Multiple fall & winter Saturdays, online and at Holy Comforter Episcopal in Richmond, Virg.
A national two-year, cross-denominational continuing education program in church music is offered through the Leadership Program for Musicians-Virginia. Single sessions available. Topics include "Principles of Choral Leadership," "Teaching New Music to the Congregation," and more. NOTE: At the time of this Check In, the www.lpm-va.org website is down. Use the flyer on the synod website for more information in the meantime.
Sat. Sept. 19, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Emmanuel in Vienna
Youth Ministry 101 session
hosted by the synod's Youth Ministry Team
will feature sharing of info and resources and planning future sessions. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat. Oct. 3, 4 p.m., Holy Trinity Lutheran in Falls Church, Virg.
The Fall Organ Concert
on the congregation's DiGennaro-Hart pipe organ will feature Stanley J. Thurston
performing and directing special guest artists
, the Heritage Signature Chorale, in a selection of spirituals. A reception will follow the concert. More at www.htluther.org
Sun. Oct. 4, 7 p.m., Evangelical Lutheran in Frederick, Md.
, the music group featuring Rachel Kurtz and Joe Davis heard at the ELCA Youth Gathering, will perform in a free concert in their RiseUp Tour
, with an offering collected to benefit the ELCA Walk for Water campaign. "We are blessed and excited to carry on the energy from the Gathering in Detroit," says an organizer. More at www.twinspires.org/events
Oct. 6-8, Caroline Furnace in Fort Valley, Virg.
Renew & Retreat: A Christian Formation Event
co-partnered by Caroline Furnace and a committee of the Virginia Synod to support and equip full-time and part-time professional and volunteer Children, Youth and Family Ministry staff
. In addition to an educational component, time is included for networking, relaxation, sharing and worship. Presenters include Barbara Harner, Metro D.C. Synod Youth Ministry Team chair, and the Rev. Phyllis Milton. Registration and info at www.carolinefurnace.org/#!upcomingevents/cjlf.
Sun. Oct 18, 3-5 p.m., Memorial Chapel of University of Maryland in College Park
"A Day of Prayers for Peace in the Middle East"
is being hosted by the Holy Land Peace Fellowship Foundation (HLPFF). Bishop Graham will be participating.
Representatives of the Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities will come together in an atmosphere of prayer for peace in the Middle East in efforts to lead the path toward reconciliation through prayer, fellowship and public service. RSVP at www.hlpff.org/events.
Sun. Oct. 18, 4:30 p.m., First Trinity Lutheran in D.C.
3rd Annual Gifts of Hope Benefit Concert
will feature the 18th Street Singers this year. All donations will support the Gifts of Hope
organization, an alternative gift-giving opportunity hosted by the synod. More at www.giftsofhopedc.org
Dec. 4-6, Northern Virginia 4H Center in Front Royal, Virg.
is a retreat for 9th through 12th graders
, and registration is open. This year's theme is "Both/And People in an Either/Or World." More at www.metrodcelcayouth.org/chrysalis-2015/.
On time registration closes Nov. 4.
Jan. 11-15, 2016, Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center in Carefree, Ariz.
An Executive Skills for Pastors workshop will be held at this ELCA outdoor ministry site, led by faculty from the School of Management at California Lutheran University. The week will offer contemporary management insights especially as they challenge pastors and congregations today. Class closes when enrollment capacity reached.
Jan. 31, 2016 in your congregation
Companion Synod Sunday
in the Metro D.C. Synod will highlight this year our relationship with Companion Synods in Namibia
. Materials are in preparation!
Feb. 27-Mar. 12, 2016, Wittenberg, Germany
As members of the Lutheran World Federation, our pastors are invited to participate in the 13th International Seminar on Feb. 27-Mar. 12, 2016 through the Wittenberg Center in Germany. The topic, "The Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, in Luther's Theology," will be led by Prof. Dr. Walter Altmann, Brasil and Prof. Dr. Lubomir Batka, Slovakia. Cross-cultural dialogue with 20 participants will be conducted in English. Find info and nomination/registration forms on the synod website. Return the forms as soon as possible but not later than Nov. 1, 2015.