The Journey Together Newsletter                                    April 2013


April 5: LMM Gathering
April 12: New Visions
April 14:Central Valley Conference Gathering

April 15: Early Registration Deadline for Synod Assembly Registration

April 21: New River 
Conference Gathering
April 27: ACTS
Biblical Models of Leadership
April 30: Women Rostered Leaders Retreat
June 7-9: Synod Assembly
July:11-13:Power in the Spirit
From: Dr. Phyllis Blair Milton,
Synodical Minister for Faith Formation 


During our Conference Gatherings, I have had the privilege to introduce myself to many of our Virginia Synod congregations.  Our Conference theme has been "mission".  My presentation has centered on how I believe God forms us for mission through the practice of spiritual disciplines, "so we might be attentive to God's presence and to discerning God's will and engaging God's world" (Bishop Hanson, The Lutheran, February 2004).


God can also use other avenues to form us for mission, such as participating in the various opportunities offered through ACTS, Roots &Wings and Christian Formation.


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Includes Information about:

  • ACTS
  • Roots & Wings
  • Christian Formation
  • Resources
The Virginia Synod, ELCA
P.O. Drawer 70
Salem, Virginia 24153

 From Bishop Mauney
Jim at desk  

"last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them-though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. Whether then it was I or they, so we proclaim and so you have come to believe." I Cor 15:8-11


  • Assembly
  • Gathering of the Ministerium


From The Rev. Dave Delaney,
Director for Youth and Young Adult Ministries
Dave Delaney  
Dave's article includes:
  • Schedule of Youth & Young Adult Events
  • Youth Assembly Information
  • Kairos
  • Launch
  • Roanoke College Lutheran Freshman Orientation 
This year's Virginia Synod Youth Assembly
(June 7-9, 2013 at Roanoke College), our annual event for current 7th-12th graders that features the work of the church beyond the congregation,will have a slightly different schedule from past years' events.  Much of the Youth Assembly will consist of the youth and staff joining the Main Assembly for presentations from Assembly guests and engaging in faith discussion with adults there.
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From Ellen Hinlicky, Director
Lutheran Partners in Mission
  VL 7-12 Hinlicky
During the past several months I have been travelling with what I think of as the "Bishop's Road Show" for Virginia Synod conference meetings with pastors and church leaders. At these events I offer a presentation called "Ten Things Every Pastor and Church Leader Should Know about Fundraising." 
One of the Ten Things that draws the most interest, I've found, encourages churches to offer online giving options    Read on...
pastors & congregations
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