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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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  • Draw us in!


    Grab a camera, markers, watercolors, color pencils, crayons, oils – whatever inspires you – and please share your artwork conveying the spirit of Christmas in the 2014 CHRISTMAS GREETING Art Contest. The selected entry will be used by the Metro D.C. Synod, ELCA, as we share our joy in the holy Christmas season with synod colleagues and friends. All ages - all talents - submit entries by Dec. 2, 2014. Full details

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  • Spend January Sunday in Slovakia


    Which is bigger - the state of Virginia or the country of Slovakia? Slovakia is HALF the size, and contains a full, fascinating faith history and present. Celebrate Companion Synod connections between the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Slovakia and our ELCA Metro D.C. Synod on January 25, 2015. Lessons for youth, background on "articular church" architecture, a first-person story from teen years to adulthood of Christian life in a changing land and more have been prepared to assist congregations with observing Companion Synod Sunday. Link to this Resource Guide, photos and more. Map image from

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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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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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