CHECK IN  May 14, 2015

Fri. June 19, 7:15 p.m., NCC in Leesburg, Virg.
synod sponsored You don't have to attend Synod Assembly to go to the big concert! Hear Lost & Found on their Farewell Tour at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virg. Tickets are free - obtain one for you or a group on the Synod Assembly signup page - 

June 19-20, NCC in Leesburg, Virg.
Let the registration begin! We're looking forward to the annual gathering of the Metro D.C. Synod Assembly. In addition to the registration link for visitors and Voting Members, find lots of additional information at

July 19-23, 2015, in Atlanta, Georgia
Many in our area will be attending the ELCA Worship Jubilee and Association of Lutheran Church Musicians gathering - "Called to Be a Living Voice" - along with hundreds of pastors, musicians, artists, lay leaders and others interested in the worship life of the church. The program will help congregations imagine what their commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation (in 2017) may be like, with a forward-looking, mission-oriented perspective. Participants will also have a chance to provide input to the worship staffs of the ELCA and Augsburg Fortress. More at
An invitation: If attending, notify our synod's worship chair, the Rev. Heidi Moore, at She'll compile and share the list to facilitate local networking.

Event notices

Thu. May 14, 7:30 p.m., St. Michael's Truth Church/OSLC in Temple Hills, Md.
Jazz Vespers featuring many renowned artists including Wes "Sugar" Biles are being hosted by the congregation.

Thu. May 21, 7 p.m., Augustana Lutheran Church in D.C.
Bethany College Choirs & Handbell Ensemble are making a concert stop in D.C. all the way from Lindsborg, Kansas.

Sun. May 31, 2-4:30 p.m., Mar-Lu-Ridge in Jefferson, Md.
The camp is hosting an Open House - a chance to meet staff, tour and enjoy great food. All are welcome. More at

Wed. June 3, 2-3 p.m. ET, Webinar
"Measuring and Reporting Impact" is the final entry in the Wheat Ridge Ministries webinar series, "Starting Smart." Previous webinars can also be accessed that focus on community engagement considerations when planning a new health and human care ministry, specifically: "Discovering and Listening to Your Community," "Building Community Partnerships," and "Defining Mission and Vision." Learn more at

Thu. June 4 (ongoing series; monthly on first Thursday), noon-2 p.m. at St. Luke in Silver Spring, Md.
Lutheran Lay Fellowship (LLF) Luncheons are for Lutherans and friends. June presentation will feature Bob "Sarge" Sargeant, LLF president, leading a group discussion. Future presentation is scheduled for July 2 (topic tbd). RSVP by 5 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to luncheon at More at

Fri. June 5, 1-4 p.m., Messiah College in Grantham, Penn.
The synod's Youth Ministry team draws our attention to "Envisioning the Future of Faith Formation," a workshop designed for all adults who accompany and lead youth within the congregation led by John Roberto, author of "Faith Formation 20/20: Designing the Future of Faith." The Lower Susquehanna Synod is hosting the event. More at

June 8-12, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
"Building Christian-Jewish Understanding after the Holocaust" is a seminar co-taught by two leading scholars in the field. The seminar is primarily for religious studies faculty, but there is limited space for auditors, and clergy in the metro D.C. area are invited (NOTE: invitation extended after published application deadline). Space is first-come, first-served. Application process and additional information at

Tue. June 9 in D.C.
Bread for the World is holding their annual Lobby Day. Lobby Day will begin with worship, followed by an issues briefing, and then visits to congressional offices on Capitol Hill. More at

June 10-12, Bay Area Community Church in Annapolis, Md.
3DM Discipleship & Mission Workshop is being offered with similar themes to the experience recently hosted by the Metro D.C. Synod. Eric Pfeiffer and 3DM team leadership including the Rev. Brian Hughes of the Delaware-Maryland Synod will help churches think through discipleship and mission in their context. More at

June 18-20, Maritime Institute Conference Center in Linthicum Heights, Baltimore
"Changing Systems: The Interim Experience" is the theme with presenter Dr. Peter Steinke offered during the Annual Conference of the National Association of Lutheran Interim Pastors (NALIP). Dr. Steinke will address applying to congregations "Context, Content, Challenges, Connections and Calling." More at

Fri. July 3, 6 p.m., Mar-Lu-Ridge in Jefferson, Md.
A Lost and Found Farewell Concert will be held at the camp, with laughter, songs and worship. A picnic supper will precede the concert.

July 21-30, Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond
Church Business Administrator certification, offered through The Church Network (formerly NACBA) makes available the entire two-week core course curriculum at this time. Seminars are open to anyone with interest in this area, and courses can be taken individually. More at

Oct. 15-19, Salt Lake City
For the first time in two decades, the Parliament of the World's Religions will be held in the U.S. Taking advantage of this extraordinary opportunity, SCUPE (Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education) will offer a 6-day course at that time, using insights gained from the Parliament to create a framework for a theology in this multi-religious world. SCUPE is a Consortium of twelve member seminaries including Luther Seminary and Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. More at

Nov. 7-21, LWF Wittenberg Center in Germany
Nominate a pastor ASAP to participate in the "12th International Seminar within the Luther Decade." This study opportunity will be led by Prof. Dr. Theodor Dieter and Prof. Dr. Sarah Hinlicky Wilson from the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg. The topic will be "The Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit in Luther's Theology." About 20 pastors from the 7 regions within the LWF will participate. Learn more about guidelines from attachments.

Job opportunities

Parish Support Coordinator (part-time) at Messiah Lutheran in Alexandria, Virg.
For a job description and application, go to

Youth Leader (part-time) at St. Marks Lutheran in Springfield, Virg.
A creative, energetic and committed Christian with inter-generational relationship building skills is sought to offer leadership in the faith formation of youth in the congregation and community. The candidate for this position will have a college degree, preferably in a field related to education, psychology or youth ministry. Two or more years' experience in family and youth ministry and some musical ability are preferred. Resume and short intro letter describing why God might be calling you to this position should be submitted, Attn: Pr. Albert Triolo, at: or 5800 Backlick Rd. 22150.
Affiliated benefits

Caroline Furnace Golf Tournament
On Sat. June 13, with tee times starting at 9:40 a.m., join the fun.Register yourself or a team for the 18 Hole Captain's Choice Tournament benefitting Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp & Retreat Center. The Tournament will take place at the Shenvalee Golf Resort in New Market, Virginia. More at!upcomingevents/cjlf. 

Is once enough? Repeats

June 1-3, Webinar or on site at Virginia Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virg.
e-Formation 2015 is an ecumenical conference on ministry in a digital world. Workshops in a "laboratory" design include training-oriented workshops, hands-on clinics with experienced practitioners, big-picture plenary sessions with pioneers in the field, and guided planning time for making strategic steps forward when returning home. Beth Lewis, President & CEO of Augsburg Fortress, is among the conference speakers. More at 

June 15-17 at Catholic University of America in D.C.
The annual Pro Ecclesia Conference, an ecumenical continuing education event sponsored by the Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology, will focus this year on the upcoming 500th anniversary of Luther's posting the 95 Theses in 1517. "Remembering the Reformation Together: Commemorate? Celebrate? Repent?" will feature a range of speakers and outstanding discussion, including Stanley Hauerwas; Bp. Charles Morerod, OP; Sarah Hinlicky Wilson; and others. The conference is particularly aimed at pastors. More at

July 26-Aug. 1, Gettysburg Seminary
Theological Education with Youth (TEY) offers two one-week summer Academies for high school students to live in an intentional Christian community on the LTSG campus. The Summer Leadership Academy is geared to connect youth with ministry leaders to help shape leadership skills and style to encourage a life of servant leadership. The Summer Theological Academy is a worshiping and learning community that gathers for theological exploration and discovery. Learn more at

July 30-Aug. 1, Bon Secours Spiritual Center in Baltimore, Md.
The Annual Gathering of the North American Association for the Catechumenate (NAAC), an ecumenical organization that provides faith formation resources and training for congregational leaders, is being held nearby. Dr. Jessicah Duckworth and the Rev. Paul Hoffman will speak on the theme "Transforming Congregations through Spiritual Practice: Creating a Discipleship Community." Scholarships for seminarians and first-call pastors are available. More information at

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