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  • Tuesday mornings during Lent

    As many of us enhance our discipleship practices during Lent, the synod staff invites you to join us for devotions before our staff meetings on Tuesday mornings from 9:05-9:20 a.m. Lent extends from March 1 through April 13 this year. We're going to use Luther's Small Catechism for our devotion time. Staff will use "Free Indeed: Devotions for Lent 2017." It i available in a mini-booklet from Augsburg Fortress and as an e-book. Themes from the Small Catechism can be followed without purchasing "Free Indeed." One place to find an app for the Small Catechism, for example, is from the ELCA500.org website. Tue. Mar. 7 led by Bishop Graham - The 7th Commandment, "You shall not steal" Tue. Mar. 14 led by the Rev. Leila Ortiz - The

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  • Life-changing outdoor camp experiences

    by Sarah Lefler and Reuben Todd* Thousands of people each year at Caroline Furnace and Mar-Lu-Ridge are touched by the important camping and retreat opportunities they offer. We encourage you to participate in "I Love Camp" Month** during February to highlight these valuable outdoor ministries of the Metro D.C. Synod. Here's how you can be involved. Invite a camp staff member, or a camper/camp family from your congregation, to give a short talk during worship one Sunday. We are always happy to share the news of camp with your church family. Advertise Summer Camp opportunities in your bulletins and newsletters. These links will help you provide quick access to our online resources and registration sites. Caroline

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  • Immigrant roots familiar to Lutherans

    “I’m grateful for the chance to be here to speak in favor of a country that supports refugees and immigrants,” said the Rev. Richard H. Graham, bishop, ELCA Metro D.C. Synod, at a Jan. 25, 2017 press conference sharing an interfaith response to recent executive orders on immigration. “Our nation needs to be more welcoming, and not less; and more caring, and not less; and more open-minded, and not less. “As a Lutheran leader, I preach every week in congregations where people remember their immigrant roots: Germans and Swedes and Norwegians and Danes and Slovaks, and now people from Central America and from Ethiopia and from West Africa. We know what it means to have come here from someplace else and to have struggled against

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  • Human trafficking lifeline

    “It’s hard to imagine this horrific crime happening in our own backyards, but the truth is Virginia had the ninth-highest number of reported human trafficking cases nationwide in 2015,” wrote Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring. 1  Human trafficking victims have been identified in cities, suburbs and rural areas in all 50 states and in Washington, D.C. according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, which makes available detailed, local statistics. 2 [caption id="attachment_19672" align="alignright" width="200"] Display poster in your church and community[/caption] Have you had a chance to display the posters distributed by our Synodical Women of the ELCA (SWO) in January 2017 in observance of National Slavery and

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  • Words matter

    by the Rev. James Phillips The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has been hailed by many as the most prolific orator ever, in these United States of America. As we honor his memory this month, let us contemplate the power of his words. Through and because of Dr. Kings’ speeches and sermons, he was able to shape attitudes, to change hearts and to inspire righteous action. Dr. King’s turn of phrase and charismatic baritone voice moved people to tear down the walls of discrimination and open up the doors of equal opportunity for all of God’s children. The God that we serve is a strategic architect. Martin King Jr., this Black man, came out of the Church. I believe that this was no historic accident; it had nothing to do with blind

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