CHECK IN   April 25, 2016
Event-focused announcements and job notices
updated for our members and friends 
Synod happenings

Together in Mission 2016
synod sponsored
The TIM team has decided not to host a Together in Mission event this year. "There were many factors in this decision," say organizers, "but we're hopeful that there may be the availability to bring you great ideas in the years to come."

Welcome Namibian Bishop Ernst //Gamxamub and Finance Minister Leonard de Vries of our Companion Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia!
synod sponsored
Mon. May 2, 7 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Reformation in D.C.
Vespers & Reception with Bishop Gamxamub offering a homily.
Wed. May 4, 9:30 a.m. at St. Mark's Lutheran in Springfield, Virg.
Devotions & Talk during Fairfax Conference Meeting, RSVP required to the Rev. Albert Triolo:
Wed. May 4, 6:30 p.m. at St. Matthew's Lutheran in Lake Ridge, Virg.
Reception & Hymn Sing gives an opportunity to share praise with our guests, especially Bishop //Gamxamub who is known for his lovely voice.

May 6 deadline for Synod Assembly
synasm reg open
synod sponsored
The deadline to request Visual Display Space at the 2016 Metro D.C. Synod Assembly on June 16th is approaching. Although the traditional display area will not be available, learn more about the alternative and find the application form at .
ALSO: Registration is now open for the June 16th Metro D.C. Synod Assembly.

Oct. 6-8, Capital Retreat Center in Waynesboro, Penn.
The Region 8 Networks for Mission event continues to take shape under the theme "We Are Church Together." Goals for the event include engaging and encouraging networks to become familiar with the work ad people of other networks (such as ELCA Global Mission, ELCA Mission Interpreters, ELCA Synod and Congregation Communicators, ELCA World Hunger, Luther Disaster Response and Synod Stewardship) and opportunities to learn about these networks. Additional information and registration instructions are expected in the next months.
Event notices

May 5 & May 19, Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virg.
Two seminars through The Church Network's Church Business Administration certification can be taken separately this spring. On May 5, "Communication Issues" with Ken Garfield is offered. On May 19, "Strategic Planning" with Ken McFayden is offered. Visit the Continuing Education page for more information. Additional certification courses will be offered this summer.

Fri. May 6 deadline extension for May 16-18 event, Shrine Mont Conference Center in Orkney Springs, Virg.
The Lutheran Episcopal Joint Committee of Virginia has extended the registration deadline for "In the Breaking of the Bread: Finding Christ in Full Communion." This event is an opportunity for participants to gain working knowledge of The Book of Common Prayer and Evangelical Lutheran Worship, and how to use them to preside with instruction from renowned scholars. Learning and fellowship with national ecumenical officers, bishops, deployment officers, synod staff and full communion clergy partners in your area will equip you for shared ministries of word and sacrament. Registration and more info online.

Wed. May 11, 1-2 p.m. EDT
"Avoiding Burnout: Maintaining Healthy Ministry/Nonprofit Leaders" is a webinar offered by the Wheat Ridge Ministries Starting Smart series. This session will explore simple things that can make a significant impact on health and ability to serve. Presenter is Mark Schoepp, Director of Congregational Engagement for Wheat Ridge Ministries. More at .

May 21 and/or June 4, 9 a.m.-noon, Peace Lutheran in Alexandria, Virg.
"Support U Seminars: A Crash Course for families with aging loved-ones" will again be offered by Lutheran Social Services on the National Capital Area. The Support U classes are developed by an expert geriatric social workers and designed to support persons who have assumed responsibility for aging or ill loved-ones. Session topics include planning ahead, self-care, family dynamics and communication, dealing with dementia and chronic illness, and financial well-being.

Tue. June 21, 4 p.m.
The ELCA is hosting a StewardTalks conference call with author John Herman based on his book, "Imagine a New Economy: Biblical Reflections on Money and Possessions." This is a new opportunity for conversation with authors through a national conference call. Simply call 877-820-7831 and enter the participant passcode 6314685#. The format is 30 minutes of informal conversation with the author, and 30 minutes for questions.

Nov. 4-5, Trinity Lutheran Church in Lansdale, Penn.
The ELCA worship team is planning "Strong Center - Open Door: Engaging Lutheran Worship Today" at three locations in the country. Nearest us is the Lansdale event in November. In this 10th anniversary year of the publication of Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW), you are invited to attend an event focused on Lutheran worship in our current context, both for those who know the treasurers of ELW well and for those engaging the resource for the first time. Core principles of worship will be explored, plus worship, singing, networking "creative brain-sailing," and more. See for additional details.
Job opportunities

Chaplain (full-time) at The Village at Rockville - A National Lutheran Community
The Village at Rockville - A National Lutheran Community is searching for a full-time chplian to provide pastoral care and spiritual ministry services to our campus. Responsibilities include welcoming new residents, providing immediate and long-term spiritual care, providng a full range of saraments and services, ministering to families at the time of death, conducting special services, wriging monthly articles and more. For more information, contact Phyllis Weaver, Executive Assistant at or 301-424-9560.

Youth Director (10 hrs/wk) at Abiding Presence Lutheran in Burke, Virg.
The congregation is seeking a Youth Director to owork with the Childdren & Family Minister and a dedicated team of volunteer youth advisors to strengthen and grow our ministry to 6th-12th grade youth. The complete job description is available at Applicants should send a cover letter and resume electronically to the Rev. Meredith Kesely at

Church Administrator (25-35 hrs/wk) at Christ the King Lutheran in Great Falls, Virg.
The Church Administrator is responsible for providing administrative and secretarial support to the pastor, other staff and leaders of the congregation. Primary responsibilities are office management and property management. Individual with 3-5 years' similar experience, preferably in a no-profit or church setting, preferred. Full job description available on the "Extras" page. Send cover letter, resumes and salary requirement to the congregation (10550 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, Virg 22066) or .

Director of Admissions (full-time) at Lutheran School of theology at Chicago
The Director of Admissions will reach out to a new generation of visionary leaders, leading the task of recruitment and admissions. Interested applicants should either hold a master's level degree in theology or otherwise demonstrate familiarity with the patterns of graduate theological education and the candidacy process of the ELCA. More at

Summer Staff at Mar-Lu-Ridge in Jefferson,, Md. and Caroline Furnace in Fort Valley, Virg.
A few openings for college-age, enthusiastic, faith-filled young people still exist at synod-affiliated camps.  If you - or someone you know in your congregation or circle of friends - would be an amazing summer staff person, please check it out!  "We provide all of the necessary training, room and board, delicious meals, and life-changing experiences," says the director of Mar-Lu-Ridge Camp where applications are found on their Summer Camp page - .  At Caroline Furnace Camp, applications are also online -!join-our-staff/c6of .
Affiliated benefits

Bloomin' Spring Sale
Sat. May 7 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md.
Sponsored by the Auxiliary at The Village at Rockville celebrating its 75th anniversary, all proceeds from this Spring Sale are used to enhance the life of each of the residents with birthday and Christmas parties and gifts, special entertainment every month, TVs, hair care equipment for the beauty shop, and two buses with wheelchair lifts to take residents on sightseeing and luncheon trips. Bargains include beautiful plants, birdhouses and planters, jewelry, baked goods, floral note cards and more. For more information, call 301-354-8460.

DC Diaper Bank Benefit Concert
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 an opportunity 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

Sat. Apr. 30, 9 a.m.-noon, Emmanuel Lutheran in Vienna, Virg.
synod sponsored
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 .

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

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 6-8, Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria
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

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 .
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