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Official notice & invitation:
Our annual congregational meeting will be Sunday, November 6, following the 10am worship service (11ish), in the sanctuary AND via Zoom.
All church members have a vote that matters, and all visitors who care about our ministry should plan to attend!  Agenda and all meeting materials will be sent by email early next week, or available to be picked up starting 10/27. 
Welcome to the world and GLC,
Vivienne Joy Eramya, born last Sunday, 10/16/22, to parents Jackie and Allen!
Thanks be to God for her safe arrival - and asking your continued prayers for Baby "Evie," mom Jackie, and new dad Allen as they heal, grow, and adjust as a family of three. If you'd be interested in sharing/sending a meal, reply to Pastor and she'll send you a link to the meal train sign-up.

Dear GLC members and friends,

We start each month's council meeting with one of us sharing a devotion/reflection. Last Sunday it was Taylor's turn, and she shared about "servant leadership," and how like many things in our faith, it's kind of a paradox with these two juxtaposed concepts. But when we step up to lead at church, it's a little different than your leadership at work or in other organizations - it doesn't point to ourselves but takes on a posture of service to focus outward instead, and to the whole of what God is doing through us, together. Council is our leadership body of elected members who meet monthly to serve/lead together - are you interested in joining us? We'll be electing new council members at our 11/6 congregation meeting - talk to me or Cassandra Kuball, congregation president, to learn more or share your interest!

Come to the 10am service, and want to make your pastor (and Jesus) happy? Sign up for a way to serve this or coming Sundays! (Ok Jesus always loves you, though.)

Upcoming and below:

Click here for Sunday's bulletin and more on our worship page!


Pastor Brett Wilson
(202)830-8996 (cell)

Here for you - schedule a meeting with me directly here on my calendly page!

Church Workday 10/22

All hands-on deck!  You are invited to help us with a work day at church, this Saturday, 10/22, starting at 9:30am.  If you can spare even one hour, it'd be a great help!  We'll have inside and outside projects, and this will be a rain or shine event.  We need to dig up garden bulbs, re-seal the front door, plus organizing, cleaning, sanctuary care, etc. Putting in the time together helps us care for our shared church, and also have some fun and get to know others. If you have a project/repair idea, please share it with our property committee - and we'd especially love your help in getting it done. We'll have coffee and some treats - all are welcome! Just bring yourself - or if you like, some work gloves, small garden pruners, small shovels or other tools! 
RIC Sunday: 27 Years of Inclusion & Affirmation!

THIS Sunday, October 23, is our Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Sunday! RIC is an official designation for congregations that fully include and affirm LGBTQIA+ people. This year we celebrate 27 years as an RIC congregation. We'll lift up in worship the beautiful diversity and the ongoing work of inclusion here and across the church and world. Learn more about RIC and find resources at
Service Project: Burrito making!

Winter Warmth drive with Friendship Place
Provide winterwear to an unhoused neighbor by collecting new winter outerwear for Friendship Place.  You can purchase from the Amazon Wishlist. ​ Select the “Winter Warmth Gift Registry Address” and your donation will be shipped directly to Washington Hebrew Congregation, where items will be sorted for distribution to hundreds of men, women, and children served by Friendship Place – those on living on the street, in short-term housing facilities, and in permanent supportive housing. Want to purchase from somewhere else and donate? This is possible - ask Sophie how. Questions?  Contact Sophie ( 
Sunday school and Parents & littles' group

We're excited to resume Sunday school! Sunday school meets on the first and third Sundays of each month, (*this* Sunday) 9:00-9:45, Sunday school for grade schoolers meets in the fellowship hall. Please let Pastor Brett know if your child plans to participate so that we can plan and possibly group students by age. We're also starting something we're calling Little Lutherans, a gathering for parents and littles, infant to Pre-K. This will meet on the second Sunday of each month, 9:00-9:45. Little Lutherans will provide fellowship for parents and some simple ways to talk about and start growing faith in your little ones.

If you are an adult who might be interested in leading, helping, or teaching (or learning how) adults, kids, or youth, please also reach out to Pastor Brett.

If you haven't already, parents, if you'd like for your children to attend or for all parents, infant through school age, please complete our parent survey here, to help us plan for group sizes, children's ages and interest. This fall for all ages we'll be using the excellent Manna and Mercy curriculum, which uses excellent theology, engaging lessons, and real-life application, to learn the story of the Bible and our faith.
Weekly Bible Study: Thursday Nights on Zoom!

Weekly Bible study is weekly on Thursdays, 7:30-8:30pm on Zoom.
We're reading together the book of Acts from the New Testament. Zoom link here or also linked at Feel free to join in whenever you can - no prior experience or continuity is required! You can use any online Bible to follow along (a simple NRSV, same translation we use in worship, is here:, or recommended print Bibles include the Harper Collins Study Bible and Lutheran Study Bible (with the blue cover, published by Augsburg Fortress).

Reformation Sunday - Oct. 30!

October 30 is Reformation Sunday, which celebrates our freedom in Christ and the tradition of the Protestant Reformation, which began on October 31, 1517, when Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses. Don't miss festive worship with special music at 10am, and then following at 11:15am, we will gather in the fellowship hall for a German/global party. Over 250 years ago our congregation was founded by German immigrants, and we're thankful that over the years our congregation has been diverse, with people from many corners of the globe. GLC will provide German sausages and fixings, bring a dish or item to share (either German or from your own global background!). Let us know what you plan to bring on the sign-up sheet online or at the sign-up desk, but just plan to come!
*Note: the Marine Corps Marathon is this day, and especially if coming from Virginia, you'll need to plan ahead around the course!*

Puerto Rico & Hurricane Relief

When we see tragedy strike in the world, or even in our lives, remember that God is there. The church is often there too, in other congregations, people on the ground, communities of care just like ours. Did you know there's a Caribbean Synod, and 27 ELCA congregations in Puerto Rico, that are a part of it? 
This week, as again the people of Puerto Rico reel from the devastation of a storm, needing water and recovery, we're reminded that the church - and importantly, God, is there and all places where people are struggling - from war, from disaster, from grief, from whatever it is.   
Click here for a special email from our own Metro DC Synod Bishop Ortiz (for whom Puerto Rico is home), about how we as church together can help, and an invitation to give to our siblings in the Lutheran churches affected.
As this week we now pray for folks under the path of Hurricane Ian, Lutheran Disaster Response offers a way to give and 100% of gifts will go to use on the ground, often routed through congregations, local relief, and social service. Click here to learn more. 
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