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Join us this Sunday on Facebook Live at 10:30am, to celebrate this year's ArtSmart Summer Camp
 *The service and bulletin will be bilingual* 

From the Senior Pastor

Dear Beloveds,


I invite you to join part of our teaching from the final outdoor Tuesday of the ArtSmart Summer Camp.


We are each given a hand drawn map of the Sacred Commons that has six distinctly different gardens on it. A noticing practice around the gardens in the Sacred Commons has us go slow and spend some time with our senses. What do you see, touch, smell, hear….what is the same in each garden space and what is different?


What is different in the Sunflower garden is how the sunflowers have grown and changed over the four weeks of camp.


On our first Tuesday outside, our introductory garden tour had us engage the practice of measuring the sunflowers at the center of the sunflower garden We had planted two different varieties in the garden — each growing to a different height.


The outside circle of sunflowers is a variety that grow 4-5 feet, and at the center is a variety that grow 10-12 feet tall.


That first Tuesday, the children measured themselves next to one of the center sunflowers, and most of them were smaller or about even with the plant.


Maybe you could imagine what changed over time?


The first group of children on Tuesday shouted with delight when they noticed the change in size! The sunflower was way up above their heads! What proximate beauty and delight in God’s good creation!



So what teaching does the Magnolia tree offer?



The Magnolia tree is more than willing to share opportunities for teachings about creation and God.


The tree offers a steadiness in the Luther Place Sacred Commons that hosts a complex ecosystem in an urban space — gifts of creation for the children of God that are accessible in our downtown neighborhood.


May creation, in its various forms, offer you some joy this week. And please stop by Luther Place if you can, and take a slow walk around the Sacred Commons — the gifts of creation are for you too.

in Christ,
Pastor Karen Brau

Coming up...
Saturday Night Compline

Join us for Saturday Night Compline OUTSIDE with Pastor Karen TOMORROW, July 31st at 9PM by the Martin Luther statue.

Usher & Greeter Training

Luther Place will need 2-4 trained ushers for each in-person service beginning with Chuck Solem's memorial service on August 21. Folks interested in serving as an usher will need to attend in-person training on August 7th 10:30-12:00; or August 8th 1:00-2:30.  Please reach out to
Susan Boyle, 703-909-8311; or Pastor Karen

Outdoor Holy Communion and Blessing
On Sunday, August 15, 1:30pm, we will gather in front of the St. Francis door for a service of Holy Communion and to bless backpacks for the new school year and our new BLM/Pride banners. Join us! Contact Justin for more information.
*Bathrooms, seating, and shade provided*
Adult Spiritual Formation
Join us each Sunday at 9:15am EDT on Zoom - contact Justin if you would like the Zoom link
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 LIVE with Amanda Saturday morning at 10am on Facebook live. Check out last weekend’s recording here
Teen Meetups
For more information on biweekly teen gatherings, please email

Pentecost Faith Formation Bags
If you haven't received your home faith formation bag to support your households spiritual education during the season of Pentecost, please email Amanda or Pastor Karen to discuss an alternate pickup or delivery time.
Liturgy at Home
Join Pastor Karen Friday afternoons on Facebook Live for Liturgy at Home
Ward 2 Mutual Aid
Email 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

20s/30s Get-together, Saturday, Aug 14

 We invite young adults to a gathering outside Luther Place Church from 7:00-8:30pm (masked) to enjoy each other's company and some simple food, concluding at 9pm with our Saturday Night Live Compline. Please RSVP to Pastor Karen 


Immigration advocacy groups including Faith in Action are urging all to call on their Congressional representatives to create a pathway to citizenship for millions of essential workers and their families, Dreamers, and TPS holders in the upcoming jobs and infrastructure reconciliation bill. Senator Sanders has tentatively agreed to add these important immigrant citizenship provisions to the Senate bill his committee is drafting. Further information and talking points can be found at this link. Contact Gary Maring for any questions.
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