The Fellowship Committee is also making plans for Easter Breakfast, which will begin at 8:30 am on Sunday, April 17. The menu will be what is in keeping with Resurrection traditions – hot casseroles, breakfast breads and beverages appropriate for breakfast. We plan to do this in the spirit of a potluck, so please begin to consider what you may bring to share.
Collection of Food Items for AFAC on Sunday, April 24
We will receive donations of food items for AFAC on Sunday, April 24, in conjunction with our regular worship service.
Book Drive: Lenten Social Ministry Project
For our Annual Lenten Project, the Social Ministry Committee is collecting books to support the Virginia Hospital Center Pediatric Clinic's pre-reading skills development program. They give a NEW book to children ages 6 mo-5 years at each of their well-child visits. Here are some general guidelines:
- ABC, Number, Shape, and Colors books are always useful.
- Please NO books with commercial or franchise tie-ins.
- Books that are written to tell an engaging story with appealing illustrations are preferable to books written to convey a "message".
- Please NO books on topics such as religion, death, holidays, divorce or medical issues .
- Picture books should accurately reflect and affirm a diverse range of identities, cultures, and histories, and contain illustrations that are colorful and recognizable to young children.
- All books should be in English.
In order to include titles from a variety of multicultural perspectives, here are some author and series recommendations: Vera Williams, Ezra Jack Keats, Matt de la Pena, Gaia Cornwall, Alexandra Penfield, Wong Herbert Yee, Jessica Love, John Steptoe, Innosanto Nagara, Ashley Franklin, Todd Parr, First Emotions series, Baby's Big World series or ask at your favorite local independent bookstore.
A box for Donations will be placed in the Narthex from March 2- April 17. Or you can make a check out to the church and put BOOK DRIVE on the memo line and we will do the shopping for you. Additionally, donations for the books for the Pediatric Center can be made online through the ‘Donate Now’ link on the RELC website.
All Ages Blessing of the Garden and More on April 24
Under the leadership of our Creation Care Team and Christian Education Committee, Resurrection Church will observe Earth Day on Sunday, April 24. Our worship will conclude with a litany for creation. Then we’ll adjourn for a blessing of our garden – The Plot Against Hunger – outdoors as well as giving prayerful thanks for our gardeners. Coffee Hour that day will be outdoors, weather permitting, and there will be activities for all ages, including planting some garden plants and seeds, along with Creation Care resources and information. This occasion is for all ages – please plan to join us!
Bible in Christian Worship
On six Wednesday Evenings in the season of Easter, for an hour starting at 7pm, Gordon Lathrop and Gail Ramshaw will be offering an adult class on the theme of the Bible in Christian worship. The class will meet on Zoom. On April 27 and May 4 and 11, Gordon will be discussing three texts — Isaiah 25, Nehemiah 8, and Luke 24 — that have been important as sources for understanding the form and the meaning of the Christian assembly’s practice. On the following three Wednesdays, Gail will describe how our lectionary uses the Bible on Sunday morning. On May 18, she will focus on the Gospel reading, on May 25 the First reading, and on June 1, the Second reading. These classes will involve a presentation and then a discussion and questions. Bring your Bible and log on! The Zoom invitation will be included in the Midweek Message each week.
President of United Lutheran Seminary Visits Resurrection on May 1
The Rev. Dr. Guy Erwin, President of United Lutheran Seminary in Pennsylvania, will be our guest on the Third Sunday of Easter, May 1, 2022. President Erwin will preach during worship on that day, and offer a brief presentation engaging in conversation at coffee hour with us in the parish hall following the liturgy. Resurrection Church has been a faithful financial supporter of United Lutheran Seminary and its predecessors during the past many years, even as we continue our support to the present day. Dr. Erwin wishes to thank us for our faithful support and to inform us about the current mission and initiatives of our geographically closest ELCA seminary. He will be joined by The Rev. Dr. Martin Zimmann, on the executive staff at the seminary.
Preparations of Our Building for The Village School: Updates
A small, but dedicated group of Resurrection volunteers has been active planning for and beginning the work of preparing our educational wing spaces to receive The Village School. Our plan is to have the dedicated and shared spaces available to the school by June 1 so that they can engage their work of preparing the spaces for school use – painting, replacing carpets, installing locks on room doors, etc. Our group has begun removing items from the rooms, engaging in discernment and decision-making about what will be saved for current and future church use, what items will best find homes elsewhere, and what needs to be discarded or recycled. Additionally, our Property Committee is also engaging in various preparatory tasks – upgrading electrical outlets in the rooms, planning for the replacement of air conditioners with more energy efficient units, and seeking current bids to replace the wooden fence around the playground, a project approved by Council long before our conversations with the school. Many thanks to those who have already expended a great deal of time and energy toward these efforts. And watch for invitations here for you to join in the possibility of coming scheduled work days, for many hands make lighter work!
Funeral for Malcom Stark, Father of Member Cathy Carr, April 30
On Saturday, April 30th at 11:00 am, Resurrection Church will host the funeral of Malcolm Stark, father of member, Cathy Carr. The congregation is invited to be present to support Malcolm’s family in this time of their grief and thankful remembrance of Malcolm’s life. A reception will follow in the parish hall.
RELC Social Justice Learning Group + April 3, 2022 Meeting Summary
The Social Justice Learning Group met on April 3rd for a discussion led by Joe Ventrone on the issue of fair housing. Relying on his career-long involvement in real estate and housing policy concerns, Joe reviewed how US governmental actions (red-lining, neighborhood covenants, FHA underwriting rules, etc.) led directly to greatly imbalanced home ownership rates for Black citizens which have remained virtually stagnant over the past 50 years while the rates for other minorities (along with that of Whites) have all increased.
Further discussion among our more than 20 attendees involved racially disparate access to VA housing loans after WWII, race-based differentiation in home appraisals (highlighted recently in the Washington Post and elsewhere), the outsized impact of student loan debt on minorities seeking home ownership, the lack of affordable housing, and the general connection between historical housing discrimination and the current, widely-cited racial “wealth gap” in our country. There was general consensus that systemic barriers to fair access to housing represent yet another area where a full and accurate history has been relatively hidden from many of us.
We also discussed further future discussions on this topic with an eye towards possibly having a presentation available to the entire congregation.
The SJL Group agreed that our next discussion item would be about aspects relating to “education.” The Learning Group meets after the Sunday service in Room 13 on the first Sunday of each month – the next meeting is May 1st and all who want to learn more about social justice are welcome).
Children’s Ministry: Wee Ones through 5th grade
Spring Break is here! We will not have virtual Sunday school but please join Mighty Moo as he shares the Palm Sunday and Easter story. The children’s sermon link is available on our facebook page and in your weekly emails along with Pastor’s sermon.
April 17, Easter (Join us for our Easter Egg Hunt (open to all kids) following the Easter breakfast. Breakfast begins at 8:30 and we will meet outside by Pastor’s patio at 9:20 (nine twenty.) We will have an area just for our youngest friends, so bring the little ones.
April 24, Don’t wear your best clothes to church today! We have some fun activities planned to celebrate Earth Day. Following the worship service we will go outside and work in our garden to plant some sunflowers for our church grounds and then plant one to take home with you. Bring an old t-shirt and make a reusable bag; make a cutlery set to keep in the car or take camping with you. We have more fun in store for you and I can’t wait!
A Gift for You—New Bibles & Small Catechisms
The Education Committee is distributing to households in the congregation new bibles and small catechisms for your use at home. These resources were selected to complement upcoming programming, and are additions to your personal libraries. To learn how to receive your copy, reach out to Amanda Lindamood or Pastor Linman by email. We’re excited to share these! Distribution and deliveries will continue through January into February.
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.
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:
- Mark Basset
- Irene Klotz
- Rosa Maria Piai
- Lee Hanson
- Ray Perez
- Roy Guenther
- Mary Ann Glover
- Teri Torres
- Edna Frady
- Jane Coonce
- Janet Lewis
- Krista Kurth
- Evon Lippencot
- Nancy MacDonald
- Bob MacDonald
- Grant Aldonas
- Norm Olsen
- Judy Frank
- Barb Jensen
- Lynn Kiewel
- Phillip Swingler
- Maria Liwski
- Tucker Dean
- Irene Belcher
- Sharon Kravetz
- John and Anneliese Arnold
- Julie Bates
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