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  • Christian unity – praying together

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    At least once a year, Christians are reminded of Jesus’ prayer for his disciples that “they may be one so that the world may believe” (see John 17.21). Locally, Bishop Richard Graham will take part in a Prayer Celebration in northern Virginia on Tuesday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mount Olivet United Methodist Church in Arlington, Virg. with Bishop Young Jin Cho, Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church; Bishop Ted Gulick, Episcopal Diocese of Virginia; and Bishop Paul Loverde, Roman Catholic Diocese of Arlington (see flyer). The event that touches off this special experience is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, celebrated between 18-25 January. “Jesus said to her: ‘Give me to drink’” reads John 4:7.

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  • Our best ideas for following Jesus

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    Given 18 minutes, a pov and a lifetime of reflection, what would you share about following Jesus in the 21st century? Great speakers are prepared to do just that on Saturday January 31 at the 2015 synod-wide Together in Mission event. Some refer to it as "TIM-talks," shared by a slate including Christians from many walks of life. Through Jan. 16th, the price per ticket to be there life at Luther Place Memorial in NW D.C. is reduced to $40. Get tickets and learn what else to expect from

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  • Winter time-out

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    A family-style overnight makes winter fun at Mar-Lu-Ridge Retreat Center in Jefferson, Md. What’s not to love about games, hot chocolate & marshmallows around a roaring bonfire, songs in the chapel and stocking-footed time to relax? Lodging in the cabin area, meals in the hall. More at

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  • Use for a phone or tablet?

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    Daily Grace from Women of the ELCA is an on-the-go companion for your journey, offering a faith reflection every day. In these brief writings you’ll encounter God’s extravagant, boundless and often surprising grace. You will be comforted, challenged, inspired, consoled and confronted. Take time to reflect, offer a prayer and prepare for the day. Read the daily message or choose Random Grace. More at

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  • Spend January Sunday in Slovakia

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    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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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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