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The other thing that has been offered is text message (SMS) alerts for emails sent to registrants. That is also explained on the Synod Assembly Communications page.

Churchwide Reports

The Rev. Dn. Mary Ann Schwabe will be with us as the Churchwide Representative. You can learn more about Deacon Schwabe by reading her bio in the Pre-Assembly Bulletin of Reports.

As we are outside for assembly, we aren't projecting things.
  • You may download PowerPoint slides keyed to Dn. Schwabe's report.
  • You may also watch Presiding Bishop Eaton's video synod assemblies online at your leisure.

All this can be found on the Synod Assembly 2022 page.

Committee Assignments

Committee Assignments never survives publication. People getting sick, changing attendance plans, pleading that they aren't competent to take minutes all make the Committee Assignments page, when first put together, a matter of wishful thinking. Plenty of additions, deletions, and shuffles have taken place in the last 8 days. Check the Committee Assingnments & Staff page. Look for your name. It may have been added. It may have moved.



We are expecting a sunny day. As of this writing, the high will be 78°F and the low 53°F. That low is expected to be in the early, early morning. It should be comfortable by the time we begin, though you might want to bring a sweater or jacket.

Yes, we plan to be in the outdoor pavilion as part of our COVID mitigation. The pavilion is spacious (15,000 sq. ft.), covered, and has fans should it become too warm.


Like last year, no meals will be served as part of the assembly, though there will be coffee service staffed by the Lutheran Campus Ministry at WVU.

An extended lunch hour is on the agenda. There are plenty of dining establishments within a short drive, you can always order delivery pizza, or bring a picnic lunch. We hope to see a food truck in our parking lot, but there are never any guarantees.

Pick your menu, your atmosphere, and your price point. A (non-exhaustive and slightly out-of-date) dining guide is posted on the Synod Assembly 2022 page.

Are you a lay voting member who now knows you won't be attending. Talk to your congregation leadership or pastor about the seating of an alternate.

Reports Added

Reports from the D.E.M., WELCA, and the Lutheran Campus Ministry at WVU have been added to the Pre-Assembly Bulletin of Reports. You can access them quickly on the web by going to the addenda section of the bulletin on the Manula platform.

It is not necessary to reprint your entire bulletin if you have already done so. If you want a print copy of a specific report, just go to that report on the Manula platform and click on the print icon in the upper right-hand corner of the page.

Driesen Manual, Compensation, Sabbatical, etc.

Several things were referenced in the Report of the Bishop, e.g., the Driesen Manual, clergy compensation standards, the synod's sabbatical policy, and the Synodical Lay Worship Leaders Policy, with which voting members may not be familiar. Several of these items are listed in the Governing Documents, Policies, and Guidelines section of the Pre-Assembly Bulletin of Reports, but you might not have noticed them. They are linked as a resource for any who wish to examine them.

Parliamentary Aids

The Pre-Assembly Bulletin of Reports includes a section with parliamentary aids. Anyone unfamiliar with Synod Assembly as a deliberative body may want to take a peek at the subsections under this heading. Even those who are familiar might find these subsections, "Germane and Nongermane Business" and "On Reports," informative.

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