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

Synod Focus

LIVESTREAMED DEVOTIONS TAKE 2 PLANNED FOR LENT
The experience of sharing Advent devotions during synod staff meeting through livestreaming on Facebook and conference calling went well! It was wonderful to expand those gathered around the table in reflection and prayer with available technology. We plan to repeat the expanded devotions of staff meetings during Lent 2017.

NEW MULTI-SITE VENTURE FOR HOLY TRINITY LUTHERAN
Holy Trinity Lutheran in Falls Church, Virg. has become a multi-site congregation (one congregation meeting in two locations) by giving birth to a new mission in the Mosaic District of Merrifield. On Nov. 19, the congregation unanimously approved the effort to begin the new second ministry site. "This is an effort to reach young adults in a growing community and connect the to others in Christ," said the Rev. Phil Hirsch of the synod staff. "It is the first new effort that is a part of the New Connections Campaign."
Local Info

LOCAL RECIPIENTS OF NLCS GRANTS
National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) Community Impact Council awarded 30 grants for the 2017 grant year, totaling $253,500. This marks the fourth year of the grant program. Among recipients that enrich the lives of seniors in Maryland, Virginia, D.C. and Delaware are Lutheran Church of the Abiding Presence in Burke, Virg.; St. Paul's Lutheran Church in D.C., and Crossroads Community Food Network in Takoma Park, Md. (NLCS News Release, 12/6/16)

LUTHER EXHIBIT IN NEW YORK
Trek to New York? Through Jan. 22 there's an exhibit at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York called "Word and Image: Martin Luther's Reformation." The exhibit includes more than 90 objects, highlighted by one of the six existing printed copies of the 95 Theses and nearly 40 paintings, prints and drawings. More at www.themorgan.org/exhibitions/word-and-image .
Resource Alert

PLANNED GIVING EDUCATOR AVAILABLE
With the start of a new year, people often make New Year's Resolutions. Therefore, winter is a great time to provide education on Planned Giving - ways your members can leave gifts to your congregation in their will, beneficiary designations or other planning. Alice Benson, our synod's Regional Gift Planner, is a free resource to offer workshops on this important way to give after we're gone - as well as some tools for ways members can make other gifts during their lifetime as well. Benson does not sell any products but is a free resource provided by the synod. Contact her at alice.benson@elca.org or 301-963-6570. (Submitted by Alice Benson)

EVENT LISTING IN WASHINGTON POST
"How come more Lutheran churches don't send their event details?" wondered the Religion Events Calendar editor of the Washington Post in a recent exchange. The calendar, which may share posts in print or in the online version, "is a great way to get the word out and do it for FREE" she added. If this is new to you, check out www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/post/eventlist.htm , or find submission details listed in the current calendar.

ELCA ANNUAL REPORT COVERS
The new Annual Report Cover for 2016 is available from the ELCA. Printed copies and downloadable versions are available. Congregations can find the resource at http://resources.elca.org/Stewardship-2016_Annual_Report_Cover.html .

SOCIAL MEDIA TUTORIAL FROM DE/MD SYNOD
Looking for an overview of "Social Media in the Ministry?" Neighboring ELCA Delaware-Maryland Synod posted a 25-minute video on the subject to their channel at https://youtu.be/NIBusrcmhpc which mentions Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Canva, Tumblr and more.

HOLDEN VILLAGE OPEN FOR BUSINESS
After a closure for mine remediation and a wildfire in the summer of 2015, Holden Village, on outdoor ministry related to the ELCA which offers educational and renewal programs for rostered leaders, families and individuals in a remote mountain valley, is ready to welcome all to come to the wilderness for renewal and fun. The facilities in northeastern Washington state have been refreshed and renewed. Learn more at www.holdenvillage.org .

WHEAT RIDGE GRANT OPPORTUNITY
Formerly known as Burst Grants, the Wheat Ridge Emerging Leader Grants provide up to $5,000 for one year or up to $10,000 for two years to inspired leaders leading a new health or human care focused program who is between the ages of 20 and 35 and connected to the Lutheran community. Proposals from after-school programs to immigrant and under-served to resources for ex-offenders, Wheat Ridge Ministries is looking for innovative, new and effective projects. Proposals are reviewed on a rolling basis. Review www.whearidge.rog/grants/emergingleadergrants/ for details and submission schedule.
Announced Churchwide

SEARCH ON FOR SEMINARY PRESIDENT
United Lutheran Seminary (ULS) has launched its search for a president. A seminary of the ELCA, ULS is a single school with two campuses, consolidating seminaries from Philadelphia and Gettysburg. It will open July 2017. Nominations and letters of application are being received until January 23. More at https://ltsp.edu/united-lutheran-seminary-uls-presidential-search-announcement/ .

YAGM APPLICATIONS BEING RECEIVED
Applications for the 2017-2018 program year of ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) closes Feb. 15 for service beginning August 2017. The YAGM program invites young adults into a year-long international journey of service. More at www.elca.org/yagm .

SHORT VIDEOS REQUESTED BY ELCA
What is your hope for the ELCA as we move into the future? Send a 15-second video sharing thoughts and the dreams for the ELCA that address the question before Feb. 15. A few lucky winner will appear in a longer video and receive ELCA swag. Details at www.elca.org/future .
Blog Post Reprise

From the Bishop's Desk:
The Holy light
"Amidst all the bad news, and the fake news, the good news is still proclaimed and still bears fruit... Knowing that the holy light of Christ is shining, I pray that God will give us eyes to see it and hearts to follow where it leads us," said Bishop Graham's 2016 Christmas Message.
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Solar power for Phebe: $100 Christmas Challenge
Phebe is a small hospital in Liberia which has been slowly recovering from decades of civil war. Give $100 this Christmas while a challenge grant is available and provide hope for Phebe's future through the sun.
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Clutching coffee like a life preserver
Let's keep an eye to our visitors, during Christmas and all times, who may find stepping into a church building intimidating.

From the Bishop's desk: Joy to the world
In a post-national election sermon, Bishop Graham said, "No matter what happens, God has not somehow forgotten this world or forgotten to love it, says Jesus. In the end, the perfect sign of that love is Jesus himself, standing in the middle of everything and sharing it all with us."

Rarely in church... except at Christmas
Someone new in the pew? Prep with 10 ideas to help them feel welcome and invited into an unfamiliar church community.
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Marking Veterans Day in our faith communities
Help your congregation remember those in military uniform, the veterans who have served, the wounded and their families in their recovery and in their coping, and the families of those who have lost their lives in military service who now live with pain and loss.
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Big look at Small Catechism
"We have a common language with which to talk about faith, engage Scripture and make sense of our world," wrote the ELCA presiding bishop. "It might be time for all of us to dust off our Small Catechisms... and take another look at the basics of the faith."
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Record keeping to facilitate recovery
This list may prompt your congregations or other organization have important records at the ready for disaster recovery.
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