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From the Senior Pastor

Dear Beloveds,

This week we began our ArtSmart ministry, offering 3 mornings per week virtual and one Tuesday in-person, outdoor experience at Luther Place.

This week has been very full and we are blessed to serve 33 children and their families!

One of our activities outside was to make a tour of the gardens in the Sacred Commons.

Each of the children were given paint color strips of yellow, orange, red, green, purple, pink and blue. We looked for the colors at each of the gardens, and discovered over and over the variety on display!

And we were we also on the lookout for insects — bumblebees, butterflies, ants and beetles showed up!

Our tour took us from the rain garden, to the sunflower garden, to the 14th Street garden, to the woodland garden, to the dry (or xerophytic) garden that surrounds the Memorial stone and finally to the the new pollinator garden in proximity of the Magnolia tree. The campers will plant a portion of the pollinator garden this month.

When we sat down in the shade and evaluated our garden walk experience, we talked about colors and flowers, and I invited the children to share their reactions. One of the children volunteered — "The flowers are Amazing!".

I offer deep gratitude for all of the gardeners who month by month offer their time and care to Luther Place’s outdoor space — the Sacred Commons bear witness to the beauty of God’s creation!

What does our Magnolia Tree teach us today?


Our Magnolia tree teaches us to notice the gifts we experience through trees and other living things.

The Magnolia tree issues the invitation to consider taking your time and slowly touring spaces that are a home to flowers, trees and insects.

And the Magnolia tree asks questions: What do you learn from the wide range of color and shapes of living things? What do you find “amazing?” How do you experience God in creation?

May connections with creation nourish your faith…

in Christ,
Pastor Karen Brau



We had a joyous time together outside on Saturday Night at the annual ArtSmart Benefit Concert. If you missed it, you can watch the livestreamed recording here

Coming up...
Men's Fellowship, Saturday, July 17

The next Men’s Fellowship will be in-person at Gary Maring’s house in Bethesda at 9:30am on July 17th. Our long term LP friend from Rwanda Pastor John Rutsindintwarane (and now LP member with his wife Robin as of last Sunday) will be at the Men’s Fellowship to discuss the amazing work he has done in reconciliation and community building post-genocide Rwanda. John’s work over these many years is remarkable, and I urge you to come meet him and engage in informal discussion about his approaches to reconciliation and community building. 

Outdoor Holy Communion, July 18, 1:30 PM

Saturday Night Compline

Join us for Saturday Night Compline OUTSIDE with Pastor Karen TOMORROW, July 10th at 9PM by the Martin Luther statue.

Adult Spiritual Formation
Join Pastor Karen and Justin Fitch for Bible Study as we continue to pay attention to how God's image is constructed. During the month of July, Adult Spiritual Formation will begin at 9:15 am on Zoom to root deeper in this topic.
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 Friday morning at 9 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 practicesCheck 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

Stewardship meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 pm, and will resume on Wednesday, July 14th at 7 pm via Zoom. Bee Bedoya will provide consecutive Spanish interpretation, and Jennifer Lentfer and Amanda Lindamood will facilitate. July's dialogue will continue to examine facilitation, debriefs and leadership at Luther Place.

LP 2.0
LP 2.0 will resume at its regular time, the third Wednesday of the month at 7 pm on July 21st. This meeting will be facilitated by Council President, Ben Brown, as we continue to prepare for reopening, and implement shared building use guidelines.

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


Support ArtSmart 2021

Do you have a Thrivent Action grant you are willing to activate for ArtSmart Summer Camp?  We offer opportunities in purchasing a book for each child (40 children) and art supplies for multiple crafts. If you would like to participate, please reach out to Pastor Karen at

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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Pastor Karen Brau
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