A New Bible Study on Selected Passages from Matthew via Zoom
RELC Door Access
Please be advised that the alarm system issues have been resolved. Immediately, you may begin to use your key cards to enter the building. We send out a very special thank you to the Property Committee and all those who assisted with this concern. Thank you also to our RELC members and patrons, for the patience that you offered while we solved this matter.
Blessing of Pets on St. Francis Day
St. Francis Day happens to fall on a Sunday this year. In keeping with Resurrection tradition, we will offer blessings for your pets on this day, Sunday, October 4, in ways in keeping with our pandemic-related routines – outdoors in physically distanced ways. Pastor Linman will be available to bless your pets during the time of the collection of food items for AFAC, 11:00 am to 1:00. So, along with your food donations, bring your pets (or photos of your beloved animals for prayer if it’s not convenient to take them outdoors). The Fellowship Committee will provide pet treats.
The best ways to contact Pastor Linman
Provided is a Home Faith Formation Calendar, updated each week with the following week’s recorded content. For those who couldn’t tune in live, see those resources available to you now. Check out too suggestive home activities, lectionary readings, and resources for racial justice for all ages.
ELCA Metro D.C. Synod News
National Hispanic Heritage Month
National Hispanic Heritage month has begun and will continue through October 15th. Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes and celebrates the contributions Americans tracing their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South American and the Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean have made to American society and culture.
In the spirit of this month, Rev. Franklin Morales shares his story of faith, calling into the Lutheran Church and immigration to the United States. Click here to read the article.
Give now for wildfire relief
Imagine you’re home and you hear a knock at the door. An official tells you to pack your essentials and evacuate, as a wildfire is speeding toward you. This is the situation many of our neighbors in the western part of the country are facing right now. Fueled by a heat wave and unfavorable winds, devastating wildfires are raging across California, Oregon, Washington and other western states. At least 20 people have died, hundreds of thousands of people are under evacuation orders and more than 3.5 million acres have burned across the three states. Some evacuees face the difficult decision of whether to stay in a shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lutheran Disaster Response is engaging with at least three Lutheran social services agencies and five synods to assess the situation and determine the best ways to respond. We expect immediate needs may include food and other necessities, as well as emotional and spiritual care for those who have been traumatized.
Your gifts will support wildfire survivors. Gifts to "U.S. wildfires" will be used in full (100%) to assist those affected by wildfires until the response is complete. Click here to donate to LDR.
$624,000 in Humanitarian Aid Destroyed in Beirut Explosion
Lutheran World Relief recently learned that three 40-foot shipping containers filled with thousands of handmade mission quilts and school, personal and baby care kits were destroyed in the devastating August 4 explosions at the port of Beirut, Lebanon.
The shipment was destined for refugees living in Lebanon, principally from Syria and the Palestinian territories. The containers were part of a shipment to be distributed by Anera, an NGO and longtime Lutheran World Relief partner that serves refugees and other vulnerable communities in the Middle East. The total value of the lost shipments was approximately $624,000.
The loss of more than 47,000 quilts, sewn by individuals and members of Lutheran congregations across the U.S., could mean a more bitter winter for thousands of refugees. Help replace the kits and quilts by learning more here. To donate, visit https://lwr.org/beirut
Season of Creation Devotions for September 1 - October 4
Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton and leaders from The Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada have prepared a series of devotions to observe the Season of Creation 2020, Sept. 1–Oct. 4.
In the opening devotion, the leaders stress the significance of a collective responsibility in caring for creation. "Waking up to matters of climate justice and environmental stewardship are among the most important callings people have today. Over many years, through many voices, our churches have come to a growing conviction that loving our neighbor includes loving Mother Earth as a neighbor."
Please click here to access devotions.
Walkathon on September 27, Virtual Option Available
The annual Walkathon to raise gifts for the year-round ministry of Mar-Lu-Ridge will take place in person, Sunday, September 27. Face masks and distancing are encouraged. No pets, please. Come home to MLR for a day of fellowship, exercise, and worship!
1:00 p.m. – registration begins at the pavilion
1:30 p.m. – walk begins (walk the camp road or hike on the trails)
3:30 p.m. – a grab-and-go supper will be available
4:00 p.m. – outdoor worship
AFAC Food Collection
When: October 4th and 18th, from 11:00am – 1:00pm
Where: Washington Blvd. Entrance
September Financial Update. The below chart is a summary of RELC’s finances for the year to date as of August 31, 2020. The columns titled “(a) YTD Giving,” “(b) YTD Expenses” and “(c) Giving minus Expenses” provide key data for our three primary financial funds. This data shows that our giving is below our actual expenses for the YTD and well below our giving levels for this time last year. We continue to see the negative impact of the cancellation of Sunday services on our giving and slowed giving common during the summer months. Please continue to send in your weekly contributions which can be made through Simply Giving, by using the “Donate Now” button on RELC’s website or by sending your contribution check to the church office in the US Mail.
Please prayerfully consider what this information means to you as we work together to support RELC’s ministries.
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Our community is facing a challenging time as it continues to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and the economic damage resulting from business closures, now compounded by the suffering of racial injustice. Despite our separation, it’s important for us to maintain our financial support for the church and its ministries in the community – and, if possible, to considering increasing that support to address our neighbors’ immediate needs. As our church determines how it can best serve the community, please ensure that it has the resources needed to provide that help. You can make your offering by using the “Donate Now” button on the RELC website or by mailing your offering to our office at 6201 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA, 22205.
Care Takers For RELC’s Plot Against Hunger Garden