Friday Evening Movie Series Tomorrow Night
It is a truth of our denomination that Dylan Roof grew up in the ELCA. It is also a truth that Delaina Ashley Yuan, Paul Andres Michels, Xiaojie Yan, Daoyou Feng, Julie Park, Hyeon Jeong Park, and two as of yet unnamed Korean women were murdered violently this week.
As a Congregation, we are practicing intergenerational dialogues and shared learning, using one tool of screened movie nights with opening and closing programming over Zoom. Tomorrow, March 19th, we will gather at 6 pm to view the film The Hunchback of Notre Dame together, and engage in reflection and commemoration together. We will gather on Zoom from 6-6:30 pm, and 8:15-8:45 pm for group activities, and rent of stream films separately using either Disney +, Youtube, Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Vudu, Google Play or ITunes.
Zoom meeting information will be included in the Constant Contact version of our weekly announcements. If you are not receiving our weekly announcements, please contact the Church Office.
Outdoor Worship and AFAC Food Collection on Sunday, March 28
Weather permitting, join us outdoors (with facial covering and maintaining strict physical distance) on March 28 at 12:15 on the Potomac Street side of the church for a brief service of worship in conjunction of the food collection for AFAC. This service will feature a procession with palms and a reading of the Passion from Mark’s Gospel.
Midweek Lenten Series
Join us via Zoom at 7:00 pm on the Wednesday evenings during Lent for a brief worship service followed by presentations by RELC members on how their faith informs their life’s work. Additionally, each week in Lent also features written reflections by members on the same topic which seeks to celebrate the vitality of lay ministry and leadership in our congregation. This series concludes on Wednesday, March 24. Look for links to the written reflections, the Zoom invitations and the service bulletins in each Tuesday’s Midweek Message.
About Gail Ramshaw’s Publications
Several church members have inquired which of Gail’s publications might most interest them. Here is a short list: More Days for Praise: Festivals and Commemorations in Evangelical Lutheran Worship (Augsburg Fortress, 2016); her college textbook, Christian Worship: 100,000 Sundays of Symbols and Rituals (Fortress Press, 2009); A Three-Year Banquet: The Lectionary for the Assembly (Augsburg Fortress, 2004); the theological discussion God beyond Gender: Feminist Christian God-Language (Fortress Press, 1995); and a children’s guide to the Sunday service, Sunday Morning (Liturgy Training Publications, 1993). Many others are listed on Amazon.
Holy Week and Easter
Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday (March 28):
- Resources for worship at home along with worship video
- Outdoor worship with Procession with Palms and the Passion According to Mark – 12:15 pm in conjunction with food collection for AFAC
The Three Days (April 1-3):
- Resources for worship at home for the Three Days – Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil.
- Maundy Thursday – Outdoor worship at 11:00 am and 7:00 pm with Confession and Forgiveness
- Good Friday – Outdoor worship at 11:00 am and 7:30 pm with the Passion According to John, Bidding Prayers, and Procession of the Cross
- Easter Vigil – Outdoor worship at 7:00 pm with new fire, Easter Proclamation and Affirmation of Baptism
Easter Sunday (April 4):
- Resources for worship at home along with worship video
- A Continental Easter Breakfast begins at 9:00 am with serving concluding at 9:45 followed by Outdoor Worship at 10:00
Pastor Linman’s Whereabouts
Pastor Linman’s son, Nathan, is undergoing an unexpected health crisis which necessitates Pastor’s travel to Phoenix. He will report more about Nathan’s condition when he knows more. He will travel on Saturday, March 20 and intends to return in time for Holy Week. Pastor will undertake his usual duties remotely from Phoenix in the coming days. Thanks for your patience and for your prayers.
Resurrection Lutheran Weekday Preschool - Accepting Applications for 2021-2022 school year!
Provided is a Home Faith Formation Calendar, updated each week with the following week’s recorded content. For those who couldn’t tune in live, see those resources available to you now. Check out too suggestive home activities, lectionary readings, and resources for racial justice for all ages.
RELC Faith Formation Calendar for Lent 2021
Pick Up 2021 Offering Envelopes on Palm Sunday
Represent Resurrection at the Metro D.C. Synod Assembly
Social Ministry Update
During Lent we will be collecting items for Personal Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief. Each kit needs the following items:
- one dark color light-weight bath-size towel (between 20"×40" & 52"×27")
- 2-3 bath-size (3-4 oz. for a total of 8-9 oz.) bars of soap, any brand in original wrapping
- one adult-size toothbrush in its original packaging
- one sturdy comb
- metal nail clippers.
You can either donate individual items or bring assembled kits. Wrap items in the towel and tie together with yarn or string. See a how-to assemble a Personal Care Kit video here OR here. Bring the items or assembled kits to Resurrection on a collection date before Sunday, April 18. We will accept your donations at any AFAC collection or outdoor service before April 18.
Any loose undesignated offerings received at in person outdoor services during Lent will be sent to A-SPAN.
Our Benevolent Generosity at Work
We recently received letters of thanks from the following organizations which we financially support via the recommendations of our Social Ministry Committee:
- Doorways (addressing homelessness, domestic violence and sexual assault)
- N Street Village (housing and other support and recovery for women)
March Financial Update
The below chart is a summary of RELC’s finances for the year to date as of February 28, 2021. The columns titled “(a) YTD Giving,” “(b) YTD Expenses” and “(c) Giving minus Expenses” provide key data for our three primary financial funds.
This data shows that our general fund is currently running below our actual expenses for the year and below our giving levels for this time last year. We continue to see the negative impact of the cancellation of Sunday services on our giving.
Please continue to send in your weekly contributions which can be made through Simply Giving, by using the “Donate Now” button on RELC’s website or by sending your contribution check to the church office in the US Mail. Please also consider completing your 2021 pledge form if you haven’t already.
Please prayerfully consider what this information means to you as we work together to support RELC’s ministries.
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Calling for Additional Worship Leaders
For Your Prayers at Home
In addition to our usual prayers of intercession in our home worship, we encourage your prayers throughout the week for the following: Judy Jaquette; John Showman; Barb Jensen; Charlotte Boeck; Gretchen Zeltner; Lynn Kiewel; John Beston; Frank Fuelling; Phillip Swingler; Michael Chaffier and family; Maria Liwski; Grant Aldonis; Tucker Dean; Lisa; the family of Bettye Henck.
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: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/VAARLINGTON/bulletins/2c4a358
Pastor’s Opinion Column in Arlington Now
Pastor Linman was invited by editors with Arlington Now to reflect on the process of discernment and decision making that resulted in our Council decision to place Black Lives Matters signs on church property. Click here to read the article.
The best ways to contact Pastor Linman