Midweek Announcements for September 9, 2021

Sunday Worship Moves to 10:00 Beginning on September 12

In order to accommodate a return to Sunday morning choir rehearsal, our one weekly worship service will begin at 10:00 am rather than 9:30. Please note this change in worship time, approved by our Congregation Council, and which will commence this coming Sunday.

Blessing of Backpacks at Worship on September 12

During the sending rite at the conclusion of worship on September 12, and as part of Rally Day’s festivities, we will bless backpacks of school children to acknowledge a return to a new academic year and to seek God’s blessing on all educational endeavors.

God’s Work, Our Hands on Rally Day, Sunday, September 12

The Education Committee, in partnership with other congregational leaders and committees, is happy to invite you to join us on Rally Day—Sunday, September 12th— for engagement in God’s Work Our Hands immediately after worship. Note this will be the first Sunday where worship begins at 10 am. We will gather masked and outdoors to participate in service projects together ranging from the following activities:

  • Letter writing in support of the Eviction Moratorium
  • Letter writing in support of Afghan refugees resettling in the DMV
  • Letter writing to first responders managing the COVID 19 surges
  • Letter writing to the Urban Search and Rescue Team of Fairfax Fire Department
  • A teach in on local initiatives to support climate justice
  • A reading of the photo essay on The International Humans Rights Declaration
  • A Take Home Challenge of suggested Service Actions to practice with your household

Stations will be set up to allow multiple ways to engage in service together, with opportunities for all ages to relate to God’s Work Our Hands Sunday meaningfully. As we transition into more opportunities to gather outdoors and in person, we hope you’ll consider joining us for this occasion for one or all of these activities.

But here is something you can do now in preparation for September 12th—Lutheran Social Services is helping in the resettlement of refugees from Afghanistan. The Social Ministry Committee is asking for your help to create boxes of household supplies for these families. We will collect items until God’s Work Our Hands Sunday/Rally Day on September 12, when we will pack the items and deliver them to LSS.

Items needed for Household Cleaning Boxes:

  • all-purpose cleaner
  • laundry detergent
  • sponges and scrubber
  • cleaning rags
  • paper towels
  • waste baskets
  • trash bags

Gift cards to Target, Walmart, etc. are welcome or checks to RELC noted for LSS refugees.

Collection of Food Items for AFAC, Sunday, September 12

We will receive donations of food items for AFAC on Sunday, September 12 in conjunction with our return to worship indoors.

God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday and Rally Day on September 12

Mark your calendars now for events and initiatives soon to be announced that will begin our new program year!

But here is something you can do now in preparation for September 12: Lutheran Social Services is helping in the resettlement of refugees from Afghanistan. The Social Ministry Committee is asking your help to create boxes of household supplies for these families. We will collect items until God’s Work Our Hands Sunday/Rally Day on September 12, when we will pack the items and deliver them to LSS.

Items needed for Household Cleaning Box:

  • all-purpose cleaner
  • laundry detergent
  • sponges and scrubber
  • cleaning rags
  • paper towels
  • waste baskets
  • trash bags

Gift cards to Target, Walmart, etc. are welcome or checks to RELC noted for LSS refugees.

Regular Office Hours Return

Beginning on Monday, September 13, in person, on site office hours will resume at Resurrection Church. Regular office hours, when Office Administrator, Monika Carney, and/or Pastor Linman will be in the church office, will be Monday-Friday, 10:00 am to 2:00. Because there may be contingencies like running errands, attending meetings, or being called out on emergencies, it would be a good idea to call or email before you stop by just to be certain that Pastor and/or Monika will be available to you.

Altar Flowers to Return

In keeping with RELC’s custom prior to the pandemic, we will resume ordering flowers for the chancel, beginning on Rally Day (September 12, 2021). If you would like to participate in flower dedications, please sign up on the calendar, which will be placed in the hallway just outside of the kitchen. Please be sure to inform the church office for whom the flowers should be dedicated to, preceding the Sunday that you have assumed responsibility for the embellishment of the Nave. There will be recognition of your dedication in the church bulletin. Please also note that you will need to submit a $40 check to the church office for the flowers. The check should be paid to the order of Resurrection Lutheran Church, and should include a memo which identifies that the donation is for the church flowers. Sending great thanks to all who partake in serving and glorifying God and RELC, through your gifts of flowers during the worship service.

Helpful Tips for Our Young Families During Worship

For families who feel the need to step out of the Sanctuary, we do have our lounge. Speakers in the space allow you to hear the service so you won’t miss anything. You will find a changing table and a couple of couches, which may be a welcomed sight for nursing mothers.

Worship Videos

For those still unable to worship with us in person, we are creating videos of our Sunday morning worship at the church making them available later in the day on YouTube with links sent via a Constant Contact message. The Sunday bulletin will also be available electronically in the message as well.

Faith Formation Calendar

Click below for the current faith formation calendar that includes activities and resources for all ages:

pdfRELC Home Pentecost Faith Formation Calendar 5/23/2021 - 9/12/2021

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!

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: Family of Ralph Hoffmeister; Judy Frank; Carol Clements; Sandy Lindamood, Joana Plerpa; Jeanne Broyhill; Effe Stallsmith; Maggie Mount; Lee Hanson; Malcolm Stark; Norm Olsen; Barb Jensen; Charlotte Boeck; Lynn Kiewel; Phillip Swingler; Maria Liwski; Tucker Dean; Irene Belcher; Brian Carr; Family and friends of Tommy Mazzoli; Sharon Kravetz; Dipankar Ghosh and the family of Debbi Pierce; the family of Martha Simpson; the Flynn family; the Eoff family.

For those whom you know, consider sending a card, or an email, or make a phone call. These additional expressions of prayerfulness can make a big, healing difference in people’s lives and promote their sense of well-being. For current contact information, if you don’t have it, kindly reach out to 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..

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 for 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.

Current Routine for Worship Indoors

We continue our worship indoors this Sunday at 9:30. To alleviate any concerns and to help prepare you for your return, here is what you can expect:

First, out of loving concern for young children and others not yet able to be vaccinated, we ask that ALL worshipers wear facial masks. Secondly, we will maintain physical distancing, erring on the side of caution. These two basic practices serve as the foundation for safety and guide all other practices.

Upon arrival: kindly find your seats promptly on arrival to avoid congregating in the narthex. Every other pew will be available for seating. Please do not try to sit in pews taped off. Ushers will be available to assist you with seating options.

Offering: your offerings will not be collected. However, offering plates located near the front of the church are available for your use. When you come forward for communion, you may place your offering in one of the plates on stands near the chancel.

Communion: Holy Communion will be offered in both kinds, with bread being dropped into your hands, palms facing up, and wine administered from a pouring chalice into a container you bring from home. Intinction, dipping bread into the cup, is not permitted for reasons of hygiene. Communion will be continuous, with worshipers forming one line in the center aisle to receive both bread and wine at the direction of ushers. One side of the church will commune first, and then we’ll move to communing the other side. Return to your seats via the side aisles closest to you.

Upon Departure: kindly leave the nave promptly at the direction of ushers and avoid once again congregating in the narthex. If you wish to remain on church grounds for conversation, and we hope you do, please adjourn to the fellowship hall downstairs or outdoors beyond the Washington Blvd. entrance.

Misc. Considerations: Automatic hand sanitizer dispensers on stands are available for your use in several locations in the church building. If you forget your face mask, we have extras for you, and likewise small paper cups if you forget a container for communion. Worship indoors will be very similar to that which we have been doing outdoors, a simplified, somewhat shorter version of Resurrection’s normal worship practice.

We very much look forward to seeing you in church!

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 Wednesday mornings for inclusion in the message for the coming Thursday. Thanks!