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  • Lutheran contingent at Climate March

    People of diverse faiths from around the country will come together on Saturday, April 29 to speak out for our neighbors and the climate we share, forming a faith contingent at the People’s Climate March in Washington D.C. (see https://faith.peoplesclimate.org/). “Five buses of ELCA members from New York are coming, as well as others working with Lutherans Restoring Creation,” says the Rev. Sarah Withers Lewis of St. Luke Lutheran in Derwood, Md., who invites local Lutherans to meet up at 9 a.m. at Lutheran Church of the Reformation on Capitol Hill before the March (see flyer – pdf file). A Sending Prayer Service at 10 a.m. will be held there, organized by the Rev. Amy Reumann and Ruth Ivory-Moore of ELCA Advocacy along with the

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  • Easter message of hope!

    "[If] in these days we live in hope, it’s not because the world around us looks like a hopeful place. We live in hope because Jesus Christ died for all the people of this sad, beautiful world. We live in hope because Jesus was raised from the dead and because in his resurrection we see God’s intention for us, too," writes Bishop Graham in his Easter Message. "Walking with Jesus and with each other this week, we see again how deep God’s love really is. On Easter we learn all over again that even death is not stronger than God’s love. And this hope is given us for sharing." Read his message in

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  • Witnessing the plight – AMMPARO

    The word “amparo” in Spanish means the protection of a living creature from suffering or damage. The ELCA’s strategy to Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities (AMMPARO) was envisioned after witnessing the plight of children who are forced to flee their communities because of complex and interrelated reasons, including chronic violence, poverty, environmental displacement and lack of opportunities in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Our congregations were invited by the synod Global Mission Team to participation in the ELCA Welcoming Congregations Network of AMMPARO in conjunction with our celebration on Companion Synod Sunday of the relationship the Salvadoran Lutheran Synod shares

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  • Countdown to Reformation Sunday

    Short, factual and historical blogs on Luther’s life leading up to October 31st Reformation observance are packaged for us to share in congregation bulletin inserts, Facebook posts and tweets. Our writing team from St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Springfield, Virginia – Ronald Johnson and Abby Arthur Johnson – are doing a GREAT job giving us historic tidbits once a week that tell a remarkable story, with roots 500 years ago and implications today. Check them out and

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  • Summer of discovery

    Campers may swim, canoe, fish, creek walk, play games, hike, cookout over a campfire, create crafts, worship, pray… but will certainly be immersed in a summer of discovery led by caring counselors. “The Christian summer camp experience impacts campers in positive ways that extend to their families, churches, youth programs, and others” (effectivecamp.com). Two outdoor Lutheran ministries are nearby our synod – Caroline Furnace in Fort Valley, Virginia and Mar-Lu-Ridge in Jefferson, Maryland. Varying age levels, time spans and program highlights give you MANY summer camp options. Check them out and sign up

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