CHECK IN   September 15, 2016
Event-focused announcements and job notices
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Synod happenings

Sun. Oct. 30, 4 p.m., Washington National Cathedral    
synod sponsored
Time for the annual synod-hosted Reformation Sunday Worship Service! It will begin at 4 p.m. at the National Cathedral. All are invited. Parking available.
Event notices

TODAY, Sept. 15, 8-8:45 p.m. EDT
A free webinar on "Churches and Copyright" promises to be helpful, offered by Augsburg Fortress. If this date/time doesn't work, a repeat of the webinar is anticipated. Helpful tips on how to be compliant when printing a weekly service bulletin, reproducing music and much are on the agenda. Register from .

Tue. Sept. 20, 10:30 a.m., webinar and at the Franciscan Monastery in NE D.C.
Although only a part of the "Room for Hope" Festival, a conversation with the Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, senior pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem, will be shared via webinar while he is in person in NE D.C. Learn more under "Room for Hope" info in this enews' "Worth Repeating" section.

Mon. Sept.  26, Richmond, Virg.
A religious training session and the National Moral Revival Tour are being cosponsored by the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy and the Virginia council of Churches. You must register ahead of time for the daytime training, but the evening revival is open to all with Dr. William Barber and Dr. James Forbes. More at .

Tue. Sept. 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Newseum in NW D.C.
In a Washington, D.C. Community Forum, the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) will bring together a diverse, intergenerational group of Christian leaders to discuss questions related to faith and politics. Registration preferred by Sept. 16. FTE is a leadership incubator that inspires young people to make a difference in the world through Christian communities. More at .

Sept. 27-29, Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, Virg.
"Start with Good News: Rediscovering the Why of Evangelism" is a conference to reeducate ourselves on how to talk about the gospel and why it matters I the world. Materials promise "Start with Good News" will provide leadership an information relevant to church members of all denominations, sizes and viewpoints. More at .

Sat. Oct. 8, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Epiphany Lutheran in Richmond, Virg.
A Fall Workshop hosted by the Leadership Program for Musicians will be led by St. James Music Press president and editor, Mark Schweizer. Registration deadline is Oct. 1. More at .

Sat. Nov. 5, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Wesley Theological Seminary in D.C.
"Discovering God's Future for Your Church" is a conference and livestream offered through the Lewis Center for Church Leadership. Learn how to discern God's vision for your congregation - a step-by-step process for considering the strengths, challenges, and people that God has given you both in your church and in your community. More at .

Dec. 2-4, Northern Virginia 4H Center, Front Royal, Virg.
synod sponsored
"Chrysalis 2016: Casting Light' is a synod-hosted event open to youth currently in 9th-12th grades and their adult advisors. Registration deadline is Nov. 2. More at .

Jan. 20-23, 2017, Galt House Hotel, Louisville, Ky.
The ELCA Youth Ministry Network Extravaganza 2017 will draw together an estimated 500-750 adults who work with youth in congregations of the ELCA for renewal education and networking. Professionals and volunteers welcome. Registration now open. Scholarship assistance available. More at .
Reformation 500th anniversary
New additions as observances are planned will be listed here and subsequently grouped as "Luther 2017" under the "Events" tab on the synod website.

"Steps of Luther" Trip, Sept. 18-28, 2017, hosted by King of Kings Lutheran in Virg.
Visit the Rhine Valley, Eisenach, Erfurt, Eisleben, Wittenberg, Berlin Dresden, Leipzig, Nuremberg, Augsburg and Munich. Contact the Rev Lynn Miller for more information at .
Worth repeating

Sept. 19-22, various events and locations
Including Tue. Sept. 20, 10:30 a.m. (Meet & Greet with Rev. Dr. Raheb), Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land and livestreamed
The "Room for Hope Festival" is brought to our attention by the synod's Middle East Working Group. Inspiring guests are on hand, including the Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, Senior pastor of Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem, to highlight the unique, rich and vibrant culture of the Holy Land. Art displays, presentation (Monday at St. Mark's Episcopal in D.C.), webinar (Tuesday from Franciscan Monastery in D.C.), cultural showcase (Wednesday at Ravensworth Baptist in Annandale), Panel discussion of "The Situation of Palestinian Christians in the Aftermath of the Arab Spring and Upcoming U.S. Presidential Elections" (Thursday at National Press Club in D.C.) and Concert (Thursday at Faith Lutheran in Arlington) are among the opportunities. Festival information available at To RSVP to an event, visit .

Thu. Sept. 22, 6:30 p.m., The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md.
Next in the Magnify Concert Series will be Griff Kazmiersczak, jazz trumpeter and violinist who is a Strathmore Artist in Residence. Reserve your free ticket by calling 301-354-8437. Forthcoming concerts are scheduled on Sun. Oct. 23 at 3 p.m. and Thu. Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Sat. Sept. 24, 9 a.m.-noon, Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Vienna, Virg.
synod sponsored
The synod's Youth Ministry Team is coordinating Youth Ministry 101, a time to (re)connect with other adults who are doing youth ministry in the Metro D.C. Synod. Vicar Chris Schaefer will lead a time of reflection and sharing. Bring something that's helped you (book, game, service idea) that you can share with others.

Oct. 4-6, Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp & Retreat Center, Fort Valley, Virg.
Debbie Streicher, president of the Christian Education Network of the ELCA, is the presenter for "Renew & Retreat: A Christian Formation Retreat," a retreat for those who either work full-time, part-time or volunteer in Children, Youth and Family Ministry. In addition to worship and sharing time, Streicher will discuss steps needed to immerse our children and youth in faith and creating meaningful milestones, moments that make a difference as they support children, youth and families of all ages in their faith journey.  

Oct. 6-8, Capital Retreat Center in Waynesboro, Penn.
Registration is open for "We Are Church Together - Region 8 Networks for Mission Gathering." Goals for the event include engaging and encouraging networks to become familiar with the work and 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. Through large-group sessions, skill workshops and strategic sharing with participating ELCA ministries and networks, you can return to your congregation and community reenergized and ready to better coordinate and collaborate for mission and ministry in the midst of a changing church. Register here by Sept. 21.

Sat. Oct. 22, 9 a.m-3:45 p.m., Epworth United Methodist in Gaithersburg, Md.
or Sat. Nov. 19, 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m., Christ Church in Fairfax Station, Virg.
"Radical Disciple Making" is a conference brought to our attention by the synod's New & Renewing Missions Table. It takes more than just good intentions to lead your leaders into effective discipleship. Conference leaders share the platform to share what it takes to become a radical disciple making church. Registration and other details at .

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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