Farewell and Godspeed to the Burmeister Family
Mike Burmeister and Patty Brewer, Dakota and Petra, are moving to Colorado where Patty is taking on a new job. Thus, we wish them farewell and Godspeed. We especially want to thank Mike for his faithful, steadfast, and effective leadership as Council President over his two terms. Mike helped to lead Resurrection Church through the pastoral interim and helped to see the call process through to its conclusion. Mike also effectively led the congregation in these early months of the pandemic, especially in convening the Reopening Planning Group which has established the plans and protocols for when we would again meet in person for worship during the pandemic. Thanks be to God for Mike’s leadership. Thanks be to God for his and Patty’s, and Dakota’s and Petra’s presence and participation in the life of our congregation. We shall miss them indeed.
Interim Congregation Council President
We express our thanks and best wishes to Jeanne Broyhill who was elected to serve as Interim Congregation Council President at the October 8 Council Meeting. Jeanne will serve in this capacity until a regular Council President can be elected according to our by-laws once new Council members are in place after our congregation’s Annual Meeting which will occur early in 2021. May God bless Jeanne in this, her new leadership role for this season. May God lead us all in prayerful discernment about who may be elected in 2021 to serve as our new President.
2020 Crop Walk - Saturday October 17
All Saints Sunday
Metro DC Synod Council Letter on Racism
As our own congregation engages in important conversations about combatting racism, we do this in keeping with our whole Synod, as we are church together for the sake of the world. Recently our Synod Council crafted a letter expressing its commitment to seeking to end racism in church and nation. As part of our own conversations and actions, please read the Synod Council letter. This letter includes links to other resources which may assist our efforts. The work we do as a congregation will thus be supported by our siblings in Christ throughout our Synod. We do not undertake these efforts alone!
Dear Church Book Club
A New Bible Study on Selected Passages from Matthew via Zoom
The best ways to contact Pastor Linman
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.
ELCA Metro D.C. Synod News
Adventure Weekend at Caroline Furnace
Anxiety Management Event October 21, 3-4 p.m
The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community presents the following free online program: When you are already a worrier: how to manage anxiety during these unprecedented times.
It’s a tense, uncertain time for everyone. But what about the nearly 20% of our population who already suffer with an anxiety disorder? What strategies are most effective in helping your loved one and yourself if you struggle with one of these conditions? This session will help you better understand how anxiety disorder symptoms are being triggered during this international health crisis and how to respond to yourself and your loved one compassionately. This is not an onsite meeting. It will take place virtually via Zoom.You can learn more about this event and register by clicking here.
Give now for wildfire relief
Imagine you’re home and you hear a knock at the door. An official tells you to pack your essentials and evacuate, as a wildfire is speeding toward you. This is the situation many of our neighbors in the western part of the country are facing right now. Fueled by a heat wave and unfavorable winds, devastating wildfires are raging across California, Oregon, Washington and other western states. At least 20 people have died, hundreds of thousands of people are under evacuation orders and more than 3.5 million acres have burned across the three states. Some evacuees face the difficult decision of whether to stay in a shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lutheran Disaster Response is engaging with at least three Lutheran social services agencies and five synods to assess the situation and determine the best ways to respond. We expect immediate needs may include food and other necessities, as well as emotional and spiritual care for those who have been traumatized.
Your gifts will support wildfire survivors. Gifts to "U.S. wildfires" will be used in full (100%) to assist those affected by wildfires until the response is complete. Click here to donate to LDR.
$624,000 in Humanitarian Aid Destroyed in Beirut Explosion
Lutheran World Relief recently learned that three 40-foot shipping containers filled with thousands of handmade mission quilts and school, personal and baby care kits were destroyed in the devastating August 4 explosions at the port of Beirut, Lebanon.
The shipment was destined for refugees living in Lebanon, principally from Syria and the Palestinian territories. The containers were part of a shipment to be distributed by Anera, an NGO and longtime Lutheran World Relief partner that serves refugees and other vulnerable communities in the Middle East. The total value of the lost shipments was approximately $624,000.
The loss of more than 47,000 quilts, sewn by individuals and members of Lutheran congregations across the U.S., could mean a more bitter winter for thousands of refugees. Help replace the kits and quilts by learning more here. To donate, visit https://lwr.org/beirut
AFAC Food Collection
When: October 18th, from 11:00am – 1:00pm
Where: Washington Blvd. Entrance
October Financial Update. The below chart is a summary of RELC’s finances for the year to date as of September 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 below our actual expenses for the YTD and 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 and slowed giving common during the summer months. 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.
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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.