Virginia - Western Maryland Synod
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
(7 July 2020)
We've moved the list of updates to the WV-WMD.org to a
page of its own. Click here
(or on the pic at right) to find out what has been
Potomac Conference Gets New Dean
The Rev. Matthew Day has been appointed to serve as Dean
of the Potomac Conference, effective 8 July 2020. He
follows The Revs. Karen Erskine-Valentine and Sally
Bartling, who served as co-deans with responsibilities for
the Eastern Panhandle Cluster and Potomac Highlands
respectively. For more on deans and conferences, visit the Polity page.
Don't Fall for Spoofed eMail
A spoofed email has been making its way through ELCA
leaders, and it has finally made its way to us. 1 July
2020, an email began circulating, purportedly from Bishop
Riegel, claiming that he needed a payment. Nothing could
be further from the truth. Here it is:
Some things to note:
Feel free, should you ever get something like this, to
ask a challenge question, preferably one involving the
Four Uses of the Law or the genera of the communicatio
Caroline Furnace recently announced the cancellation of
their on-site Summer 2020 Camp, but On-line Camp is
currently up and running.
Our new DEM, The Rev. Sherri Schafer has established a
Facebook Page for items related to evangelism and
stewardship. It is a place to share your ideas and get new
ones. Like the page and discover what is possible.
New DEM: The Rev. Sherri Schafer
The West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod is pleased to announce the appointment of The Rev. Sherri Schafer to the position of Director of Evangelical Mission for the West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod. Her assumption of DEM duties is exceptionally timely, initial focus being assistance to congregations in the areas of evangelism and stewardship in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and eventual transition from the current emergency.
Schafer comes to this position with an intimate knowledge of the synod. Born in Pendleton County, Schafer has held membership in four synod congregations: St. Luke’s (Dry Run), Faith (Franklin), Good Shepherd (New Martinsville), and St. Mark’s (Wheeling). Schafer served her first-call pastorate with Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church, Bridgeport, OH. Schafer began her work with Community Lutheran Partners, Inc., the primary social ministry organization affiliate of the West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod, as Program Director before promotion to Executive Director, a position she has held for the past eleven years. Schafer has preached in over half of the synod’s fifty-nine congregations and has traveled most of the territory in connection with her disaster relief work
ELCA Global Mission hosted an online intercontinental
prayer service with members of our companion synods in
Africa and folks here in the USA. Title, "For the
Healing of the Nations," spoke specifically to this
time of the COVID-19 pandemic, our anxieties and
stress, calling for God’s hope, comfort and healing,
and for peace among and in the nations, including the
USA. Roughly sixty attended.
Bishop Riegel's Letter on Evangelism during Pandemic
Bishop Riegel posted a letter in the early morning of 16
April 2020, calling for the synod to double worship
attendance. He contends that the sudden and broad adoption
of media by pastors and congregations across the synod
provides new opportunities for lay-point invitational
evangelism. Go to the COVID-19
page and scroll down.
A new page, dealing with COVID-19 issues, has been added
to the Synod Website: Click
Resources related to the racism and, specifically, the Commemoration of the Emmanuel Nine can be accessed at https://www.elca.org/emanuelnine.
Churchwide Assembly 2019, by CA19.04.15, established June 17 as the Commemoration of the Emanuel 9, designating it as a day of repentance a day of repentance in the ELCA associated with their martyrdom in the Mother Emanuel Massacre of 17 June 2015.
The resolution also ordered the production of resources
to support the commemoration. These can be accessed at https://www.elca.org/emanuelnine.
At the page you will find...
Per ELCA.org, "An online ELCA Prayer Service for the
Commemoration of the Emanuel Nine, including Bishop Eaton
and leaders from around the church, is being prepared for
viewing beginning on June 17, 2020, the fifth anniversary
of the martyrdom of the Emanuel Nine."
ELCA News Service released 29 May, under the byline,
"ELCA reaffirms commitment to combat racism and white
supremacy," a letter from the Conference of Bishops. The full text can be downloaded here.
WV-WMD Pastors' Letter on Racism
Thirty-seven pastors of the WV-WMD Synod, joined by two pastors from other judicatories, subscribed to a letter published June 4, addressing racism and stating, "we call home that racism has no place in our congregations or communities in which we live." For more information, click here.
Synod HQ Relocation
Synod HQ has moved from Fairmont to Morgantown. Our new
Phone and email address remain the same.
Synod Assembly 2019 had ordered Synod Council to review location and cost of the Synod HQ, but the timetable was accelerated when our landlord decided not to renew our lease, offering a different location in place of the Fairmont Avenue address. Well, if you are going to more, you are going to move. Multiple locations were investigated and a plan to move into shipping containers was considered. Morgantown seemed the best option primarily for the financial profile. We've downsized from 1190 sq. ft. to 360 sq. ft. with analogous savings, but we have also lost our dedicated conference room and the bishop's office (he is working from home and the road). We are still unpacking but open for business.
Info for Planning Congregational Budgets
Information related to the clergy compensation guideline
and the mission support request is found at the Congregations Page.
Access through the "Member Portal."
Updating Your Congregation's Constitution
Guidance on updating your congregation's constitution is
now provided on the Member
Portal, including the revisions for 2019 and the
current Model Constitution for Congregations.
If you haven't visited our Facebook page...
Throughout Lent, we posted short readings, both prose and
poetry, works of art, and music on the synod's Facebook
page. If you didn't catch these offerings, visit our page
and scroll through the post feed: https://www.facebook.com/WVWMDSynod/posts.
West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod, ℅ St. Paul Lutheran Church, 309 Baldwin Street, Morgantown, WV 26505
304-363-4030 + Porter@WV-WMD.org