Midweek Announcements for October 15, 2020

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

This year the annual Arlington Crop Walk will be virtual due to the pandemic. There will not be a gathering on Saturday, but rather walkers can choose their own routes and walk safely on their own or with others. Sign up at https://www.crophungerwalk.org/arlingtonva/relcarl to join the RELC team and help raise funds to help feed those in need. You can contribute on line or mail a check to the church. Checks can be made out to RELC with "Crop Walk" in the memo line. Donations will also be accepted at the next AFAC donation, Sunday October 18, from 11am - 1pm. Donations will be accepted after the October 17 walk date. Watch for further notice. Contact Edd Nolen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-533-2953 if you have questions.

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!

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 they will also be included in a listing of names in the midweek announcements to invite 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.

All Saints Sunday

Each year on All Saints, we remember those who have gone before us, especially those members of Resurrection Church and others in our families who have died in the past calendar year. If you wish to have a loved one remembered in prayer on All Saints Sunday, November 1, please offer name(s) to Pastor Linman via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or you may call him to leave names: 703-972-2076. Leave a message if Pastor is not in the office.

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

Join fellow RELC friends and families for a pairing of contemplative practices and book study using Black Lutheran Pastor Lenny Duncan’s debut work, Dear Church: A Love Letter to the Whitest Denomination in the United States. Launching on Tuesday, October 27th at 7 pm, this one-hour virtual gathering will offer a structured time to grow in our commitment to anti-racism as people of faith, and as a Faith Organization committed to confronting the sin of white supremacy within ourselves. Pastor Linman and Amanda Lindamood will co-facilitate a monthly gathering from October through June that deliberately centers listening and responding to the experiences of Black clergy within our tradition. If you’d like to express interest in participating, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday, October 23rd. This email will prompt Amanda to respond with introductory materials and details.

A New Bible Study on Selected Passages from Matthew via Zoom

A small group of persons has expressed interest in engaging selected passages from the Gospel of Matthew, with special attention to the Sermon on the Mount. Join us on Monday evenings at 6:30 via Zoom to delve into the Sermon on the Mount in studied and devotional ways. Each session will last about an hour. If you are interested in participating, please contact Pastor Linman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to express your intent to join in this new Bible Study during the remaining months of this liturgical year’s focus on Matthew’s Gospel.

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.

Children’s Ministry

ZOOM time with Ms. Angie and the kids will take a break through the end of September. An email will be coming shortly so we can plan the best time for our continued ZOOM's, that will fit everyone's schedule, now that school is in session. Our Wine and Whine event for parents continues every other Friday, beginning at 7:30, September 25, October 9 and 23. If you do not receive emails from me and are interested in any of the above, please reach out to Angie Brookeat: 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.

ELCA Metro D.C. Synod News

Adventure Weekend at Caroline Furnace

Get outside with your family for Adventure Weekend! This weekend will take place from October 30-November 1 and will be perfect for horseback riding, rock climbing, hiking, biking, and fishing. Our family rate is $200-250 per night for your own heated cabin + meals provided; some activities may cost extra. Basic health pre-screening is required for all overnight guests. Contact us at (540) 449-0012 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your cabin. Book at least 14 days in advance!

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

RELC will continue collecting food donations for AFAC every two weeks. Our next collection will be Sunday, October 4th, 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. We will also collect for Doorways and A-SPAN. Doorways and A-SPAN especially need protein bars, cereal bars and household items including cleaning sprays, paper towels, trash bags, masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and full-size toiletries. Monetary contributions, (checks made payable to AFAC, Doorways or A-SPAN) are welcomed. RELC offerings will also be accepted. Any questions? Contact Edd Nolen , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-533-2953.

Financial Update

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. 

  (a) YTD Giving(b) YTD Expenses(c) Giving-Expenses(d) Giving as %
of Budget
(e) Change from
2019 Giving
General Fund 261,514 288,323 (26,809) 67% (21,411)
Benevolence 49,647 41,939 7,708 61% 694
Renovation 15,655 831 14,824 104% (2,626)
TOTAL 326,816 331,093 (4,277) 68% (23,343)


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.