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  • #whycamp notions


    Why has camping at an outdoor ministry site touched you? Bullying-free zone. A heart full of praise. Friendships. Kayaking biceps. Help navigating life’s challenges. Drippy s'mores. Marvel at God’s creation. During “I Love Camp” month in February, you are invited to tell us your #WHYCAMP notion. “#WHYCAMP? Because it lifts up young leaders who then become church leaders.” contributes the Metro D.C. Synod’s own Maddie Tallman, Administrative Fellow on staff. “For several years, I worked as a counselor at Mar-Lu-Ridge and witnessed not only my own leadership skills develop and flourish, but also the leadership skills of many counselors after me as well,” she tells us. “Several of my camp peers have started

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  • In case of inclement weather


    Heavy snowfall, limited travel and potential power outages are among expectations with severe winter weather. Practical congregation storm-prep measures - as individuals, as worshiping communities, as facility managers, and as good neighbors - are compiled in the post: "Storm blows in considerations." At the synod office, we follow closures as announced by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Go to www.opm.gov and glance at "Operating Status" on the top bar to check. In case of urgency, synod leaders are invited to contact Bishop Graham if the office is not open. PRAYER (adapted from ELCA Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod) Heavenly Father, We lift before you people in the path of the storm, especially those who are

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  • Week of Prayer for Christian Unity


    The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity invites the whole Christian community throughout the world to pray in communion with the prayer of Jesus “that they all may be one” (John 17:21). Traditionally, the week of prayer is celebrated between 18-25 January, between the feasts of St Peter and St Paul. Hearts are touched and Christians come together to pray for their unity. Congregations and parishes all over the world exchange preachers or arrange special ecumenical celebrations and prayer services. The theme for 2016 is "Called to proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord" (1 Peter 2:9). Find worship ideas and more from

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  • Conversation on racism continues


    Conversation on racism – a violation of God’s intention for humanity – was continued with another live webcast held Thursday, January 14th. ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton and William B. Horne II, an ELCA member from Clearwater, Fla. were joined by other ELCA members who brought various perspectives on the U.S. criminal justice system. View the archived podcast and find additional resources at  www.elca.org/webcast. Participate on social media with the hashtag

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  • Got Souper Bowl plans?


    Super Bowl weekend can be a time for youth to mobilize to fight hunger and poverty in their local communities with the Souper Bowl of Caring. In the weeks leading up to or on Super Bowl Sunday (which falls on February 7, 2016), participating young people take up a collection (many use a soup pot), asking for one dollar or one item of food for people in need. They give 100% of their donation directly to the local hunger-relief charity of their choice. A Souper Bowl poster from ELCA World Hunger (like this banner photo!) is available at http://resources.elca.org/Hunger_Resources-Souper_Bowl_of_Caring_Poster.html. Learn more at

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