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Outdoor Worship

Join us outdoors (with facial covering and maintaining appropriate distance) on Sunday, November 29 at 12:15 on the Potomac Street side of the church for a brief service of worship in conjunction of the food collection for AFAC. This brief service includes an order for confession and forgiveness, a reading and reflection, prayers of intercession, the Lord’s Prayer and a blessing. This has become an important way that we can safely gather as church during the pandemic.

Advent Evening Prayer via Zoom

Mark your calendars now, for we are planning to gather at 7:00 pm via Zoom on the Wednesdays in Advent for Evening Prayer: December 2; December 9; December 16; and December 23. If you are interested in this remote, but live experience of daily prayer during Advent, please let Pastor Linman know: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Advent Devotional Reflections

Watch your Home Worship Constant Contact messages on coming Saturdays for links to Advent devotions written by members of Resurrection. There will be a written reflection and invitation to prayer for each of the four Sundays in Advent based on selected verses from each Sunday’s first reading from the lectionary. Many thanks to our members who have generously offered their time, energy and creativity to serve our communal devotions during Advent.

Advent Wreaths for your Home

To aid your home worship during Advent, supplies for making Advent wreaths for your home will be provided for pick up this coming Sunday, November 29 in conjunction with the AFAC food drive. Many thanks to Angie for arranging for this opportunity.

Gifts of Hope for Advent 1

1st Sunday in Advent: Hope

“There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.” -Proverbs 23:18. Gifts of Hope, a program within our local ELCA Synod, helps give hope. Our congregation’s support of this program is translated into direct service by local and global organizations that help those in need. Many choose to give in honor of someone they know and end up changing the life of another they don’t know. This Advent season, will you consider giving a gift of hope? Visit www.giftsofhopedc.org for more information.

Home Christmas Decoration Photos for our Christmas Home Worship Video

We are envisioning creating a digital collage of photos of Christmas trees or other Christmas decorations from your homes for inclusion in the Home Worship video for Christmas. If you want to join in this project, please send a digital photo of your trees or decorations at home by Wednesday, December 16 (if indeed your decorations are up by that time!). You may email your photos to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Burmeister Family Farewell and Godspeed via Zoom

Mark your calendars now so that you can participate in a Farewell and Godspeed occasion for the Burmeister family who are now settled in their new home in Colorado. This virtual event will begin at 7:00 pm Eastern on Saturday, December 12. Plan to join us as we thank the Burmeister’s for their time with us in our congregation and for their leadership during important times of transition here. A Zoom link will be sent in a special Constant Contact message on a day preceding this occasion on December 12.

Your Giving Intent is Important

Despite the challenges we currently face, we have so much to be thankful for this holiday season. As we begin a new church year, we’re all more aware than ever of the importance of God’s love and how much our church community means to us, even when it’s hard for us to be together in person. If you haven’t done so already, please take a few minutes to share your intention to support Resurrection’s worship, ministries and programs in the coming year. Just mail the intent card you received to the church office or use the online giving intent form. Our congregation leaders need to know your giving plans as they try to prepare for the coming year.

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: the family of Don Oaks (Dave Oaks’ father) who died in Christ earlier this month; Barb Jensen; Charlotte Boeck; Don Hansen; Gretchen Zeltner; Lynn Kiewel; John Beston; Frank Fuelling; Carl Lacey; Heidi Dech; Father Phillip Swingler; Sandy Browne; Angie; Kyler; Debbie; Kat; Jeanne; Russ; Jamie..

Prayer Requests

Should you desire to make prayer requests for persons you care about, or desire prayer for other concerns, please contact Pastor Linman with those requests: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-972-2076. Pastor will make certain that the names you provide will be included in the Prayers of Intercession for Sundays, and they will also be included in a listing of names in the midweek announcements to invite your prayers throughout the week. Making your requests known to Pastor Linman will allow him to follow up with you directly – as your requests for prayer help set the agenda for our Pastor’s ministry at Resurrection Church.

Coming in January: Elections for New Members of the RELC Congregation Council!

Elections for new members of RELC's Congregation Council will take place as usual at our Annual Congregational Meeting in January. The Congregation Council serves as a core team of leaders for our congregation as we undertake together as a local church God’s mission in the world. These are both exciting and challenging times for our church, for our nation, and for our world. If you have passion about the future directions of Resurrection Church’s mission, and if you sense the possible nudges of God’s call to you to serve on Council, please engage in prayerful discernment about becoming a nominee for election to the Council.

You may contact members of this year's Nominating Committee for more information, to express interest in being nominated or to enquire about how to nominate someone else:

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Bible Study on Selected Passages from Matthew via Zoom

Join us on Monday evenings at 6:30 via Zoom to delve into the Sermon on the Mount in studied and devotional ways. Each session will last about an hour. If you are interested in participating, please contact Pastor Linman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to express your intent to join in this new Bible Study during the remaining months of this liturgical year’s focus on Matthew’s Gospel.

Another Opportunity for Bible Study, Lectio Divina, and Supportive Conversation

Join us for about an hour every other Thursday morning at 11:00 am on Zoom for Bible Study, lectio divina and conversation about the upcoming Sunday’s Gospel reading. Pastor Linman leads these occasions. Spending time with our appointed Gospel readings promises to enrich the experience of Sunday Home Worship. The next such occasion is Thursday, December 3.

On the alternating Thursdays, this group gathers for fellowship, checking in and supporting each other, as well as spending time discussing the reflection questions from the previous Sunday sermon.

If you are interested in joining these Thursday conversations, please contact Cindy Reese: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Faith in Action — Social Ministry Update

In order to deliver the holiday donations in a timely fashion, the collection dates for during the holiday season will be November 29, December 6, and December 20. RELC will continue collecting food donations for AFAC. In addition, since due to safety concerns brought on by the pandemic we are not collecting toys and Secret Santa items as we have in past years during the holiday season, we request that you support OAR, A-SPAN and other non-profits in Arlington in the “Bring a Neighbor Holiday Joy” fundraising initiative. Your donations will be used to help each participating organization purchase and distribute gift cards, allowing the children and families in our programs to safely purchase their own holiday gifts and resources. Contributions can be made online by using the “Donate Now” button on the RELC website (choose “Project Winter Cheer”) or bringing your donation to the collection at the Potomac Street entrance (note “Project Winter Cheer” in the memo line). Online donations can be made on the Volunteer Arlington Website. If you wish to donate items, Doorways welcomes new, unwrapped toys for children under ten years of age in addition to gift cards (especially Target, Giant or VISA gift cards). They would especially like toys such as “Leap Frog” and other learning toys. More information is on their website. If you have any questions, contact Edd Nolen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-533-2953.

Words of Thanks from Non-Profits We Support

We recently received letters of thanks from the following social service organizations which Resurrection Church supports under the auspices of our Social Ministry Committee:

  • National Capital Treatment and Recovery (Patient Assistance Fund)
  • Fellowship Square (for the benefit of Fellowship House senior residents)
  • New Hope Housing (homeless shelter)
  • A-Span (serving the homeless)
  • Arlington Food Assistance Center (for our hundreds of pounds of donated items)

Children’s Ministry

ZOOM time with Ms. Angie and the kids will take a break through the end of September. An email will be coming shortly so we can plan the best time for our continued ZOOM's, that will fit everyone's schedule, now that school is in session. Our Wine and Whine event for parents continues every other Friday, beginning at 7:30pm. If you do not receive emails from me and are interested in any of the above, please reach out to Angie Brooke at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR call 703 972-2086.

Youth Ministry

Provided is a Home Faith Formation Calendar, updated each week with the following week’s recorded content. For those who couldn’t tune in live, see those resources available to you now. Check out too suggestive home activities, lectionary readings, and resources for racial justice for all ages.

AFAC Food Collection
When: November 29 from 11:00am – 1:00pm
Where: Washington Blvd. Entrance

RELC will continue collecting food donations for AFAC every two weeks. Our next collection will be Sunday, November 29 from 11:00am to 1:00pm, at the Washington Blvd entrance. Due to the pandemic, the need for food is increasing daily. AFAC needs canned vegetables , cereal (low sugar), canned tuna, canned tomato products (stewed, diced, paste), and peanut butter (in plastic jars). Members of the Social Ministry Committee will be there to assist you with your donation. Monetary contributions, which enable AFAC to purchase more perishable items are accepted and welcomed. All donations will be delivered to AFAC Monday morning. We will also collect for Doorways and A-SPAN. Doorways and A-SPAN especially need protein bars, cereal bars and household items including cleaning sprays, paper towels, trash bags, masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and full-size toiletries. Monetary contributions, (checks made payable to AFAC, Doorways or A-SPAN) are welcomed. RELC offerings will also be accepted. Any questions? Contact Edd Nolen , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-533-2953.

Financial Update

November Financial Update. The below chart is a summary of RELC’s finances for the year to date as of September 30, 2020. 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 giving is below our actual expenses for the YTD and well below our giving levels for this time last year. We continue to see the negative impact of the cancellation of Sunday services on our giving and slowed giving common during the summer months. Please continue to send in your weekly contributions which can be made 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. 

  (a) YTD Giving(b) YTD Expenses(c) Giving-Expenses(d) Giving as %
of Budget
(e) Change from
2019 Giving
General Fund 288,856 319,069 (30,213) 68% (41,782)
Benevolence 60,603 45,521 15,082 71% 7,120
Renovation 17,519 831 16,688 104% (2,526)
TOTAL 366,978 365,421 1,577 70% (37,188)

 

RELC Offerings

Our community is facing a challenging time as it continues to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and the economic damage resulting from business closures, now compounded by the suffering of racial injustice. Despite our separation, it’s important for us to maintain our financial support for the church and its ministries in the community – and, if possible, to considering increasing that support to address our neighbors’ immediate needs. As our church determines how it can best serve the community, please ensure that it has the resources needed to provide that help. You can make your offering by using the “Donate Now” button on the RELC website or by mailing your offering to our office at 6201 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA, 22205.

The best ways to contact Pastor Linman

Here are the best and most direct ways to contact Pastor Linman. The email address given for his professional and pastoral use is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Pastor Linman’s direct dial phone number in the church office is: 703-972-2076. Please leave a message there if Pastor does not answer. He monitors and responds to his messages throughout the day even when he's not in the office. Thank you. I look forward to hearing from you.

Other Announcements?

Should you have announcements that you wish to communicate in this weekly message as committee chairs or those responsible for other ministry initiatives at Resurrection, please contact Monika at the office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by late Monday mornings for inclusion in the message for the coming Wednesday. Thanks!

In challenging times such as these, we’re all more aware of the need for God’s love in our lives and the importance of sharing with others. Please help us to build a culture of generosity by sharing your giving intention on Pledge Sunday, November 15. You can return your statement of giving intent at our outdoor worship service, mail it to the church office, or complete the online giving intent form. And you can ensure your intent by enrolling in our “Simply Giving” automatic funds transfer program. Thank you for generously enabling Resurrection to be a light to the community in dark times.

Outdoor Worship

Join us outdoors (with facial covering and maintaining appropriate distance) on Sunday, November 29 at 12:15 on the Potomac Street side of the church for a brief service of worship in conjunction of the food collection for AFAC. This brief service includes an order for confession and forgiveness, a reading and reflection, prayers of intercession, the Lord’s Prayer and a blessing. This has become an important way that we can safely gather as church during the pandemic.

Advent Evening Prayer via Zoom

Mark your calendars now, for we are planning to gather at 7:00 pm via Zoom on the Wednesdays in Advent for Evening Prayer: December 2; December 9; December 16; and December 23. If you are interested in this remote, but live experience of daily prayer during Advent, please let Pastor Linman know: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Advent Wreath-Making

Mark your calendars for our annual wreath making event. Supplies will be provided for pick up on Sunday, November 29.

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: the family of Don Oaks (Dave Oaks’ father) who died in Christ earlier this month; Barb Jensen, Charlotte Boeck, Don Hansen, Gretchen Zeltner, Angie, Kyler, Debbie, Kat, Jeanne, Russ, Lynn, Kiewel, John Beston, Jamie, Frank Feulling, Carl Lacey, Heidi Dech.

Prayer Requests

Should you desire to make prayer requests for persons you care about, or desire prayer for other concerns, please contact Pastor Linman with those requests: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-972-2076. Pastor will make certain that the names you provide will be included in the Prayers of Intercession for Sundays, and they will also be included in a listing of names in the midweek announcements to invite your prayers throughout the week. Making your requests known to Pastor Linman will allow him to follow up with you directly – as your requests for prayer help set the agenda for our Pastor’s ministry at Resurrection Church.

Coming in January: Elections for New Members of the RELC Congregation Council!

Elections for new members of RELC's Congregation Council will take place as usual at our Annual Congregational Meeting in January. The Congregation Council serves as a core team of leaders for our congregation as we undertake together as a local church God’s mission in the world. These are both exciting and challenging times for our church, for our nation, and for our world. If you have passion about the future directions of Resurrection Church’s mission, and if you sense the possible nudges of God’s call to you to serve on Council, please engage in prayerful discernment about becoming a nominee for election to the Council.

You may contact members of this year's Nominating Committee for more information, to express interest in being nominated or to enquire about how to nominate someone else:

  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Information from October 12, 2020 RELC Council Meeting From Interim Council Chair, Jeanne Broyhill

Mark your calendars for Sunday January 24, 2021 for RELC's annual meeting. It will be virtual and the time is TBD. Please give some thought to whether you would like to nominate yourself to serve on the board at this meeting. These are exciting and challenging times and an opportunity to serve on the Council can help shape the future of RELC. Results from the recent survey of RELC's congregation are elsewhere in the announcements. I hope you are able to take the time to review this information. Thank you to the congregants that filled out the survey. Your input is very helpful.

Will You Pledge to Help?

Thanks to everyone who has already shared your intention to generously support Resurrection’s worship services, programs and ministries now and in 2021. Recognizing the needs of the church and our community during these challenging times, many of you said you intend to increase your giving. If you were unable to return your giving intent card last week, you can still send it this week – simply mail it to the church office or use the online giving intent form. Your intent isn’t binding, but it is needed to help the congregation’s leaders plan for the coming year and to continue to grow in generosity.

Faith in Action — Social Ministry Update

In order to deliver the holiday donations in a timely fashion, the collection dates for during the holiday season will be November 29, December 6, and December 20. RELC will continue collecting food donations for AFAC. In addition, since due to safety concerns brought on by the pandemic we are not collecting toys and Secret Santa items as we have in past years during the holiday season, we request that you support OAR, A-SPAN and other non-profits in Arlington in the “Bring a Neighbor Holiday Joy” fundraising initiative. Your donations will be used to help each participating organization purchase and distribute gift cards, allowing the children and families in our programs to safely purchase their own holiday gifts and resources. Contributions can be made online by using the “Donate Now” button on the RELC website (choose “Project Winter Cheer”) or bringing your donation to the collection at the Potomac Street entrance (note “Project Winter Cheer” in the memo line). Online donations can be made on the Volunteer Arlington Website. If you wish to donate items, Doorways welcomes new, unwrapped toys for children under ten years of age in addition to gift cards (especially Target, Giant or VISA gift cards). They would especially like toys such as “Leap Frog” and other learning toys. More information is on their website. If you have any questions, contact Edd Nolen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-533-2953.

Children’s Ministry

ZOOM time with Ms. Angie and the kids will take a break through the end of September. An email will be coming shortly so we can plan the best time for our continued ZOOM's, that will fit everyone's schedule, now that school is in session. Our Wine and Whine event for parents continues every other Friday, beginning at 7:30pm. If you do not receive emails from me and are interested in any of the above, please reach out to Angie Brooke at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR call 703 972-2086.

Youth Ministry

Provided is a Home Faith Formation Calendar, updated each week with the following week’s recorded content. For those who couldn’t tune in live, see those resources available to you now. Check out too suggestive home activities, lectionary readings, and resources for racial justice for all ages.

Bible Study on Selected Passages from Matthew via Zoom

Join us on Monday evenings at 6:30 via Zoom to delve into the Sermon on the Mount in studied and devotional ways. Each session will last about an hour. If you are interested in participating, please contact Pastor Linman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to express your intent to join in this new Bible Study during the remaining months of this liturgical year’s focus on Matthew’s Gospel.

Another Opportunity for Bible Study, Lectio Divina, and Supportive Conversation

Join us for about an hour every other Thursday morning at 11:00 am on Zoom for Bible Study, lectio divina and conversation about the upcoming Sunday’s Gospel reading. Pastor Linman leads these occasions. Spending time with our appointed Gospel readings promises to enrich the experience of Sunday Home Worship. The next such occasion is Thursday, December 3.

On the alternating Thursdays, this group gathers for fellowship, checking in and supporting each other, as well as spending time discussing the reflection questions from the previous Sunday sermon.

If you are interested in joining these Thursday conversations, please contact Cindy Reese: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

AFAC Food Collection
When: November 29 from 11:00am – 1:00pm
Where: Washington Blvd. Entrance

RELC will continue collecting food donations for AFAC every two weeks. Our next collection will be Sunday, November 29 from 11:00am to 1:00pm, at the Washington Blvd entrance. Due to the pandemic, the need for food is increasing daily. AFAC needs canned vegetables , cereal (low sugar), canned tuna, canned tomato products (stewed, diced, paste), and peanut butter (in plastic jars). Members of the Social Ministry Committee will be there to assist you with your donation. Monetary contributions, which enable AFAC to purchase more perishable items are accepted and welcomed. All donations will be delivered to AFAC Monday morning. We will also collect for Doorways and A-SPAN. Doorways and A-SPAN especially need protein bars, cereal bars and household items including cleaning sprays, paper towels, trash bags, masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and full-size toiletries. Monetary contributions, (checks made payable to AFAC, Doorways or A-SPAN) are welcomed. RELC offerings will also be accepted. Any questions? Contact Edd Nolen , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-533-2953.

ELCA Metro D.C. Synod News

Mar-Lu-Ridge Giving Thanks Online Auction November 19-22

Join us in celebrating the ministry of Mar-Lu-Ridge by supporting our online auction from November 19-22 with a live Facebook celebration on November 22 at 6:30 p.m. Unique handmade items from local artisans and MLR staff will make wonderful holiday gifts for loved ones. We also have a few exciting MLR packages available. All proceeds benefit Camperships and the year-round ministry of Mar-Lu-Ridge.

Click here to learn more about this event and the ministry of Mar-Lu-Ridge.

Financial Update

November Financial Update. The below chart is a summary of RELC’s finances for the year to date as of September 30, 2020. 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 giving is below our actual expenses for the YTD and well below our giving levels for this time last year. We continue to see the negative impact of the cancellation of Sunday services on our giving and slowed giving common during the summer months. Please continue to send in your weekly contributions which can be made 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. 

  (a) YTD Giving(b) YTD Expenses(c) Giving-Expenses(d) Giving as %
of Budget
(e) Change from
2019 Giving
General Fund 288,856 319,069 (30,213) 68% (41,782)
Benevolence 60,603 45,521 15,082 71% 7,120
Renovation 17,519 831 16,688 104% (2,526)
TOTAL 366,978 365,421 1,577 70% (37,188)

 

RELC Offerings

Our community is facing a challenging time as it continues to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and the economic damage resulting from business closures, now compounded by the suffering of racial injustice. Despite our separation, it’s important for us to maintain our financial support for the church and its ministries in the community – and, if possible, to considering increasing that support to address our neighbors’ immediate needs. As our church determines how it can best serve the community, please ensure that it has the resources needed to provide that help. You can make your offering by using the “Donate Now” button on the RELC website or by mailing your offering to our office at 6201 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA, 22205.

The best ways to contact Pastor Linman

Here are the best and most direct ways to contact Pastor Linman. The email address given for his professional and pastoral use is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Pastor Linman’s direct dial phone number in the church office is: 703-972-2076. Please leave a message there if Pastor does not answer. He monitors and responds to his messages throughout the day even when he's not in the office. Thank you. I look forward to hearing from you.

Other Announcements?

Should you have announcements that you wish to communicate in this weekly message as committee chairs or those responsible for other ministry initiatives at Resurrection, please contact Monika at the office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by late Monday mornings for inclusion in the message for the coming Wednesday. Thanks!

Pledge Sunday

In challenging times such as these, we’re all more aware of the need for God’s love in our lives and the importance of sharing with others. Please help us to build a culture of generosity by sharing your giving intention on Pledge Sunday, November 15. You can return your statement of giving intent at our outdoor worship service, mail it to the church office, or complete the online giving intent form. And you can ensure your intent by enrolling in our “Simply Giving” automatic funds transfer program. Thank you for generously enabling Resurrection to be a light to the community in dark times.

Outdoor Worship

Join us outdoors (with facial covering and maintaining appropriate distance) on Sunday, November 15 at 12:15 on the Potomac Street side of the church for a brief service of worship in conjunction of the food collection for AFAC. This brief service includes an order for confession and forgiveness, a reading and reflection, prayers of intercession, the Lord’s Prayer and a blessing. This has become an important way that we can safely gather as church during the pandemic.

Advent Evening Prayer via Zoom

Mark your calendars now, for we are planning to gather at 7:00 pm via Zoom on the Wednesdays in Advent for Evening Prayer: December 2; December 9; December 16; and December 23. If you are interested in this remote, but live experience of daily prayer during Advent, please let Pastor Linman know: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Advent Wreath-Making

Mark your calendars for our annual wreath making event. Supplies will be provided for pick up on Sunday, November 29.

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: the family of Don Oaks (Dave Oaks’ father) who died in Christ earlier this week; Barb Jensen, Charlotte Boeck, Don Hansen, Gretchen Zeltner, Angie, Kyler, Debbie, Kat, Jeanne, and Russ.

Prayer Requests

Should you desire to make prayer requests for persons you care about, or desire prayer for other concerns, please contact Pastor Linman with those requests: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-972-2076. Pastor will make certain that the names you provide will be included in the Prayers of Intercession for Sundays, and they will also be included in a listing of names in the midweek announcements to invite your prayers throughout the week. Making your requests known to Pastor Linman will allow him to follow up with you directly – as your requests for prayer help set the agenda for our Pastor’s ministry at Resurrection Church.

Coming in January: Elections for New Members of the RELC Congregation Council!

Elections for new members of RELC's Congregation Council will take place as usual at our Annual Congregational Meeting in January. The Congregation Council serves as a core team of leaders for our congregation as we undertake together as a local church God’s mission in the world. These are both exciting and challenging times for our church, for our nation, and for our world. If you have passion about the future directions of Resurrection Church’s mission, and if you sense the possible nudges of God’s call to you to serve on Council, please engage in prayerful discernment about becoming a nominee for election to the Council.

You may contact members of this year's Nominating Committee for more information, to express interest in being nominated or to enquire about how to nominate someone else:

  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bible Study on Selected Passages from Matthew via Zoom

Join us on Monday evenings at 6:30 via Zoom to delve into the Sermon on the Mount in studied and devotional ways. Each session will last about an hour. If you are interested in participating, please contact Pastor Linman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to express your intent to join in this new Bible Study during the remaining months of this liturgical year’s focus on Matthew’s Gospel.

Another Opportunity for Bible Study, Lectio Divina, and Supportive Conversation

Join us for about an hour every other Thursday morning at 11:00 am on Zoom for Bible Study, lectio divina and conversation about the upcoming Sunday’s Gospel reading. Pastor Linman leads these occasions. Spending time with our appointed Gospel readings promises to enrich the experience of Sunday Home Worship. The next such occasion is Thursday, December 3.

On the alternating Thursdays, this group gathers for fellowship, checking in and supporting each other, as well as spending time discussing the reflection questions from the previous Sunday sermon.

If you are interested in joining these Thursday conversations, please contact Cindy Reese: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

AFAC Food Collection
When: November 15, 29, from 11:00am – 1:00pm
Where: Washington Blvd. Entrance

RELC will continue collecting food donations for AFAC every two weeks. Our next collection will be Sunday, November 1st from 11:00am to 1:00pm, at the Washington Blvd entrance. Due to the pandemic, the need for food is increasing daily. AFAC needs canned vegetables , cereal (low sugar), canned tuna, canned tomato products (stewed, diced, paste), and peanut butter (in plastic jars). Members of the Social Ministry Committee will be there to assist you with your donation. Monetary contributions, which enable AFAC to purchase more perishable items are accepted and welcomed. All donations will be delivered to AFAC Monday morning. We will also collect for Doorways and A-SPAN. Doorways and A-SPAN especially need protein bars, cereal bars and household items including cleaning sprays, paper towels, trash bags, masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and full-size toiletries. Monetary contributions, (checks made payable to AFAC, Doorways or A-SPAN) are welcomed. RELC offerings will also be accepted. Any questions? Contact Edd Nolen , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-533-2953.

Metro DC Synod Council Letter on Racism

As our own congregation engages in important conversations about combatting racism, we do this in keeping with our whole Synod, as we are church together for the sake of the world. Recently our Synod Council crafted a letter expressing its commitment to seeking to end racism in church and nation. As part of our own conversations and actions, please read the Synod Council letter. This letter includes links to other resources which may assist our efforts. The work we do as a congregation will thus be supported by our siblings in Christ throughout our Synod. We do not undertake these efforts alone!

Children’s Ministry

Parents of 6th grade and Under; if you have not yet returned your survey results to me, please take the time to fill that out. This helps pinpoint our time for a formal Sunday school time slot. If you need me to send you another copy, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ZOOM time with Ms. Angie and the kids will take a break through the end of September. An email will be coming shortly so we can plan the best time for our continued ZOOM's, that will fit everyone's schedule, now that school is in session. Our Wine and Whine event for parents continues every other Friday, beginning at 7:30. If you do not receive emails from me and are interested in any of the above, please reach out to Angie Brooke at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR call 703 972-2086.

Youth Ministry

Provided is a Home Faith Formation Calendar, updated each week with the following week’s recorded content. For those who couldn’t tune in live, see those resources available to you now. Check out too suggestive home activities, lectionary readings, and resources for racial justice for all ages.

ELCA Metro D.C. Synod News

Mar-Lu-Ridge Giving Thanks Online Auction November 19-22

Join us in celebrating the ministry of Mar-Lu-Ridge by supporting our online auction from November 19-22 with a live Facebook celebration on November 22 at 6:30 p.m. Unique handmade items from local artisans and MLR staff will make wonderful holiday gifts for loved ones. We also have a few exciting MLR packages available. All proceeds benefit Camperships and the year-round ministry of Mar-Lu-Ridge.

Click here to learn more about this event and the ministry of Mar-Lu-Ridge.

Post-Election 10 Days of Prayer (November 4 - November 13)

All Metro D.C. Synod congregations are invited to continue participating in the post-election 10 Days 10 Days of Prayer series through November 13. Through this prayer series, we are reflecting on how we practice our faith in public, how we care for our neighbors, and how we bear witness to God at work in our world despite the challenges of this year and season. At 5:00 AM every morning, a short devotional, written by leaders in our synod, is made available on our synod Facebook and Instagram pages. You are invited to share these devotionals with members in your congregations and ministries! You can also access these devotionals on our synod website. We have also put together a devotional booklet that can be sent out to your members via email.

Give now for wildfire relief

Imagine you’re home and you hear a knock at the door. An official tells you to pack your essentials and evacuate, as a wildfire is speeding toward you. This is the situation many of our neighbors in the western part of the country are facing right now. Fueled by a heat wave and unfavorable winds, devastating wildfires are raging across California, Oregon, Washington and other western states. At least 20 people have died, hundreds of thousands of people are under evacuation orders and more than 3.5 million acres have burned across the three states. Some evacuees face the difficult decision of whether to stay in a shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic. Luterahn Disaster Response is engaging with at least three Lutheran social services agencies and five synods to assess the situation and determine the best ways to respond. We expect immediate needs may include food and other necessities, as well as emotional and spiritual care for those who have been traumatized.

Your gifts will support wildfire survivors. Gifts to "U.S. wildfires" will be used in full (100%) to assist those affected by wildfires until the response is complete. Click here to donate now to LDR.

Financial Update

November Financial Update. The below chart is a summary of RELC’s finances for the year to date as of September 30, 2020. 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 giving is below our actual expenses for the YTD and well below our giving levels for this time last year. We continue to see the negative impact of the cancellation of Sunday services on our giving and slowed giving common during the summer months. Please continue to send in your weekly contributions which can be made 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. 

  (a) YTD Giving(b) YTD Expenses(c) Giving-Expenses(d) Giving as %
of Budget
(e) Change from
2019 Giving
General Fund 288,856 319,069 (30,213) 68% (41,782)
Benevolence 60,603 45,521 15,082 71% 7,120
Renovation 17,519 831 16,688 104% (2,526)
TOTAL 366,978 365,421 1,577 70% (37,188)

 

RELC Offerings

Our community is facing a challenging time as it continues to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and the economic damage resulting from business closures, now compounded by the suffering of racial injustice. Despite our separation, it’s important for us to maintain our financial support for the church and its ministries in the community – and, if possible, to considering increasing that support to address our neighbors’ immediate needs. As our church determines how it can best serve the community, please ensure that it has the resources needed to provide that help. You can make your offering by using the “Donate Now” button on the RELC website or by mailing your offering to our office at 6201 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA, 22205.

The best ways to contact Pastor Linman

Here are the best and most direct ways to contact Pastor Linman. The email address given for his professional and pastoral use is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Pastor Linman’s direct dial phone number in the church office is: 703-972-2076. Please leave a message there if Pastor does not answer. He monitors and responds to his messages throughout the day even when he's not in the office. Thank you. I look forward to hearing from you.

Other Announcements?

Should you have announcements that you wish to communicate in this weekly message as committee chairs or those responsible for other ministry initiatives at Resurrection, please contact Monika at the office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by late Monday mornings for inclusion in the message for the coming Wednesday. Thanks!

Prayers as we Await Election Results

Bishop Ortiz invites you to daily prayer during these days when we await the various outcomes of the elections. Our Synod has crafted resources for our prayer during these days after the election. Additionally, here again are excellent collects commended for your use at home in the coming days and weeks. These collects are drawn from Evangelical Lutheran Worship (pew edition, pages 76-77):

God, our refuge and strength, you have bound us together in a common life. In all our conflicts, help us to confront one another without hatred or bitterness, to listen for your voice amid competing claims, and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O God, where hearts are fearful and constricted, grant courage and hope. Where anxiety is infectious and widening, grant peace and reassurance. Where impossibilities close every door and window, grant imagination and resistance. Where distrust twists our thinking, grant healing and illumination. Where spirits are daunted and weakened, grant soaring wings and strengthened dreams. All these things we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Lord God, you call your people to honor those in authority. Help us elect trustworthy leaders, participate in wise decisions for our common life, and serve our neighbors in local communities. Bless the leaders of our land, that we may be at peace among ourselves and a blessing to other nations of the earth; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen. (Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Additionally, you may also be drawn to sing if you have a copy of Evangelical Lutheran Worship at home. Sing or pray through the texts of hymns such as "All our hope on God is founded" (ELW 757) or "God bless our native land" (ELW 891).

Outdoor Worship

Join us outdoors (with facial covering and maintaining appropriate distance) on Sunday, November 15 at 12:15 on the Potomac Street side of the church for a brief service of worship in conjunction of the food collection for AFAC. This brief service includes an order for confession and forgiveness, a reading and reflection, prayers of intercession, the Lord’s Prayer and a blessing. This has become an important way that we can safely gather as church during the pandemic.

Stewardship Sunday

Our annual Stewardship Sunday will be November 15 when we will receive through various means (including our outdoor worship service) member giving pledges. Please note further details in mailings and communications you receive from the Stewardship Committee.

Advent Evening Prayer via Zoom

Mark your calendars now, for we are planning to gather at 7:00 pm via Zoom on the Wednesdays in Advent for Evening Prayer: December 2; December 9; December 16; and December 23. If you are interested in this remote, but live experience of daily prayer during Advent, please let Pastor Linman know: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Advent Wreath-Making

Mark your calendars for our annual wreath making event. Supplies will be provided for pick up on Sunday, November 29.

Prayer Requests

Should you desire to make prayer requests for persons you care about, or desire prayer for other concerns, please contact Pastor Linman with those requests: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-972-2076. Pastor will make certain that the names you provide will be included in the Prayers of Intercession for Sundays, and they will also be included in a listing of names in the midweek announcements to invite your prayers throughout the week. Making your requests known to Pastor Linman will allow him to follow up with you directly – as your requests for prayer help set the agenda for our Pastor’s ministry at Resurrection Church.

Bible Study on Selected Passages from Matthew via Zoom

Join us on Monday evenings at 6:30 via Zoom to delve into the Sermon on the Mount in studied and devotional ways. Each session will last about an hour. If you are interested in participating, please contact Pastor Linman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to express your intent to join in this new Bible Study during the remaining months of this liturgical year’s focus on Matthew’s Gospel.

Another Opportunity for Bible Study, Lectio Divina, and Supportive Conversation

Join us for about an hour every other Thursday morning at 11:00 am on Zoom for Bible Study, lectio divina and conversation about the upcoming Sunday’s Gospel reading. Pastor Linman leads these occasions. Spending time with our appointed Gospel readings promises to enrich the experience of Sunday Home Worship. The next such occasion is Thursday, October 29.

On the alternating Thursdays, this group gathers for fellowship, checking in and supporting each other, as well as spending time discussing the reflection questions from the previous Sunday sermon.

If you are interested in joining these Thursday conversations, please contact Cindy Reese: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Children’s Ministry

Parents of 6th grade and Under; if you have not yet returned your survey results to me, please take the time to fill that out. This helps pinpoint our time for a formal Sunday school time slot. If you need me to send you another copy, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ZOOM time with Ms. Angie and the kids will take a break through the end of September. An email will be coming shortly so we can plan the best time for our continued ZOOM's, that will fit everyone's schedule, now that school is in session. Our Wine and Whine event for parents continues every other Friday, beginning at 7:30. If you do not receive emails from me and are interested in any of the above, please reach out to Angie Brooke at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR call 703 972-2086.

Youth Ministry

Provided is a Home Faith Formation Calendar, updated each week with the following week’s recorded content. For those who couldn’t tune in live, see those resources available to you now. Check out too suggestive home activities, lectionary readings, and resources for racial justice for all ages.

Metro DC Synod Council Letter on Racism

As our own congregation engages in important conversations about combatting racism, we do this in keeping with our whole Synod, as we are church together for the sake of the world. Recently our Synod Council crafted a letter expressing its commitment to seeking to end racism in church and nation. As part of our own conversations and actions, please read the Synod Council letter. This letter includes links to other resources which may assist our efforts. The work we do as a congregation will thus be supported by our siblings in Christ throughout our Synod. We do not undertake these efforts alone!

ELCA Metro D.C. Synod News

Post-Election 10 Days of Prayer (November 4 - November 13)

All Metro D.C. Synod congregations are invited to continue participating in the post-election 10 Days 10 Days of Prayer series through November 13. Through this prayer series, we are reflecting on how we practice our faith in public, how we care for our neighbors, and how we bear witness to God at work in our world despite the challenges of this year and season. At 5:00 AM every morning, a short devotional, written by leaders in our synod, is made available on our synod Facebook and Instagram pages. You are invited to share these devotionals with members in your congregations and ministries! You can also access these devotionals on our synod website. We have also put together a devotional booklet that can be sent out to your members via email.

Give now for wildfire relief

Imagine you’re home and you hear a knock at the door. An official tells you to pack your essentials and evacuate, as a wildfire is speeding toward you. This is the situation many of our neighbors in the western part of the country are facing right now. Fueled by a heat wave and unfavorable winds, devastating wildfires are raging across California, Oregon, Washington and other western states. At least 20 people have died, hundreds of thousands of people are under evacuation orders and more than 3.5 million acres have burned across the three states. Some evacuees face the difficult decision of whether to stay in a shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic. Luterahn Disaster Response is engaging with at least three Lutheran social services agencies and five synods to assess the situation and determine the best ways to respond. We expect immediate needs may include food and other necessities, as well as emotional and spiritual care for those who have been traumatized.

Your gifts will support wildfire survivors. Gifts to "U.S. wildfires" will be used in full (100%) to assist those affected by wildfires until the response is complete. Click here to donate now to LDR.

AFAC Food Collection
When: November 15, 29, from 11:00am – 1:00pm
Where: Washington Blvd. Entrance

RELC will continue collecting food donations for AFAC every two weeks. Our next collection will be Sunday, November 1st from 11:00am to 1:00pm, at the Washington Blvd entrance. Due to the pandemic, the need for food is increasing daily. AFAC needs canned vegetables , cereal (low sugar), canned tuna, canned tomato products (stewed, diced, paste), and peanut butter (in plastic jars). Members of the Social Ministry Committee will be there to assist you with your donation. Monetary contributions, which enable AFAC to purchase more perishable items are accepted and welcomed. All donations will be delivered to AFAC Monday morning. We will also collect for Doorways and A-SPAN. Doorways and A-SPAN especially need protein bars, cereal bars and household items including cleaning sprays, paper towels, trash bags, masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and full-size toiletries. Monetary contributions, (checks made payable to AFAC, Doorways or A-SPAN) are welcomed. RELC offerings will also be accepted. Any questions? Contact Edd Nolen , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-533-2953.

Financial Update

October Financial Update. The below chart is a summary of RELC’s finances for the year to date as of September 30, 2020. 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 giving is below our actual expenses for the YTD and well below our giving levels for this time last year. We continue to see the negative impact of the cancellation of Sunday services on our giving and slowed giving common during the summer months. Please continue to send in your weekly contributions which can be made 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. 

  (a) YTD Giving(b) YTD Expenses(c) Giving-Expenses(d) Giving as %
of Budget
(e) Change from
2019 Giving
General Fund 261,514 288,323 (26,809) 67% (21,411)
Benevolence 49,647 41,939 7,708 61% 694
Renovation 15,655 831 14,824 104% (2,626)
TOTAL 326,816 331,093 (4,277) 68% (23,343)

 

RELC Offerings

Our community is facing a challenging time as it continues to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and the economic damage resulting from business closures, now compounded by the suffering of racial injustice. Despite our separation, it’s important for us to maintain our financial support for the church and its ministries in the community – and, if possible, to considering increasing that support to address our neighbors’ immediate needs. As our church determines how it can best serve the community, please ensure that it has the resources needed to provide that help. You can make your offering by using the “Donate Now” button on the RELC website or by mailing your offering to our office at 6201 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA, 22205.

The best ways to contact Pastor Linman

Here are the best and most direct ways to contact Pastor Linman. The email address given for his professional and pastoral use is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Pastor Linman’s direct dial phone number in the church office is: 703-972-2076. Please leave a message there if Pastor does not answer. He monitors and responds to his messages throughout the day even when he's not in the office. Thank you. I look forward to hearing from you.

Other Announcements?

Should you have announcements that you wish to communicate in this weekly message as committee chairs or those responsible for other ministry initiatives at Resurrection, please contact Monika at the office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by late Monday mornings for inclusion in the message for the coming Wednesday. Thanks!

Prayers as we Approach the Election

Here are excellent collects commended for your use at home in the coming days and weeks. These collects are drawn from Evangelical Lutheran Worship (pew edition, pages 76-77):

God, our refuge and strength, you have bound us together in a common life. In all our conflicts, help us to confront one another without hatred or bitterness, to listen for your voice amid competing claims, and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O God, where hearts are fearful and constricted, grant courage and hope. Where anxiety is infectious and widening, grant peace and reassurance. Where impossibilities close every door and window, grant imagination and resistance. Where distrust twists our thinking, grant healing and illumination. Where spirits are daunted and weakened, grant soaring wings and strengthened dreams. All these things we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Lord God, you call your people to honor those in authority. Help us elect trustworthy leaders, participate in wise decisions for our common life, and serve our neighbors in local communities. Bless the leaders of our land, that we may be at peace among ourselves and a blessing to other nations of the earth; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen. (Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Additionally, you may also be drawn to sing if you have a copy of Evangelical Lutheran Worship at home. Sing or pray through the texts of hymns such as "All our hope on God is founded" (ELW 757) or "God bless our native land" (ELW 891).

ELCA Metro D.C. Synod – Additional Prayer Resources

Bishop Ortiz invites you to daily prayer. Our Synod has crafted resources for our prayer during the days prior to and after the election. Here is a link to these resources.

Prayer Requests

Should you desire to make prayer requests for persons you care about, or desire prayer for other concerns, please contact Pastor Linman with those requests: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-972-2076. Pastor will make certain that the names you provide will be included in the Prayers of Intercession for Sundays, and they will also be included in a listing of names in the midweek announcements to invite your prayers throughout the week. Making your requests known to Pastor Linman will allow him to follow up with you directly – as your requests for prayer help set the agenda for our Pastor’s ministry at Resurrection Church.

Farewell and Godspeed to the Burmeister Family

Mike Burmeister and Patty Brewer, Dakota and Petra, are moving to Colorado where Patty is taking on a new job. Thus, we wish them farewell and Godspeed. We especially want to thank Mike for his faithful, steadfast, and effective leadership as Council President over his two terms. Mike helped to lead Resurrection Church through the pastoral interim and helped to see the call process through to its conclusion. Mike also effectively led the congregation in these early months of the pandemic, especially in convening the Reopening Planning Group which has established the plans and protocols for when we would again meet in person for worship during the pandemic. Thanks be to God for Mike’s leadership. Thanks be to God for his and Patty’s, and Dakota’s and Petra’s presence and participation in the life of our congregation. We shall miss them indeed.

Bible Study on Selected Passages from Matthew via Zoom

Join us on Monday evenings at 6:30 via Zoom to delve into the Sermon on the Mount in studied and devotional ways. Each session will last about an hour. If you are interested in participating, please contact Pastor Linman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to express your intent to join in this new Bible Study during the remaining months of this liturgical year’s focus on Matthew’s Gospel.

Another Opportunity for Bible Study, Lectio Divina, and Supportive Conversation

Join us for about an hour every other Thursday morning at 11:00 am on Zoom for Bible Study, lectio divina and conversation about the upcoming Sunday’s Gospel reading. Pastor Linman leads these occasions. Spending time with our appointed Gospel readings promises to enrich the experience of Sunday Home Worship. The next such occasion is Thursday, October 29.

On the alternating Thursdays, this group gathers for fellowship, checking in and supporting each other, as well as spending time discussing the reflection questions from the previous Sunday sermon.

If you are interested in joining these Thursday conversations, please contact Cindy Reese: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

All Saints Sunday

Each year on All Saints, we remember those who have gone before us, especially those members of Resurrection Church and others in our families who have died in the past calendar year. If you wish to have a loved one remembered in prayer on All Saints Sunday, November 1, please offer name(s) to Pastor Linman via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or you may call him to leave names: 703-972-2076. Leave a message if Pastor is not in the office.

Children’s Ministry

ZOOM time with Ms. Angie and the kids will take a break through the end of September. An email will be coming shortly so we can plan the best time for our continued ZOOM's, that will fit everyone's schedule, now that school is in session. Our Wine and Whine event for parents continues every other Friday, beginning at 7:30, September 25, October 9 and 23. If you do not receive emails from me and are interested in any of the above, please reach out to Angie Brookeat: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR call 703 972-2086.

Youth Ministry

Provided is a Home Faith Formation Calendar, updated each week with the following week’s recorded content. For those who couldn’t tune in live, see those resources available to you now. Check out too suggestive home activities, lectionary readings, and resources for racial justice for all ages.

AFAC Food Collection
When: November 1, 15, 29, from 11:00am – 1:00pm
Where: Washington Blvd. Entrance

RELC will continue collecting food donations for AFAC every two weeks. Our next collection will be Sunday, November 1st from 11:00am to 1:00pm, at the Washington Blvd entrance. Due to the pandemic, the need for food is increasing daily. AFAC needs canned vegetables , cereal (low sugar), canned tuna, canned tomato products (stewed, diced, paste), and peanut butter (in plastic jars). Members of the Social Ministry Committee will be there to assist you with your donation. Monetary contributions, which enable AFAC to purchase more perishable items are accepted and welcomed. All donations will be delivered to AFAC Monday morning. We will also collect for Doorways and A-SPAN. Doorways and A-SPAN especially need protein bars, cereal bars and household items including cleaning sprays, paper towels, trash bags, masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and full-size toiletries. Monetary contributions, (checks made payable to AFAC, Doorways or A-SPAN) are welcomed. RELC offerings will also be accepted. Any questions? Contact Edd Nolen , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-533-2953.

Our Congregation’s Generosity at Work in Meeting Human Need

Resurrection Church, under the guidance of the Social Ministry Committee, regularly supports a wide variety of non-profit organizations which support the most vulnerable in our wider community. Recently, the following organizations have expressed their thanks for our generosity in making monetary donations to them:

  • Alliance for Housing Solutions (affordable housing)
  • Culpepper Garden (affordable housing and services for seniors)
  • Fellowship Square (affordable housing for seniors)
  • N Street Village (empowerment and recovery for women)
  • National Capital Treatment and Recovery (patient assistance fund, addictions treatment)
  • Virginia Council of Churches

Financial Update

October Financial Update. The below chart is a summary of RELC’s finances for the year to date as of September 30, 2020. 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 giving is below our actual expenses for the YTD and well below our giving levels for this time last year. We continue to see the negative impact of the cancellation of Sunday services on our giving and slowed giving common during the summer months. Please continue to send in your weekly contributions which can be made 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. 

  (a) YTD Giving(b) YTD Expenses(c) Giving-Expenses(d) Giving as %
of Budget
(e) Change from
2019 Giving
General Fund 261,514 288,323 (26,809) 67% (21,411)
Benevolence 49,647 41,939 7,708 61% 694
Renovation 15,655 831 14,824 104% (2,626)
TOTAL 326,816 331,093 (4,277) 68% (23,343)

 

RELC Offerings

Our community is facing a challenging time as it continues to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and the economic damage resulting from business closures, now compounded by the suffering of racial injustice. Despite our separation, it’s important for us to maintain our financial support for the church and its ministries in the community – and, if possible, to considering increasing that support to address our neighbors’ immediate needs. As our church determines how it can best serve the community, please ensure that it has the resources needed to provide that help. You can make your offering by using the “Donate Now” button on the RELC website or by mailing your offering to our office at 6201 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA, 22205.

The best ways to contact Pastor Linman

Here are the best and most direct ways to contact Pastor Linman. The email address given for his professional and pastoral use is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Pastor Linman’s direct dial phone number in the church office is: 703-972-2076. Please leave a message there if Pastor does not answer. He monitors and responds to his messages throughout the day even when he's not in the office. Thank you. I look forward to hearing from you.

Other Announcements?

Should you have announcements that you wish to communicate in this weekly message as committee chairs or those responsible for other ministry initiatives at Resurrection, please contact Monika at the office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by late Monday mornings for inclusion in the message for the coming Wednesday. Thanks!

Information from October 8, 2020 RELC Council Meeting
From Interim Council Chair, Jeanne Broyhill

Below is a recap of important information from the RELC Council’s October meeting. The council will communicate key information in the Weekly Announcements following the council meetings on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns by contacting me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-463-0068.

Be on the lookout soon for a survey prepared by the Fellowship Committee and Pastor Linman requesting your input on several important topics, including when and how to open for in-person services and your ideas on other activities and resources that the church can provide during the pandemic.

Also coming soon to you is Information from the Stewardship Committee and Pastor Linman on congregational giving for 2021, including information on next year’s budget that the council approved on October 8th. There will be a single “Pledge Sunday” on November 15 with the collection of pledges at the AFAC food collection as well as by mail.

Planning is well underway for a virtual farewell for former Council Chair Mike Burmeister and his family. Mike should be receiving soon a plaque from the Council honoring him for the incredible effort he put into being Council chair for almost two terms.

Farewell and Godspeed to the Burmeister Family

Mike Burmeister and Patty Brewer, Dakota and Petra, are moving to Colorado where Patty is taking on a new job. Thus, we wish them farewell and Godspeed. We especially want to thank Mike for his faithful, steadfast, and effective leadership as Council President over his two terms. Mike helped to lead Resurrection Church through the pastoral interim and helped to see the call process through to its conclusion. Mike also effectively led the congregation in these early months of the pandemic, especially in convening the Reopening Planning Group which has established the plans and protocols for when we would again meet in person for worship during the pandemic. Thanks be to God for Mike’s leadership. Thanks be to God for his and Patty’s, and Dakota’s and Petra’s presence and participation in the life of our congregation. We shall miss them indeed.

Prayer Requests

Should you desire to make prayer requests for persons you care about, or desire prayer for other concerns, please contact Pastor Linman with those requests: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-972-2076. Pastor will make certain that the names you provide will be included in the Prayers of Intercession for Sundays, and they will also be included in a listing of names in the midweek announcements to invite your prayers throughout the week. Making your requests known to Pastor Linman will allow him to follow up with you directly – as your requests for prayer help set the agenda for our Pastor’s ministry at Resurrection Church.

All Saints Sunday

Each year on All Saints, we remember those who have gone before us, especially those members of Resurrection Church and others in our families who have died in the past calendar year. If you wish to have a loved one remembered in prayer on All Saints Sunday, November 1, please offer name(s) to Pastor Linman via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or you may call him to leave names: 703-972-2076. Leave a message if Pastor is not in the office.

Metro DC Synod Council Letter on Racism

As our own congregation engages in important conversations about combatting racism, we do this in keeping with our whole Synod, as we are church together for the sake of the world. Recently our Synod Council crafted a letter expressing its commitment to seeking to end racism in church and nation. As part of our own conversations and actions, please read the Synod Council letter. This letter includes links to other resources which may assist our efforts. The work we do as a congregation will thus be supported by our siblings in Christ throughout our Synod. We do not undertake these efforts alone!

Dear Church Book Club

Join fellow RELC friends and families for a pairing of contemplative practices and book study using Black Lutheran Pastor Lenny Duncan’s debut work, Dear Church: A Love Letter to the Whitest Denomination in the United States. Launching on Tuesday, October 27th at 7 pm, this one-hour virtual gathering will offer a structured time to grow in our commitment to anti-racism as people of faith, and as a Faith Organization committed to confronting the sin of white supremacy within ourselves. Pastor Linman and Amanda Lindamood will co-facilitate a monthly gathering from October through June that deliberately centers listening and responding to the experiences of Black clergy within our tradition. If you’d like to express interest in participating, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday, October 23rd. This email will prompt Amanda to respond with introductory materials and details.

Another Opportunity for Bible Study, Lectio Divina, and Supportive Conversation

Join us for about an hour every other Thursday morning at 11:00 am on Zoom for Bible Study, lectio divina and conversation about the upcoming Sunday’s Gospel reading. Pastor Linman leads these occasions. Spending time with our appointed Gospel readings promises to enrich the experience of Sunday Home Worship. The next such occasion is Thursday, October 29.

On the alternating Thursdays, this group gathers for fellowship, checking in and supporting each other, as well as spending time discussing the reflection questions from the previous Sunday sermon.

If you are interested in joining these Thursday conversations, please contact Cindy Reese: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Bible Study on Selected Passages from Matthew via Zoom

Join us on Monday evenings at 6:30 via Zoom to delve into the Sermon on the Mount in studied and devotional ways. Each session will last about an hour. If you are interested in participating, please contact Pastor Linman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to express your intent to join in this new Bible Study during the remaining months of this liturgical year’s focus on Matthew’s Gospel.

The best ways to contact Pastor Linman

Here are the best and most direct ways to contact Pastor Linman. The email address given for his professional and pastoral use is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Pastor Linman’s direct dial phone number in the church office is: 703-972-2076. Please leave a message there if Pastor does not answer. He monitors and responds to his messages throughout the day even when he's not in the office. Thank you. I look forward to hearing from you.

Children’s Ministry

ZOOM time with Ms. Angie and the kids will take a break through the end of September. An email will be coming shortly so we can plan the best time for our continued ZOOM's, that will fit everyone's schedule, now that school is in session. Our Wine and Whine event for parents continues every other Friday, beginning at 7:30, September 25, October 9 and 23. If you do not receive emails from me and are interested in any of the above, please reach out to Angie Brookeat: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR call 703 972-2086.

Youth Ministry

Provided is a Home Faith Formation Calendar, updated each week with the following week’s recorded content. For those who couldn’t tune in live, see those resources available to you now. Check out too suggestive home activities, lectionary readings, and resources for racial justice for all ages.

ELCA Metro D.C. Synod News

Adventure Weekend at Caroline Furnace

Get outside with your family for Adventure Weekend! This weekend will take place from October 30-November 1 and will be perfect for horseback riding, rock climbing, hiking, biking, and fishing. Our family rate is $200-250 per night for your own heated cabin + meals provided; some activities may cost extra. Basic health pre-screening is required for all overnight guests. Contact us at (540) 449-0012 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your cabin. Book at least 14 days in advance!

Give now for wildfire relief

Imagine you’re home and you hear a knock at the door. An official tells you to pack your essentials and evacuate, as a wildfire is speeding toward you. This is the situation many of our neighbors in the western part of the country are facing right now. Fueled by a heat wave and unfavorable winds, devastating wildfires are raging across California, Oregon, Washington and other western states. At least 20 people have died, hundreds of thousands of people are under evacuation orders and more than 3.5 million acres have burned across the three states. Some evacuees face the difficult decision of whether to stay in a shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lutheran Disaster Response is engaging with at least three Lutheran social services agencies and five synods to assess the situation and determine the best ways to respond. We expect immediate needs may include food and other necessities, as well as emotional and spiritual care for those who have been traumatized.

Your gifts will support wildfire survivors. Gifts to "U.S. wildfires" will be used in full (100%) to assist those affected by wildfires until the response is complete. Click here to donate to LDR.

AFAC Food Collection
When: November 1, 15, 29, from 11:00am – 1:00pm
Where: Washington Blvd. Entrance

RELC will continue collecting food donations for AFAC every two weeks. Our next collection will be Sunday, November 1st from 11:00am to 1:00pm, at the Washington Blvd entrance. Due to the pandemic, the need for food is increasing daily. AFAC needs canned vegetables , cereal (low sugar), canned tuna, canned tomato products (stewed, diced, paste), and peanut butter (in plastic jars). Members of the Social Ministry Committee will be there to assist you with your donation. Monetary contributions, which enable AFAC to purchase more perishable items are accepted and welcomed. All donations will be delivered to AFAC Monday morning. We will also collect for Doorways and A-SPAN. Doorways and A-SPAN especially need protein bars, cereal bars and household items including cleaning sprays, paper towels, trash bags, masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and full-size toiletries. Monetary contributions, (checks made payable to AFAC, Doorways or A-SPAN) are welcomed. RELC offerings will also be accepted. Any questions? Contact Edd Nolen , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-533-2953.

Financial Update

October Financial Update. The below chart is a summary of RELC’s finances for the year to date as of September 30, 2020. 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 giving is below our actual expenses for the YTD and well below our giving levels for this time last year. We continue to see the negative impact of the cancellation of Sunday services on our giving and slowed giving common during the summer months. Please continue to send in your weekly contributions which can be made 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. 

  (a) YTD Giving(b) YTD Expenses(c) Giving-Expenses(d) Giving as %
of Budget
(e) Change from
2019 Giving
General Fund 261,514 288,323 (26,809) 67% (21,411)
Benevolence 49,647 41,939 7,708 61% 694
Renovation 15,655 831 14,824 104% (2,626)
TOTAL 326,816 331,093 (4,277) 68% (23,343)


RELC Offerings

Our community is facing a challenging time as it continues to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and the economic damage resulting from business closures, now compounded by the suffering of racial injustice. Despite our separation, it’s important for us to maintain our financial support for the church and its ministries in the community – and, if possible, to considering increasing that support to address our neighbors’ immediate needs. As our church determines how it can best serve the community, please ensure that it has the resources needed to provide that help. You can make your offering by using the “Donate Now” button on the RELC website or by mailing your offering to our office at 6201 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA, 22205.

Other Announcements?

Should you have announcements that you wish to communicate in this weekly message as committee chairs or those responsible for other ministry initiatives at Resurrection, please contact Monika at the office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by late Monday mornings for inclusion in the message for the coming Wednesday. Thanks!

Farewell and Godspeed to the Burmeister Family

Mike Burmeister and Patty Brewer, Dakota and Petra, are moving to Colorado where Patty is taking on a new job. Thus, we wish them farewell and Godspeed. We especially want to thank Mike for his faithful, steadfast, and effective leadership as Council President over his two terms. Mike helped to lead Resurrection Church through the pastoral interim and helped to see the call process through to its conclusion. Mike also effectively led the congregation in these early months of the pandemic, especially in convening the Reopening Planning Group which has established the plans and protocols for when we would again meet in person for worship during the pandemic. Thanks be to God for Mike’s leadership. Thanks be to God for his and Patty’s, and Dakota’s and Petra’s presence and participation in the life of our congregation. We shall miss them indeed.

Interim Congregation Council President

We express our thanks and best wishes to Jeanne Broyhill who was elected to serve as Interim Congregation Council President at the October 8 Council Meeting. Jeanne will serve in this capacity until a regular Council President can be elected according to our by-laws once new Council members are in place after our congregation’s Annual Meeting which will occur early in 2021. May God bless Jeanne in this, her new leadership role for this season. May God lead us all in prayerful discernment about who may be elected in 2021 to serve as our new President.

2020 Crop Walk - Saturday October 17

This year the annual Arlington Crop Walk will be virtual due to the pandemic. There will not be a gathering on Saturday, but rather walkers can choose their own routes and walk safely on their own or with others. Sign up at https://www.crophungerwalk.org/arlingtonva/relcarl to join the RELC team and help raise funds to help feed those in need. You can contribute on line or mail a check to the church. Checks can be made out to RELC with "Crop Walk" in the memo line. Donations will also be accepted at the next AFAC donation, Sunday October 18, from 11am - 1pm. Donations will be accepted after the October 17 walk date. Watch for further notice. Contact Edd Nolen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-533-2953 if you have questions.

Other Announcements?

Should you have announcements that you wish to communicate in this weekly message as committee chairs or those responsible for other ministry initiatives at Resurrection, please contact Monika at the office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by late Monday mornings for inclusion in the message for the coming Wednesday. Thanks!

Prayer Requests

Should you desire to make prayer requests for persons you care about, or desire prayer for other concerns, please contact Pastor Linman with those requests: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-972-2076. Pastor will make certain that the names you provide will be included in the Prayers of Intercession for Sundays, and they will also be included in a listing of names in the midweek announcements to invite your prayers throughout the week. Making your requests known to Pastor Linman will allow him to follow up with you directly – as your requests for prayer help set the agenda for our Pastor’s ministry at Resurrection Church.

All Saints Sunday

Each year on All Saints, we remember those who have gone before us, especially those members of Resurrection Church and others in our families who have died in the past calendar year. If you wish to have a loved one remembered in prayer on All Saints Sunday, November 1, please offer name(s) to Pastor Linman via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or you may call him to leave names: 703-972-2076. Leave a message if Pastor is not in the office.

Metro DC Synod Council Letter on Racism

As our own congregation engages in important conversations about combatting racism, we do this in keeping with our whole Synod, as we are church together for the sake of the world. Recently our Synod Council crafted a letter expressing its commitment to seeking to end racism in church and nation. As part of our own conversations and actions, please read the Synod Council letter. This letter includes links to other resources which may assist our efforts. The work we do as a congregation will thus be supported by our siblings in Christ throughout our Synod. We do not undertake these efforts alone!

Dear Church Book Club

Join fellow RELC friends and families for a pairing of contemplative practices and book study using Black Lutheran Pastor Lenny Duncan’s debut work, Dear Church: A Love Letter to the Whitest Denomination in the United States. Launching on Tuesday, October 27th at 7 pm, this one-hour virtual gathering will offer a structured time to grow in our commitment to anti-racism as people of faith, and as a Faith Organization committed to confronting the sin of white supremacy within ourselves. Pastor Linman and Amanda Lindamood will co-facilitate a monthly gathering from October through June that deliberately centers listening and responding to the experiences of Black clergy within our tradition. If you’d like to express interest in participating, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday, October 23rd. This email will prompt Amanda to respond with introductory materials and details.

A New Bible Study on Selected Passages from Matthew via Zoom

A small group of persons has expressed interest in engaging selected passages from the Gospel of Matthew, with special attention to the Sermon on the Mount. Join us on Monday evenings at 6:30 via Zoom to delve into the Sermon on the Mount in studied and devotional ways. Each session will last about an hour. If you are interested in participating, please contact Pastor Linman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to express your intent to join in this new Bible Study during the remaining months of this liturgical year’s focus on Matthew’s Gospel.

The best ways to contact Pastor Linman

Here are the best and most direct ways to contact Pastor Linman. The email address given for his professional and pastoral use is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Pastor Linman’s direct dial phone number in the church office is: 703-972-2076. Please leave a message there if Pastor does not answer. He monitors and responds to his messages throughout the day even when he's not in the office. Thank you. I look forward to hearing from you.

Children’s Ministry

ZOOM time with Ms. Angie and the kids will take a break through the end of September. An email will be coming shortly so we can plan the best time for our continued ZOOM's, that will fit everyone's schedule, now that school is in session. Our Wine and Whine event for parents continues every other Friday, beginning at 7:30, September 25, October 9 and 23. If you do not receive emails from me and are interested in any of the above, please reach out to Angie Brookeat: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR call 703 972-2086.

Youth Ministry

Provided is a Home Faith Formation Calendar, updated each week with the following week’s recorded content. For those who couldn’t tune in live, see those resources available to you now. Check out too suggestive home activities, lectionary readings, and resources for racial justice for all ages.

ELCA Metro D.C. Synod News

Adventure Weekend at Caroline Furnace

Get outside with your family for Adventure Weekend! This weekend will take place from October 30-November 1 and will be perfect for horseback riding, rock climbing, hiking, biking, and fishing. Our family rate is $200-250 per night for your own heated cabin + meals provided; some activities may cost extra. Basic health pre-screening is required for all overnight guests. Contact us at (540) 449-0012 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your cabin. Book at least 14 days in advance!

Anxiety Management Event October 21, 3-4 p.m

The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community presents the following free online program: When you are already a worrier: how to manage anxiety during these unprecedented times.

It’s a tense, uncertain time for everyone. But what about the nearly 20% of our population who already suffer with an anxiety disorder? What strategies are most effective in helping your loved one and yourself if you struggle with one of these conditions? This session will help you better understand how anxiety disorder symptoms are being triggered during this international health crisis and how to respond to yourself and your loved one compassionately. This is not an onsite meeting. It will take place virtually via Zoom.You can learn more about this event and register by clicking here.

Give now for wildfire relief

Imagine you’re home and you hear a knock at the door. An official tells you to pack your essentials and evacuate, as a wildfire is speeding toward you. This is the situation many of our neighbors in the western part of the country are facing right now. Fueled by a heat wave and unfavorable winds, devastating wildfires are raging across California, Oregon, Washington and other western states. At least 20 people have died, hundreds of thousands of people are under evacuation orders and more than 3.5 million acres have burned across the three states. Some evacuees face the difficult decision of whether to stay in a shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lutheran Disaster Response is engaging with at least three Lutheran social services agencies and five synods to assess the situation and determine the best ways to respond. We expect immediate needs may include food and other necessities, as well as emotional and spiritual care for those who have been traumatized.

Your gifts will support wildfire survivors. Gifts to "U.S. wildfires" will be used in full (100%) to assist those affected by wildfires until the response is complete. Click here to donate to LDR.

$624,000 in Humanitarian Aid Destroyed in Beirut Explosion

Lutheran World Relief recently learned that three 40-foot shipping containers filled with thousands of handmade mission quilts and school, personal and baby care kits were destroyed in the devastating August 4 explosions at the port of Beirut, Lebanon.

The shipment was destined for refugees living in Lebanon, principally from Syria and the Palestinian territories. The containers were part of a shipment to be distributed by Anera, an NGO and longtime Lutheran World Relief partner that serves refugees and other vulnerable communities in the Middle East. The total value of the lost shipments was approximately $624,000.

The loss of more than 47,000 quilts, sewn by individuals and members of Lutheran congregations across the U.S., could mean a more bitter winter for thousands of refugees. Help replace the kits and quilts by learning more here. To donate, visit https://lwr.org/beirut

AFAC Food Collection
When: October 18th, from 11:00am – 1:00pm
Where: Washington Blvd. Entrance

RELC will continue collecting food donations for AFAC every two weeks. Our next collection will be Sunday, October 4th, from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Washington Blvd entrance. Due to the pandemic, the need for food is increasing daily. AFAC needs canned vegetables , cereal (low sugar), canned tuna, canned tomato products (stewed, diced, paste), and peanut butter (in plastic jars). Members of the Social Ministry Committee will be there to assist you with your donation. Monetary contributions, which enable AFAC to purchase more perishable items are accepted and welcomed. All donations will be delivered to AFAC Monday morning. We will also collect for Doorways and A-SPAN. Doorways and A-SPAN especially need protein bars, cereal bars and household items including cleaning sprays, paper towels, trash bags, masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and full-size toiletries. Monetary contributions, (checks made payable to AFAC, Doorways or A-SPAN) are welcomed. RELC offerings will also be accepted. Any questions? Contact Edd Nolen , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-533-2953.

Financial Update

October Financial Update. The below chart is a summary of RELC’s finances for the year to date as of September 30, 2020. 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 giving is below our actual expenses for the YTD and well below our giving levels for this time last year. We continue to see the negative impact of the cancellation of Sunday services on our giving and slowed giving common during the summer months. Please continue to send in your weekly contributions which can be made 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. 

  (a) YTD Giving(b) YTD Expenses(c) Giving-Expenses(d) Giving as %
of Budget
(e) Change from
2019 Giving
General Fund 261,514 288,323 (26,809) 67% (21,411)
Benevolence 49,647 41,939 7,708 61% 694
Renovation 15,655 831 14,824 104% (2,626)
TOTAL 326,816 331,093 (4,277) 68% (23,343)


RELC Offerings

Our community is facing a challenging time as it continues to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and the economic damage resulting from business closures, now compounded by the suffering of racial injustice. Despite our separation, it’s important for us to maintain our financial support for the church and its ministries in the community – and, if possible, to considering increasing that support to address our neighbors’ immediate needs. As our church determines how it can best serve the community, please ensure that it has the resources needed to provide that help. You can make your offering by using the “Donate Now” button on the RELC website or by mailing your offering to our office at 6201 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA, 22205.

Celebrating Another Birth

Congratulations and God’s blessing to Angel and Lars Hedberg (and Clara and Liesl) for the birth of Axel Norwood Hedberg on October 1. May God in Christ accompany Axel and family with joy and hopefulness, health and well-being now and always!

Farewell and Godspeed to the Burmeister Family

Mike Burmeister and Patty Brewer, Dakota and Petra, are moving to Colorado where Patty is taking on a new job. Thus, we wish them farewell and Godspeed. We especially want to thank Mike for his faithful, steadfast, and effective leadership as Council President over his two terms. Mike helped to lead Resurrection Church through the pastoral interim and helped to see the call process through to its conclusion. Mike also effectively led the congregation in these early months of the pandemic, especially in convening the Reopening Planning Group which has established the plans and protocols for when we would again meet in person for worship during the pandemic. Thanks be to God for Mike’s leadership. Thanks be to God for his and Patty’s, and Dakota’s and Petra’s presence and participation in the life of our congregation. We shall miss them indeed.

Prayer Requests

Should you desire to make prayer requests for persons you care about, or desire prayer for other concerns, please contact Pastor Linman with those requests: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-972-2076. Pastor will make certain that the names you provide will be included in the Prayers of Intercession for Sundays, and they will also be included in a listing of names in the midweek announcements to invite your prayers throughout the week. Making your requests known to Pastor Linman will allow him to follow up with you directly – as your requests for prayer help set the agenda for our Pastor’s ministry at Resurrection Church.

All Saints Sunday

Each year on All Saints, we remember those who have gone before us, especially those members of Resurrection Church and others in our families who have died in the past calendar year. If you wish to have a loved one remembered in prayer on All Saints Sunday, November 1, please offer name(s) to Pastor Linman via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or you may call him to leave names: 703-972-2076. Leave a message if Pastor is not in the office.

Friday Movie Night Watch Party

Join fellow RELC friends and families for an all age movie night on Friday, October 9th. We will screen the film Smallfoot, an animated film that explores themes of community, safety and how we can navigate difficult histories, emotions, and information. This film will be opened and closed in prayer and brief activities using a Zoom room--you can describe how you will participate here, and access the Zoom event here on Friday from 6-9 pm. for more information on faith formation and racial justice initiatives, check out our calendar with recordings and home materials. To RSVP or ask questions, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A New Opportunity for Adult and Intergenerational Faith Formation for the Sake of the World

“An Introduction to Racial Justice—Why the Whitest Denomination of Protestant Christianity Needs a Broadened Foundation for becoming Antiracist Rooted in our Faith Practices”

Since March when the pandemic began, a weekly, virtual and intergenerational faith formation workshop has been facilitated on Facebook Live. Referred to as Saturday School, Amanda has used liturgy to connect spiritual practices to a commitment to Anti Black racism within the backdrop of 2020. Weekly calendars of faith formation activities have been created and shared that infuse home study resources, as well as recordings of all offered programming, daily Scripture readings, mindfulness rituals, and invitations for night compline services.

As we move into a second program year at a distance, the necessity of engaging deliberately with anti-racism practices remains an urgent call for faith traditions, the Church, the ELCA, the Metro DC Synod, and for Resurrection Lutheran Church. Youth Director, Amanda Lindamood and Pastor Linman will partner to provide two additional opportunities to support our discernment of how God is calling us to work for justice, through racial justice, in every sphere of our lives and our discipleship. The first opportunity will be an eight session Book Club using the book Dear Church by Lenny Duncan, a debut work written by a Black Preacher ordained in the ELCA. The selected work read in Sunday School by middle and high school students last Fall, this Book Club is open to all Confirmed members of the Congregation for an hour on Zoom.

The Book Club will be held on the following nights from 7 to 8 pm:

  • Tuesday, October 27th
  • Tuesday, November 21st
  • Tuesday, January 26th
  • Tuesday, February 23rd
  • Tuesday, March 23rd
  • Tuesday, April 27th
  • Tuesday, May 25th
  • Tuesday, June 22nd

Paired with this short-term book club cofacilitated by Amanda and Pastor Linman, Amanda will additionally be offering 6 Film Screenings using Netflix, intended to be inclusive of children and families.

A Zoom Room will be opened for 30 minutes before the film, and again for 30 minutes after the film concludes to provide a chance to frame the film, and invite dialogue on key themes and messages. Additionally, a Home Study Activity will be distributed for continued reflection, and suggested conversation amongst members linked within households as well as ministry teams.

The first Film will be offered on Friday, October 9th at 6 pm on Zoom, and 6:30 to begin the movie. We will watch the animated cartoon, Smallfoot and reflect on the seventh anniversary of Black Lives Matter. This event will conclude by 9 pm, understanding that individuals may participate in only portions.

The second film will be offered the first Friday in December, December 4th at 6 pm. A total of 6 films will be offered between October and June, held on Friday evenings every 6-8 weeks. Remaining dates and film sequence will be confirmed and publicized in mid-October.

Increasingly, one of our strongest tools for practicing anti-racism as a consistent discipline is to practice being self-reflexive, and to intentionally observe our resistances and biases rooted in whiteness. This introductory space is a practice ground making visible our commitment to living the Gospel inextricably linked to a commitment to working for racial justice in our spiritual lives too. We invite you to take this step with us, and to be stretched and blessed by the experience.

Please contact Amanda to express your intent to participate in these crucial initiatives: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A New Bible Study on Selected Passages from Matthew via Zoom

A small group of persons has expressed interest in engaging selected passages from the Gospel of Matthew, with special attention to the Sermon on the Mount. Beginning on Monday evening, October 5 at 6:30 this group will convene for the first time via Zoom, led by Pastor Linman, to delve into the Sermon on the Mount in studied and devotional ways. This core group also wants to extend an invitation to other members of the congregation and friends to join in this study. Each session will last about an hour. If you are interested in participating, please contact Pastor Linman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to express your intent to join in this new Bible Study during the remaining months of this liturgical year’s focus on Matthew’s Gospel.

The best ways to contact Pastor Linman

Here are the best and most direct ways to contact Pastor Linman. The email address given for his professional and pastoral use is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Pastor Linman’s direct dial phone number in the church office is: 703-972-2076. Please leave a message there if Pastor does not answer. He monitors and responds to his messages throughout the day even when he's not in the office. Thank you. I look forward to hearing from you.

Other Announcements?

Should you have announcements that you wish to communicate in this weekly message as committee chairs or those responsible for other ministry initiatives at Resurrection, please contact Monika at the office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by late Monday mornings for inclusion in the message for the coming Wednesday. Thanks!

Children’s Ministry

ZOOM time with Ms. Angie and the kids will take a break through the end of September. An email will be coming shortly so we can plan the best time for our continued ZOOM's, that will fit everyone's schedule, now that school is in session. Our Wine and Whine event for parents continues every other Friday, beginning at 7:30, September 25, October 9 and 23. If you do not receive emails from me and are interested in any of the above, please reach out to Angie Brookeat: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR call 703 972-2086.

Youth Ministry

Provided is a Home Faith Formation Calendar, updated each week with the following week’s recorded content. For those who couldn’t tune in live, see those resources available to you now. Check out too suggestive home activities, lectionary readings, and resources for racial justice for all ages.

ELCA Metro D.C. Synod News

National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage month has begun and will continue through October 15th. Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes and celebrates the contributions Americans tracing their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South American and the Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean have made to American society and culture.

In the spirit of this month, Rev. Franklin Morales shares his story of faith, calling into the Lutheran Church and immigration to the United States. Click here to read the article.

Give now for wildfire relief

Imagine you’re home and you hear a knock at the door. An official tells you to pack your essentials and evacuate, as a wildfire is speeding toward you. This is the situation many of our neighbors in the western part of the country are facing right now. Fueled by a heat wave and unfavorable winds, devastating wildfires are raging across California, Oregon, Washington and other western states. At least 20 people have died, hundreds of thousands of people are under evacuation orders and more than 3.5 million acres have burned across the three states. Some evacuees face the difficult decision of whether to stay in a shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lutheran Disaster Response is engaging with at least three Lutheran social services agencies and five synods to assess the situation and determine the best ways to respond. We expect immediate needs may include food and other necessities, as well as emotional and spiritual care for those who have been traumatized.

Your gifts will support wildfire survivors. Gifts to "U.S. wildfires" will be used in full (100%) to assist those affected by wildfires until the response is complete. Click here to donate to LDR.

$624,000 in Humanitarian Aid Destroyed in Beirut Explosion

Lutheran World Relief recently learned that three 40-foot shipping containers filled with thousands of handmade mission quilts and school, personal and baby care kits were destroyed in the devastating August 4 explosions at the port of Beirut, Lebanon.

The shipment was destined for refugees living in Lebanon, principally from Syria and the Palestinian territories. The containers were part of a shipment to be distributed by Anera, an NGO and longtime Lutheran World Relief partner that serves refugees and other vulnerable communities in the Middle East. The total value of the lost shipments was approximately $624,000.

The loss of more than 47,000 quilts, sewn by individuals and members of Lutheran congregations across the U.S., could mean a more bitter winter for thousands of refugees. Help replace the kits and quilts by learning more here. To donate, visit https://lwr.org/beirut

AFAC Food Collection
When: October 18th, from 11:00am – 1:00pm
Where: Washington Blvd. Entrance

RELC will continue collecting food donations for AFAC every two weeks. Our next collection will be Sunday, October 4th, from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Washington Blvd entrance. Due to the pandemic, the need for food is increasing daily. AFAC needs canned vegetables , cereal (low sugar), canned tuna, canned tomato products (stewed, diced, paste), and peanut butter (in plastic jars). Members of the Social Ministry Committee will be there to assist you with your donation. Monetary contributions, which enable AFAC to purchase more perishable items are accepted and welcomed. All donations will be delivered to AFAC Monday morning. We will also collect for Doorways and A-SPAN. Doorways and A-SPAN especially need protein bars, cereal bars and household items including cleaning sprays, paper towels, trash bags, masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and full-size toiletries. Monetary contributions, (checks made payable to AFAC, Doorways or A-SPAN) are welcomed. RELC offerings will also be accepted. Any questions? Contact Edd Nolen , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-533-2953.

Financial Update

September Financial Update. The below chart is a summary of RELC’s finances for the year to date as of August 31, 2020. 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 giving is below our actual expenses for the YTD and well below our giving levels for this time last year. We continue to see the negative impact of the cancellation of Sunday services on our giving and slowed giving common during the summer months. Please continue to send in your weekly contributions which can be made 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. 

  (a) YTD Giving(b) YTD Expenses(c) Giving-Expenses(d) Giving as %
of Budget
(e) Change from
2019 Giving
General Fund 231,420 254,285 (22,865) 66% (19,525)
Benevolence 41,366 32,114 9,252 63% (2,209)
Renovation 14,240 831 13,409 106% (1,930)
TOTAL 287,026 287,230 (204) 67% (23,664)


RELC Offerings

Our community is facing a challenging time as it continues to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and the economic damage resulting from business closures, now compounded by the suffering of racial injustice. Despite our separation, it’s important for us to maintain our financial support for the church and its ministries in the community – and, if possible, to considering increasing that support to address our neighbors’ immediate needs. As our church determines how it can best serve the community, please ensure that it has the resources needed to provide that help. You can make your offering by using the “Donate Now” button on the RELC website or by mailing your offering to our office at 6201 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA, 22205.

Prayer Requests

Should you desire to make prayer requests for persons you care about, or desire prayer for other concerns, please contact Pastor Linman with those requests: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-972-2076. Pastor will make certain that the names you provide will be included in the Prayers of Intercession for Sundays, and they will also be included in a listing of names in the midweek announcements to invite your prayers throughout the week. Making your requests known to Pastor Linman will allow him to follow up with you directly – as your requests for prayer help set the agenda for our Pastor’s ministry at Resurrection Church.

A New Opportunity for Adult and Intergenerational Faith Formation for the Sake of the World

“An Introduction to Racial Justice—Why the Whitest Denomination of Protestant Christianity Needs a Broadened Foundation for becoming Antiracist Rooted in our Faith Practices”

Since March when the pandemic began, a weekly, virtual and intergenerational faith formation workshop has been facilitated on Facebook Live. Referred to as Saturday School, Amanda has used liturgy to connect spiritual practices to a commitment to Anti Black racism within the backdrop of 2020. Weekly calendars of faith formation activities have been created and shared that infuse home study resources, as well as recordings of all offered programming, daily Scripture readings, mindfulness rituals, and invitations for night compline services.

As we move into a second program year at a distance, the necessity of engaging deliberately with anti-racism practices remains an urgent call for faith traditions, the Church, the ELCA, the Metro DC Synod, and for Resurrection Lutheran Church. Youth Director, Amanda Lindamood and Pastor Linman will partner to provide two additional opportunities to support our discernment of how God is calling us to work for justice, through racial justice, in every sphere of our lives and our discipleship. The first opportunity will be an eight session Book Club using the book Dear Church by Lenny Duncan, a debut work written by a Black Preacher ordained in the ELCA. The selected work read in Sunday School by middle and high school students last Fall, this Book Club is open to all Confirmed members of the Congregation for an hour on Zoom.

The Book Club will be held on the following nights from 7 to 8 pm:

  • Tuesday, October 27th
  • Tuesday, November 21st
  • Tuesday, January 26th
  • Tuesday, February 23rd
  • Tuesday, March 23rd
  • Tuesday, April 27th
  • Tuesday, May 25th
  • Tuesday, June 22nd

Paired with this short-term book club cofacilitated by Amanda and Pastor Linman, Amanda will additionally be offering 6 Film Screenings using Netflix, intended to be inclusive of children and families.

A Zoom Room will be opened for 30 minutes before the film, and again for 30 minutes after the film concludes to provide a chance to frame the film, and invite dialogue on key themes and messages. Additionally, a Home Study Activity will be distributed for continued reflection, and suggested conversation amongst members linked within households as well as ministry teams.

The first Film will be offered on Friday, October 9th at 6 pm on Zoom, and 6:30 to begin the movie. We will watch the animated cartoon, Smallfoot and reflect on the seventh anniversary of Black Lives Matter. This event will conclude by 9 pm, understanding that individuals may participate in only portions.

The second film will be offered the first Friday in December, December 4th at 6 pm. A total of 6 films will be offered between October and June, held on Friday evenings every 6-8 weeks. Remaining dates and film sequence will be confirmed and publicized in mid-October.

Increasingly, one of our strongest tools for practicing anti-racism as a consistent discipline is to practice being self-reflexive, and to intentionally observe our resistances and biases rooted in whiteness. This introductory space is a practice ground making visible our commitment to living the Gospel inextricably linked to a commitment to working for racial justice in our spiritual lives too. We invite you to take this step with us, and to be stretched and blessed by the experience.

Please contact Amanda to express your intent to participate in these crucial initiatives: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A New Bible Study on Selected Passages from Matthew via Zoom

A small group of persons has expressed interest in engaging selected passages from the Gospel of Matthew, with special attention to the Sermon on the Mount. Beginning on Monday evening, October 5 at 6:30 this group will convene for the first time via Zoom, led by Pastor Linman, to delve into the Sermon on the Mount in studied and devotional ways. This core group also wants to extend an invitation to other members of the congregation and friends to join in this study. Each session will last about an hour. If you are interested in participating, please contact Pastor Linman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to express your intent to join in this new Bible Study during the remaining months of this liturgical year’s focus on Matthew’s Gospel.

RELC Door Access

Please be advised that the alarm system issues have been resolved. Immediately, you may begin to use your key cards to enter the building. We send out a very special thank you to the Property Committee and all those who assisted with this concern. Thank you also to our RELC members and patrons, for the patience that you offered while we solved this matter.

Blessing of Pets on St. Francis Day

St. Francis Day happens to fall on a Sunday this year. In keeping with Resurrection tradition, we will offer blessings for your pets on this day, Sunday, October 4, in ways in keeping with our pandemic-related routines – outdoors in physically distanced ways. Pastor Linman will be available to bless your pets during the time of the collection of food items for AFAC, 11:00 am to 1:00. So, along with your food donations, bring your pets (or photos of your beloved animals for prayer if it’s not convenient to take them outdoors). The Fellowship Committee will provide pet treats.

The best ways to contact Pastor Linman

Here are the best and most direct ways to contact Pastor Linman. The email address given for his professional and pastoral use is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Pastor Linman’s direct dial phone number in the church office is: 703-972-2076. Please leave a message there if Pastor does not answer. He monitors and responds to his messages throughout the day even when he's not in the office. Thank you. I look forward to hearing from you.

Other Announcements?

Should you have announcements that you wish to communicate in this weekly message as committee chairs or those responsible for other ministry initiatives at Resurrection, please contact Monika at the office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by late Monday mornings for inclusion in the message for the coming Wednesday. Thanks!

Children’s Ministry

ZOOM time with Ms. Angie and the kids will take a break through the end of September. An email will be coming shortly so we can plan the best time for our continued ZOOM's, that will fit everyone's schedule, now that school is in session. Our Wine and Whine event for parents continues every other Friday, beginning at 7:30, September 25, October 9 and 23. If you do not receive emails from me and are interested in any of the above, please reach out to Angie Brookeat: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR call 703 972-2086.

Youth Ministry

Provided is a Home Faith Formation Calendar, updated each week with the following week’s recorded content. For those who couldn’t tune in live, see those resources available to you now. Check out too suggestive home activities, lectionary readings, and resources for racial justice for all ages.

ELCA Metro D.C. Synod News

National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage month has begun and will continue through October 15th. Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes and celebrates the contributions Americans tracing their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South American and the Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean have made to American society and culture.

In the spirit of this month, Rev. Franklin Morales shares his story of faith, calling into the Lutheran Church and immigration to the United States. Click here to read the article.

Give now for wildfire relief

Imagine you’re home and you hear a knock at the door. An official tells you to pack your essentials and evacuate, as a wildfire is speeding toward you. This is the situation many of our neighbors in the western part of the country are facing right now. Fueled by a heat wave and unfavorable winds, devastating wildfires are raging across California, Oregon, Washington and other western states. At least 20 people have died, hundreds of thousands of people are under evacuation orders and more than 3.5 million acres have burned across the three states. Some evacuees face the difficult decision of whether to stay in a shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lutheran Disaster Response is engaging with at least three Lutheran social services agencies and five synods to assess the situation and determine the best ways to respond. We expect immediate needs may include food and other necessities, as well as emotional and spiritual care for those who have been traumatized.

Your gifts will support wildfire survivors. Gifts to "U.S. wildfires" will be used in full (100%) to assist those affected by wildfires until the response is complete. Click here to donate to LDR.

$624,000 in Humanitarian Aid Destroyed in Beirut Explosion

Lutheran World Relief recently learned that three 40-foot shipping containers filled with thousands of handmade mission quilts and school, personal and baby care kits were destroyed in the devastating August 4 explosions at the port of Beirut, Lebanon.

The shipment was destined for refugees living in Lebanon, principally from Syria and the Palestinian territories. The containers were part of a shipment to be distributed by Anera, an NGO and longtime Lutheran World Relief partner that serves refugees and other vulnerable communities in the Middle East. The total value of the lost shipments was approximately $624,000.

The loss of more than 47,000 quilts, sewn by individuals and members of Lutheran congregations across the U.S., could mean a more bitter winter for thousands of refugees. Help replace the kits and quilts by learning more here. To donate, visit https://lwr.org/beirut

Season of Creation Devotions for September 1 - October 4

Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton and leaders from The Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada have prepared a series of devotions to observe the Season of Creation 2020, Sept. 1–Oct. 4.

In the opening devotion, the leaders stress the significance of a collective responsibility in caring for creation. "Waking up to matters of climate justice and environmental stewardship are among the most important callings people have today. Over many years, through many voices, our churches have come to a growing conviction that loving our neighbor includes loving Mother Earth as a neighbor."

Please click here to access devotions.

All Saints Day Service Prayer Request

The Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod, ELCA will be providing an All Saint Service on November 1, 2020 to remember all those who have died in the past year, which is especially important as we grieve for those we have lost through the COVID-19 pandemic. We offer this opportunity for you to share the names of those you would like remembered in this synod worship service. We will be filming in advance, so all requests must be submitted by October 4, 2020. There will be a time built into the service to pray for others not included in our pre-recorded communal prayers. Click here to submit names of those who you would like to be remembered in this service.

AFAC Food Collection
When: October 4th and 18th, from 11:00am – 1:00pm
Where: Washington Blvd. Entrance

RELC will continue collecting food donations for AFAC every two weeks. Our next collection will be Sunday, October 4th, from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Washington Blvd entrance. Due to the pandemic, the need for food is increasing daily. AFAC needs canned vegetables , cereal (low sugar), canned tuna, canned tomato products (stewed, diced, paste), and peanut butter (in plastic jars). Members of the Social Ministry Committee will be there to assist you with your donation. Monetary contributions, which enable AFAC to purchase more perishable items are accepted and welcomed. All donations will be delivered to AFAC Monday morning. We will also collect for Doorways and A-SPAN. Doorways and A-SPAN especially need protein bars, cereal bars and household items including cleaning sprays, paper towels, trash bags, masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and full-size toiletries. Monetary contributions, (checks made payable to AFAC, Doorways or A-SPAN) are welcomed. RELC offerings will also be accepted. Any questions? Contact Edd Nolen , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-533-2953.

Financial Update

September Financial Update. The below chart is a summary of RELC’s finances for the year to date as of August 31, 2020. 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 giving is below our actual expenses for the YTD and well below our giving levels for this time last year. We continue to see the negative impact of the cancellation of Sunday services on our giving and slowed giving common during the summer months. Please continue to send in your weekly contributions which can be made 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. 

  (a) YTD Giving(b) YTD Expenses(c) Giving-Expenses(d) Giving as %
of Budget
(e) Change from
2019 Giving
General Fund 231,420 254,285 (22,865) 66% (19,525)
Benevolence 41,366 32,114 9,252 63% (2,209)
Renovation 14,240 831 13,409 106% (1,930)
TOTAL 287,026 287,230 (204) 67% (23,664)


RELC Offerings

Our community is facing a challenging time as it continues to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and the economic damage resulting from business closures, now compounded by the suffering of racial injustice. Despite our separation, it’s important for us to maintain our financial support for the church and its ministries in the community – and, if possible, to considering increasing that support to address our neighbors’ immediate needs. As our church determines how it can best serve the community, please ensure that it has the resources needed to provide that help. You can make your offering by using the “Donate Now” button on the RELC website or by mailing your offering to our office at 6201 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA, 22205.

Care Takers For RELC’s Plot Against Hunger Garden

Our Plot Against Hunger garden is in full swing! We are looking for a few more people to help us water, weed, and harvest during the summer. Please sign up on this link to volunteer for a week of watering the RELC garden: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040a4babad2cabff2-help. If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Wine (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Monica Hirschberg (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). We appreciate your help!

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