Schedule for the Coming Week at Resurrection Church
Sunday, October 2
9:00 a.m. – Sunday School in the Parish Hall.
10:00 a.m. – Worship: Prof. Shawn Strout presiding.
11:00 a.m. – Pet Blessing on the church lawn. Please see the "Bless Our Pets" section below and listen for an announcement if the weather is inclement.
11:15 a.m. – Creation Care Team forum with a presentation from the Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions.
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Confirmation Class.
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Dinner, Youth Group activities and service for Post-Confirmation Youth and Confirmation Class members.
Monday, October 3
7:30 p.m. – Congregation Council Executive Committee will meet virtually.
Thursday, October 6
7:30 p.m. – Congregation Council will meet virtually.
Sunday, October 9
9:00 a.m. – Sunday School in the Parish Hall.
10:00 a.m. – Worship: The Rev. Sarah Garrett Krey, Assistant to the Bishop for Mobility & Candidacy, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod, presiding.
11:30 a.m. – Call Committee meeting with Pastor Krey.
Congregation COVID Protections
With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s assessment of Arlington County’s COVID-19 community level as “low,” the wearing of masks at Resurrection is currently optional. The church will continue to monitor the county’s community level and make adjustments in precautions based on the CDC assessment.
The church’s Reopening Planning Group encourages congregants to wear masks if they choose to, as well as continuing to maintain appropriate distances when sitting in pews, sharing the peace of Christ and taking communion, and to wash hands and use sanitizers in church. Pastors, communion assistants, and ushers will continue to wear masks when welcoming those attending services and in distributing Holy Communion in deference to congregation members who choose to take that precaution. The wearing of masks in Sunday School will be based on parents’ feedback. The group also encourages congregants to keep up to date with vaccinations and that those not feeling well should stay home and access the livestream feed of worship services.
Sunday Supply Pastors
We are delighted to welcome Professor Shawn Strout from the Virginia Theological Seminary to preside and preach at our 10:00 a.m. worship service this Sunday – and to preside over the traditional blessing of our beloved pets on the lawn in front of the church at the conclusion of our service.
In the coming weeks we are blessed to have an exceptional group of guest clergy continue to join us for our Sunday services. We will welcome back Metro D.C. Synod Assistant to the Bishop for Candidacy and Mobility Pastor Sarah Garrett Krey on October 9, followed on October 16 by the return of Professor Shawn Strout, on October 23 of Bishop Richard Graham, and on October 30 of Professor James Farwell. We hope you will join us each Sunday as we continue our congregation’s life and worship.
Bless Our Pets
Anyone who has a pet and wishes for that pet to be blessed is welcome to bring the pet to the church on this coming Sunday. This Sunday is chosen because it is closest to October 4, the day on which Lutherans and other Christians commemorate Francis of Assisi, the thirteenth century man who was famous for — among many other things — his care for animals. If you plan to participate, bring your pet to the lower level of the church and into the Parish Hall. Plan for at least one person to stay with the pet through the service. It may be wise for dogs to be on a leash. The liturgy itself will be live-streamed and projected onto the screen in the Parish Hall. At the time of communion, communion ministers will bring both Bread and Cup to the Parish Hall for anyone there who wishes to receive. Bring your small glass from home or find a small glass available in the Parish Hall. Then, during the singing of the final hymn, come up from the lower level and out through the front doors of the church to gather on the lawn. Reverend Shawn Strout, our presider on Sunday, will lead the rest of the congregation to meet you there. He will lead us all in thanksgiving for these animals and in a prayer of blessing. If you wish, he will also bless each pet individually. In the case of rain, we will have a Plan B in which all of us can gather for the blessing out of the rain. Listen for an announcement. After the blessing, there will follow an “interspecies coffee hour!”
Climate Solutions Forum
Please join us Sunday, October 2, at 11:15 a.m. following the service and Pet Blessing for an important presentation by representatives from the Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions (FACS). Eric Goplerud, FACS Chair, and Julie Rosenberg, FACS Arlington County Hub Leader, will talk about the alliance’s mission and actions taken on climate issues. This will be an educational opportunity for our congregation to learn how we can get involved in climate solutions at the local level.
This short statement outlines the mission of FACS: “The Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions (FACS) mission is to organize the power of Virginia’s faith communities to advance local solutions to the urgent moral challenge of climate change. Through sustained faith-based organizing of more than 2,600 activists from over 190 congregations throughout Northern Virginia, we’ve shown that local government policy, congregational practices, and personal actions produce change in local greenhouse gas emissions, resiliency, and equity.”
You can also learn more about FACS at: https://faithforclimate.org/.
Confirmation Class will meet on Sunday, October 2 from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. We will continue to explore The Book of Genesis.
Post-Confirmation Youth will join the Confirmation Class at 6:30 p.m. for dinner, youth group activities and service. Be prepared to discuss and share your favorite music! We will end at 7:30 p.m.
If you missed it, it's not too late to join us!
We look forward to seeing all of you!
Christina and Angie
Pastoral Call Update
The Congregation Council will meet Thursday, October 6, with an agenda that includes a final review of the newly revised Ministry Site Profile updated by the Transition Team based on the feedback and perspectives provided by the congregation. The profile will be submitted to the ELCA and the Metro D.C. Synod to help identify pastoral candidates that the Call Committee will consider in the coming weeks. The Call Committee will also meet with Metro D.C. Synod Assistant to the Bishop for Candidacy and Mobility Pastor Sarah Garrett Krey following the October 9 worship service to discuss the call process.
Collection of Food Items for AFAC This Sunday
We look forward to receiving donations of food items for AFAC on Sunday, October 9, in conjunction with our regular worship service.
AFAC Sundays in October, November and December:
- October 9
- October 23
- November 6
- November 20
- December 4
- December 18
It’s CROP Walk Time!
Join our Resurrection team to help fight hunger in the annual 2022 Arlington CROP Hunger Walk on Saturday, October 15. Sign up and/or donate on the CROP Walk webpage. Then find friends and family to sponsor your walk to help support Arlington Food Assistance Center and global food programs supported by Church World Service. Let’s get walking!
Tree Planting Planned on Church Grounds
RELC received a grant through EcoAction Arlington’s Tree Canopy Fund to have an American Hornbeam planted on the Potomac Street side of our property in the area outside the nursery windows. Both the tree and the labor for planting it are free. In October you will notice a stake placed in the location where the tree will be planted. Actual planting will take place between October and December. Once planted, the Creation Care Team will take over care and watering of our new young tree.
American Hornbeams (also known as ironwoods or musclewoods) are native to Virginia and provide food and habitat for a variety of local fauna. This tree will help grow the tree canopy in Arlington County and will have multiple benefits for our property and our local neighborhood as it will remove carbon dioxide from the air, produce oxygen, provide shade during our hot summers, and absorb rainwater during storms, thus reducing storm runoff into our local streams. To learn more about the Tree Canopy Fund please visit:
Member Information Form
Resurrection is continuing to work on updating its membership directory with the most current, accurate and preferred contact information. Member Information forms are available in the Narthex – we urge each member of the congregation to fill one out and return it to the church office.
Can't make it to church? Watch us Live! Now Livestreaming Worship
To view our 10:00 AM 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 9:55AM 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.
Intercessory Prayer During the Time of Pastoral Transition
During the time after Pastor Linman departs and before an interim pastor is named or a new pastor called, we will suspend the compilation of a formal and published prayer list. Our intercessory prayer lists are crafted and maintained by the pastor who receives names and who exercises pastoral discretion and care in relation to those named and those who name them. Without an interim or called pastor to generate and maintain the list and to follow up pastorally concerning those named, an intercessory prayer list would be challenging to maintain with pastoral integrity and sensitivity. That said, each Sunday’s prayers of intercession include a petition during which members of the worshiping assembly can call out aloud specific names of persons for whom they would like to pray, and during this time of pause, worshipers can also name persons in the silence of their hearts and minds. Please be assured that your prayerful intents and those of the whole worshiping assembly are heard by God.
Pastoral Care for Emergencies and Other Needs