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Outdoor Worship and AFAC Food Collection on Sunday, February 28

Weather permitting, join us outdoors (with facial covering and maintaining strict physical distance) on February 14 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 service includes an order for confession and forgiveness, a reading and reflection, prayers of intercession, the Lord’s Prayer and a blessing.

Midweek Lenten Series

Join us via Zoom at 7:00 pm on the Wednesday evenings during Lent for a brief worship service followed by presentations by RELC members on how their faith informs their life’s work. Additionally, each week in Lent will also feature written reflections by members on the same topic which seeks to feature the vitality of lay ministry and leadership in our congregation. This series continues on Wednesday, March 3. Look for links to the written reflections, the Zoom invitations and the service bulletins in each Tuesday’s Midweek Message.

Resurrection Lutheran Weekday Preschool - Accepting Applications for 2021-2022 school year!

Resurrection Lutheran Weekday Preschool is currently accepting student applications for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. If you would like more information on enrolling your 2-5 year old child in our half day programs please feel free to email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit us at https://resurrectionpreschoolarlington.org/. Registration deadline is Mon. April 12, 2021, so please don't delay!

We also have two upcoming virtual zoom sessions on Thursday, March 4 and Wednesday, March 10 from 7-8 pm. Please email Jenny Tigney at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive an invitation to attend and ask your questions about the upcoming school year.

Social Ministry Update

During Lent we will be collecting items for Personal Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief. Each kit needs the following items:

  • one dark color light-weight bath-size towel (between 20"×40" & 52"×27")
  • 2-3 bath-size (3-4 oz. for a total of 8-9 oz.) bars of soap, any brand in original wrapping
  • one adult-size toothbrush in its original packaging
  • one sturdy comb
  • metal nail clippers.

You can either donate individual items or bring assembled kits. Wrap items in the towel and tie together with yarn or string. See a how-to assemble a Personal Care Kit video here OR here. Bring the items or assembled kits to Resurrection on a collection date before Sunday, April 18. We will accept your donations at any AFAC collection or outdoor service before April 18.

We will also accept monetary donations. Make checks to “RELC” and indicate “personal care kits” in the memo line or give online using the ‘Donate’ button on the RELC website. If you have any questions or want more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Any loose undesignated offerings received at in person outdoor services during Lent will be sent to A-SPAN.

Our Benevolent Offerings at Work

We recently received letters of thanks from the following organizations which our congregation supports under the leadership of our Social Ministry Committee:

  • National Capital Treatment and Recovery (Patient Assistance Fund in support of substance abuse treatment)
  • Lutheran World Relief (international assistance)
  • A-Span (homelessness assistance in Arlington)
  • AFAC (addressing local hunger concerns)

Reading the Letter of James in Light of Luther

Join us on Monday evenings at 6:30 pm via Zoom for an exploration of the Letter of James in light of Martin Luther’s treatise, “Freedom of a Christian.” If you are interested in joining in, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Calling for Additional Worship Leaders

For those who have not yet had occasion to be a reader or prayer leader for our home worship videos, we encourage you to volunteer. It’s wonderful to see a variety of our members serve in this capacity on our worship videos, as this gives a sense of our togetherness as a congregation even when we cannot worship indoors in person yet. Consider yourself duly invited. If you are interested or want to learn more about this opportunity, kindly contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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: Judy Jaquette; John Showman; Barb Jensen; Charlotte Boeck; Gretchen Zeltner; Lynn Kiewel; John Beston; Frank Fuelling; Phillip Swingler; Michael Chaffier and family; Maria Liwski; Grant Aldonis; Angie; Debbie; Kat.

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.

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.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at or 703-972-2076.

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.

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!

Outdoor Worship and AFAC Food Collection on Sunday, February 28

Weather permitting, join us outdoors (with facial covering and maintaining strict physical distance) on February 28 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 service includes an order for confession and forgiveness, a reading and reflection, prayers of intercession, the Lord’s Prayer and a blessing.

Midweek Lenten Series

Join us via Zoom at 7:00 pm on the Wednesday evenings during Lent for a brief worship service followed by presentations by RELC members on how their faith informs their life’s work. Additionally, each week in Lent will also feature written reflections by members on the same topic which seeks to feature the vitality of lay ministry and leadership in our congregation. This series begins on Wednesday, February 24. Look for links to the written reflections, the Zoom invitations and the service bulletins in each Tuesday’s Midweek Message.

Social Ministry Update

During Lent we will be collecting items for Personal Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief. Each kit needs the following items:

  • one dark color light-weight bath-size towel (between 20"×40" & 52"×27")
  • 2-3 bath-size (3-4 oz. for a total of 8-9 oz.) bars of soap, any brand in original wrapping
  • one adult-size toothbrush in its original packaging
  • one sturdy comb
  • metal nail clippers.

You can either donate individual items or bring assembled kits. Wrap items in the towel and tie together with yarn or string. See a how-to assemble a Personal Care Kit video here OR here. Bring the items or assembled kits to Resurrection on a collection date before Sunday, April 18. We will accept your donations at any AFAC collection or outdoor service before April 18.

We will also accept monetary donations. Make checks to “RELC” and indicate “personal care kits” in the memo line or give online using the ‘Donate’ button on the RELC website. If you have any questions or want more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Any loose undesignated offerings received at in person outdoor services during Lent will be sent to A-SPAN.

Reading the Letter of James in Light of Luther

Join us on Monday evenings at 6:30 pm via Zoom for an exploration of the Letter of James in light of Martin Luther’s treatise, “Freedom of a Christian.” If you are interested in joining in, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Interested in Being Part of New Groups on Zoom?

Those who have participated in our various initiatives via Zoom – Bible Studies, Evening Prayer, occasions for fellowship – have found these occasions to be life-giving ways of staying connected during our pandemic social isolation. If you are interested in being part of a new group or have ideas for such groups, Pastor Linman is eager to communicate more with you about new possibilities. Feel free to reach out to him to get the conversation going: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-972-2076.

Calling for Additional Worship Leaders

For those who have not yet had occasion to be a reader or prayer leader for our home worship videos, we encourage you to volunteer. It’s wonderful to see a variety of our members serve in this capacity on our worship videos, as this gives a sense of our togetherness as a congregation even when we cannot worship indoors in person yet. Consider yourself duly invited. If you are interested or want to learn more about this opportunity, kindly contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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: John Showman; Barb Jensen; Charlotte Boeck; Gretchen Zeltner; Lynn Kiewel; John Beston; Frank Fuelling; Phillip Swingler; Michael Chaffier and family; Maria Liwski; Grant Aldonis; Angie; Debbie; Kat.

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.

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.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at or 703-972-2076.

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.

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!

Outdoor Worship and AFAC Food Collection on Sunday, February 14

Weather permitting, join us outdoors (with facial covering and maintaining strict physical distance) on February 14 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 service includes an order for confession and forgiveness, a reading and reflection, prayers of intercession, the Lord’s Prayer and a blessing.

Ash Wednesday is February 17

For worship at home on Ash Wednesday, a bulletin will be made available to you on Tuesday, February 16 along with the Pastor’s Midweek Message which will be a reflection on Ash Wednesday in this time of pandemic (this in lieu of a sermon for Ash Wednesday). Additionally, weather permitting, there will be two occasions for worship outdoors on Ash Wednesday, which will include self-imposition of ashes as a safe alternative to usual practice. Join us either at 11:00 am or 7:00 pm for these brief Ash Wednesday services. In case of inclement weather, these services will take place via Zoom at 11:00 and 7:00.

Midweek Lenten Series

Join us via Zoom at 7:00 pm on the Wednesday evenings during Lent for a brief worship service followed by presentations by RELC members on how their faith informs their life’s work. Additionally, each week in Lent will also feature written reflections by members on the same topic which seeks to feature the vitality of lay ministry and leadership in our congregation. This series begins on Wednesday, February 24.

“Souperbowl” Sunday

Many thanks to those who prepared soup and those who purchased it last Sunday as part of a youth ministry fund raising effort!

Reading the Letter of James in Light of Luther

Join us on Monday evenings at 6:30 pm via Zoom for an exploration of the Letter of James in light of Martin Luther’s treatise, “Freedom of a Christian.” If you are interested in joining in, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Interested in Being Part of New Groups on Zoom?

Those who have participated in our various initiatives via Zoom – Bible Studies, Evening Prayer, occasions for fellowship – have found these occasions to be life-giving ways of staying connected during our pandemic social isolation. If you are interested in being part of a new group or have ideas for such groups, Pastor Linman is eager to communicate more with you about new possibilities. Feel free to reach out to him to get the conversation going: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-972-2076.

Calling for Additional Worship Leaders

For those who have not yet had occasion to be a reader or prayer leader for our home worship videos, we encourage you to volunteer. It’s wonderful to see a variety of our members serve in this capacity on our worship videos, as this gives a sense of our togetherness as a congregation even when we cannot worship indoors in person yet. Consider yourself duly invited. If you are interested or want to learn more about this opportunity, kindly contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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: John Showman; Barb Jensen; Charlotte Boeck; Gretchen Zeltner; Lynn Kiewel; John Beston; Frank Fuelling; Phillip Swingler; Michael Chaffier and family; Maria Liwski; Grant Aldonis; Angie; Debbie; Kat.

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.

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.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at or 703-972-2076.

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 Churchwide News – Ecumenical Response to Christian Nationalism

Watch a webinar on how Christians are responding to Christian nationalism. Click here to watch the conversation with The Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church; The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Dr. Andrew L. Whitehead, Associate Professor of Sociology at Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis; and moderator Amanda Tyler, executive director of BJC (Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty).

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!

Outdoor Worship and AFAC Food Collection on Sunday, February 7

Join us outdoors (with facial covering and maintaining strict physical distance) on February 7 (rescheduled from last week) 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 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.

Youth Group Fundraiser Alert!!

What’s for lunch (or dinner) on Super Bowl Sunday? How about some yummy home-made soup made by your RELC friends?

As we have in years past, the Youth Group will be offering soup for sale on Sunday, February 7th (at the Potomac Street entrance) between 11 AM and 1 PM in order to raise funds for our next trip to the ELCA Youth Gathering. Come by and get some soup to enjoy while you watch the game!

Small containers - $4 Large containers - $8

Reading the Letter of James in Light of Luther

Join us on Monday evenings at 6:30 pm via Zoom for an exploration of the Letter of James in light of Martin Luther’s treatise, “Freedom of a Christian.” If you are interested in joining in, contact Pastor Linman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Movie Night – February 5

Join us this Friday, February 5th from 6 to 9 pm for the next Intergenerational Racial Justice Movie Night. In honor of Black History month, and the upcoming birthday of Toni Morrison, we will view the 2019 documentary, "Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am", based on her life work as a publisher, author and professor.

We will gather on Zoom for an opening and closing session, each lasting 25 minutes from 6-6:25 pm, and 8:35-9:00 pm. The film runs for two hours, and each household will screen it independently. You can view it with a Hulu subscription, or rent it on YouTube, Google Play, DirecTV, Vudu, or Amazon Prime for $2.99. Our discussion will focus on the contributions of Black artists, and the role of storytelling, especially stories of Black women and girls.

RSVPs are appreciated, but not required. You can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Interested in Being Part of New Groups on Zoom?

Those who have participated in our various initiatives via Zoom – Bible Studies, Evening Prayer, occasions for fellowship – have found these occasions to be life-giving ways of staying connected during our pandemic social isolation. If you are interested in being part of a new group or have ideas for such groups, Pastor Linman is eager to communicate more with you about new possibilities. Feel free to reach out to him to get the conversation going: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-972-2076.

Calling for Additional Worship Leaders

For those who have not yet had occasion to be a reader or prayer leader for our home worship videos, we encourage you to volunteer. It’s wonderful to see a variety of our members serve in this capacity on our worship videos, as this gives a sense of our togetherness as a congregation even when we cannot worship indoors in person yet. Consider yourself duly invited. If you are interested or want to learn more about this opportunity, kindly contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2021 Offering Envelopes

Yes – although we aren’t meeting in-person each week for worship services, your weekly offering envelopes for 2021 are here! They will be available for you to pick up at our February 7 socially-distant outdoor service – please come and get yours!

Our Benevolent Gifts at Work in Our Community

We recently received letters of thanks from the following non-profit organizations which we as a congregation financially support:

  • Borromeo Housing, Inc.
  • Culpepper Garden (affordable housing for seniors)
  • New Hope Housing (help for the homeless)
  • Just Neighbors (immigration legal services)Arlington Food Assistance Center (local hunger relief)
  • Virginia Council of Churches

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: John Showman; Barb Jensen; Charlotte Boeck; Gretchen Zeltner; Lynn Kiewel; John Beston; Frank Fuelling; Phillip Swingler; Michael Chaffier and family; Maria Liwski; Grant Aldonis; Angie; Debbie; Kat.

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.

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.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at or 703-972-2076.

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 Churchwide News – Ecumenical Response to Christian Nationalism

Watch a webinar on how Christians are responding to Christian nationalism. Click here to watch the conversation with The Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church; The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Dr. Andrew L. Whitehead, Associate Professor of Sociology at Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis; and moderator Amanda Tyler, executive director of BJC (Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty).

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!

Outdoor Worship and AFAC Food Collection on Sunday, January 31

Weather permitting, join us outdoors (with facial covering and maintaining strict physical distance) on January 31st 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. If you receive a Constant Contact email indicating that the food collection is postponed because of the weather, that message will also indicate that outdoor worship is cancelled as well for that day.

Soup Chefs for Souper Bowl Sunday

Calling all soup chefs! Every year for S(o)uper Bowl Sunday, the youth group has sponsored the sale of delicious homemade soups made by talented RELC chefs, with proceeds going to the ELCA Youth Gathering fund. We are not letting a measly pandemic stop us this year!! Please volunteer (in the Signup Genius linked to this email) to donate your family’s favorite soup to be sold on Sunday, February 7th from 11 to 1 at the Potomac Street entrance to the church. If you have a youth in your household planning to attend the next Youth Gathering, also consider having them sign up to help with sales. They can email or text Amy Feira (703-303-9388) to let me know. 1 or 2 extra people would be helpful.

Here is what you need to do to:

  1. Go to the Signup genius and let me know what you will be cooking. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C054CA8A72EA75-souper
  2. Email your soup recipe to me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for inclusion in a soup cookbook we hope to create one day.
  3. Pick up to-go containers this Sunday at the church (11 AM – 1 PM) to package up your soup (or if you can’t pick them up on Sunday, send your address to Amy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will deliver them to you)
  4. Make soup!
  5. Bring your packaged (and labelled) soup to church on Sunday, February 7, at 11:00 AM and we will sell it!
  6. Thank you!

Youth Group Fundraiser Alert!!

What’s for lunch (or dinner) on Super Bowl Sunday? How about some yummy home-made soup made by your RELC friends?

As we have in years past, the Youth Group will be offering soup for sale on Sunday, February 7th (at the Potomac Street entrance) between 11 AM and 1 PM in order to raise funds for our next trip to the ELCA Youth Gathering. Come by and get some soup to enjoy while you watch the game!

Small containers - $4 Large containers - $8

Reading the Letter of James in Light of Luther

Join us on Monday evenings at 6:30 pm via Zoom for an exploration of the Letter of James in light of Martin Luther’s treatise, “Freedom of a Christian.” If you are interested in joining in, contact Pastor Linman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Movie Night – February 5

Mark your calendars: our next movie night is planned for Friday, February 5th from 6-9 pm, when we will stream and converse about Toni Morrison's "The Pieces I Am".

Sacrament of Baptism

On the Presentation of Our Lord, Tuesday evening, February 2 at 6:00 pm, Abigail Marjorie Brainard will receive the sacrament of Holy Baptism. Her mother, Samantha Marquart Brainard, will also be received into membership of our congregation. While only the baptismal party will be present in our church’s nave, all members of our congregation are invited to join in via Zoom. A Zoom link and the bulletin will be sent via Constant Contact.

Interested in Being Part of New Groups on Zoom?

Those who have participated in our various initiatives via Zoom – Bible Studies, Evening Prayer, occasions for fellowship – have found these occasions to be life-giving ways of staying connected during our pandemic social isolation. If you are interested in being part of a new group or have ideas for such groups, Pastor Linman is eager to communicate more with you about new possibilities. Feel free to reach out to him to get the conversation going: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-972-2076.

Calling for Additional Worship Leaders

For those who have not yet had occasion to be a reader or prayer leader for our home worship videos, we encourage you to volunteer. It’s wonderful to see a variety of our members serve in this capacity on our worship videos, as this gives a sense of our togetherness as a congregation even when we cannot worship indoors in person yet. Consider yourself duly invited. If you are interested or want to learn more about this opportunity, kindly contact Kim Harriz (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Pastor Linman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Sharing Your Giving Plans

Haven’t let Resurrection know yet how you plan to support its worship and programs? There’s still time. Please consider joining the 42 individuals and families, as of Jan. 4, who shared their intention to provide the resources the church needs for its 2021 budget. Together with 16 members whose automatic contributions will continue through the “Simply Giving” program, the total of 58 pledges is just three behind last year – and five families who pledged and contributed last year have yet to offer their intentions. The pledged offerings we’ve received thus far would only cover a little more than 50 percent of the 2021 budget our Congregation Council is proposing – it’s important for the church to know how you and your family intend to help with Resurrection’s programs. Please submit your giving intent form at one of our outdoor Sunday services, mail it to the church office, or use the online giving intent form.

2021 Offering Envelopes

Yes – although we aren’t meeting in-person each week for worship services, your weekly offering envelopes for 2021 are here! They will be available for you to pick up at our Jan. 17 socially-distant outdoor service – please come and get yours!

Our Benevolent Gifts at Work in Our Community

We recently received letters of thanks from the following non-profit organizations which we as a congregation financially support:

  • Fellowship Square (affordable senior housing)
  • The Alliance for Housing Solutions (racial justice in housing)
  • The Village at Rockville (Lutheran senior care)
  • United Lutheran Seminary
  • AFAC (food assistance)

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: Barb Jensen; Charlotte Boeck; Gretchen Zeltner; Lynn Kiewel; John Beston; Frank Fuelling; Phillip Swingler; Michael Chaffier and family; Maria Liwski; Grant Aldonis; Angie; Debbie; Kat.

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.

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, January 21.

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 Pastor Linman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-972-2076.

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.

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!

Outdoor Worship on Sunday, January 31

Weather permitting, join us outdoors (with facial covering and maintaining strict physical distance) on this Second Sunday of Christmas, January 31st 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.

Reading the Letter of James in Light of Luther

Join us on Monday evenings at 6:30 pm via Zoom for an exploration of the Letter of James in light of Martin Luther’s treatise, “Freedom of a Christian.” If you are interested in joining in, contact Pastor Linman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Interested in Being Part of New Groups on Zoom?

Those who have participated in our various initiatives via Zoom – Bible Studies, Evening Prayer, occasions for fellowship – have found these occasions to be life-giving ways of staying connected during our pandemic social isolation. If you are interested in being part of a new group or have ideas for such groups, Pastor Linman is eager to communicate more with you about new possibilities. Feel free to reach out to him to get the conversation going: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-972-2076.

Calling for Additional Worship Leaders

For those who have not yet had occasion to be a reader or prayer leader for our home worship videos, we encourage you to volunteer. It’s wonderful to see a variety of our members serve in this capacity on our worship videos, as this gives a sense of our togetherness as a congregation even when we cannot worship indoors in person yet. Consider yourself duly invited. If you are interested or want to learn more about this opportunity, kindly contact Kim Harriz (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Pastor Linman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Important Information on RELC's Annual Meeting
January 24, 2021 at 11:00am

Hello Resurrection Member,

We are looking forward to our Congregational Meeting Sunday, January 24 at 11:00 AM. As this is our first digital congregational meeting, we wanted to share some helpful information so all runs smoothly.

This Congregational Meeting will be hosted via Zoom webinar. Zoom webinars differ from Zoom meetings in a few important ways—including how you join, what you see, and how you may participate or ask questions.

  • You will need to register in advance to receive the link to join the online congregational meeting. Each member should register individually and use a separate device to log into the meeting, if possible.
  • During the meeting, you will see only the staff/council members presenting rather than a gallery of everyone who attends.
  • Everyone will be muted upon entry to the meeting. You can raise your hand in order to be unmuted by the host/panelist to ask a question live. You will not have the ability to unmute yourself - only the hosts can do this for you.

Prior to the meeting, please review the proposed changes to the model constitution: Amendments to the Model Constitution for Congregations 2019

Additional details, including registration information to follow.

Sharing Your Giving Plans

Haven’t let Resurrection know yet how you plan to support its worship and programs? There’s still time. Please consider joining the 42 individuals and families, as of Jan. 4, who shared their intention to provide the resources the church needs for its 2021 budget. Together with 16 members whose automatic contributions will continue through the “Simply Giving” program, the total of 58 pledges is just three behind last year – and five families who pledged and contributed last year have yet to offer their intentions. The pledged offerings we’ve received thus far would only cover a little more than 50 percent of the 2021 budget our Congregation Council is proposing – it’s important for the church to know how you and your family intend to help with Resurrection’s programs. Please submit your giving intent form at one of our outdoor Sunday services, mail it to the church office, or use the online giving intent form.

2021 Offering Envelopes

Yes – although we aren’t meeting in-person each week for worship services, your weekly offering envelopes for 2021 are here! They will be available for you to pick up at our Jan. 17 socially-distant outdoor service – please come and get yours!

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 Hanson; Lee Hanson; Linnea, Bob and Olivia Hoppe; Barb Jensen; Charlotte Boeck; Gretchen Zeltner; Lynn Kiewel; John Beston; Frank Fuelling; Phillip Swingler; Michael Chaffier and family; Maria Liwski; Grant Aldonis; Angie; Debbie; Kat.

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.

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, January 21.

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 Pastor Linman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-972-2076.

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.

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!

Outdoor Worship on Sunday, January 17

Weather permitting, join us outdoors (with facial covering and maintaining strict physical distance) on this Second Sunday of Christmas, January 17th 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.

Reading the Letter of James in Light of Luther

Join us on Monday, January 18 at 6:30 pm via Zoom for an exploration of the Letter of James in light of Martin Luther’s treatise, “Freedom of a Christian.” If you are interested in joining in, contact Pastor Linman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

A New Bible Study Starts January 11

Beginning on Monday, January 11, 2021 at 6:30 pm via Zoom, we will commence a new occasion for adult Christian education and formation which will focus on study of the Letter of James alongside engagement with Martin Luther’s treatise, “Freedom of a Christian.” If you are interested in joining in, contact Pastor Linman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Calling for Additional Worship Leaders

For those who have not yet had occasion to be a reader or prayer leader for our home worship videos, we encourage you to volunteer. It’s wonderful to see a variety of our members serve in this capacity on our worship videos, as this gives a sense of our togetherness as a congregation even when we cannot worship indoors in person yet. Consider yourself duly invited. If you are interested or want to learn more about this opportunity, kindly contact Kim Harriz (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Pastor Linman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Important Information on RELC's Annual Meeting
January 24, 2021 at 11:00am

Hello Resurrection Member,

We are looking forward to our Congregational Meeting Sunday, January 24 at 11:00 AM. As this is our first digital congregational meeting, we wanted to share some helpful information so all runs smoothly.

This Congregational Meeting will be hosted via Zoom webinar. Zoom webinars differ from Zoom meetings in a few important ways—including how you join, what you see, and how you may participate or ask questions.

  • You will need to register in advance to receive the link to join the online congregational meeting. Each member should register individually and use a separate device to log into the meeting, if possible.
  • During the meeting, you will see only the staff/council members presenting rather than a gallery of everyone who attends.
  • Everyone will be muted upon entry to the meeting. You can raise your hand in order to be unmuted by the host/panelist to ask a question live. You will not have the ability to unmute yourself - only the hosts can do this for you.

Prior to the meeting, please review the proposed changes to the model constitution: Amendments to the Model Constitution for Congregations 2019

Additional details, including registration information to follow.

Council Recruitment - There's Still Time to Put Your Name in the Ring

The Council is hopeful that members of the congregation will want to serve on the Council. These are challenging times for RELC and churches in general, but an exciting time to help shape our worship for the future. RELC has many talented people and the Council could benefit from those talents.

Current Status of Fiscal Year 2020 Budget and Stewardship

RELC has a general surplus year-to-date (YTD) of approximately $25,000, thanks to very strong December giving. However, we’re still slightly behind last year in the number of pledges and the level of intent which includes seven pledges from families who didn’t provide one last year. YTD total giving trend (2019-2020) is negative by approximately $32,000. RELC will be able to meet 100% of benevolence budget, although we will fall short of budgeted amounts to reserve funds.

Sharing Your Giving Plans

Haven’t let Resurrection know yet how you plan to support its worship and programs? There’s still time. Please consider joining the 42 individuals and families, as of Jan. 4, who shared their intention to provide the resources the church needs for its 2021 budget. Together with 16 members whose automatic contributions will continue through the “Simply Giving” program, the total of 58 pledges is just three behind last year – and five families who pledged and contributed last year have yet to offer their intentions. The pledged offerings we’ve received thus far would only cover a little more than 50 percent of the 2021 budget our Congregation Council is proposing – it’s important for the church to know how you and your family intend to help with Resurrection’s programs. Please submit your giving intent form at one of our outdoor Sunday services, mail it to the church office, or use the online giving intent form.

2021 Offering Envelopes

Yes – although we aren’t meeting in-person each week for worship services, your weekly offering envelopes for 2021 are here! They will be available for you to pick up at our Jan. 17 socially-distant outdoor service – please come and get yours!

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 Hanson; Lee Hanson; Linnea, Bob and Olivia Hoppe; Barb Jensen; Charlotte Boeck; Gretchen Zeltner; Lynn Kiewel; John Beston; Frank Fuelling; Phillip Swingler; Michael Chaffier; Maria Liwski; Grant Aldonis; Angie; Kyler; Debbie; Kat.

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.

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, January 21.

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 Pastor Linman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-972-2076.

Community Organizations Thank Us for Our Support

  • We recently received letters of thanks from the following organizations which RELC supports financially with the leadership of our Social Ministry Committee:
  • Arlington Food Assistance Center
  • A-Span (addressing homelessness in Arlington)
  • United Lutheran Seminary
  • Alliance for Housing Solutions
  • National Capital Treatment and Recovery (Patient Assistance Fund)
  • Culpepper Garden (senior affordable housing)
  • New Hope Housing (addressing homelessness)
  • Mar-Lu-Ridge Conference and Educational Center
  • N Street Village (support for women in recovery)
  • Just Neighbors (immigration legal services)

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.

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!

From Bishop Ortiz Concerning the Events of January 6

Dear Friends in Christ,

This morning, clergy from Delaware-Maryland and Metropolitan Washington D.C. Synods gathered in prayer as protest at Luther Place Memorial Church in Washington D.C. What began as a solemn, peaceful witness, was interrupted by self-identified Trump supporters who barged into the encircled sacred space held by those present. These individuals proceeded to re-enact the murder of George Floyd in our midst and took pictures in front of the Black Lives Matter sign and Martin Luther statue.

In the words of Bishop Bill Gohl of the Delaware-Maryland Synod, “This holy ground was desecrated by those who mocked our purpose and prayer, including a man dressed in a faux animal skin vest who made fun of ‘…that n*gger George Floyd.’ This is a surreal experience that our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) colleagues know all too well. Kyrie eleison.”

I am writing this as a Bishop who is Latina; as one who has experienced first-hand the sinful nature of racism and white supremacy throughout my entire life. As I stood with my colleagues and witnessed evil manifest right before my eyes, I was paralyzed. I was paralyzed by the audacity and the spirit of entitlement and pride. I was paralyzed by the utter inability to recognize the humanity in Black and Brown bodies to the point of mocking and re-enacting such a violent act.

Later, as we left the space and blessed Pastor Karen Brau, along with those who were staying in prayer locally throughout the night, we received word of protestors growing in number around the Capitol. I safely arrived home to the unfolding of utter chaos.

I am writing this as I watch the news and witness anarchy. Our democracy has never been perfect and what we are collectively experiencing is testing the resolve of our nation.

I honestly don’t have the words in this moment, so I turn to the prophets of our past. The words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. have been guiding me personally and professionally. In his sermon entitled, “Transformed Non-Conformist,” inspired by Romans 12:2, Dr. King states:

In spite of [the] prevailing tendency to conform, we as Christians have a mandate to be nonconformists. The apostle Paul, who knew the inner realities of the Christian faith, counseled, ‘Be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.’ We are called to be people of conviction, not conformity; of moral nobility, not social respectability. We are commanded to live differently and according to a higher loyalty.”

The conviction and loyalty that we are called to as people of faith is to the Gospel. Dr. King continues, “If the church of Jesus Christ is to regain once more it’s power, message, and authentic reign, it must conform only to the demands of the Gospel.”

What we are witnessing today is a conviction of sorts and, some might argue that, the actions of the protestors in D.C. are an embodiment of their convictions. However, we must interrogate the convictions that inspire such actions, behaviors, and presence in the world.

As people of faith, we are called to conform only to the demands of the Gospel; demands that always bend towards justice. The demands of the Gospel never justify the killing of a community, of a body, of a spirit. The demands of the Gospel recognize humanity in each of God’s beloved human creation. The demands of the Gospel require dignity and respect, for stranger, for neighbor, and for creation. The demands of the Gospel speak to life, and life abundant.

As the church of Jesus Christ, in this moment, you and I are called to “…stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. We are called to take up the whole armor of God so that we may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.” – Ephesians 6:11-13 I am in prayer with and for you, myself, and our nation and I ask that you join me. Look to hear from me and your church leaders in the coming days and weeks as we live into our call as the church of Jesus Christ, for such a time as this.

May God give us grace never to sell ourselves short;
Grace to conform only to the demands of the Gospel;
Grace to lean into life and life abundant;
And grace to stand firm in bold and boundless love.

In the name of the Triune God, the One who creates, liberates, and sustains us all. Amen.

Bishop Leila Ortiz

Here is a link to the full message and video.

Outdoor Worship on Sunday, January 17

Weather permitting, join us outdoors (with facial covering and maintaining strict physical distance) on this Second Sunday of Christmas, January 17th 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.

A New Bible Study Starts January 11

Beginning on Monday, January 11, 2021 at 6:30 pm via Zoom, we will commence a new occasion for adult Christian education and formation which will focus on study of the Letter of James alongside engagement with Martin Luther’s treatise, “Freedom of a Christian.” If you are interested in joining in, contact Pastor Linman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Calling for Additional Worship Leaders

For those who have not yet had occasion to be a reader or prayer leader for our home worship videos, we encourage you to volunteer. It’s wonderful to see a variety of our members serve in this capacity on our worship videos, as this gives a sense of our togetherness as a congregation even when we cannot worship indoors in person yet. Consider yourself duly invited. If you are interested or want to learn more about this opportunity, kindly contact Kim Harriz (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Pastor Linman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Sharing Your Giving Plans

Haven’t let Resurrection know yet how you plan to support its worship and programs? There’s still time. Please consider joining the 42 individuals and families, as of Jan. 4, who shared their intention to provide the resources the church needs for its 2021 budget. Together with 16 members whose automatic contributions will continue through the “Simply Giving” program, the total of 58 pledges is just three behind last year – and five families who pledged and contributed last year have yet to offer their intentions. The pledged offerings we’ve received thus far would only cover a little more than 50 percent of the 2021 budget our Congregation Council is proposing – it’s important for the church to know how you and your family intend to help with Resurrection’s programs. Please submit your giving intent form at one of our outdoor Sunday services, mail it to the church office, or use the online giving intent form.

2021 Offering Envelopes

Yes – although we aren’t meeting in-person each week for worship services, your weekly offering envelopes for 2021 are here! They will be available for you to pick up at our Jan. 17 socially-distant outdoor service – please come and get yours!

Responding to Resurrection’s Needs

This has been a difficult year, one like few of us have ever experienced. Yet even though we haven’t been able to meet in person as a congregation since March, this pandemic has shown us in new ways how important our church is to our lives, our families, and our community. Resurrection has responded to this crisis by developing virtual worship and education programs and by supporting ministries to our community in innovative ways.

Now your church needs you to respond. In the absence of our usual Sunday services, Resurrection has missed out on a large part of nearly $20,000 given in loose offerings at services last year, although members are using the “Donate” button on the RELC website to continue to make offerings. Even so, our offerings have dropped off more than 9 percent this year and are currently 8 percent behind the church’s actual expenses, even though our expenses are also less than anticipated.

As you consider your year-end contributions, remember what Resurrection has meant to you, your family and your neighbors in these trying times and the importance of providing our church with the resources it needs to maintain and expand its work. And please remember to pledge your intent to ensure that the congregation will support Resurrection’s proposed budget for its services and ministries in 2021. Please prayerfully consider a generous year-end offering to celebrate the light of Christ’s coming and God’s blessings in these dark days.

Important Announcement on RELC'S Annual Meeting

The next RELC annual meeting will be Sunday, January 24, 2021 and will be conducted virtually. More details will follow. The Council has approved changes to the model constitution for congregations that were approved at the 2019 church wide assembly and must be sent to the congregation 30 days before the meeting date. These changes were recommended by RELC's Administration Committee for the 2020 annual meeting but were deferred to the annual meeting in 2021. The proposed changes to the model constitution are below.

pdfAmendments to the Model Constitution for Congregations 2019-RELC-121020

Coming Soon: 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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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 Hanson; Lee Hanson; Linnea, Bob and Olivia Hoppe; Barb Jensen; Charlotte Boeck; Gretchen Zeltner; Lynn Kiewel; John Beston; Frank Fuelling; Phillip Swingler; Michael Chaffier; Maria Liwski; Grant Aldonis; Angie; Kyler; Debbie; Kat.

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.

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, January 7.

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 Pastor Linman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-972-2076.

Clothes Closet Update (Not Accepting Donations)

Due to the pandemic, the Clothes Closet is closed. At this time, it has been decided that the Clothes Closet will remain closed until further notice. All previously accepted donations have been re-donated to charities who are still operational. We kindly ask that no further donations be left in the Clothes Closet because the room creates too much moisture for storing clothing. Any items left in the room will likely become damaged and destroyed by mold. The Clothes Closet volunteers and ministry leaders will continue to meet and discuss the future of this ministry at RELC. We thank you very much for your understanding and patience during this time.

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.

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!

Outdoor Worship This Sunday

Weather permitting (they are calling for steady rain in the morning as this is written), join us outdoors (with facial covering and maintaining strict physical distance) on this Second Sunday of Christmas, January 3rd 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.

Evening Prayer Via Zoom on the Day of Epiphany

Join us for Evening Prayer at 7:00 pm via Zoom on the Day of Epiphany, Wednesday, January 6th. Watch for your Constant Contact message on Tuesday where you will find the Zoom link to participate as well as a link to the bulletin for each service. May this occasion brighten our lives with the light of Christ on this important festival in the church year.

Calling for Additional Worship Leaders

For those who have not yet had occasion to be a reader or prayer leader for our home worship videos, we encourage you to volunteer. It’s wonderful to see a variety of our members serve in this capacity on our worship videos, as this gives a sense of our togetherness as a congregation even when we cannot worship indoors in person yet. Consider yourself duly invited. If you are interested or want to learn more about this opportunity, kindly contact Kim Harriz (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Pastor Linman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Update on Giving Intentions

Thanks to all the individuals and families who’ve pledged their intention to financially support Resurrection’s proposed budget for 2021! As of Dec. 21, 38 families and individuals have affirmed their giving intentions. Combined with 19 members who automatically contribute through the “Simply Giving” program, the total of 57 pledges is only four behind last year’s total – and nine families who pledged and contributed regularly last year haven’t yet affirmed their giving intentions for 2021! We’ve received seven pledges from families who didn’t provide one last year, and twelve families said they intend to increase their offerings for the church’s programs and ministries in the New Year.

If you haven’t pledged your intent to help support the church’s ministries, it’s not too late! The pledged offerings we’ve received thus far would only cover a little more than 50 percent of the budget our Congregation Council is proposing for 2021 – we need to know how you and your family intend to help with Resurrection’s programs. Please submit your giving intent form at one of our outdoor Sunday services, mail it to the church office, or use the online giving intent form.

Responding to Resurrection’s Needs

This has been a difficult year, one like few of us have ever experienced. Yet even though we haven’t been able to meet in person as a congregation since March, this pandemic has shown us in new ways how important our church is to our lives, our families, and our community. Resurrection has responded to this crisis by developing virtual worship and education programs and by supporting ministries to our community in innovative ways.

Now your church needs you to respond. In the absence of our usual Sunday services, Resurrection has missed out on a large part of nearly $20,000 given in loose offerings at services last year, although members are using the “Donate” button on the RELC website to continue to make offerings. Even so, our offerings have dropped off more than 9 percent this year and are currently 8 percent behind the church’s actual expenses, even though our expenses are also less than anticipated.

As you consider your year-end contributions, remember what Resurrection has meant to you, your family and your neighbors in these trying times and the importance of providing our church with the resources it needs to maintain and expand its work. And please remember to pledge your intent to ensure that the congregation will support Resurrection’s proposed budget for its services and ministries in 2021. Please prayerfully consider a generous year-end offering to celebrate the light of Christ’s coming and God’s blessings in these dark days.

Important Announcement on RELC'S Annual Meeting

The next RELC annual meeting will be Sunday, January 24, 2021 and will be conducted virtually. More details will follow. The Council has approved changes to the model constitution for congregations that were approved at the 2019 church wide assembly and must be sent to the congregation 30 days before the meeting date. These changes were recommended by RELC's Administration Committee for the 2020 annual meeting but were deferred to the annual meeting in 2021. The proposed changes to the model constitution are below.

pdfAmendments to the Model Constitution for Congregations 2019-RELC-121020

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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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 Hanson; Lee Hanson; Linnea, Bob and Olivia Hoppe; Barb Jensen; Charlotte Boeck; Gretchen Zeltner; Lynn Kiewel; John Beston; Frank Fuelling; Phillip Swingler; Michael Chaffier; Maria Liwski; Grant Aldonis; Angie; Kyler; Debbie; Kat.

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.

Clothes Closet Update (Not Accepting Donations)

Due to the pandemic, the Clothes Closet is closed. At this time, it has been decided that the Clothes Closet will remain closed until further notice. All previously accepted donations have been re-donated to charities who are still operational. We kindly ask that no further donations be left in the Clothes Closet because the room creates too much moisture for storing clothing. Any items left in the room will likely become damaged and destroyed by mold. The Clothes Closet volunteers and ministry leaders will continue to meet and discuss the future of this ministry at RELC. We thank you very much for your understanding and patience during this time.

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, January 7.

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 Pastor Linman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-972-2076.

Children 6th grade and younger

As we close out 2020, if you missed our Christmas pajama party, don’t worry. We had so much fun that we will find something to celebrate each month J. Our New Years Eve/Epiphany boxes are now ready for pick up. You will want to have these before New Year’s Eve, as there are crafts/projects to get you ready for your celebrations. Also, you will find a Family Blessing for New Year’s Eve, in each box. Light a candle and spend time together as a family and with God as you close out 2020 and begin 2021. I will deliver boxes to you if you live close to the church. Let me know what works best for you J. More info coming to an inbox near you…

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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.

A New Bible Study in January

Beginning on Monday, January 11, 2021 at 6:30 pm via Zoom, we will commence a new occasion for adult Christian education and formation which will focus on study of the Letter of James alongside engagement with Martin Luther’s treatise, “Freedom of a Christian.” If you are interested in joining in, contact Pastor Linman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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!

Blessing of Your Home on the Day of Epiphany

Here is another idea for devotion at home, especially appropriate in this our time of spending more time at home because of the pandemic: a traditional house blessing on Epiphany.

Here is an order of service that you may use at home:

Matthew writes that when the magi saw the shining star stop overhead, they were filled with joy. “On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother” (Matt. 2:10-11). In the home, Christ is met in family and friends, in visitors and strangers. In the home, faith is shared, nurtured, and put into action. In the home, Christ is welcome.

Twelfth Night (January 5), Epiphany of Our Lord (January 6), or another day during the time after Epiphany offers an occasion for gathering with friends and family members for a blessing for the home. Someone may lead the greeting and blessing, while another person may read the scripture passage. Following an eastern European tradition, a visual blessing may be inscribed with white chalk above the main door; for example, 20 + CMB + 21. The numbers change with each new year. The three letters stand for either the ancient Latin blessing Christe mansionem benedicat, which means “Christ, bless this house,” or the legendary names of the magi (Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar).

Greeting
May peace be to this house and to all who enter here. By wisdom a house is built and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures. (Proverbs 24:3-4)

Reading
As we prepare to ask God’s blessing on this household, let us listen to the words of scripture.

In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came into being through him,
and without him not one thing came into being,
and the life was the light of all people.
The Word became flesh and lived among us,
and we have seen his glory,
the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.
From his fullness we have all received,
grace upon grace. (John 1:1-4, 14, 16)

Inscription
This inscription may be made with chalk above the entrance: 20 + C M B + 21

Write the appropriate character (left) while speaking the text (right).

The magi of old, known as

C   Caspar,
M   Melchior, and
B   Balthasar,

followed the star of God’s Son who came to dwell among us

20   two thousand
21   and twenty-one years ago.
☩    Christ, bless this house,
☩    and remain with us throughout the new year.

Prayer of Blessing
O God, you revealed your Son to all people
by the shining light of a star.
We pray that you bless this home and all who live here
with your gracious presence.
May your love be our inspiration,
your wisdom our guide,
your truth our light,
and your peace our benediction;
through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Then everyone may walk from room to room, blessing the house with incense or by sprinkling with water, perhaps using a branch from the Christmas tree. An acclamation may be sung during the procession.

Adapted from Come, Lord Jesus: Devotions for the Home (Augsburg Fortress, 1996). See also “Blessing for a Home” in Evangelical Lutheran Worship Pastoral Care, pp. 337–353.

Copyright © 2016 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #SAS024835.

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Outdoor Worship on the Second Sunday of Advent

Join us outdoors (with facial covering and maintaining strict physical distance) on Sunday, December 20 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

Join us at 7:00 pm via Zoom on the remaining Wednesday in Advent for Evening Prayer: December 23. Watch for your Constant Contact message on Tuesdays in Advent where you will find the Zoom link to participate as well as a link to the bulletin for each service. May these occasions serve our communal devotion and sense of togetherness as a congregation during this season of anticipation and hopefulness in Christ.

Advent Devotional Reflections

Continue to watch your Home Worship Constant Contact messages on coming Saturdays for links to Advent devotions written by members of Resurrection. There is 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.

4th Sunday in Advent: Peace

“May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.” -Jude 1:2

Though we love and long to feel merry and jolly during the holiday season, this time of year can be stressful for some. When we give to others who worry about shelter, food, health care, employment, and more, we give them the gift of peace and a heart at rest. When we don’t know what to give someone as a Christmas gift and we give to a ministry in his or her honor, we feel peace in knowing that we can end our search and that we’re helping to change the world. This Christmas, will you consider sharing peace with those outside our congregation? Visit www.giftsofhopedc.org for more information.

Christmas Eve Carol Sing

Join us at 4:00 pm on Christmas Eve, December 24, for a brief occasion of singing some favorite Christmas carols. Watch for a special Constant Contact message this coming Tuesday that will provide final information on the ways to participate in this occasion – either in person on the Potomac Street side of the church, physically distanced with masks OR via Zoom. Music and texts will be provided – hard copies in person and digitally on Zoom. Even if this is a brief experience for safety reasons, it will provide some opportunity to sing together on the Nativity of our Lord when we miss communal singing so much!

Christmas Eve – Christmas Day

Resources for your worship at home for the Nativity of our Lord will be provided for your use on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Accompanying these resources will be our usual videos. Our resources will follow a lessons and carols format, with six readings, six pieces by the choir and soloists and six hymns with homily and prayers of intercession and a thanksgiving for the word. These materials will be made available on Christmas Eve, with the watch-through video premiered at 5:00 pm.

Important Announcement on RELC'S Annual Meeting

The next RELC annual meeting will be Sunday, January 24, 2021 and will be conducted virtually. More details will follow. The Council has approved changes to the model constitution for congregations that were approved at the 2019 church wide assembly and must be sent to the congregation 30 days before the meeting date. These changes were recommended by RELC's Administration Committee for the 2020 annual meeting but were deferred to the annual meeting in 2021. The proposed changes to the model constitution are below.

pdfAmendments to the Model Constitution for Congregations 2019-RELC-121020

Report from the December 10, 2020 RELC Council Meeting

From Interim Council Chair, Jeanne Broyhill

As noted elsewhere, the annual meeting will be on January 24, 2021 and when we will be considering candidates for the RELC Council. I hope congregants, particularly those who have never served on council, will seriously consider putting themselves forward. These are challenging times for our church but exciting times as well. The church can benefit from your unique set of skills. Please give this request serious thought.

The Stewardship Committee had received 30 pledges as of the December Council meeting, down from 61 last year. The good news, is that six of these pledges were first-time pledges this year. But, this is a particularly challenging budget year and if you haven't pledge yet, please give prayerful consideration to do so.

Council approved a request from the Memorials Committee to fund a portable microphone that can be used for outdoor services and other outdoor activities. Those who have been attending the outdoor services will find this to be a big improvement. Memorials provided the modest funds for the microphone.

Pastor Linman advised the Council of discussions underway with the Property Committee of a proposed patio at the Parsonage that would provide adequate space for a variety of outdoor church activities, including coffee hours and class discussions. Bid solicitations are underway and Pastor Linman is offering to pay for part of the project.

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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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: Barb Jensen; Charlotte Boeck; Don Hansen; Lee Hansen; Gretchen Zeltner; Lynn Kiewel; John Beston; Frank Fuelling; Phillip Swingler; Michael Chaffier; Maria Liwski; Mimi van Poole; Angie; Kyler; Debbie; Kat; Sherry; Todd.

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.

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 17.

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 Pastor Linman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-972-2076.

December Financial Update

The below chart is a summary of RELC’s finances for the year to date as of November 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 general fund giving continues to run below our actual expenses for the year 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. 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 also consider completing your 2021 pledge form if you haven’t already.

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 324,813 353,247 (28,424) 70% (47,569)
Benevolence 65,682 47,854 17,828 72% 7,558
Renovation 19,542 831 18,711 106% (2,183)
TOTAL 410,037 401,922 8,115 72% (42,194)

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.

Faith in Action — Social Ministry Update

In order to deliver the holiday donations in a timely fashion, the next collection date for during the holiday season will be 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 at: https://www.doorwaysva.org/donate/ways-to-give/seasonal-giving/holiday-wishes/. 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.

Clothes Closet Update (Not Accepting Donations)

Due to the pandemic, the Clothes Closet is closed. At this time, it has been decided that the Clothes Closet will remain closed until further notice. All previously accepted donations have been re-donated to charities who are still operational. We kindly ask that no further donations be left in the Clothes Closet because the room creates too much moisture for storing clothing. Any items left in the room will likely become damaged and destroyed by mold. The Clothes Closet volunteers and ministry leaders will continue to meet and discuss the future of this ministry at RELC. We thank you very much for your understanding and patience during this time.

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.

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!

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