Weekly Announcements for March 28, 2024

Schedule for the Coming Week at Resurrection Church

Sunday, March 31 - Easter Sunday

8:30 a.m. — Easter Breakfast Potluck in the Parish Hall.
10:00 a.m. — Worship: Pastor Harold (Harry) Therwanger.

The Great Three Days of Christian Liturgy

Dear Member or Friend of Resurrection Congregation,

Attached is a pamphlet created by one of our members to invite you and any others you may feel would be blessed to participate in The Great Three Days of Christian liturgy. This year, the dates are from March 28 through March 30. You can print the pamphlet yourself, or copies will be available in the church Narthex this Sunday and next Sunday for you to take.

As our Lenten journey approaches Holy Week, may we again be drawn in new and wonderful ways to the power of God's love in Christ at the Cross and the Empty Tomb! Blessed Lent, dear Church!

– Pastor Harry

pdfThe Three Days (2024)

Introducing Mr. Dale Heidebrecht, Church Administrator

We welcome Mr. Dale Heidebrecht as our new Church Administrator. Dale will be present in the Church Office from Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and support our shared ministry in a variety of ways. He will use the email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please stop by and welcome him to RELC.

Easter Breakfast

The Fellowship Committee is making plans for Easter Breakfast, which will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 31. The menu will be what is in keeping with Resurrection traditions – hot casseroles, breakfast breads or fruit dishes and beverages appropriate for breakfast. We plan to do this in the spirit of a congregation-wide potluck. Please begin to consider what you may bring to share before the Easter Service.

Online Bible Study Thursdays

“Online Bible Study Thursdays” will be held weekly at 11:00 a.m. A group of RELC members and friends will meet online each week to discuss the upcoming Gospel Reading for the following Sunday. Due to the Easter holiday, the group won’t meet on Thursday, March 28th, or on Thursday, April 4th, but will resume on Thursday, April 11th. To join the group, email Gail Flatness or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Pastor Out of the Office: April 1st - 4th

Pastor Harry will be out of the office on Monday, April 1st through Thursday, April 4th. The pastors at Faith and Advent Lutheran churches are available in case of an emergency. Please contact the church office at RELC should you wish pastoral assistance. Thank you.

Tour the Holy Land with Pastor Harry and Never Leave Arlington

jerusalem from mount of olivesPlease join us on Wednesdays, on April 10th, April 17th and May 1st at 7:00 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall. Pastor will share his slides, videos and experiences from his trip to the Holy Land in 2023. Come to see and hear about some of the places we know from the Bible.




April 28 - Earth Sunday Program during Coffee Hour: Stormwater in Arlington and Protecting Water Quality

The RELC Creation Care Team invites you to attend an environmental education program presented by EcoAction Arlington focused on issues related to stormwater runoff in Arlington. You will learn about what our church and individual homeowners can do to reduce runoff and pollution of our local streams, the Potomac River, and the Chesapeake Bay. This event will provide details about the new Arlington County Stormwater Credit Program and opportunities to apply for voluntary credits to offset up to 35% of our Stormwater Utility bill. The event will include a child-friendly opportunity to engage with an Enviroscape model, which is an interactive watershed that demonstrates point and nonpoint source pollution. Please contact Monica Hirschberg with any questions.

Now Is the Month of Maying

Carmina & Illuminare Concert
Saturday, May 18, 2024 at 4:00 p.m.
Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church
6201 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22205
Free street parking • Free-will offering
Reception to follow in the Parish Hall

The advent of efficient music printing around 1530 spurred a market that reached well beyond traditional courtly audiences to include musically literate members of a growing merchant class. New types of social music flourished, ultimately ranging from straightforward multi-verse part songs to ambitious creations crafted to wring every nuance of image and passion from their poetry. We will present Italian and English madrigals, French chansons, villanellas, and more: http://www.carmina.org/upcomingperformances.php#25-FFM

Music at Resurrection

The Social Ministry Committee has designated Mandehah, LLC as the charity recipient of RELC's free-will offerings from Resurrection’s May 18th Carmina and Illuminare Concert.

Mandehah was founded in Madagascar by Henri Rabezanahary. Henri and his family emigrated from Madagascar to Arlington and Pastor Amy Sevimli received them into membership (probably in 2008). Steve Black has been working with Henri to identify sources of donations to support one of the programs that the non-profit is pursuing: to set up a dental health program in Madagascar using donated equipment from dental practices in the United States.

The mission of Mandehah is described on its website as follows:

Our organization's purpose is to free Madagascar of grinding poverty. "Mandehah" in Malagasy means, "going forward," or "moving to the right path." We seek to improve access to clean water, adequate nutrition, dental health, and immunizations against illness in rural Madagascar.

Between 2021-2025, our goal is to provide community water resources, vaccinations, screening for tropical diseases, and reduce the number of malnourished children from age 5 and under. We will begin a dental health program in 2023 with the help of an international partner. We will provide dental screenings and treatments."

Henri has established an LLC in the United States, Mandehah, LLC, to receive donations to support Mandehah's projects in Madagascar. The LLC received an IRS tax-exempt organization determination letter in January 2023. Steve has personally donated to Mandehah, LLC.

Steve Black nominated Mandehah, LLC as a possible recipient of donations received at the next Music at RELC program. The Social Ministry approved this nomination at its meeting on March 7 and supports this recommendation as a recipient of funds donated at the May 18th Carmina and Illuminare Concert.

One of the goals of the Music at Resurrection committee is to seek out quality talent to perform at Resurrection Lutheran Church. Please reach out to Cathy Carr with your suggestions for choral or musical groups that might be available to present a concert at Resurrection. Recently, Voix de Femmes, a women's vocal ensemble that sings pieces written by female composers as a good part of its repertoire as well as compositions written by men, was proposed by RELC member Franz Gimmler. Voix de Femmes will perform at RELC on Saturday, September 21st at 4:00 p.m. with a reception to follow in the Parish Hall. Voix de Femmes is based out of Laurel, Maryland.

Collection of Food Items for AFAC on Sunday, March 31

We will receive donations of food items for AFAC on Sunday, March 31 (Easter Sunday) in conjunction with our regular worship service. In the coming weeks, April 14 and April 28 will also be AFAC Sundays.

Chrismon Project

Calling out to all crafters - if you like to knit, bead, string wire, work w/clay (a new medium) or even just want to learn in a group (or on your own) please contact Mimi Van Poole. Please note in the subject line: “Chrismons.” I will be providing several initial “kits” with all the supplies & instructions in the near future (once I find interested parties).

Chrismons Update

beginners 13To start our adventure into the art of making Chrismons, I have ordered two kits that will give us everything that we need to make a variety of the ornaments (see attached photo). The ornaments come in various sizes with all of the patterns/instructions and supplies to make them.

I will reach out with various dates for our first meeting to all of those who have shown an interest in helping to make Chrismons: perhaps an evening wine and cheese at the church’s lounge (did you know there was such a place?), at someone’s house (I’m happy to host), or after coffee hour one Sunday. If folks want to just take home the pattern and supplies to make one ornament, you are also welcome to do so. I expect to receive the kits within the next couple of weeks, so look for the first gathering to be held in early April. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and note “Chrismons” in the subject line, or text me at 703-625-7391.

RELC Meal Ministry

RELC’s Meal Ministry is alive and well. We are looking for volunteers who like to cook/bake when the need arises. If anyone hears of/or needs something themselves, please reach out to Pastor Harry who will let the committee chair know and we will be in touch. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Mimi Van Poole. Please note in the subject line: “Meal Ministry.”

Can't make it to church? Watch us Live! Now Livestreaming Worship

To view our 10:00 a.m. 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 9:55 a.m. 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.

Other Announcements?

Alexandra Mattson, the editor of our quarterly “Steeple Light” newsletter, is, at present, also serving as the editor of our Weekly Announcements messages, working closely with Council President Leslie Nolen. From February 1st on, if you place an item in our Weekly Announcements, please give Alexandra the specific dates for the announcement to be posted. If there are no dates provided, the announcement will run for one week and then be dropped. Please, let's keep the Announcements timely.

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!