CHECK IN   January 3, 2017
Event-focused announcements and job notices
updated for our members and friends 
Synod happenings

2017 synod event overview
synod affiliated
A summary of annual synod-affiliated events scheduled for 2017 is available. For example, when is the ELCA Day of Service this year? Easy peasy. How about Shema? Yup, that's there too. Download your 2017 Metro D.C. Synod Calendar today.

Sun. Jan. 29 in your congregation
synod affiliated
The Lutheran Church in El Salvador will be recognized on Companion Synod Sunday 2017. Although Jan. 29th is designated as a day for observance, congregations are welcome to recognize our relationship with this Companion Synod at any time suitable to an individual congregation. Materials are being prepared by the synod's Global Mission Team to assist with observance.
Event notices

Sun. Jan. 8, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist church of Arlington in Arlington, Virg.
The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (VICPP) invites participation in an afternoon workshop about VICPP's work to achieve social justice for all in the Commonwealth with a special focus on wage theft impacting ow wage workers throughout Northern Virginia. " Build Bridges & Dismantle Walls: Faith Communities Joining Together to Promote Inclusion, Compassion & Justice" will be led by VICPP Executive Director and wage theft expert Kim Bobo. Registration recommended: .

Thu. Feb. 23, 6:30 p.m. The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md.
Nistha Raj on the Hindustani Fusion Violin is the guest performer in the Magnify Concert Series at The Village at Rockville. Raj is a Strathmore Artist in Residence. Please RSVP online from as seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Mar. 5-9, Franciscan Center in Tampa, Fl.
" The MultiFaith Storytelling Institute" focuses on teaching essential storytelling skills to clergy, lay leaders and students for use in sermons, pastoral counseling and spiritual direction. The year-long course begins with a retreat in Tampa in March. Rabbi/Musician Mark Novak, who was present at the "Understanding Jesus means Understanding Judaism" event in our synod last month, is among leaders with storyteller Renée Brachfeld and Rabbinic Pastor Shulamit Fagan. Complete details available at .

July 13-16, Minneapolis, Minn.
Pre-registration is open for "All Anew," the Women of the ELCA's Tenth Triennial Gathering. At the gathering, participants will explore ways in which the Holy Spirit changes us, acknowledging that reformation and transformation have happened and continue to happen within the community of women known as Women of the ELCA. More from .
Job opportunities

Bi-Lingual (Spanish-English) Family Support Worker (full-time)
Healthy Families Prince George's, an evidence-based home visiting program developed to support families as they prepare for and welcome new babies into their homes, is seeking a Bi-Lingual (Spanish-English) Family Support Worker. The position involves lesson planning, home visits related to maternal and child health, school readiness, family stability and self-help. The Rev. Jeff Jacobson brings this position to our attention. A full job description can be found from .

Executive Director (half-time)
The Central Maryland Ecumenical Council (CMEC) is a community of Christian organizations in the Greater Baltimore Region with the mission of advocating for environmental, racial, social and economic justice using nonviolent organizing principles in building the Beloved Community. Minimum qualification for the chief executive officer is a Bachelor's degree or commensurate experience of 10 years interfaith and community work. A complete job description available at . Application deadline is Jan. 20.

Facility Manager (part-time) at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Gaithersburg, Md.
Demonstrated knowledge, abilities and work experience in managing a larger public facility. Effective interpersonal and business skills to work with contractors and other professionals. Full job description at .

Organist/Pianist at Lutheran Church of the Covenant in Dale City, Virg.
The Organist/Pianist is sought to be part of the congregation's vibrant ministry and music team. He/she will work closely with the pastor, Worship Team, ad Choir Director focused on providing quality music for congregation worship. The musician will play the organ/piano/keyboard for all regularly scheduled worship services (typically two per Sunday) and choir rehearsals on Wednesday evenings, as well as for special services. Must be able to play a variety of worship and music styles on the organ and piano. Contact the Rev. Darcy Tillman for more information at or 703-670-4242.
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.

Nothing new since last Check In, but we'll add events as announced! Review current postings from: .
Worth repeating

Jan. 15-20, Spirit in the Desert Retreat enter in Carefree, Ariz.
" Diaconal Ministry: History, Formation and Spirituality" introduces students to the historical, theological and social contexts in which the work of diaconal ministry has been expressed. The course also explores a theology of spirituality based on the Lutheran confessional writings and provides opportunity for the discussion and development of a baptismal discipline and vocational discernment, particularly as it pertains to the diaconal calling. An online component on Jan. 6-15 precedes the J-term study in Arizona. Tuition for the course, offered through Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. The Deaconess Community of the ELCA pays tuition, but books and housing are responsibility of the student. Link to online brochure (pdf file).

Sat. Feb. 4, 9 a.m.-noon, King of Kings Lutheran in Fairfax, Virg.
synod sponsored
Youth Ministry 102 will feature presenter Tony Kerlavage. If your congregation is considering or planning to attend the 2018 Youth Gathering, Kerlavage will share training received from the 2017 YM Extravaganza experience in his role as our Synod Coordinator for the gathering. More at .
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