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  • Bishop’s Lenten Eucharist

    It is an annual tradition for rostered ministers to share time in worship during Lent. The Synod Worship Team invites our leaders to gather together in worship with friends and colleagues at Faith Lutheran Church in Arlington, Virg. on Tuesday, April 4th at 10 a.m. **NOTE: The date moved from original plan due to weather considerations.** This will be an opportunity to share our voices and hearts in song and prayer; a time when we will break bread and receive anointing so as to go out, navigate and serve in these uncertain and difficult times. Join

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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. Go to www.facebook.com/metrodcelca to view the Livestream. Or listen in on your phone from 1-712-770-8000, Conference Code 335126. 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.

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  • Predecessor African American women in the pulpit

    by Karen Krueger Before African-American History Month draws to a close, an interesting post from Howard University School of Divinity here in D.C. crossed my screen. While today “several respected African-American women preachers and teachers of preachers proudly… [raise] their prophetic voices,” says the Rev. Dr. Kenyatta R. Gilbert, Associate Professor of Homiletics at the Howard University School of Divinity, they do so on the shoulders of predecessors like those highlighted in his article. 1 With names familiar and unfamiliar, these faithful women are an important part of church history. “The fact is that African-American women have preached, formed congregations and confronted many racial injustices since the slavery

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  • Priming to help immigrant neighbors

    by Karen Krueger Our immigrant neighbors are in a time of heightened anxiety. Synod staff have received inquiries from concerned congregation leaders who want to demonstrate Christian love in circumstances of fear, especially after a confrontation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents outside of a hypothermia shelter at a church in Alexandria, Virg. this month.* CASA Maryland (http://wearecasa.org/) and CASA Virginia (www.casadevirginia.org/) maintain a hotline and have prepared graphics-rich resources in multiple languages to inform immigrants of their rights. “Know Your Rights: Learn How to Protect Yourself and Your Family” booklet - http://wearecasa.org/derechos/ “Know Your Rights” card -

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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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