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  • Life course not in catalog


    "In a college atmosphere of competition and an intense focus on individual performance, Jesus’ words of love and grace are even more important for students to hear and embody," says the Rev Ray Ranker, chaplain at the University of Maryland in College Park. Connect yourself or students in your life and your congregation to Lutheran Campus Ministry - here in our area and across the country. Find out more in Chaplain Ranker's guest blog post, "Nourishment on campus." IMAGE from "The Humble Walk," a video describing a student worship opportunity. View in full at

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  • Rolling up 1,000s of sleeves


    "When one congregation or a group of congregations gather for service in their local communities, they are the church in that place, taking care of that part of God's vineyard," says ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton. "'God's work. Our hands.' Sunday" on Sept. 13 is another opportunity for such dedicated service.  Host your service event after worship, or arrange for worship at the site you’re serving and welcome others! Consider partnering with other ELCA congregations in your area. The possibilities are endless! Ideas and planning tools are available at www.ELCA.org/dayofservice. Interested in those attention-grabbing yellow tshirts? Order from Old Lutheran. And register your project to help share and tell stories about the good

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  • Explore Lutheran colleges – at once


    Informal and designed to encourage questions and conversations, the Lutheran College Fair coming to Fairfax, Virg. on Sun. Sept. 27 is for interested students and families of all faith backgrounds. Each event begins with a presentation about financial aid and how to make a private college education affordable.  Afterwards, attendees have the chance to meet with any or all of the colleges represented. While students of all ages are welcome, 10th – 12th graders and their parents will find the fairs especially useful. The event in Fairfax will happen at Lord of Life Lutheran Church from 4:30-7:30 p.m. More on

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  • Is Pastor’s cell phone a biz expense?


    Church treasurers manage a lot. Housing allowances, tax reporting, software choices and designated contributions are only a few of the topics to be addressed by the CLAIM Treasurer's Forum hosted by the ELCA Delaware-Maryland Synod, and local church treasurers, finance committee members and pastors are invited to hear a knowledgeable presenter, the Rev. Dick Goodlin, at the event in Baltimore on the morning of Sat. Oct. 10. "This seminar will answer many questions that I get in the synod office,” says John Handley, our synod treasurer. Flyer with details and reservation instructions available on the Extras

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  • Ballgame bonus


    Bring your congregation, friends, family (and mitt) for a day at Nationals Park on "Lutheran Day" - Saturday, September 19 at 4:05 p.m. Discounted tickets for outfield reserved and gallery seats can be obtained by going to Nationals.com/tickets and using code LUTHERAN. One suggestion: Wear your spiffy yellow tshirt if you've got one! Maybe if there are enough of us, we can sing "A Mighty Fortress" during the 7th inning stretch... Flyer to share info about Lutheran Day at Nationals Park available from "Extras"

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