Virginia Synod Disaster Response: Hurrican Dorian
We've heard from our partners in the Florida-Bahamas Synod with an update on their synod and those who were impacted. If you would like to directly connect and provide aid to those in the Florida-Bahamas Synod, click here for a situation report and disaster response following Hurricane Dorian.
Hurricane Dorian
Hurricane Dorian has hit the Bahamas with devastating force, leading to major damage and a growing number of reported deaths. The storm is now moving along the southeastern coast of the United States, threatening our neighbors in South Carolina and North Carolina with dangerous winds and life-threatening storm surge and will likely impact the Tidewater area of Virginia with wind and heavy rain.

Please join us in prayer for all those in the path of this powerful storm. Especially, we pray for those in the Bahamas.
East/West Partnerships
Our synod has created an East-West Partnership program – paring congregations on the Eastern and Western sides of our commonwealth for potential support in the event of a disaster requiring evacuation to provide emergency housing and other forms of assistance.

The below listing will give you specific partnerships and contact information. It may be helpful to reach out to your partner congregation when storms have been forecasted in our region to make sure appropriate contact information is available and contingency plans are in place.
How to Help Now
ELCA Disaster Response Fund

In response to hurricane Dorian, ELCA Disaster Response is collecting funds to help meet the long-term needs of hurricane survivors. You can learn more about ELCA Disaster Response and donate using the button below.
Virginia Synod Disaster Response Fund

The Virginia Synod Disaster Response Fund is a designated fund created to provide support for disaster relief through the Virginia Synod, ELCA. The Virginia Synod Disaster Response Fund allows the people of the Virginia Synod to respond locally to disasters by making gifts which will provide grants and support to congregations and affiliated organizations undertaking disaster response. The Virginia Synod Disaster Response Fund is a local supplement to the work of Lutheran Disaster Response.. In addition to online donations, donations can also be made by check mailed to the Western Office of the Bishop at P.O. Box 70 Salem, VA 24153 with “Virginia Synod Disaster Response” written in the memo line.
Providing Help that is Helpful
While the urge to do something for our neighbors can be strong, please remember that above all, we want to provide help that is actually helpful, not help that is harmful.  Please do not start collecting items  like bottled water or blankets for hurricane relief. If those items are needed, they will be requested by relief workers on the ground in impacted areas and Lutheran Disaster Response will pass those requests along to the Synod. 

In addition,  please do not send used clothing  into a disaster area unless those items are specifically requested by a national organization like Lutheran Disaster Response. Until basic services are restored and the clean up is completed, used clothing cannot be stored or distributed properly and often ends up being thrown away.

If you have questions about the the Virginia Synod's Disaster Response efforts or if you experience flooding in your area, please contact:

Pastor John Wertz, Jr.
Director for Evangelical Mission
Where Does Your Offering Go?
ELCA members recently gave $1.7 billion in unrestricted offerings to support God’s mission and ministry. Each year, ELCA congregations pledge to send a portion of the offerings they receive to fund ELCA ministries in their synods and beyond. In the ELCA, we call these funds Mission Support. Where does your offering go? This video shares how your Mission Support impacts life-changing work in our communities and around the world. Learn more about Mission Support at
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Upcoming Fall Events at Caroline Furnace
Work Weekend, September 13-15
Join us in giving back to Caroline Furnace! No cost to register and attend - but there is an option to Fund a Project during registration and we will request free will donations for meals throughout the weekend.
If you'd like to come to one of our Work Weekends, please register online using the button above or below. You may arrive anytime after 6pm on Friday. We provide meals Saturday breakfast through Sunday breakfast and lodging in the Cabin Village. Most of the work happens on Saturday, with Sunday typically reserved for finishing up high priority projects.

Fall Projects include deep cleaning the Cabin Village, clearing the Memorial Path, continuing updates to Cabin 7, prepping the fall mailer, and working on an exciting renovation to Moyer Lodge!

Play, Pray, Play, October 1-3
Come find renewal in and through God's creation! Begin with a day of play: hiking, fishing, canoeing, creekwalking, playing gagaball, crafting and more. We'll begin the day with interactive, camp-like worship and Bible study, and end with a campfire. Day 2 is set aside as a Day of Prayer - time for silent meditation, praying the labyrinth, reading, and contemplation. We'll wrap up the retreat with another day of play: hiking, fishing, canoeing, creekwalking, playing gagaball, crafting and more. Local horseback riding, wineries, and river trips may be available on the play days as well at additional cost. Lodging is modern-rustic and scratch-made meals are provided Tuesday lunch through Thursday lunch. 2 Day (Tues/Wed or Wed/Thurs): $80; 3 Day (Tues-Thurs): $125

Renew & Retreat, presented by Roots & Wings, October 8-10
Renew & Retreat is a Christian Formation Retreat for Family Ministries, presented by Roots & Wings, a ministry of the Virginia Synod, ELCA. This year's facilitator is Debbie Striecher, Co-Director at Milestones Ministry and past president of the Christian Education Network of the ELCA. Debbie is passionate about family ministry and the importance of daily immersion in the language of faith. Her vision is to involve all ages in faith formation, strengthen family relationships through spiritual growth, and empower God-given gifts to do ministry. All are welcome, to include other Synods, denominations, and ecumenical partners. Early Registration until Sept 1 is $100.

Wild Women Wine and Craft Retreat, December 6-8
Join us for a weekend of fellowship and renewal! Feel free to bring a book, your latest crafting project, and your favorite snacks/drinks to share. We'll share some of our favorites too - transportation is provided to a local winery, and we'll lead the group in a craft. (Craft details TBD - stay tuned)​Retreat cost includes modern-rustic lodging, scratch-made meals, and transportation to a local winery.

For more information and to register for any of the above events, click here.
"When Faith Hurts" -- A 2-Day Course on Child Abuse and Faith Communities with Victor Vieth
Join us for a FREE, 2-day course featuring Victor Vieth called “When Faith Hurts". This course deals with the intersection of child abuse and faith communities. Held on November 12-13, 2019 from 8:30 Am to 5:00 PM at Lexington Presbyterian Church. Topics include:
  • When Faith Hurts
  • When Child Abuse Hits Home: Corporal Punishment, the Law and the Faith Community
  • Understanding the Impact of Trauma on Children
  • Recognizing and Responding to Sexual Offenses Committed by Children, addressing emotional and spiritual injuries, care in action: a collaboration between faith and child protective communities, responding to allegations of child abuse within a congregation

To register for this event, click here. For an informational flyer click here. For more information about the speaker, click here.
Brandon Oaks Fall Bazaar
Join us Saturday, September 28th 8:00 AM -2:00 PM at the Brandon Oaks Auditorium for our Fall Bazaar! All proceeds will benefit the Brandon Oaks Auxiliary, a volunteer group whose funds support quality of life enhancements for the residents of Brandon Oaks Nursing and Rehab Center and Memory Support Center. We will have a raffle, hot dogs and chili for purchase and items for sale.

Do you have items you’d like to donate to our sale? Or delicious baked goods to include in our bake sale? Call Bazaar coordinator Betty Lovingood; (540) 769-8727.

For an event flyer, click here.
The fifth Annual Beer and Brats is back at Hungry Mother Lutheran Retreat Center
Join us on Saturday September 28 at The Pavilion at HMLRC at 5:30

The evening highlights include: A selection of authentic German bratwurst, wieners, and side dishes, beer, soft drinks, and iced tea, live music, Cornhole tournament with prizes, and a bonfire
Sprouting Hope Garden at Hungry Mother
Do you have a passion for gardening and enjoy helping others? If so, Sprouting Hope needs you. Located on property at Hungry Mother Lutheran Retreat Center, Sprouting Hope delivers fresh organic produce throughout the season to local food banks to be distributed directly into the community. Their volunteer hours are - Sunday 5-7 pm, Tuesday 6-8 pm Thursday 9-11 am.

Contact Mandy at for more information.
Called to be Prophets
"Called to be Prophets" Sept 27 and 28th. You can stay and worship with us on the 29th as well! I started this conference because I believe we are called to be more than pastor and chaplains. Brian McLaren is the headliner, Robyn Henderson-Espinoza is a very talented prophet, and Dr. Steed Davidson was our OT professor at PLTS back in the day. The conference is going to be great and I'd ask that you'd help us spread the word. North Carolina is beautiful in September! Link to the event is

Scholarships available, email for more information. Live podcast Friday night with our friends at Homebrewed Christianity and book reading/signing Saturday night coffee shop. First 100 registrants get free copies of McLaren and Henderson-Espinoza's new book before they come out! For more information on this event, click here.
U2charist Coming to Salem Lutheran, Mt. Sidney
At 7 p.m. on Saturday September 28th Salem Lutheran in Mt. Sidney will be doing something it has never done before: host a U2charist. A what???

For all those familiar with the music of the Irish rock band U2, this is essentially what it says it is - a Eucharist with U2 music. Unfortunately, the actual band will not be in attendance - but their music and message will be.

Think of it as a multimedia rock concert meets Eucharist. The result is a new way of being together, worshipping together, and proclaiming the Gospel. Much of U2’s music expresses a concern for social justice in the world. Our offering on the 28 th will go toward the ELCA fund for world hunger. All are welcome, dress is casual, and dancing in the aisles is encouraged.
Job Opportunities
ELCA Career Listings
Explore and apply for opportunities available with the churchwide organization or global service on the ELCA Job Board at
Youth and Family Ministry Intern/Part Time Position- Resurrection, Fredericksburg
This position is located in Fredericksburg VA. It would work for a student who is participating in distance learning at your campus and looking for a field education site or a place to explore youth and family ministry. This part-time position/internship offers $1000 per month stipend. We are equidistant between Alexandria VA and Richmond VA – about 50 miles.

For a complete position description, and application information, click here.
Part-time Institutional Chaplain- Buckingham Correctional Center
GraceInside has an immediate opening for a chaplain to serve Buckingham Correctional Center in Buckingham, Virginia. The position pays $25 dollars/hour and is currently funded for 111 hours a month. GraceInside chaplains serve as the Christian pastor as well as the religious supervisor for all religious activities on site.

For a complete position description, click here.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and application to GraceInside: 2828 Emerywood Parkway; Richmond, VA 23294 by September 6th, 2019. Applications may be requested from Lee Hargrave at or at (804) 358-7650.
Youth Ministry Director- St. Peter's, Stafford
St. Peter's in Stafford is searching for an individual who has a calling for Youth Ministry Leadership on a part-time basis and would like to apply to become our next Youth Ministry Director. Please visit to see the full position description. If you are interested, or know anyone who might be, please call the church office at 540-659-6366 or email Pastor Paul Toelke at
Minister of Music- Grace Lutheran Church, Chesapeake
Grace Lutheran Church (Chesapeake, VA) is seeking a part time Minister of Music. The position is currently an average of 10 hours per week—including time for planning, practice, rehearsal, Sunday morning worship, and occasional holiday/special services. We are a liturgical church with both contemporary and traditional worship services. The Minister of Music is responsible for choosing (in partnership with the Pastor) appropriate music for all worship services and directing the praise team, hand bell choir, and possibly a traditional choir. The Minister of Music must be a professional musician who is proficient on the piano (preferably also proficient on the organ) and in leading congregational singing in a variety of styles. Some administration and computer skills are needed to coordinate with office staff when working off-site (ex: Google Drive, Sundays & Seasons website), submit reports to the Church Council, prepare newsletter/bulletin articles/announcements, and ensure copyright compliance. Above all, we are looking for a leader who loves God and God’s people, and who is willing to share their God-given musical gifts with the congregation and encourage others to do the same.

For a complete position description, click here.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 4th To apply, please submit your cover letter, resume, and references electronically to: Pastor Leslie Weber at
Worship and Music Director- Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Virginia Beach
Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Virginia Beach, VA., is seeking a part time Director of Worship & Music. We are a liturgical church following a specific format for worship. We are looking for someone who will be responsible for directing the sanctuary choir, children’s choir, and possibly hand bell choir. The Director must be a professional musician who is proficient in singing and can play one or more instrument(s) (piano/organ preferred). They must be able to select hymns and music pieces that fit with the particular Bible readings for a given Sunday and season of the Church year. Some computer skills are needed to prepare PowerPoints for the worship service, reports for the Church Council, and newsletter articles. They will be responsible for working within a budget and helping to develop a new budget for upcoming years. Above all, we are looking for a leader who loves the Lord, and His people and who will shepherd the choir members as part of his/her ministry at Emmanuel.

For information on applying, please email
Director of Church Music- College Evangelical Lutheran Church, Salem
College Evangelical Lutheran Church (Salem, Virginia) seeks applications for a part-time Director of Church Music (Organist and Choir Director) position. The weekly working hours will average 20-25 hours per week with the understanding that some weeks may require more than 25 hours and some weeks fewer than 20 hours. Scheduling will be determined by the Director of Church Music in consultation with the Pastor.

For a complete position description, click here.

To apply, please submit your cover letter, resume, and references electronically to: LuAnn Yates, Personnel Ministry Team Chair Applications are currently being reviewed. For additional information about College Lutheran Church, go to
If you have a position opening you would like posted, please email Emily Pilat at