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Now through Dec. 4, at your kitchen table (or wherever)
synod sponsored Share your artwork conveying the spirit of Christmas in the synod's 2015 Christmas Greeting Artwork Contest! The selected entry will be shared by the Metro D.C. Synod as we share our joy in the holy Christmas season with synod colleagues and friends. Find submission details at . Thanks for helping us spread the joy!
art contest info

Sun. Jan. 31, 2016, at your congregation
synod sponsored Companion Synod Sunday is an annual opportunity to celebrate ties shared with the Metro D.C. Synod. On Sunday January 31, we will celebrate our ties with synods of the Lutheran church in Namibia. Set aside the date, post the introduction to the celebration in your congregation, and look for more from our Global Missions Team.

Sat. April 16, Luther Place in D.C.
synod sponsored TIM's moving! Together in Mission - the synod-wide, spark-lighting speaker presentations of best ideas for better following Jesus in the 21st century - will be held in April in 2016 instead of earlier in the year as has been recent practice. Stay tuned to for more.
Event notices

Sat. Dec. 5, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Holy Trinity Lutheran in Falls Church, Virg.
A Breakfast with Santa is being held by the congregation, including crafts, snacks and Santa's visit. Contact the congregation at 703-532-6617 or with questions. More at or FB/HTLuther .

Dec. 10-14, in your congregation
For the second time, a Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath Weekend is being held nationally. Metro D.C. Synod leaders who facilitated the adoption of our resolution in 2013, "Safe and Responsible Use of Firearms," invite synod places of worship to consider participating with a coalition of more than 50 national denominations and faith-based organizations to remember those who have lost their lives to gunfire, pray for those whose lives have been forever changed because of the loss of a loved one, and to educate one another on proven strategies to reduce gun violence. Observance ideas can be found at .

Sun. Dec. 16, 1-4 p.m., Mar-Lu-Ridge in Jefferson, Md.
An Advent Family Gathering at the outdoor camp will include crafts, campfires, food and fellowship for friends and family. More at .

Jan. 3-8, Mt. Olivet Conference and Retreat Center in Farmington, Minn.
The Deaconess Community holds an annual J-term course for those discerning a call to ministry who may wonder about the "diakonia." "Diaconal Ministry: History, Formation and Spirituality," is offered through Luther Seminary. The Deaconess Community pays student tuition. More information available at .

Fri. Jan. 8, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Emmanuel Lutheran in Vienna, Virg.
Musical artists Agape and Rachel Kurtz will make a stop locally on the "Walk for Water Tour," an evening of singing, dancing and storytelling. Started at the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering, the campaign's goal is to raise $500,000 for ECA World Hunger water projects. Admission is free; freewill offering goes to the campaign.

Sat. Jan. 9, 9 a.m.-noon, Emmanuel Lutheran in Vienna, Virg.
Youth ministry leaders are invited to join Agape musician David Scherer for "Youth Ministry 102: Enabling Youth to Use Their Gifts in Worship." RSVP to Barbara Harner at or 240-354-1999.

Jan. 11-14, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS) in Berkeley, Calif.
"Worship: Beyond Style" is a learning event including workshops by Susan Briehl, Jonathan Rundman and Kyle Schiefelbein. Learn more at

Jan. 18 through Spring Term, online education from PLTS
Two courses in the ELCA seminary's "Praxis: Lifelong Education for Faith and Practice" series are starting in the new year. "Responding to God's Call: Racism, Injustice and the Church" will be taught by Prof. Jeremy Rehwaldt. "The Good News According to Luke Today" will be taught by Prof. Eric Barreto. Learn more at .

Wed. Jan. 20, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virg.
Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (VICPP) is hosting its annual Day for All People. Tickets to attend the day-long advocacy event are $30 excluding transportation. The Metro D.C. Synod is a VICPP partner. Register and learn more at .

Jan. 31, 3 p.m., Resurrection Lutheran in Arlington, Virg.
synod sponsored In conjunction with Companion Synod Sunday, a "Namibian Summer Sundae" celebration is being planned by the synod's Global Missions Team. It may be wintertime locally in January, but its hot weather in Namibia - so enjoy something cool and learn about our Companion Synod and the 1,300 children who live at youth hostels operated by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia. The event is free, but donations are welcome to support Friends of Namibian Children. A bulletin insert and RSVP instructions are available.

Feb. 4-8, Hyatt Regency Hotel in Anaheim, Calif.
"Youth Ministry Network Extravaganza 2016: Wonder" is an annual conference that brings together 500-750 professional and volunteer adults who work with youth in ELCA congregations. Learn more at .

Aug. 10-13, New Orleans, La.
The 2016 Grace Gathering will be held over the last four days of the ELCA Churchwide Assembly. It is an opportunity to prepare for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and network with people from all across the ELCA. In an announcement from Presiding Bishop Eaton, she said, "Participants will see the church in action, worship with Churchwide Assembly voting members, engage in experiential learning, and attend a variety of workshops that will equip congregations and synods with tools to prepare for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017." Event details at . Registration is now open.
Job opportunities

Administrative Assistant (part-time) at Hope Lutheran Church and Lutheran Campus Ministry in College Park, Md.
An Administrative Assistant is sought to carry out general office functions will providing a cheerful and organized atmosphere for all who enter or contact the church, meeting needs of staff, guests, volunteers and congregants with care and discretion. At least one-year experience in administration, excellent communication and multi-tasking skills required, and familiarity with Lutheran church structure and worship preferable. Access full job description and application process from .

Director of Evangelical Mission (full-time) the Gulf Coast Synod office in Houston, Texas
The ELCA Gulf Coast Synod is looking for a Director of Evangelical Mission (DEM), who will work with churchwide partners, synodical teams and congregational leaders to plant new, growing ministries in the synod, and deepen, widen, and revitalize existing ministries. Some qualifications include an entrepreneurial vision, multicultural competency, and communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills. The DEM reports to the bishop. If rostered, the DEM will be called by the Synod Council. Closes Nov. 20. See .
Affiliated benefits

Fall Festival
Sat. Nov. 14, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Come to Rockville for crafts, lunch, tours and more. A Christmas Room, jewelry, baked goods, stamps, books, silent auction and much more are organized by the Auxiliary to
benefit residents of the Village at Rockville. Thrivent will be assisting with a grant. More at .

Lifeline Partnership Harvest Festival
Sat. Nov. 14, noon-4 p.m. Games, activities, food and prizes including face painting, balloon art, souvenir photos, bean bag toss, bowling and bubbles will fill a day of fun that supports programs of Lifeline Partnership - serving the spiritual and the social needs of people with developmental disabilities. It takes place in the Fellowship Hall of First Trinity Lutheran in D.C. Tickets for games, raffles and prizes range from $1-$5. More at .
Is once enough? Repeats

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, Angelical, 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.

Dec. 4-6, Northern Virginia 4H Center in Front Royal, Virg.
synod sponsored 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 . Although on-time registration closed Nov. 4, additional registrations will be collected through Nov. 18.

Tue. Dec. 8, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Mar-Lu-Ridge in Jefferson, Md.
Fall Sojourners Series is concluding this month 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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If you hate someone because of your faith, you're doing it wrong.
~ Sign photo circulating on Twitter from front of Gethsemane Lutheran Church (St. Louis, Missouri)
indicates synod sponsored event.
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