CHECK IN   March 24, 2016
Event-focused announcements and job notices
updated for our members and friends 
Synod happenings

Sat. Apr. 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Luther Place Memorial in D.C.
synod sponsored event
Together in Mission (TIM) is an event for sharing new ideas for being church together. Each year, a slate of 10-20 speakers gathers with a crowd of people interested in hearing what the best ideas for the ministry of the church are.  They will speak for up to 18 minutes, talking about their best idea - how to better follow Jesus in the 21st century. Monitor as plans continue to take shape, and review previous TIM-talks. Tickets are available from .

Sat. June 18, Good Shepherd Lutheran in Gaithersburg, Md.
synod sponsored event
The theme of the 2016 Metro D.C. Synod Assembly is "For the Healing of the Nations." Although registration is not yet open, through April 15 draft resolutions/memorials and nominations for positions of synod leadership to be elected are being collected. Find out more from .
Event notices

Apr. 1-3, Caroline Furnace in Fort Valley, Virg.
A Paul Bunyan Weekend: Men's Retreat promotes, "Grab your chainsaw and head to camp for a weekend just for the guys." More at .
Apr. 3-4, Sun. 4:30 p.m.-Mon. noon, University of Maryland at College Park, Md.
"Experience the College Life" is being offered for a small group of high school juniors and seniors. Eat dinner, worship with Lutheran Campus Ministry participants, play games, sleep over, share breakfast and attend a class with a UMD student. Pickup and drop off from Hope Lutheran in College Park. Sign up and get more info from .
Apr. 11-13, Cross Roads Camp & Retreat Center in Port Murray, NJ
Our synod youth ministry team alerts us to this workshop, "Reset 2016: Confirmation as a Congregational Faith Catalyst," hosed by the ELCA New Jersey Synod. Volunteer youth workers, clergy, parents, staff, seminarians and other interested parties are invited to listen to what the Holy Spirit is up to in young people and with the church these days. More at .
Apr. 12 & May 3, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Mar-lu-Ridge in Jefferson, Md.
The final two Sojourners Connect gatherings in this session have been rescheduled due to winter weather conflicts. Dr. Rick Carlson will be the presenter on these dates, focused on "Rediscovering the Offense: Luke as Subversive Storyteller." Please reserve with Sarah Lefler at or call 301-874-5544.
Fri. Apr. 15, 1 p.m., D.C.
"Theology behind Fight Against Racism" is a session during Ecumenical Advocacy Days recently announced by the National Council of Churches. The workshop will feature a panel to analyze the Christian foundations of faith when it comes to affirming the political and economic rights of all. More about Ecumenical Advocacy Days in this issue.
Sat. Apr. 16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Fairfax County Government Center in Fairfax, Virg.
A "Living Well, Aging Well Summit" is being hosted by It is free. Individuals, family members, general community members and industry professionals interested in exploring living and aging well are invited. More at .
Sun. Apr. 17, 5-8:30 p.m., Harrisburg, Penn.
ELCA Glocal Mission Gatherings equip us for God's work in global and local realities, as well as their "glocal" intersections. At these events, participants join mission conversations around the realities of this world God loves. Nearest the Metro D.C. Synod, a Glocal Mission Gathering with the theme "Stirring the Waters - Faith, Creation, and Advocacy" will take place in Harrisburg at State Street Riverfront Park. Agenda, speakers and registration information is available online. (Editor's Note: Click on the "Publicity" tab to view a great short video highlighting why these events are highly regarded in the ELCA.)
Apr. 18-23, Gettysburg Seminary in Gettysburg, Md.
The Spring Academy at Gettysburg Seminary is a life-long learning event. This year's theme is "Science and Christian Life: Conflict, Cooperation, Integration," Review a full list of presentations and presenters exploring the place of science in Christian lives at .
Apr. 24 & May 22, Mar-Lu-Ridge in Jefferson, Md.
Find out what the bunks look like and where campers eat meals at an Open House - a time to meet staff, tour, and learn about a typical camp day. Learn more at .
Sat. Apr. 30, 9 a.m.-noon, Emmanuel Lutheran in Vienna, Virg.
synod sponsored event
YM103 is an offering from synod youth ministry called "Connecting, Sharing, Coordinating." There will be time for connecting with old friends and meeting new friends, for conversation and sharing, for learning and planning. Through connecting our assets and learning from each other, we can identify opportunities to do better ministry together. More at .
Tue. May 10, 9 a.m.-noon, Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Md.
Grant Training for Maryland's faith-based registered 501(c )3 nonprofit organizations is being offered by the Governor's Grants Office. It is free. Resources and advice to help your organization be grant-ready will be shared. More online.
June 24-26, Trinity Lutheran, Lansdale, Penn.
Does the name "Augustana Lutheran Synod" ring a bell? Although it ceased to exist with the formation of the LCA in 1962, persons with roots in Augustana have been meeting since 1998. The final "Augustana Heritage Valedictory Celebration - A Living Heritage" will feature keynoter Rev. Dr. Maria Erling and Swedish Bishop Jonas Jonson. For more info and to register, please contact Judy Gifford at or Ann Kohler at .
Job opportunities

Financial Assistant/Bookkeeper (part-time) at Christ the King Lutheran in Great Falls, Virg.
An experienced Financial Assistant/Bookkeeper is being sought to enter operational bills and prepare checks for signature; enter weekly deposits, automated transfers and other entries, and enter payroll entries among some additional responsibilities. Hours are 10-15/wk. High school education or equivalent required plus 3 years bookkeeping experience. Job description with application instructions available from "Extras" page.

Minister: Youth and Young Adults (full-time) at Emmanuel Lutheran in Vienna, Virg.
This opening is for the primary staff person responsible for overseeing Emmanuel's ministry to middle school and high school youth, and college age adults by modeling Cristian discipleship a well as equipping families to be disciples of Christ, directing volunteer leadership, and other functions. Job description available on the "Extras" page. For more information, contact Mike Kessler from the congregation at

Philanthropy Director at National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) in Rockville, Md.
Reporting to the NLCS Chief Philanthropy Officer, the Philanthropy Director is an integral positon within the NLCS organization, serving as lead in all areas related to philanthropic programs at The Village at Rockville. The Village at Rockville is a continuing care retirement community. As they continue to plan for the needs of future generations, they want talented, caring, servant-hearted individuals who are passionate about their mission to serve seniors. To learn more and apply, view online job description.
Editor of Joyful News (volunteer)
The newsletter of the Synodical Women's Organization is seeking an editor to gather news of projects and upcoming events for articles in the SWO newsletter. Three issues are planned per year with "special issues" as needed. The ideal candidate will want to interact with the many wonderful women who make up Women of the ELCA units in our synod and have word processing skills to create a newsletter. More in the job description on the "Extras" page.
Summer Staff at Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp in Fort Valley, Virg.
Know a faithful, college-age young adult who would make a great CFLC staff member? Encourage him/her to check out the Summer Staff page and apply soon. See!join-our-staff/c6of
Summer Internships with ELCA World Hunger in Chicago, IL
Might you or someone you now be looking for a meaningful summer position? Be currently in college or graduate school? Have passion about working toward a just world where all are fed? If you or someone you know fits this description, consider applying (or sharing this information) for one of the three ELCA World Hunger summer intern positions! More at .
Affiliated benefits

DC Diaper Bank Benefit Concert on Sat. May 7, 7 p.m. at Epiphany Lutheran in Burtonsville, Md.
Great music, featuring folk duo Fendrick and Peck (note the family-name similarity to the Rev. Dave Slagle Peck!) is part of this opportunity to enjoy a night out and support the DC Diaper Bank, helping families across the metro D.C. region. For more information, visit or call 301-384-4244.
Worth repeating

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 "iStand," inviting explorations of why and how we do so. Details at .
April 15-18 in D.C.
Ecumenical Advocacy Days is an Annual National Gathering & Congressional Lobby Day. Many Lutherans, including from the ELCA Washington Office, participate. This year's theme is "Lift Every Voice!: Racism, Class & Power." Early-bird registration is still open. More at
Sat. Apr. 16, St. Luke Lutheran in Silver Spring, Md.
synod sponsored event
The Synodical Women's Organization (SWO) Annual Convention will meet with the theme, "Help: Needed, Offered, Received." 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.

April 18-21, Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Ky.
The Consortium of Evangelical Networks for Unity will hold its 52nd 2016 National Workshop for Christian Unity. The Rev. Tom Prinz alerts local leaders that registration is now open. Plenary speakers include Rita George-Tvrtkovic and Walter E. Grazer, with the Rev. James Forbes serving as theologian in residence. More at .

April 23 & 30, 9 a.m.-noon, at Trinity Lutheran in North Bethesda, Md.
"Support U," led by Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area, is normally a 6-week course, but intensive sessions are forthcoming in suburban Maryland. Resources, peer discussion and information for busy people taking increasing responsibility for aging or ill family members will be offered around topics including: Planning ahead, Finding and using resources, Self-care, Family communications, Dementia and chronic illness, and Financial well-being. Open to the public. Discounted tuition is $20/session. Childcare available at Hyattsville location only. Make reservations by calling 202-723-3000, ext. 199, or reserve place for April sessions from .
Sun. Apr. 24, 2-5 p.m., King of Kings Lutheran in Fairfax, Virg.
synod sponsored event
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 .
Sat. April 30, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Emmanuel Lutheran in Vienna, Virg.
Rescheduled due to weather (referred to by Rich White as "Snowzilla"), Lutheran Men in Mission will hold a Building Men for Christ workshop designed to help congregations increase the participation of men by creating an intentional ministry for men. For go to .
May 4-7, Doubletree Hotel near BWI
The National Council of Churches will be hosting its annual Christian Unity Gathering. This year's theme is "Fear Not: God's Love in an Anxious Age." Registration is open and details are forthcoming. More at .
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 The Rev. Scott Ickert notifies us that registration is now open. Learn more at .
June 6-8, Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virg.
The eformation2016 event is a conference on ministry in a digital world. Beth Lewis of Augsburg Fortress is among the presenters. "We believe culturally savvy, digitally literate leadership skills are essential in every congregation ad regional church body" reads an e-Formation community description. Participate in person or via webinar. More at
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"I have decided to stick with love... Hate is too great a burden to bear."
~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Where Do We Go from Here, 1967)
quoted in email signature of synod colleague