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Headline News
(26 November 2023)

Web UpdateSynod Website Updates

The synod website updates frequently (as in often) and irregularly (as in not on a particular schedule). Click here (or on the pic at right) to find out what has been recently updated.

                WreathWondering about the Advent Wreath (and the Christmas Tree)?

It's time to decorate the church for Advent, and one of the items that often finds its way into the sanctuary is the Advent Wreath. The Advent wreath, as we know it, is a much more modern contrivance than many realize. Explore this church appointment's history and various disciplines regarding its use on our Appointments for Advent page.

You might also find the discussion of the Christmas Tree interesting (and its tips for replacing those aging Chrismons). That's on our Appointments for Christmas page.

Worship Page Launched

A page dedicated to worship has been uploaded to the synod's website. It is still in its early development. The first items included are

  • Updated

    guidance on the prayers of intercession (for those who have been complaining about the prayers provided in Sundays and Seasons and Celebrate), including the first installment of Zeidler's Altar Prayers,
  • a link to pulpit/altar supply information,
  • resources for Sunday worship and worship appointments, and
  • the first of two liturgical templates for special liturgies (a requiem mass form and Muhlenberg's 1748).

You can check this stuff out by visiting our Worship page.

B-BallLutheran Day at the Colesium

Saturday, 9 December 2023, is "Lutheran Day at the Coliseum." WVU Men's Basketball is playing Drexel. Tip off is at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online directly at—no need to go through Pr. Reid, the Chaps. Erzkus, or anyone else. A portion of each ticket sale goes to the Lutheran Campus Ministry at WVU. After the game, pop on by the Lutheran Campus Chapel for something to eat.

Funeral for The Rev. Dr. Jerry Robbins, 29 November 2023

The funeral for The Rev. Dr. Jerry Robbins will be held in Falmouth, MA, 29 November 202. Full story and obituary are posted on our Clergy page.

New Calls: Lambert & Schafer

The Rev. Angela Lambert and The Rev. R. Paul Schafer have been called to the Mountain Lutheran Parish. For full story, visit our Clergy page.

                2024 postcardLARCUM 2024 To Discuss Holy Communion

The Lutheran-Anglican-Roman Catholic-United Methodist Conference of WV will gather under the theme, "Holy Communion: Contemporary Questions," 20-22 May 2024, in Charleston, WV. LARCUM is open to clergy and laity of all traditions. Save the date. Learn more from the LARCUM page.

SA STDSynod Assembly 2024

Advance material related to Synod Assembly 2024 has been posted. Remember to save the date: Synod Assembly 2024 will be held 1 June 2024 at the Mon County 4-H Center, Morgantown, WV.

Synod Council Report

Synod Council met in Martinsburg the first weekend of November. Find out what happened on our Synod Council page.

Future Church: Survey

All are invited to take the ELCA's Future Church: God's Love Made Real survey. To learn more about Future Church, visit

Clergy Compensation Guidelines for 2024 Posted

With congregational budgeting season approaching, Synod Council has adopted and posted clergy compensation guidelines for 2024. Go to our Clergy Compensation page for details.

Mission Support Request for 2024 Posted

Synod Council has set the request for mission support in 2024 at 10.75%. For details, forms, etc., visit out new Mission Support page.

Parochial Report Portal Reopens

If you did not get your parochial report for 2022 in, you are in luck (or, at least, not off the hook). The portal for parochial report submission has reopened. For more information, visit our Parochial Report page.

Call Openings

We have one active MSP at the moment and a couple in drafting. We also have some settings in which a call could be considered without an active MSP. On top of that, there is potential for contract appointments. 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).

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.

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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