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:
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.
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.
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
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!
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 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.
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