Sunday Worship at 10:00 am! See you in church as you are able.
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.
An Outdoor Event for All Ages this Sunday, November 21
Join us this Sunday, November 21st outside the parsonage for an outdoor liturgy. The Education Committee will host a casual, Intergenerational event from 3:30-4:30 pm. In honor of Native American Heritage Month, we will read from Genesis a story of creation care using a text from “Growing in God’s Love A Story Bible”. Following a simple liturgy, we will incorporate the fire pit, group activity, participatory prayer and fellowship. Join us for a fun afternoon outside, open to all ages.
The next such event will occur on Sunday, December 12, also at 3:30. For those unable to worship with us indoors, these outdoor events will provide a great opportunity to worship and to socialize with other members of our congregation community.
We Grieve with the Family of John Showman
John Showman, long associated with our congregational family, died on Wednesday, November 17 at the age of 97 after an extended stay in the Virginia Hospital Center. Members had been with John and Nancy over this past weekend to celebrate birthdays, so John’s death was accompanied by the loving presence of beloved family members. Some months ago, John and Nancy celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. Funeral arrangements are pending, but the service and burial will occur in the area of their country home and at the church where they retained their membership. Watch for future announcements for further details.
New Seating Routine Proposed for Sunday Worship
At its most recent meeting, our Reopening Planning Group has proposed to try a modification of our physical distancing seating routine to accommodate larger attendance at Sunday worship. Happily, more people are coming to worship of late, but that has also presented challenges in finding seating when every other pew is roped off. Thus, beginning on the First Sunday of Advent, November 28, we will no longer rope off pews, allowing for greater flexibility in how we are seated. That said, we still ask you to maintain physical distancing as best you can, seeking to keep a three to six foot distance between you and the next individual or family. We also encourage you not to sit directly in front of or behind another individual or family. This means also making the best use of the middle sections of pews. Ushers will be available to assist you with seating options. Masks will still be required of all worshipers. The Reopening Planning Group proposes that we try this out and adjust our practice accordingly, especially with attention to how Covid infection rates are affecting our area. Thanks as ever for your patience with our practices during these ongoing unprecedented times.
Looking to Advent and Christmas
Advent is soon upon us, with Christmas immediately to follow. Mark your calendars now for the following noteworthy occasions as we mark the seasons in our life together:
- Wednesdays in Advent (December 1, 8, 15, 22): Advent Evening Prayer via Zoom at 7:00 pm featuring members who will offer reflections on what gives them hope in a seemingly hopeless time in our troubled world.
- Sunday, December 12 at 3:30 pm: Event for All Ages, Parsonage outdoors, the Light of Christ in a season of shadows.
- Sunday, December 19 at 10:00 am: Service of Lessons and Carols as part of our usual Sunday worship.
- Sunday, December 19 after worship: decorating our church for Christmas.
- Sunday, December 19 at 5:00 pm: Christmas Caroling and Worship outside the Parsonage, an opportunity for those unable to worship with us indoors to share in singing and worship in anticipation of Christmas.
- Friday, December 24 at 5:00 pm: Worship for the Whole Family on Christmas Eve.
- Friday, December 24 at 9:00 pm: Christmas Eve Worship with Choir.
- Saturday, December 25 at 10:00 am: Worship on Christmas Day.
- Sunday, December 26 at 10:00 am: Worship on the First Sunday of Christmas.
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About Those Theses on Reformation Sunday
Thanks to the many persons who posted their theses on the door of the Wittenberg Church on Reformation Sunday. Please know that theses that were suggestions for our life together will be shared with the appropriate leaders and committees who have responsibility for the stated areas of concern for their consideration and possible action.
An open invitation – Racial and Social Justice Learning Group
Over the past year, we participated in Pastor Linman’s Monday evening Bible study sessions (recently focused on “social justice” references in scripture) and the year-long monthly deep dive discussions co-led by the Pastor and Youth Director Amanda Lindamood into the challenging book “Dear Church, A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the U.S.” These validated our belief that continual learning about social justice is needed and is essential for us and for our RELC community.
As one step in this effort, we’re offering to facilitate a regular gathering of those interested in exploring this topic and learning more together. We envision this group:
- Broadening individual understanding and identifying how it might lead/influence actions at RELC and in our lives.
- Self-identifying discussion topics and sources of information (e.g., books, articles, films, news events, personal experience, etc.)
To get started, we propose an in-person meeting at RELC (pandemic-permitting of course) starting after the holidays on January 19, 2022 at 7 p.m. to discuss the first few chapters of “White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity” by Dr. Robert Jones (available in local libraries, on-line, in paperback, etc.). We anticipate the group will also establish its ground rules then (meeting schedule, format, process for picking topics, etc.)
If you are interested or just want to inquire further, please contact either of us. Any and all will be welcome. We look forward to hearing from you.
ELCA Youth Gathering 2022
Collection of Food Items for AFAC on Sunday, November 21
We will receive donations of food items for AFAC on Sunday, November 21, in conjunction with our regular worship service.
October Financial Update
The below chart is a summary of RELC’s finances for the year to date as of October 31, 2021. 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 general fund is currently running significantly below our actual expenses for the year and below our giving levels for this time last year. This trend has been worsening during the first ten months of 2021.
Please continue to donate during our newly reestablished weekly service or send in your contributions 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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Altar Flowers Sign Up
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
A bit of noise from children of all ages is indeed a wonderful blessing throughout our church. But if you feel the need for an additional space, our lounge around the corner is fully stocked for your use. 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. Since we are maintaining physical distancing, we encourage you also to use our “pray-ground,” the carpeted area with table and small chairs, at the back of the church.
Faith Formation Calendar
Click below for the current faith formation calendar that includes activities and resources for all ages:
Monday Evening Bible Study on Themes of Justice in the Bible
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:
- Roy Guenther
- Nancy MacDonald
- Bob MacDonald
- The family of John Showman
- Grant Aldonis
- Norm Olsen
- Ellie Barnes
- Judy Frank
- Effie Stallsmith
- Malcolm Stark
- Barb Jensen
- Charlotte Boeck
- Lynn Kiewel
- Phillip Swingler
- Maria Liwski
- Tucker Dean
- Irene Belcher
- Sharon Kravetz
- Analyse, Ramon, and Nicky Villatoro
- John and Anneliese Arnold
- The family of Janet Wray
- Julie Bates
Arlington County Covid-19 Response
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Secret Santa Project: Target Gift Cards for Arlington Public Assistance Clients
You can help make Christmas brighter for some of Arlington's most vulnerable residents by making a donation to our Secret Santa Project from November 7- 28.
Make all checks payable to the Church and put Secret Santa on the memo line. Drop checks in the offering plate or mail them to Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church 6201 Arlington Blvd. Arlington VA 22205- 2034. You can also use the Donate Now link in the upper right corner of our website. Or you can purchase your own Target gift cards in amounts of $25.00 or less and use the same methods mentioned above for getting them to the Church.
Many of our Benevolence partners use the gift card model because, among other reasons, the recipient of the cards gets to choose just the right gifts for the members of their family and it's been shown to help strengthen family bonds when gifts are selected by parents or other loved ones.
Thank you for your generosity,
Your Social Ministry Committee
Current Routine for Worship Indoors
We continue our worship indoors this Sunday at 10:00am. 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!
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