METROLINES   Late Summer 2017
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Synod Focus

NEW CONNECTIONS HOSTS E-VENT IN SEPTEMBER 
Hospitality takes initiative, and it fosters worthwhile growth. Our synod's New Connections team is holding an engagement e-vent on Sat. Sept. 16 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Christ the King Lutheran in Great Falls, Virg. to help church members, hospitality coordinators, evangelism committees and pastors learn how to create ways to invite people to a church activity, welcome them when they come and hang on to them after they do. Register online.
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REFORMATION 500 CONCERT AT BASILICA
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is the site for the National Lutheran Choir to premier a commissioned work by Grammy-nominated Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen on Sun. Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. The pan-Lutheran opportunity to hear the "Holy Spirit Mass" is cosponsored by our synod. Find flyer, details and ticket reservation from the synod website.
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REFORMATION SUNDAY WORSHIP AT NATIONAL CATHEDRAL
We've been counting down to Reformation Sunday (8 weeks away if you've been following your super-sharable #historyfacts), so now be sure to publicize the festive Reformation Sunday Worship service at Washington National Cathedral on Oct. 29 at 4 p.m.! The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, ELCA presiding bishop, will preach, Roanoke College Choir will sing, and we will share communion. Find a flyer to use in your congregations as well as Facebook post and a Tweet. Ample parking, even for buses, is available.
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Local Info

FREEBIES!
  1. Free to good home: computer projector, fax machine, telephone with option for multiple liens, ELCA folders. Contact Alice Benson at (cell) 202-549-3458 to ask about any of these.
  2. Need an altar or electric organ? It must be claimed ASAP, but the Village at Rockville has these items to be claimed before a renovation project begins. Contact the Rev. Jeanne Lowe at jlowe@thevillageatrockville.org if interested.
FRESH PRODUCE FOR FOOD DONATIONS
Christ the King Lutheran Church's Team Service broke ground in late May on its "PLOT Against Hunger" organic garden, the purpose of which is to provide organic produce to Loudoun Hunger Relief. Each week since its planting, the garden in Great Falls, Virg., has provided enormous fresh bounty to Loudoun Hunger in the form of cucumbers, green beans, tomatoes, lettuce, parsley, basil and more. In addition to weeding, watering and cultivating, Christ the King gardeners wash, dry, bag and label the produce before delivering it to the distribution center. More through the congregation's Facebook album . ( Christ the King LC news release, 7/29/17)

ULS CONTACT UPDATES
Now that the United Lutheran Seminary (ULS) is up and running, find the faculty and staff directory contact info at www.unitedlutheranseminary.edu/faculty-staff/ and contact the Rev. Dr. Theresa F. Latini, President of ULS, using the official mailing address 61 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg, PA 17325 although she will be actively present on both campuses. Replacing the old LTSG.edu and LTSP.edu sites is www.UnitedLutheranSeminary.edu .

ALUM AVAILABLE TO DISCUSS YAGM
Returning Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGMs) are serving as campaign interpreters, preaching and presenting about their experiences as young adults missionaries and how it transformed their lives. Rachel Carle, a volunteer in the YAGM Cambodia program, will be back in Virginia to share the good news about her experience and the wider mission of the Global Church. "We are thrilled that 94 young adults have accepted the call for the 2017-18 program, our largest cohort ever," writes Helen Stritzel, ELCA Global Church Sponsorship. If you are interested in hearing about Carle's journey and the YAGM experience, contact helen.stritzel@elca.org to schedule a visit.
Announced Churchwide

LUTHERAN DISASTER RESPONSE FACILITATES HURRICANE RECOVERY
Lutheran Disaster Response is poised to stand by our neighbors beginning the long road to recovering from Hurricane Harvey, one of the most catastrophic storms to hit the country in more than a decade. Link to info and a donation page at http://www.elca.org/Our-Work/Relief-and-Development/Lutheran-Disaster-Response/Our-Impact/US-Hurricane-Relief . Follow local reports from the ELCA Gulf Coast Synod at https://gulfcoastsynod.org/hurricane-harvey/ .

THRIVENT TOOLS FOR HURRICANE HARVEY DONATIONS
Thrivent Financial will match up to $500,000 in personal donations made online through Thrivent.com to specific disaster relief organizations responding to Hurricane Harvey. The dollar-for-dollar match is open to Thrivent members and will lead to a total combined impact of up to $1 million. Additionally, Mark D. Knauff, Financial Associate, East Region, Fairfax Associates of Thrivent Financial, alerts us to other ways to engage in disaster assistance. "Action Teams, which can be used for fundraisers, assembling clean-up buckets, etc., receive priority/expedited 5-7 day processing (instead of usual 21 day lead time) when using a promo code 'TX Hurricane' on application." And if a Thrivent eligible member has Choice Dollars available to director, organizations helping in the wake of Hurricane Harvey can be considered to receive those dollars. Details from Thrivent.com. (Notice from Mark Knauff, 8/31/17)

ELCA ON GENDER IDENTITY DISCRIMINATION
"In light of recent public events and conversation, it is important to remember the [ELCA] rejects all forms of hatred or discrimination. This includes employment discrimination against the transgender community as stated in "Gender Identity Discrimination, a policy resolution that was adopted by the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly." Read the full statement, "ELCA on Gender Identity Discrimination" (8/24/17) from  http://www.elca.org/News-and-Events/7897 , including Presiding Bishop Eaton's calling on us "not only to pray, but also stand beside all who are facing many forms of prejudice."

CHECKING OUT A SEMINARY
If discernment is prompting you or someone you know to consider seminary, routinely ELCA seminaries sponsor seasonal visiting experiences to give a feel for the environment. For example, Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa is holding a Fall 2017 On-Campus Visit Day on Sat., Oct. 14. They also host an On-Line Open House on Sept. 21 and Nov. 14. Learn more at warburgseminary.edu.

NEW LEADER FOR NETWORK OF ELCA COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
The Rev. Mark N. Wilhelm has been named executive director of the Network of ELCA Colleges and Universities. It was established in 2015 in collaboration with the ELCA's 26 colleges and universities to promote their shared mission and identity. (ELCA News Release, 8/3/17)
Blog Post Reprise
staff insights post 
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Posting as a church on social media  
Combine common sense and planning when presenting your congregation through social media.     
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Financial wisdom for young leaders
Guidance for young leaders to "save your bacon and help you be a good steward of your God-given resources" is the point of a list peppered with realistic tidbits by an ELCA bishop to pastors and others.
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forum blog post 
 
From the Bishop's Desk: Horrible symptom   
"[We] are again being called to work so that the better angels of our history can keep the darker angels at bay," says Bishop Graham. "And please be sure that I believe we have all the tools we need for this moment." 
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Live in the freedom of Christ
"First, find your congregation. Now expand the field," invites Presiding Bishop Eaton who has been playing with Google Earth, even viewing where St. Mary's Lutheran stood in St. Petersburg, Russia. "[There] is something that we all have in common - our life in Christ."
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