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  • Dancing keeps you warm!

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    Making their farewell tour, the popular duo LOST AND FOUND will have a concert on Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Alexandria, Virginia. That should brighten up a winter day! And if you can’t make it, look ahead to another tour stop by LOST AND FOUND at our 2015 Synod Assembly – a Friday night musical bonus on June 19 in Leesburg,

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  • #Lent2015 reflections in pictures

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    Several synods brainstormed a way to witness through the 40 days of Lent with a photo-a-day activity. Does an image come to mind? #DUST. #PROCLAIM. #SIGN. #TRANSGRESSION. #LISTEN. Take part by searching the hashtag of the daily word for your own reflection, and consider taking a photo which pulls you into the day's word to your favorite social media platform to share with others, sharing with the hashtag #lent2015. More information at

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  • Tangible table teaching tool

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    Pray for countries in the news and help find your sponsored missionary's country with the Global Church PlaceMap. It is a FREE resource. Excellent for use as a display, coloring sheet, placemat at global mission dinners, or an educational introduction to www.ELCA.org/map. DOWNLOAD a copy at www.ELCA.org/resources/globalchurch. ORDER printed PlaceMaps in pads of 100 maps each. (Request the number of pads you want: 1 = 100 maps, 2 = 200, etc.) Request 1 or 2 pads (100 or 200 maps) with FREE shipping and handling at 800-638-3522 or RISelca.org. For larger orders, shipping and handling charges will apply; please call 800-638-3522, ext.

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  • Annual Stewardship Campaign advice

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    Finally, a workshop that will help you plan your congregation’s annual stewardship campaign. Expect practical, implementable steps that you can take right away to have a big impact. You will leave with a plan customized for your congregation. In March, attend either in Springfield or Silver Spring, but take advantage of presenter Paul Erbe's insights, brought to you by the synod's Stewardship & Mission Support Table.

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  • Nurturing our nature

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    In February, we have a special opportunity to celebrate the beauty of creation, to recognize the importance of retreating, and to honor relationships that are fostered through outdoor ministry at Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp and Retreat Center in Fort Valley, Virginia and Mar-Lu-Ridge Camp and Retreat Center in Jefferson, Maryland. Something about fresh air and the blowing of the Spirit go together! Find resources for observing "'I Love Camp' Month" in a Forum blog

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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.

Statement of Intent

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