The West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod will gather in
assembly, June 2-3, under the theme...
Faith Comes from What Is Heard
Registration is still open. Visitors are welcome---please
register. Here's some info that you might find helpful.
Where & When Is Synod Assembly?
Synod Assembly 2017 will be held, Friday and Saturday, June
2-3, in the Parkersburg, WV, area, with business sessions
and meals at the Grand Point Conference and Reception Center
and Friday night assembly mass at First Lutheran Church.
Opening for the assembly will be Friday, June 2, 12:30 PM.
Registration and brunch will be available before the
For those arriving early, Friday matins (morning prayer)
will be prayed at Christ Lutheran Church (Vienna) at 8:30
AM. Thursday evening, a river cruise on the sternwheeler, Valley
Gem, is a recreational option ($10 per person,
children 12, $5) with boarding no later than 5:30 PM.
Registration for the sternwheeler cruise is separate from
registration for the assembly. Instructions on who to
register for the sternwheeler are found on the assembly
registration page. Hit the links at right that say,
All Things Registration...
Registration is still open for Synod Assembly 2016, but the
deadline is fast approaching. Registration closes May 7.
If you want boarding and/or lodging, you need to be
registered by the deadline. Late Registration: After
the deadline, registration will be available at the door of
the assembly, but boarding and lodging will not be available
through the synod; you'll have to make your own arrangements
for meals and overnight accommodations. There is a
registration fee for registration at the door; checks &
cash most appreciated at that time.
To register on-line, click
here and scroll a little down the page. You'll see the
options under the "Register Now" heading.
We have a handy chart to help you figure this out as well as
the general rules posted
here. If you are still confused, call or email the
How do I pay?
Payment by credit card is on-line though the on-line
registration process. This is preferred. When registering at
the door, cash or check is preferred. If you opt not to use
the on-line credit card option, payment needs to be in full
before you can be seated.
What if we want to send two women or two men?
The synod constitution requires that the congregations with
two voting members send one male and one female.
Dispensation from this provision is possible under the rules
of the ELCA. That means that a congregation can send two
females or two males, but it must be approved by Synod
Council. Synod Council has empowered a credentials committee
to handle requests for dispensation from the male-female
rule. Please send your congregations request for
dispensation to Bishop@WV-WMD.org.
Can I get time on the agenda or a display space?
Deadline for requesting display space is May 19. Request
form is posted on the registration site.
Where's my Pre-Assembly Bulletin of Reports?
All that great detailed stuff about agenda, resolutions,
etc. will be released electronically 10 days before the
Who's running in the elections?
The Report of the Nominations Committee will be formally
given at the assembly; advance information will be in the Pre-Assembly
Bulletin of Reports.
Who's our Churchwide rep?
We are happy to have Mr. Andrew Steele, Director of Global
Church Sponsorship as our Churchwide rep. Steele is not a
stranger to our synod. He visited us a few years back as a
YAGM recruiter following his time in the field.
Who's our keynoter?
The Rev. Paul Hoffman of the Northwest Washington Synod, a
nationally known leader in faith formation for adults, will
introduce us to catechetical Bible study through both
presentation and practice. We'll be needing some lay folk to
serve as Bible study leaders during the assembly. Special
training will be offered Friday morning at 10:00 AM at the
assembly hall. No prior experience or theological
degrees required. What we'll learn, we'll be able to
take home to our congregations and our communities, getting
people into the Word and advancing the ongoing work of the
Reformation. Indeed, our assembly theme is inspired by Pr.
Hoffman's work. To learn more about Pr. Hoffman's work,
First Lutheran Church, Parkersburg, will be our hosts for
this assembly. Pr. Ian Reid will serve as assembly chaplain,
leading devotions throughout the assembly. Friday's assembly
mass will be held at First Parkersburg.
Where did you find
that great assembly art?
Special thanks go to Pr. Jess Felici for creating an
original work on our assembly theme.
The Pre-Assembly Book will not be mounted no later than ten
days before the assembly. Attendees are asked to download
their own copy as hard copied will not be provided at the
assembly. The book is downloadable as a single PDF document.
Inside the book, you will find reports, assembly rules,
resolutions and action items, maps, directories, etc..
Digital users: You don't have to print the book if
you prefer to use a digital copy on your computer or mobile
device. The document is not in a mobile-freindly format.
While there will be WiFi at the assembly hall, know that
working WiFi is never guaranteed---we had serious problems
with this two years ago. Making sure that you have
downloaded and saved a digital copy to your device would be
prudent. Also, give the device you want to use a trial run
with the book to make sure that it is readable for you and
easy to manipulate. Assume that you will not be able to
charge your device until you get to your room.
Hard copy users: What you print is up to you, but the
assembly office will not be able to provide hard copies of
anything available in the book. You might find it expedient
to print those pages which you will find most useful.
Flood Relief Collection
Community Lutheran Partners, Inc., will be collecting items
for ongoing 2016 Flood relief efforts at the Synod Assembly.
Towel sets (bath towel, hand towel, and washcloth), One+Plus
Kits, and $25 Walmart Gift Cards are being accepted. If you
are not sure what a One+Plus Kit is, check
out CLP's "Relief Supplies" page.
Want to know what's to eat at assembly? Visit the
Will There Be More Info Coming?
Invariably! To get the latest, please register for the Bishop's
Road Show by sending a blank e-mail to
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an e-newsletter published irregularly---in other words, if
there is something that seems important to share, we send
out a Road Show.