CHECK IN   March 2, 2017
Event-focused announcements and job notices
updated for our members and friends 
Synod happenings

Tue. Mar. 7 (and Mar. 14, Mar. 21, Mar. 28, Apr. 4, Apr. 11), 9:05-9:20 a.m., wherever you are
synod sponsored
On Facebook by Livestreaming or by conference call, the synod staff invites you to join us for devotions before our staff meetings on Tuesday mornings during Lent from 9:05-9:20 a.m. We're going to use Luther's Small Catechism for our devotion time. Go to to view the livestream or call 712-770-8000, conference code 335126, in that time frame to participate. Additional details at . We hope you can join us!

Tue. Apr. 25, 1-6 p.m., Advent Lutheran in Arlington, Virg.
synod sponsored
J. Clif Christopher will join with Lutherans visiting our area from around the country and talk about best practices in stewardship and capital campaigns and answer your questions at a Stewardship Event Lutheran Pre-Conference hosted by the synod and ELCA churchwide expression. Several visitors will be in our area to take part in the well-regarded Generosity NOW Conference of the Ecumenical Stewardship Center (Apr. 25-27). You are invited to our Lutheran Pre-Conference Event even if you are not part of the larger conference. More at .
Event notices

Sat. Mar. 4, 10 a.m.-noon, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) office in Baltimore, Md. (duplicated at D.C. site on Mar. 25)
DC Detention Visitation Network Volunteer Training is held for people interested in visiting, writing to and supporting people in immigration detention. Anyone who would like to learn more about immigration enforcement, detention and the people who are affected by it is welcome to join. No particular commitment is required of prospective volunteers. RSVP to or 443-620-3330.

Mon. Mar. 6, 5:44 p.m./7:44 p.m., on radio and audio streaming
WAMU 88.5 will follow one refugee family, the Resoles, as they build a new life in our local community. This feature is shaped in partnership with Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSS/NCA). Listed is the first episode in the series which will continue highlighting the work of LSS/NCA during the organizations centennial year.

Thu. Mar. 9 (and Mar. 16, Mar. 23, Mar. 30 and Apr. 6), 6-7:30 p.m., Christ the King Lutheran in Great Falls, Virg.
"Meals that Heal" will feature a simple meal from a specific country, a time for Lenten prayer and reflection, and a discussion led by speakers with firsthand knowledge of the area of focus and its societal issues. Areas of focus begin with South Africa, then West Bank, Malawi, Haiti and India. For more information, visit .

Sat. Mar. 11, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Church of the Messiah in Fredericksburg, Virg.
The Leadership Program for Musicians (LPM) is holding workshop on alternative expressions of praise and worship and invites participants from our synod. Leaders Keith Tan and Shirley Smith Graham will share their experience in utilizing contemporary praise music in traditional/liturgical services. Topics include how to use your guitars, percussionists and non-choir singers and arranging contemporary praise music in a liturgical setting. LPM is a program of The Episcopal Church and the ELCA. Flyer and registration information on flyer. See also .

Sat. Mar. 18 (2-5 p.m.) and Sun. Mar. 19 (2-5 p.m.), Augustana Lutheran in D.C.
An Immigration Conference hosted by El Salvador Embassy staff will highlight "important steps that Salvadorean community must do." Our synod's Global Missions Committee draws our attention to this opportunity. Connect with the congregation from .

Mar. 20, 6:30 p.m., Rave Motion Pictures at Fairfax Corner
Screening of "Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World." See "Affiliated Benefits" section below for details.

Mar. 22-June 7, Online course with flexible weekly plan
Liturgy and Music for Lutherans is a course offering from the Leadership Program for Musicians (LPM). Registration closes Mar. 15. More at .

Mar. 24-26, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
"Here am I: Women Responding to God's Call" is a retreat specifically for women considering a call to professional ministry in the church. Talented pastors representing numerous different denominations will share their experiences and insights about their journey, including our own Pr. Leila Ortiz! The FREE retreat makes space for women to explore what God might be doing in their life. Open to women of all ages and denominations, but space is limited. Details and registration form at .

Sat. Mar. 25, 10 a.m.-noon, NALEO Education Fund office in D.C. (duplicate of LIRS event Mar. 4)
DC Detention Visitation Network Volunteer Training is held for people interested in visiting, writing to and supporting people in immigration detention. Anyone who would like to learn more about immigration enforcement, detention and the people who are affected by it is welcome to join. No commitment is required of prospective volunteers. RSVP to or 443-620-3330.

Sat. Apr. 29, 9 a.m.-noon Peace Lutheran in Alexandria, Virg.
synod sponsored
Youth Ministry 103 is a workshop hosted by Metro D.C. Synod Youth Ministry focused on the "Facts Not Fear: Youth Reducing HIV and AIDS Stigma" project, an initiative of Lutheran GrACE (Growing AIDS Compassion Everywhere). Attendance is limited in order to facilitate the interactive experience. RSVP and learn more by contacting Barbara Harner at .

Sat. May 20, 9 a.m.-noon, Emmanuel Lutheran in Vienna, Virg. OR
Sat. May 21, 2-5 p.m., Trinity Lutheran in North Bethesda, Md.
synod sponsored
If your congregation is planning to attend the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering or are just considering it, plan to attend one of these informative sessions. Tony Kerlavage, Synod Coordinator for the Gathering, will share at these ELCA Youth Gathering Trainings. More about the ELCA event at .

SUMMER CAMP SESSIONS are now receiving registrations! at Caroline Furnace in Fort Valley, Virg. and Mar-Lu-Ridge in Jefferson, Md.
Opportunities for all age groups, varied interest areas, and differing durations are offered by area outdoor ministries. Campfires, lake swimming, art projects and new friends ignite young spirits in these beautiful settings led by faith-directed staff. Look over the selections at and .

Aug. 7-10, Massanetta Springs Camp & Conference Center in Harrisonburg, Virg.
Called Together: A Retreat for Married Couples in Professional Ministry is a four-day retreat focusing on relationships, renewal and resources for couples who are both in professional ministry. A Lutheran clergy couple is on the planning team of the ecumenical event. Families are welcome to accompany clergy couples; during retreat activities for adults, children of all ages will enjoy a program designed especially for them. More at .
Job opportunities

Bookkeeper (part-time) at Hope Lutheran, Clinton, Md.
A Bookkeeper is sought for 6-8 hrs/wk with responsibilities of bill paying and financial record-keeping; preparing federal and state payroll taxes; preparing reports to the Church Council, IRS and State of Maryland; and other related tasks. This position reports to the Treasurer of the congregation. For further information and to apply, please contact the Rev. Eva Steege at, or call 860-882-7715.
Affiliated benefits

Local premiere of " Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World," benefit for Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM)
Mar. 20, 6:30 p.m., Rave Motion Pictures at Fairfax Corner
With support from Mark Knauff of Thrivent Financial, WFCM is hosting a one-night movie event showcasing this new film. The depiction of Martin Luther is said to follow a great adventure story and at the same time ask the most important questions of life. The screening is a great way to connect with Luther's story, plus a portion of ticket sales will go to WFCM. Tickets must be ordered in advance from . Deacon Rebecca H. Kolowé of the synod's roster is Executive Director of WFCM, which provides food and financial support to those at risk of hunger and homelessness.
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.

Thanks, Trinity Lutheran in North Bethesda, for inviting all of us in the synod to your Reformation 500 social and educational events! The congregation asks you to RSVP if you wish to attend by emailing Here's a sampling.

Sat. Apr. 22, 7:30 p.m.
Potluck Supper with special guest Martin Luther (as portrayed by Jeff Jones)
Sat. May 6, 6:30 p.m.
Luther Movie Night: BBC's Martin Luther, Heretic (1983)
Sat. June 17, 6:30 p.m.
Joint Handbell Concert including an arrangement of "A Mighty Fortress"
Sat. July 15, 6:30 p.m.
Luther Movie Night: Luther (2003) featuring Joseph Fiennes and Peter Ustinov
Sat. Aug. 19, 6:30 p.m.
Potluck Supper with special guest Katie Luther (as portrayed by Cindy Swanson)
Sat. Oct. 21, 6:30 p.m.
Lutherfest Dinner with German dishes and desserts styled after those available during Luther's time
Worth repeating

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
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.
synod sponsored

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 .

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.
synod sponsored

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 .

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 .

Apr. 24-28, Gettysburg Seminary
The Spring Academy Lifelong Learning event of the seminary in 2017 is titled: Re-Formation is Local. Our "Re-formation" is in our own hands, and we have what we need right here and now to follow God's call to us in this place. The week will offer everything from biblical vision to practical work sessions on the neighbor and what the Gospel means to sojourners. 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.
synod sponsored

Sun. Apr. 30, 2-5:00 p.m., King of Kings Lutheran Church in Fairfax, Virg.
synod sponsored
  Shema, the 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 .

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 .

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.

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 .
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