CHECK IN   October 6, 2016
Event-focused announcements and job notices
updated for our members and friends 
Synod happenings

Sun. Oct. 30, 4 p.m., Washington National Cathedral    
Join our voices and spirits during the annual synod-hosted Reformation Sunday Worship service. It will begin at 4 p.m. at the National Cathedral. Parking available. Reproducible flyer to share with your congregation and others available online.
Event notices

Sat. Oct. 22, 10 a.m.-noon, Annapolis Friends Meeting House in Annapolis
DC Detention Visitation Network is hosting Volunteer Training to learn more about immigration detention in our area and how it affects people who are detained and their families. This program will prepare interested volunteer to be pen pals to and to visit immigrants who are detained. RSVP to or 443-620-3380.
Nov. 13014 or Jan. 29-30 or Mar. 26-27, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS), Columbia, SC
"The Experience" is an opportunity hosted by LTSS to help prospective students explore theological education. During the visit, experience community, students, faculty and classrooms. Learn more by contacting Kohl Friery at 803-461-3296 or
April 25-27, 2017, Washington, D.C.
April 25, 2107, 1-5 p.m., Pre-event for Lutherans
Generosity NOW, formerly the North American Conference on Christian Philanthropy, has been a premiere Ecumenical Stewardship Center event for decades. The Rev. Phil Hirsch of the synod staff urges synod leaders to save-the-date. "Normally, you have to travel to Kansas City or Toronto, but i n April 2017 they will be hosted in D.C.!" Laypersons, pastors and staff who attend Generosity NOW increase their knowledge about spiritual principles and best practices relating to faithful stewardship and generous giving through plenary sessions, workshops and worship. Additionally, the synod's Stewardship and Mission Support Table will host a pre-event for Lutherans with J. Clif Christopher. Preliminary information is available from .
Job opportunities

Administrative Assistant (part-time) at Metro D.C. Synod Office, NW D.C.
Primarily supports the work of the Assistants to the Bishop. Person must be very organized with close attention to detail and ability to manage multiple projects with minimal supervision. Excellent interpersonal skills required. Full job description available on "Extras" page. Applications are being received through Oct. 17. Applicants should complete application (available from "Extras" page) and submit it with resume, cover letter and references to the Rev. Leila Ortiz at .

Bookkeeper (part-time) at Metro D.C. Synod Office, NW D.C.
Process deposits and expenses and prepares financial reports. Bookkeeping experience required; experience with church finances and QuickBooks a plus. Flexible hours. Full job description posted to "Extras" page. Applications are being received through Oct. 17. Applicants should complete application (available from "Extras" page) and submit it with resume, cover letter and references to the Rev. Leila Ortiz at .

Administrative Assistant (part-time) at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Gaithersburg, Md.
Demonstrated knowledge, abilities and work experience in an office setting (church office preferred) and in a same/similar role for at least consecutive 3 years.  Performance of a broad range of clerical and administrative tasks using a multitude of skills, including the use of a variety of software programs is required.  Full details available online. Send current resume to Deadline for accepting resumes is October 14, 2016.
Affiliated benefits

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) Walk of Courage Award Gala, Oct. 26
This LIRS annual gala is an opportunity to celebrate individuals who have gone above and beyond in their service to refugees and migrants. This year will recognize Madeleine Albright and the Rev. Mark Hanson. Information about the event is available in a blog post, and information on sponsorship and tickets is available from .
Reformation 500th anniversary

New additions as observances are planned will be listed here and subsequently grouped as "Reformation 500" under the "Events" tab on the synod website.

2016: " Understanding Jesus means Understanding Judaism," December 8, 2016, sponsored by the Metro D.C. Synod and Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington
synod sponsored
At the very beginning of our anniversary activities, we want to address a sad part of our heritage, the occasionally tragic relationship between Lutherans and Jews. In a day of study facilitated by Dr. Amy-Jill Levine that will include local rabbis, we will have the opportunity to relearn and reaffirm what it means to say that Jesus was a Jew. More info online.

" Martin Luther and the Catholic Tradition" conference, May 30-June 1, 2017, sponsored by the Metro D.C. Synod with Catholic University of America, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
synod sponsored
This international event will bring to Washington D.C. a set of Lutheran, Catholic and Orthodox speakers from all over the world to talk about the way that Luther's revolution changed all of Christianity. An evening concert is planned at Lutheran Church of the Reformation on Capitol Hill. A list of anticipated presenters is available online.

INTERNATIONAL: " 12 Day Tour of Reformation Sites," July 10-21, 2017, hosted by the Revs. Beth Neubauer and Randy Neubauer, and the Rev. Joel Neubauer
Visit places visited by Martin Luther and reflect on ways other European cities factored into Reformation history. Contact the Rev. Beth Neubauer for more information at and review brochure online.

"Reformation Music Then and Now" concert, October 22, 2017, presented by the National Lutheran Choir at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
The National Lutheran Choir, a pan-Lutheran group from the Twin Cities, will be in our area to sing in what is certainly one of the most impressive (and acoustically live) worship spaces in town. Along with other pieces, the group will present the premiere of a specially commissioned work by the contemporary Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen.
Worth repeating

Sat. Oct. 22, 9 a.m-3:45 p.m., Epworth United Methodist in Gaithersburg, Md.
or Sat. Nov. 19, 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m., Christ Church in Fairfax Station, Virg.
"Radical Disciple Making" conference was brought to our attention by the synod's New & Renewing Missions Table. It takes more than just good intentions to lead your leaders into effective discipleship. Conference leaders share the platform to share what it takes to become a radical disciple making church. Registration and other details at .

Nov. 4-5, Trinity Lutheran Church in Lansdale, Penn.
The ELCA worship team is planning "Strong Center - Open Door: Engaging Lutheran Worship Today" at three locations in the country. Nearest us is the Lansdale event in November. In this 10th anniversary year of the publication of Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW), you are invited to attend an event focused on Lutheran worship in our current context, both for those who know the treasurers of ELW well and for those engaging the resource for the first time. Core principles of worship will be explored, plus worship, singing, networking "creative brain-sailing," and more. See for additional details.

Sat. Nov. 5, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Wesley Theological Seminary in D.C.
"Discovering God's Future for Your Church" is a conference and livestream offered through the Lewis Center for Church Leadership. Learn how to discern God's vision for your congregation - a step-by-step process for considering the strengths, challenges, and people that God has given you both in your church and in your community. More at .

Tue. Nov. 8 (plus Dec. 13), 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Mar-Lu-Ridge in Jefferson, Md.
"Your Money or Your Life: A Look at How the Global Economy Shapes our Lives and Ministries" is the theme of the current Sojourners Connect Retreat series. It will be presented by the Rev. Scott Gustafson. More at .

Dec. 2-4, Northern Virginia 4H Center, Front Royal, Virg.
synod sponsored
This synod-hosted event is open to youth currently in 9th-12th grades and their adult advisors. Registration deadline is Nov. 2. More at .
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