CHECK IN   November 29, 2016
Event-focused announcements and job notices
updated for our members and friends 
Synod happenings

Dec. 2-3, Ashland, Virginia
The Virginia LARCUM Conference (Lutherans, Anglicans, Roman Catholics, andUnited Methodists) takes place this weekend. With the theme "Reformations, Then and Now," presenter Dr. Joseph D. Small will guide consideration of the need for a proper response to the Reformation today. Dr. Small has served as director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Theology and Worship. Bishop Graham is among the participating bishops. Conference fee is $35, students are free. Registration form is online.

Tue. Dec. 6, 13 & 20, 9:05-9:20 a.m., conference call
Advent devotions will open our staff meetings, and we invite all to join this short time of prayer and reflection on Tuesday mornings by phone. We're using Advent devotions prepared by full communion denominational leaders from the ELCA, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, the Anglican Church of Canada and The Episcopal Church. Invite your congregation members and friends! On Advent Tuesday mornings, dial 712-770-8000, then enter code 335126. More at .

Tue. Dec. 6 deadline
There's still time to submit an entry in the 2016 Christmas Greeting Artwork Contest! When our synod shares joy in the holy Christmas season with colleagues and friends, we'd like to use art created by a local member artist. Invite your congregation members to share an artistic inspiration! More at .

Thu. Dec. 8, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Emmanuel Lutheran in Bethesda, Md.
"Understanding Jesus means Understanding Judaism" is an event launching our observance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The presentation by Dr. Amy-Jill Levine is co-hosted by the Metro D.C. Synod and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington. The registration fee of $20 includes a copy of The Jewish Annotated New Testament, co-edited by Dr. Levine. Register at . All are welcome.

Sat. Dec. 17, 10 a.m., Washington National Cathedral
Bishop Graham will again participate in the exciting 10th annual joint Christmas Service joining via satellite telecast with the Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem and those gathered at Washington National Cathedral. Prayers, readings, and joyful hymns bring together people of different lands, languages, and backgrounds in the spirit of this holy season. All are welcome. More at .

Sun. Jan. 29 in your congregation
The Lutheran Church in El Salvador will be recognized on Companion Synod Sunday 2017. Although Jan. 29th is designated as a day for observance, congregations are welcome to recognize our relationship with this Companion Synod at any time suitable to an individual congregation. Materials are being prepared by the synod's Global Mission Team to assist with observance.
Event notices

Sat. Dec. 3, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Holy Trinity in Falls Church
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is hosting a Breakfast With Santa including crafts and snacks. Everyone is welcome to the free happening. For more information, call 703-532-6617 or

Sun. Dec. 4, 1-4 p.m., Mar-Lu-Ridge in Jefferson, Md.
The Advent Family Gathering is a time of wreath making, crafts for all ages, delicious food and a roaring bonfire. Start your season with a mountain view! RSVP by Dec. 1 at 00-238-9974 or Details and flyer at .

Sun. Dec. 4, 4 p.m. EST, webstream
The St. Olaf Christmas Festival is one of the oldest musical celebrations of Christmas in the US., featuring more than 500 student vocal and orchestral musicians. ELCA congregations and members are invited to stream the event free. Visit and enter code ELCACHRISTMAS during checkout.

Tue. Dec. 13, 9 a.m., Mar-Lu-Ridge
The final session of the Sojourner's Connect series will take place on Dec. 13. Dr. Scott Gustafson will lead the session regarding " Your Money or Your Life." "After careful consideration and prayer, we have decided that Sojourner's will wrap up after this fall session," the venue announces. RSVP for the event and lunch at 800-238-9974 or Fee for lunch and program is $30.

Jan. 15-20, Spirit in the Desert Retreat enter in Carefree, Ariz.
" Diaconal Ministry: History, Formation and Spirituality" introduces students to the historical, theological and social contexts in which the work of diaconal ministry has been expressed. The course also explores a theology of spirituality based on the Lutheran confessional writings and provides opportunity for the discussion and development of a baptismal discipline and vocational discernment, particularly as it pertains to the diaconal calling. An online component on Jan. 6-15 precedes the J-term study in Arizona. Tuition for the course, offered through Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. The Deaconess Community of the ELCA pays tuition, but books and housing are responsibility of the student. Link to online brochure (pdf file).

Sat. Feb. 4, 9 a.m.-noon, King of Kings Lutheran in Fairfax, Virg.
Youth Ministry 102 will feature presenter Tony Kerlavage. If your congregation is considering or planning to attend the 2018 Youth Ministry Extravaganza, Kerlavage will share training received from the 2017 YM Extravaganza experience in his role as our Synod Coordinator for the gathering. More at .
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

Connections Coordinator (part-time) at Trinity Lutheran in North Bethesda, Md.
The Connections Coordinator position connects Trinity members with one another, connects the congregation to needs in its immediate neighborhood, and connects the congregation with global ministries. For more information, pleases visit the congregation's website at (see "Job Opportunity" in left column).

Facility Manager (part-time) at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Gaithersburg, Md.
Demonstrated knowledge, abilities and work experience in managing a larger public facility. Effective interpersonal and business skills to work with contractors and other professionals. Full job description at .

Organist/Pianist at Lutheran Church of the Covenant in Dale City, Virg.
The Organist/Pianist is sought to be part of the congregation's vibrant ministry and music team. He/she will work closely with the pastor, Worship Team, ad Choir Director focused on providing quality music for congregation worship. The musician will play the organ/piano/keyboard for all regularly scheduled worship services (typically two per Sunday) and choir rehearsals on Wednesday evenings, as well as for special services. Must be able to play a variety of worship and music styles on the organ and piano. Contact the Rev. Darcy Tillman for more information at or 703-670-4242.

Organist/Accompanist (part-time) at Holy Trinity in Falls Church, Virg.
The Organist/Accompanist is an approximately quarter-time position for all traditional (organ-supported) and contemporary (piano-supported with ensemble) worship services. Bachelor's degree in music-related field or commensurate experience in music performance required, as is a firm grounding in the Christian tradition with experience in liturgical service formats and ability to work with others. Find full job description on the synod "Extras" page.
Affiliated benefits

Benefit concert for Gifts of Hope
Sun. Dec. 18, 5-6:30 p.m., Christ Evangelical Lutheran in Bethesda, Md.
"Tapestry of Light: A Celtic Christmas Celebration" will feature music including Handel, Morten Lauridsen and a cantata. Gifts of Hope is the chosen beneficiary from this Christmas concert. More at .
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.

Nothing new since our last issue of Check In. Next up: "Understanding Jesus means Understanding Judaism" - details above. Review full list of current postings from .
Worth repeating

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

April 25-27, 2017, Washington, D.C.
April 25, 2017, 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 in 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 .
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Advent always reminds me of the children's game - Hide and Seek. "Ready or not here I come," says the seeker. Then after a time the seeker calls out, "All ye, all ye in free!" That's gospel.
Facebook comment from Rich Z. who joined staff Advent devotions
 based upon Matthew 24:36-44 via phone