CHECK IN  October 12, 2015

Sun. Oct. 18, 4:30 p.m., First Trinity Lutheran in D.C.
Preview available! At least a sample of a piece on the program for the 3rd Annual Gifts of Hope Benefit Concert featuring the 18t Street Singers by Eriks Esenvalds (watch on YouTube). All donations will support the Gifts of Hope organization, an alternative gift-giving opportunity hosted by the synod. More at and FB/DCGOH.

Sat. Oct. 24 at St. Luke's in Silver Spring, Md., 9:30 a.m.-noon
"Growing Church," a workshop to help your congregation connect with new people, is an invigorating opportunity led by the Rev. Phil Hirsch and sponsored by the synod's New and Renewing Missions Table. Expect practical, implementable steps that your congregation can take right away to have a big impact. Leave with a plan customized for your congregation to connect with new people. The workshop is free, but registration is encouraged. Flyer and additional info under the "Events" tab at
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Sun. Oct. 25, 4 p.m., Washington National Cathedral
The Metro D.C. Synod will again host a Reformation Sunday Worship Service - and all are invited. Let us raise our voices together in the lovely setting of the National Cathedral and grounds. Flyer available on the synod website.
Event notices

Fri. Oct. 23 at multiple area venues
The synod Immigration Team alerts our community to the Greater Washington Immigration FilmFest, particularly "Unlikely Heroes" at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in NW D.C. and "On the Bride's Side" at the Washington Ethical Society in NW D.C. Each film is followed by discussion, with tickets available at "Given the rise of overall presence of immigrants in the region and the ensuing debate about immigration not only in the U.S. but worldwide" the Rev. Phil Anderson from the team highlights this opportunity to enhance appreciation.
Tue. Oct. 27, 7 p.m., Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virg.
Synod participants are invited to the free, public "Community Sing" in the Immanuel Chapel of VTS. "The idea is to foster congregational singing without music," so melodies in a variety of musical styles will be shared says Kyle Babin of the VTS Center for Liturgy and Music which is hosting the event.
Sat. Oct. 31, 1-3 p.m., at The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md.
Little ones dressed in costume (accompanied by adult) are invited to trick or treat at a safe, indoor location and provide smiles to residents.
Sat. Nov. 7, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran in Vienna, Virg.
Lutheran Men in Mission's "Building Men for Christ" workshop is an all-day event designed to help congregations increase the participation of men by creating an intentional ministry for men. Rich White will be presenter. Early registration price reduction before Oct. 24. Details at
Thu. Nov. 12, 7-8:30 p.m., Our Redeemer Lutheran in D.C.
Lay and rostered leaders are invited to attend the next synodical anti-racism workshop. It will focus on supporting and equipping lay congregational leaders to organize for racial justice within their congregations and communities. NOTE: Parking lot entrance is on 19th St. NE between Webster and Varnum. Register via Eventbrite (link to page).
Thu. Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m., Washington Hebrew Congregation in NW D.C.
The 36th Annual Interfaith Concert hosted by the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington will feature a lineup of diverse performances, and Jim Nicholson, former Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Tickets can be reserved in advance. Visit for details.
Dec. 4-5, three church sites (including Community Lutheran) in Sterling, Virg.
The 2015 Virginia LARCUM Conference (Lutheran, Anglical, Roman Catholic, United Methodist) will meet around the theme: "The Church, always reforming - ecclesia semper reformanda." The Rev. Dr. Gerald Christianson is the event's main presenter, providing historical knowledge to properly approach the upcoming observance of the 500th anniversary of the reformation. Register by Nov. 20 using form on synod website.
Oct. 6-8, 2016
Hold the date - the Region 8 Networks for Mission event, "We Are Church Together," originally scheduled for this fall has been rescheduled for fall of 2016.
Job opportunities

Communications Director (part-time) at Good Shepherd Lutheran in Gaithersburg, Md.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is now accepting applications for a part-time Communications  Director. Find a full description of the position at www.goservenet/communicationsdirector. If interested in the role, contact the Rev. Dave Sonnenberg at 301-869-1780 or

Administrative Assistant (part-time) at National Capital Presbytery in Rockville, Md.
National Capital Presbytery is seeking a part-time (approximately 18 hrs/wk) Administrative Assistant who will serve as secretary and support staff to the work of the Leadership Council and General Presbyter. This person will also coordinate meeting arrangements. Hours vary somewhat with schedule of related meetings. Salary $30-35/hour depending on experience. Core competencies include attention to detail, written communication, and time management. Email resume with references by Oct. 24 to the Rev. G. Wilson Gunn, Jr., General Presbyter at
Affiliated benefits

Walk of Courage Award Gala
Wed. Oct. 28, 5:30 p.m. - Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) will host a gala and cocktail reception at the American Visionary Arts Museum in Baltimore, Md. Awardees are Mahnaz Afkhami, a refugee from Iran and pre-revolutionary Iranian cabinet member; and the Rev. Kenneth Senft, longtime LIRS supporter and advocate. Keynote speaker is author Sonia Nazario. Tickets start at $150/person. More at
Is once enough? Repeats

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.

Sun. Oct 18, 3-5 p.m., Memorial Chapel of University of Maryland in College Park
Bishop Graham is among participants in "A Day of Prayers for Peace in the Middle East" hosted by the Holy Land Peace Fellowship Foundation (HLPFF). 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 .

Thu. Oct. 29 at the Church at Clarendon in Arlington, Virg. (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) or at St. James' Episcopal in Warrenton, Virg. (6-9 p.m.)
Mitzi Budde, AIM, of the synod roster invites local participation in a workshop titled "Helping Ministers Help Other Ministers," hosted by the Ministering to Ministers Foundation. The workshops are free and for clergy and lay leaders of all denominations. The event is subtitled, "Learning to read the signs of church conflict before it reaches the point of no return." Visit for more information. RSVP by calling 804-594-2556 or .

Nov. 6-7, Lutheran Church of the Reformation on Capitol Hill
Martin Luther was well acquainted with some of the wealthy families of his day, but he saw human worth as independent of financial success. Theologian Carter Lindberg points out that "the capitalist drive to acquire the world is the same 'coin' as salvation by works," in contrast to Luther's emphasis on salvation by grace alone. Hear Lindberg and other prominent scholars bring the Reformation to life for our day. The Forgotten Luther Symposium is presented with financial support from the Metro D.C. Synod and other partners. It will include a reception, choral offering, drama and catered dinner. Registration and more at FB/ForgottenLuther and under the "Events" tab on the synod website.
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Nov. 10-12, Buttonwood Lodge at Signal Knob Retreat Center in Strasburg, Virg.
Pre-Advent Reading Days are an opportunity for pastors particularly and lay leaders to take time for preparation and reflection. "We're encouraging congregations to pay for this retreat as a gift," says Angie Covington of Caroline Furnace. Registration and information from on the "Upcoming Events" page.

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. 4th.
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Speed Dating + religious groups = Speed Faithing. An event at Boulder college featured 3 minutes - "Ding! Next..." - with each of 20 campus faith groups. The difficulty? Describing what is most essential about your faith in 180 seconds!
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