METROLINES   February 2017
News for our congregations, leaders and friends
sharing what's happening in local ministry together.

Synod Focus

INVITATION TO JOIN LENT DEVOTIONS WITH SYNOD STAFF ON TUESDAY MORNINGS
As many of us enhance our discipleship practices during Lent, the synod staff invites you to join us for devotions before our staff meetings on Tuesday mornings from 9:05-9:20 a.m. Lent extends from March 1 through April 13 this year. We're going to use Luther's Small Catechism for our devotion time. As was done during Advent, join us this Lent through Facebook Livestreaming or via conference call. Details at http://metrodcelca.org/2017/02/tuesday-mornings-during-lent/ .

STEWARDSHIP EVENT FOR LUTHERANS
Congregation leaders interested in advances in stewardship best practices have a great opportunity in April. While Lutherans and others attend a well-respected, national stewardship conference in D.C., our synod in partnership with the ELCA churchwide expression is bringing you a Stewardship Event Lutheran Pre-Conference on Tuesday, April 25 from 1-6:00 p.m. at Advent Lutheran Church in Arlington, Virg. Whether or not you go to the national event, the Lutheran Pre-Conference is open to you. J. Clif Christopher will help us think through how congregations can help work towards both the maturing of generous hearts and the desire to give toward the mission of the Church. Registration required. More at http://metrodcelca.org/events/stewardship-lutheran-pre-conference/ .
STEWARDSHIIP EVENT

Local Info

PARISH NURSE NETWORK EXPANDING
Do you know of a parish or a pastor who employs a (paid or unpaid) nurse in the congregation? The Evangelical Lutheran Parish Nurse Association (ELPNA) is available to mentor parish nurses and promote parish nursing. "Our Region 8 even has a small scholarship fund that could be used to send a nurse to a foundation course in Faith Community Nursing," says Ruth Manchester, parish nurse serving St. Luke Lutheran in Silver Spring, Md., who is our local ELPNA Region 8 representative along with Marilee Tollefson, parish nurse serving the Lutheran Church of St. Andrew (LCMS) also in Silver Spring. Connect with Manchester at rmanchester@saintluke.us.

LUTHER PLACE RECEIVES JOSHUA GRANT
The Middle School Leadership Development and Vocational Exploration program is a new program of Luther Place Memorial Church that was granted $5,000 by wheat Ridge Ministries. In the summer of 2017, 15 students will help plan and implement aa program including field trips, art projects and team building activities as well a leadership development leading them to become mentors to younger students. More about the Joshua Grant Program at wheatridge.org/joshuagrants . (Wheat Ridge News Release, 1/17/17)

100TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR FOR LSS/NCA
Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area is marking their 100th anniversary this year. A 2-minute video featuring yellowed newspaper clips and contemporary photos helps "celebrate our past and help plan our future. A future of love, hope and compassion, boldly serving our community." View at http://lssnca.org/serve-boldly/centennial-celebration.html .
Resource Alert

STUDENT AND SEMINARIAN GRANTS FROM LLF
The Lutheran Lay Fellowship of the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Area (LLF) is pleased to announce the availability of two scholarship awards for 2017. An award is to be directed to promising students entering careers which would enable them to help those in need of spiritual development, and/or affordable shelter and medical attention both at home and abroad, and an additional scholarship is being offered to a Lutheran seminary student. This year's scholarship award is $2,000 each. Application deadline is April 15, 2017. Find details and the Student Application Form from www.lutheranlayfellowship.org/scholarship/ .

GRANTS FOR STEWARDSHIP EDUCATION
The Stewardship of Life Institute (SOLI), an ELCA-affiliated nonprofit headquartered at Gettysburg Seminary, has thousands of dollars in grant money available to synods and other Lutheran partners for stewardship education projects. Primary interest will be for proposals that assist in seminar education or first call theological education. Of secondary interest, will be proposals that assist in stewardship leadership education among laity and clergy. Grants normally range from $1,000 to $8,000. The next deadline for applications is March 15; the next application deadline is September 15. More information at www.stewardshipoflife.org/grants .

TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS FOR ULS SEMINARY EDUCATION
United Lutheran Seminary (ULS) is calling for nominees for full tuition scholarships. President David Lose and President Michael Cooper-White wrote: "As we have shared with you before, our church's current need for pastors is dire, and we are doing everything we can to make first-rate theological training and leadership formation affordable and accessible. Will you please help us fashion the next generation of leaders by identifying persons with the gifts to serve Christ and Christ's church?" To nominate someone for a full-turion scholarship from ULS, see https://ltsp.wufoo.com/forms/z1blrrbi0owmd08/ . (Email 2/15/17)

LOCAL EMERGENCY SERVICES DIRECTORY ONLINE
The Greater Washington, D.C. Emergency Services Directory, an online database of approximately 400 service providers compiled by the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, may be useful in your ministry. Begin your search for regional services from http://ifcmw.org/resources/emergency-services-directory/ .

FREE VBS CURRICULUM FROM OUTDOOR MINISTRY ORGANIZATION
Lutheran Outdoor Ministries produces a free VBS curriculum each year. This year's edition, "The Jesus Way," includes Bible study activities, crafts and games. More at www.lomnetwork.org/ .

FREE VIDEOS BUILD REFORMATION STORY IN 2 MINUTE SEGMENTS
A new 2-minute video each week covering Luther's life, theology and impact is available at no cost from the Luther House of Study thanks to the Lutheran Leadership Foundation and ELCA South Dakota Synod as part of the 500th anniversary celebration of the Reformation. Accompanying bulletin inserts are also available. Titles of videos already released in this "Reformation 500 Series" include: Who was Luther? What did the 95 theses say? Why did people get upset? and What did it start? Find "The Reformation: Observing 500 Years" series selections at  https://www.lutherhouseofstudy.org/home/166716618 .
Announced Churchwide

STREAMED WORSHIP SERVICE THIS WEEK CELEBRATES ECUMENICAL DIALOGUE
In commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, a service co-hosted by the ELCA Conference of Bishops Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Liaison Committee and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Committee will be held at the Lutheran Center in Chicago and can be joined via live stream. It will take place Thu. Mar. 2 at 5:30 p.m. EST. "As we pray, we will confess our brokenness, renewing our commitments to reconciling the body of Christ, and celebrating the ecumenical developments between Catholics and Lutherans over 50-plus years of dialogue," says an ELCA announcement. Join from http://www.elca.org/webcast .

THEME SONG CONTEST
A Youth Gathering Theme Song Contest is underway through Apr. 15. Musicians and writers are invited to submit their original music composition. Visit elca.org/youthgathering/details/theme-song-contest for details.

HOLY WEEK & EASTER MATERIALS WITH PLACE FOR YOUR WORSHIP SERVICE DETAILS
Customizable Holy Week and Easter promotional materials, such as posters, door hangers, postcards and graphics, are available to help invite your community members to join you for worship. (NOT:E Alright... this is a resource, but since it is an initiative of the ELCA I put it in this section. - KK) Find these at: https://www.elca.org/Our-Work/Congregations-and-Synods/Communication-Tools .
Blog Post Reprise
Priming to help
its not what we do 
Priming to help immigrant neighbors
Our immigrant neighbors are in a time of heightened anxiety. Here are some resources in response to inquiries from concerned congregation leaders who want to demonstrate Christian love.
It's not what we do
"[We] need well-trained confessional, scriptural, theological, liturgical, compassionate pastors and deacons: to keep us pointed to Jesus, to the law, to the cross, to the resurrection and away from the world's siren song of self-help, self-determination and self-righteousness," wrote Presiding Bishop Eaton.
new connections
500 sandwiches 
Starting to make new connections
We are excited and taking steps to intentionally open our hearts and minds to making New Connections in our synod.
How many loaves for 500 sandwiches?
Teamwork from local ELCA and LCMS congregations marks 500th anniversary of the Reformation with 500 meals to be handed out in the community.
immigrant roots
human trafficking awareness 
Immigrant roots familiar to Lutherans
Bishop Graham spoke at a Jan. 25, 2017 press conference sharing an interfaith response to executive orders on immigration.
Human Trafficking lifeline
Posters distributed by our Synodical Women's Organization in observance of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month build awareness and help access hope.
words matter
 
Words matter
"May we ask this of ourselves and the new president of our nation: Do your words turn folks towards hope or fear; forgiveness or resentment; compassionate action or selfish complacency?" wrote the Rev. James Phillips, guest blogger from our synod's Racial Equity Team.
Digital directions
Go ahead, snoop around! A Digital Directory of what synod congregations are doing online and some observations collected while compiling it may inspire others.
Share your news! Contact the Editor, Karen Krueger, at kkrueger@metrodcelca.org.
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