CHECK IN   May 18, 2016
Event-focused announcements and job notices
updated for our members and friends 
Synod happenings

Wed. May 25, 8 p.m. EDT, webcast
The ELCA presiding bishop and additional panelists will again host a live webcast. "As we continue the conversation on racism in the United States, we must look within our congregations and communities," says promotional material. "A Place for All" is the theme for the webcast. Live stream will be available from Submit a question to be considered with your name and congregation with location to Webcast access and advance details at

Sat. June 11, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Reformation in NW D.C.
Order tickets by May 20!
Youth Day at the Ballpark is ballgame and service activity for middle & high school youth and their chaperones. Travel to/from LCOR to see the Nationals take on the Phillies, and bag meals to be distributed through area service organizations. Order tickets by May 20. More at .
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Sat. June 18, Good Shepherd Lutheran in Gaithersburg, Md.
The theme of the 2016 Metro D.C. Synod Assembly is "For the Healing of the Nations." Registration is open through June 1 for Voting Members and visitors. Find out more from
Event notices

May 24-25, Garrett College in McHenry, Md.
A Train the Trainers event has been recommended by our Region 8 Coordinator for Missional Leadership. Not every congregation in 8G is urban, and the event is a Rural Clergy Training program to help clergy and houses of worship they serve prepare to be important contact points for veterans and their families following deployments and combat service. Learn more at

Thursdays June 2, 9 & 16, 7-8:30 p.m., St. George's Episcopal in Arlington, Virg.
Our full-communion partner congregation invites us to "Refugee Crisis Forums," a series of community forums which delve deeply into the reality of refugees' lives, the intersection between faith and public policy, and opportunities to ease suffering. Speakers include UNHCR experts, interfaith community leaders and refugees themselves.  RSVP at

July 24-29, Roanoke College in Salem, Virg.
Rising 10th and 11th graders are invited to "ask the big questions" and live on campus for a week with Theology4Teens. Morning sessions with a professor will include the ideas of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and afternoon sessions with Roanoke students and activities will fill out the experience. More at

Aug. 14-19, Hillside, Colorado
Lutheran Men in Mission are gathering men from coast-to-coast for a backpacking adventure in the mountains at Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp. It will be a Christ-centered adventure that is challenging both physically and spiritually. More at
Job opportunities

Director of Music Ministries (full-time) at Community Lutheran in Sterling, Virg.
The director will lead the congregation's variety of musical activities and ensembles, supervising a program that enhances the musical and spiritual life of the congregation through worship, education, recruitment and outreach. The Director will nurture and expand existing choral and instrumental ensembles, while creating additional musical opportunities. The Director will be involved in the life of the church, understanding and collaborating with the other ministries of Community Lutheran Salary and benefits commensurate with professional church musicians in the metro D.C. Area. Interested persons should send a cover letter or resume via email to John White,, who will furnish the formal job description and other pertinent information. Questions may be addressed to the same email address.

Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries (15 hrs/wk) at Peace Lutheran in Alexandria, Virg.
The Director is responsible for shaping ministries for children 0-18 and their families. The goal is an integrated ministry that equips parents and families to put faith at the center of their lives, involves children and youth in a variety of aspects of church life, and mentors youth as they grow in faith and life. The Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries is a part-time, non-exempt position. Pay is $18/hr with ample paid vacation. A complete job description is available at . Apply by Fri. June 10 by sending cover letter and resume to

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 chaplain to provide pastoral care and spiritual ministry services to our campus. Responsibilities include welcoming new residents, providing immediate and long-term spiritual care, providing a full range of sacraments and services, ministering to families at the time of death, conducting special services, writing 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
Worth repeating

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.
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We all stand in God's bread line.
~ Pastor quoted by Presiding Bishop Eaton in video prepared for 2016 Synod Assemblies