**CHANGE OF LOCATION (effective Fri. 3/13)
Because of a major marathon in D.C. Saturday, the location of the Rev. Mark Brown’s talk has been moved.
Humanitarian Assistance and Prospects for Peace in the Holy Land
Saturday March 14 at 10 a.m. (Coffee and cookies will be served.)
St. Luke Lutheran Church at 9100 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20910
(Plenty of parking; walking distance from Silver Spring Metro Stop on Red Line.)
Rev. Mark Brown is the Lutheran World Federation Regional Representative in Jerusalem. On Saturday, March 14 at 10 am, Rev. Brown will speak about Augusta Victoria Hospital and other LWF Humanitarian services, East Jerusalem and the peace process.
Location: Lutheran Church of the Reformation on Capitol Hill (212 East Capitol Street NE, Washington, DC 20003)
More information available in the flyer below:
Coming in March: “A Crash Course for Families with Aging Loved Ones”
Busy people can learn more about issues and resources as they take on increasing responsibility for aging or ill family members through this 2-part series called “Support U.” Normally a 6-week course, Support U will be conducted in two intensive sessions, at a convenient Prince George’s County, Maryland location.
The program is led by Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area and open to the public. The host site is: Grace Lutheran Church, 10928 Indian Head Highway, Ft. Washington, MD 20744.
Support U sessions provide important information and opportunities for peer group discussion. Topics: planning ahead, finding and using resources, self-care, family dynamics, dementia and chronic illness, and financial well-being.
**Updated March 2–DATES CHANGED due to inclement weather
Session 1: Sunday, March 15 2:30-5:30 PM
Session 2: Sunday, March 22 2:30-5:30 PM
A discounted tuition of $20 per session is available to attendees thanks to grant funding. Online reservation site: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/D82SLTM
Please see the detailed flyer below: (flyer lists the original dates – notice the date change above, due to inclement weather on March 1)
Looking for a unique gift for your loved one this Christmas season? Do you want to make a difference in your community? Sponsored by the ELCA Metro D.C. Synod, the 2014 Gifts of Hope Catalog contains 39 gifts with prices ranging from $10-250. These gifts support mission and programs of Lutheran social service organizations, camps, colleges, seminaries and Companion Synods abroad.
Find the catalog in your congregation during Advent and year-round at the updated www.giftsofhopedc.org website. Use the provided Christmas card to describe your selected gift to a loved one. Your purchases will bring hope to other while honoring those on your gift list. (Submitted by Carolyn Sowinski, director, Gifts of Hope)
Good Sam will be collecting new or gently worn (clean) coats, hats and gloves from now until December 10 to support a coat drive organized by Lutheran Campus Ministry at the University of Maryland in College Park. The items collected will be donated to children in Langley Park, MD, through a partnership with the elementary school and La Sagrada Familia Lutheran Church. You may drop off any donations in the bin in the narthex entryway.
Every three years we have the opportunity to attend this event, making it a triennial gathering. Over 30,000 youth and 5,000 leaders and presenters will attend. The upcoming gathering dates are July 14-19, 2015 in Detroit.
There are five major components to the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering daily programming. Each day, youth, volunteers and their Adult Leaders will gather in Ford Field to hear the day’s Scripture text articulated by engaging speakers and Christian musicians, as well as stimulating video and interpretive dance. During the middle of the day, congregational groups will participate in a three-day activity rotation that includes a day of service in the Detroit metropolitan area (Proclaim Justice Day), a day of exploratory learning with other groups from their synod (Proclaim Story Day), and a day of interactive learning in the Convention Center (Proclaim Community Day).
The fifth program component is called Community Life, which takes place in various venues, including some hotels. The Community Life activities include dances, game rooms, prayer stations, and an activity called Final 15. The Final 15 was introduced at the 2006 ELCA Youth Gathering in San Antonio, and has been a program staple ever since. It is a 15-minute time period where everyone at the Gathering, regardless of where they are located, stops to pray and reflect on the Scripture of the day.
Check out the website to learn more: http://www.elca.org/YouthGathering. We are sending a great group of kids and adult leaders so please take note when you see fundraising opportunities to support this endeavor.
Catherine and Greg D. had the chance to attend the 2014 Metro D.C. ELCA Synod Assembly as delegates. They got to hear many people speak on the current issues facing the church and heard the prayers being asked for by the assembly. Here is a brief overview of the Synod assembly gathering:
There was a resolution calling upon “the Metropolitan Washington DC Synod to stand in prayerful solidarity with those suffering under current immigration laws” and specifically said the following prayer in English as well as Spanish, Oromo, and Tamil:
“Loving God… bless Latino, Oromo, Tamil speaking and all members of our church and community who suffer fear and isolation under current immigration laws. Provide and inspire leaders and legislators to see your image in every child of God and to enact laws that clearly and fairly treat our immigrant brothers and sisters. Help us to persistently stand with them in Christ as long as it takes for just and fair laws to take root and blossom. Lord in your mercy… Hear our prayer!”
Supporting our fellow churches of: La Sagrada Familia, Iglesia Luterana San Marcos, La Comunidad de Santa Maria, Oromo Resurrection Evangelical Church, and In Christ Washington Congregation
If you are interested in learning more or participating, please consider looking into pray4reform on their website (http://evangelicalimmigrationtable.com/pray4reform/) and Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/697342870322680/) as well as Lutheran advocacy as a whole: (http://www.elca.org/Our-Work/Publicly-Engaged-Church/Advocacy).
There was a presentation about the Mission Investment Fund which describes itself as:
“A ministry of the ELCA with faith and finance at its core, MIF aspires to be a premier financial services choice for ELCA ministries, partners and church members…Lending to ELCA congregations, synods and related ministries, and providing a vehicle for ELCA congregations, synods, related ministries and individuals to invest in the work of this church.” (http://www.mif.elca.org/who-we-are)
This presented an interesting alternative to traditional savings that would invest in church projects.
February was designated as “I Love Camp Month” to highlight the opportunities provided by camp and retreat centers like Mar-Lu-Ridge Camp and Retreat Center (http://www.mar-lu-ridge.org/) and Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp & Retreat Center (http://www.carolinefurnace.org/), whose purpose is to, “provide an intentional Christian communal experience where one meets God in God’s awesome creation.” (http://www.carolinefurnace.org/gen_info/gen_info.htm) They hold retreats, camps, conferences at their facilities.
The D.C. Synod reviewed and reported on the current status of all church websites in the synod. A brief overview of the results was shared with the assembly. The information given to Good Samaritan will help us develop a better and more useful website for our church community.
ELCA World Relief and Development
We learned about some of the ELCA world relief projects. In addition to the Domestic Hunger Grants that gave more than $800,000 in domestic projects, the ELCA World Hunger works in more than 50 countries around the world (look here to see the map: http://search.elca.org/Pages/WorldMap.aspx), and the ELCA Malaria Campaign has been preventing death from malaria by providing “mosquito nets, education, testing, medication and more.”