WHEREAS, Synod Assembly is a part of the church’s work; and

WHEREAS, Synod Assembly is a constitutional obligation of congregation to send voting
members and their rostered leaders to the assembly; and

WHEREAS, the cost of Synod Assembly drastically effects the bottom line for congregations to
do other ministries in their community; and

WHEREAS, the cost of Synod Assembly should not deter congregations from participating in
the wider church; therefore be it

RESOLVED, that the WV-WMD Synod take action to ensure that Synod Assembly is at the
lowest price point possible; and be it furthered

RESOLVED, that congregations continue to make their own hotel arrangements for voting
members and rostered leaders; and be it furthered

RESOLVED, that the Synod Office continues to contact hotels from three-four different price
points and block off a number of rooms at each place; and be it furthered

RESOLVED, that the West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod seek venues that allow for flexible
prices and cheaper meals so that, the overall price will remain low; and be it furthered

RESOLVED, that the Synod Council continue to explore what is necessary for a venue for
synod assembly; and be it furthered

RESOLVED that the Synod Council should consider forming a Synod Assembly Planning
Committee that would handle logistics for the Assembly. Membership of this committee can
and should be limited to the area where the Synod Assembly is hosted, and would need to be
in contact with the Synod Office to ensure all the needs of the Assembly are met; and finally

Let it be known that the 2019 Synod Assembly wishes to enthusiastically thank Bishop Riegel,
the Synod Council, and the local Planning Committee for this year’s Synod Assembly for all
their work to find an affordable venue and decreasing expenses.

Respectfully submitted,

The Rev. Matthew A. Day
Pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church – Martinsburg, WV

The Rev. Diane L. Day
Pastor at Saint Thomas Evangelical Lutheran Church – Charles Town, WV


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Christine Olson wrote: May 23, 2019

I like it! I'm unsure about the third Resolved clause: it may not be possible for the Synod Council, as it was not at this Assembly, to block off rooms in hotels at 3-4 different price points because of local availability and circumstance.