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UPDATE
You are invited to join us outside for our annual pet blessing on Sunday at 1:30pm. There will be a short liturgy, and you may bring a photo of a past pet for the memoriam portion. Each pet will receive a blessed bandana, and there will be treats for both humans and their animal companions plus an art project!
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From the Senior Pastor
 
Dear Beloveds,
 

Every Seed Has A Promise is the title of a very small book that teaches about growing things.

 

Seeds come in so many different sizes and shapes, and the book invites us to understand that each seed grows in a way that matches the type of plant it will become.

 

Sunflower seeds become — Sunflowers that soak in the sun and follow its light!

 

And Moonflower seeds become — Moonflowers that bloom only at night, and only one time.

 

 

Here is a picture of early morning moonflowers at Luther Place, growing as vines on a railing near the Peace Pole. The Moonflowers are finishing up their almost 12 hours of blooming over night! Since each flower blooms only once — I notice that the pictured face of the moonflower is the size of a small plate and know from experience that in an hour after this picture is taken, the flower will be shriveled up. It has fulfilled a large portion of its promise!

 

Moonflowers put in mind of the study we engaged in Lent 2020 using Barbara Brown Taylor’s book, Learning to Walk in the Dark. That small book considers how the moon illuminates the darkness and gives lessons in living and dying that are related to, yet different from the lessons of the daytime — or what the author calls: Full Solar Spirituality.

 

The Moonflower shares the promise of offering wondrous teachings about God’s presence in the darkness. Stopping and gazing at a moonflower in the dark is part of a learning cycle filled with grace. I remain humbled about what I have learned from God in the dark.

 

What does the Magnolia Tree teach us this week?

 

 

The Magnolia tree is a tree of the day and of the night. It remains steady in the sun light and in the moonlight. It is a constant in place and space. It remains a tree in all seasons, living out its promise as it presides over a portion of the Sacred Commons.

 

And God has a promise for us — that God remains with humanity and with all of creation, in the daytime and in the nighttime! God’s unconditional love names humankind and creation beloved over, and over and over…

 

In Christ,

Pastor Karen Brau

Coming up...
Saturday Night Compline

Hosted by Pastor Karen at 9pm ET outside by the Martin Luther statue and on Facebook Live.
 

Outdoor Singing, Wednesdays at 12:30pm

The Luther Place Staff invites you to a short time of singing together outside LP each Wednesday at 12:30pm.
Reach out to
Justin for more details.
 


 

New Member Orientation, Saturday, Oct 23

Interested in membership? Email
Pastor Karen for more info.

FAITH FORMATION SCHEDULE
Adult Spiritual Formation
As we focus on our congregation's return to in person worship and planned outdoor liturgies, we continue a short pause of Adult Spiritual Formation this Sunday, October 3rd. We look forward to resuming this shared space in later October.


Faith Formation Calendar 
The attached Pentecost calendar contains resources to support your household's faith formation with recordings, scheduled offerings, and additional activity instructions. Look here to listen to upcoming Bedtime stories, Liturgy at Home, Saturday School, and Compline.

Saturday School
Saturday School will be offered on October 2nd at 10 am on Facebook live. Using our Gospel texts, grounding practices, commemoration, and the rhythm of an expanding framework for understanding antiracism within our faith formation, we journey deeper with each other and with God in our noticing practices. 

Click here to watch last week's video
We also share our most recent Bedtime Story, Missing Nimama.
 
Teen Meetups
For more information on teen gatherings, please email youth@lutherplace.org

Faith Formation Bags
Faith Formation bags are available for delivery, as well as for scheduled pick ups. Please email Amanda if you would like to set up a time for a drop off. You may inquire about them during outdoor liturgy and worship for pickups as well. Great resources to build your households libraries, faith rituals and engagement in worship.

Liturgy at Home
Join Pastor Karen on Facebook live each Friday afternoon for a liturgy at home.
Watch last week's episode here

Stewardship
Save the date for Stewardship on Wednesday, October 13th from 7:00-8:30 pm on  Zoom, with Spanish interpretation provided.
OF INTEREST

Join the Friends of the Feast Team!

We are looking for new team members!
Are you looking for a meaningful way to serve the Luther Place Community?  Friends of the Feast (aka the Altar Guild) would love some new members.  We are responsible for preparing the altar (communion, paraments, candles, baptismal font) for worship each Sunday.  You would serve roughly one Sunday a month,  coming to the service a little bit early and staying a little bit late.  If you are interested in serving, please contact
Faith Korbel for more information.  
 



Annual N Street Village SHERO Walk!

Join N Street Village Board Member Portia Robertson Migas, former Board Member and longtime supporter Gary Maring, and all of our incredibly dedicated LPMC supporters to help us meet our $5,000 goal.
 

On Saturday, October 16, we are calling all N Street Village SHEROs to activate - to stand, walk, run, amplify and help grow our Village family.

 Join us (hopefully) in person or virtually for our SHERO Family Walk and expand the boundaries of our neighborhood as we share the Village spirit with our friends and family.

CLICK HERE to join the team/donate

 

Ward 2 Mutual Aid
Email w2mutualaid@gmail.com to get involved! You can also view packing and delivery shifts here. 

Ward 2 Mutual Aid provides outreach to nearby encampments of unhoused folks. Help them secure much needed supplies through their Amazon Wish List
 

Virginia Elections
Early voting has begun for the elections in Virginia, with all offices from governor to school board on the ballot. Luther Place encourages all members who live in the Old Dominion to participate in the democratic process as a way of building the Beloved Community.
For more information on registering to vote, requesting an absentee ballot, and polling locations, please go to the Virginia Voter Citizen Portal.
 
our prayers
Pastor Karen Brau
We offer our prayers

We pray for Katie Petit and her family as they mourn the death of Katie’s grandmother. May grace bring comfort and care in this time of grieving.

 

We pray God’s deep and abiding care for Virginia Westby, who resides at Goodwin House in Baileys Crossing.

 

For all students and teachers!


We ask for God's help in addressing the collective grief that exists for over 695,000 people dead in this nation and 4.55 million around the world from COVID-19.  Christ have mercy...

Please email prayer requests for healing or other blessings to eNews@lutherplace.org.
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Movement Support
 

CLICK HERE then select "Movement Support" to learn more about this ministry,
 
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