MetroLines is a publication of the Metro D.C. Synod, ELCA, for our congregations, leaders and friends sharing what's happening in local ministry together.
Synod Focus

Last year, many of you engaged in creative, inspiring projects reaching out in our neighborhoods. In less than a month it'll be "'God's work. Our hands.' Sunday." again. Do you have plans for Sun. Sept. 13? If so, the ELCA is asking congregations to tell them what's up at this website - - to help them tell the story of the day, but in the synod we would also like to share your photos or ideas. Consider notifying No plans yet? Check out for ideas & info.

Local Info

          Many of our congregations have participated in Stronger Together: The Campaign for Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSS/NCA). ELCA congregations have pledged about $148,000 to-date, and LSS/NCA hopes to speak with another dozen pastors and congregations before the end of the year to close out the congregation phase. The goal during Stronger Together for pan-Lutheran congregational support is $600,000, and 43% of that goal has been reached with gifts from the ELCA and LCMS which work together serving neighbors in need through LSS/NCA. "We are well on our way to reaching our target, and I'm confident we'll get there," said LSS/NCA CEO Melissa Graves. More than $1.4M has been raised overall, which is 60% of the $2.5M goal.
          Funds raised during the campaign are already helping LSS/NCA serve more neighbors through the organization's Unaccompanied Refugee Minors, Foster Care and Youth Haven Camps & Retreats programs. LSS/NCA will also hire an agency-wide Outreach and Engagement Coordinator to increase volunteer opportunities - a goal of the campaign. More at . (Submitted by Summer Parrish, LSS/NCA Director of Development and Communications)

"Gifts of Hope raised $120,000 during Advent 2014 and disbursed funds to our beneficiary organizations. Thanks to all who support GOH; your dollars are at work locally and globally," said Carolyn Sowinski, director, Gifts of Hope, in a July 6 announcement. She also reminds us that Amazon will share a small percentage of your purchase to GOH, an alternative gift-giving program of the synod, if purchased through Details available at .

Group-oriented hostel accommodations at First Trinity Lutheran in D.C. are available for youth groups, college groups, scout troops, community activists or any other groups looking for affordable lodging in the heart of the city. The hostel has a new website and invites you to check it out: .

Lutheran Services in America (LSA) President and CEO, Charlotte Haberaecker, has been honored as one of this year's recipients of The NonProfit Times magazine's "Power & Influence Top 50" listing for her impact on behalf of the LSA network and Lutheran social ministry. LSA is one of the nation's largest health and human services networks, touching the lives of one in 50 people in the U.S. every year. (LSA News Release, 8/3/15)

Our full communion partners are planning a Holy Eucharist with the Installation of the 27th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church at Washington National Cathedral on Sun. Nov. 1, 2015. The Rt. Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, was elected and confirmed to the post on June 27 by the denomination's General Convention.

Resource Alert

Giving Magazine is a source for a stewardship campaign in your congregation for 2015 from the ELCA. "If you would like the kit that is associated with this resource, the synod will pay for it," offers the Rev. Phil Hirsch. The magazine is free and available electronically. Contact the Rev. Shannon Anderson ( for more information. Find Volume 17 (labeled on Resource Page as March Issue) here: .
"Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA" gives an opportunity to expand ministries among youth and young adults to cultivate young leaders, embrace a culture of diversity and inclusion, and build a robust network of support. Applications on behalf of a partnership of two or more ELCA-related ministries are being received June 10 - September 1, 2015. "For so long, cultivating leadership has been about seminary education or professional church leadership. These grant opportunities will open the door to an expanded vision for youth and young adult leadership in this church for today and tomorrow," said Rozella White, program director for ELCA Young Adult Ministries. Learn more at . (ELCA News Release, 6/11/15)
As congregations plan ways to observe the Reformation's 500th anniversary in 2017, Augsburg Fortress has compiled a Sourcebook with ideas for worship, education, music, festivals and more. Find ordering information from
Guess how many clergy are on the ELCA roster? A local pastor looking for up-to-date facts on the ELCA prompted rediscovery of a page which may be useful to others in our community. Find this at . And in 2014, there were 16,543.

Announced Churchwide

Did you miss the ELCA Confronting Racism webcast? Click below to link to the online recording. A follow-up list of resources is also found at .

The ELCA was granted a federal charter July 7 to create the ELCA Federal Credit Union. The new credit union will provide products and services to the denomination's members and employees. A Frequently Asked Questions document about the ELCA-sponsored credit union is available on

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the full communion agreement between the ELCA and the Moravian Church in America. Happy anniversary!

Social Media Sunday (#SMS) was an initiative started at an Episcopal congregation in Connecticut in 2013 which has gained momentum and ecumenical attention, including in neighboring ELCA Delaware-Maryland Synod. #SMS15 has been declared for Oct. 25, 2015. If you are curious about this opportunity to focus on the potential of social media and church, check out the Facebook group at: .

As of June 2015, ELCA members and congregations raised $14.5 million, and we are just $500,000 from reaching our ELCA Malaria Campaign goal! Thank you! This last $500,000 is critical to fully funding the work of our Lutheran partners in Namibia, the Central African Republic, and Burundi. The ELCA Malaria Campaign has created a fantastic video to show how your generous gifts are supporting our partners' work to contain malaria, and to announce just how close we are to fully funding all of the programs. Please view and share the 2-minute video, linked from . (Submitted by Dorothy Sorrell, Synod Coordinator, ELCA Malaria Campaign)

Blog Post Reprise
ada 25
Disabilities Act turns 25
Ushers from Lifeline Partnership welcomed attendees observing the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990 to an interfaith worship service at First Trinity Lutheran Church in D.C.  Read more...
Higgins Rd
There is no curtain obscuring plots
"Higgins Road strikes again," is the tone of comments Presiding Bishop Eaton has heard about things such as the conversation about our sacramental practice, our deliberation about unifying the three word and service rosters into one, and the entrance rite into this possible unified roster.  Read more...
Peace Bermuda
Continued work to overcome racism
Bermuda was the first. Will your congregation be the next?
As a result of contemplation on evil and violence perpetrated due to racism, the Church Council of Peace Lutheran Church in Bermuda adopted reflections seeking to overcome.  Read more...
money matters
Unglamorous yet vital
 "It's a way for us to learn to live by faith. It's a way to participate in God's generosity and abundance. It's a way to move beyond ourselves." Which spiritual discipline could Presiding Bishop Eaton be talking about?  Read more...
Luther's quote got it right
 '[Luther] said, "Be a sinner and sin boldly, but believe and rejoice in Christ even more boldly." It's an honest acknowledgement that we have fallen, but is an even more joyful acknowledgement that we have been raised up. It's a prescription against paralysis," writes Presiding Bishop Eaton.  Read more...
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