Worship in Person Indoors Continues
As was reported in detail in Pastor’s Midweek Message this week, our Reopening Planning Group has affirmed the resolve to continue to worship in person during the Omicron variant-related surge in Covid cases. The rationale is elaborated on in this week’s Midweek Message. If you have not had occasion to read that, please do so. That message also outlines how our in-person worship will currently be modified, namely, by reducing the amount of singing in worship, encouraging the use of N95 masks or double-masking, roping off again every other pew, and suspending coffee hour indoors for the foreseeable future. While we are committed to retaining our in person worship practice, we also honor and respect those who, for varieties of reasons, need to refrain from in person worship at this time. We pray that this surge is comparatively short-lived.
Please Share Your 2022 Giving Intentions
Our congregation will hold its annual meeting Sunday, January 23, and at that time we’ll vote on approving the church’s budget for 2022. Thanks to those of you who have already shared how you intend to support Resurrection’s plans for ministry and education – but thus far, only 42 individuals and families have provided that information and their intended offerings would cover a little more than 40 percent of the proposed budget. If you haven’t done so yet please share your giving intentions for 2022 by completing the Statement of Intent that will be available at our Sunday worship services, or you can use the online form. It’s also a good time to consider enrolling in the “Simply Giving” electronic funds transfer program to have your weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly offering automatically drawn from your bank account or charged to your credit card – just complete the enrollment form and return it along with your pledge.
Faith Formation for Whole Families at Home
In our life together, we value continued learning and study of scripture. In our pandemic life together, we value supporting virtual and household participation in that learning, supported with resources and opportunities to connect and practice with others.
We’re excited to offer two new opportunities in the New Year, one that will kick off this weekend:
A Gift for You—New Bibles & Small Catechisms
The Education Committee is distributing to households in the congregation new bibles and small catechisms for your use at home. These resources were selected to complement upcoming programming, and are additions to your personal libraries. To learn how to receive your copy, reach out to Amanda Lindamood or Pastor Linman by email. We’re excited to share these! Distribution and deliveries will continue through December and January.
An All-Ages Bible Study
Collection of Food Items for AFAC on Sunday, January 16
We will receive donations of food items for AFAC on Sunday, January 16, in conjunction with our regular worship service.
Social & Racial Justice learning group
We hope you’ve seen our invitation in previous Announcements.
The group’s first meeting will be at 7pm on Wednesday January 19, 2022. We’ll initially meet in person at RELC (socially distanced, masked, etc.) to discuss organizational concepts including frequency, where/how to meet, how to select discussion topics, etc. We believe all of us should know more on this topic to guide our efforts toward achieving more justice. Initial discussion will center on the opening chapters of White Too Long – the Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity by Robert P. Jones.
Mark Your Calendars Now – Annual Congregational Meeting on January 23
Details of time and format are forthcoming, but please mark your calendars now for our annual congregational meeting which will take place on Sunday, January 23, 2022. Please know, too, that our Nominations Committee is currently recruiting members to offer themselves for election to our Congregation Council. If you are approached, please take the invitation into prayerful and serious consideration.
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.
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.
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:
- Mark Anderson
- Janet Lewis
- Maggie Mount
- Rosalie Dech
- Krista Kurth
- Evon Lippencot
- Nancy MacDonald
- Bob MacDonald
- Grant Aldonas
- 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
- John and Anneliese Arnold
- Julie Bates
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 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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