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Announcements From Around the Virginia Synod
ForwardingFaith with Soap
Rebecca Williams, a rising 7 th  grader from Ascension Lutheran in Danville, decided to create an inc redibly creative fundraising of her own to support the Virginia Synod's  ForwardingFaith Campaign.  To date she has had over $115 dollars donated to the campaign with people enjoying
 soap of all shapes, including the form of the arrow conspicuously shown in the ForwardingFaith campaign!

This fundraising effort for ForwardingFaith has taken a great amount of time and dedication from Rebecca as she spent six weeks saving her personal allowance in order buy the materials needed to create the soap. Creating the soap is no simple task either, as it takes around two hours to produce 8 bars of soap. What hasn't taken much time is selling the bars of soap.

Some soaps take the shape of flowers with a lavender smell; some have a bar with the smell of tea tree that repels ticks, but not contributors to the campaign! "My favorite smell is the apple soap, but the smell is pretty strong. I like the flower bars cause I can make 24 of them at the same time!" says Rebecca.

Rebecca learned how to make soap from her cousin in Charlotte, and since then has spent the last two years doing similar fundraising work with soap. She has helped raise funds in the Danville community for its Third Chance Ministry a mission of Grace and Main Fellowship that identifies, develops, sends, and supports missionaries to urban areas with great need in Southside Virginia. She has also fundraised for the Humane Society, the Community Garden, and the drive to help purchase the Ascension House for missionary work in the area. She is now in the process of perfecting a formula for lip balm with hopes to branch out her charitable fundraising.
When asked about the ForwardingFaith Campaign, Rebecca said, "I know this campaign won't just affect me, but all of us, if these events were to have to end." The ForwardingFaith campaign is an investment in youth like Rebecca who have benefited from youth ministry and faith formation programs held by the church.

In Ascension Lutheran in Danville, the members have been challenged to match the $115 she has raised thus far. Rebecca says, "If a 12 year old can raise $115 in soap, I wonder how much an adult could raise!" A video presentation featuring both Rebecca and Bishop Jim Mauney was shown at the 2016 Synod Assembly in which Rebecca extended her challenge to include the entire synod as well.
Forwarding Faith with Soap

Rebecca is the daughter of Carl and Meredith Williams from Ascension, Danville. Meredith serves as the Pastor of Ascension Lutheran Church.
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Power in the Spirit Registration is Now Available!

Register Now for Power in the Spirit! 
Join us July 14-16 at Roanoke College for a conference with Lutherans from all across the state. Hear Rev. Dr. Kathryn Kleinhans lead us through two days of talking about God's grace. The registration deadline is
JULY 1. 

60th Anniversary Celebration at Lutherock-Aug 19-21

Come celebrate 60 years of ministry at Lutherock Lutheran Camp and Conference with us! Join us for a day or weekend of celebration and reconnecting with your brothers and sisters in Christ. The weekend will be full of fun camp activities such as: ice cream making, skits and songs around the campfire, hiking on the property, climbing the Challenge Tower, zipping off the ropes course and so much more! Overnight accommodations are based on availability and require pre-registration. Space is limited, so register early!

Enjoy picnic lunch, recognitions and day activities: Free will offering and does not require pre-registration.
Tent camping: $10/person or $20/per family each night
Moretz Lodge, Cabin Village, Founder's Lodge, or Stone Lodge: $20/person or $40/family each night
Crow's Nest: $30/person or $50/family each night
Rates include meals, lodging and programming for the weekend!

Online Course For Pastors
Presenting discipleship as the work of God ' s Spirit among us, forming us in Christ and calling us to God ' s mission, this course will offer some strategies to move congregations further along the journey from church membership to active discipleship.

Weekly sessions will include: The Christian Church Today, A Journey from Membership to Discipleship, The What ' s, Why ' s and How ' s of Discipleship, Leading Congregations into Deeper Discipleship, and a Plan for Developing Disciples.

The course will meet for five weeks through online forums and content presentations. The course readings and video content will provide an intro- duction to understanding the place of and approaches to disciplemaking as it relates to the mission of the church in this challenging day. Students will have the opportunity to develop an initial strategy to lead their congrega- tions further into active discipleship. 

Volunteers Wanted For Disaster Recovery in New Jersey
Some homes in New Jersey still haven't been rebuilt after the destruction of hurricane Sandy. Are you and your church looking for a mission trip opportunity? Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey (LSMNJ) Disaster Recovery continues to need volunteer teams interested in doing disaster rebuilding work. All skill levels welcome for a weekend, few days or week of work. There are more than 9,000 families still displaced and volunteer housing is available. If interested please contact Amy Pennenga at apennenga@lsmnj.org or 609-699-4137.
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.

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 pilat@vasynod.org. 
Part Time Organist--Petersburg, VA
Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer in Petersburg is looking for a part-time organist-keyboardist.  This could be on a rotation schedule with other organist-keyboardist, so it would not be an every Sunday commitment.

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
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