CHECK IN   April 6, 2017
Event-focused announcements and job notices
updated for our members and friends 
Synod happenings

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 .
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May 30-June 1, Catholic University of America in NE D.C.
synod sponsored
Registration has opened for "The 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther's Posting of the 95 Theses: Luther and the Shaping of the Catholic Tradition" conference, sponsored by the Metro D.C. Synod with Catholic University of America (CUA), the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany. Additional synod information is forthcoming, but visit the CUA site for a current list of confirmed speakers and schedule for this premier educational opportunity. .

June 16-17, National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virg.
synod sponsored
Not only is Synod Assembly registration already open, and the Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, ELCA presiding bishop, booked as our churchwide representative, but other facets of Synod Assembly planning are moving forward.
*      Display Space - requests being received through April 23.
*      Nominations - Forms for nominations and Candidate Information Forms for positions of church leadership are being received by the Nominations Chair through May 15. The list of open positions is posted to the synod website.
*      Resolutions/Memorials - Drafts of Resolutions/Memorials for consideration are being received by the Reference and Counsel Committee Chair through May 15.
More at .
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Event notices

* April 7 registration date* - Thu. Apr. 20, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Mount Olive Baptist Church in Centreville, Virg.
"Safety for Faith-based Organizations" is being planned by the Commonwealth of Virginia Fusion Liaison Training Program. Topics will include violence in places of worship, addressing potential threats, policy and planning for violence, safety in outreach firearms in places of worship and civilian response to active shooter events. Advance registration required by April 7.

Sat. Apr. 8, 10 a.m.-noon, Luther Place Memorial in D.C.
As part of the series "Spirit and Action: Learning from Howard Thurman," the Rev. Karen Brau will speak on "Spiritual Activists: Five Lessons for Today." The series, in which Pr. Brau is the second presenter, is part of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church's McClendon Scholar in Residence Program.

Sun. Apr. 16, 7 a.m., Advent Lutheran in Arlington, Virg.
A non-denominational outdoor community service open to everyone will include guided labyrinth walks and be followed by breakfast. More at .

Apr. 16 (afternoon)-19 (morning), Ridge Inn of Mar-Lu-Ridge in Jefferson, Md.
FOR PASTORS POST-EASTER SUNDAY: At no charge, pastors are invited to
a night or two on the mountain for a time of renewal following pastors' busy Lenten season. The Ridge Inn rooms ae comfortable and private, and a light breakfast will be provided during your stay. Contact 800-238-9974 to make arrangements.

Fri. Apr. 21, 1-4 p.m., Doubletree by Hilton-Crystal City in Arlington, Virg.
"Theology of the Beloved Community" is pre-conference event hosted by the National Council of Churches which is part of Ecumenical Advocacy Days. No registration is required for this session. See .

Fri. Apr. 21, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., First Congregational United Church of Christ in NW D.C.
"Confronting Chaos Online: How Hate Speech Spreads and How to Stop It" is timed to coincide with Ecumenical Advocacy Days and is open to all members of the Washington Interfaith community. Learn how hate speech earns advertising revenue and what communities of faith and individuals can do to stop it. More at

Apr. 28 & Apr. 29, 8 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Reformation in D.C.
Two free performances of The Friday Morning Music Club Chorale and Orchestra directed by Paul Leavitt will present "Cantata Emmanuel." Leavitt composed the "Cantata Emmanuel" in 2009 based on painted glass windows in the Reformation sanctuary. Call the church for further information at 202-543-4200.

Sun. Apr. 30, 11:30 a.m., Advent Lutheran in Arlington, Virg.
A safety training event presented by Arlington County Police called "Awareness, Risks & Vulnerabilities in a House of Worship" is being hosted at the congregation. Area congregations are invited to a "timely presentation" on ensuring the safety of your church, congregation, visitors and building users. For more information call 703-521-7010.

Sat. May 13, 6:30 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran in Alexandria, Virg.
Good Shepherd's Anti-Racism Team is hosting "The ACLU and the Ongoing Fight for Racial Justice" with Claire G. Gasta┼łaga, Executive Director, ACLU of Virginia, presenting. She will discuss the ACLU's involvement in court decisions related to racial justice, including the landmark civil rights decision from the movie, "Loving." A potluck at 5:30 p.m. will precede the speaker's presentation. More at .

May 27-29, Caroline Furnace in Fort Valley, Virg.
A whole weekend of activity is set aside to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp and Retreat Center. Come for the whole weekend or part of the time. Participation is available in various packages, including an Official Anniversary Dinner, the Commemorative Worship Service, an anniversary t-shirt, RV/Camper parking, cookout and more. See for more information. Registration closes May 16.

Sun. June 11, 4 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Gaithersburg, Md.
"Vatican II and You: Five Hundred Years after 1517" is a special event featuring Father John O'Malley, S.J. Fr. O'Malley is a Jesuit priest and professor at Georgetown University who specializes in the church history of Europe. More at .

July 13-15, Roanoke College in Salem, Virg.
The Virginia Synod's annual Power in the Spirit Conference is themed "On Our Way Reforming" this year. The inspirational conference is for everyone who wishes to explore God's call to service through joyous worship, Bible study, keynote addresses, workshops and fellowships. More information and registration info at .
Job opportunities

Director of Music Ministries (part-time) at Hope Lutheran Church and Student Center in College Park, Md.
Someone passionate about working in a church environment and possessing the necessary skills to foster communal worship life is sought at Hope Lutheran. The position is approximately 10 hrs/wk. Applications must be received by Apr. 21. Find full job description and application at .

Administrative Assistant (part-time) at Hope Lutheran Church and Student Center in College Park, Md.
Someone passionate about working in a congregation and campus environment and possessing the necessary skills to manage general office functions and foster collaborative relationships is sought at Hope Lutheran. The position is approximately 20 hrs/wk. Applications must be received by Apr. 21. Find full job description and application at .

Associate Director (full-time) at Mar-Lu-Ridge in Jefferson, Md.
The Associate Director (AD) will assist in the development and management of the outdoor ministry's year-round program activities for all ages.  They will also act as the Summer Camp Director, overseeing the entire summer camp program, including the hiring and training of staff. An individual who is enthusiastic, highly motivated and ready to share their Christian faith with staff and campers is sought. Full benefits come with the position including on-site housing. The camp hopes to have the new AD in place before summer camp begins so they can train alongside the current AD and be ready to take over in August. Full job description and application process available at .

Chief Financial Officer (full-time) of United Lutheran Seminary (ULS)
On July 1, 2017, two historic Pennsylvania institutions, Gettysburg and Philadelphia Seminaries will join together and form the ULS. This consolidated "new school" on two campuses seeks a CFO to provide oversight for all fiscal operations and to consolidate the two financial services offices. Review of applicants begins on April 15. Details at .

Associate Director of Admissions (full-time) of United Lutheran Seminary (ULS)
ULS (to be launched on July 1, 2017) is seeking to fill the position of Associate Director of Admissions. This position is based out of the Gettysburg Campus, with frequent travel expected. A primary function of this position will be articulating the mission, programs, and culture of both campuses of ULS to ELCA constituents. Full job description and application instructions at .
Affiliated benefits

Community of St. Dysmas Aftercare Program, Restaurant fundraiser
On Mon., May 1, all day, a portion of proceeds for all food ordered from Tino's Italian Bistro in Columbia, Md. will supports the St. Dysmas Lutheran ministry to persons incarcerated in Maryland. Ten percent of the total proceeds for the day will be donated. Restaurant info 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.

INTERNATIONAL: "Reunion Tour" for existing and additional singers, Oct. 13-23
Experienced singers are invited to join the Lumenaria Chorale of Washington DC under the direction of Paul Leavitt. The Lumenaria Chorale unites choristers from the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, also directed by Paul Leavitt, with singers in the D.C. area. Non-singing music lovers are also invited to join as fellow travelers in a unique experience: its "Reunion Tour" performing in Germany, Latvia and Lithuania. The Chorale will musically mark not only the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and but also the hope of Christians worldwide for the reunification of the Church. Trip costs and additional details available in an info sheet posted to synod "Extras."
Worth repeating

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 .

Sat. Apr. 22, 7:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran in North Bethesda, Md.
Potluck Supper with special guest Martin Luther (as portrayed by Jeff Jones), a Reformation 500 event. RSVP if you wish to attend by emailing

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 those nary 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.

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

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 .

Sat. May 6, 6:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran in North Bethesda, Md.
Luther Movie Night: BBC's Martin Luther, Heretic (1983), a Reformation 500 event. RSVP if you wish to attend by emailing

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.

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 information 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!
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 .
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