ACTS Fall Course: New Testament
This past Saturday concluded the 2019 Fall ACTS (The Ambassadors Community for Theological Study) course in Waynesboro, Wytheville, and Hampton/Yorktown. This year’s fall course, “New Testament", focused on listening to the many different voices that make up the New Testament and tell the story of Jesus.

The Rev. Kelly Bayer Derrick, Assistant to the Bishop of the Virginia Synod, served as the speaker for this fall’s course. For this course, ACTS participants reviewed early Christian writings and their interpretation, listening to the different ways that each book tells the story of the encounter with Jesus.
Bishop Eaton’s message for Veterans Day
In observance of Veterans Day, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton invites congregations to hold a Sunday of prayer and action. Congregations are encouraged to invite veterans to share their stories, learn about the issues they face, and let them know that the church is grateful for their service.

To watch Bishop Eaton's video message, click here.
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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Announcements
2021 ELCA Youth Gathering Theme
We are excited to announce the theme of the 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering, “boundless: God beyond measure.” The primary Scripture will be Ephesians 3:19 CEV: “I want you to know all about Christ’s love, although it is too wonderful to be measured. Then your lives will be filled with all that God is.” For more information about the theme, visit the ELCA Youth Gathering's new website.
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 .
Young Adults in Global Mission Applications Open!
Applications for the ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission are now open! 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!


Updates and Upcoming Events at Caroline Furnace
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.
Crumley Archives "Archival Survey" Fall 2019
The Latest edition of the Crumley Archives "Archival Survey" is now available! To read the fall survey, 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.
Sister Joan Chittister at Holy Trinity, Lynchburg
Sister Joan Chittister will present the James H. Taylor Memorial Lecture at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Lynchburg (1000 Langhorne Rd, Lynchburg, VA 24503), Friday, November 15, at 7:00 PM Her topic is "Radical Spirit." The event is free. Tickets are not required, but first come, first seated.

Chittister is one of the more influential religious and social leaders of our time. For forty years, she has passionately advocated on behalf of peace, human rights, women’s issues, and church renewal. A much sought-after speaker and clear voice that bridges across all religions, she is also a best-selling author of more than fifty books and hundreds of articles. She has received numerous writing awards and honors for her work, and is a noted international lecturer as well as a former fellow at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge University, England.

Sister Joan is a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Pennsylvania, and served as prioress for twelve years. She also served as president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, an organization of the leaders of Catholic religious women in the United States, and president of the Conference of American Benedictine Prioresses. She received her doctorate in speech communications from Penn State University.
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 Organist/Choir Director- Christ The King, Richmond
Christ The King Lutheran Church is seeking an experienced Christian musician who will encourage others in their faith through musical leadership and by example.

For a complete position description, click here.

Interested candidates send cv and salary requirements to jaimeecbernard@gmail.com.
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