METROLINES   March 2017
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Synod Focus

DISPLAY SPACE REQUESTS FOR SYNOD ASSEMBLY 
Requests for Display Space at the 2017 Metro D.C. Synod Assembly taking place June 16-17 in Leesburg, Virg. are being received now through April 23. Find the application form and Assembly Display Policy at http://metrodcelca.org/events/synod-assembly/ .
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COUNTDOWN TO REFORMATION SUNDAY READY-TO-USE RESOURCES
To build anticipation and awareness of this 500th anniversary of the Reformation year, ready-to-use bulletin inserts with correlating Facebook, Twitter and blog posts will countdown the weeks leading up to Reformation Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017. Brief history facts related to the reformation have been prepared by members of St. Mark's Lutheran in Springfield, Virg. and have been prepared by our synod for distribution. (They're catching on in Ohio, California and elsewhere, too!) Check it out from http://metrodcelca.org/2017/03/reformation-500-countdown-bulletin-inserts/
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15-MINUTE LENT DEVOTIONS LIVE ON TUESDAY MORNINGS
If you have a little window on Tuesday mornings from 9:05-9:20 a.m., consider joining synod staff for Lent devotions and prayer. We stream live from Facebook and offer connection via conference call. More at http://metrodcelca.org/2017/03/tuesday-mornings-during-lent/ .

STEWARDSHIP CONFERENCE EVENT FOR LUTHERANS
J. Clif Christopher will help us think through at a synod co-hosted Lutheran Stewardship Pre-Conference how congregations can encourage generous hearts and the desire to give toward the mission of the Church with a pre-event in our synod for Lutherans to a national stewardship conference. It will take place Tue., April 25 from 1-6:00 p.m. at Advent Lutheran Church in Arlington, Virg. Flyer and registration available at http://metrodcelca.org/events/stewardship-lutheran-pre-conference/ .
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Local Info

LENT PROJECT FEEDS COMMUNITY
Christ the King Lutheran in Great Falls, Virg. aims to "Stuff a Bus" on April 15. With a special emphasis on low sodium and low sugar products, the effort is a food drive to support the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) throughout Lent. A school bus will be the repository for the collection, which kicked off on Ash Wednesday, to AFAC which distributes groceries to nearly 2,200 families weekly. Of those served, 35% are children and 30% are elderly. More at www.gflutheran.org .
Resource Alert

ANGLICAN-LUTHERAN LENTEN REFLECTIONS
Our synod's Ecumenical Affairs officer, the Rev. Tom Prinz, passes along info about an Anglican-Lutheran Daily Lenten Reflection. "Liberated by God's Grace: Anglican-Lutheran Reflections," adopting an overarching theme for The Lutheran World Federation's 2017 Reformation commemoration, can be downloaded as a pdf or followed daily from www.anglicancommunion.org/resources/anglican-lutheran-lenten-reflections.aspx . The authors represent a balance of global Anglicanism and global Lutheranism, and include both ordained and lay people, women and men.

PREP MATERIALS ON CHURCHWIDE YOUTH GATHERING
The ELCA Youth Gathering isn't until June 27-July 1, 2018 in Houston, Texas, but since many are already planning and budgeting a handbook has been released. "Don't start planning your 2018 ELCA Youth gathering experience without reading through The Official Gathering Handbook: Tips and Tricks for Adult Leaders. The free download is available at www.elca.org/YouthGathering/details/get-ready .
Announced Churchwide

AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT ADDRESSED BY ELCA PRESIDING BISHOP
"As Congress continues its work on health care policy, I am writing to express the concerns of the [ELCA]," begins the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, ELCA presiding bishop, in a March 17, 2017 letter addressed to Senator McConnell, Senator Schumer, Speaker Ryan and Representative Pelosi. "Specifically, we ask you to reject provisions in the American Health Care Act that would convert Medicaid from a guaranteed benefit to a per capita cap program... Two-thirds of seniors in nursing homes, 39 percent of American children and over ten million Americans with disabilities are covered by Medicaid. Changing the structure and function of Medicaid will put the health and well-being of these individuals at risk." Read the full letter online (pdf file).

LTSG STATEMENT STANDS WITH IMMIGRANTS
Gettysburg Seminary announced it stands with immigrants and against acts of hatred in a statement of solidarity released Fri. Mar. 3, 2017. Speaking for the Seminary, President Michael Cooper-White and Dean Kristin Largen expressed the support at a time "when anti-immigrant, racist, and anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim sentiments, hate speech and violent acts have been unleashed in many quarters, we reiterate our commitment to hospitality and welcome for all people of good will. We stand in solidarity with our Jewish sisters and brothers, and decry recent acts of desecration and threats of violence against them." The full statement text is available at www.ltsg.edu/about-us/news/2017/solidarity . (LTSG News Release, 3/3/17)

JOINT STATEMENT DURING LUTHERAN-CATHOLIC SHARED SERVICE
During a Lutheran-Catholic service of Common Prayer on Mar. 2, 2017, in a significant moment that underscored 50 years of Lutheran-Catholic dialogue, a joint statement was presented and signed by chairs of the ELCA Conference of Bishops' Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Committee and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Committee. "So, while the past cannot be changed, we rejoice in the healing of memories we have already seen, and we ask God's guidance toward a transformed future, renewed in our relations to one another and in our witness to the world," it reads in part. The statement mirrored the joint statement signed by Popo Francis and the Rt. Rev. Dr. Munib Younan during a joint ecumenical commemoration of the Reformation anniversary held in Lund, Sweden, on Oct. 31, 2016. More at www.elca.org/News-and-Events/7876 .

THRIVENT RECOGNIZED FOR ETHICAL PRACTICES
Thrivent Financial announced that it has been recognized for the sixth time by The Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as a 2017 World's Most Ethical Company. More about the honor can be found at http://ethisphere.com/worlds-most-ethical/wme-honorees/ . (Thrivent News Release, 3/13/17)
Blog Post Reprise
history facts 
 
new connections 
 
Stewarding talents for our reformation observance 
Short, factual and historical social media posts and bulletin inserts on Luther's life leading up to October 29th Reformation observance are being shared with all by one of our synod congregations. Read first releases, including "Elutherius?" and "It takes longer than lightening," and learn about our authors and their home congregation's initiative
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We have pilots and momentum
Pilots, promising pledges and a rostered minister retreat are developments in the New Connections Campaign... and we're not even in the Congregational Phase yet!
  
st dysmas 
 
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St. Dysmas impacts women's lives with caring volunteers 
"I will never forget how the community of St. Dysmas helped me get re-established in the world," said an alumnae of this unique ELCA ministry in the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women. 
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Common Mission with Episcopalians firm locally and nationally 
"An invitation and encouragement to consider planning joint parish/congregation events" around the anniversary of the Reformation was adopted by the local Episcopal diocese as described by Pr. Tom Prinz, synod ecumenical officer.
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devotions 
 
The good Samaritan 
"When we ask, 'Who is my neighbor?' we sort people into categories... Our new life in Christ leads us to ask and answer a different question. Not, 'Who is my neighbor?' but 'How are we neighbor?'"writes Presiding Bishop Eaton. 
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Tuesday mornings during Lent
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. between March 1 and April 13.
  
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Predecessor African American women in the pulpit 
While today "several respected African-American women preachers and teachers of preachers proudly... [raise] their prophetic voices," says the Rev. Dr. Kenyatta R. Gilbert of Howard University School of Divinity, they do so on the shoulders of predecessors. Here are some great people to get to know. (Photo: The Rev. Dr. Cheryl Stewart Pero) 
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