Please join us for a live stream of our 10:00am Worship Service on Sunday, June 16, 2024, the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost. If you missed the service, then please click below for a replay.

Please be aware that there may be moments of silence during the hymns, choral pieces, and organ voluntaries for which we have not been able to secure streaming rights from the music publishers. We apologize for this disruption and thank you for your understanding.

Schedule for the Coming Week at Resurrection Church

Sunday, June 16 — Celebration of our Graduates

10:00 a.m. — Worship: Pastor Harold (Harry) Therwanger.

Saturday, June 22

10:00 a.m. — Chrismons-making workshop in the Church lounge on the first floor.

Sunday, June 23

10:00 a.m. — Worship: Pastor Harold (Harry) Therwanger.
11:00 a.m. — Adult Christian Education will be held after the Worship Service. The Animate Faith series begins.

Rejoice with our Recent Graduates of a Recognized Educational Program

We want to Rejoice with our members and those who worship with us, anyone who has completed a recognized educational program. This would include graduates from Preschool, Elementary, Middle, High School, College, or Grad school.

On Sunday, June 16, we will celebrate our graduates during the Worship Service AND following the service we will have cake in the Parish Hall.

Adult Christian Education Summer Options

animate faithJoin us every Sunday after service beginning on Sunday, June 23rd for the Animate Faith series. Pastor Harry will lead a thoughtful discussion that begins with a short video of a current Christian thinker and then conversation in response to the questions and prompts put forward by the video speaker. Adult Education will continue most Sundays this summer and also include a couple of special presentations. Watch for further info.


Coming Soon!

Vacation Bible School (VBS) will take place from Monday, August 19th – Friday, August 23rd. We will have dinner and a program for children AND a program for parents following our meal. We are looking for volunteers who would like to come together and make a meal for our VBS attendees. It's a great way to get to know the kids AND their parents. If able to assist in this manner, please contact Angie Brooke.

Vacation Bible School for Grown Ups

Monday, August 19th through Friday, August 23rd in the evening, while the children are having their VBS, the adults are invited to read and discuss the Bible stories that the youth are sharing, from an adult perspective with Pastor. Please plan to arrive between 5:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. for a simple supper. Enjoy an opening devotion with the youth and then join the adult group as we ponder scripture.

Continuing Worship and Prayer during Summer Travels and Vacation

As the summer season is upon us and schedules change and many of us plan to travel, let me share as your Christian brother and as your Pastor. On vacations and in different routines it may be easy to forget to spend time in worship and prayer. Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy. You can easily find your local ELCA parish at the ELCA website where you click on "find a church" and enter a zipcode.

If you have an interesting worship experience and want to share, or just want to let me know what you were up to, bring a bulletin back. I am also interested to see what others are doing.

And, remember the ministry we share together as Resurrection Church goes on every day of the year, so continue your support in finances and in prayer while you may be away.

I do pray that if you do have time away this summer, it is refreshing and life giving!

Travel safely and, "God watch between us while we are away from each other."

Pastor Harry

The Passing of Dr. Emma Lou Diemer, Resurrection’s Organist from 1961-62

I just learned that Dr. Emma Lou Diemer died on June 2 in Santa Barbara, her home for decades. She was 96. Dr. Diemer was Resurrection’s organist 1961-62 while pursuing graduate studies at UMd. She was a prolific and respected composer at a time when women were seldom able to pursue a career in that field. The reversal of that situation today is due in no small part to Dr. Diemer’s pioneering influence.

Dr. Roy Guenther
Former Organist/Choirmaster, Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church 1969 to 2019
Professor Emeritus of Music and Executive Associate Dean Emeritus in the Columbian College of Arts & Sciences at the George Washington University (GWU)
Former Chairman of the Department of Music at GWU

Music at Resurrection

One of the goals of the Music at Resurrection committee is to seek out quality talent to perform at Resurrection Lutheran Church. Please reach out to Cathy Carr, either in church, or by email, with your suggestions for choral or musical groups that might be available to present a concert at Resurrection.

Collection of Food Items for AFAC on Sunday, June 23

We will receive donations of food items for AFAC on Sunday, June 23 in conjunction with our regular worship service. In the coming weeks, July 7 and July 21 will also be AFAC Sundays.

Chrismon Project

Calling out to all crafters - if you like to knit, bead, string wire, work w/clay (a new medium) or even just want to learn in a group (or on your own) please contact Mimi Van Poole.

Chrismons Update

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Chrismons update: next workshop on Saturday, June 22 at 10:00 a.m.

During coffee hour, (by the fireplace), there will be individual Chrismon kits for you to look at. The ornaments come in various sizes with all of the patterns/instructions and supplies to make them (see attached photo). The current Chrismons, those in great shape and those we are replacing (or repairing), will be on display.

This is for everyone but ESPECIALLY to parents. I have specific children’s patterns for grades 1 & 2 and for grades 3 & 4. Please look at the attached Chrismons PDFs booklets, one for 1st & 2nd graders, and another for 3rd & 4th graders, and let me know which ornaments you think your kids would like to try their hand at. Or, for Resurrection Church members who think they would like to include some of these in our collection, please let me know what patterns you are interested in. These Chrismon patterns do not come in single kits so I just need to know the patterns you want and how many to order so that I can order the supplies for them.

If folks want to just take home the pattern and supplies to make one ornament, you are also welcome to do so. If you have any questions, please contact Mimi Van Poole.

Price list for any individual kit that has NOT been included in any of the group kits that are already in progress. These can be sponsored by individual members that wish to make them themselves OR would like a member of the wonderful current crafters who have volunteered to make them for you. If you see one of interest please contact me and I will order it for you. Through sponsorship (including ornaments that have already been completed), we are hoping to have tags on all of the ornaments in honor of, or in memory of, before they are blessed during the first week or two of December.

pdfChrismons for Grades 1 and 2
pdfChrismons for Grades 3 and 4
pdfIndividual Chrismon Kits

RELC Meal Ministry

RELC’s Meal Ministry is alive and well. We are looking for volunteers who like to cook/bake when the need arises. If anyone hears of/or needs something themselves, please reach out to Pastor Harry who will let the committee chair know and we will be in touch. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Mimi Van Poole. Please note in the subject line: “Meal Ministry.”

Can't make it to church? Watch us Live! Now Livestreaming Worship

To view our 10:00 a.m. Sunday worship service on YouTube live, click on the live worship link on the RELC home page on Sunday mornings during the worship hour and be redirected to the YouTube live stream. The Live Stream will "go live" at 9:55 a.m. on each Sunday morning. To view the service at a later time, go to our YouTube Channel. Click on the videos tab to browse archives of past services. Click on the Subscribe button and create an account to be notified when Live Streams are started or when other videos are added. For any questions, please contact the pastor.

Other Announcements?

Alexandra Mattson, the editor of our quarterly “Steeple Light” newsletter, is, at present, also serving as the editor of our Weekly Announcements messages, working closely with Council President Leslie Nolen. From February 1st on, if you place an item in our Weekly Announcements, please give Alexandra the specific dates for the announcement to be posted. If there are no dates provided, the announcement will run for one week and then be dropped. Please, let's keep the Announcements timely.

If you have any items that you wish to communicate in the Weekly Announcements as committee chairs or those responsible for other ministry initiatives at Resurrection, please send them via email to both Alexandra and to Leslie by late Wednesday mornings for inclusion in the message for the coming Thursday. Thanks!

Regular Worship Service

Service of Holy Communion will once again be held in the Sanctuary at 10:00am. Everyone is asked to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status, and to maintain social dinstance out of respect for those who cannot receive or who have chosen not to receive a Covid vaccine. Please bring a small juice glass, so that you may receive wine with Communion.


The Stained Glass Windows in the Nave at Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church

Dr. Melvin S. Lange, pastor of Resurrection Lutheran Church from 1958 to 1971, prepared the theological material for the artist, Roy Calligan, of the Hunt Stained Glass Studios in Pittsburgh, PA. The meaning of each of the seventeen windows is indicated by a Bible verse. The theme begins with the window to the left of the lectern (when facing the altar) and proceeds around the nave toward the back, and then forward on the opposite side toward the last window to the right of the pulpit.

Stained Glass Windows Information



We are a church that strives to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God (Micah 6:8). We do justice by serving our community through our social outreach activities and through contributions of finances and member’s time to local programs, including, for example, Lutheran Social Services. We provide opportunities for a rich Christian education to our members and to the community. Many of our members are active in synod activities and in ecumenical activities with other Christians.

We love kindness in the Christian work we do, often quietly but resolutely, for our members and for the community. Benevolence has always been a priority for our church, and we are a significant donor both in our financial resources and, perhaps more importantly to us, our member’s time. We are active with food assistance programs in the Arlington area and to other social service organizations.

We strive to walk humbly with our God in our worship services. We take liturgy, prayer, and music very seriously in our church as a path through which our parishioners can experience the word and sacrament in their lives. Finally, we are excited about offering the sacrament of communion to our parishioners at every Sunday service and believe it is important that we continue to do so.

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