CHECK IN March 2, 2017
Event-focused announcements and job notices
updated for our members and friends
Tue. Mar. 7 (and Mar. 14, Mar. 21, Mar. 28, Apr. 4, Apr. 11), 9:05-9:20 a.m., wherever you are
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 facebook.com/metrodcelca 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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
Sat. Apr. 29, 9 a.m.-noon Peace Lutheran in Alexandria, Virg.
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.
SUMMER CAMP SESSIONS
If your congregation is planning to attend the
2018 ELCA Youth Gathering
or are just considering it, plan to attend one of these
. Tony Kerlavage, Synod Coordinator for the Gathering, will share at these ELCA Youth Gathering Trainings. More about the ELCA event at
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
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
(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.
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 http://fairfax.NewLutherMovie.com . 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.
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
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
, the annual Metro D.C. Synod youth weekend retreat for
, 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
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.
Sun. Apr. 2, 5 p.m., St. Luke Lutheran in Silver Spring, Md.
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
. The Rev. Ginny Price will present. Cost is $30 including lunch, RSVP required by contacting
Sun. Apr. 30, 2-5:00 p.m., King of Kings Lutheran Church in Fairfax, Virg.
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
. Laura Heller and the Rev. Tormod Svensson will present. Cost is $30 including lunch, RSVP required by contacting
July 21-23, Minneapolis Marriott City Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
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
indicates synod sponsored event.
"Go into the world giving people a better understanding of God because they met you."
~ Benediction after sermon exploring evangelism