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In churches across Metro D.C., people strengthen one another in struggle, celebrate life's joys,
engage their faith and find vision and guidance. Identify an ELCA congregation near you.

  • Every life is precious


    In neighboring Baltimore, faith leaders have spoken to "unfolding events surrounding the tragic and untimely death of Freddie Gray" and called for a public moment of silence in gatherings of worship. After reading a statement endorsed by three faith leader groups at an April 23, 2015 press conference, the Rev. Wolfgang Herz-Lane, Bishop of the ELCA Delaware-Maryland Synod, said: "The heart of this statement is an invitation for Christians, Jews and Muslims this weekend, whether we worship on Friday in a mosque, on Saturday in a synagogue, or Sunday in Christian church, for all of us this weekend to take some time to pray about this situation, to reflect about the underlying causes of racism and discrimination and inadequate opportunity,

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  • Fight the fever


    This will be the final observance of World Malaria Day within the ELCA Malaria Campaign - let's make it a great one! If your congregation plans to join millions of friends across the globe by commemorating World Malaria Day on Sunday, April 26, then you'll want to check out these new materials available from the ELCA Malaria Campaign. World Malaria Day is an opportunity to remember those who have died from malaria, honor those who live with the daily realities of the disease and renew our commitment to join the global movement of people who are making malaria history. Our local coordinator is also glad to help. More about local efforts here. "O Lord, my God, I called to you for help and you have healed me." Psalm 30:2 [caption

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  • Alleluia!


    In each song of triumph, in each anthem, may you with heart rejoicing join on Easter day! ~ greeting found on old worship

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  • New donation method


    Gifts of Hope is an alternative gift-giving program that connects donors and 17 affiliated local and international organizations serving individuals and families. Gifts through this ministry of the Metro D.C. Synod are available year-round, such as language interpretation services, Metro cards, and Slovakian church repair. AND NOW, in the course of normal amazon.com shopping, 0.5% of eligible purchases can ALSO support Gifts of Hope. How? Start from smile.amazon.com and select “Metropolitan Wash DC Synod” as your preferred charity organization. Learn more at

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  • Toes wiggling in grass


    The joys of summer are abundant. Camp is a place for any age to savor time away, encountering the love of God in the breezes, in mastery of a new skill, from a caring counselor, beside a smoky campfire, in a new lifelong friend. Explore what's available at two outdoor ministries nearby - Caroline Furnace in Fort Valley, Virginia; and Mar-Lu-Ridge in Jefferson, Maryland. Cool employment opportunities,

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The BEST of intentions! “Statements of Intent” can now be registered online, and they are foundational for planning our ministry partnership in 2015. Congregations – please link here.

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