CHECK IN  July 7, 2015

It's official - a date has been set for the 2016 Metro D.C. Synod Assembly. We will meet one-day on Sat. June 18, 2016 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Gaithersburg, Md.

Oct. 10, 9:30 a.m.-noon, St. Mark's in Springfield, Va.; or Oct. 24, St. Luke in Silver Spring, Md., 9:30 a.m.-noon
"Growing Church" is a workshop hosted by synod's New & Renewing Missions Table. Every participant will leave with 2-4 actions they can implement in their congregation that will help them connect with new people. More under "Events" tab on synod website.

Event notices

Wed. July 22, 7 p.m.
Live-streaming of "The Church's Journey in Art and Song," an evening of eclectic singing by the ELCA Worship Jubilee assembly, will be available for anyone who cannot be with us in Atlanta. Just go to the "Called to Be a Living Voice" website and follow the link a little before 7 p.m. (EDT). Better yet, come and experience this great week live. There is still room to register.

Thu. Aug. 6 (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. August presentation will feature Nelvin Vos, speaking on "Ministry in Daily Life." The presenter for this special program is former Professor of English at Muhlenberg College. RSVP by 5 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to luncheon at More at

Tue. Aug. 25, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in NE D.C.
A conversation and organizing meeting of the Racial Justice Team in the synod is open to everyone. So far, the group has been primarily D.C. pastors, deacons and lay leaders with some people from Maryland and Virginia, but organizers encourage connecting with other parts of the synod. Initial facilitators include the Rev. Karen Brau, the Rev. Wendy Moen, the Rev. James Phillips and the Rev. Michael Wilker. The parking lot entrance to Our Redeemer LC is located on 19th St. NE, between Webster and Varnum. Lunch is included in the event registration fee of $10. RSVP via this link:

Sept. 2-3, beginning Wed. at noon, Roslyn Conference Center in Richmond, Virg.
"Hope-Filled Ministry in an Age of Apathy: A Summit for Young Pastors" is an ecumenical summit planned by the Virginia Council of Churches. The theme will be based on Jeremiah 29:11-14. The first day will focus on the church in a changing culture and the changing face of ministry, led by Dr. Adam Bond. The second day will focus on the role of Christian leaders in a pluralistic society led by Dr. Christy Lohr Sapp. Participants should be under the age of forty with clergy status. If interested, contact the Rev. Amy Thompson Sevimli at

Sun. Sept. 13 in your congregation
Day of Service The third ELCA church-wide "God's work. Our hands." Sunday is taking shape in ELCA congregations - a dedicated opportunity for the ELCA to do what we do best and make a difference. Plan a service activity, as together as one body we use our hands to do God's work of restoring and reconciling communities in Jesus Christ's name throughout the world. Order a nifty yellow t-shirt and find service and publicity ideas at

Sept. 27-Oct. 2 or Oct. 4-9, Thrivent's Heartwood Conference Center in Trego, Wisc.
"Colorama Lutherhostel" is hosted by the Adult Lutherans Organized for Action (ALOA) and Thrivent Financial. Enjoy day trips, outdoor activities and evening events. More at
Job opportunities

Church Administrative Secretary (part-time) at the Inter-Faith Chapel at Leisure World, Silver Spring, Md.
A personable, engaging and self-directed individual with strong computer skills and Website maintenance abilities is needed for this vibrant congregation. Qualified applicants will hold a high school diploma secondary education highly preferered. A minimum of three years work experience required. Application instructions and additional details on "Extras" page.

National Program Director (full-time) at Lutheran Volunteer Corps, D.C.
This key member of the Leadership Team has primary responsibility for management, oversight and driving improvements of LVC's national volunteer programing. B.A. or equivalent required; M.Div. or similar degree and experience as a former volunteer in LVC or similar service program preferred. More at

Assistant to the Bishop for Youth, Young Adult and Spiritual Formation for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod, Philadelphia, Penn.
The work of the Assistant to the Bishop will center on equipping leaders in congregations for the work of youth and young adult ministry and adult spiritual formation. More at
Affiliated benefits

Beat the Heat ELC 5K Run and 2K Walk
Sat. Aug. 29, 8 a.m. is the date for a walk/run winding from area neighborhoods and finishing at Epiphany Lutheran Church in Woodbridge, Virg. Some of the proceeds will go to benefit Gramps Fund, a charity that helps to pay the gtuition to Ephiphany Lutheran Preschool. More at
Is once enough? Repeats

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.



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  


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  



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.


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Look in the mirror to again see a great generation of leaders. God can use our faith, courage and humor.      - Tweeted paraphrase from Bishop Graham's report to the 2015 Synod Assembly
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