The Bible in Christian Worship—May 18
This series continues next Wednesday, May 18. It is not too late to join in. Here again is a description of this series for those who may still wish to join in: beginning on May 18, Gail Ramshaw will describe how our lectionary uses the Bible on Sunday mornings. On May 18, she will focus on the Gospel reading, on May 25 the First reading, and on June 1, the Second reading. These classes involve a presentation and then a discussion and questions. Bring your Bible and copy of Evangelical Lutheran Worship and log on! The Zoom invitation will be included in the Constant Contact version of the Midweek Message each week.
Collection of Food Items for AFAC on Sunday, May 22
We will receive donations of food items for AFAC on Sunday, May 22, in conjunction with our regular worship service.
Outdoor Liturgy – May 22nd from 3:30-5:00 pm
This year's Confirmation class has designed a special all ages, experiential worship experience for the congregation. It will be facilitated by them on Sunday, May 22nd from 3:30 to 5 pm as this month's Outdoor Liturgy held outside the parsonage. Listen to the stories of Joseph the dream interpreter, and the women who encounter the resurrected Jesus first. Engage in partnered activities that include collaborative art and playful competition. Celebrate the newly graduated with a blessing and opportunity to write messages of support. Join in snacks and conversations. RSVPs are appreciated by Friday, May 20th to support setup, and friends of all ages are welcome.
This Saturday’s Teen Backyard Event Rescheduled
Please note a date change for the upcoming Teen Social. This Saturday’s backyard event is rescheduled for June 10th, with additional details to follow in coming announcements.
Submissions for Steeple Light?
Kindly let Pastor Linman know if you desire to have a submission to the next edition of Steeple Light, our now quarterly church newsletter. The due date for submissions is Sunday, May 22 at midnight. Thanks much!
2022 Annual Yard Sale – June 4th, 7:00 am to 1:00 pm
RELC will host a Yard Sale to support the cost of next summer's National Youth Gathering on Saturday, June 4th. There will be opportunities for Congregational volunteers of all ages to provide donations, support pricing and organizing, and to help staff the day of the Yard Sale. In particular volunteers to support transportation of remaining items during cleanup will be appreciated. In the next week more information will circulate about advertising, donation windows and volunteer slots, but please save the date. Spring Cleaning has commenced!
Social Justice Learning Group
The Social Justice Learning Group met on May 1, 2022 to focus on the topic of “education.” Members shared resources (books, articles, etc.) as well as personal anecdotes from their own school and classroom experiences. We discussed multiple aspects of American education (locally and nationally) from both a current and historical perspective. Several major themes emerged from the discussion, including:
- As most American education is funded locally, differences are inherent.
- Historical education differences based on race (e.g., funding differentials, segregation, and many other factors) were devastating, and they contribute to economic and other achievement gaps to this day. Many attendees had personal experience in their own early educations.
- There are ongoing efforts in many areas to actively discourage teaching and discussion about past inequities (improper “banning” of CRT, etc.).
We also discussed the necessity for action(s) beyond continued efforts to learn more on this topic. We discussed potential actions the RELC congregation could be involved in. Some suggestions included: inviting knowledgeable speakers to address annual meeting or other well-attended gatherings; ensuring a line-item RELC budget items to specifically address and support social justice-related actions; funding scholarships for minority youth (perhaps even at the Village School); creating a volunteer force for a diverse local school (Edd Nolen and Gay Mount mentioned serving as volunteer reading coaches through Kiwanis).
We also agreed that our Group would create an interim report for the Church Council about our activities and learnings to date.
The Social Justice Learning Group continues to meet on the first Sunday of each month in Room 13 after the service (and after a brief visit to coffee hour). The next meeting is June 5th, and the topic is “Transportation,” facilitated by Effie & Franz Stallsmith. All are invited and welcome to attend.
Judy & Charlie Hughes (co-facilitators)
For More Information on United Lutheran Seminary
We are glad for the visit last Sunday of President Guy Erwin and Executive Staff Member Martin Zimmann from United Lutheran Seminary. Per the request from some at coffee hour, here is a link to more information about the seminary, its values, history, campuses, current programs, etc.
Children’s Ministry: Wee Ones through 5th grade
Sunday School has moved indoors. We meet in the Chapel and start promptly at 9:15am. Masks are required and we will have air purifiers along with windows that we can open. Following our lessons, I will bring your kids into the Sanctuary and you will find us in the PrayGround.
Our Nursery is not available at this time as we are cleaning and refreshing the space. If you are in need of a changing table or need to quiet a screaming child, please use our lounge. Once your child is comforted, please feel free to return. We do have a speaker system in the lounge which feeds the service so you won't miss anything while away.
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.
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:
- Lucas Carr
- Carol Ward
- Kevin Bhatt
- Michael Dalton
- Sandy Browne
- Nicole O'Neil
- Mark Basset
- Rosa Maria Piai
- Lee Hanson
- Ray Perez
- Roy Guenther
- Mary Ann Glover
- Teri Torres
- Edna Frady
- Janet Lewis
- Krista Kurth
- Evon Lippencot
- Nancy MacDonald
- Bob MacDonald
- Grant Aldonas
- Norm Olsen
- Judy Frank
- Barb Jensen
- Lynn Kiewel
- Phillip Swingler
- Tucker Dean
- Irene Belcher
- Sharon Kravetz
- John and Anneliese Arnold
- Julie Bates
Arlington County Covid-19 Response
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