Midweek Announcements for May 6, 2021

Outdoor Worship and Social Time in the Parsonage and Church Yards

On Sunday, May 9, food will be collected for AFAC between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Outdoor Worship begins at 12:15. Join us on the Potomac Street side of the church.

Congregational Conversation for Input: Vision Statements for Mission

At the annual congregational meeting in January, Pastor Linman presented his proposed statements of vision to guide ministry and mission at Resurrection Lutheran Church. Subsequently, the Congregation Council at its annual retreat engaged the vision statements and suggested editorial revisions such that the statements begin to articulate a shared vision for mission and ministry. Now the membership of the congregation beyond its elected leaders is invited to offer their input into these statements to nurture a still wider embrace of shared vision. Toward that end, members are invited to two occasions for conversation about these vision statements. The first occasion will take place in person, outdoors after worship (about 12:30) on Sunday, May 16. We will gather on the parsonage deck and patio for this conversation for up to an hour so that those gathered have a chance to offer their thoughts. A second occasion will take place via Zoom on Wednesday, May 19 at 7:00 pm. Watch for a link to the current vision statements document in coming announcements, along with a link for the Zoom for the May 19 session.

Ascension Day Evening Prayer via Zoom

Join us via Zoom on Thursday, May 13 at 6:30 pm for a service of Evening Prayer for the Ascension of Our Lord. A link for Zoom participation as well as a link to the bulletin for the liturgy will be included in next week’s Midweek Message – please watch for that and plan to attend on May 13.

Worship on the Vigil of Pentecost and Baptism of Axel Hedberg

Join us at the parsonage deck and patio at 5:00 pm on Saturday, May 22 for worship on the Vigil of Pentecost which will include the baptism of Axel Hedberg, infant son of Lars and Angel Hedberg.

Holy Communion Outdoors on the Day of Pentecost

Thanks be to God. After a hiatus of over a year, we will return to the celebration of Holy Communion again commencing on the Day of Pentecost, May 23, 2021 at a liturgy which will feature all of the lectionary readings and more communal singing. The starting time for this service will soon be determined and will appear in subsequent announcements. Taking place on the parsonage side of the church, the parsonage deck will serve as a chancel, the fence separating the parsonage and church yards will function as an altar rail. The church yard surrounding our garden will be the nave, the place of assembly. Communion will be offered in both kinds employing our usual baked bread and then wine being poured from a special chalice into receptacles which you will need to bring from home for Covid safety purposes. Watch for further instructions about our more complete outdoor worship services and instructions about receiving Holy Communion in a coming Midweek Message from Pastor Linman. But please plan to attend on Pentecost Sunday for this joyous return to the fullness of Christ’s presence in both Word and Sacrament.

Faith Formation Calendar

Click below for the most current Faith Formation Calendar for youth and all others drawn to this resource:

pdfRELC Faith Formation Calendar for April 4 through May 26, 2021

Simply Giving Month

Resurrection usually designates each May as “Simply Giving Month” as a reminder to continue to support the church’s ministries and operations while they’re away on summer vacations. Those plans look a little different this May, of course – but it’s still critically important to continue our offerings to sustain Resurrection’s activities and outreach as we deal with the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Our congregation continues to be generous in its financial support for the church, but our giving is about $20,000 less than it was at this point last year – and the need for us to continue to help the church provide assistance to our neighbors in need has never been greater.

Even though we aren’t yet able to resume our indoor worshiping together on Sundays, we can continue to make our offerings using the “Donate” button on the Resurrection website. And we can still sign up for the “Simply Giving” automatic funds transfer program and designate an ongoing specific amount to be automatically contributed on a weekly, semi-monthly, or monthly basis. Either option allows us to designate how much we want to give to support the congregation’s general fund for salaries and expenses, for benevolences to community charities, or for maintaining the church’s facilities. If you’re interested in enrolling in “Simply Giving,” contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A New Worship Supplement – All Creation Sings

Our church engages in ministry and mission in a rapidly changing world. Our principal book of worship, Evangelical Lutheran Worship, was published in 2006. Both church and world have changed quite a lot in the past fifteen years. The church’s liturgical and musical resources are ever evolving. A single worship book is something like a snapshot of a point in time. Thus, there is always need for additional resources to reflect the church’s current context and theological commitments. All Creation Sings, purchased by Resurrection Church with memorial funds and a generous anonymous gift, is a new book of worship published by our church which serves to accompany and complement Evangelical Lutheran Worship. All Creation Sings includes two additional settings of Holy Communion, a Service of Word and Prayer, other prayers, thanksgivings and laments, and nearly 200 additional songs and hymns for the assembly. Members of the Worship and Music Committee are familiarizing themselves with the materials in this new supplemental book and will be planning ways to introduce its contents to the congregation in coming weeks and months.

We also encourage you to purchase your own copy of All Creation Sings along with Evangelical Lutheran Worship to assist your worship and devotion at home. Every member does well to have our church’s books of worship at home, alongside your Bibles. Resurrection Church also purchased a few extra copies of All Creation Sings beyond what we need for worship in the church. If you are interested in purchasing one of these extra copies, kindly reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Also, should you wish to experience some of the new music in All Creation Sings, Trinity Lutheran Church in Worcester, MA recently hosted a hymn festival featuring some of the hymns and songs in All Creation Sings.

Monday Evening Bible Study on Themes of Justice in the Bible

This Bible Study continues on Monday evenings at 6:30 and will meet for several weeks. This series focuses on how themes of justice variously appear in the Bible, in both Hebrew and Christian scriptures. If you are interested in participating, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: All are welcome to join in!

Resurrection Lutheran Weekday Preschool - Accepting Applications for 2021-2022 school year!

Kindly pass this word along to friends, family members, neighbors, co-workers and others you know who may have children who would benefit from enrolling in our Preschool!

Resurrection Lutheran Weekday Preschool is currently accepting student applications for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. If you would like more information on enrolling your 2-5 year old child in our half day programs please feel free to email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit us athttps://resurrectionpreschoolarlington.org/. Registration deadline is Mon. April 12, 2021, so please don't delay!

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information and to ask your questions about the upcoming school year.

Caroline Furnace Updates

Caroline Furnace is planning to open this summer for campers of all ages. Governor Northam’s staff is working with overnight summer camps in Virginia so that they will have every opportunity to be open this summer. Traditional summer camp sessions are available for kids from those entering first grade through high school. Family Camp opportunities are available each weekend.

2020 was a rough year for all of our outdoor ministries, but Caroline Furnace has made it through and is positioned to thrive this year and beyond. Click here to see the Caroline Furnace Annual Report.

Calling for Additional Worship Leaders

For those who have not yet had occasion to be a reader or prayer leader for our home worship videos, we encourage you to volunteer. It’s wonderful to see a variety of our members serve in this capacity on our worship videos, as this gives a sense of our togetherness as a congregation even when we cannot worship indoors in person yet. Consider yourself duly invited. If you are interested or want to learn more about this opportunity, kindly contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For Your Prayers at Home

In addition to our usual prayers of intercession in our home worship, we encourage your prayers throughout the week for the following: Joana Plerpa; Jeanne Broyhill; Effice Stallsmith; Maggie Mount; Joan Carr; Lee Hanson; Malcolm Stark; Norm Olsen; Barb Jensen; Charlotte Boeck; Lynn Kiewel; John Beston; Phillip Swingler; Michael Chaffier and family; Maria Liwski; Tucker Dean; Lisa.

Prayer Requests

Should you desire to make prayer requests for persons you care about, or desire prayer for other concerns, please contact Pastor Linman with those requests: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-972-2076. Pastor will make certain that the names you provide will be included in the Prayers of Intercession for Sundays, and they will also be included in a listing of names in the midweek announcements to invite your prayers throughout the week. Making your requests known to Pastor Linman will allow him to follow up with you directly – as your requests for prayer help set the agenda for our Pastor’s ministry at Resurrection Church.

Arlington County Covid-19 Response

Click here for the latest updates on our county’s pandemic response as well as official and current information concerning vaccinations.

The best ways to contact Pastor Linman

Here are the best and most direct ways to contact Pastor Linman. The email address given for his professional and pastoral use is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Pastor Linman’s direct dial phone number in the church office is: 703-972-2076. Please leave a message there if Pastor does not answer. He monitors and responds to his messages throughout the day even when he's not in the office. Thank you. I look forward to hearing from you.

Other Announcements?

Should you have announcements that you wish to communicate in this weekly message as committee chairs or those responsible for other ministry initiatives at Resurrection, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by late Monday mornings for inclusion in the message for the coming Wednesday. Thanks!