Christ is Walking With Us
Noting that in suffering, as we have been in recent months, it’s normal to ask: “Oh God, where are you?” Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton , the ELCA presiding bishop recollects the Biblical story of the road to Emmaus. In this teaching we find strength to “talk and listen to one another… the resurrected Christ is walking with us.” Watch her 2-minute reflection below, or on YouTube .
Lutheran Disaster Response
During a time of an unprecedented number of disasters around the globe, our church is answering God’s call to love others as ourselves. Here is a sample of what Lutheran Disaster Response is actively working on:

  • In Texas, where Hurricane Harvey caused destruction, we’re hiring a disaster response coordinator to work with our partners and affiliates to connect volunteers and donations to where they’re needed most.
  • In Florida, where Hurricane Irma caused damage, we’re helping Lutheran Services Florida with relief for their most impacted staff.
  • In Haiti, we’re supporting 100 female-headed households and 100 farmers whose gardens and livestock were lost to the hurricane.
  • In Cuba, we’re supporting the distribution of items like cookware, dishes and blankets to help families get back to normal life.
  • In Mexico, where three major earthquakes struck within weeks, we’re supporting our local partner as they distribute food, water and other basic necessities to those who have lost their homes.
  • In Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, where Hurricane Maria left devastation, we’re coordinating the delivery of critical items including dry food, generators and solar-powered phones.

Recovery from these disasters will take years. Please continue to pray for our neighbors impacted by disasters around the world. Stay up to date at  www.elca.org/disaster and  facebook.com/ELCALDR.
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Announcements
Lost and Found 2017
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. On Saturday afternoon there is large chunk of  Free Time  during which we will also hold out annual  Talent Show . In the evenings you will relax in your  Cottage  and talk with with other youth and adults from your congregation and other congregations about how the weekend is going.

This year's Lost and Found will be held on November 17th through November 19th

For more information and to register for Lost and Found, click here
RSVP for ForwardingFaith Congregational Training!
Does your congregation want to take part in the ForwardingFaith Campaign? Is your stewardship team looking for a training event, but doesn't know where to go? As part of the Forwarding Faith Campaign, we are offering 2-hour training sessions throughout the Virginia Synod to teach your stewardship team how to conduct a special gift appeal.

A part of this training provides materials and information on how to conduct the Forwarding Faith campaign in your congregation, but you can use everything you learn during the training session to conduct an appeal for a new air conditioning unit, parking lot paving, roof, outreach opportunity, or whatever your ministry needs to fund!

For more information and to RSVP, click here
A Mighty Fortress Tour: Luther in Music
The Roanoke College Choir, under the direction Dr. Jeffrey R. Sandborg, presents The Mighty Fortress: Luther in Music tour. The tour includes performances at several churches of the Virginia Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

This tour commemorates the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation and coincides with the 175th Anniversary of Roanoke College's founding. Roanoke is the second Lutheran College in the nation.

Each of the following concerts are free and open to the public.

For more information and to view tour dates and locations, click here
Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp Fall Fest Event
Fall Fest at Caroline Furnace is a free event, held on  Saturday, October 21st  at St. John's Chapel. Fall Fest will include a bluegrass worship service at 11 AM, a picnic lunch (provided), field games, and fall crafts. Bring your friends, family, folding chairs, and be ready for fun!

Spread the word with an event flyer, or a bulletin insert .
Charllotesville's Four Lutheran Church Choirs Concert Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
Commerate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in Charlottesville with a concert featuring texts and tunes written by Luther and an original composition and organ selections by Staunton, musicians Florence Jowers and Rev. Dr. Paul D. Weber.

The choirs of the four Charlottesville-area Lutheran churches—Grace and Glory, Palmyra; and Immanuel, Peace and St. Mark, Charlottesville—will join in the musical celebration. The concert will take place at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 100 Alderman Road, on Sunday, October 22nd, 2017, at 4 PM A reception will follow in the fellowship hall.
Reformation Service at St. Mark, Yorktown
Anniversary liturgy! Hymns! Instruments! Choirs! Join the Lutheran Churches of the Peninsula Conference of the Virginia Synod at St. Mark, Yorktown on Sunday, October 29th at 3 PM to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. 
Tidewater Conference Commemorating Luther's Birthday and the Reformation
Mark your calendars for an exciting educational opportunity for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in Norfolk. Educator and "enlightener" The Rev. Dr.  Dennis Buchholz will be making a presentation on Martin Luther and the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation at Freemason Baptist Church in Norfolk on Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 at 5 PM and Monday, October 23rd, 2017 at 7:00 PM

For more information, click here.
Tidewater Conference Commemorating Luther's Birthday and the Reformation
Dr. Eric Crump will be present a lecture at St Michael Lutheran Church on Thursday, November 9th, 2017 at 7:00 PM. An open forum will follow his lecture addressing A Proposal for the Reformation of Law and Gospel. Dr. Crump will explore the intricacies surrounding natural law, the Decalogue, and Jesus’ great love commandment.

Dr. Crump will also join us on Sunday, November 12th, 2017 between worship services (8:30 AM and 11:00 PM) for Adult Sunday school to continue the conversation surrounding how Lutheran’s interpret God’s Law and the Good News received through God’s Word.

All are welcome to attend these two opportunities to visit with our Professor in Residence as we continue our commemoration of Luther’s 95 Theses.

For more information on this and other Reformation events in the Tidewater Conference for October and November, click here.
Looking Back & Called Forward: ELCA500
All are welcomed to register and attend “Looking Back & Called Forward: ELCA500” the ELCA’s Reformation anniversary commemoration event on  October 31st, 2017 in Washington, D.C. As a member of a surrounding area synod and congregation, you are invited to join us for this once-in-a-lifetime event.
 
The day’s event will include speakers and a service, held at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation on Capitol Hill. ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will co-host and will be joined by co-hosts Indiana-Kentucky Synod Bishop Bill Gafkjen, ELCA Vice President Bill Horne and Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Synod Bishop Richard Graham.
 
Registration is free, however, you will be responsible for your own travel and accommodations. Lunch is included in your registration.  Click here to reserve your seat.
 
For those unable to attend in person, you may watch the event online at  elca.org/livestream.
"To the Ends of the Earth: Religious Transformations in the Age of the Reformation" at Old Dominion University
Dr. Merry Wiesner-Hanks , Distinguished Professor in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and a former professor at the ELCA's Augustana College, Rock Island, will be the presenter at a Reformation event sponsored by the History Department of Old Dominion University. The date is  Thursday, November 2, at 12:30 PM  in Room 1106 of the new Education Building at the corner of Hampton Blvd. and 43rd Street, Norfolk. 

Prof. Wiesner-Hanks will speak on the topic, "To the Ends of the Earth: Religious Transformations in the Age of the Reformation." The public is invited.
The Episcopal Diocese of SW Virginia Presents
Pursuing the Beloved Community: A Continuing Conversation on Race
The Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia is in the midst of sponsoring a series of talks across our region titled, "Pursuing the Beloved Community: A Continuing Conversation on Race".   

The first two talks have already taken place in Lexington and Roanoke. The first talk can be watched in its entirety at  https://youtu.be/h5GgtARL9Ak .

The final talk is in Wytheville on  November 8th, 2017 , which will also be live-streamed. Each event features a presentation by Dr. Wornie Reed, Director of the Race and Social Policy Research Center and Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies at Virginia Tech. 

Following Dr. Reed’s presentation, there will be a question and answer time as well as informal discussion.

For more information, click here .
Day of Prayer & Reflection Sponsored by The Lutheran Episcopal Joint Committee of Virginia
The  Northern Gathering of a “Day of Prayer & Reflections”  sponsored by the  Lutheran Episcopal Joint Committee of Virginia  is planned for lay and clergy Tuesday November 14th, 2017 . The Rev. Dr. A. Katherine Grieb, Meade Professor Biblical Interpretation and New Testament at Virginia Theological Seminary, will lead presentations. Register by November 7th at  www.bit.ly/northdayofprayer .

For more information, click here .
Job Opportunities
Administrative Secretary, Grace Lutheran Church in Waynesboro
Do you need the flexibility of part-time hours? Are you knowledgeable in office management systems and procedures? Do you have an understanding of and the ability to use social media, including websites and Facebook? Are you a strong typist with working knowledge of MS Office? Do you like to learn new computer programs? If you answered yes to these questions, we have the perfect job opportunity for you.

Located in Waynesboro, Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church has an opening for a part-time (~ 25 hours/week) Administrative Secretary position. The ideal candidate will have a strong administrative background. This role is responsible for a variety of administrative and clerical tasks. Duties include, but are not limited to, providing daily support to the Pastor, keeping the Pastor's schedule and the church's calendar, purchase of office supplies and other materials as needed, greeting visitors, handling phone calls and e-mails, typing worship bulletins, Council agendas, letters, notices, lists, reports, etc.

For more information go to www.gracewaynesboro.org/Employment.html .

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter with your resume to gracelc2017@gmail.com .
All job postings can also be found online at  www.vasynod.org/job-opportunities. If you have a position opening you would like posted, please email Emily Pilat at  pilat@vasynod.org