METROLINES   September 2016

News for our congregations, leaders and friends

sharing what's happening in local ministry together.


Synod Focus



INVITATION TO SYNOD HOSTED REFORMATION SERVICE

A worship service commemorating the Reformation is sponsored annually by the Metro D.C. Synod. This year we will gather at 4 p.m. on Sun. Oct. 30 at Washington National Cathedral. All are invited. Reformation Sunday is observed in October, recalling Martin Luther's posting of 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, on October 31, 1517.



Local Info



GROUNDBREAKING FOR ST. MATTHEW'S D.C.

"After all the hurdles and roadblocks, and incredibly long journey, it is great to finally have the... St. Matthew's groundbreaking," wrote the Rev. Phil Huber, interim for the D.C. congregation located in what's referred to as the Southwest Waterfront neighborhood. The event on Sept. 11, 2016, included "free food, events for children (face painting, a balloon artist, magician and games) architectural display of the new church and apartment complex and a DJ presenting festive music." Worship space, community center and apartments are included in plans.



NETWORKING FOR REGION 8 LUTHERANS

"The ELCA Networks for Missions Event: Region 8" will take place in Waynesboro, Penn. on Oct. 6-8, and all members interested in meeting others who are passionate about bearing witness to Jesus Christ in word and deed, ending hunger, responding to disasters, global engagement, communicating and sharing the story of the ELCA are invited to the gathering. Learn more at: www.elca.org/Resources/ELCA-Networks-Region-8.



LUTHERAN LAY FELLOWSHIP FORMAT CHANGES

Lutheran Lay Fellowship (LLF), a long-standing group aiming to encourage and develop better understanding and fellowship among all Lutherans along with other objectives, has reshaped its presence in our area. "We no longer have 'guest speakers' like in the past," says Dave Lambert, LLF board member. "Fellowship Square has four locations of low-income housing which were started by LLF some 50 years ago, and our emphasis has now turned to how we can serve the residents. We still offer a yearly scholarship or two and provide ushers for the Reformation Service in October." Learn more about the organization's ministry at www.lutheranlayfellowship.org/.



SYNOD ASSEMBLY OFFERING REPORTED

An offering during the 2016 Synod Assembly was received for training of our Racial Equity Team and synod members in awareness and skill building to help God work with us "For the Healing of the Nations." In addition to $75 for ELCA World Hunger, $736 was offered to that training.



NEW NAME FOR THC

Transitional Housing Corporation has a new name: Housing Up. It was founded in 1990 as a faith-based homeless services organization by a partnership of Christ Lutheran Church, Community Family Life Services and Samaritan Ministries of Greater Washington. "The name Housing Up aligns with our move away from transitional housing programs and toward permanent affordable housing solutions," says the web announcement. 

Resource Alert



SYNOD RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES

Energized by the leadership of the synod's Racial Equity Team at 2016 Synod Assembly, congregations are invited to revisit the three video/discussion segments, worship components, resource list and more under the "Ministries" tab on the synod website: http://metrodcelca.org/racial-equity/ .



LBWs AVAILABLE

A congregation with 150 green Lutheran Book of Worship (LBW) hymnals contacted the synod office to say they'd be glad to give them to any congregation, ministry or service organization that could use them. Contact Katharyn Wheeler in the synod office to make the connection with the generous folks at Resurrection Lutheran in Spotsylvania, Penn.



WHERE DOES YOUR OFFERING GO?

From many corners of our synod, I've heard that folks appreciated the "Where does your offering go?" video shown at the 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. You may find it helpful in your local congregation too. Different than described in the video, however, please note that the Metro D.C. Synod is one of six pilot synods that receive no funds back from the ELCA for things like new congregation starts, so we are resourcing the work of the larger church at 35 percent.

where does your offering go?
where does your offering go?




GARDENS CAN GATHER

Garden yields are diminishing this late-summer, but a "Community Gardens How-To Guide" is available for spring dreamers in your congregation through ELCA World Hunger. Find it at: http://resources.elca.org/Products-World_Hunger_Community_Gardens_Guide.html .



NEWSLETTER FROM ELCA DISABILITY MINISTRIES

"As a person who lives with disabilities in myself and loved ones... this ministry has my whole heart and soul," writes Rachel Bouman, program director for the Disability Ministries of the ELCA which launched a newsletter this summer. The focus is sharing stories, ideas and resources that highlight the gifts of being in communion with people with disabilities for building up the body of Christ. For example, did you know ELW is now available in Braille? More at http://download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/Disability_Newsletter.pdf .



NEW LOOK FOR JOYFUL NEWS

Did you know our Synodical Women's Organization posts their newsletter to the synod website?  New editors have brought a new style to the publication, including personable introductions of board members. Find the latest Joyful News issue at http://metrodcelca.org/publications/joyfulnews/ .

Announed Churchwide



KEY CWA ACTIONS

"ELCA Churchwide Assembly key actions" is a press release summarizing major decisions of the Aug. 8-13, 2016 gathering. Review from https://www.elca.org/News-and-Events/7852 . (NOTE: Find a local POV on CWA in two blog posts highlighted below.)



"CALLED FORWARD TOGETHER IN CHRIST" PROCESS MARKER

Some of us answered online surveys and others took part in conversations led by the ELCA Churchwide Representative at the 2016 Synod Assembly. This and other input produced a paper released July 26 in phase one of "Called Forward Together in Christ," an initiative that asks members to consider the kind of church God is calling the ELCA to become. Find the paper at https://www.elca.org/future .



1517 MEDIA

Augsburg Fortress, the publishing house of the ELCA, has adopted a new name: 1517 Media. "1517 Media connects us to our Reformation history and conveys the vision needed as together we communicate God's liberating grace for the sake of the world," said Bishop Gerald Mansholt of the ELCA East-Central Synod of Wisconsin. 1517 Media has three publishing units: Augsburg Fortress, Fortress Press, and Sparkhouse. (ELCA News, 6/29/16)



ELCA FEDERAL CREDIT UNION

The new ELCA Federal Credit Union celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony June 6 at its headquarters in The Lutheran Center in Chicago. The institution will serve ELCA members, congregations and ELCA-related ministries and their employees. More at https://www.elca.org/News-and-Events/7833 and https://www.elcafcu.org/.

Blog Post Reprise

forum blog


Church intern without a tabbed collar

Local congregation uses non-seminary internship to help prepare young adult for her vocation in the world.

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forum blog


ELCA resource and local expert guide criminal justice study

Strengths and problems in the criminal justice system as well as our commitment as people of faith to care and respond were explored by a local congregation.

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forum blog


Active local woman becomes YAGM

Service is not new to Rachel Carle. Now she's taken an opportunity to grow in faith and work hand-in-hand with brothers and sisters in Cambodia through the ELCA's Young Adults in Global Mission program.

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staff insights blog


La obra de Dios. Nuestras manos.

Want to learn liturgy in Spanish? Our Assistant to the Bishop lent her voice to this free program from Trinity Lutheran Seminary.

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forum blog


8G is more than digits

Sketch the embodiment of the ELCA at the recent ELCA Churchwide Assembly, and you'll see several members of the Metro D.C. Synod who made their presence known.

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forum blog


Our ELCA when it met in NOLA

A bird's eye view of meaningful business and evocative worship during the 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly was shared by folks who were there.

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staff insights


Spring cleaning

A mop bucket may not be the best tool for spring cleaning church records, but a schedule from the ELCA for record discard and retention can come in handy.

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forum blog


Also available...

Find reprints of columns from Living Lutheran magazine by Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton in the synod's Forum blog: How will people know? * A proclivity for paradox * What it means to be Lutheran.

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Share your news! Contact the Editor, Karen Krueger, at kkrueger@metrodcelca.org.

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