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Schedule for the Coming Week at Resurrection Church

Sunday, October 2

9:00 a.m. – Sunday School in the Parish Hall.
10:00 a.m. – Worship: Prof. Shawn Strout presiding.
11:00 a.m. – Pet Blessing on the church lawn. Please see the "Bless Our Pets" section below and listen for an announcement if the weather is inclement.
11:15 a.m. – Creation Care Team forum with a presentation from the Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions.
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Confirmation Class.
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Dinner, Youth Group activities and service for Post-Confirmation Youth and Confirmation Class members.

Monday, October 3

7:30 p.m. – Congregation Council Executive Committee will meet virtually.

Thursday, October 6

7:30 p.m. – Congregation Council will meet virtually.

Sunday, October 9

9:00 a.m. – Sunday School in the Parish Hall.
10:00 a.m. – Worship: The Rev. Sarah Garrett Krey, Assistant to the Bishop for Mobility & Candidacy, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod, presiding.
11:30 a.m. – Call Committee meeting with Pastor Krey.

Congregation COVID Protections

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

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

Sunday Supply Pastors

We are delighted to welcome Professor Shawn Strout from the Virginia Theological Seminary to preside and preach at our 10:00 a.m. worship service this Sunday – and to preside over the traditional blessing of our beloved pets on the lawn in front of the church at the conclusion of our service.

In the coming weeks we are blessed to have an exceptional group of guest clergy continue to join us for our Sunday services. We will welcome back Metro D.C. Synod Assistant to the Bishop for Candidacy and Mobility Pastor Sarah Garrett Krey on October 9, followed on October 16 by the return of Professor Shawn Strout, on October 23 of Bishop Richard Graham, and on October 30 of Professor James Farwell. We hope you will join us each Sunday as we continue our congregation’s life and worship.

Bless Our Pets

Anyone who has a pet and wishes for that pet to be blessed is welcome to bring the pet to the church on this coming Sunday. This Sunday is chosen because it is closest to October 4, the day on which Lutherans and other Christians commemorate Francis of Assisi, the thirteenth century man who was famous for — among many other things — his care for animals. If you plan to participate, bring your pet to the lower level of the church and into the Parish Hall. Plan for at least one person to stay with the pet through the service. It may be wise for dogs to be on a leash. The liturgy itself will be live-streamed and projected onto the screen in the Parish Hall. At the time of communion, communion ministers will bring both Bread and Cup to the Parish Hall for anyone there who wishes to receive. Bring your small glass from home or find a small glass available in the Parish Hall. Then, during the singing of the final hymn, come up from the lower level and out through the front doors of the church to gather on the lawn. Reverend Shawn Strout, our presider on Sunday, will lead the rest of the congregation to meet you there. He will lead us all in thanksgiving for these animals and in a prayer of blessing. If you wish, he will also bless each pet individually. In the case of rain, we will have a Plan B in which all of us can gather for the blessing out of the rain. Listen for an announcement. After the blessing, there will follow an “interspecies coffee hour!”

Climate Solutions Forum

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

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

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

Confirmation Class

Confirmation Class will meet on Sunday, October 2 from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. We will continue to explore The Book of Genesis.

Post-Confirmation Youth will join the Confirmation Class at 6:30 p.m. for dinner, youth group activities and service. Be prepared to discuss and share your favorite music! We will end at 7:30 p.m.

If you missed it, it's not too late to join us!

We look forward to seeing all of you!

Christina and Angie

Pastoral Call Update

The Congregation Council will meet Thursday, October 6, with an agenda that includes a final review of the newly revised Ministry Site Profile updated by the Transition Team based on the feedback and perspectives provided by the congregation. The profile will be submitted to the ELCA and the Metro D.C. Synod to help identify pastoral candidates that the Call Committee will consider in the coming weeks. The Call Committee will also meet with Metro D.C. Synod Assistant to the Bishop for Candidacy and Mobility Pastor Sarah Garrett Krey following the October 9 worship service to discuss the call process.

Collection of Food Items for AFAC This Sunday

We look forward to receiving donations of food items for AFAC on Sunday, October 9, in conjunction with our regular worship service.

AFAC Sundays in October, November and December:

  • October 9
  • October 23
  • November 6
  • November 20
  • December 4
  • December 18

It’s CROP Walk Time!

Join our Resurrection team to help fight hunger in the annual 2022 Arlington CROP Hunger Walk on Saturday, October 15. Sign up and/or donate on the CROP Walk webpage. Then find friends and family to sponsor your walk to help support Arlington Food Assistance Center and global food programs supported by Church World Service. Let’s get walking!

Tree Planting Planned on Church Grounds

RELC received a grant through EcoAction Arlington’s Tree Canopy Fund to have an American Hornbeam planted on the Potomac Street side of our property in the area outside the nursery windows. Both the tree and the labor for planting it are free. In October you will notice a stake placed in the location where the tree will be planted. Actual planting will take place between October and December. Once planted, the Creation Care Team will take over care and watering of our new young tree.

American Hornbeams (also known as ironwoods or musclewoods) are native to Virginia and provide food and habitat for a variety of local fauna. This tree will help grow the tree canopy in Arlington County and will have multiple benefits for our property and our local neighborhood as it will remove carbon dioxide from the air, produce oxygen, provide shade during our hot summers, and absorb rainwater during storms, thus reducing storm runoff into our local streams. To learn more about the Tree Canopy Fund please visit:
https://www.ecoactionarlington.org/community-programs/trees/.

Member Information Form

Resurrection is continuing to work on updating its membership directory with the most current, accurate and preferred contact information. Member Information forms are available in the Narthex – we urge each member of the congregation to fill one out and return it to the church office.

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

To view our 10:00 AM Sunday worship service on YouTube live, click on the live worship link on the RELC home page on Sunday mornings during the worship hour and be redirected to the YouTube live stream. The Live Stream will "go live" at 9:55AM on each Sunday morning. To view the service at a later time, go to our YouTube Channel. Click on the videos tab to browse archives of past services. Click on the Subscribe button and create an account to be notified when Live Streams are started or when other videos are added. For any questions, please contact the pastor.

Intercessory Prayer During the Time of Pastoral Transition

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

Pastoral Care for Emergencies and Other Needs

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

Other Announcements?

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

Schedule for the Coming Week at Resurrection Church

Sunday, September 25

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

Sunday, October 2

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

Congregation COVID Protections

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

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

Collection of Food Items for AFAC This Sunday

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

Sunday Supply Pastors

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

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

Transition Team Update

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

Call Committee Update

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

Bless Our Pets

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

Climate Solutions Forum

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

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

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

2022 CROP Hunger Walk

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

Member Information Form

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

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

To view our 10:00 AM Sunday worship service on YouTube live, click on the live worship link on the RELC home page on Sunday mornings during the worship hour and be redirected to the YouTube live stream. The Live Stream will "go live" at 9:55AM on each Sunday morning. To view the service at a later time, go to our YouTube Channel. Click on the videos tab to browse archives of past services. Click on the Subscribe button and create an account to be notified when Live Streams are started or when other videos are added. For any questions, please contact the pastor.

Intercessory Prayer During the Time of Pastoral Transition

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

Pastoral Care for Emergencies and Other Needs

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

Other Announcements?

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

Schedule for the Coming Week at Resurrection Church

Sunday, September 18

9:00 a.m. – Sunday School in the Parish Hall.
10:00 a.m. – Worship: Former Bishop Richard Graham presiding.
11:30 a.m. – Transition Team forum on updating the RELC Ministry Site Profile in the Parish Hall.
1:00 p.m. – Finnish Congregation worship service in the Sanctuary.
5:00 p.m. – Confirmation Class will meet in the Parish Hall.
6:00 p.m. – Dinner and Youth Group in the Parish Hall.

Monday, September 19

7:00 p.m. – Transition Team meeting in the Parish Hall.

Wednesday, September 21

8:00 p.m. – Call Committee organizational meeting in the Parish Hall.

Sunday, September 25

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

Change in Congregation COVID Protections

With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s assessment of Arlington County’s COVID-19 community level as “low,” the wearing of masks at Resurrection will be optional as of this Sunday, September 18. The church will continue to monitor the county’s community level and make adjustments in precautions based on the CDC assessment.

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

Transition Team Update

As part of its work to update the Ministry Site Profile (MSP) that will help pastoral candidates learn more about our congregation, the Transition Team is asking congregation members to review and reflect on the profile written in 2018 and respond to a few general questions about how it should be updated to reflect more accurately who we are as a church today and our aspirations in calling a new pastor.

Copies of the relevant portions of the 2018 MSP are available in the Narthex along with the Transition Team’s questions. You can view the MSP below and click here to respond to the questions. The team will also hold a forum to receive feedback on revisions to the MSP during coffee hour following the September 18 worship service.

pdfMSP (2018)

Call Committee Update

Members of the Call Committee will hold an organizational meeting this Wednesday, September 21, to elect a chair and to discuss the procedures for researching and interviewing pastoral candidates. The committee will work closely with the Metro D.C. Synod as the final Ministry Site Profile is submitted and potential candidates are identified.

Sunday Supply Pastors

During our pastoral transition, we are fortunate to be led by an exceptional group of guest clergy in our Sunday services. Former Metro D.C. Synod Bishop Richard Graham will preach and preside at our 10:00 a.m. service this Sunday, September 18. He will be followed on September 25 by Professor James Farwell of the Virginia Theological Seminary.

During October we will welcome Professor Shawn Strout of the Virginia Theological Seminary on the 2nd and the 16th. We look forward to welcoming back Metro D.C. Synod Assistant to the Bishop for Candidacy and Mobility Pastor Sarah Garrett Krey on October 9. Former DC Synod Bishop Richard Graham will preach and preside for us again on October 23 and Professor James Farwell will also return on October 30.

We are still filling out the Sunday Supply list in November, but our own Pastor Gordon Lathrop will preside on Reign of Christ Sunday, November 20, and on the first Sunday of Advent, November 27.

Please join us each Sunday as we continue our congregation’s life and worship.

Rally Day/Undie Sunday

Thanks to all the families and kids who joined in celebrating Rally Day last Sunday to kick off the new program year – and to Pastor Gordon Lathrop for his blessing of backpacks, computer bags, and the students who’ll be using them this school year. And, of course, to Jake’s Ice Cream for the treats!

The “Undie Sunday” collection was also a success thanks to the congregation’s generosity – about 30 packets of underwear, undershirts, and socks were delivered to New Hope Housing in Fairfax, which plans to open hypothermia shelters in the coming weeks and is grateful for Resurrection’s partnership.

Climate Solutions Forum

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

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

Please plan to stay after the October 2 worship service for this important discussion. You can also learn more about FACS at: https://faithforclimate.org/.

Member Information Form

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

Items for Fall “Steeple Light”

With the start of the church’s new program year, a new edition of the quarterly “Steeple Light” is coming soon. If you have any articles or news items to share, please send them to editor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 12:00 p.m. noon on Monday, September 12.

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

To view our 10:00 AM Sunday worship service on YouTube live, click on the live worship link on the RELC home page on Sunday mornings during the worship hour and be redirected to the YouTube live stream. The Live Stream will "go live" at 9:55AM on each Sunday morning. To view the service at a later time, go to our YouTube Channel. Click on the videos tab to browse archives of past services. Click on the Subscribe button and create an account to be notified when Live Streams are started or when other videos are added. For any questions, please contact the pastor.

Intercessory Prayer During the Time of Pastoral Transition

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

Pastoral Care for Emergencies and Other Needs

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

Other Announcements?

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

Schedule for the Coming Week at Resurrection Church

Sunday, September 11

10:00 a.m. – Worship: Pastor Gordon Lathrop presiding.
11:00 a.m. – Special Congregational Meeting in the Sanctuary.
11:30 a.m. – Rally Day/Undie Sunday in the Parish Hall.

Wednesday, September 14

7:30 p.m. – Transition Team will meet in the Parish Hall.

Sunday, September 18

10:00 a.m. – Worship: Former Bishop Richard Graham presiding.
11:30 a.m. – Transition Team forum on updating the RELC Ministry Site Profile in the Parish Hall.
5:00 p.m. – Confirmation Class will meet in the Parish Hall.
6:00 p.m. – Dinner and Youth Group in the Parish Hall.

Special Congregational Meeting

There will be a special Congregational Meeting this Sunday, September 11, immediately following the worship service in the Sanctuary. At this meeting the congregation will consider the following recommendations:

  • Approving a budget not to exceed $5,000 for Call Committee expenses associated with the calling of a pastor. These could include travel, meetings, and other incidental expenses incurred in researching and interviewing pastoral candidates.
  • Approving $5,000 for the repair and painting of fascia on the church building exterior (in addition to the $10,000 approved as part of the 2022 capital budget). The cost of these repairs has increased due to supply shortages and, therefore, the contractor cannot honor the original bid.
  • Approving a budget not to exceed $2,500 for the purchase and installation of a new gas stove/oven. Some gas leakage from the old stove has been evident even when the pilot lights are lit, although the pilot lights frequently go out, creating a potential hazard.
  • Approving a budget not to exceed $2,500 for the repair and painting of the rooms previously occupied by the Clothes Closet. These repairs are necessary before those rooms can be utilized for other purposes including storage.
  • Approving a budget not to exceed $1,500 for the repair and improvement of condensation drain lines and anti-flood safety controls for the air conditioning unit in the church choir loft. These repairs are needed to prevent damage as a result of leakage from the existing drain line.

This special meeting is important to facilitate the process of interviewing prospective candidates and calling a new pastor, as well as to address unbudgeted building maintenance expenses. Members are strongly encouraged to attend.

Rally Day/Undie Sunday

A reminder: this Sunday, September 11, is Rally Day! Events include a Backpack Blessing during the Worship service – bring your backpacks and computer bags for the blessing.

It’s also “Undie Sunday” – please bring some "undies" for our collection. We’re gathering men’s underwear, undershirts and/or white athletic socks – MUST BE IN ORIGINAL PACKAGING. Kindly drop these items in the box in the Narthex or in the Parish Hall. Thank you for your donations.

And, I scream, you scream, we all scream for Jake's Ice cream – in the Parish Hall following the service.

Update on Congregation COVID Protections

Thanks to those of you who contributed to providing feedback to the RELC Reopening Planning Group (“RPG”) regarding the measures and metrics that our church should use to trigger adjustments in safety precautions in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Based on your comments, the RPG recommended to the Congregation Council that the church base its precautions on the level of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 persons for Arlington County, based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. As of August 25, Arlington County moved into the “low” level of transmission with less than 10% of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 persons.

The RPG further recommended that, based on that metric, masking should be optional as of Sunday, September 18 – subject to adjustment if the level of COVID-19 cases in the county increases. At its September 8 meeting, the Congregation Council approved both of the planning group’s recommendations.

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

Transition Team Update

As part of its work to update the Ministry Site Profile (MSP) that will help pastoral candidates learn more about our congregation, the Transition Team is asking congregation members to review and reflect on the profile written in 2018 and respond to a few general questions about how it should be updated to reflect more accurately who we are as a church today and our aspirations in calling a new pastor.

Copies of the relevant portions of the 2018 MSP are available in the Narthex along with the Transition Team’s questions. You can view the MSP below and click here to respond to the questions. The team will also hold a forum to receive feedback on revisions to the MSP during coffee hour following the September 18 worship service.

pdfMSP (2018)

Sunday Supply Pastors

Our Sunday services continue to be led by an exceptional group of guest clergy in the coming weeks, with Pastor Gordon Lathrop preaching and presiding at our 10:00 a.m. liturgy on September 11. Former Metro D.C. Synod Bishop Richard Graham will join us on September 18, and on September 25 Professor James Farwell of the Virginia Theological Seminary will return to lead our service.

In October, we will welcome back Metro D.C. Synod Assistant to the Bishop for Candidacy and Mobility Pastor Sarah Garrett Krey, as well as Bishop Graham, Professor Farwell, and Professor Shawn Strout, also of the Virginia Theological Seminary. Please join us each Sunday as we continue our congregation’s life and worship.

Climate Solutions Forum

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

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

Please plan to stay after the October 2 worship service for this important discussion. You can also learn more about FACS at: https://faithforclimate.org/.

Member Information Form

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

Items for Fall “Steeple Light”

With the start of the church’s new program year, a new edition of the quarterly “Steeple Light” is coming soon. If you have any articles or news items to share, please send them to editor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 12:00 p.m. noon on Monday, September 12.

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

To view our 10:00 AM Sunday worship service on YouTube live, click on the live worship link on the RELC home page on Sunday mornings during the worship hour and be redirected to the YouTube live stream. The Live Stream will "go live" at 9:55AM on each Sunday morning. To view the service at a later time, go to our YouTube Channel. Click on the videos tab to browse archives of past services. Click on the Subscribe button and create an account to be notified when Live Streams are started or when other videos are added. For any questions, please contact the pastor.

Intercessory Prayer During the Time of Pastoral Transition

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

Pastoral Care for Emergencies and Other Needs

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

Other Announcements?

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

Schedule for the Coming Week at Resurrection Church

Sunday, August 28

10:00 a.m. – Worship: The Rev. Sarah Garrett Krey, Assistant to the Bishop for Mobility & Candidacy, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod, presiding.

11:30 a.m. – Coffee Hour: Pastor Krey will join members of the congregation for a discussion about the process of calling a new pastor. Members will also be preparing “care packages” to send to our college students.

Monday, August 29

7:00 p.m. – Transition Team organizational meeting in the Parish Hall.

Sunday, September 4

10:00 a.m. – Worship: Pastor Gordon Lathrop presiding.

Care for Our College Students

As the new school year begins, our church family wants to give our college students a warm send-off to their classes. Please join us in the Parish Hall after services this Sunday, August 28, and help us put together small “care packages” to send to our college students. All supplies will be provided.

Collection of Food Items for AFAC on Sunday, August 28

We will receive donations of food items for AFAC on Sunday, August 28, in conjunction with our regular worship service.

Sunday Supply Pastors

Our Sunday services in September will continue to be led by an outstanding group of guest clergy. Pastor Gordon Lathrop will again preach and preside at our 10 a.m. liturgy on September 4 and 11, followed by former Metro D.C. Synod Bishop Richard Graham on September 18 and Professor James Farwell of the Virginia Theological Seminary on September 25.

In October, we will welcome back Pastor Krey, Bishop Graham, and Professor Farwell along with Professor Shawn Strout, also of the Virginia Theological Seminary. Please join us on Sunday as we continue our congregation’s life and worship.

Congregation Feedback Requested on COVID Guideline Recommendation

The RELC Reopening Planning Group (“RPG”) was created two years ago to monitor the COVID-19 environment and recommend to Congregation Council how the church should respond. The RPG is requesting input from the congregation on the measure/metric we should use to trigger changes in our current practices which include wearing masks indoors except when eating and/or drinking, maintaining appropriate space from others in the pews and when receiving communion, and using hand sanitizers when in close contact with others.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced changes to its guidelines that move away from population-level precautions to more individual-targeted advice for vulnerable populations and specific high-risk settings and circumstances. Arlington County and surrounding jurisdictions, along with many schools, health practitioners and businesses here and across the country, rely on the CDC community metrics to make recommendations on mask wearing and other preventative measures

One metric is based on new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 persons. To ensure the safety of all members of our congregation, the RPG is considering having Arlington reach the “LOW” (Green) COVID-19 admissions level (see below) before making changes to our current precautions, to include optional masking. A “HIGH” level would mean the strictest of guidelines are immediately put in place.

New COVID-19 admissions
per 100,000 populations in the past 7 days

LOW (Green)

Less than 10%

DC and Fairfax are currently
at low level

MEDIUM (Yellow)

10 – 19%

Arlington and Alexandria are currently
at medium level

HIGH (Red)

Greater than 20%

 

The RPG would appreciate your feedback on this proposed recommendation and any other comments you may have on this issue. Please send your comments by September 5 to Jeanne Broyhill. Let Jeanne know if you would like additional information on the CDC metrics.

Classes Begin at The Village School

The Village School will open its doors for the 2022-23 school year on Wednesday, August 31. The Village School is leasing the space formerly used by the RELC preschool as well as a portion of the 2nd floor. Its operating hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday through Friday. The school’s traffic and parking management plan, which reflects input from the neighborhood, directs parents to drop children off at the Potomac St. entrance and instructs teachers and staff to find on-street parking, leaving the parking spaces on Washington Blvd. open for church visitors and the public during the day.

If you would like to tour the school and meet the staff, you are invited to coffee and doughnuts hosted by The Village School on Tuesday, August 30th from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Transition Team Update

Members of the Transition Team will meet on Monday, August 29, to review the church’s current Ministry Site Profile (MSP) and begin to consider revisions. The team will soon ask members of the congregation to assist in this process by reviewing the current MSP, and providing guidance on how best to update the profile to accurately reflect who we are as a congregation now and our aspirations in calling a new pastor.

Member Information Form

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

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

To view our 10:00 AM Sunday worship service on YouTube live, click on the live worship link on the RELC home page on Sunday mornings during the worship hour and be redirected to the YouTube live stream. The Live Stream will "go live" at 9:55AM on each Sunday morning. To view the service at a later time, go to our YouTube Channel. Click on the videos tab to browse archives of past services. Click on the Subscribe button and create an account to be notified when Live Streams are started or when other videos are added. For any questions, please contact the pastor.

Intercessory Prayer During the Time of Pastoral Transition

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

Pastoral Care for Emergencies and Other Needs

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

Other Announcements?

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

Schedule for the Coming Week at Resurrection Church

Sunday, August 21

10:00 a.m. – Worship: Pastor Gordon Lathrop presiding; installation of members of the Call Committee and Transition Team. (See section on "Appointment of Call Committee and Transition Team" below, for the list of members.)

11:30 a.m. – Administrative Support Committee will meet in the Library.

Monday, August 22

7:30 p.m. – RELC Reopening Group will meet virtually.

Sunday, August 28

10:00 a.m. – Worship: The Rev. Sarah Garrett Krey, Assistant to the Bishop for Mobility & Candidacy, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod, presiding.

Sunday Supply Pastors

Council President Glen Mason, and at his direction Pastor Gordon Lathrop, member at Resurrection, continue to compile a roster of clergy who will preach and preside at our 10 a.m. liturgy on Sundays. That roster is currently complete through the end of October. Pastor Lathrop will preach and preside on August 21st, followed by Pastor Sarah Krey, Assistant to the Metro D.C. Synod Bishop on August 28th.

In September, our service will again be led Pastor Lathrop together with Bishop Richard Graham, the former Bishop of our Synod, and Professor James Farwell of the Virginia Theological Seminary.

In October, we look forward to Pastor Krey, Bishop Graham, and Professor Farwell returning. They will be joined by Professor Shawn Strout, also of the Virginia Theological Seminary. Please join us on Sunday as we continue our congregation’s life and worship.

Pastors on Call for Emergencies and Other Needs

In addition to supply pastors for Sundays, pastors will be on call for members of the congregation to contact in case of pastoral emergency and other pastoral needs. Pastor Amy Feira has agreed to be on call for such pastoral needs for most of the month of August and through the end of September. Pastor Feira can be reached at: (703) 303-9388 and/or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Appointment of Call Committee and Transition Team

Council President Glen Mason, with the concurrence of our Congregation Council, has appointed the following members of the congregation to serve on the Transition Team to revise the church’s Ministry Site Profile to be used in the process of identifying candidates to be called as our next pastor and on the Call Committee that will interview potential candidates.

Members of the Call Committee include: Jeanne Broyhill, Christina Cuesta, John Handley, Angel Hedberg, Tom Mugavero, and Dave Oaks. The Transition Team will include: Shawna Bergman, Kyle Gilster, Ken Green, Leslie Nolen, Valerie Pratt and John Wood. We are grateful to these members of our congregation for agreeing to help lead us in this critically important process of discernment and decision.

The congregation will be asked to help in this process by reviewing the Ministry Site Profile used in the call process four years ago. We are a different congregation than we were then, after Pastor Linman’s service with us and our experiences during the coronavirus pandemic. The Transition Team will ask members of the congregation to review the Ministry Site Profile and offer suggestions about how it should be revised to accurately reflect our current church and our aspirations in calling a new pastor. Members will receive more information on that process as the Transition Team gets organized.

Collection of Food Items for AFAC on Sunday, August 28

We will receive donations of food items for AFAC on Sunday, August 28, in conjunction with our regular worship service.

Member Information Form

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

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

To view our 10:00 AM Sunday worship service on YouTube live, click on the live worship link on the RELC home page on Sunday mornings during the worship hour and be redirected to the YouTube live stream. The Live Stream will "go live" at 9:55AM on each Sunday morning. To view the service at a later time, go to our YouTube Channel. Click on the videos tab to browse archives of past services. Click on the Subscribe button and create an account to be notified when Live Streams are started or when other videos are added. For any questions, please contact the pastor.

Intercessory Prayer During the Time of Pastoral Transition

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

Other Announcements?

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

Schedule for the Coming Week at Resurrection Church

Sunday, August 7

10:00 am – Worship: Pastor Linman’s Concluding Sunday with Farewell Event Following Worship

Monday, August 8

7:30 pm – Executive Committee via Zoom

Tuesday, August 9

7:00 pm – Meeting of local neighborhood civic associations with The Village School concerning traffic and parking management during the school year (Parish Hall)

Thursday, August 11

7:30 pm – Congregation Council

Sunday, August 14

10:00 am – Worship
11:15 am – Social Justice Learning Group in Room 13

Pastor Linman’s Final Sunday – August 7

Pastor Linman will conclude his ministry with us on Sunday, August 7 when rites for the conclusion of a ministry and farewell and Godspeed will be observed during worship. A time for fellowship will follow worship.

With Thanks to Amanda Lindamood

As part of the whole fabric of transition at Resurrection Church, our Youth Ministry Director, Amanda Lindamood, will also be departing in early August as a member of our staff. Amanda has done excellent work with creative programming for our youth, including confirmation instruction. Amanda has also been especially effective in heralding a vision of faith formation that is intergenerational and holistic, and she consistently called our attention to matters of social justice that are integral dimensions of our life of faith. We thank her for her work here and dedication to this congregation.

Sunday Supply Pastors

Glen Mason, Council President, and at his direction Pastor Gordon Lathrop, member at Resurrection, have been compiling a list of clergy who will preach and preside at our 10am liturgy on Sundays. We have been told that it is difficult right now to find supply pastors. Nonetheless, the list is now complete through the end of October. In August after the 7th, first Pastor Lathrop and then Pastor Sarah Krey, Bishop’s Assistant in our Synod, will preach and preside. In September our leadership will again be Pastor Lathrop together with Bishop Richard Graham, former Bishop of our Synod, and Professor James Farwell of the Virginia Theological Seminary. And in October, Pastor Krey, Bishop Graham, and Professor Farwell will all come again and will be joined by Professor Shawn Strout, also of the Virginia Seminary. Join us on Sunday as we continue our congregation’s life and worship.

Pastors on Call for Emergencies and Other Needs

In addition to supply pastors for Sundays, pastors will be on call for members of the congregation to contact in case of pastoral emergency and other pastoral needs. Pastor Amy Feira has agreed to be on call for such pastoral needs for most of the month of August and through the end of September. Pastor Feira can be reached at: (703) 303-9388 and/or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. During the week of August 8-12, the interim pastor at Faith Lutheran Church will be on call for us: Pr. Susanne Blume – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and/or 202.422.4348.

Announcements and Steeple Light Editor

Alexandra Mattson, daughter of long-time member Ilse Mattson, who has been serving as editor of our now quarterly Steeple Light newsletter, will now also serve as the editor of our weekly announcements messages, working closely with Council President, Glen Mason. Should you have items to be included in the weekly announcements, kindly send them via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Collection of Food Items for AFAC on Sunday, August 14

We will receive donations of food items for AFAC on Sunday, August 14 in conjunction with our regular worship service.

The next Social Justice Learning Group meeting will be on August 14th. All are welcome!

Discussion will include a review of Synod efforts relating to Racial Equity and how RELC can be involved as well as other potential efforts to further inform and educate our congregation.

Member Information Form

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

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

To view our 10:00 AM Sunday worship service on YouTube live, click on the live worship link on the RELC home page on Sunday mornings during the worship hour and be redirected to the YouTube live stream. The Live Stream will "go live" at 9:55AM on each Sunday morning. To view the service at a later time, go to our YouTube Channel. Click on the videos tab to browse archives of past services. Click on the Subscribe button and create an account to be notified when Live Streams are started or when other videos are added. For any questions, please contact the pastor.

Intercessory Prayer During the Time of Pastoral Transition

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

Schedule for the Coming Week at Resurrection Church

Sunday, July 31

10:00 am – Worship

Monday, August 1

6:30 pm – Lectionary Bible Study via Zoom

Tuesday, August 2

7:30 pm – Executive Committee

Sunday, August 7

10:00 am – Worship: Pastor Linman’s Concluding Sunday with Farewell Event Following Worship

Collection of Food Items for AFAC on Sunday, July 31

We will receive donations of food items for AFAC on Sunday, July 31 in conjunction with our regular worship service.

Can You Make a Trip to Goodwill?

We are currently in need of persons who are willing and able to take some items not sold at our recent yard sale to Goodwill. Can you help us out? If so, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information and instruction.

Pastor Linman’s Final Sunday – August 7

Pastor Linman will conclude his ministry with us on Sunday, August 7 when rites for the conclusion of a ministry and farewell and Godspeed will be observed during worship. A time for fellowship will follow worship.

With Thanks to Amanda Lindamood

As part of the whole fabric of transition at Resurrection Church, our Youth Ministry Director, Amanda Lindamood, will also be departing in early August as a member of our staff. Amanda has done excellent work with creative programming for our youth, including confirmation instruction. Amanda has also been especially effective in heralding a vision of faith formation that is intergenerational and holistic, and she consistently called our attention to matters of social justice that are integral dimensions of our life of faith. We thank her for her work here and dedication to this congregation.

Join Us for One More Monday Evening Lectionary Bible Study with Pastor

Our current Monday evening lectionary bible study via Zoom concludes this coming Monday. The focus for our time together is each of the main readings for the upcoming Sunday, allowing us to explore new horizons of meaning which emerge when we engage the Sunday passages in relation to each other. If you wish to join in these occasions, please contact Pastor Linman so that you can be added to the email list that receives the Zoom links.

Social Justice Learning Group

The Social Justice Learning Group met on July 10, 2022. Discussion included:

  1. As the Church Council fully endorsed our earlier recommendation to budget specific funds ($2,000) for speakers and other resources to broaden congregational understanding of social justice issues and needed actions, we’ll coordinate thru the Education Committee.
  2. Social Justice-related resources we’ve become aware of recently and how these might lead to specific RELC actions. These included:
    1. The Metro DC Synod will Zoom-host its first Faith in Action Racial Equity Network on July 21st to hear from Synod congregations with active Racial Equity/Justice teams. Our group will monitor this effort, highlighting potential RELC actions/partnering opportunities.
    2. A current Netflix offering (“Who We Are”) wherein an ACLU attorney provides an eye-opening review of our nation’s history with respect to racism and its current impacts. Harvard’s “Implicit Bias Test” is mentioned during the show. All are encouraged to explore this tool (available via multiple sources by googling “Implicit Bias Test”).
    3. An on-going effort to historically preserve some of the “Rosenwald Schools” (a century-old effort to fund schools for minorities in the South), an effort supported by hundreds of nonprofits. Jean Broyhill will pursue the possibility for providing the congregation with a speaker on the topic of the schools and the preservation effort.
    4. Monica Hirschberg will explore a future congregational event to learn about the local Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions (FACS) and the tie-ins between environmental justice and social justice.
    5. Joe Ventrone will pursue the availability of a National Association of Realtors speaker (former HUD) to address the congregation about housing inequities.
    6. We discussed the importance of supporting various scholarship efforts aimed at remedying past injustices.
  3. The next Social Justice Learning Group meeting will be on August 14th. All are welcome!

Judy & Charlie Hughes

The next Social Justice Learning Group meeting will be on August 14th. All are welcome!

Discussion will include a review of Synod efforts relating to Racial Equity and how RELC can be involved as well as other potential efforts to further inform and educate our congregation.

Member Information Form

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

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

To view our 10:00 AM Sunday worship service on YouTube live, click on the live worship link on the RELC home page on Sunday mornings during the worship hour and be redirected to the YouTube live stream. The Live Stream will "go live" at 9:55AM on each Sunday morning. To view the service at a later time, go to our YouTube Channel. Click on the videos tab to browse archives of past services. Click on the Subscribe button and create an account to be notified when Live Streams are started or when other videos are added. For any questions, please contact the pastor.

Intercessory Prayer During the Time of Pastoral Transition

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

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:

  • Franz Gimmler
  • Virginia Fissmer
  • Kevin Bhatt
  • Sandy Browne
  • Nicole O'Neil
  • Mark Basset
  • Ray Perez
  • Edna Frady
  • Nancy MacDonald
  • Bob MacDonald
  • Grant Aldonas
  • Norm Olsen
  • Judy Frank
  • Barb Jensen
  • Lynn Kiewel
  • Tucker Dean
  • Sharon Kravetz
  • Barbara Inofrio
  • Heidi Kurth
  • Bill West
  • Alfred Tomczyk
  • Janet Anderson
  • Scott Rose

For those whom you know, consider sending a card, or an email, or make a phone call. These additional expressions of prayerfulness can make a big, healing difference in people’s lives and promote their sense of well-being. For current contact information, if you don’t have it, kindly reach out to 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..

Arlington County Covid-19 Response

For the latest updates on our county’s pandemic response as well as official and current information concerning vaccinations, go to the following:

https://www.arlingtonva.us/covid-19/
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/VAARLINGTON/bulletins/2f93e4f

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by late Wednesday mornings for inclusion in the message for the coming Thursday. Thanks!

Schedule for the Coming Week at Resurrection Church

Sunday, July 24

10:00 am – Worship
3:30 pm – All Ages Outdoor Event, Exploring the Road to Emmaus

Monday, July 25

6:30 pm – Lectionary Bible Study via Zoom

Tuesday, July 26

7:00 pm – Social Ministry Committee via Zoom

Sunday, July 31

10:00 am – Worship

Collection of Food Items for AFAC on Sunday, July 31

We will receive donations of food items for AFAC on Sunday, July 31 in conjunction with our regular worship service.

All Ages Outdoor Event, Exploring the Road to Emmaus, July 24

Join Pastor Linman outdoors at the parsonage patio and deck for an all ages event on Sunday, July 24 beginning at 3:30 and lasting about an hour. During our worshipful time together, we’ll engage the story of the Road to Emmaus when the resurrected Jesus is made known to the disciples in the breaking of bread. Part of our time will focus on going on a treasure hunt in the yard of the church to discover sacred signs of God’s creative presence often hidden in plain sight.

Can You Make a Trip to Goodwill?

We are currently in need of persons who are willing and able to take some items not sold at our recent yard sale to Goodwill. Can you help us out? If so, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information and instruction.

In Need of Liaison from our Church for The Village School

We are in need of a member of Resurrection to serve as liaison between our church and The Village School to facilitate communication between congregation and school. This position should require no more than an hour per week and most of the work will be undertaken by phone and email. Please contact Pastor Linman for further information.

Pastor Linman’s Final Sunday – August 7

Pastor Linman will conclude his ministry with us on Sunday, August 7 when rites for the conclusion of a ministry and farewell and Godspeed will be observed during worship. A time for fellowship will follow worship.

Join Us for Monday Evening Lectionary Bible Study

Our Monday evening bible study is ongoing via Zoom. The current focus for our time together is each of the main readings for the upcoming Sunday, allowing us to explore new horizons of meaning which emerge when we engage the Sunday passages in relation to each other. If you wish to join in these occasions, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that you can be added to the email list that receives the Zoom links.

Social Justice Learning Group

The Social Justice Learning Group met on July 10, 2022. Discussion included:

  1. As the Church Council fully endorsed our earlier recommendation to budget specific funds ($2,000) for speakers and other resources to broaden congregational understanding of social justice issues and needed actions, we’ll coordinate thru the Education Committee.
  2. Social Justice-related resources we’ve become aware of recently and how these might lead to specific RELC actions. These included:
    1. The Metro DC Synod will Zoom-host its first Faith in Action Racial Equity Network on July 21st to hear from Synod congregations with active Racial Equity/Justice teams. Our group will monitor this effort, highlighting potential RELC actions/partnering opportunities.
    2. A current Netflix offering (“Who We Are”) wherein an ACLU attorney provides an eye-opening review of our nation’s history with respect to racism and its current impacts. Harvard’s “Implicit Bias Test” is mentioned during the show. All are encouraged to explore this tool (available via multiple sources by googling “Implicit Bias Test”).
    3. An on-going effort to historically preserve some of the “Rosenwald Schools” (a century-old effort to fund schools for minorities in the South), an effort supported by hundreds of nonprofits. Jean Broyhill will pursue the possibility for providing the congregation with a speaker on the topic of the schools and the preservation effort.
    4. Monica Hirschberg will explore a future congregational event to learn about the local Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions (FACS) and the tie-ins between environmental justice and social justice.
    5. Joe Ventrone will pursue the availability of a National Association of Realtors speaker (former HUD) to address the congregation about housing inequities.
    6. We discussed the importance of supporting various scholarship efforts aimed at remedying past injustices.
  3. The next Social Justice Learning Group meeting will be on August 14th. All are welcome!

Judy & Charlie Hughes

The next Social Justice Learning Group meeting will be on August 14th. All are welcome!

Discussion will include a review of Synod efforts relating to Racial Equity and how RELC can be involved as well as other potential efforts to further inform and educate our congregation.

Member Information Form

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

Congregation Retreat Cancelled

Given the complexities of the realities of our time of pastoral transition, and that the congregation’s energies will be focused on calling a new pastor, the Congregation Council has decided to cancel the retreat at Mar-Lu-Ridge which had been planned for this coming October.

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

To view our 10:00 AM Sunday worship service on YouTube live, click on the live worship link on the RELC home page on Sunday mornings during the worship hour and be redirected to the YouTube live stream. The Live Stream will "go live" at 9:55AM on each Sunday morning. To view the service at a later time, go to our YouTube Channel. Click on the videos tab to browse archives of past services. Click on the Subscribe button and create an account to be notified when Live Streams are started or when other videos are added. For any questions, please contact the pastor.

Intercessory Prayer During the Time of Pastoral Transition

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

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:

  • Franz Gimmler
  • The family of Faye Brooke
  • Virginia Fissmer
  • Kevin Bhatt
  • Sandy Browne
  • Nicole O'Neil
  • Mark Basset
  • Ray Perez
  • Edna Frady
  • Nancy MacDonald
  • Bob MacDonald
  • Grant Aldonas
  • Norm Olsen
  • Judy Frank
  • Barb Jensen
  • Lynn Kiewel
  • Tucker Dean
  • Sharon Kravetz
  • Barbara Inofrio
  • Heidi Kurth
  • Bill West
  • Alfred Tomczyk
  • Janet Anderson

For those whom you know, consider sending a card, or an email, or make a phone call. These additional expressions of prayerfulness can make a big, healing difference in people’s lives and promote their sense of well-being. For current contact information, if you don’t have it, kindly reach out to 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..

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 for 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.

Arlington County Covid-19 Response

For the latest updates on our county’s pandemic response as well as official and current information concerning vaccinations, go to the following:

https://www.arlingtonva.us/covid-19/
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/VAARLINGTON/bulletins/2f93e4f

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by late Wednesday mornings for inclusion in the message for the coming Thursday. Thanks!

Schedule for the Coming Week at Resurrection Church

Sunday, July 17

10:00 am – Worship 

Monday, July 18 

6:30 pm – Lectionary Bible Study via Zoom

Tuesday, July 19

7:00 pm – Christian Education Committee

Wednesday, July 20

7:30 pm – Special Council Meeting with Bishop Ortiz and Staff

Sunday, July 24 

10:00 am – Worship 
3:30 pm – All Ages Outdoor Event, Exploring the Road to Emmaus

Collection of Food Items for AFAC on Sunday, July 17

We will receive donations of food items for AFAC on Sunday, July 17 in conjunction with our regular worship service.

All Ages Outdoor Event, Exploring the Road to Emmaus, July 24

Join Pastor Linman outdoors at the parsonage patio and deck for an all ages event on Sunday, July 24 beginning at 3:30 and lasting about an hour. During our worshipful time together, we’ll engage the story of the Road to Emmaus when the resurrected Jesus is made known to the disciples in the breaking of bread. Part of our time will focus on going on a treasure hunt in the yard of the church to discover sacred signs of God’s creative presence often hidden in plain sight.

Join Us for Monday Evening Lectionary Bible Study

Our Monday evening bible study is ongoing via Zoom. The current focus for our time together is each of the main readings for the upcoming Sunday, allowing us to explore new horizons of meaning which emerge when we engage the Sunday passages in relation to each other. If you wish to join in these occasions, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that you can be added to the email list that receives the Zoom links.

Social Justice Learning Group

The Social Justice Learning Group met on July 10, 2022. Discussion included:

  1. As the Church Council fully endorsed our earlier recommendation to budget specific funds ($2,000) for speakers and other resources to broaden congregational understanding of social justice issues and needed actions, we’ll coordinate thru the Education Committee.
  2. Social Justice-related resources we’ve become aware of recently and how these might lead to specific RELC actions. These included:
    1. The Metro DC Synod will Zoom-host its first Faith in Action Racial Equity Network on July 21st to hear from Synod congregations with active Racial Equity/Justice teams. Our group will monitor this effort, highlighting potential RELC actions/partnering opportunities.
    2. A current Netflix offering (“Who We Are”) wherein an ACLU attorney provides an eye-opening review of our nation’s history with respect to racism and its current impacts. Harvard’s “Implicit Bias Test” is mentioned during the show. All are encouraged to explore this tool (available via multiple sources by googling “Implicit Bias Test”).
    3. An on-going effort to historically preserve some of the “Rosenwald Schools” (a century-old effort to fund schools for minorities in the South), an effort supported by hundreds of nonprofits. Jean Broyhill will pursue the possibility for providing the congregation with a speaker on the topic of the schools and the preservation effort.
    4. Monica Hirschberg will explore a future congregational event to learn about the local Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions (FACS) and the tie-ins between environmental justice and social justice.
    5. Joe Ventrone will pursue the availability of a National Association of Realtors speaker (former HUD) to address the congregation about housing inequities.
    6. We discussed the importance of supporting various scholarship efforts aimed at remedying past injustices.
  3. The next Social Justice Learning Group meeting will be on August 14th. All are welcome!

Judy & Charlie Hughes

The next Social Justice Learning Group meeting will be on August 14th. All are welcome!

Discussion will include a review of Synod efforts relating to Racial Equity and how RELC can be involved as well as other potential efforts to further inform and educate our congregation.

Member Information Form

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

Congregation Retreat Cancelled

Given the complexities of the realities of our time of pastoral transition, and that the congregation’s energies will be focused on calling a new pastor, the Congregation Council has decided to cancel the retreat at Mar-Lu-Ridge which had been planned for this coming October.

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

To view our 10:00 AM Sunday worship service on YouTube live, click on the live worship link on the RELC home page on Sunday mornings during the worship hour and be redirected to the YouTube live stream. The Live Stream will "go live" at 9:55AM on each Sunday morning. To view the service at a later time, go to our YouTube Channel. Click on the videos tab to browse archives of past services. Click on the Subscribe button and create an account to be notified when Live Streams are started or when other videos are added. For any questions, please contact the pastor.

Intercessory Prayer During the Time of Pastoral Transition

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

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:

  • Franz Gimmler
  • The family of Faye Brooke
  • Virginia Fissmer
  • Family and friends of Carol Ward
  • Kevin Bhatt
  • Sandy Browne
  • Nicole O'Neil
  • Mark Basset
  • Ray Perez
  • Edna Frady
  • Nancy MacDonald
  • Bob MacDonald
  • Grant Aldonas
  • Norm Olsen
  • Judy Frank
  • Barb Jensen
  • Lynn Kiewel
  • Tucker Dean
  • Sharon Kravetz
  • Barbara Inofrio
  • Heidi Kurth
  • Bill West

For those whom you know, consider sending a card, or an email, or make a phone call. These additional expressions of prayerfulness can make a big, healing difference in people’s lives and promote their sense of well-being. For current contact information, if you don’t have it, kindly reach out to 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..

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 for 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.

Arlington County Covid-19 Response

For the latest updates on our county’s pandemic response as well as official and current information concerning vaccinations, go to the following:

https://www.arlingtonva.us/covid-19/
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/VAARLINGTON/bulletins/2f93e4f

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by late Wednesday mornings for inclusion in the message for the coming Thursday. Thanks!

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