Getting Ready for Synod Assembly
Faithful + Bold + Serving
Synod Assembly is nearly here, and so we're giving you a small preview of 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.

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.

Elections for Synod Council President, Synod Council Secretary, Synod Council member positions will be occurring over the weekend.
For those attending the Synod Assembly this year, there are a few information pieces we want you to be aware of as you prepare for your time with us:

  • Registration will be held in the lobby of the Cregger Center with registration starting at 9 AM
  • Parking is available in any of the parking areas shown on the Roanoke College map.
  • Handicap parking will be available in the Upper Olin Parking Lot located on High Street across from Luther Plaza.
  • General parking is available in the Kerr-Cregger Field House lot and the lot on Peery Drive.
  • There will be a voting orientation meeting held on Friday, June 7 from 11:30 AM- 12 PM in the Cregger Center.
  • You may reserve seats for yourself and your congregation in the Kerr-Cregger Field House, our meeting space for the weekend.
  • No food or drink other than water is permitted in our meeting space.
  • prayground space will be available as a children's play area during our meeting sessions.
  • The color for all worship services is red for Pentecost.
You can stay up to date with everything happening this weekend by watching our  live stream on YouTube. All live stream videos are saved to the Virginia Synod YouTube channel and are available after their live streaming time concludes, making it easy to go back and see what's happened. To view the Synod Assembly live stream playlist, click here.
Synod Assembly App
If you are viewing the Synod Assembly from a distance, you may want to download the ELCA Organizations and Events App, currently live for smart phones, tablets, and computers. It puts all the information about Synod Assembly at the tip of your fingers!
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

The Synod Office will be  closed the Monday June 10th and Tuesday June 11th following Synod Assembly.

For more information for this year's Synod Assembly,   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.

Virginia Synod Pulpit Supply Pastors
The Virginia Synod is currently seeking Rostered Ministers interested in serving in as supply pastors. If you are interested in serving, please contact Rebecca Walls at or by calling the Synod Office at 540-389-1000
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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!
Job Opportunities
ELCA Career Listings
Explore and apply for opportunities available with the churchwide organization or global service on the ELCA Job Board at
Full-time Enrollment Counselor- Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary of Lenoir-Rhyne University
The Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary of Lenoir-Rhyne University seeks an Enrollment Counselor. The successful candidate will be introducing LTSS to prospective students from a number of Christian denominations and helping to build a community of theological inquiry and preparation for ministry that is “faithfully Lutheran and warmly ecumenical.” It is especially important that the LTSS Enrollment Counselor understand the distinctive contribution that Lutheran theological education within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America offers to the whole church.

The Enrollment Counselor plans and executes a comprehensive program of enrollment management for LTSS, including student recruiting, enrollment, financial aid, retention, and records management. The position receives primary supervision and direction from the LTSS Rector and Dean and works in collaboration with administration and faculty university-wide to achieve strategic goals.

For a full description of this position, click here.
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.
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!
If you have a position opening you would like posted, please email Emily Pilat at