CHECK IN  August 7, 2015

Sun. Sept. 13 in your congregation
The third ELCA church-wide "God's work. Our hands." Sunday is taking shape in ELCA congregations. 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 . Register your Day of Service plans from that page, too.

Sat. Sept. 19, 4:05 p.m., Nationals Park in D.C.
"Lutheran Day at Nationals Park" is an event for Lutherans and friends to watch a ballgame together at a discounted price. Use the code "Lutheran" when ordering tickets for that day at If you have questions, contact the Rev. Wendy Deeben at

Oct. 10, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Baltimore, Md.
A Workshop for Treasurers led by the Rev. Dick Goodlin will be offered in the Delaware-Maryland Synod (hosted by their CLAIM urban ministry table), and our leaders are invited. "This seminar will answer many questions that I get in the synod office," says John Handley, our current synod treasurer. Topics will include uniqueness of clergy W-2 Forms and other tax and church matters. Additional information is anticipated.
Event notices

Fri. Aug. 28, 11:30-noon (ET), webinar
"Why are our health care costs going up?" is a webinar being hosted by Portico Benefit Services to discuss what drives ELCA health contribution rates. Congregation presidents, treasurers, senior pastors and others who help shape a ministry's budget are invited. More at porticobenefitsevents/

Thu. Sept. 3 (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. Topic for the presentation is being finalized. RSVP by 5 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to luncheon at More at

Sept. 5, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Roanoke College in Salem, Virg.
Lutheran Student Visit Day at Roanoke College is designed to help high school students and their families with the college search process. More at

Sept. 5 through December, Gettysburg Seminary online course
"Survey of the Lands of the Bible" taught by the Rev. Dr. Mark Vitalis Hoffman is a MOOC offering from Gettysburg Seminary - massive, open, online course. This is the third time the visual and historical overview will be offered. More at

Tue. Sept. 8 ONGOING (second Tuesdays), 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Mar-Lu-Ridge in Jefferson, Md.
Fall Sojourners Series is resuming at Mar-Lu-Ridge. This season features study of "A Survey of the Lands of the Bible," led by Dr. Mark Vitalis Hoffman. A $30 fee includes lunch. RSVP at or 800-238-9974.

Sept. 17-19, Capital Retreat Center in Waynesboro, Penn.
"Region 8 Networks for Mission Event" will bring together interested parties to promote sharing and mission advancement. Areas of ministry being networked include ELCA Global Mission - Companion Synods, ELCA Mission Interpreters, ELCA Synod and Congregation Communicators, ELCA World Hunger Leaders/Malaria Campaign Coordinators, and Lutheran Disaster Response. Registration is open now through Sep. 1. More information at

Sat. Sept. 26 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) & Sun. Sept. 27 (noon-4p.m.), Christ Lutheran Church in D.C.
The congregation on 16th and Gallatin Streets is holding its 36th annual Benefit Yard Sale. Pick up books, records, art, household items and more, and support the 13 beneficiaries listed on their flyer.

Sept. 25-27, Gettysburg Seminary
"The Weekend" is a discernment retreat experience for anyone 18 and older hosted by the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. Learn more about the GET-Talks, worship, small group conversations and other ways to spend intentional time wondering how God can use you at

Sun. Sept. 27, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Lord of Life Lutheran in Fairfax, Virg.
The College Fair Event organized by Lutheran Educational Conference of North America (LECNA) is an opportunity to expose potential higher education students to several Lutheran colleges and universities. More information available at

Nov. 6-7, Lutheran Church of the Reformation on Capitol Hill
Forgotten Luther Symposium is an opportunity to hear from prominent scholars about the work of Luther and other reformers to end economic exploitation and advocate for the common good. An original musical composition by Paul Levitt, Director of Music, Lutheran Church of the Reformation, and more will be featured. The event is presented with financial support from the Metro D.C. Synod and other partners. Registration is open for "Forgotten Luther: Advocate for the Poor." More at FB/ForgottenLuther and under the "Events" tab on the synod website.
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Job opportunities

Youth Ministry Staff (part-time) at Community Lutheran Church in Sterling, Virg.
The part-time Youth Ministry Staff member will serve the church through the support of the pastors, staff personnel, Youth Ministries, Youth Leadership Team and volunteers to design and implement youth events, and support the Confirmation & High School programs (6th - 12th grade). A full job description and application process details are available at

Director of Youth Ministry (part-time) at St. Mark's Lutheran in Springfield, Virg.
A creative, energetic and committed Christian with intergenerational relationship building skills to offer leadership in the faith formation of youth in the congregation and community is sought to direct youth ministry at St. Mark's. Candidate 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. Full description at Submit a resume and short letter of introduction describing why God might be calling you to this position to the Rev. Albert Triolo at or mail to the congregation (5800 Backlick Rd., 22150).

Chaplain (part-time) at The Village at Rockville
An employee for The Village at Rockville - A National Lutheran Community is being sought to serve as a part-time chaplain. The person in this position will provide pastoral care and spiritual ministry services, including conducting services and rites as requested, welcoming new residents, writing articles, ordering supplies and ministering to immediate and long-term spiritual concerns among residents and families. For more information, contact Ms. Phyllis Weaver at or 301-424-9560.
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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 Saviors is located on 19th St. NE, between Webster and Varnum. Lunch is included in the event registration fee of $10. RSVP via this link:

Beat the Heat Epiphany Lutheran Church (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 the church. Some of the proceeds will go to benefit Gramps Fund, a charity that helps to pay the tuition to Epiphany Lutheran Preschool. More at .

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 the synod office.

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

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.

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
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"Grace is generosity--in a world that prefers fairness."
Tweet tagged #ELCAConfrontRacism from Bishop Guy Erwin of ELCA Southwest California Synod
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