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  • Tune in to “welcoming”


    Being a WELCOMING CHURCH can benefit from some self-evaluation and out-of-the-box thinking. The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, ELCA presiding bishop, will host a webcast on the topic live on Wednesday May 25, 2016, at 8 p.m. Eastern time. Additional details will be available next week, but prep yourself with some reflection. What makes me feel welcome? What makes me feel neglected or ignored? How does my congregation present itself to new people? Share your questions and insights during the webcast, too. Let's tune in to equip ourselves to convey the welcome that's in our hearts and convictions. Stay tuned: www.elca.org/webcast

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  • Making most of a summer day


    Can’t take a phone in the canoe! Consider sending your child, youth, teen, family, SELF to camp this summer. When the day begins, options exist that can stimulate the senses and imprint a lifetime. Both Caroline Furnace in Fort Valley, Virginia and Mar-Lu-Ridge in Jefferson, Maryland have several age ranges, activity levels and interest areas from which to choose – but all include worship, play and wonder in God’s creation. Sip an iced glass lemonade while you look over the selections, and make a plan for some super summer days in 2016. Visit www.carolinefurnace.org and www.mar-lu-ridge.org -  but turn the ringer off the phone for

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  • Not the same magazine


    Living Lutheran, the new magazine of the ELCA, is here! Redesigned and rebranded, the ELCA's monthly magazine and its accompanying website have been refreshed to better serve you. Visit the new website now (www.livinglutheran.org) and check out its bold, modern look. Living Lutheran is your source for news, reflections and stories from the ELCA and its local and global companions. The magazine covers religious news and social issues, congregational life, global and domestic mission, family matters, spiritual practices and resources, and more. As the magazine of the ELCA, their mission is to: Nurture awareness of Christ’s presence in our lives and the world Share stories of God’s people living their faith Connect readers

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  • Windhoek and Washington side-by-side in May


    Our synod is enriched by Companion Synod ties with Lutherans in Namibia. Help us welcome Bishop Ernest //Gamxamub [click language spelling] of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN) and ELCRN Finance Minister Leonard de Vries while they are in our area May 1-5. They will greet us at several opportunities. "All are welcome!" says Kathryn Tobias of the synod Global Missions Team. MONDAY MAY 2 at 7 p.m. - Vespers & Reception at Lutheran Church of the Reformation on Capitol Hill. Bishop //Gamxamub will offer a homily. WEDNESDAY MAY 4 at 9:30 a.m. - Devotions & Talk at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Springfield, Virginia. From the Rev. Bob Allard, Global Missions Team:"Bishop Ernst //Gamxamub

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  • Summer camp staff – now hiring!


    A few openings for college-age, enthusiastic, faith-filled young people still exist at synod-affiliated camps in Jefferson, Md. and Fort Valley, Virg.  If you - or someone you know in your congregation or circle of friends - would be an amazing summer staff person, please check it out!  “We provide all of the necessary training, room and board, delicious meals, and life-changing experiences,” says the director of Mar-Lu-Ridge Camp where applications are found on their Summer Camp page - www.mar-lu-ridge.org/camp/summer-jobs/ .  At Caroline Furnace Camp, applications are also online - www.carolinefurnace.org/#!join-our-staff/c6of

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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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