Day for All People Advocacy Day at the Virginia General Assembly
The Day for All People is organized by the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, the ELCA Advocacy office in Virginia. About 20 Lutherans gathered with 200+ sisters and brothers of all faiths to advocate for justice for all Virginians. People came from across the Virginia Synod: First, Norfolk; Christ, Richmond; Grace and Glory, Palmyra; Peace, Charlottesville; Muhlenberg, Harrisonburg; and Christ, Roanoke; as well as Pastor Amy Reumann of the ELCA Advocacy Office in Washington, and Bishop Bob and Barbra Humphrey and Pastor Kelly Bayer Derrick from the Virginia Synod Office. We followed God’s command to love our neighbors by meeting with state senators and delegates to advocate for paid sick leave for Virginia workers, for payday lending reform, for driver’s licenses for all Virginians, for protection against wage theft for Virginia workers, and for environmental justice.
EPIC in Harrisonburg- Virginia Synod Leadership Development Conferences
This past Saturday at  Muhlenberg Lutheran in Harrisonburg 80 individuals gathered for the second of three synod-wide  E.P.I.C. (Effective Practices for Innovative Congregations) conferences. E.P.I.C is a leadership development conference designed to strengthen congregational leaders for their ministry in the congregation and in the world. 

Congregational leaders and rostered ministers from the area and beyond gathered for a half day of workshops, resource sharing, and networking. The conference in Hampton kicked off with a series of presentations in the morning covering topics like worship, giving, and visioning for Council Presidents and Vice-Presidents. Workshops in the afternoon addressed important needs in congregations like effective communications online, congregational vitality, and best practices for treasurers.

E.P.I.C still has one remaining date to sign up for at  Christ Lutheran in Roanoke on Feb. 22 so register today if you'd like to attend!
Virginia Synod Sermons
Sermons are available one month prior to the Sunday service they are to be shared during. View all the sermons shared   on the Vi rginia Synod website.

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Announcements
7th Day 2020: Register Today!
7th Day is our annual overnight event for youth in 5th and 6th grades and their adult advisors. During the weekend participants are part if a “Shepherd Group” with other youth and adult leaders and explore a story of the Bible through drama, games, crafts, and music. For more information and to register for 7th Day, click here.
Adult Faith Formation Retreat: Register Today!
Biblical Models of Leadership with presenter Dr. Jill Crainshaw March 20-21 at Roslyn Retreat Center, Richmond. Registration is now open! For more information on the event and to register, click here.
Germanna Women's Spring Conference
All Women in the Germanna Conference are invited to attend the Germanna Women's Spring Conference at Grace and Glory Lutheran Church 683 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy. Palmyra, VA 22963 on Saturday, March 28, 2020 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM. This is an annual spring event where women engaged in ministry and action come together. The day offers worship, fellowship, education and time together to share ideas and the ministries that are taking place in our congregations.

The day begins with registration/light breakfast, continues with worship, and a program by Lutheran Family Services of Virginia (LFS). A special offering will be collected toward LFS summer camp scholarships to benefit group home residents. Lunch will be provided, and there is no cost for this event.

Please R.S.V.P. your congregation name and number attending to JoAnn Fawley at fawley6409@gmail.com.
Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) Application Due Feb. 15th!
Hurry — applications for the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program are about to close! This is your chance to invite young adults to apply before the Feb. 15 deadline.

If you know young adults aged 21 to 29, reach out and encourage them to apply for this yearlong journey abroad. Talk to them personally about what this opportunity will mean for their faith, identity, career and understanding of God’s work in the world. You can also print out this poster to display in your congregation or ministry space.

Through YAGM, young adults will learn what it means to serve in a spirit of accompaniment as they walk alongside global church companions. They’ll become immersed in a new community and form deep relationships. And they’ll confront issues of wealth and poverty, racial privilege, gender privilege, economic disparity and globalization, all through the lens of faith. Learn more at ELCA.org/YAGM.
WomanKind 2020 March 20-21, 2020
WomanKind’s 2020 theme Fearless Women of Faith explores and celebrates how God has inspired fearlessness in us. Join us March 20-21 at St. James’s, Richmond for our keynote sessions, workshops, and worship, where we will examine fearlessness in the face of injustice, violence against women, life transitions, the unknown, vulnerability, and even fear itself. We will look to our sacred stories in the Bible and our own personal stories, and ask for the Holy Spirit to continue to reveal and plant in us holy peace, courage and perseverance. Together, we will seek Christ’s healing, strength, and fearlessness. For more information and to register for this event, click here.
Updates and Upcoming Events at Caroline Furnace
Summer Camp 2020
Good indeed is the Lord, whose steadfast love endures forever. God's faithfulness continues for all generations. -Psalm 100:5 Get ready for another amazing summer! Registration is now open for Summer 2020 camps at Caroline Furnace. Campers who are 16 & 17 years old are eligible for the LIT! Program (Leaders in Training). Are you (or someone you know) interested in serving as a Camp Counselor this summer? Every week is a new adventure! Paid academic internships are available. Learn More and Register

Family Nights
Join us for an evening of fun! We're bringing dinner, games, and a campfire for s'mores to a church near you. Bring your questions about Summer Camp and Retreats. All are welcome - invite your friends! RSVP on the Facebook event (Caroline Furnace page), sign-up sheet at your church, or by emailing  julie@carolinefurnace.org. RSVP requested but not required; there is no cost to attend. Learn more and get flyers and Facebook events here:  Family Nights schedule
February 16 at 5pm - Emanuel Lutheran Church, Woodstock VA
March 15 at 5pm - Epiphany Lutheran Church, Richmond VA
March 22 at 5pm - College Lutheran Church, Salem VA
April 5 at 5pm - St. Mark Lutheran Church, Charlottesville VA


NEW! Spring Break Work Weeks: March 9-13, March 16-20
Paul Bunyan Weekend: March 6-8
Spring Work Weekend: March 20-22
Grab your work gloves and come spend Spring Break at camp; we need your help with the Moyer Lodge and Farmhouse upgrades! This is a large-scale project and many hands make light(er) work. Lodging and meals are provided for the length of your stay - come for a day or stay for both weeks. There is no cost to participate, but an option is available during registration to help fund the project. No skill required. Spring Break Work Weeks are for all ages, not just college students. Bring your mission group! Invite your friends! Sign up now.
Job Opportunities
Job Opportunities can now be found on the Virginia Synod website at vasynod.org/job-opportunities If you have a position opening you would like posted, please email Emily Pilat at  pilat@vasynod.org