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  • Full human flourishing


    “You know, Bishop Graham, it is a bit ironic that you asked the president of an organization that’s devoted to doing good works to speak at a service commemorating a radical idea in the Gospel that our good works don’t save us,” said Lutheran World Relief (LWR) president and CEO Ambassador Daniel Speckhard (ret.) in his message on Reformation Sunday at the service hosted by the synod at Washington National Cathedral. “So why do good works if we don’t have to earn God’s favor?” “I believe as the saying goes that God doesn’t need our good works, but our neighbor does,” he continued. “We don’t seek just the eradication of poverty or the end of catastrophic disasters. The ultimate goal of the changes we seek at LWR

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  • Fall afternoon fun supports Lifeline


    Spend a lively afternoon on Sat. Nov. 15 at Harvest Fest – featuring games, crafts prizes and food while supporting Lifeline Partnership’s programs for teens and adults with developmental disabilities. Bean Bag Toss, Face Painting, Spin Art, Dress A Bear and more will make for an especially great time for kids – all indoors at First Trinity Lutheran Church in D.C. near the Judiciary Square Metro stop. See flyer for details or learn about Lifeline Partnership at

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  • Ecumenical prayer for Holy Land monthly


    We are invited to pray with and for our sisters and brothers in the Holy Land who have called for an ecumenical prayer vigil across the globe on the 24th of every month. Lutheran World Federation (LWF) shared prayers for healing, justice, and hope to use with the monthly observance in the month of August - available in a pdf file from the "Extras" page. More about the Prayer Vigil for the Christian communities in Palestine and Israel, for all those who are suffering in the Holy Land, for Palestinians and Israelis, and for peace in the Middle East and the world linked from http://lwfjerusalem.org/. Shared in a 10/23/14 LWF email: A Prayer for Gaza After the sounds of bombs, the crash of tumbling stone to rubble, and the cries of the

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  • First steps underway: Ebola


    Being aware of Ebola virus symptoms and understanding how the virus is spread are two of the first steps necessary in controlling this deadly disease. You can support Lutheran Disaster Response's (LDR) work in providing prevention and sensitization messaging. Visit the Ebola Outbreak giving page, https://community.elca.org/ebolaoutbreakresponse, and learn more about LDR's activity to battle this Ebola outbreak at

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  • Tickets now for 2015 TIM


    Zip past fall to winter, and the 2015 Together in Mission (TIM) will convene. Why mention that now? You can get tickets before Sept. 30, 2014 for a discount! Hear a slate of 10-20 speakers, speaking for up to 18 minutes about their best ideas for following Jesus in the 21st century. Tickets for the Saturday, January 31, 2015 event and additional details at

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With fall comes the seasonal launch of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). The synod's Gifts of Hope program compiled a list of beneficiary organizations' numbers used by the CFC and United Way (UW) campaigns for your convenience.

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