CHECK IN  September 14, 2015

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 .

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"Region 8 Networks for Mission Event" originally scheduled for Sept. 17-19 in Waynesboro, Penn. was cancelled. When rescheduling information is available, it will be shared.

Sat. Oct. 17, 9:30 a.m.-noon at location TBD
"Missional Communities in Our Synod: Organic and Organized," is a workshop being planned in the synod for those interested in learning more about the concept of Missional Communities and their potential in the synod for expanding the church. Missional Communities are groups of family, friends and neighbors that meet in people's homes, usually for dinner, which are centered around the Christian life and community. Save the date and stay tuned for more details.

Nov. 6-7, Lutheran Church of the Reformation on Capitol Hill
"Martin Luther would likely find common ground with today's Pope Francis, who recently addressed the need to resolve the structural causes of poverty - including 'how we are shaping the future of our planet,'" note Forgotten Luther Symposium organizers. Martin Luther's take on the structural causes of poverty, and a fresh look at how Luther's work applies to today's challenges including climate change, are topics to be addressed by prominent scholars at the Forgotten Luther Symposium presented with financial support from the Metro D.C. Synod and other partners. An original musical composition by Paul Levitt, Director of Music, Lutheran Church of the Reformation, and more will also be featured. Registration is now open. More at FB/ForgottenLuther and under the "Events" tab on the synod website.
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Event notices

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 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 or 240-354-1999.

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 or FB/HTLuther.

Sun. Oct. 4, 7 p.m., Evangelical Lutheran in Frederick, Md.
AGAPE, 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 and

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!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

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 and FB/DCGOH.

Dec. 4-6, Northern Virginia 4H Center in Front Royal, Virg.
Chrysalis 2015 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 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.
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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 .

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.

Sun. Sept. 27, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Lord of Life Lutheran at Fairfax, Virg. campus
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

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 congregations connect with new people. More under "Events" tab on synod website.
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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 synod treasurer. Topics will include uniqueness of clergy W-2 Forms and other tax and church matters. More information is anticipated.
Tue. Oct. 13 and 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.
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