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Announcements From Around the Virginia Synod
 Running Across The Country, 
Then Moving Across the World

Mary Proctor, a 2012 graduate from Abingdon High School and 2015 graduate from James Madison University is undergoing a tremendous feat this summer. She has been dedicating this new year to mentally and physically prepare to run across the country. Yes. That's right. Running across the whole country.

For some people running 4 miles may sound like a big deal but Mary will be running over 4,000 miles from San Francisco, CA to Baltimore, MD during the Summer of 2016. Why would she agree to this extreme task? 

"I really admire my dad and how he serves others," she said. "When I was in middle school, I found out that he had Cancer and it really devastated me." 

Her run is dedicated to her father who battled and won over cancer on multiple occasions. Her father is none other than Barry Proctor, a dedicated member of the Virginia Synod Council. Though Barry has beaten Cancer, Mary still feels a strong connection with the community who is impacted by Cancer.  

Mary is completing her run with an organization called 4K for Cancer and will be a part of Team Baltimore. She will join 28 other runners as they travel on foot for over 4,000 miles to raise awareness and raise money for cancer survivors through the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. Each day she will be interacting with survivors affected by cancer and on rest days the team will be doing awareness campaigns and talks around the cities.
Mary's goal is to raise $5,000 to support families who need assistance during a difficult time. Team Baltimore will also personally be giving scholarships, which are funded by the donations, to recipients that have undergone an application process. 
"This is going to be a challenging but rewarding summer because I get to bring this light of hope to survivors and families," Mary said.  "Our mission for service is to relieve the uncertainty and hardships that can accompany cancer. I want to provide listening ears and an open heart to the individuals that will be facing a larger challenge than this 4K run. I'm rooting them on and supporting them with all I've got. Training, raising money, and raising awareness about 4K for Cancer and The Ulman Cancer Fund, as well as sharing my connection to the cancer community, allows me to connect with each individual. God has given me this incredible venture and this is all for His glory!"

It seems that bringing God glory is a motivation for how Mary lives the rest of her life as well, an ethic that she credits to her parents. Last month she found out that she has been accepted into Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM), a program of the ELCA that will allow Mary to live in a different country for 1 year where her life will be dedicated to serving a community. 

"The biggest thing that I have learned recently is that service is the work of accompaniment," she said. "It's being at peace and community with those around me, which is important to remember, especially when I feel like I may not be good enough."

Later this month Mary will find out where she will be serving God next year but for now her mind is on fundraising for her run across America. 
Her dream of participating in this 4K for Cancer run cannot happen unless she obtains financial support to reach her fundraising goal of $5,000. St. Luke Lutheran Church in Culpeper, where her sister Rev. Kate Costa is the pastor, has supported Mary through a bake sale and other organizations and friends are joining her efforts. The deadline to be a runner is the beginning of May. All donations are tax-deductible.
"This will be an incredible opportunity and I'm grateful to be using my gift of running to reach out to my neighbors."
If you would like to find out more or make an online donation, check out her runner profile:   http://4kforcancer.org/profiles/mary-proctor/

If you would like to support Mary by check, you can mail them to:
4K for Cancer
1215 E Fort Ave, Suite 104
Baltimore, MD 21230
*include my name, Mary Proctor, and your email on the memo line. Checks should be written to the Ulman Cancer Fund. 

"I don't know what I am going to be doing with my life, but I know I want it to be greater than myself," Mary said. "Everything I've done is not because of who I am but it's because of what God has done. I just want to serve."

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Synod Assembly Registration and Info

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.
In the Breaking of the Bread: Lutheran/Episcopal Retreat
Join clergy and rostered leaders for an ecumenical retreat held May 16-18, 2016, at Shrine Mont Conference Center in Orkney Springs, Virginia.  Participants will gain working knowledge of The Book of Common Prayer and Evangelical Lutheran Worship and how to use them to preside with instruction from renowned scholars. Learning and fellowship with national ecumenical officers, bishops, deployment officers, synod staff, and full communion clergy partners in your area will equip you for shared ministries of word and sacrament.

Registration deadline is April 18. 
For more information and to  register online, visit: VirginiaLutheranEpiscopal.wordpress.com
Visiting Theologian in Blacksburg, April 30:
Marianne Hieb on Meditative Art-Journaling
Marianne Hieb will serve as Luther Memorial Lutheran Church's  2016 Visiting Theologian in Blacksburg.  Sister Hieb ministers at the Lourdes Wellness Center in Collingswood, NJ, where, for the past 30 years, she has developed and facilitated the Creativity, Spirituality,
and Wellness program.
Dr. Hieb will facilitate a workshop, on Saturday, April 30, at Luther Memorial:  Meditative Art-Journaling┬«:  An Adjunct Prayer Practice and Way of Contemplative Presence.  This workshop will invite participants to use art materials as a way to explore the presence of God.  There will be a morning (9-12) and an afternoon session (12-4); participants may attend either one or both.  Lunch will be served between sessions.  
Luther Memorial is located at 600 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, VA.
This workshop is open to all and free to the public.  All art materials will be provided. 
It is requested that participants register by either calling 951-1000 or sending an email to luther@lmlc.org
For more information: http://www.lmlc.org/visiting-theologian-april-3-and-may-1

Pack The Park for LFSVA
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Pack the Park for LFSVA! You can be a superhero for LFSVA individuals with disabilities 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 new Supported Employment Services, which 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. For information on how to buy tickets or to learn more about ticket packages that will pay for tickets and meals for students or individuals to attend a game, contact Leah Hatcher at lhatcher@lfsva.org. You can learn more about Supported Employment Services and LFSVA at lfsva.org!

Malaria Sunday is April 24th and we ask that you consider making this Papua New Guinea Malaria Sunday at your church. Raise awareness in your congregation and prayer for our international partners.

We have committed, as a Synod, to providing 5,000 nets for the children of the New Guinea Islands District of Papua New Guinea, which would cost $50,000. Each net only costs $10. Consider rallying your congregation or purchasing two nets yourself for $20. Those two nets could save the lives of two children in Papua New Guinea. 

If you or your church would like to support this goal financially, you or your congregation may donate by checks may be made to the Virginia Synod marked "Mosquito nets for PNG." and mail to Virginia Synod, P.O. Box 70 Salem, VA 24153 or  you can  click here to donate online .
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. 
Office Administrator - Bristol, VA
Redeemer Lutheran Church in Bristol, VA is seeking an office administrator to perform general office management, receptionist, clerical, and bookkeeping tasks. This is a part-time position, 16 hours per week; 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM Monday thru Thursday. Some flexibility as to days and hours may be accommodated.

A successful candidate must possess a warm, friendly and professional demeanor. Must be self-motivated with an excellent work ethic and organizational skills, and be able to work independently and as a team player. Familiarity with, and current participation in some faith community is valuable.

Job Requirements
Candidates must have proficiency in office procedures and methods to ensure work flow, knowledge of office computers and software. Microsoft Office Suite required; "Church Windows" accounting software, desktop publishing, Facebook, Twitter, other electronic communication and web page skills a plus. This person must be able to multi-task, be flexible in his/her job and a willingness to learn new software. Attention to detail and the ability to review and streamline processes is essential.

Preferred Qualifications
2 year degree or equivalent experience preferred
Some general accounting knowledge and experience helpful.
Religious office experience a plus
Please send inquiries and/or resumes to: office@redeemerbristol.org 

Nursery Attendant-Chesapeake, VA
Grace Lutheran Church in Chesapeake is seeking a caring and able bodied adult to serve as a part time paid Nursery Attendant.
Candidates should have childcare experience, be able to facilitate church provided activities, and maintain a healthy and safe environment in the nursery on Sunday mornings. Hours from September through May are from 8:15am-12:30pm.  Summer hours (June-August) are from 8:15am-11:15pm. First aid and CPR training are desired, and a background check, physical, and TB test are required. Contact Jody Miller at (757)420-4704 or secretary@gracelutheranchesapeake.org for additional information and an application.
Philanthropy Director
National Lutheran Communities & Services is recruiting for a Philanthropy Director in Rockville, Md., at The Village at Rockville-A National Lutheran Community. The Village at Rockville is a CCRC (continuing care retirement community) that offers independent living, short-term rehabilitation, respite, long-term nursing care, hospice, assisted living and memory care As they continue to plan for the needs of future generations, they want talented, caring, servant-hearted individuals who are passionate about their mission to serve seniors. Reporting to the NLCS Chief Philanthropy Officer, the Philanthropy Director is an integral position within the organization, serving as lead in all areas related to philanthropic programs at The Village at Rockville. To learn more and apply, visit https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=nlcscares&ccId=19000101_000001&type=JS&lang=en_US# 

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