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(2 July 2022)

Web UpdateSynod Website Updates

We've moved the list of updates to the to a page of its own. Click here (or on the pic at right) to find out what has been recently updated.

IRS Mileage Rate Change

The IRS has announced a mid-year increase to the standard mileage deduction for business travel. Beginning 1 July 2022, the standard deduction for business travel will be 62.5¢ per mile. This is an increase of 4¢, the rate for 1 January 2022 through 30 June 2022 being 58.5¢. N.B., this affects the supply preaching/presiding rate, as the compensation level for such is set to the IRS standard and, thus, automatically adjusts.

Mutual Ministry Committee and the Driesen Manual

In partial fulfillment of an order from Synod Assembly 2021, information about the Driesen Manual has been uploaded to the website on a new page, Mutual Ministry Committee and the Driesen Manual. You will find there an explanation an a link to the manual.

4-H ShowRingSynod Assembly 2022 Synopsis

The synopsis of Synod Assembly 2022 is now online. Visit the Synod Assembly 2022 to find out what happened.

Educational Opportunities

Have you checked out the latest updates to the Education for Clergy & Laity page? The page lists a wide variety of educational offerings. Click on the link to explore.

SLWL: Licensed Readers

On-Line Reader's Sermon Library

The third edition of the sermon library for Synodical Lay Worship Leaders is now online, adding sermons for the first part of the Pentecost season. To learn more about the SLWL program and the first level license, the "reader," click here. You'll also find there a link to the library.

Licensed Readers Page Uploaded

A page dedicated to explaining the Licensed Readers aspect of the Synodical Lay Worship Leaders program has been uploaded. You'll also find an application for licensure on the page.

Apply To Be a Reader (Supply Preacher)

The Synodical Lay Worship Leaders Program is now online, and applications are being accepted for the reader license. A reader does not write his/her own sermon but reads a sermon and leads worship. This is the first of the licenses available under the SLWL program. To learn more, visit the Synodical Lay Worship Leaders page.

Worship Aids for Pulpit Vacancy

The constellation of pages to assist congregations in pulpit vacancy with worship planning continues to evolve. Originally uploaded on 14 May 2022, updates have been added daily, and pages dedicated to Pentecost, Holy Trinity, and Ordinary Time (following Pentecost) have been uploaded. These pages provide advice on liturgical form and the managing church appointments. Check out our Worship Aids for Pastoral Vacancy page.

Supply Preachers Added

If you are responsible for securing supply preachers but haven't checked the Supply Preaching & Presiding page lately, you should. In just the last week, her have added four new people available for supply.

Sanders in graduation bulletinSeminary Graduations

Congrats, Sanders!

Sem. Mary Sanders is no longer Sem. Mary Sanders. Now, Mary Sanders is Mary Sanders, M.A.M.L., and she moves on to her next step in candidacy: approval. Sanders graduated, 20 May 2022, from United Lutheran Seminary with Master of Arts in Ministerial Leadership. In addition to two years of class work, Sanders was required to do a year-long internship, which she fulfilled in a split-time arrangement between St. John’s, Davis, and WV Catholics for Sustainable Economy. Sanders is diaconal candidate of the WV-WMD Synod. The M.A.M.L. degree program supports the ELCA's diaconate. The ULS website, under the degree program, states, "Deacons serve in congregations and other ministries of the ELCA, including family ministries, youth, administration, volunteer ministry, social services, music or parish nursing. Deacons connect the church with the needs of the world and work to equip others to lead a living, active and caring Christian life." Sanders is currently employed as the Executive Director of Community Lutheran Partners, Inc.. To learn more about Sanders in her CLPi capacity, click here.

Stay, Pray, and Play

The "Working Vacation" program announced several weeks back has a new name thanks to Cindy Murphy. We won't get everything "rebranded" until after Synod Assembly. In the meantime, explore it here.

Home Base

Home Base: Youth Event

Something is going to happen right here in WV-WMD. Home Base is a youth event taking place in the synod this summer, 25-28 July, in Morgantown, WV. The infographic gives you some basics, but full information can be found on our Youth page.

Camp Luther: Camper Registration Opens

Camper registration for Camp Luther 2022 is now open. Visit our Camping Ministry page for more information.

Bishop's Pastoral: On Baptism during a Pandemic

At the direction of the Synod Assembly, Bishop Riegel has published a pastoral letter addressing matters related to baptism during a pandemic. This is now available on a webpage, "On Baptism during a Pandemic," and also a PDF downloadable from that page. The pastoral includes a discussion of the benefits of baptism, of the importance of baptism during a pandemic, and of matters directly related to baptismal practice under pandemical conditions. If you downloaded the PDF previously, be advised that it is revised as of 21 January 2022, here.

Mission Support Pledge Form Available for Download

It was brought to our attention that the mission support commitment (pledge) form was not properly uploaded. We've fixed that problem, and, now, you can download it. Visit our Congregations page for information, instructions, and various mission support forms.

Clergy Compensation Package and Mission Support Request posted

Synod Council has acted on both the Clergy Compensation Package recommendation for 2022 and the Mission Support Request for 2022. For details, click the links.

Call Openings

Three congregations just activated their MSPs. With several clergy vacancies across the territory, there are opportunities for clergy interested in serving in the WV-WMD Synod. Visit the clergy page to find out whats available (or will be available once the MSP is completed).

Riegel lecturesAre you looking to learn something?

We have a webpage dedicated to educational opportunities for both clergy and laity. Not surprisingly, it is titled, Education for Clergy & Laity. Check it out.

Bishop's Roadshow: Time to Resubscribe

We are rebuilding the mailing list for the Bishop's Roadshow from scratch. Even if you were subscribed, you will have to subscribe again. More information and subscription links here.

If you haven't checked out the members portal...

Don't forget to take a peek of the members portal (click the button at right near the top of this page). It's not password protected. We only call it the "members portal" because it's mostly stuff that deals with the internal workings of the synod. Visitors looking for more general information about the synod, will probably find the "guest portal" more interesting.

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