Our synod’s 22nd assembly concluded on June 27th, in the late afternoon. This assembly was fruitful in deep theological engagement and education, in addition to the execution of scheduled business. We rolled out the synod’s 2009 theme, shown as our tagline, “God’s Work; Our Hands: Branches of the True Vine.” This theme was inspired by ELCA’s tagline and built upon it, adding that it is not only our hands, doing God’s work, but by doing God’s work, it is God’s hands working through us! Several elections have been conducted, and we warmly welcome new Synod Council Clergy, a new youth representative, and new treasurer aboard our executive team! Resources were available on behalf of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Roanoke College, The Revolution Church, and our own International Relations Committee. Special enrichment sessions were held, one on Book of Faith, and another led by the infamous podcaster, Terry Bruce. Shortly after the assembly closing, the 2010 Assembly was announced during a special presentation by Bishop Kucharek and Joshua Drobena. Gatherings were led by the Rev. David L. Jones.