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Sunday Worship at 10:00 am! See you in church as you are able.

All Saints Sunday

All Saints Sunday will be celebrated on November 7 when we will remember those who have died in the faith in the past year during our prayers of intercession. Please notify This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to have the names of loved ones and congregation members who have died added to our list of those whom we prayerfully remember.

Farewell and Godspeed, the Rinker and Hoppe Families this Sunday

At the conclusion of worship this coming Sunday, November 7, we will observe a brief rite of Farewell and Godspeed to the Hoppe and Rinker families who have moved out of the Arlington area. Bob and Linnea Hoppe and Alan and Linda Rinker will be present for further conversation at coffee hour. Please join us in celebrating their presence with us for many years in the life of our congregation.

Farewell and Godspeed, Monika Carney, Our Office Administrator

Monika Carney, Resurrection Church’s Office Administrator, has announced her resignation from this position effective November 12 to best honor her commitments to her family. We give thanks to God and to Monika for her faithful, effective, and diligent devotion to her duties in the two years that she has been employed with Resurrection Church. We invite you to express your gratitude and appreciation for Monika by sending emails to her at her This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Seeking Someone to Produce Sunday Bulletins and Newsletter

With Monika Carney’s departure as our office administrator and in the interim while we carefully assess our congregation’s current staffing needs for administrative support, we are seeking someone with whom to contract to produce our Sunday bulletins and our bi-monthly newsletter. This work requires someone skilled at desktop publishing, and will come with a generous stipend. While the preparatory work can be accomplished remotely from a computer at home, final production of the printed bulletin will require coming into the church office to make hard copies on our office copier. If you are interested in performing this task or know of someone who might be, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ASAP for further information.

Mark Your Calendars Now – Events for All Ages Outdoors on November 21 and December 12

Please plan to join us for coming special events for children, youth, and adults outdoors on the parsonage patio and deck. These intentionally intergenerational occasions will include worship, time for fun in socializing, along with a service project to benefit those in need in our community. The next such event will occur on Sunday, November 21 at 3:30 pm and will last about an hour. The second will be held on Sunday, December 12 also at 3:30. For those unable to worship with us indoors, these outdoor events will provide a great opportunity to worship and to socialize with other members of our congregation community.

ELCA Youth Gathering 2022

The ELCA Youth Gathering is scheduled to take place in Minneapolis, Minnesota July 24-28. This event is for high school aged students. Rising High School freshmen are eligible to attend, as well as those who just graduated from high school. If you are interested, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

Collection of Food Items for AFAC on Sunday, November 7

We will receive donations of food items for AFAC on Sunday, November 7, in conjunction with our regular worship service.

CROP Walk 2021 – Some Numbers and an Invitation

Nine walkers each took approximately 6,000 steps (54,000 steps total for our group) over the course of about a 2 mile walk that was completed in just under an hour to help raise funds to alleviate hunger during this year’s annual CROP walk. Pledges and contributions to this effort currently total approximately $1,600. We hope to achieve a minimum total of $2,000, and would love to exceed that amount. It’s not too late to contribute. Make checks payable to Resurrection Lutheran Church with CROP Walk on the memo line, or donate via this website.

Altar Flowers Sign Up

In keeping with RELC’s custom prior to the pandemic, we will resume ordering flowers for the chancel, beginning on Rally Day (September 12, 2021). If you would like to participate in flower dedications, please sign up on the calendar, which will be placed in the hallway just outside of the kitchen. Please be sure to inform the church office for whom the flowers should be dedicated to, preceding the Sunday that you have assumed responsibility for the embellishment of the Nave. There will be recognition of your dedication in the church bulletin. Please also note that you will need to submit a $40 check to the church office for the flowers. The check should be paid to the order of Resurrection Lutheran Church, and should include a memo which identifies that the donation is for the church flowers. Sending great thanks to all who partake in serving and glorifying God and RELC, through your gifts of flowers during the worship service.

Helpful Tips for Our Young Families During Worship

A bit of noise from children of all ages is indeed a wonderful blessing throughout our church. But if you feel the need for an additional space, our lounge around the corner is fully stocked for your use. Speakers in the space allow you to hear the service so you won’t miss anything. You will find a changing table and a couple of couches, which may be a welcomed sight for nursing mothers. Since we are maintaining physical distancing, we encourage you also to use our “pray-ground,” the carpeted area with table and small chairs, at the back of the church.

Faith Formation Calendar

Click below for the current faith formation calendar that includes activities and resources for all ages:

pdfRELC Home Pentecost Faith Formation Calendar 5/23/2021 - 9/12/2021

Monday Evening Bible Study on Themes of Justice in the Bible

This Bible Study continues on Monday evenings at 6:30 and will meet for several weeks. This series focuses on how themes of justice variously appear in the Bible, in both Hebrew and Christian scriptures. If you are interested in participating, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All are welcome to join in!

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:

  • Roy Guenther
  • Nancy MacDonald
  • John Showman
  • Grant Aldonis
  • Jeanne Broyhill
  • Norm Olsen
  • Ellie Barnes
  • Judy Frank
  • Effie Stallsmith
  • Malcolm Stark
  • Barb Jensen
  • Charlotte Boeck
  • Lynn Kiewel
  • Phillip Swingler
  • Maria Liwski
  • Tucker Dean
  • Irene Belcher
  • Sharon Kravetz
  • Dipankar Ghosh
  • Analyse, Ramon, and Nicky Villatoro
  • John and Anneliese Arnold
  • The family of Janette Wray

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

Click here for the latest updates on our county’s pandemic response as well as official and current information concerning vaccinations.

Secret Santa Project: Target Gift Cards for Arlington Public Assistance Clients

You can help make Christmas brighter for some of Arlington's most vulnerable residents by making a donation to our Secret Santa Project from November 7- 28.

Make all checks payable to the Church and put Secret Santa on the memo line. Drop checks in the offering plate or mail them to Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church 6201 Arlington Blvd. Arlington VA 22205- 2034. You can also use the Donate Now link in the upper right corner of our website. Or you can purchase your own Target gift cards in amounts of $25.00 or less and use the same methods mentioned above for getting them to the Church.

Many of our Benevolence partners use the gift card model because, among other reasons, the recipient of the cards gets to choose just the right gifts for the members of their family and it's been shown to help strengthen family bonds when gifts are selected by parents or other loved ones.

If you have questions contact Gail Flatness 703 944 3462 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you for your generosity,
Your Social Ministry Committee

Current Routine for Worship Indoors

We continue our worship indoors this Sunday at 10:00am. To alleviate any concerns and to help prepare you for your return, here is what you can expect:

First, out of loving concern for young children and others not yet able to be vaccinated, we ask that ALL worshipers wear facial masks. Secondly, we will maintain physical distancing, erring on the side of caution. These two basic practices serve as the foundation for safety and guide all other practices.

Upon arrival: kindly find your seats promptly on arrival to avoid congregating in the narthex. Every other pew will be available for seating. Please do not try to sit in pews taped off. Ushers will be available to assist you with seating options.

Offering: your offerings will not be collected. However, offering plates located near the front of the church are available for your use. When you come forward for communion, you may place your offering in one of the plates on stands near the chancel.

Communion: Holy Communion will be offered in both kinds, with bread being dropped into your hands, palms facing up, and wine administered from a pouring chalice into a container you bring from home. Intinction, dipping bread into the cup, is not permitted for reasons of hygiene. Communion will be continuous, with worshipers forming one line in the center aisle to receive both bread and wine at the direction of ushers. One side of the church will commune first, and then we’ll move to communing the other side. Return to your seats via the side aisles closest to you.

Upon Departure: kindly leave the nave promptly at the direction of ushers and avoid once again congregating in the narthex. If you wish to remain on church grounds for conversation, and we hope you do, please adjourn to the fellowship hall downstairs or outdoors beyond the Washington Blvd. entrance.

Misc. Considerations: Automatic hand sanitizer dispensers on stands are available for your use in several locations in the church building. If you forget your face mask, we have extras for you, and likewise small paper cups if you forget a container for communion. Worship indoors will be very similar to that which we have been doing outdoors, a simplified, somewhat shorter version of Resurrection’s normal worship practice.

We very much look forward to seeing you in church!

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!

Sunday Worship at 10:00 am! See you in church as you are able.

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.

Funeral for Martha Simpson on October 23

We reported in previous announcements that long-time member, Martha Simpson, died. Martha’s funeral will be held at Resurrection on Saturday, October 23 at 2:00 pm, followed by a reception in our fellowship hall. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date. The Simpson family will be glad to greet members of Resurrection at the funeral and reception. Former Resurrection assistant pastor, David Schafer, will serve as homilist and otherwise assist during the funeral.

First Communion, Sunday, October 24

Together as a congregation we celebrate with Ethan Kramer who will make his First Communion this coming Sunday, October 24. Congratulations and God’s blessing to Ethan as he takes this step into deeper faith practice in the life of Christ. As Ethan comes forward with his family, remember the experience of your own First Communion and contemplate the holy mysteries of Christ being made known to us in the breaking of bread.

Collection of Food Items for AFAC, Sunday, October 24

We will receive donations of food items for AFAC on Sunday, October 24 in conjunction with our return to worship indoors.

Confirmation, Sunday October 31

On the Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost, which we will also observe as Reformation Sunday, two of our youth, Christopher Bergman and Nathaniel Tsitsibelis, will affirm their baptism in the rite commonly known as confirmation. Please join us with them and their families as we celebrate baptismal life together as a congregation.

All Saints Sunday

All Saints Sunday will be celebrated on November 7 when we will remember those who have died in the faith in the past year during our prayers of intercession. Please notify This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to have the names of loved ones and congregation members who have died added to our list of those whom we prayerfully remember.

CROP Walk 2021 – Some Numbers and an Invitation

Nine walkers each took approximately 6,000 steps (54,000 steps total for our group) over the course of about a 2 mile walk that was completed in just under an hour to help raise funds to alleviate hunger during this year’s annual CROP walk. Pledges and contributions to this effort currently total approximately $1,600. We hope to achieve a minimum total of $2,000, and would love to exceed that amount. It’s not too late to contribute. Make checks payable to Resurrection Lutheran Church with CROP Walk on the memo line, or donate via this website.

Altar Flowers Sign Up

In keeping with RELC’s custom prior to the pandemic, we will resume ordering flowers for the chancel, beginning on Rally Day (September 12, 2021). If you would like to participate in flower dedications, please sign up on the calendar, which will be placed in the hallway just outside of the kitchen. Please be sure to inform the church office for whom the flowers should be dedicated to, preceding the Sunday that you have assumed responsibility for the embellishment of the Nave. There will be recognition of your dedication in the church bulletin. Please also note that you will need to submit a $40 check to the church office for the flowers. The check should be paid to the order of Resurrection Lutheran Church, and should include a memo which identifies that the donation is for the church flowers. Sending great thanks to all who partake in serving and glorifying God and RELC, through your gifts of flowers during the worship service.

Caring for our Church Facilities

It has been such a joy for us all to return to Resurrection for in-person Sunday services – not only for the opportunity to reunite with friends but to come back into the sanctuary and facilities that feel like part of our home. There’s a natural inclination to notice where some repairs and improvements could be made, and we are blessed with members in our congregation who are willing to increase their offerings to the church to accomplish those things. But we need to bear in mind that there’s a process for evaluating these renovations to our church facilities to make sure any projects are prioritized, fit within the church’s overall budget and plans for advancing our visions for mission and ministry, and don’t unduly impact other programs or activities. If you see a repair that’s needed or an improvement that should be made, before you think about “just doing it,” please talk with Pastor Linman, Property Committee chair Ted Mortensen, or Council President Glen Mason so that we know about it in advance and have a chance to ensure that it fits with other plans and renovations.

October Financial Update

The below chart is a summary of RELC’s finances for the year to date as of September 30, 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 significantly below our actual expenses for the year and below our giving levels for this time last year. This trend has been worsening during the first nine months of 2021.

Please continue to donate during our newly reestablished weekly service or send in your contributions through Simply Giving, by using the “Donate Now” button on RELC’s website or by sending your contribution check to the church office in the US Mail.

Please prayerfully consider what this information means to you as we work together to support RELC’s ministries..

  (a) YTD Giving(b) YTD Expenses(c) Giving-Expenses(d) Giving as %
of Budget
(e) Change from
2020 Giving
General Fund 250,368 305,547 (55,179) 65% (11,146)
Benevolence 46,929 37,274 9,655 66% (2,718)
Renovation 11,773 2,500 9,273 98% (3,882)
TOTAL 309,070 345,321 (36,251) 66% (17,746)

 

Helpful Tips for Our Young Families During Worship

For families who feel the need to step out of the Sanctuary, we do have our lounge. Speakers in the space allow you to hear the service so you won’t miss anything. You will find a changing table and a couple of couches, which may be a welcomed sight for nursing mothers.

Worship Videos

For those still unable to worship with us in person, we are creating videos of our Sunday morning worship at the church making them available later in the day on YouTube with links sent via a Constant Contact message. The Sunday bulletin will also be available electronically in the message as well.

Faith Formation Calendar

Click below for the current faith formation calendar that includes activities and resources for all ages:

pdfRELC Home Pentecost Faith Formation Calendar 5/23/2021 - 9/12/2021

Monday Evening Bible Study on Themes of Justice in the Bible

This Bible Study continues on Monday evenings at 6:30 and will meet for several weeks. This series focuses on how themes of justice variously appear in the Bible, in both Hebrew and Christian scriptures. If you are interested in participating, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All are welcome to join in!

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:

  • Roy Guenther
  • Nancy MacDonald
  • Grant Aldonis
  • Jeanne Broyhill
  • Ellie Barnes
  • Janette Wray
  • Sandy Lindamood
  • Judy Frank
  • Effie Stallsmith
  • Malcolm Stark
  • Barb Jensen
  • Charlotte Boeck
  • Lynn Kiewel
  • Phillip Swingler
  • Maria Liwski
  • Tucker Dean
  • Irene Belcher
  • Sharon Kravetz
  • Dipankar Ghosh
  • Analyse, Ramon, and Nicky Villatoro

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

Click here for the latest updates on our county’s pandemic response as well as official and current information concerning vaccinations.

2Regular Church Office Hours

On site in person office hours have resumed at Resurrection Church. Regular office hours, when Office Administrator, Monika Carney, and/or Pastor Linman will be in the church office, are Monday-Friday, 10:00 am to 2:00. Because there may be contingencies like running errands, attending meetings, or being called out on emergencies, it would be a good idea to call or email before you stop by just to be certain that Pastor and/or Monika will be available to you.

Current Routine for Worship Indoors

We continue our worship indoors this Sunday at 10:00am. To alleviate any concerns and to help prepare you for your return, here is what you can expect:

First, out of loving concern for young children and others not yet able to be vaccinated, we ask that ALL worshipers wear facial masks. Secondly, we will maintain physical distancing, erring on the side of caution. These two basic practices serve as the foundation for safety and guide all other practices.

Upon arrival: kindly find your seats promptly on arrival to avoid congregating in the narthex. Every other pew will be available for seating. Please do not try to sit in pews taped off. Ushers will be available to assist you with seating options.

Offering: your offerings will not be collected. However, offering plates located near the front of the church are available for your use. When you come forward for communion, you may place your offering in one of the plates on stands near the chancel.

Communion: Holy Communion will be offered in both kinds, with bread being dropped into your hands, palms facing up, and wine administered from a pouring chalice into a container you bring from home. Intinction, dipping bread into the cup, is not permitted for reasons of hygiene. Communion will be continuous, with worshipers forming one line in the center aisle to receive both bread and wine at the direction of ushers. One side of the church will commune first, and then we’ll move to communing the other side. Return to your seats via the side aisles closest to you.

Upon Departure: kindly leave the nave promptly at the direction of ushers and avoid once again congregating in the narthex. If you wish to remain on church grounds for conversation, and we hope you do, please adjourn to the fellowship hall downstairs or outdoors beyond the Washington Blvd. entrance.

Misc. Considerations: Automatic hand sanitizer dispensers on stands are available for your use in several locations in the church building. If you forget your face mask, we have extras for you, and likewise small paper cups if you forget a container for communion. Worship indoors will be very similar to that which we have been doing outdoors, a simplified, somewhat shorter version of Resurrection’s normal worship practice.

We very much look forward to seeing you in church!

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!

Sunday Worship at 10:00 am! See you in church as you are able.

Proposed New Banners Discussion after Coffee Hour This Sunday

Pastor Linman’s Midweek Message this week featured a proposal for a new set of banners for the second-floor windows of our church at the Washington Blvd. entrance. The Congregation Council and Pastor seek your response to this new banner proposal. In addition to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to offer your feedback, you are most cordially invited to a group discussion of the banners proposal this coming Sunday, October 17 after coffee hour at approximately 11:45 in the fellowship hall. Please join us, as your thoughts and opinions are crucial for the sake of our life together.

We Urge You to Bring Vessels from Home for Communion Wine

We have noticed that more and more people are using the disposable plastic cups to receive the wine of Holy Communion. The gift of the Eucharist calls us to be thankful and faithful stewards of God’s good creation. Plastic is among the most grievous causes of many kinds of environmental degradation, and plastic waste is a danger to many animals. Because paper receptacles are not widely available for purchase in our experience, you are urged to bring a reusable receptacle with you from home for use during Holy Communion – an easy way to practice faithful stewardship of the earth!

Collection of Food Items for AFAC, Sunday, October 24

We will receive donations of food items for AFAC on Sunday, October 24 in conjunction with our return to worship indoors.

CROP Walk 2021 on October 16

The annual Church World Service CROP Walk to end hunger will be held on Saturday, October 16. Resurrection’s Social Ministry Committee is convening a group who plan to walk a route together in person in our local neighborhoods. The Resurrection group will convene at the church at 9:30 am on the day of the walk. After we pray together, we’ll begin our journey at 10:00 am, walking down Washington Blvd. on the sidewalks through Westover, and then turning onto Patrick Henry Drive to cross over I66 and turning back via the bike and walking pathways, returning to the church via Ohio Street. Bring your face mask! If you plan to walk with us as a group, please contact Social Ministry Committee Chair, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to register. Of course, you are welcome to walk on your own, or simply to contribute. Here is a link that will give still more information about the CROP Walk.

Funeral for Martha Simpson on October 23

We reported in previous announcements that long-time member, Martha Simpson, died. Martha’s funeral will be held at Resurrection on Saturday, October 23 at 2:00 pm, followed by a reception in our fellowship hall. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date. The Simpson family will be glad to greet members of Resurrection at the funeral and reception. Former Resurrection assistant pastor, David Schafer, will serve as homilist and otherwise assist during the funeral.

Regular Office Hours Return

On site in person office hours have resumed at Resurrection Church. Regular office hours, when Office Administrator, Monika Carney, and/or Pastor Linman will be in the church office, are Monday-Friday, 10:00 am to 2:00. Because there may be contingencies like running errands, attending meetings, or being called out on emergencies, it would be a good idea to call or email before you stop by just to be certain that Pastor and/or Monika will be available to you.

Altar Flowers Sign Up

In keeping with RELC’s custom prior to the pandemic, we will resume ordering flowers for the chancel, beginning on Rally Day (September 12, 2021). If you would like to participate in flower dedications, please sign up on the calendar, which will be placed in the hallway just outside of the kitchen. Please be sure to inform the church office for whom the flowers should be dedicated to, preceding the Sunday that you have assumed responsibility for the embellishment of the Nave. There will be recognition of your dedication in the church bulletin. Please also note that you will need to submit a $40 check to the church office for the flowers. The check should be paid to the order of Resurrection Lutheran Church, and should include a memo which identifies that the donation is for the church flowers. Sending great thanks to all who partake in serving and glorifying God and RELC, through your gifts of flowers during the worship service.

Caring for our Church Facilities

It has been such a joy for us all to return to Resurrection for in-person Sunday services – not only for the opportunity to reunite with friends but to come back into the sanctuary and facilities that feel like part of our home. There’s a natural inclination to notice where some repairs and improvements could be made, and we are blessed with members in our congregation who are willing to increase their offerings to the church to accomplish those things. But we need to bear in mind that there’s a process for evaluating these renovations to our church facilities to make sure any projects are prioritized, fit within the church’s overall budget and plans for advancing our visions for mission and ministry, and don’t unduly impact other programs or activities. If you see a repair that’s needed or an improvement that should be made, before you think about “just doing it,” please talk with Pastor Linman, Property Committee chair Ted Mortensen, or Council President Glen Mason so that we know about it in advance and have a chance to ensure that it fits with other plans and renovations.

October Financial Update

The below chart is a summary of RELC’s finances for the year to date as of September 30, 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 significantly below our actual expenses for the year and below our giving levels for this time last year. This trend has been worsening during the first nine months of 2021.

Please continue to donate during our newly reestablished weekly service or send in your contributions through Simply Giving, by using the “Donate Now” button on RELC’s website or by sending your contribution check to the church office in the US Mail.

Please prayerfully consider what this information means to you as we work together to support RELC’s ministries..

  (a) YTD Giving(b) YTD Expenses(c) Giving-Expenses(d) Giving as %
of Budget
(e) Change from
2020 Giving
General Fund 250,368 305,547 (55,179) 65% (11,146)
Benevolence 46,929 37,274 9,655 66% (2,718)
Renovation 11,773 2,500 9,273 98% (3,882)
TOTAL 309,070 345,321 (36,251) 66% (17,746)

 

Helpful Tips for Our Young Families During Worship

For families who feel the need to step out of the Sanctuary, we do have our lounge. Speakers in the space allow you to hear the service so you won’t miss anything. You will find a changing table and a couple of couches, which may be a welcomed sight for nursing mothers.

Worship Videos

For those still unable to worship with us in person, we are creating videos of our Sunday morning worship at the church making them available later in the day on YouTube with links sent via a Constant Contact message. The Sunday bulletin will also be available electronically in the message as well.

Faith Formation Calendar

Click below for the current faith formation calendar that includes activities and resources for all ages:

pdfRELC Home Pentecost Faith Formation Calendar 5/23/2021 - 9/12/2021

Monday Evening Bible Study on Themes of Justice in the Bible

This Bible Study continues on Monday evenings at 6:30 and will meet for several weeks. This series focuses on how themes of justice variously appear in the Bible, in both Hebrew and Christian scriptures. If you are interested in participating, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All are welcome to join in!

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:

  • Jeanne Broyhill
  • Ellie Barnes
  • Janette Wray
  • Sandy Lindamood
  • Judy Frank
  • Joana Plerpa
  • Effie Stallsmith
  • Malcolm Stark
  • Barb Jensen
  • Charlotte Boeck
  • Lynn Kiewel
  • Phillip Swingler
  • Maria Liwski
  • Tucker Dean
  • Irene Belcher
  • Sharon Kravetz
  • Dipankar Ghosh
  • Analyse, Ramon, and Nicky Villatoro

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

Click here for the latest updates on our county’s pandemic response as well as official and current information concerning vaccinations.

Current Routine for Worship Indoors

We continue our worship indoors this Sunday at 10:00am. To alleviate any concerns and to help prepare you for your return, here is what you can expect:

First, out of loving concern for young children and others not yet able to be vaccinated, we ask that ALL worshipers wear facial masks. Secondly, we will maintain physical distancing, erring on the side of caution. These two basic practices serve as the foundation for safety and guide all other practices.

Upon arrival: kindly find your seats promptly on arrival to avoid congregating in the narthex. Every other pew will be available for seating. Please do not try to sit in pews taped off. Ushers will be available to assist you with seating options.

Offering: your offerings will not be collected. However, offering plates located near the front of the church are available for your use. When you come forward for communion, you may place your offering in one of the plates on stands near the chancel.

Communion: Holy Communion will be offered in both kinds, with bread being dropped into your hands, palms facing up, and wine administered from a pouring chalice into a container you bring from home. Intinction, dipping bread into the cup, is not permitted for reasons of hygiene. Communion will be continuous, with worshipers forming one line in the center aisle to receive both bread and wine at the direction of ushers. One side of the church will commune first, and then we’ll move to communing the other side. Return to your seats via the side aisles closest to you.

Upon Departure: kindly leave the nave promptly at the direction of ushers and avoid once again congregating in the narthex. If you wish to remain on church grounds for conversation, and we hope you do, please adjourn to the fellowship hall downstairs or outdoors beyond the Washington Blvd. entrance.

Misc. Considerations: Automatic hand sanitizer dispensers on stands are available for your use in several locations in the church building. If you forget your face mask, we have extras for you, and likewise small paper cups if you forget a container for communion. Worship indoors will be very similar to that which we have been doing outdoors, a simplified, somewhat shorter version of Resurrection’s normal worship practice.

We very much look forward to seeing you in church!

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!

Sunday Worship at 10:00 am! See you in church as you are able.

We Urge You to Bring Vessels from Home for Communion Wine

We have noticed that more and more people are using the disposable plastic cups to receive the wine of Holy Communion. The gift of the Eucharist calls us to be thankful and faithful stewards of God’s good creation. Plastic is among the most grievous causes of many kinds of environmental degradation, and plastic waste is a danger to many animals. Because paper receptacles are not widely available for purchase in our experience, you are urged to bring a reusable receptacle with you from home for use during Holy Communion – an easy way to practice faithful stewardship of the earth!

Collection of Food Items for AFAC, Sunday, October 10

We will receive donations of food items for AFAC on Sunday, October 10 in conjunction with our return to worship indoors.

CROP Walk 2021 on October 16

The annual Church World Service CROP Walk to end hunger will be held on Saturday, October 16. Resurrection’s Social Ministry Committee is convening a group who plan to walk a route together in person in our local neighborhoods. The Resurrection group will convene at the church at 9:30 am on the day of the walk. After we pray together, we’ll begin our journey at 10:00 am, walking down Washington Blvd. on the sidewalks through Westover, and then turning onto Patrick Henry Drive to cross over I66 and turning back via the bike and walking pathways, returning to the church via Ohio Street. Bring your face mask! If you plan to walk with us as a group, please contact Social Ministry Committee Chair, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to register. Of course, you are welcome to walk on your own, or simply to contribute. Here is a link that will give still more information about the CROP Walk.

Funeral for Martha Simpson on October 23

We reported in previous announcements that long-time member, Martha Simpson, died. Martha’s funeral will be held at Resurrection on Saturday, October 23 at 2:00 pm, followed by a reception in our fellowship hall. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date. The Simpson family will be glad to greet members of Resurrection at the funeral and reception. Former Resurrection assistant pastor, David Schafer, will serve as homilist and otherwise assist during the funeral.

Oktoberfest and Thanksgiving Planning

The Fellowship Committee is working to gauge if there is any interest for either an Oktoberfest or a Thanksgiving Dinner this year. If you would be interested in attending either the Oktoberfest (possibly outdoors, perhaps indoors) or a Thanksgiving Day Dinner in the Parish Hall – or, for that matter, if you would be willing to host a small group of fellow members in your home for Thanksgiving Dinner – please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Household Items Kits for Afghan Refugees

Many thanks to all of you who donated items or money for buying items so that members of the Social Ministry Committee could assemble 20 kits that include several routine household items that refugees from Afghanistan will need to set up home when they resettle in our area. These kits will be delivered to Lutheran Social Services so that they can be distributed to Afghan refugees who will make home in our region.

Regular Office Hours Return

On site in person office hours have resumed at Resurrection Church. Regular office hours, when Office Administrator, Monika Carney, and/or Pastor Linman will be in the church office, are Monday-Friday, 10:00 am to 2:00. Because there may be contingencies like running errands, attending meetings, or being called out on emergencies, it would be a good idea to call or email before you stop by just to be certain that Pastor and/or Monika will be available to you.

Altar Flowers Sign Up

In keeping with RELC’s custom prior to the pandemic, we will resume ordering flowers for the chancel, beginning on Rally Day (September 12, 2021). If you would like to participate in flower dedications, please sign up on the calendar, which will be placed in the hallway just outside of the kitchen. Please be sure to inform the church office for whom the flowers should be dedicated to, preceding the Sunday that you have assumed responsibility for the embellishment of the Nave. There will be recognition of your dedication in the church bulletin. Please also note that you will need to submit a $40 check to the church office for the flowers. The check should be paid to the order of Resurrection Lutheran Church, and should include a memo which identifies that the donation is for the church flowers. Sending great thanks to all who partake in serving and glorifying God and RELC, through your gifts of flowers during the worship service.

Caring for our Church Facilities

It has been such a joy for us all to return to Resurrection for in-person Sunday services – not only for the opportunity to reunite with friends but to come back into the sanctuary and facilities that feel like part of our home. There’s a natural inclination to notice where some repairs and improvements could be made, and we are blessed with members in our congregation who are willing to increase their offerings to the church to accomplish those things. But we need to bear in mind that there’s a process for evaluating these renovations to our church facilities to make sure any projects are prioritized, fit within the church’s overall budget and plans for advancing our visions for mission and ministry, and don’t unduly impact other programs or activities. If you see a repair that’s needed or an improvement that should be made, before you think about “just doing it,” please talk with Pastor Linman, Property Committee chair Ted Mortensen, or Council President Glen Mason so that we know about it in advance and have a chance to ensure that it fits with other plans and renovations.

October Financial Update

The below chart is a summary of RELC’s finances for the year to date as of September 30, 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 significantly below our actual expenses for the year and below our giving levels for this time last year. This trend has been worsening during the first nine months of 2021.

Please continue to donate during our newly reestablished weekly service or send in your contributions through Simply Giving, by using the “Donate Now” button on RELC’s website or by sending your contribution check to the church office in the US Mail.

Please prayerfully consider what this information means to you as we work together to support RELC’s ministries..

  (a) YTD Giving(b) YTD Expenses(c) Giving-Expenses(d) Giving as %
of Budget
(e) Change from
2020 Giving
General Fund 250,368 305,547 (55,179) 65% (11,146)
Benevolence 46,929 37,274 9,655 66% (2,718)
Renovation 11,773 2,500 9,273 98% (3,882)
TOTAL 309,070 345,321 (36,251) 66% (17,746)

 

Helpful Tips for Our Young Families During Worship

For families who feel the need to step out of the Sanctuary, we do have our lounge. Speakers in the space allow you to hear the service so you won’t miss anything. You will find a changing table and a couple of couches, which may be a welcomed sight for nursing mothers.

Worship Videos

For those still unable to worship with us in person, we are creating videos of our Sunday morning worship at the church making them available later in the day on YouTube with links sent via a Constant Contact message. The Sunday bulletin will also be available electronically in the message as well.

Faith Formation Calendar

Click below for the current faith formation calendar that includes activities and resources for all ages:

pdfRELC Home Pentecost Faith Formation Calendar 5/23/2021 - 9/12/2021

Monday Evening Bible Study on Themes of Justice in the Bible

This Bible Study continues on Monday evenings at 6:30 and will meet for several weeks. This series focuses on how themes of justice variously appear in the Bible, in both Hebrew and Christian scriptures. If you are interested in participating, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All are welcome to join in!

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:

  • Jeanne Broyhill
  • Ellie Barnes
  • Janette Wray
  • Sandy Lindamood
  • Judy Frank
  • Joana Plerpa
  • Effie Stallsmith
  • Malcolm Stark
  • Barb Jensen
  • Charlotte Boeck
  • Lynn Kiewel
  • Phillip Swingler
  • Maria Liwski
  • Tucker Dean
  • Irene Belcher
  • Sharon Kravetz
  • Dipankar Ghosh
  • Analyse, Ramon, and Nicky Villatoro

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

Click here for the latest updates on our county’s pandemic response as well as official and current information concerning vaccinations.

Current Routine for Worship Indoors

We continue our worship indoors this Sunday at 10:00am. To alleviate any concerns and to help prepare you for your return, here is what you can expect:

First, out of loving concern for young children and others not yet able to be vaccinated, we ask that ALL worshipers wear facial masks. Secondly, we will maintain physical distancing, erring on the side of caution. These two basic practices serve as the foundation for safety and guide all other practices.

Upon arrival: kindly find your seats promptly on arrival to avoid congregating in the narthex. Every other pew will be available for seating. Please do not try to sit in pews taped off. Ushers will be available to assist you with seating options.

Offering: your offerings will not be collected. However, offering plates located near the front of the church are available for your use. When you come forward for communion, you may place your offering in one of the plates on stands near the chancel.

Communion: Holy Communion will be offered in both kinds, with bread being dropped into your hands, palms facing up, and wine administered from a pouring chalice into a container you bring from home. Intinction, dipping bread into the cup, is not permitted for reasons of hygiene. Communion will be continuous, with worshipers forming one line in the center aisle to receive both bread and wine at the direction of ushers. One side of the church will commune first, and then we’ll move to communing the other side. Return to your seats via the side aisles closest to you.

Upon Departure: kindly leave the nave promptly at the direction of ushers and avoid once again congregating in the narthex. If you wish to remain on church grounds for conversation, and we hope you do, please adjourn to the fellowship hall downstairs or outdoors beyond the Washington Blvd. entrance.

Misc. Considerations: Automatic hand sanitizer dispensers on stands are available for your use in several locations in the church building. If you forget your face mask, we have extras for you, and likewise small paper cups if you forget a container for communion. Worship indoors will be very similar to that which we have been doing outdoors, a simplified, somewhat shorter version of Resurrection’s normal worship practice.

We very much look forward to seeing you in church!

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.

Pastor Linman’s Whereabouts

From Wednesday, October 6 through Wednesday, October 13, Pastor Linman is in Phoenix visiting Nathan for the fall break from school, affording quality father-son time during these days. Pastor is working part-time during this week, attending to pastoral duties via email, phone, and Zoom. Many thanks to Pastor Gordon Lathrop who will graciously and generously serve as our presiding and preaching minister this coming Sunday.

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!

Sunday Worship at 10:00 am! See you in church as you are able.

We Urge You to Bring Vessels from Home for Communion Wine

We have noticed that more and more people are using the disposable plastic cups to receive the wine of Holy Communion. The gift of the Eucharist calls us to be thankful and faithful stewards of God’s good creation. Plastic is among the most grievous causes of many kinds of environmental degradation, and plastic waste is a danger to many animals. Because paper receptacles are not widely available for purchase in our experience, you are urged to bring a reusable receptacle with you from home for use during Holy Communion – an easy way to practice faithful stewardship of the earth!

Collection of Food Items for AFAC, Sunday, October 10

We will receive donations of food items for AFAC on Sunday, October 10 in conjunction with our return to worship indoors.

St. Francis Day Observed, Blessing of Animals, October 3

Resurrection Church will host its annual pet blessing on October 3rd at 1:00 PM. Join us outside, weather permitting, and all pets and their people are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Installation of Amy Feira as Pastor of Grace Church, DC, October 3

Resurrection member, The Rev. Amy Feira, will be installed as Pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Washington, DC on Sunday, October 3 at 3:00 pm. You are encouraged to attend. Grace Church is located at 4300 16th Street NW in the District of Columbia (20011).

CROP Walk 2021 on October 16

The annual Church World Service CROP Walk to end hunger will be held on Saturday, October 16. Resurrection’s Social Ministry Committee is convening a group who plan to walk a route together in person in our local neighborhoods. The Resurrection group will convene at the church at 9:30 am on the day of the walk. After we pray together, we’ll begin our journey at 10:00 am, walking down Washington Blvd. on the sidewalks through Westover, and then turning onto Patrick Henry Drive to cross over I66 and turning back via the bike and walking pathways, returning to the church via Ohio Street. Bring your face mask! If you plan to walk with us as a group, please contact Social Ministry Committee Chair, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to register. Of course, you are welcome to walk on your own, or simply to contribute. Here is a link that will give still more information about the CROP Walk.

Funeral for Martha Simpson on October 23

We reported in previous announcements that long-time member, Martha Simpson, died. Martha’s funeral will be held at Resurrection on Saturday, October 23 at 2:00 pm, followed by a reception in our fellowship hall. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date. The Simpson family will be glad to greet members of Resurrection at the funeral and reception. Former Resurrection assistant pastor, David Schafer, will serve as homilist and otherwise assist during the funeral.

Oktoberfest and Thanksgiving Planning

The Fellowship Committee is working to gauge if there is any interest for either an Oktoberfest or a Thanksgiving Dinner this year. If you would be interested in attending either the Oktoberfest (possibly outdoors, perhaps indoors) or a Thanksgiving Day Dinner in the Parish Hall – or, for that matter, if you would be willing to host a small group of fellow members in your home for Thanksgiving Dinner – please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Household Items Kits for Afghan Refugees

Many thanks to all of you who donated items or money for buying items so that members of the Social Ministry Committee could assemble 20 kits that include several routine household items that refugees from Afghanistan will need to set up home when they resettle in our area. These kits will be delivered to Lutheran Social Services so that they can be distributed to Afghan refugees who will make home in our region.

Regular Office Hours Return

On site in person office hours have resumed at Resurrection Church. Regular office hours, when Office Administrator, Monika Carney, and/or Pastor Linman will be in the church office, are Monday-Friday, 10:00 am to 2:00. Because there may be contingencies like running errands, attending meetings, or being called out on emergencies, it would be a good idea to call or email before you stop by just to be certain that Pastor and/or Monika will be available to you.

Altar Flowers Sign Up

In keeping with RELC’s custom prior to the pandemic, we will resume ordering flowers for the chancel, beginning on Rally Day (September 12, 2021). If you would like to participate in flower dedications, please sign up on the calendar, which will be placed in the hallway just outside of the kitchen. Please be sure to inform the church office for whom the flowers should be dedicated to, preceding the Sunday that you have assumed responsibility for the embellishment of the Nave. There will be recognition of your dedication in the church bulletin. Please also note that you will need to submit a $40 check to the church office for the flowers. The check should be paid to the order of Resurrection Lutheran Church, and should include a memo which identifies that the donation is for the church flowers. Sending great thanks to all who partake in serving and glorifying God and RELC, through your gifts of flowers during the worship service.

Caring for our Church Facilities

It has been such a joy for us all to return to Resurrection for in-person Sunday services – not only for the opportunity to reunite with friends but to come back into the sanctuary and facilities that feel like part of our home. There’s a natural inclination to notice where some repairs and improvements could be made, and we are blessed with members in our congregation who are willing to increase their offerings to the church to accomplish those things. But we need to bear in mind that there’s a process for evaluating these renovations to our church facilities to make sure any projects are prioritized, fit within the church’s overall budget and plans for advancing our visions for mission and ministry, and don’t unduly impact other programs or activities. If you see a repair that’s needed or an improvement that should be made, before you think about “just doing it,” please talk with Pastor Linman, Property Committee chair Ted Mortensen, or Council President Glen Mason so that we know about it in advance and have a chance to ensure that it fits with other plans and renovations.

September Financial Update

The below chart is a summary of RELC’s finances for the year to date as of August 31, 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 significantly below our actual expenses for the year and below our giving levels for this time last year. This trend has been worsening during the first eight months of 2021.

Please continue to donate during our newly reestablished weekly service or send in your contributions through Simply Giving, by using the “Donate Now” button on RELC’s website or by sending your contribution check to the church office in the US Mail.

Please prayerfully consider what this information means to you as we work together to support RELC’s ministries..

  (a) YTD Giving(b) YTD Expenses(c) Giving-Expenses(d) Giving as %
of Budget
(e) Change from
2020 Giving
General Fund 226,855 271,864 (44,829) 65% (4,565)
Benevolence 42,646 31,405 11,241 66% (1,280)
Renovation 10,624 2,500 8,124 98% (3,616)
TOTAL 280,125 305,589 (25,464) 66% (6,901)

 

Helpful Tips for Our Young Families During Worship

For families who feel the need to step out of the Sanctuary, we do have our lounge. Speakers in the space allow you to hear the service so you won’t miss anything. You will find a changing table and a couple of couches, which may be a welcomed sight for nursing mothers.

Worship Videos

For those still unable to worship with us in person, we are creating videos of our Sunday morning worship at the church making them available later in the day on YouTube with links sent via a Constant Contact message. The Sunday bulletin will also be available electronically in the message as well.

Faith Formation Calendar

Click below for the current faith formation calendar that includes activities and resources for all ages:

pdfRELC Home Pentecost Faith Formation Calendar 5/23/2021 - 9/12/2021

Monday Evening Bible Study on Themes of Justice in the Bible

This Bible Study continues on Monday evenings at 6:30 and will meet for several weeks. This series focuses on how themes of justice variously appear in the Bible, in both Hebrew and Christian scriptures. If you are interested in participating, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All are welcome to join in!

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:

  • Family of Eileen Anderson
  • Janette Wray
  • Sandy Lindamood
  • Judy Frank
  • Joana Plerpa
  • Effie Stallsmith
  • Malcolm Stark
  • Barb Jensen
  • Charlotte Boeck
  • Lynn Kiewel
  • Phillip Swingler
  • Maria Liwski
  • Tucker Dean
  • Irene Belcher
  • Brian Carr
  • Sharon Kravetz
  • Dipankar Ghosh and the family of Debbi Pierce
  • Family of Carol Clements

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

Click here for the latest updates on our county’s pandemic response as well as official and current information concerning vaccinations.

Current Routine for Worship Indoors

We continue our worship indoors this Sunday at 10:00am. To alleviate any concerns and to help prepare you for your return, here is what you can expect:

First, out of loving concern for young children and others not yet able to be vaccinated, we ask that ALL worshipers wear facial masks. Secondly, we will maintain physical distancing, erring on the side of caution. These two basic practices serve as the foundation for safety and guide all other practices.

Upon arrival: kindly find your seats promptly on arrival to avoid congregating in the narthex. Every other pew will be available for seating. Please do not try to sit in pews taped off. Ushers will be available to assist you with seating options.

Offering: your offerings will not be collected. However, offering plates located near the front of the church are available for your use. When you come forward for communion, you may place your offering in one of the plates on stands near the chancel.

Communion: Holy Communion will be offered in both kinds, with bread being dropped into your hands, palms facing up, and wine administered from a pouring chalice into a container you bring from home. Intinction, dipping bread into the cup, is not permitted for reasons of hygiene. Communion will be continuous, with worshipers forming one line in the center aisle to receive both bread and wine at the direction of ushers. One side of the church will commune first, and then we’ll move to communing the other side. Return to your seats via the side aisles closest to you.

Upon Departure: kindly leave the nave promptly at the direction of ushers and avoid once again congregating in the narthex. If you wish to remain on church grounds for conversation, and we hope you do, please adjourn to the fellowship hall downstairs or outdoors beyond the Washington Blvd. entrance.

Misc. Considerations: Automatic hand sanitizer dispensers on stands are available for your use in several locations in the church building. If you forget your face mask, we have extras for you, and likewise small paper cups if you forget a container for communion. Worship indoors will be very similar to that which we have been doing outdoors, a simplified, somewhat shorter version of Resurrection’s normal worship practice.

We very much look forward to seeing you in church!

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!

Sunday Worship at 10:00 am! See you in church as you are able.

We Urge You to Bring Vessels from Home for Communion Wine

We have noticed that more and more people are using the disposable plastic cups to receive the wine of Holy Communion. The gift of the Eucharist calls us to be thankful and faithful stewards of God’s good creation. Plastic is among the most grievous causes of many kinds of environmental degradation, and plastic waste is a danger to many animals. Because paper receptacles are not widely available for purchase in our experience, you are urged to bring a reusable receptacle with you from home for use during Holy Communion – an easy way to practice faithful stewardship of the earth!

Collection of Food Items for AFAC, Sunday, September 26

We will receive donations of food items for AFAC on Sunday, September 26 in conjunction with our return to worship indoors.

St. Francis Day Observed, Blessing of Animals, October 3

Resurrection Church will host its annual pet blessing on October 3rd at 1:00 PM. Join us outside, weather permitting, and all pets and their people are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Installation of Amy Feira as Pastor of Grace Church, DC, October 3

Resurrection member, The Rev. Amy Feira, will be installed as Pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Washington, DC on Sunday, October 3 at 3:00 pm. You are encouraged to attend. Grace Church is located at 4300 16th Street NW in the District of Columbia (20011).

CROP Walk 2021 on October 16

The annual Church World Service CROP Walk to end hunger will be held on Saturday, October 16. Resurrection’s Social Ministry Committee is convening a group who plan to walk a route together in person in our local neighborhoods. The Resurrection group will convene at the church at 9:30 am on the day of the walk. After we pray together, we’ll begin our journey at 10:00 am, walking down Washington Blvd. on the sidewalks through Westover, and then turning onto Patrick Henry Drive to cross over I66 and turning back via the bike and walking pathways, returning to the church via Ohio Street. Bring your face mask! If you plan to walk with us as a group, please contact Social Ministry Committee Chair, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to register. Of course, you are welcome to walk on your own, or simply to contribute. Here is a link that will give still more information about the CROP Walk.

Funeral for Martha Simpson on October 23

We reported in previous announcements that long-time member, Martha Simpson, died. Martha’s funeral will be held at Resurrection on Saturday, October 23 at 2:00 pm, followed by a reception in our fellowship hall. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date. The Simpson family will be glad to greet members of Resurrection at the funeral and reception. Former Resurrection assistant pastor, David Schafer, will serve as homilist and otherwise assist during the funeral.

Oktoberfest and Thanksgiving Planning

The Fellowship Committee is working to gauge if there is any interest for either an Oktoberfest or a Thanksgiving Dinner this year. If you would be interested in attending either the Oktoberfest (possibly outdoors, perhaps indoors) or a Thanksgiving Day Dinner in the Parish Hall – or, for that matter, if you would be willing to host a small group of fellow members in your home for Thanksgiving Dinner – please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Regular Office Hours Return

On site in person office hours have resumed at Resurrection Church. Regular office hours, when Office Administrator, Monika Carney, and/or Pastor Linman will be in the church office, are Monday-Friday, 10:00 am to 2:00. Because there may be contingencies like running errands, attending meetings, or being called out on emergencies, it would be a good idea to call or email before you stop by just to be certain that Pastor and/or Monika will be available to you.

Altar Flowers Sign Up

In keeping with RELC’s custom prior to the pandemic, we will resume ordering flowers for the chancel, beginning on Rally Day (September 12, 2021). If you would like to participate in flower dedications, please sign up on the calendar, which will be placed in the hallway just outside of the kitchen. Please be sure to inform the church office for whom the flowers should be dedicated to, preceding the Sunday that you have assumed responsibility for the embellishment of the Nave. There will be recognition of your dedication in the church bulletin. Please also note that you will need to submit a $40 check to the church office for the flowers. The check should be paid to the order of Resurrection Lutheran Church, and should include a memo which identifies that the donation is for the church flowers. Sending great thanks to all who partake in serving and glorifying God and RELC, through your gifts of flowers during the worship service.

Caring for our Church Facilities

It has been such a joy for us all to return to Resurrection for in-person Sunday services – not only for the opportunity to reunite with friends but to come back into the sanctuary and facilities that feel like part of our home. There’s a natural inclination to notice where some repairs and improvements could be made, and we are blessed with members in our congregation who are willing to increase their offerings to the church to accomplish those things. But we need to bear in mind that there’s a process for evaluating these renovations to our church facilities to make sure any projects are prioritized, fit within the church’s overall budget and plans for advancing our visions for mission and ministry, and don’t unduly impact other programs or activities. If you see a repair that’s needed or an improvement that should be made, before you think about “just doing it,” please talk with Pastor Linman, Property Committee chair Ted Mortensen, or Council President Glen Mason so that we know about it in advance and have a chance to ensure that it fits with other plans and renovations.

September Financial Update

The below chart is a summary of RELC’s finances for the year to date as of August 31, 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 significantly below our actual expenses for the year and below our giving levels for this time last year. This trend has been worsening during the first eight months of 2021.

Please continue to donate during our newly reestablished weekly service or send in your contributions through Simply Giving, by using the “Donate Now” button on RELC’s website or by sending your contribution check to the church office in the US Mail.

Please prayerfully consider what this information means to you as we work together to support RELC’s ministries..

  (a) YTD Giving(b) YTD Expenses(c) Giving-Expenses(d) Giving as %
of Budget
(e) Change from
2020 Giving
General Fund 226,855 271,864 (44,829) 65% (4,565)
Benevolence 42,646 31,405 11,241 66% (1,280)
Renovation 10,624 2,500 8,124 98% (3,616)
TOTAL 280,125 305,589 (25,464) 66% (6,901)

 

Helpful Tips for Our Young Families During Worship

For families who feel the need to step out of the Sanctuary, we do have our lounge. Speakers in the space allow you to hear the service so you won’t miss anything. You will find a changing table and a couple of couches, which may be a welcomed sight for nursing mothers.

Worship Videos

For those still unable to worship with us in person, we are creating videos of our Sunday morning worship at the church making them available later in the day on YouTube with links sent via a Constant Contact message. The Sunday bulletin will also be available electronically in the message as well.

Faith Formation Calendar

Click below for the current faith formation calendar that includes activities and resources for all ages:

pdfRELC Home Pentecost Faith Formation Calendar 5/23/2021 - 9/12/2021

Monday Evening Bible Study on Themes of Justice in the Bible

This Bible Study continues on Monday evenings at 6:30 and will meet for several weeks. This series focuses on how themes of justice variously appear in the Bible, in both Hebrew and Christian scriptures. If you are interested in participating, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All are welcome to join in!

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:

  • Eileen Anderson
  • Janette Wray
  • Sandy Lindamood
  • Judy Frank
  • Joana Plerpa
  • Effie Stallsmith
  • Malcolm Stark
  • Barb Jensen
  • Charlotte Boeck
  • Lynn Kiewel
  • Phillip Swingler
  • Maria Liwski
  • Tucker Dean
  • Irene Belcher
  • Brian Carr
  • Sharon Kravetz
  • Dipankar Ghosh and the family of Debbi Pierce
  • Family of Carol Clements

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

Click here for the latest updates on our county’s pandemic response as well as official and current information concerning vaccinations.

Current Routine for Worship Indoors

We continue our worship indoors this Sunday at 10:00am. To alleviate any concerns and to help prepare you for your return, here is what you can expect:

First, out of loving concern for young children and others not yet able to be vaccinated, we ask that ALL worshipers wear facial masks. Secondly, we will maintain physical distancing, erring on the side of caution. These two basic practices serve as the foundation for safety and guide all other practices.

Upon arrival: kindly find your seats promptly on arrival to avoid congregating in the narthex. Every other pew will be available for seating. Please do not try to sit in pews taped off. Ushers will be available to assist you with seating options.

Offering: your offerings will not be collected. However, offering plates located near the front of the church are available for your use. When you come forward for communion, you may place your offering in one of the plates on stands near the chancel.

Communion: Holy Communion will be offered in both kinds, with bread being dropped into your hands, palms facing up, and wine administered from a pouring chalice into a container you bring from home. Intinction, dipping bread into the cup, is not permitted for reasons of hygiene. Communion will be continuous, with worshipers forming one line in the center aisle to receive both bread and wine at the direction of ushers. One side of the church will commune first, and then we’ll move to communing the other side. Return to your seats via the side aisles closest to you.

Upon Departure: kindly leave the nave promptly at the direction of ushers and avoid once again congregating in the narthex. If you wish to remain on church grounds for conversation, and we hope you do, please adjourn to the fellowship hall downstairs or outdoors beyond the Washington Blvd. entrance.

Misc. Considerations: Automatic hand sanitizer dispensers on stands are available for your use in several locations in the church building. If you forget your face mask, we have extras for you, and likewise small paper cups if you forget a container for communion. Worship indoors will be very similar to that which we have been doing outdoors, a simplified, somewhat shorter version of Resurrection’s normal worship practice.

We very much look forward to seeing you in church!

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!

Remember that Sunday Worship begins now at 10:00 am

In order to accommodate a return to Sunday morning choir rehearsal, our one weekly worship service will begin at 10:00 am. Please note this change in worship time, approved by our Congregation Council..

Collection of Food Items for AFAC, Sunday, September 26

We will receive donations of food items for AFAC on Sunday, September 26 in conjunction with our return to worship indoors.

Regular Office Hours Return

On site in person office hours have resumed at Resurrection Church. Regular office hours, when Office Administrator, Monika Carney, and/or Pastor Linman will be in the church office, are Monday-Friday, 10:00 am to 2:00. Because there may be contingencies like running errands, attending meetings, or being called out on emergencies, it would be a good idea to call or email before you stop by just to be certain that Pastor and/or Monika will be available to you.

Altar Flowers to Return

In keeping with RELC’s custom prior to the pandemic, we will resume ordering flowers for the chancel, beginning on Rally Day (September 12, 2021). If you would like to participate in flower dedications, please sign up on the calendar, which will be placed in the hallway just outside of the kitchen. Please be sure to inform the church office for whom the flowers should be dedicated to, preceding the Sunday that you have assumed responsibility for the embellishment of the Nave. There will be recognition of your dedication in the church bulletin. Please also note that you will need to submit a $40 check to the church office for the flowers. The check should be paid to the order of Resurrection Lutheran Church, and should include a memo which identifies that the donation is for the church flowers. Sending great thanks to all who partake in serving and glorifying God and RELC, through your gifts of flowers during the worship service.

Caring for our Church Facilities

It has been such a joy for us all to return to Resurrection for in-person Sunday services – not only for the opportunity to reunite with friends but to come back into the sanctuary and facilities that feel like part of our home. There’s a natural inclination to notice where some repairs and improvements could be made, and we are blessed with members in our congregation who are willing to increase their offerings to the church to accomplish those things. But we need to bear in mind that there’s a process for evaluating these renovations to our church facilities to make sure any projects are prioritized, fit within the church’s overall budget and plans for advancing our visions for mission and ministry, and don’t unduly impact other programs or activities. If you see a repair that’s needed or an improvement that should be made, before you think about “just doing it,” please talk with Pastor Linman, Property Committee chair Ted Mortensen, or Council President Glen Mason so that we know about it in advance and have a chance to ensure that it fits with other plans and renovations.

Helpful Tips for Our Young Families During Worship

For families who feel the need to step out of the Sanctuary, we do have our lounge. Speakers in the space allow you to hear the service so you won’t miss anything. You will find a changing table and a couple of couches, which may be a welcomed sight for nursing mothers.

Worship Videos

For those still unable to worship with us in person, we are creating videos of our Sunday morning worship at the church making them available later in the day on YouTube with links sent via a Constant Contact message. The Sunday bulletin will also be available electronically in the message as well.

Faith Formation Calendar

Click below for the current faith formation calendar that includes activities and resources for all ages:

pdfRELC Home Pentecost Faith Formation Calendar 5/23/2021 - 9/12/2021

Monday Evening Bible Study on Themes of Justice in the Bible

This Bible Study continues on Monday evenings at 6:30 and will meet for several weeks. This series focuses on how themes of justice variously appear in the Bible, in both Hebrew and Christian scriptures. If you are interested in participating, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All are welcome to join in!

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:

  • Eileen Anderson
  • Janette Wray
  • Sandy Lindamood
  • Judy Frank
  • Joana Plerpa
  • Effie Stallsmith
  • Malcolm Stark
  • Barb Jensen
  • Charlotte Boeck
  • Lynn Kiewel
  • Phillip Swingler
  • Maria Liwski
  • Tucker Dean
  • Irene Belcher
  • Brian Carr
  • Sharon Kravetz
  • Dipankar Ghosh and the family of Debbi Pierce
  • The family of Eugene Cline
  • The family and friends of Tommy Mazzoli
  • Family of Ralph Hoffmeister
  • Family of Carol Clements

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

Click here for the latest updates on our county’s pandemic response as well as official and current information concerning vaccinations.

Current Routine for Worship Indoors

We continue our worship indoors this Sunday at 10:00am. To alleviate any concerns and to help prepare you for your return, here is what you can expect:

First, out of loving concern for young children and others not yet able to be vaccinated, we ask that ALL worshipers wear facial masks. Secondly, we will maintain physical distancing, erring on the side of caution. These two basic practices serve as the foundation for safety and guide all other practices.

Upon arrival: kindly find your seats promptly on arrival to avoid congregating in the narthex. Every other pew will be available for seating. Please do not try to sit in pews taped off. Ushers will be available to assist you with seating options.

Offering: your offerings will not be collected. However, offering plates located near the front of the church are available for your use. When you come forward for communion, you may place your offering in one of the plates on stands near the chancel.

Communion: Holy Communion will be offered in both kinds, with bread being dropped into your hands, palms facing up, and wine administered from a pouring chalice into a container you bring from home. Intinction, dipping bread into the cup, is not permitted for reasons of hygiene. Communion will be continuous, with worshipers forming one line in the center aisle to receive both bread and wine at the direction of ushers. One side of the church will commune first, and then we’ll move to communing the other side. Return to your seats via the side aisles closest to you.

Upon Departure: kindly leave the nave promptly at the direction of ushers and avoid once again congregating in the narthex. If you wish to remain on church grounds for conversation, and we hope you do, please adjourn to the fellowship hall downstairs or outdoors beyond the Washington Blvd. entrance.

Misc. Considerations: Automatic hand sanitizer dispensers on stands are available for your use in several locations in the church building. If you forget your face mask, we have extras for you, and likewise small paper cups if you forget a container for communion. Worship indoors will be very similar to that which we have been doing outdoors, a simplified, somewhat shorter version of Resurrection’s normal worship practice.

We very much look forward to seeing you in church!

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!

(Reprinted from November 27, 2020)

Dear RELC Church Family:

The Council thanks those who provided feedback regarding the Black Lives Matter signs at RELC and concerns about the Black Lives Matter organization. We apologize for the lack of communications with the congregation regarding the Council’s decision to display the signs.

The Council agrees with the June of 2019 ELCA statement the “Declaration of the ELCA to People of African Descent,” which apologizes to people of African descent for the church’s “historical complicity in slavery and its enduring legacy of racism in the United Stated and globally.” Additionally, the declaration further proclaims: “this church enters into a season of confession and lamentation. Beyond empty promises or well-meaning intentions, this church recommits to the work of racial justice, socioeconomic equity and racial reconciliation.”

Bishop Eaton has joined many ELCA Lutherans in affirming Black Lives Matter. On October 7, 2020, the DC Synod issued a statement of commitment to racial equity. Among other things, the letter states: “We acknowledge the events that have transpired over the more than 100 days since the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. We witness the calls for justice, and join the many voices in declaring that Black Lives Matter are sacred.” The letter goes on to say “our silence only gives cover to racist policies, practices, and systems. There are no sidelines. Remaining neutral in situations of injustice leaves us on the side of the oppressor.”

The Council views the Black Lives Matter signs as a Christian statement that while all lives matter, at this moment Black lives are most at risk. The BLM movement was spurred on by the killing of Trayvon Martin in 2012 and has grown into an organization with chapters in cities across the US. As stated in the ELCA Black Lives Matter document: “The movement seeks to help people recognize that Black lives matter no less than other lives, and to expose how Black people have been and continue to be dehumanized and considered insignificant, expendable prey in our society… When we say Black lives matter, we are promoting and protecting human rights and living out God’s commandment to love our neighbor.” We know that we will never reach absolute consensus about sensitive decisions like these. In this time of Black people vulnerability to prejudice and harm, we feel called by Christ to announce our support publicly for Black safety and security, and our opposition to racial injustice.

RELC has historically played an active role within the Arlington Civil Society Community in advocating for justice and inclusion. The Council will continue current discussions on how best to determine the appropriateness of similar engagement going forward. The Council also joins Pastor Linman in the commitment to providing opportunities for our congregation to engage with each other in thoughtful and respectful ways as we seek racial justice in our church and world. Currently Pastor Linman is leading a discussion of Pastor Lenny Duncan’s book, Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US, and the monthly Friday Evening Film Series. We hope that you will join us in these and future `activities and help us in expanding this commitment to racial justice.

Your RELC Council,
Deb Andre
Paul Bastuscheck
Jeanne Broyhill – Council Chair
Mike Fuelling
Matt Gagelin
Monica Hirschberg
Glen Mason
Joyce Mortenson
Edd Nolen
Jenny Tigney
Norman Olsen

(November 2020)

Documents referenced in this letter are below
https://download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/Slavery_Apology_Explanation.pdf
https://metrodcelca.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Synod-Racial-Equity-Letter-FINAL.pdf
https://www.elca.org/blacklivesmatter

Sunday Worship Moves to 10:00 Beginning on September 12

In order to accommodate a return to Sunday morning choir rehearsal, our one weekly worship service will begin at 10:00 am rather than 9:30. Please note this change in worship time, approved by our Congregation Council, and which will commence this coming Sunday.

Blessing of Backpacks at Worship on September 12

During the sending rite at the conclusion of worship on September 12, and as part of Rally Day’s festivities, we will bless backpacks of school children to acknowledge a return to a new academic year and to seek God’s blessing on all educational endeavors.

God’s Work, Our Hands on Rally Day, Sunday, September 12

The Education Committee, in partnership with other congregational leaders and committees, is happy to invite you to join us on Rally Day—Sunday, September 12th— for engagement in God’s Work Our Hands immediately after worship. Note this will be the first Sunday where worship begins at 10 am. We will gather masked and outdoors to participate in service projects together ranging from the following activities:

  • Letter writing in support of the Eviction Moratorium
  • Letter writing in support of Afghan refugees resettling in the DMV
  • Letter writing to first responders managing the COVID 19 surges
  • Letter writing to the Urban Search and Rescue Team of Fairfax Fire Department
  • A teach in on local initiatives to support climate justice
  • A reading of the photo essay on The International Humans Rights Declaration
  • A Take Home Challenge of suggested Service Actions to practice with your household

Stations will be set up to allow multiple ways to engage in service together, with opportunities for all ages to relate to God’s Work Our Hands Sunday meaningfully. As we transition into more opportunities to gather outdoors and in person, we hope you’ll consider joining us for this occasion for one or all of these activities.

But here is something you can do now in preparation for September 12th—Lutheran Social Services is helping in the resettlement of refugees from Afghanistan. The Social Ministry Committee is asking for your help to create boxes of household supplies for these families. We will collect items until God’s Work Our Hands Sunday/Rally Day on September 12, when we will pack the items and deliver them to LSS.

Items needed for Household Cleaning Boxes:

  • all-purpose cleaner
  • laundry detergent
  • sponges and scrubber
  • cleaning rags
  • paper towels
  • waste baskets
  • trash bags

Gift cards to Target, Walmart, etc. are welcome or checks to RELC noted for LSS refugees.

Collection of Food Items for AFAC, Sunday, September 12

We will receive donations of food items for AFAC on Sunday, September 12 in conjunction with our return to worship indoors.

God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday and Rally Day on September 12

Mark your calendars now for events and initiatives soon to be announced that will begin our new program year!

But here is something you can do now in preparation for September 12: Lutheran Social Services is helping in the resettlement of refugees from Afghanistan. The Social Ministry Committee is asking your help to create boxes of household supplies for these families. We will collect items until God’s Work Our Hands Sunday/Rally Day on September 12, when we will pack the items and deliver them to LSS.

Items needed for Household Cleaning Box:

  • all-purpose cleaner
  • laundry detergent
  • sponges and scrubber
  • cleaning rags
  • paper towels
  • waste baskets
  • trash bags

Gift cards to Target, Walmart, etc. are welcome or checks to RELC noted for LSS refugees.

Regular Office Hours Return

Beginning on Monday, September 13, in person, on site office hours will resume at Resurrection Church. Regular office hours, when Office Administrator, Monika Carney, and/or Pastor Linman will be in the church office, will be Monday-Friday, 10:00 am to 2:00. Because there may be contingencies like running errands, attending meetings, or being called out on emergencies, it would be a good idea to call or email before you stop by just to be certain that Pastor and/or Monika will be available to you.

Altar Flowers to Return

In keeping with RELC’s custom prior to the pandemic, we will resume ordering flowers for the chancel, beginning on Rally Day (September 12, 2021). If you would like to participate in flower dedications, please sign up on the calendar, which will be placed in the hallway just outside of the kitchen. Please be sure to inform the church office for whom the flowers should be dedicated to, preceding the Sunday that you have assumed responsibility for the embellishment of the Nave. There will be recognition of your dedication in the church bulletin. Please also note that you will need to submit a $40 check to the church office for the flowers. The check should be paid to the order of Resurrection Lutheran Church, and should include a memo which identifies that the donation is for the church flowers. Sending great thanks to all who partake in serving and glorifying God and RELC, through your gifts of flowers during the worship service.

Helpful Tips for Our Young Families During Worship

For families who feel the need to step out of the Sanctuary, we do have our lounge. Speakers in the space allow you to hear the service so you won’t miss anything. You will find a changing table and a couple of couches, which may be a welcomed sight for nursing mothers.

Worship Videos

For those still unable to worship with us in person, we are creating videos of our Sunday morning worship at the church making them available later in the day on YouTube with links sent via a Constant Contact message. The Sunday bulletin will also be available electronically in the message as well.

Faith Formation Calendar

Click below for the current faith formation calendar that includes activities and resources for all ages:

pdfRELC Home Pentecost Faith Formation Calendar 5/23/2021 - 9/12/2021

Monday Evening Bible Study on Themes of Justice in the Bible

This Bible Study continues on Monday evenings at 6:30 and will meet for several weeks. This series focuses on how themes of justice variously appear in the Bible, in both Hebrew and Christian scriptures. If you are interested in participating, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All are welcome to join in!

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: Family of Ralph Hoffmeister; Judy Frank; Carol Clements; Sandy Lindamood, Joana Plerpa; Jeanne Broyhill; Effe Stallsmith; Maggie Mount; Lee Hanson; Malcolm Stark; Norm Olsen; Barb Jensen; Charlotte Boeck; Lynn Kiewel; Phillip Swingler; Maria Liwski; Tucker Dean; Irene Belcher; Brian Carr; Family and friends of Tommy Mazzoli; Sharon Kravetz; Dipankar Ghosh and the family of Debbi Pierce; the family of Martha Simpson; the Flynn family; the Eoff family.

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

Click here for the latest updates on our county’s pandemic response as well as official and current information concerning vaccinations.

Current Routine for Worship Indoors

We continue our worship indoors this Sunday at 9:30. To alleviate any concerns and to help prepare you for your return, here is what you can expect:

First, out of loving concern for young children and others not yet able to be vaccinated, we ask that ALL worshipers wear facial masks. Secondly, we will maintain physical distancing, erring on the side of caution. These two basic practices serve as the foundation for safety and guide all other practices.

Upon arrival: kindly find your seats promptly on arrival to avoid congregating in the narthex. Every other pew will be available for seating. Please do not try to sit in pews taped off. Ushers will be available to assist you with seating options.

Offering: your offerings will not be collected. However, offering plates located near the front of the church are available for your use. When you come forward for communion, you may place your offering in one of the plates on stands near the chancel.

Communion: Holy Communion will be offered in both kinds, with bread being dropped into your hands, palms facing up, and wine administered from a pouring chalice into a container you bring from home. Intinction, dipping bread into the cup, is not permitted for reasons of hygiene. Communion will be continuous, with worshipers forming one line in the center aisle to receive both bread and wine at the direction of ushers. One side of the church will commune first, and then we’ll move to communing the other side. Return to your seats via the side aisles closest to you.

Upon Departure: kindly leave the nave promptly at the direction of ushers and avoid once again congregating in the narthex. If you wish to remain on church grounds for conversation, and we hope you do, please adjourn to the fellowship hall downstairs or outdoors beyond the Washington Blvd. entrance.

Misc. Considerations: Automatic hand sanitizer dispensers on stands are available for your use in several locations in the church building. If you forget your face mask, we have extras for you, and likewise small paper cups if you forget a container for communion. Worship indoors will be very similar to that which we have been doing outdoors, a simplified, somewhat shorter version of Resurrection’s normal worship practice.

We very much look forward to seeing you in church!

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!

Sunday Worship Moves to 10:00 Beginning on September 12

In order to accommodate a return to Sunday morning choir rehearsal, our one weekly worship service will begin at 10:00 am rather than 9:30. Please note this change in worship time, approved by our Congregation Council, and which will commence on September 12.

Blessing of Backpacks at Worship on September 12

During the sending rite at the conclusion of worship on September 12, and as part of Rally Day’s festivities, we will bless backpacks of school children to acknowledge a return to a new academic year and to seek God’s blessing on all educational endeavors.

God’s Work, Our Hands on Rally Day, Sunday, September 12

The Education Committee, in partnership with other congregational leaders and committees, is happy to invite you to join us on Rally Day—Sunday, September 12th— for engagement in God’s Work Our Hands immediately after worship. Note this will be the first Sunday where worship begins at 10 am. We will gather masked and outdoors to participate in service projects together ranging from the following activities:

  • Letter writing in support of the Eviction Moratorium
  • Letter writing in support of Afghan refugees resettling in the DMV
  • Letter writing to first responders managing the COVID 19 surges
  • Letter writing to the Urban Search and Rescue Team of Fairfax Fire Department
  • A teach in on local initiatives to support climate justice
  • A reading of the photo essay on The International Humans Rights Declaration
  • A Take Home Challenge of suggested Service Actions to practice with your household

Stations will be set up to allow multiple ways to engage in service together, with opportunities for all ages to relate to God’s Work Our Hands Sunday meaningfully. As we transition into more opportunities to gather outdoors and in person, we hope you’ll consider joining us for this occasion for one or all of these activities.

But here is something you can do now in preparation for September 12th—Lutheran Social Services is helping in the resettlement of refugees from Afghanistan. The Social Ministry Committee is asking for your help to create boxes of household supplies for these families. We will collect items until God’s Work Our Hands Sunday/Rally Day on September 12, when we will pack the items and deliver them to LSS.

Items needed for Household Cleaning Boxes:

  • all-purpose cleaner
  • laundry detergent
  • sponges and scrubber
  • cleaning rags
  • paper towels
  • waste baskets
  • trash bags

Gift cards to Target, Walmart, etc. are welcome or checks to RELC noted for LSS refugees.

Collection of Food Items for AFAC, Sunday, September 12

We will receive donations of food items for AFAC on Sunday, September 12 in conjunction with our return to worship indoors.

God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday and Rally Day on September 12

Mark your calendars now for events and initiatives soon to be announced that will begin our new program year!

But here is something you can do now in preparation for September 12: Lutheran Social Services is helping in the resettlement of refugees from Afghanistan. The Social Ministry Committee is asking your help to create boxes of household supplies for these families. We will collect items until God’s Work Our Hands Sunday/Rally Day on September 12, when we will pack the items and deliver them to LSS.

Items needed for Household Cleaning Box:

  • all-purpose cleaner
  • laundry detergent
  • sponges and scrubber
  • cleaning rags
  • paper towels
  • waste baskets
  • trash bags

Gift cards to Target, Walmart, etc. are welcome or checks to RELC noted for LSS refugees.

Altar Flowers to Return

In keeping with RELC’s custom prior to the pandemic, we will resume ordering flowers for the chancel, beginning on Rally Day (September 12, 2021). If you would like to participate in flower dedications, please sign up on the calendar, which will be placed in the hallway just outside of the kitchen. Please be sure to inform the church office for whom the flowers should be dedicated to, preceding the Sunday that you have assumed responsibility for the embellishment of the Nave. There will be recognition of your dedication in the church bulletin. Please also note that you will need to submit a $40 check to the church office for the flowers. The check should be paid to the order of Resurrection Lutheran Church, and should include a memo which identifies that the donation is for the church flowers. Sending great thanks to all who partake in serving and glorifying God and RELC, through your gifts of flowers during the worship service.

Helpful Tips for Our Young Families During Worship

For families who feel the need to step out of the Sanctuary, we do have our lounge. Speakers in the space allow you to hear the service so you won’t miss anything. You will find a changing table and a couple of couches, which may be a welcomed sight for nursing mothers.

Worship Videos

For those still unable to worship with us in person, we are creating videos of our Sunday morning worship at the church making them available later in the day on YouTube with links sent via a Constant Contact message. The Sunday bulletin will also be available electronically in the message as well.

Faith Formation Calendar

Click below for the current faith formation calendar that includes activities and resources for all ages:

pdfRELC Home Pentecost Faith Formation Calendar 5/23/2021 - 9/12/2021

Monday Evening Bible Study on Themes of Justice in the Bible

This Bible Study continues on Monday evenings at 6:30 and will meet for several weeks. This series focuses on how themes of justice variously appear in the Bible, in both Hebrew and Christian scriptures. If you are interested in participating, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All are welcome to join in!

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: Ralph Hoffmeister; Judy Frank; Carol Clements; Sandy Lindamood, Joana Plerpa; Jeanne Broyhill; Effe Stallsmith; Maggie Mount; Lee Hanson; Malcolm Stark; Norm Olsen; Barb Jensen; Charlotte Boeck; Lynn Kiewel; Phillip Swingler; Maria Liwski; Tucker Dean; Irene Belcher; Brian Carr; Tommy Mazzoli; Sharon Kravetz; Dipankar Ghosh and the family of Debbi Pierce; the family of Martha Simpson; the Flynn family; the Eoff family.

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

Click here for the latest updates on our county’s pandemic response as well as official and current information concerning vaccinations.

Current Routine for Worship Indoors

We continue our worship indoors this Sunday at 9:30. To alleviate any concerns and to help prepare you for your return, here is what you can expect:

First, out of loving concern for young children and others not yet able to be vaccinated, we ask that ALL worshipers wear facial masks. Secondly, we will maintain physical distancing, erring on the side of caution. These two basic practices serve as the foundation for safety and guide all other practices.

Upon arrival: kindly find your seats promptly on arrival to avoid congregating in the narthex. Every other pew will be available for seating. Please do not try to sit in pews taped off. Ushers will be available to assist you with seating options.

Offering: your offerings will not be collected. However, offering plates located near the front of the church are available for your use. When you come forward for communion, you may place your offering in one of the plates on stands near the chancel.

Communion: Holy Communion will be offered in both kinds, with bread being dropped into your hands, palms facing up, and wine administered from a pouring chalice into a container you bring from home. Intinction, dipping bread into the cup, is not permitted for reasons of hygiene. Communion will be continuous, with worshipers forming one line in the center aisle to receive both bread and wine at the direction of ushers. One side of the church will commune first, and then we’ll move to communing the other side. Return to your seats via the side aisles closest to you.

Upon Departure: kindly leave the nave promptly at the direction of ushers and avoid once again congregating in the narthex. If you wish to remain on church grounds for conversation, and we hope you do, please adjourn to the fellowship hall downstairs or outdoors beyond the Washington Blvd. entrance.

Misc. Considerations: Automatic hand sanitizer dispensers on stands are available for your use in several locations in the church building. If you forget your face mask, we have extras for you, and likewise small paper cups if you forget a container for communion. Worship indoors will be very similar to that which we have been doing outdoors, a simplified, somewhat shorter version of Resurrection’s normal worship practice.

We very much look forward to seeing you in church!

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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