CHECK IN   Summer 2017 (7/13/17) 
Event-focused announcements and job notices
updated for our members and friends 
Synod happenings

Sept. 16, 10 a.m.-noon, Christ the King Lutheran in Great Falls, Virg.
synod sponsored
" How to reach out - welcome in - and hang on to new people," an evangelism e-vent hosted by the New Connections Campaign. Register from .
Event notices

Sat. July 22, Union Presbyterian Semianry, Richmond, Virg.
A series of 2-hour Church Business Administration CEU mini-courses will cover areas including Technology Basics, Technology Trends, Theology and Ethics of Church Administration, and Self-care for Church Administrators. More at .

Aug. 1-3, Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, Virg.
Aug. 2, 7:30-9 p.m., a stand-along lecture
"Understanding and Engaging our Muslim Neighbors" is a continuing ed course on Islam and Christian-Muslim relations taught primarily by the Christian theologian Dr. Joshua Ralston and the Muslim intellectual Prof. Mona Siddiqui. A stand-alone lecture and discussion which is free and open to the public will be held Wed. night entitled "Between Theology and Politics: Christian and Muslim conversations in a fractured age." More from .

Sun. Sept. 10, Congregations across the ELCA
"God's work. Our hands." Sunday celebrates who we are as the ELCA - one church, freed in Christ to love and serve our neighbor. This is work you do in your communities every day, and we look forward to doing this work together again this year. Find a toolkit to help plan your congregation's participation at .

Sun. Sept. 10, starting on Massachusetts Avenue, NW
A Unity Walk 2017 is being planned by The InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington to share a message of friendship and unity, as announced by Rabbi Gerry Serotta, Executive Director, at our recent Synod Assembly. Walk down Massachusetts Avenue, NW and visit houses of worship and other religious centers in a public celebration of solidarity among different faiths and cultures. More at .

Sept. 11-15, Ironwood Springs in Stewartville, Minn.
Adult Lutherans Organized for Action ( ALOA) continue to plan Lutherhostel events, including time of learning, reflecting and connecting with others this fall. Presenters inspire with spiritual study, music and devotions, along with outdoor activities and plenty of fellowship time. More at .

Sept. 15-17, Canadenses, Penn. & other opportunities
In a relaxed, "unplugged" atmosphere, Lutheran Marriage Encounter hosts Encounter Weekends, 44 hours learning loving and effective communication techniques that will improve your relationship. For more about the Canadenses weekend and others, visit .

Tue. Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m., Roanoke College in Salem, Virg.
"Scholarship as a Christian Vocation" is the annual Crumley Lecture topic this year. The lecture will be delivered by Dr Mickey Mattox of Marquette University. Bishop Graham will participate in activity accompanying the event. More at .

Wed. Sept. 20, 4 p.m., Roanoke College in Salem, Virg.
Following the Crumley Lecture the previous day, an interdisciplinary panel will explore "Martin Luther and Max Weber on Vocation." Bishop Graham will also participate in activity accompanying the event. This event is sponsored by Roanoke College Church Relations and the Robert D. Benne Center for Religion & Society. More at .
Job opportunities

Operations Administrator (full-time) at Augustana Lutheran in D.C.
Augustana seeks a skilled Operations Administrator to manage the day-to-day operations of their facilities. Individual should relate and communicate well with diverse types of people, be able to use technology successfully, manage projects and people and collaborate among other skills. Find job description details and application process at .

Nursery Attendant (part-time) at Community Lutheran Church in Sterling, Virg.
To support the church's childcare needs on Sunday mornings, Community Lutheran is seeking a Nursery Attendant who will report to an work alongside the Nursery Coordinator. Background experience in childcare or early childhood development training preferred CPR and First Aid certification required. Position available Aug. 6. Apply by July 16. Detailed job description and application process at .
Affiliated benefits

American Odyssey: True tales of hospitality, welcome and plunging into unchartered waters
Thu., Aug. 10, 7 p.m.
Lutheran Church of the Reformation (LCOR) is hosting this storytelling event to support Good Neighbor: Capitol Hill - a group of religious communities including LCOR working together to welcome and support refugees to the greater DC area. They're trained by Lutheran Social Services of the National Capitol Area. The night of storytelling presents true stories by and about DC's diverse refugee population. Tickets and info at .

MOCO Interfaith 5K Walk and Run
Mon. Sept. 4, 8-10 a.m.
Prince of Peace Lutheran in Gaithersburg, Md. is again partnering with Shaare Torah and the Islamic Society of the Washington DC area to host the Montgomery County Interfaith 5K Proceeds are evenly distributed between Gaithersburg Help and C-4. The goal of the race is to promote unity and acceptance. Last year $3375 and over 600 pounds of canned goods were collected. More at . Contact the Rev. Christine Dunn with questions at
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.

Wednesdays, Aug. 30-Dec. 13, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Wesley Theological Seminary in NW D.C.
"Luther and the Reformation at 500 Years" has been organized by Prof. Lucy Hogan, Hugh Latimer Elderice Professor of Preaching and Worship at the United Methodist Church seminary and ordained Episcopal priest. "To honor/celebrate/learn about the momentous moment of 500 years ago, Luther's earthquake in Wittenberg, I have put together a course that will explore Luther and the moment," she wrote. Designed as a "reading course" with faculty members exploring various dimensions of the moment, she says auditing by members of the community is encouraged in addition to the option of taking for credit. A brochure is in development. Currently, learn more from /

Sun. Aug. 20, 10 a.m., Trinity Lutheran in North Bethesda, Md.
*New date & time* Sunday service plus potluck lunch with
special guest Katie Luther (as portrayed by Cindy Swanson) - a Reformation 500 event. RSVP if you wish to attend by emailing

Sept. 14-15, Georgetown University in D.C.
synod sponsored
The "1517-2017: Lutherans and Catholics, Then and Now" Conference will take place at Georgetown University with the cosponsorship of the Metro D.C. Synod. Keynote address, panels, worship and song opportunities are being planned. Anticipated topics include Martin Luther, Trent and Vatican II; Challenging Stereotypes from the Reformation Era & Today; and Teaching the Reformation after 50 Years of Dialogue. Brochure and registration from are being finalized.

Sat. Sept. 30, 6:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran in North Bethesda, Md.
*New date & time* Luther Movie Night: BBC's Martin Luther, Heretic (1983) - a Reformation 500 event. RSVP if you wish to attend by emailing

Wed. Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m., Landmark Bethesda Row Cinema in Bethesda, Md.
Showing of "Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World" presented by St. Paul's Lutheran in D.C. The rousing adventure story of Martin Luther's life, following his bold quest for truth-a journey that would reshape the church, and the world - shares the message of Lutheran heritage. For the showing to take place, a threshold number of tickets need to be purchased IN ADVANCE. Tickets and info from .

Sun. Oct. 22, 7 p.m., Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in D.C.
synod sponsored
*New concert name* The National Lutheran Choir presents a premier performance of Holy Spirit Mass by Norwegian composer, Kim André Arnesen at the "Holy Spirit Mass: Together in Hope" concert. Commissioned for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, this new work for chorus and strings comes with the spirit of the recent document "From Conflict to Communion" calling upon Roman Catholics and Lutherans, once divided by the Reformation, to seek that which unites rather than divides in order to strengthen what is held in common. Additional choral selections will be included in the program. The pan-Lutheran, 64-voice National Lutheran Choir is based in Minneapolis and led by artistic director Dr. David Cherwien. Video anticipating the event at .
Worth repeating

Sat. July 15, 6:30 p.m. Trinity Lutheran in North Bethesda, Md.
Luther Movie Night: Luther (2003) featuring Joseph Fiennes and Peter Ustinov - a Reformation 500 event. RSVP if you wish to attend by emailing

July 21-23, Minneapolis Marriott City Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
New 1-day option: Sat. July 22
Spend some time in fellowship with men from all over the country at the Bold Gathering, an event of Lutheran Men in Mission. More at .
synod sponsored event
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