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From the Senior Pastor

Dear Beloveds,

I compose this letter on June 17, 2021, the 6th Anniversary of the murders of 9 disciples of Jesus Christ.


In a spirit of commemoration, here are some words from the Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries shared at a prayer service today.


I invite you to begin with a moment of silence…


We join with Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in remembering the slain nine—the Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney, the Rev. Daniel Lee Simmons, Cynthia Marie Graham Hurd, the Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, the Rev. Myra Singleton Quarles Thompson, Tywanza Kibwe Diop Sanders, the Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Susie Jackson, and Ethel Lee Lance—and we remember those who survived.

We remember.

We remember that they lovingly welcomed the stranger into a Wednesday-night bible study—they sang, they prayed, they gathered to study the powerful word of God.

We remember.

We remember that a child of our denomination, Dylan Roof — who was taught our theology and who participated in our liturgies — inflicted the gravest harm on a community gathered for prayer simply because they were Black.

We remember.

We pray for the continual presence of God’s peace; may it comfort and surround the families of the nine who were slain.

We remember.

We pray for the radical in-breaking of God’s kin-dom; may justice roll down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.

We remember.

As we remember, Living God, may we be re-membered as your body, connected to one another and empowered for the work you call us to do in the name of Jesus and by the power of their renewing Spirit.



And the Magnolia tree offers a steady AMEN.




In Christ,

Pastor Karen Brau

Join us in welcoming our new
Executive Committee & Council


In addition to the executive committee, the church council this year includes:
Thomas Chacko
Bradley Eayrs
Joan Hay
Margaret Maring
Emma Northcott
Kirk Sander
Jeffrey Serfass

Coming up...
Saturday Night Compline

Join us for Saturday Night Compline OUTSIDE with Pastor Karen THIS WEEKEND, June 19th at 9PM by the Martin Luther statue.


Men's Fellowship, Saturday, 9:30AM

The next Men's Fellowship will be an outdoor, in-person meeting at Einar's home in Arlington, spaced out to be appropriate for a mostly vaccinated group. The time will be 9:30 am and coffee will be served. Jeff will send his address to everyone that RSVPs to him 202-549-0282 or The topic will be "Creating Dialogue with People You Disagree with," based upon Dan Corbett's wife Wendy's work in Australia.  Wendy had given an interesting research seminar on the topic of “Narrative Patterns in Religious Conflicts.” Reach out to Jeff for more info and readings.

Summer Solstice Outdoor Gathering

Join us outside Luther Place on the afternoon of the Summer Solstice - June 20th at 1:30PM EDT. We will share a short liturgy together followed by a time for simple garden projects, creating a solstice craft and fellowship with lemonade in the Sacred Commons.
*seating and bathrooms available


Fast for Freedom Via Crucis
Tuesday, June 22, 12:00-1:30pm on Capitol Hill.

In our journey toward justice, we will pray and reflect with the stations of the cross, witnessing in places where justice has been denied for the immigrant community. The Via Crucis will be in English and Spanish and we will have the first station at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation. Leaving the church, we will walk and stop at stations along the way to stations in the U.S. Capitol, Senate offices, and the Supreme Court. Join fasters, faith, and community leaders in this #FastForFreedom via Crucis.

Click here for the Facebook event

 *If you are interested in having a role in the Via Crucis (reader, etc.), please email/call Rebecca Cole at 401-578-3694*

Adult Spiritual Formation
Join Pastor Karen and Justin for the final two Sundays of Pride Month as we continue to pay attention to how God's image is constructed. On June 20th and June 27th, we will begin at 9:15 am on Zoom to root deeper in this topic.
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
In honor of Juneteenth, Saturday School will air a day early to allow your household to commemorate in this Black liberation holiday. We will learn together about the significance of Juneteenth, and forms of resistance to anti Blackness, state violence, and mutual aid that you can be engaged in. We continue asking--why is it important how God is represented? Check out last weekend’s recording here
Teen Meetups
For more information on biweekly teen gatherings, please email youth@lutherplace.orgOur next gathering will be a hike on June 27th, beginning at 1:30 pm.

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 on Facebook live Friday afternoon for this weekly offering.

Juneteenth Readalouds - Bedtime Story & Prayer Practice
To share more of the significance of Juneteenth with your household, consider listening to All Different NowJuneteenth for Maizymaking a Juneteenth inspired craft, and learning by reading of the history of Juneteenth.

Tuesday Tunes
Join Justin on Facebook Live Tuesday at 9pm EDT as he offers tunes related to communion and teaches us the song Love Has Broken Down the Wall

LP 2.0
LP 2.0 will not be meeting during June, and will resume at its regular time, the third Wednesday of the month at 7 pm on July 21st.
ArtSmart Fundraising

Through June 26, anyone who donates to our ArtSmart or Mission of the Moment funds will be automatically entered into our raffle. Thank you to Angelica for designing our prizes!

You are invited to an outdoor concert featuring Justin Harrison, Judy Yannini, and our very own Justin Fitch. The program will last about 30 minutes and feature music in English and Spanish from the Disney, Opera, and Spiritual genres. More info to come!

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
To learn more about how to support ArtSmart as a volunteer, read the following summary sheet, and provide responses to Vanessa Garcia by Friday, June 25th.

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
our prayers
Pastor Karen Brau
We offer our prayers
Prayers of gratitude for all who have served so faithfully in congregation council leadership. 

We ask for God's help in addressing the collective grief that exits for over 600,000 people dead in this nation and 3.83 million around the world from COVID-19.  Christ have mercy...

We celebrate all graduates!

Please email prayer requests for healing or other blessings to
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Mission of the Moment

ArtSmart Summer Camp 2021

We are again offering camp for 40 children that will be held virtually three days per week with one "field day" each week outside Luther Place.

$44.00 will pay for one day for a camper.
$175.00 will pay for one week for a camper.
$700.00 will pay for 4 weeks for a camper.  

We are grateful for your considering supporting this vibrant ministry!

Please reach out to
Vanessa Garcia, Camp Director, if you have questions.
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