CHECK IN: 2016 January 29 
Event-focused announcements and job notices
updated for our members and friends 
Synod happenings

Sun. Jan. 31, 3-6 p.m., Resurrection Lutheran in Arlington, Virg.
synod sponsored
The Friends of Namibian Children's (FNC) mission is to support a system of 19 hostels operated by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia, helping ensure that 1,300 very low-income children pursue an education. On Companion Synod Sunday celebrating our Metro D.C. Synod ties with Namibia, come out for the Namibian Summer Sundae celebration - a time of fun, information and hope.
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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. Find pictures, prayers and more in resources to help observe this enriching relationship in Christ.
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February in your congregation
synod sponsored
In February 2016, we will again observe "I Love Camp" month, raising awareness, support and participation in the great camps and conference programs possible at Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp and Retreat Center in Fort Valley, Virg. And Mar-Lu-Ridge Camp and Retreat Center in Jefferson, Md. Action of the Metro D.C. Synod Assembly launched "I Love Camp" month observation last year, and the camps have provided material this year to help your congregation with the focus. Find under the "Events" tab on the synod website an intro letter, prayers, litany and bulletin inserts (www.metrodcelca.org/2016/01/whycamp-in-february/), plus invite participation in the #whycamp social media campaign. Snap a photo with the hashtag, and peruse images of others who have been touched by the camaraderie, nature and enrichment of outdoor ministry celebrating God's creation.
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Sat. Mar. 12 at Hope Lutheran in College Park Md. or
Sat. Mar. 19 at St. Marks Lutheran in Springfield, Virg. (times being finalized)
synod sponsored
"Stewardship: When It Isn't Working" is a workshop being offered twice, planned by the synod's Stewardship & Mission Table. Mike Ward, an ELCA pastor and Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) who works with congregations and church institutions across the country, including our synod, will be presenting. Stewardship basics and insightful best practices implementable in your congregation will be covered. Set aside the date - more will be shared as available under "Events" tab at www.metrodcelca.org/events/stewardship-workshops/ .
Event notices

Sat. Jan. 30, 4 p.m., Holy Trinity Lutheran in Falls Church, Virg.
A free piano concert will be performed by Dr. Sarah Masterson featuring music of 20th century American composers. For more information, visit www.holytrinityfallschurch.org or FB/HTLuther.

Tue. Feb. 2, 8 p.m., Yorktown High School in Arlington, Virg.
The St. Olaf Band will perform in our area as part of its 2016 tour. Tickets available at stolaf.edu/tickets or by calling 800-363-5487 or at the door. The St. Olaf Band is an ensemble of St. Olaf College, an ELCA institution in Northfield, Minn. More at http://wp.stolaf.edu/stolaf-band/ .

Sat. Feb. 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., First Lutheran Church in Ellicott City, Md.
A Refugee Forum cosponsored by the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Lutheran World Relief and the ELCA Delaware-Maryland Synod is being presented. Hear presentations on many facets of refugee resettlement in the U.S. and take back tools to your congregation to help get involved. Cost is $10 including lunch.
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Feb. 7 at your congregation
Many ELCA congregations participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring, a time for youth on Super Bowl weekend to mobilize to fight hunger and poverty in their local communities. Often $1 is collected in soup pots and given to a hunger-relief charity of choice. More at https://souperbowl.org . Poster available from the ELCA.

Mon. Feb. 8, 6 p.m., St. Gabriel Church in NW D.C.
An Interfaith Prayer Service is being held to observe the International Day of Prayer for Victims of Human Trafficking. Bishop Graham will participate. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick will bring the keynote address, Cardinal Donald Wuerl will preside, and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops invites all to attend. Leaders and the faithful of major religious traditions will together pray for an end to modern slavery.
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Feb. 12-13 at Mar-Lu-Ridge in Jefferson, Md.
A Wintertime Family Retreat will be held with lodging at the Ridge Inn Conference Center. Games, hot chocolate, a roaring bonfire and songs in the chapel are a chance to relax with family and friends. More at mar-lu-ridge.org or 301-874-5544.

Sun. Feb. 21, 4 p.m., National Presbyterian Church in NW D.C.
The Concordia Choir and composer and conductor René Clausen will make a tour stop in the D.C. area presented by National Lutheran Communities & Services. The set is titled "The Music of Living," which includes works of Bobby McFerrin, Dan Forrest, Aaron Copland and Clausen himself. Tickets available from concordiatickets.com, 800-838-3006 or at the door.
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Feb. 26-27, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
The development of mission and the church in Ethiopia is the topic of reflections by theologians and scholars from Africa, Europe and the Americas for the 2016 Gudina Tumsa Theological Forum. The title is "Looking Back, Aiming Ahead: God's Mission Unfolding in the Missional Church." Details at www.lstc.edu/communications/news/?a=article&id=443 .

Feb. 29-Mar. 4, The Roslyn Center in Richmond, Virg.
The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia invites participation in their next Emotional Intelligence and Human Relationships Workshops (EQ-HR). EQ-HR enables participants to learn about, build and practice emotional intelligence skills in a small group setting with skilled facilitators providing tools and feedback to help participants learn about themselves and immediately practice emerging skills. Details and event registration at www.eqhrcenter.org/2015/10/09/february-29-march-4-2016-richmond-va-registration/ .

Sat. Mar. 12, 3 p.m., Living Faith Lutheran in Rockville, Md.
A concert will be given by the U.S. Air Force Langley Winds of the USAF Heritage of America Band at the congregation. It is free and open to the public.

Sat. Apr. 16, St. Luke Lutheran in Silver Spring, Md.
synod sponsored
The Synodical Women's Organization (SWO) Annual Convention will meet with the theme, "I was a stranger..." Issues surrounding immigration and refugees will be a foundation of the time together. Learn more in Joyful News, the newsletter of our SWO, found under the "Publications" tab on the synod website.
Job opportunities

Parish Administrator (part-time) at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Haymarket, Virg.
Candidates for this position of administration ministry leadership must have strong communication skills, be technically proficient and detail oriented. Average of 24-28 hrs/wk. Please email your resume to admin@ComeAndBe.org.

Leadership Development Director (part-time) for the ELCA Delaware-Maryland Synod
Responsible for advancement of the DE-MD Synod's Vision Implementation Plan, calling for the development of a leadership development curriculum and training of leaders in that curriculum. Qualifications include proven track record as a successful leader in a synod, church and/or secular setting and in leadership development. Small stipend provided. Work to begin no later than 3/1/16. Details and application process are online.
Affiliated benefits

Leadership Program for Musicians (LPM) Benefit Concert
Fri. Jan. 29, 7 p.m., St. Bridget's Catholic Church in Richmond, Virg.
LPM is the beneficiary of a fundraising concert featuring Daniel Stipe performing music of Bach, Bloch, Franck and Durufle. Stipe is Director of Music at Trinity Lutheran Church in Richmond, Virg. LPM gives classes that train organists, pianists, cantors, clergy and directors of church music to become better leaders and participants in worship.
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Worth repeating

Tue. Feb. 9, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Mar-Lu-Ridge in Jefferson, Md.
The Sojourners Connect Winter Series, meeting on the second Tuesday of each month (except in March), will present Dr. Rick Carlson discussing "Luke As Subversive Storyteller." More at www.mar-lu-ridge.org or 301-874-5544.
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Sun. Apr. 1-3, 4H Center in Front Royal, Virg.
synod sponsored
Shekinah 2016 is a weekend retreat sponsored by the synod for confirmation age youth. The theme is "Stand," inviting explorations of why and how we do so. Registration deadline is Mar. 4. Details at www.metrodcelcayouth.org .

Sun. Apr. 24, 2-5 p.m., King of Kings Lutheran in Fairfax, Virg.
synod sponsored
Shema 2016 is the synod-sponsored event for 3rd-6th graders. The theme is "Everything is Awesome," using the LEGO movie to explore faith lessons. It is a chance for upper elementary youth to join with other Lutheran youth outside of their home for faith-forming activities, fellowship, food and fun. Details at www.metrodcelcayouth.org .

May 16-18, Shrine Mont Conference Center in Orkney Springs, Virg.
"In the Breaking of the Bread: Finding Christ in Full Communion" is a retreat for Lutheran and Episcopal clergy and rostered leaders led by renowned scholarship Gordon Lathrop and Neil Alexander. Coming together in a peaceful setting, retreat participants will share in worship, fellowship and education with one another. Keynote presentations will focus on the impact of the liturgical reform movement and implications for shared ministry Registration and more at https://virginialutheranepiscopal.wordpress.com/ .
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Aug. 10-13 (but Jan. 31 ends early bird registration) in New Orleans, La.
The 2016 Grace Gathering will bring people together from across the ELCA to 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. Learn more at www.elca.org/gracegathering .
 
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