news & updates

Building Puentes Congregational Resources Now Available!

Bishop Ortiz and Bishop Gohl are requesting that a special offering be taken by congregations and worshipping communities for Building Puentes on Reformation Sunday, October 30, 2022. To help you share this special need with your congregation, we have put together a...
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Gifts of Hope Advent Toolkit is Here!

The Gifts of Hope team has put together a toolkit of resources for congregations to utilize as they promote this alternative gift-giving program over the holidays. Check out the Advent 2022 toolkit which includes: Pre-written messages for e-news, social media, website, bulletins,...
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Bishop Ortiz Prepares for Sabbatical Leave & Shares Priorities

Bishop Ortiz will begin her sabbatical leave this weekend (thru December 31). Before she does, Bishop has shared what the synod council and staff's priorities are for the next few months of holy work including an update on the racial...
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Make a Gift to the Building Puentes Fund by October 30

It’s not easy watching family and friends back home get hit by yet, another devastating hurricane. It is encouraging however, to know that while we grieve with them, we can also engage in mutual accompaniment; our synods can offer financial...
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Sign Up to Receive Updates about Youth+Family Ministry

You are invited to complete the form below to be added to the Youth+Family Ministry database and email list. Please share this form with your paid staff or volunteers in the areas of Children, Youth and Families to help us communicate...
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Bishop Ortiz Sabbatical Begins October 1

Starting October 1, Bishop Leila Ortiz will be taking sabbatical leave through December 31, 2022. Please lift up prayers for Bishop during her sabbatical as she finds rest and time to listen for God’s holy call. In her absence, Pastor...
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Synod Admins Network to Restart this Fall

Katharyn Wheeler invites all who serve in a congregational administrative staff position to participate in the Synod Admin Network starting this fall. She has put together a brief survey and would love to have you share your thoughts and provide...
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Youth + Family Ministry Staffing Update

Soon-to-be-Deacon Nicole Roop has agreed to take on the part-time responsibilities for Youth+Family Ministry in partnership with the Delaware-Maryland Synod. Dr. Roop is a full-time administrator at the University of Maryland – College Park and served her internship year at our...
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Synod to Launch Local Ministry Fund this Fall

Dear Friends in Ministry, I invite you to walk alongside me, meander a bit, and see where the Spirit leads us in a new thing that we are creating and building together. Let us re-imagine the ways we fund our...
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Let’s Talk Faith & Climate Guide to Communications for Faith Leaders

Let's Talk Faith and Climate: Communication Guidance for Faith Leaders is designed to be useful to both experienced and novice climate change and faith communicators. This guide synthesizes the latest academic research and message testing on climate communications from across...
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Synod Assembly 2022

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We are excited to announce the 2022 Synod Assembly is being held in-person on June 10 – 11, 2022! We will gather at the College Park Marriott for a time to explore what it means to be Rooted in Jesus and to what we are being called to as congregations of the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod.