CHECK IN   May 15, 2017
Event-focused announcements and job notices
updated for our members and friends 
Synod happenings

May 30-June 1, Catholic University of America in NE D.C.
synod sponsored
Called a "landmark" scholarly event, the Metro D.C. Synod with Catholic University of America (CUA), the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany are presenting "Luther and the Shaping of the Catholic Tradition: The 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther's Posting of the Ninety-Five Theses Conference." Renown Lutheran, Catholic and Orthodox speakers from all over the world will talk about the way that Luther's revolution changed all of Christianity. This international event takes place at CUA. Registration, speaker list and full schedule at .

Wed. May 31, Lutheran Church of the Reformation in D.C.
synod sponsored
A special evening concert and ecumenical worship will take place at 7:30 p.m. "The Musical Heritage of the Reformation" is open to all, although it is planned in conjunction with the "Luther and the Shaping of the Catholic Tradition" event (details above). Paul Leavitt, the Reformation Church choir and others will perform in this celebration of organ and choir music.

June 16-17, National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virg.
synod sponsored
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2017 Synod Assembly Promo Video
Registration is open through June 1st for our upcoming 2017 Metro D.C. Synod Assembly, to be held at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virg. If you haven't seen the video yet, check it out for a preview! The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, ELCA presiding bishop, will be there as well as special guest Dr. Reggie Williams. Registration link and details at .
Event notices

Step 1: Sun. May 20, Fair Winds Brewery in Lorton, Virg.
Step 2: Sun. June 18, Lord of Life Lutheran in Fairfax, Virg.
Lord of Life Lutheran Church will distribute the Wort on May 20 for those who want to try beer brewing. On June 18 a taste test will award favorites in the Father's Day "Lutheran Brew Crew" competition. Contact for additional information.

Wed. May 31, 7 p.m., Community Room at Mosaic District - Merrifield, Virg.
A screening of National Geographic's "Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric" will be screened by the Reconciling in Christ Committee of Holy Trinity Lutheran in Falls Church, Virg. and the Mosaic District Church. The Community Room is located at 2985 District Avenue, Suite 100. Contact or 703-532-6617 with any questions.

Tue. June 6, 1:30 p.m. ET
A webinar called " 11 Steps to Increase Giving in Your Church... Starting this Weekend" is being offered by ALDE. ALDE is an international community of fundraising and communication professionals that is rooted in the Lutheran tradition of the Christian faith and dedicated to serving God's people in the church and the world (formerly Association of Lutheran Development Executives). Jennifer Perrow, CFRE, will present the discussion on the latest trends in congregational stewardship. Coaching church leaders to effectively talk about stewardship, creative ways to thank, summer stabilization and more are topics. Registration and details from 

June 19-23, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in D.C.
"Martin Luther's Theology and the Jews" is the topic of the 2017 Annual Seminar on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust. The seminar will be co-led by Kirsi Stjerna and Brooks Schramm. Clergy auditors are still invited to apply, although general enrollment has concluded. Auditors do not need to commit for the full week; they can attend an individual session. To apply to audit, contact Dr. Victoria Barnett at This seminar will orient participants to the breadth of Luther's writings on and comment about the Jews, highlight continuities and discontinuities in his thought, probe the foundations of Luther's - and his contemporaries' - antagonism toward the Jews, and provide select examinations of subsequent appropriations of Luther's anti-Jewish writings I the early twentieth-century. Find details at: .

Sat. June 24, 4 p.m., Resurrection Lutheran in Arlington, Virg.
"Martin Luther, the Bible, and the Jewish People," is a lecture and discussion led by Brooks Schramm and Kisi Stjerna (see event above also). These presenters co-authored a book published by Fortress Press (2012) on the subject. Songs from Theresienstadt sung by baritone Gary Roebuck will accentuate the event.

Thu. June 29, 9 a.m.-noon, St. Paul's Lutheran in Cumberland, Md.
Debbie Streicher and the Rev. Dr. David Anderson, co-directors of Milestones Ministry, will give insights and share stories about their ministry utilizing faith practices that have been proven to encourage and reinforce faith formation I the congregation, the home and the community. The event is held at Streicher's home congregation, although many of us know her through leadership roles in the Metro D.C. Synod. There is no cost for this event. Learn more at . Register for the event by emailing or calling 304-300-0836.
Job opportunities

Pastor to the Community and Director of Worship (full-time) at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
This person will direct worship life, ground the concept of public witness in Christian faith and practice, and collaborate with relevant faculty and staff persons to provide resources for pastoral care to the students, staff and faculty of LSTC. A person rostered for Word and Sacrament ministry and in good standing with the ELCA is required. Full job description at .

Pastor of Holden Village (full-time) at Holden Village in Chelan, WA
The culture of Holden is that of an intentional, long-term wilderness community which seeks a pastor(s) that is strong theologically and creative in worship planning.  We seek a worship leader, which in addition to teaching through the living word and sacrament integrates the arts into worship to re-form our ritual and rhythm of living in faith. More 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

"We Gather to Serve"
Thu. June 1, :30-8:30 p.m.
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area, regional gatherings are planned to thank partners and encourage networking. The wine-and-cheese event will take place in the community meeting room of Thrivent Financial's offices on 12th street near U in NW D.C. Those working on behalf of refugees, vulnerable children, disaster preparedness and the HIVAIDS community will be present Register at to attend.

"Brews for Justice D.C."
Tue. June 22, 7-9 p.m.
Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC) has planned a fun evening connecting with the LVC Washington, D.C. community at Right Proper Brewing in the Brookland area. See old friends and make new ones, meet current volunteers and hear about their experiences, and support the mission of LVC. Tickets can be purchased 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.

June 4-6, Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minn.
"Embodied Freedom" is an ELCA theological event is an interactive conference focusing on the relationship between Luther's dynamic understanding of Christian freedom and our bodies - individual, social and global. Pastors, laypeople, professors and students are all welcome. More at .

Sun. Oct. 22, National Shrine of hte Immaculate Conception in D.C.
synod sponsored
Additional details about the National Lutheran Choir event at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception are available. The pan-Lutheran group based in Minneapolis will present a premier performance of "Holy Spirit Mass" by Norwegian composter Kim André Arnesen. This new work for chorus and strings expresses unity and celebrates the common ground that Lutherans and Catholics have made in overcoming the issues that once divided them. Additional choral selections will be included in the program. The 64-voice National Lutheran Choir is led by artistic director Dr. David Cherwien.
Worth repeating

SUMMER CAMP SESSIONS are 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 .

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 the final 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 informative sessions. Tony Kerlavage, Synod Coordinator for the Gathering, will share at these ELCA Youth Gathering Trainings. More about the ELCA event at .

May 27-29, Caroline Furnace in Fort Valley, Virg.
A whole weekend 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, a 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 .

Sat. June 17, 6:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran in North Bethesda, Md.
Joint Handbell Concert including an arrangement of "A Mighty Fortress" - a Reformation 500 event. RSVP if you wish to attend by emailing

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 .

Sat. June 15, 6:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran in North Bethesda, Md.
Luther Movie Night: Luther (2003) featuring Joseph Fiennes and Peter Ustinov - a Reformation 500 event. RSVP if you wish to attend by emailing

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 .

Sat. Aug. 19, 6:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran in North Bethesda, Md.
Potluck Supper with special guest Katie Luther (as portrayed by Cindy Swanson) - a Reformation 500 event. RSVP if you wish to attend by emailing

Sat. Oct. 21, 6:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran in North Bethesda, Md.
Lutherfest Dinner with German dishes and desserts styled after those available during Luther's time - a Reformation 500 event. RSVP if you wish to attend by emailing
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