CHECK IN   February 9, 2017
Event-focused announcements and job notices
updated for our members and friends 
Synod happenings

February in your congregation
It's " 'I Love Camp' Month!" We're thankful for these outdoor ministry sanctuaries where our bodies and spirits can soar. Suggestions for observance in your congregation are offered by Caroline Furnace and Mar-Lu-Ridge, including a prayer, bulletin insert and notification of registration roll-out for this summer. Learn more at .

Sun. Apr. 30, 2-5:00 p.m., King of Kings Lutheran Church in Fairfax, Virg.
This annual synod-sponsored event for 3rd-6th graders is coming up! Upper elementary age youth can share an experience with Lutheran youth outside of their home congregation with faith-formation activities, food and fun. This year's theme is: We Need You to Be You. Registration deadline is Apr. 23. Details at .
Event notices

Sun. Feb. 12, 3 p.m., The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md.
"The Power of Spirituals" is a program of slave narratives interwoven with the musical form to be held in the Chapel of The Village at Rockville. Among talented performers are Eileen Guenther, Professor of Church Music, Wesley Theological Seminary. In her new book, she combines words and experiences to bring to a reader an understanding of 40 subjects that were integral to the culture of slavery, ranging from family, economics, labor, faith and punishment to escape and freedom. For more information, contact Chaplain Jeanne Lowe at or 301-424-9560, ext. 17500.

Wed. Feb. 15, noon-2 p.m., German Historical Institute in D.C.
The Reformation Past and Present: A Luncheon Discussion with Dr. Margot Käßmann,Special Envoy for the Reformation Anniversary. Details in "Reformation 500" section below.

Wed. Mar. 22, 5:30 p.m., Gettysburg Seminary
The 2017 Norma Wood Lecture and workshops this year features Mary J. Streufert, ELCA Director for Justice for Women. The 5:30 p.m. presentation, "Fire, Rape and Moral Authority: Rape Law and Lutheran Theology," will be preceded in the afternoon by workshops on "Structural Sexism and Patriarchy" and "Language and Imagery of God." Learn about the full schedule at .

Apr. 21-24, Washington, D.C.
Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2017, of which the ELCA is a sponsor, is gathering with the theme: "Confronting Chaos, Forging Community." Through prayer, worship, advocacy training and networking with other Christians, participants will grapple with the intersectionality of racism, materialism and militarism, and learn more about the impact they have around the world, in our communities and in our own lives. After a weekend filled with education and training, Ecumenical Advocacy Days will culminate with a Lobby Day on Monday, April 24, 2017, where participants will converge on Capitol Hill to meet with their members of Congress. More at .

May 4-6, Lutheran Church of the Nativity in Arden, NC
The North Carolina Synod invites us to a training experience for pastors, seminarians, musicians and leaders of faith formation in a discipleship process known as the Catechumenate. "Go, Baptize, Make Disciples" will immerse participants in the rites and rituals of this ancient-future Christian Practice and experience all four stages of a faith formation process that invites people into baptismal living as disciples of Jesus. Parish teams of two or more encouraged to attend together. Scholarships possible for seminary students. More at .

July 21-23, Minneapolis Marriott City Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
" BOLD Gathering" is a weekend organized by Lutheran Men in Mission for men to come together to learn, worship, network and be equipped to boldly live out their faith. Speakers and a service project are included in the plans. An invitation video also explains more about the event. Find details at .
Job opportunities

ELCA Program Director - Youth Ministry (full-time) in Chicago, IL
As a member of the Congregational Centers for Mission Team, the Program Director - Youth Ministry provides leadership and direction for a coordinated approach to youth ministry across the church in close cooperation with multiple faith formation partners. Significant time and attention will be given to networking and relationship building with others who share a passion for lifting up and including the gifts of youth in the whole life of the church. Full job description at .

Director of Organizing, Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ), Chicago: main office
IWJ is looking for an experienced organizer with management experience to lead their organizing team. This position will have extensive national travel. IWJ includes a national network of more than 60 local interfaith groups, worker centers and student groups, making it the leading national organization working to strengthen the religious community's involvement in issues of workplace justice. 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.

The Reformation Past and Present: A Luncheon Discussion with Dr. Margot Käßmann, Special Envoy for the Reformation Anniversary, Wed. Feb. 15, jointly hosted by German Historical Institute and the German Embassy in in Washington, DC
RSVP by Feb. 13 if you can attend the discussion with the former presiding bishop of the Evangelical Church in German (EKD) in her role as Special Envoy of the Reformation Anniversary and with Dr. Olaf Wassmuth, pastor of the German Lutheran Church in D.C. It will take place from noon-2 p.m. at the German Historical Institute, located near the Dupont Circle Metro stations. Prof. Käßmann has her theological roots in a movement seeking greater unity among Christian denominations worldwide, and is an outspoken critic of right-wing extremist groups in Germany. RSVP by contacting or 202-387-3355. More information and registration option available from .
Worth repeating

Sun. Feb. 12, 5 p.m., St. Luke Lutheran in Silver Spring, Md.
"Organ Plus - Music for Brass and Organ" will include Bach, Pachelbel, Reformation Chorales, and Saint-Saens' Organ Concerto arranged for brass and organ. More at .

Feb. 19-21, St. Paul Lutheran in Santa Monica, Calif.
"Engaging Worship and Culture" is a workshop organized by the ELCA worship team. How can the beauty and diversity of those cultures be seen as gifts in our assembly's worship life? How can culture help to shape our liturgies and even our understanding of worship in much deeper ways? How can these intentional conversations lead us into becoming a much more richly diverse church? These questions and more are ones that are crucial to nurturing the worship life of each of our worshiping communities. Registration and details at .

Thu. Feb. 23, 6:30 p.m. The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md.
Nistha Raj on the Hindustani Fusion Violin is the guest performer in the Magnify Concert Series at The Village at Rockville. Raj is a Strathmore Artist in Residence. Please RSVP online from as seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Feb. 25-26, Washington National Cathedral in D.C.
A two-day Festival of Sacred Music features choral, organ and conducting master classes led by Cathedral musicians. Join a day of study on Saturday and a day of worship on Sunday. Explore the expanding world of global song, jazz and Gospel music, and experience soaring Cathedral liturgies with organ and choir. Finally, sing your heart out during the Spiritual Songs and Hymn Sing on Sunday night. "This is not an Episcopal-focused event, but rather one dedicated to joyful excellence in music and liturgy in all communities, and we welcome every opportunity to reach out and connect with our sisters and brothers in Christ across the larger DMV area," invites George Fergus, AAM Gerre Hancock Fellow in Church Music at the Cathedral. More at .

Fri. Mar. 3, 7 p.m., St. Luke Lutheran in Silver Spring, Md.
Thiel College Choir will sing at St. Luke with Michael Bray directing. More at .

Mar. 17-19, Northern Virginia 4H Center
synod sponsored
Registration deadline is Feb. 15! Shekinah 2017, the annual Metro D.C. Synod youth weekend retreat for confirmation-age youth, is happening this spring. Shekinah provides opportunities for learning, growing in faith, worshipping, meeting new people and renewing old friendships - and having fun with other youth outside of their home congregations. "Sola Gratia" is the theme this year. Registration and additional details at .

Sat. Mar. 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Luke Lutheran in Silver Spring, Md.
A workshop called "Music in the Parish" is offered with Anthony Leach, clinician. More at .

Tue. Mar. 21, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Mar-Lu-Ridge in Jefferson, Md.
"Who's Not in Your Church? Making church inclusive and relevant for all people," is an entry in Spring 2017 Mountain Topics. The Rev. Julie Bringman will present. Cost is $30 including lunch, RSVP required by contacting or 800-238-9974.

Fri. Mar. 24 (7 p.m.)-Sun. Mar. 26 (11 a.m.), Mar-Lu-Ridge in Jefferson, Md.
"Singing For Our Lives! A Women's Retreat" will be led by the Rev. Karen Brau and Amanda Weber. This retreat will gather around scripture, music and narrative, seeking empowerment through both our own and our communal voices. Space limited to 35 women. Cost is $175/person including lodging and meals. Registration form available on synod website.

Sun. Apr. 2, 5 p.m., St. Luke Lutheran in Silver Spring, Md.
A Lenten Concert will feature the world premiere of John Ferguson's "Lord Keep Us Steadfast." The piece is a choral fantasia for choir, brass, percussion and organ. More at .

Tue. April 25, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Mar-Lu-Ridge in Jefferson, Md.
"Crossing the Color and Culture Divide: Journeying toward personal and communal justice," is an entry in Spring 2017 Mountain Topics. The Rev. Ginny Price will present. Cost is $30 including lunch, RSVP required by contacting or 800-238-9974.

May 1-4 at the Minneapolis Hilton Hotel
The 2017 National Workshop for Christian Unity will gather Ecumenists from across the U.S. to reflect on themes of reformation. A primary focus will be commemorating the 500th anniversary of the transformational events I Wittenberg in 1517 that initiated a series of reforms and tragic tensions among Christians in western Europe. The Lutheran Ecumenical & Interreligious Network will have its annual meeting during the workshop; all are welcome. More at .

Tue. May 16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Mar-Lu-Ridge in Jefferson, Md.
"Faith and the Environment: Ideas for incorporating Creation Care into your ministry," is an entry in Spring 2017 Mountain Topics. Laura Heller and the Rev. Tormod Svensson will present. Cost is $30 including lunch, RSVP required by contacting or 800-238-9974.
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