Getting Ready for Synod Assembly
Synod Assembly is nearly here, and so we're giving you some information on what's to come! June 7-8 is our time to gather at this Assembly to experience and express what it means to be called the church together as the Body of Christ, as we care for necessary items of business, participate in and experience corporate worship, and engage in fellowship and faith formation.

This year registration will be held in the Cregger Center on the campus of Roanoke College. We look forward to hosting the assembly in this new location! We have been told by Roanoke College that no food or drink other than water is permitted in the Kerr-Cregger Field House which is where our main assembly will meet. A prayground space will be available as a children's play area during our meeting sessions.

Rostered Ministers, please note that the color for worship is red as we celebrate the season of Pentecost.
Synod Assembly App
Our Synod Assembly App is live for smart phones, tablets, and computers. It puts all the information about Synod Assembly at the tip of your fingers! More information is being added as we approach our time together, so stay tuned for the Bulletin of Reports, complete schedule, and additional information in the weeks to come. Click on either of the links below to download the Virginia Synod Assembly app for your preferred Android or iOS device.
Once the app is downloaded to your device, open it and search for  "VIRGINIA SYNOD ASSEMBLY 2019"   and download this guide to your app!

You can also access a web browser version at
ELCA World Hunger Domestic Hunger Grants: Application Deadline is June 17
In 2019, ELCA World Hunger is proud to be partnering with 77 ministries across 63 synods and 33 states (plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.) through its Domestic Hunger Grants program. Domestic Hunger Grants are again available to groups that are working through and with ELCA congregations to address the root causes of poverty and hunger.

The application window for 2020 ELCA World Hunger Domestic Hunger Grants will open April 15!  Visit  to learn more about the grants and how to apply. We invite organizations applying for an ELCA grant for the first time to  set up an account in ELCA GrantMaker in advance  in order to access the application form immediately once the window opens. If your organization has already registered in ELCA GrantMaker, now is a great time to log back in and confirm that the contact information in the account is up to date. 
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 Virginia Synod website.

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Synod Assembly 2019
J une 7-8 will be our time to get together as the Virginia Synod to fellowship, learn about the wider church, do business, and worship. Our ELCA representative for this year's Synod Assembly will be the the  Rev. Dr. Sandy Chrostowski , Director for DEM (Director of Evangelical Mission) Relationships for the ELCA.

For more information, visit:
From Crib to Cross Lutheran-Episcopal Retreat
All rostered ministers, seminarians, and lay leaders engaged in Lutheran-Episcopal full communion of the Virginia Synod are invited to a retreat June 24-26, 2019 in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley to meet with other clergy and leaders of the Episcopal Church as we continue to live into our ecumenical partnership. Our guest speakers are Dr. Timothy Wengert of Philadelphia Seminary and Dr. Alyson Barnett-Cowan of the Anglican Church of Canada. Both speakers will help us explore the theological impulses of our traditions (the “Crib” and the “Cross”) and how our distinctions help us understand our own traditions better. There will be time for conversation among participants as well as free time and activities. Pastors looking to explore this special partnership will be enriched by this retreat!

Registration Deadline is extended to May 31, 2019. For more information and to register for this event, click here.
Power in the Spirit 2019 Registration Open!
Power in the Spirit is an inspirational conference for everyone who wishes to explore God’s call to service through joyous worship, Bible study, keynote addresses, workshops, and fellowship.

To view this year's event packet with information on everything happening at this year's Power in the Spirit,  click here .

Join us  July 11-13  at Roanoke College for a conference with Lutherans for all across the state.   Register for Power in the Spirit online today!
Upcoming Events at Caroline Furnace
Summer Camp is almost here! The theme for 2019 is Transforming Community, with Romans 12:2 as the theme verse, "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God - what is good and acceptable and perfect." Summer Camp is June 16 to August 9, with weeks for rising 1st to 12th graders as well as Family Camp and Buddies In Christ - Special Needs Camp. Activities and specialty camps include canoeing, horseback riding, culinary, fishing, rock climbing, archery, performing arts, history, crafting, and more! We'll be introducing the summer staff team on the  Caroline Furnace Facebook page , so be sure to follow along. It's not too late to sign up for a week of Summer Camp -   register today !

Quiet Days: October 2, December 2
Pre-Advent Retreat : August 19-21 at Buttonwood Lodge

Call (540)-449-0012 or email  to learn more!
Adopt-a-Trail with Hungry Mother Camp
Hungry Mother Camp has volunteered to adopt-a-trail at neighboring Hungry Mother State Park, a valued neighbor and partner for many of our programs. In the spirit of being good stewards of the land, we have adopted the 1/2 mile Clyburn Hollow Trail and will have our first trail clean up day on June 1, 2019 at 9:00 AM. We will have a brief introduction by the Park staff before getting started.

Anyone interested in joining us for a couple hours that Saturday morning can email for exact time and location to meet. If you are part of a group or know of one who would be interested in this type of opportunity please reach out as well.
Job Opportunities
ELCA Career Listings
Explore and apply for opportunities available with the churchwide organization or global service on the ELCA Job Board at
Community Ministries Coordinator- St. Philip Lutheran, Roanoke
We are a joy-filled, dynamic Lutheran congregation, with average attendance of 127 weekly. Our vision is to think about church in a new way, engaging the internal and external communities we serve. The Community Ministries Coordinator will work 30-40 hours weekly, proclaiming the gospel; developing and implementing congregational programming; and identifying, recruiting, and empowering lay volunteers and church resources for our ministries. The candidate should have strong interpersonal, computer, and social media skills.

Interested candidates should search Zip Recruiter with Community Ministries Coordinator and submit a resume or click here.
Leader of Youth Choir - First Presbyterian Church Winchester, Virginia
Looking for an energetic individual to lead the youth choir (grades 5-12) with a joyful noise at First Presbyterian Church! As a vital member of our music ministry, this person will lead the youth choir in rehearsals weekly and in worship services once a month. Music experience and joy for working with youth aged singers is a must! If you are interested in this position, please submit your resume and cover letter to

For a full description of this position, click here.
Part-Time Director of Church Music - College Lutheran, Salem
College Evangelical Lutheran Church (Salem, Virginia) seeks applications for a part-time Director of Church Music (Organist and Choir Director) position. The position is for 20-25 hours per week with the understanding that some weeks may require more than 25 hours and some weeks fewer than 20 hours to be determined by the Director of Church Music in consultation with the Pastor.

For a full description of this position, click here.

To apply, please electronically submit a cover letter, resume, and names of references to LuAnn Yates, Personnel Ministry Team Chair, at Applications will be reviewed starting May 1, 2019. For additional information about College Lutheran Church, go to
Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer Network Program
LEVN, the Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer Network, is looking for young adults (age 21-30) with Bachelor's degrees for an 11-month program of non-profit volunteer service and learning about social justice. From the end of August 2019 to the end of July 2020, our corps members will be provided housing, utilities, health coverage, spiritual direction, and a $535/month living stipend. We also offer a $1000 re-entry grant at the completion of the program.

The placement sites for the upcoming program year include faith-based non-profits, secular non-profits, congregations, outdoor ministry, and our campus ministry at UC Davis. These service sites address issues of homelessness, food insecurity, unemployment, children and youth ministries, and other important social justice issues facing our communities.

We gather each week for evening prayer, dinner, and formation. The corps members live in intentional community in one of two residences: The Belfry, an apartment attached to our campus ministry center in Davis, CA, or The Priory, an apartment at All Saints Episcopal Church in Sacramento, CA. We're an ecumenical program in the Episcopal Service Corps network; applicants needn't be either Lutheran or Episcopal to apply—interest in Christian spirituality is the only expectation. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until July 31, 2019.

Visit or contact Program Director Casey Dunsworth at 530-756-1550 or for more information!
Part-Time Director of Music- Grace & Glory, Palmyra
Grace & Glory Lutheran Church in Palmyra, is looking for a part-time (20 hours per week) Director of Music.

  • Must possess an undergraduate degree in music, music education, voice or instrumentation, or equivalent experience, education, or a combination thereof.
  • Accomplished organist, pianist, or musical keyboardist.
  • Experience / familiarity with liturgical musical traditions and contemporary settings.
  • Ability to provide choral musical direction and leadership to a diverse group of people of all ages and musical abilities.

Salary commensurate with experience. Please submit your cover letter and resume to
If you have a position opening you would like posted, please email Emily Pilat at