Midweek Announcements for September 22

Schedule for the Coming Week at Resurrection Church

Sunday, September 25

9:00 a.m. – Sunday School in the Parish Hall.
10:00 a.m. – Worship: Prof. James Farwell presiding.

Sunday, October 2

9:00 a.m. – Sunday School in the Parish Hall.
10:00 a.m. – Worship: Prof. Shawn Strout presiding.
11:00 a.m. – Pet Blessing on the church lawn.
11:15 a.m. – Creation Care Team forum with a presentation from the Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions.

Congregation COVID Protections

With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s assessment of Arlington County’s COVID-19 community level as “low,” the wearing of masks at Resurrection is currently optional. The church will continue to monitor the county’s community level and make adjustments in precautions based on the CDC assessment.

The church’s Reopening Planning Group encourages congregants to wear masks if they choose to, as well as continuing to maintain appropriate distances when sitting in pews, sharing the peace of Christ and taking communion, and to wash hands and use sanitizers in church. Pastors, communion assistants, and ushers will continue to wear masks when welcoming those attending services and in distributing Holy Communion in deference to congregation members who choose to take that precaution. The wearing of masks in Sunday School will be based on parents’ feedback. The group also encourages congregants to keep up to date with vaccinations and that those not feeling well should stay home and access the livestream feed of worship services.

Collection of Food Items for AFAC This Sunday

We will receive donations of food items for AFAC this Sunday, September 25, in conjunction with our regular worship service.

Sunday Supply Pastors

We are grateful for the outstanding group of guest clergy that continue to preside at our Sunday services, and we are pleased to welcome back Professor James Farwell of the Virginia Theological Seminary to preach and preside at our 10:00 a.m. service this Sunday, September 25.

We look forward to welcoming again, Metro D.C. Synod Assistant to the Bishop for Candidacy and Mobility Pastor Sarah Garrett Krey on October 9 and Professor Shawn Strout, also of the Virginia Theological Seminary, on October 16. Bishop Richard Graham will lead the worship service on October 23 and Professor Farwell will return to preach and preside on October 30. We hope that you will join us each Sunday as we continue our congregation’s life and worship.

Transition Team Update

Thanks to all Resurrection members who participated in the review of the Ministry Site Profile (MSP) of our congregation. Our Transition Team has drawn from your comments to update the MSP to reflect more accurately who we are as a church and the characteristics of the pastor we seek. The Congregation Council will vote at its October 6 meeting on approving the MSP for submission to the Metropolitan D.C. Synod.

Call Committee Update

At its September 21 organizational meeting, our Call Committee elected John Handley as its chair and prepared to begin researching and interviewing pastoral candidates. The committee will work closely with the Metro D.C. Synod as the final Ministry Site Profile is submitted and potential candidates are identified.

Bless Our Pets

On October 2, members are invited to bring their pets to the 10:00 a.m. service. The pets and their owners will start off in the Parish Hall, where the service itself will be streamed live. After the last hymn, the congregation and the pets will all meet on the church lawn for the Pet Blessing, followed by an inter-species coffee hour.

Climate Solutions Forum

Please join us Sunday, October 2, at 11:15 a.m. following the service and Pet Blessing for an important presentation by representatives from the Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions (FACS). Eric Goplerud, FACS Chair, and Julie Rosenberg, FACS Arlington County Hub Leader, will talk about the alliance’s mission and actions taken on climate issues. This will be an educational opportunity for our congregation to learn how we can get involved in climate solutions at the local level.

This short statement outlines the mission of FACS: “The Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions (FACS) mission is to organize the power of Virginia’s faith communities to advance local solutions to the urgent moral challenge of climate change. Through sustained faith-based organizing of more than 2,600 activists from over 190 congregations throughout Northern Virginia, we’ve shown that local government policy, congregational practices, and personal actions produce change in local greenhouse gas emissions, resiliency, and equity.”

You can also learn more about FACS at: https://faithforclimate.org/.

2022 CROP Hunger Walk

The 2022 CROP Hunger Walk will be on Saturday, October 15. You can join and/or support the Resurrection team online at https://events.crophungerwalk.org/2022/event/arlingtonva. More information will also be available in the Narthex.

Member Information Form

In an effort to create an updated membership directory with the most current, accurate and preferred contact information, you’ve now received a message which contains a member information form which we ask each member of the congregation to fill out and return to the church office. This message and the form has come to you via Constant Contact.

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.

Intercessory Prayer During the Time of Pastoral Transition

During the time after Pastor Linman departs and before an interim pastor is named or a new pastor called, we will suspend the compilation of a formal and published prayer list. Our intercessory prayer lists are crafted and maintained by the pastor who receives names and who exercises pastoral discretion and care in relation to those named and those who name them. Without an interim or called pastor to generate and maintain the list and to follow up pastorally concerning those named, an intercessory prayer list would be challenging to maintain with pastoral integrity and sensitivity. That said, each Sunday’s prayers of intercession include a petition during which members of the worshiping assembly can call out aloud specific names of persons for whom they would like to pray, and during this time of pause, worshipers can also name persons in the silence of their hearts and minds. Please be assured that your prayerful intents and those of the whole worshiping assembly are heard by God.

Pastoral Care for Emergencies and Other Needs

Pastor Amy Feira has graciously agreed to be on call for members of the congregation to contact in case of pastoral emergency and other pastoral needs through the month of September. She may be reached at: (703) 303-9388 and/or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Other Announcements?

Alexandra Mattson, the editor of our now quarterly Steeple Light newsletter, is now also serving as the editor of our Weekly Announcements messages, working closely with Council President Glen Mason. If you have any items that you wish to communicate in the Weekly Announcements as committee chairs or those responsible for other ministry initiatives at Resurrection, please send them via email to both This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and to 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!