GOD GIVES - WE GIVE BACK - LIVE GENEROUSLY Our season of stewardship begins today. We will take a few weeks to live with scripture, prayer and reflections around the resources God gives, how we give back and how we live generously because of thankfulness and generosity. We will again ask for your financial and service pledges for 2020 as we put together our 2020 mission spending plan. Your staff and council are thankful for your faithfulness to God’s mission here at Grace and trust God is leading us every step of the way! God bless.
REV. ORTIZ’S INSTALLATION The Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America requests the honor of your presence at the installation of The Reverend Leila M. Ortiz as Bishop of The Metropolitan Washington, D.C. SynodSaturday, October 12, 2019, 10:00 a.m.at the University of Maryland Memorial Chapel, 7600 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD 20740. Reception to follow immediately after the service. Please RSVP at https://dcinstallation.app.rsvpify.com. Singers are invited to join the choirs of the day. Under the direction of Peter Schmidt, the choir will rehearse at the University of Maryland Memorial Chapel on Saturday, October 12, 8:00am – 9:00am. For further information on this matter, please contact Pr. Wendy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPRING YARD SALE Our annual spring yard sale is slated for Saturday, Sep 21 @ 8:00a.m. Presort days are scheduled for Friday, Sep 13 and Sep 20th at 5:00 pm each day. Please come and help on both days. For further information, contact Laura or the church office @ (202) 829-9400. Proceeds of the yard sale support our Loaves and Fishes Ministry.
On Monday, September 23, Luther Place will host the Rev. Lenny Duncan, author of Dear Church
A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the U.S. He will do a free book reading and signing at 7pm, at Luther Place (1226 Vermont Ave NW). Description -
Lenny Duncan is the unlikeliest of pastors. Formerly incarcerated and homeless, he is now a black preacher in the whitest denomination in the United States: The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Shifting demographics and shrinking congregations make the all headlines, but Duncan sees something else at work—drawing a direct line between the church’s lack of diversity and the church’s lack of vitality. The problems the ELCA faces are theological, not sociological. But so are the answers.
Part manifesto, part confession, and all love letter, Dear Church offers a bold new vision for the future of his denomination and the broader mainline Christian community of faith.
SHARE YOUR LOVE FOR GOD’S CREATION STAND WITH STUDENTS AT THE CLIMATE STRIKE ON SEPTEMBER 20 For the love of this world ... For the love of our neighbors ... For the love of all children, now and in the future ... our faith communities will follow the leadership of young people and join students, workers, parents, and those on the front lines of climate change! We'll stand together as a powerful, prayerful multi-faith contingent to speak out for our neighbors and for the climate we share. This is the kick-off of a week of action on climate, growing out of the school strikes organized by Greta Thunberg and other young activists. Lutheran churches from across DC are joining the faith contingent that will gather on Friday, September 20th at 11 am across from the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion (southwest of the intersection of E St. and 15th St., NW) as part of the wider Climate Strike action, and then marching together to the Capitol for a youth-led rally. Contact Pastor Lee Schray, 202-236-0268, or Pastor Karen Brau, 410-926-7557, if you want to meet up or have questions.