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  • Early entry for 2016 calendar


    What will months of brainstorming bring? The date is selected, so get excited about a witness of all ELCA congregations serving our communities for one day in unison. For the fourth observance church-wide, together as one body we can use our hands to do God’s work of restoring and reconciling communities in Jesus Christ’s name throughout the world. Look for resources at

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  • Light in the darkness


    Reacting to recent events in Paris, “a night of grief, anger, loss,” the ELCA presiding bishop reminds us of John 1:5 via Twitter: “Christ is the light that shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it" (11/14/15). "We pray for the victims of the attacks, as well as for those mourning and seeking consolation," said the Rev. Munib A. Younan, president of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), and the Rev. Martin Junge, LWF general secretary, in a joint statement (11/14/15).”The present time calls for people of good will and followers of different religions to come together and work together for peace, justice and respect of human life, including love for the neighbor,” the statement continued. “This is a time for

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  • Here! Because I care.


    GIFTS OF HOPE is a synod alternative gift-giving opportunity, with gift selections from $10 to $250 that show you care and improve lives of many locally and internationally through affiliated organizations. Check out the catalog and… Give More Hope Give more hope to children. Give more hope to the homeless. Give more hope to those who seek work. Give more hope to those who need sustenance. Give more hope to those who need medical or dental care. Give more hope to those who want to improve their daily

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  • Art Contest – 2015 Christmas Greeting


    Art inspires and can give words to our hearts. Grab a camera, markers, watercolors, color pencils, crayons, oils – whatever inspires you – and share your artwork conveying the spirit of Christmas in the 2015 CHRISTMAS GREETING Art Contest. The selected entry will be used by the Metro D.C. Synod, ELCA, as we share our joy in the holy Christmas season with synod colleagues and friends. Please submit entries by Dec. 4, 2015. Full contest guidelines and submission form available from "Forum" blog

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  • CFC and UW #s list


    Many in our area participate in the Combined Federal Campaign or United Way Campaign at their place of employment. If you're thinking about designating your donation to an organization affiliated with ministry in our area, a list compiled by Gifts of Hope may be a useful tool. The synod's Gifts of Hope program, a consortium of 17 Lutheran-sponsored organizations who share a common mission of answering the Lord’s call to aid people in need., handily lists numbers used by their beneficiary organizations in CFC & UW campaigns. Find the numbers list here (link to pdf file) or look under the "Beneficiary Organizations" tab at

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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 2016. Congregations – please link here.

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