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  • Gifts, passions & call explored in ALT Year


    "We extend the invitation for you to join us as together we create spaces for young adult Christians to unwrap the gift of the gospel again and again as they see Jesus in our church and in our streets.... and then just listen to what they'll have to teach us!" says ELCA pastor Josh Graber, developer of the Abundant Life Together (ALT) Year. Participants age 18-25 will leave the 9 month experience with tools to engage a changing culture, offer wisdom and leadership to a church in transition, and address societal issues with faith, justice and courage. More on the "Young Adult Ministry" page under the "Ministries" tab on this

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  • Prayer for peacemaking


    "Let us pray that we remember the promise of your Spirit poured out upon all flesh that we do not wait for others to be peacemakers but take up the work ourselves, and that your healing power be poured out in Ferguson, Cleveland, New York, and in all places where families grieve lives ended too soon, and the brokenness of our human communities is laid bare." Prayer shared by the Rev. Yvette Schock, Associate Pastor, Faith Lutheran Church, during the Advent Eucharist Service on Dec. 9, 2014. "My petition was inspired in part by 'Advent Credo' by Daniel Berrigan," she

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  • Webcast or in person, worship with Bethlehem


    In a GREAT use of technology, we in the Metro D.C. area can worship together with people of Bethlehem in a joint simulcast worship service on Sat. Dec. 20 at 10 a.m. Gather at Washington National Cathedral to be connected with the Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem in a time of prayers, readings and hymns alternated between the two locations. Bishop Graham will bring the message. The event is scheduled to be webcast. More at

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  • Much to get ready!


    Don't let packages be your only prep for Christmas. A series of Advent devotions have been prepared cooperatively by ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and the leaders of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and The Episcopal Church. Presiding Bishop Eaton's contributions begin the series on Nov. 30. You are welcome and encouraged to use these devotions individually and in your congregation, taking reflection time in this holy season. Download from announcement at

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  • Open a card with hope inside


    An e-reader with print size & light adjustment for seniors at the Village at Rockville (a National Lutheran Community), a pre-loaded Metro card to get a client of N Street Village to a medical appointment, construction supplies to repair a church tower in a Slovakian village - all found in the Gifts of Hope catalog. With prices ranging from $10 to $250, this synod-sponsored compilation supports mission and programs of area Lutheran social service organizations, camps, colleges, seminaries, and Companion Synods abroad. Bring hope to others while honoring those on your gift list. Gifts of Hope will give you a card to notify the receiver of your selection. More 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 2015. Congregations – please link here.

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