- Worship 8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
- Worship 8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
- Worship 8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
The Stained Glass Windows in the Nave at Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church
Dr. Melvin S. Lange, pastor of Resurrection Lutheran Church from 1958 to 1971, prepared the theological material for the artist, Roy Calligan, of the Hunt Stained Glass Studios in Pittsburgh, PA. The meaning of each of the seventeen windows is indicated by a Bible verse. The theme begins with the window to the left of the lectern (when facing the altar) and proceeds around the nave toward the back, and then forward on the opposite side toward the last window to the right of the pulpit.
We are a church that strives to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God (Micah 6:8). We do justice by serving our community through our social outreach activities and through contributions of finances and member’s time to local programs, including, for example, Lutheran Social Services. We provide opportunities for a rich Christian education to our members and to the community. Many of our members are active in synod activities and in ecumenical activities with other Christians.
We love kindness in the Christian work we do, often quietly but resolutely, for our members and for the community. Benevolence has always been a priority for our church, and we are a significant donor both in our financial resources and, perhaps more importantly to us, our member’s time. We are active with food assistance programs in the Arlington area and to other social service organizations.
We strive to walk humbly with our God in our worship services. We take liturgy, prayer, and music very seriously in our church as a path through which our parishioners can experience the word and sacrament in their lives. Finally, we are excited about offering the sacrament of communion to our parishioners at every Sunday service and believe it is important that we continue to do so.
At the beginning of August, the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly convened. A number of decisions were made at that forum. Bishop Eaton was elected to a second six-year term. Patriarchy was declared a sin, and a sin in the Church, with the approval of the social statement, “Faith, Sexism and Justice: A Call to Action”. The ELCA declared itself to be a sanctuary body. A memorial was passed encouraging congregations to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the ELCA’s ordination of women in 2020.
The ELCA adopted the “Strategy Toward Authentic Diversity in the ELCA”, which consists of a report and recommendations on how the institution integrates racial diversity goals and outcomes. The ELCA declined to join the Poor People’s Campaign. The ELCA adopted a resolution supporting the World Council of Church’s “Thursdays in Black” campaign working to combat sexual violence. June 17th will be observed as a day of repentance in the ELCA for the martyrdom of the Emmanuel 9.
What I’d like to draw our specific attention to as a congregation is the Declaration of the ELCA to People of African Descent. On June 27th, 2019, the Churchwide Council of the ELCA adopted this declaration.
God’s Agent of Change conjures up images of a mighty band of superheroes with secret missions. When we take on the mission of being God’s agent of change in the world, we must be ready to be transformed – individually and together.
He escaped an F-5 tornado by a distance of 12 miles. A fifth grade boy’s knock on the door helped set the course of his career. He was known as Methuselah. He is fluent in Russian and an aficionado of spy novels. There’s a lot to know about our beloved organist and choirmaster, Roy Guenther.
This month, Pastor Guy shares a message from Pastor Andrew Lewis, Southeastern Synod, ELCA. See www.ELCA.org/sanctuary church for more articles concerning the churchwide assembly vote.
Dear friends in Christ,
In the middle of last week, the Churchwide Assembly voted to designate the ELCA a "sanctuary churchbody." Over the next several days, news organizations picked up the story; the coverage was mostly vague.
RELC has provided a meal delivery team for the Arlington County Meals on Wheels program since the 1970’s. Meals are delivered to the homes of participants (typically elderly or disabled) who are unable to prepare meals for themselves. The amount charged for the meals is determined on a sliding scale based on the recipient’s ability to pay.
RELC’s delivery team handles 4 routes on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Every 3rd month, on the 5th Thursday of the month we also have a 5th Route. On delivery days drivers meet at Arlington Presbyterian Church in Ballston at 11:00 a.m. to pick up meals. It typically takes 1 to 1 1/2 hours to complete delivery and return coolers to the Church. Current delivery team members are Ed & Anita Nolen, Randy Brooke, Dave & Melody Zeigler, and Steve Sapp. Our substitute drivers are Charlie and Judy Hughes, Heidi and Rosalie Dech and Cindy Reese.
We’re always looking for new or additional drivers, or substitute drivers to handle a route when a regular driver is unavailable. If you’re interested either in handling a route or being a substitute driver please contact Steve Sapp at 703–943-0459.
THANK YOU to all the RELC members who volunteered for this year’s Rebuilding Together project. We had a very successful effort. The homeowner is very happy with the work we did for her. We filled a dumpster with old furniture, construction debris, and other material that had been accumulated over many years. We cleaned the gutters and installed gutter screens. We built new concrete steps for the front and side entrances to her house, removed a dead tree stump, painted her porch floor and four sets of wrought iron hand rails, and several other small projects to clean up her yard.
Many thanks to the following RELC team members:
- Debbie Andre
- Doug Andre
- Lou Curran
- Pastor Anteneh
- Ted Mortensen
- Lee Nesbit
- Edd Nolen
- David Oaks
- Tristan Oaks
- Clark Person
- Claire Smith
- Carole Smith
- Mike Smith
Thanks also to Jim Dillon, Lou Wood, and Ben Smith, who have worked with our team for many years. Special thanks to Alfred Baumgast who is here from Germany and works with David Oaks. He was an enthusiastic volunteer and we thank him for his participation.
Thanks to St. Ann’s Catholic Church for providing breakfast for the volunteers. Their members, Matt Doyle and Bill Fernando have worked closely with us for many years.
Special thanks to Anita Nolen and the Social Ministry committee for providing and delivering lunch for the volunteers. Thanks to Mike Smith for organizing all the details. This was a very successful project!
I bring you greetings in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
The Rev. Leila M. Ortiz, Washington, D.C., was elected June 15 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during the synod assembly, held June 14-15 at the College Park (Md.) Marriot and Conference Center.
Ortiz was elected on the fifth ballot, with 150 votes. The Rev. Jeanette D. Leisk, pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Alexandria, Va., received 121 votes. The bishop-elect has served as assistant to the synod bishop for mobility and candidacy since 2016. She served as associate pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Gaithersburg, Md., from 2014 to 2016, and pastor-inresidence at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Herndon, Va., from 2013 to 2014.
Ortiz received a Bachelor of Psychology from Wagner College in Staten Island, N.Y., in 2005 and a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (now United) in 2009. She is currently a doctoral candidate at United. Wagner is one of 26 ELCA colleges and universities, and United is one of seven ELCA seminaries.
Ortiz will be installed Oct. 12 at National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. The Rev. Richard H. Graham has served as bishop since 2007 and will retire Aug. 31.
Every three years, 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders from across the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America gather for a week of faith formation known as the ELCA Youth Gathering. Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service and fellowship, young people grow in faith and are challenged and inspired to live their faith in their daily lives.
The 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering is being held in Houston, TX (June 26—July 1) and the theme is “This Changes Everything.” Our primary scripture will be Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”