Midweek Announcements for July 22, 2020

The Rev. Gene Copenhaver

It has been reported to us that The Rev. Gene Copenhaver, former pastor of Resurrection Church, is in failing health. Prayers for him and for his family are encouraged at this time.

AFAC Food Collection

When: July 26th, from 11:00am – 1:00pm
Where: Washington Blvd. Entrance

RELC will continue collecting food donations for AFAC every two weeks. Our next collection will be Sunday, July 26th, from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Washington Blvd entrance. Due to the pandemic, the need for food is increasing daily. AFAC needs canned vegetables , cereal (low sugar), canned tuna, canned tomato products (stewed, diced, paste), and peanut butter (in plastic jars). Members of the Social Ministry Committee will be there to assist you with your donation. Monetary contributions, which enable AFAC to purchase more perishable items are accepted and welcomed. All donations will be delivered to AFAC Monday morning. Any questions? Contact Edd Nolen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-533-2953.

Care Takers For RELC’s Plot Against Hunger Garden

Our Plot Against Hunger garden is in full swing! We are looking for a few more people to help us water, weed, and harvest during the summer. Please sign up on this link to volunteer for a week of watering the RELC garden: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040a4babad2cabff2-help. If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Wine (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Monica Hirschberg (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). We appreciate your help!

Financial Update

July Financial Update. The below chart is a summary of RELC’s finances for the year to date as of June 30, 2020. The columns titled “(a) YTD Giving,” “(b) YTD Expenses” and “(c) Giving minus Expenses” provide key data for our three primary financial funds. This data shows that our giving is slightly above our actual expenses for the YTD but well below our giving levels for this time last year. We continue to see the negative impact of the cancellation of Sunday services on our giving. Please continue to send in your weekly contributions which can be made through Simply Giving, by using the “Donate Now” button on RELC’s website or by sending your contribution check to the church office in the US Mail. Please prayerfully consider what this information means to you as we work together to support RELC’s ministries.

 (a) YTD Giving (b) YTD Expenses(c) Giving-Expenses(d) Giving as
% of Budget
(e) Change from
2019 Giving
General Fund 190,159 201,428 (11,269) 71% (8,737)
Benevolence 33,070 18,275 14,795 60% (3,078)
Renovation 11,052 831 10,221 110% (681)
TOTAL 234,281 220,534 13,747 70% (12,496)


RELC Offerings

Our community is facing a challenging time as it continues to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and the economic damage resulting from business closures, now compounded by the suffering of racial injustice. Despite our separation, it’s important for us to maintain our financial support for the church and its ministries in the community – and, if possible, to considering increasing that support to address our neighbors’ immediate needs. As our church determines how it can best serve the community, please ensure that it has the resources needed to provide that help. You can make your offering by using the “Donate Now” button on the RELC website or by mailing your offering to our office at 6201 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA, 22205.

ELCA Metro D.C. Synod News

Season of Creation Devotions for September 1 - October 4

Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton and leaders from The Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada have prepared a series of devotions to observe the Season of Creation 2020, Sept. 1–Oct. 4.

In the opening devotion, the leaders stress the significance of a collective responsibility in caring for creation. "Waking up to matters of climate justice and environmental stewardship are among the most important callings people have today. Over many years, through many voices, our churches have come to a growing conviction that loving our neighbour includes loving Mother Earth as a neighbour."

To access devotions, please click on this link.

 

Quilt Group News

Thanks to Laurie Beyer Hall who took our 13 finished quilts up to the Lutheran World Relief Warehouse in New Windsor MD and to Pastor Linman who blessed them for us. Though we haven't been able to meet as a group, a couple of us are still sewing quilt tops and we will have plenty to work on when we can meet together again.

Readers For Home Worship

Would you like to serve as a reader for the weekly home worship videos? If so, please contact the church office at relcarlington.org or Kim Harriz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and request to be added to the list of faithful stewards who serve the members of the body of Christ by reading God’s word.

Children’s Ministry

ZOOM time with Ms. Angie continues every Monday at 2:00. If you are interested and have not yet joined, you are missing out on some FUN TIMES. Upcoming events: Quick Draw, Indoor Scavenger Hunt, Charades and CarryOut VBS.

Our Wine and Whine event for parents continues every other Friday, beginning at 7:30 for an hour give or take. Schedule: July 17, 31; August 14 & 28.

CarryOut VBS will take place during our regularly scheduled ZOOM time on Mondays at 2:00, beginning July 20 and ending August 31. More details coming to an inbox near you.

If you do not receive emails from me and are interested in any of the above, please reach out to Angie Brooke at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR call 703 972-2086.

Youth Ministry

Provided is a Home Faith Formation Calendar, updated each week with the following week’s recorded content. For those who couldn’t tune in live, see those resources available to you now. Check out too suggestive home activities, lectionary readings, and resources for racial justice for all ages.

Contacting Pastor Linman

Now that I am in residence in Arlington, and in the same time zone with you, I am beginning to incorporate into my routines contact with our members, mainly via phone and email given the need for continued physical distancing. But please do not hesitate to contact me first should you have need and desire. In fact, I would welcome and cherish as your pastor also hearing from you. A good way to start would be to send me an email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I monitor and respond to my emails quite regularly. An email exchange may result in our plans to converse by phone, or FaceTime or Zoom, or other creative avenues. You may also wish to phone me at first. The direct line to the pastor’s office at the church (the messages on which I also now monitor regularly) is: 703-972-2076. There is also a new landline at the parsonage: 703-237-4157 (but kindly please first leave messages at the pastor’s office phone number).

Other Announcements?

Should you have announcements that you wish to communicate in this weekly message as committee chairs or those responsible for other ministry initiatives at Resurrection, please contact Monika at the office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by late Monday mornings for inclusion in the message for the coming Wednesday. Thanks!