he has spent the past nine of those years volunteering with the packing group. "This opportunity for serving our sons and daughters in the military with food for the spirit as well as food for the body was the right mission for our Oakwood Packers," said Mach. "We have a joyful sense of partnership with the ministry of Chaplain Frigm who provides pastoral care in the name of Christ and
the ELCA."

To date, the group has packed approximately 1,000 boxes to send to various ministries throughout the world, and they hope to continue their ministry long into the future.
Support like Pastor Frigm receives is being raised up by members of  the Virginia Synod as well! Rev. Aaron Fuller, recently received a case of prayer books to provide to Individual Augmentee and mobilized Reserve sailors as they go on deployments that last between 9 to 12 months. This case was given to Rev. Fuller by the Tidewater Conference, and was delivered by Rev. Cathy Mims, who serves as Dean of the Tidewater Conference.

"Know that through providing this resource, you are minister to our Reserve citizen-sailors in powerful ways, helping them stay connected to their faith," said Rev. Fuller.
With fall fast approaching, we are making more resources available for your stewardship work. Many of you are familiar with the animated video introduced at the churchwide assembly in New Orleans. The video is entitled, "Where Does Your Offering Go", and was very well received at the assembly. 

This video can be viewed, downloaded, and copied from the address below.

In addition, we have had requests from DEMs for DVD or thumb drive copies of this video. We too recognize some congregations do not yet have technology in place to show this video off the web. Therefore, we are giving you an opportunity to order copies of this video in both formats - DVD or thumb drive. 

We will provide up to 10 copies in either format to you at no cost if you send us a written request by no later than 4 PM CDT on Monday, September 26, 2016.  Additional copies will cost $5 each. 

To place your order, send your request with the specific mix (number for each format) to Neil Bullock at  neil.bullock@elca.org . You may call Neil at  (773) 380-2884  if you have questions.  We are working to ship orders by  Tuesday, October 11
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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!
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. 


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. 

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.

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!
St. Paul's-Hampton is having a Reformation 500 Bookstore! 
The 500th anniversary of the Reformation is fast approaching! Do you want to learn more about Martin Luther,  his writings, and their impact on Christianity?  Do you want to reflect on the ongoing impact of the Reformation today? Stop by our Reformation 500 Bookstore to shop for engaging books on the Reformation for readers of all ages and interests! Save up to 50% plus receive free shipping on all Bookstore titles.
Stop by  St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hampton on Sunday mornings, or during office hours Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM  from  September 25th-October 9th to get fascinating books on the Reformation for you and your family.
Our Bookstore is sponsored by Augsburg Fortress, the publishing ministry of the ELCA. The books will include bestselling biographies like Luther the Reformer as well as an atlas of the European Reformations, a graphic novel for young readers, and primary sources from The Annotated Luther series.

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!
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