God’s work. Our hands.

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.

  • Let your imagination flow


    “God’s Work. Our Hands. Sunday” day of service on September 7, 2014 will look different in each congregation of the ELCA, but a sea of yellow tshirts, impacting their communities with the love of God from Metro D.C. Synod to the ELCA Alaska Synod and beyond, has exciting potential. As we approach the 2nd annual “God’s Work. Our Hands. Sunday” day of service, catch these resources available to enhance your congregation’s plans and

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  • “Glocal” intersection down the road


    Global and local realities intersect as we participate in God's world today. God's mission of reconciliation calls us to reconciliation not only with one another but with all of creation. You're invited to an ELCA Glocal Mission Gathering hosted by the nearby West Virginia/Western Maryland Synod on Sept. 19-20 in Martinsburg, WV, encouraging mission conversations around the realities of this world God loves. Song, food, stories, a keynote on hunger issues and much more will expand your experience and worldview. Learn

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  • Friends already waiting for you at school


    There is an ELCA presence at more than 180 state and private colleges and universities, and cooperating congregations in campus ministry at an additional 400 campuses nationwide. Students find “food, fellowship, and faith formation” says Chaplain Anne Jones of campus ministry at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.* “There are also several opportunities for weekend retreats and Spring Break trips. According to the students, one of the greatest things… is the ability to gather seven days a week in our campus ministry house to hang out with friends, study, or find a moment of silence in the chapel room.” Heading to higher education yourself, or sending a student to the next step on their academic

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  • Trying to understand poverty survival


    Through assisting with a poverty simulation on July 16, Lutheran Services in America (LSA) helped members of Congress and their staff understand more of the daily realities of poverty. Along with Future Without Poverty coalition collaborators like Catholic Charities USA and Entergy, the bipartisan event hosted nearly a dozen House members in a make-believe town at the Capitol Visitors Center where four weeks surviving as a family on a low-income, such as meeting basic necessities of nutrition and healthcare, were simulated. More from LSA ("Role-playing helps legislative leaders feel the stresses of surviving in poverty," 7/19/14) and from The Washington Post ("On Capitol Hill, a brief simulation of what poor Americans go through each day"

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  • Ebola, Gaza, Unaccompanied Children at the border: LWR responds


    The Ebola outbreak in West Africa, unrest in Gaza and the unaccompanied minors at the border crisis have all been dominating headlines and news broadcasts. With your help, Lutheran World Relief is responding, working with partners around the world to reach people affected by all three of these situations. Read these articles to find out what's being done. 5 ways Lutherans are Fighting Ebola in West Africa / The Crisis in Gaza: How LWR is Responding / 3 Ways LWR is Helping Unaccompanied

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Review Synod Assembly actions, photos & audio, from our get-together on June 21, 2014. "We are the church together."

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