Starting this week, you'll be receiving the Weekly Update in your inbox every Tuesday at 12:30 PM. We'll still be sharing with you all the important announcements and unique stories from the Virginia Synod on a weekly basis, same as always, just on Tuesdays!
Do You Know SOFIA?
“Stories of Faith in Action” (SOFIA) is an annual publication highlighting how God changes lives through the ministries funded by your congregation’s unrestricted offering of Mission Support, which is shared with your synod and the ELCA churchwide organization. “Stories of Faith in Action” and the resources that go along with it are designed to share how important your weekly offering in your congregation is in sustaining and growing God’s mission. They may be ordered free (only pay shipping) or downloaded and printed. Stories, videos, bulletin inserts and an infographic explaining “Where Does My Offering Go?” are available here.
Young Adults in Global Mission Applications Open on November 1
Applications for the ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission open early this year on Nov. 1, 2019! Young adults ages 21 to 29 are invited to apply for a yearlong journey in international service and faith formation. The application window will close Feb. 15, 2020, with priority given to those who apply by January 15. Spread the word! Learn more about YAGM program.
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Announcements
Tapestry Book Study: Dear Church
Join Tapestry tonight at 7:00 PM for our final of six weeks of conversations on "Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US" by Lenny Duncan. We'll be having this six week conversation via Zoom (video chat). Join us for some or all of the sessions as you are able.

Login to the Zoom Chat Here: zoom.us/j/574971266

For more information on this event, click here.
Lost and Found 2019
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 other youth and adults from your congregation and other congregations about how the weekend is going.

For more information on Lost and Found and to register for the event, click here .
Updates and Upcoming Events at Caroline Furnace
Power the Future: A Visioning Summit, November 2-3
We want to hear from you! This event is an opportunity to provide input and share ideas with the Board of Directors as Caroline Furnace continues to grow and diversity as an organization. Focus topics include community outreach, diversity and inclusion, and program. We'll have live music, games, a campfire, worship and more! The event begins with Saturday lunch and ends with Sunday worship. Please  RSVP online  - no cost to participate; all ages welcome (and encouraged!); Saturday-only option available.

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.
2019 LARCUM Conference “Spiritual Ecumenism: The Soul of the Ecumenical Movement”
Please plan to join us at this year’s Annual State LARCUM (Lutheran/Anglican/Roman Catholic/United Methodist) Conference being held in Virginia Beach, Virginia at Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Friday and Saturday, November 22 and 23, 2019. Fr. James Loughran, SA, Director of the Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute will present the historical development of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the challenges to the modern day movement and practical ways in which local ecumenical communities can celebrate this year’s theme “They Showed Unusual Kindness”.Please visit www.virginialarcum.org to learn more. Registration fee is $35 and includes a box lunch - registration closes November 8, 2019.
Spiritual Direction Certification Program
Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary at Lenoir-Rhyne University
Holy Listening – We believe holy listening is at the core of spiritual direction. It’s listening to one another, and most attentively to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. The real and most genuine spiritual director is always the Holy Spirit.

Everyone is Welcome to Apply – Our primary purpose is to train people who feel called to be such spiritual friends, spiritual companions; however, we welcome those whose main interest is to deepen their own spiritual practices.

Within the Christian Tradition – Ours is an experience in spiritual direction grounded in Trinitarian faith. However, we recognize that there is deep spiritual wisdom that can be found in other faith traditions. We will draw on those traditions and will integrate them from a Christian perspective.

The application deadline is November 15. For more information on the program, 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.
Ignite the Church Conference, Feb. 11-13, 2020
Get inspired, encouraged, challenged and warmed up at the Ignite the Church Conference in Orlando, Florida, February 11-13. In addition to large group gatherings on Congregational Vitality, there will be electives on Reaching Younger Generations, Expanding Kingdom Impact, Church Renewal and Discipleship, Renewing Music, Vitality through Mission, Engaging Your Neighborhood, Evangelism, Social Justice, and Raising Up Leaders along with a visit to Orlando’s Castle Church Brewing Community. A $99 discounted rate, including 2 meals and snacks, is available until November 30th. All proceeds benefit the ELCA Fund for Leaders. For more information go to www.IgniteTheChurch.net.
Job Opportunities
Part Time Minister of Music- Grace, Chesapeake
Grace Lutheran Church, Chesapeake 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, etc.), 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.


To apply, please submit your cover letter, resume, and references electronically to: Pastor Leslie Weber at PastorLeslie@GraceLutheranChesapeake.org.
Coordinator of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries- College Lutheran, Salem
College Evangelical Lutheran Church (Salem, Virginia) seeks applications for a part-time Coordinator of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries. The weekly working hours will average 20 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 Coordinator of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries in consultation with the Pastor.

For a complete position description, click here.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, résumé, and names and contact information of three (3) references to LuAnn Yates electronically to: LuAnn Yates, Personnel Ministry Team Chair yateslax@comcast.net. Applications are currently being reviewed. For additional information about College Lutheran Church, go to www.collegelutheran.org.
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.
ELCA Career Listings
Explore and apply for opportunities available with the churchwide organization or global service on the ELCA Job Board at elca.atsondemand.com
If you have a position opening you would like posted, please email Emily Pilat at  pilat@vasynod.org