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Rock Spring News Rock Spring Congregational

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Vol. 07 No. 03

United Church of Christ Arlington, Va

FAURÉ’S REQUIEM TO BE PERFORMED AS THE “SERMON IN SONG” PALM SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2011 AT BOTH 9:00 A.M. AND 11:00 A.M. WORSHIP In the hustle of life's modern complexities, we rarely have a chance for true contemplation, even in our own homes. As we begin Holy Week, we will be offering an opportunity for contemplation and reflection through one of the most beloved choral works, the Requiem by Gabriel Fauré. A short piece, taking approximately 35 minutes to perform, the Requiem is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful of the requiems. Unlike other composers, Fauré never aimed for ostentation or special effects, but always sought sincerity and directness.

Fauré, in a 1902 interview, commented on his requiem: "It has been said that my Requiem does not express the fear of death and someone has called it a lullaby of death... As to my Requiem, perhaps I have also instinctively sought to escape from what is thought right and proper, after all the years of accompanying burial services on the organ! I know it all by heart. I wanted to write something different." Rather than taking a predominantly fearful or mournful tone, the work reflects his belief that death releases one into harmony with all creation. Two of its most sublime movements, Pie Jesu and In Paradisum, are not part of the traditional liturgical text, but were added by the composer. The Requiem will be performed by our Sanctuary Choir under the direction of Elizabeth Kluegel Niblock. Children will be invited to participate in the annual Palm processional. Families may choose whether to have their children participate in the service and hear the Requiem performed or be dismissed for an activity designed for children of all ages on that day.

Table of Contents Reflections


Social Justice


From the Church Council


Women’s Fellowship News


Children, Youth & Families


Community & Society


Rock Spring Review


Spiritual Growth & Development


From the Bookshelf


Worship Through Music


Special Events Calendar



Rev. Dr. Kathryn N. Dwyer Senior Pastor

PAGE 2 As I write, we are preparing to send invitations for my Installation Service to be held on Sunday, March 20 at 4:00 p.m. I have always thought the title of this service, “Installation,” was odd, and I am guessing some of you do, too, from some of the comments I have been getting.

(One person told me she could bring her drill and “install me” against the wall of my choice!) Other than a great excuse for a party, what is a Service of Installation? Our Book of Worship states “the association, with the local church, confirms and celebrates the covenant between the local church and the newly called pastor and teacher and reaffirms the covenantal relationship of all pastors in the association.” I would broaden this statement to include the celebration of the covenant we are making in ministry as a congregation together, as part of the Arlington community, with other bodies of faith, and with the wider church.

Carolyn and I talk every week about the sermons I am preparing and about the opportunities and challenges I see us facing as a congregation; so she will come with a unique “outsider” perspective. Carolyn has degrees from Case Western Reserve University, St. Louis University, Loyola University of New Orleans, and the University of Akron. She is a former member of the Commission on Accrediting for the Association of Theological Schools, where she continues to act as a consultant. She is a staff chaplain at Mt. Carmel West Hospital in Columbus, a spiritual director, and the Executive Director of the Catholic Conference of Ohio. I know Ed and Elizabeth are preparing several musical selections with the choirs for this service. I have made one musical request and that is for a rendition of “Simple Gifts” which has become increasingly meaningful to me through the years. The song was played for my ordination and again when I walked down the aisle to marry Dale. The words seem every bit as appropriate now.

'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free, 'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be, And when we find ourselves in the place just right, 'Twill be in the valley of love and delight. When true simplicity is gain'd, To bow and to bend we shan't be asham'd, To turn, turn will be our delight, Till by turning, turning we come round right.

The guest list reflects these expansive commitments. While our entire congregation is invited as well as the other UCC churches in the area, we are also inviting representatives from the groups who use our building, from other faith communities in the area, from our large number of mission partners, and pastors who have formerly served Rock Spring. As we begin this new chapter in the life of the congregation, we want to honor and celebrate all of the people and agencies with which we seek to be good partners. Dr. Carolyn Jurkowitz will be the preacher for this service. I have been fortunate to call Carolyn friend and mentor since the early 1990s. We met when we were in Clinical Pastoral Education together and quickly developed a lasting friendship. I have great respect for Carolyn’s quick mind, deep spirituality, and commitment to the dignity of every human being.


Thank you for calling me to be your Senior Pastor. As we celebrate the ministry we are embarking on together, I will be giving thanks for landing in a place that feels “just right.”

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Last month, the 2011 Church Council and the IMAGINE Task Force leaders gathered for the annual Council retreat. In Carpenter Hall and in the Sanctuary, we got to know one another and began setting the table (literally and figuratively) for our year of service together. We focused much of our time around communication, building the groundwork for effectively working together as Boards, Task Forces and Council. We explored how to interact, how to seek feedback, and how to be sure we are engaging the broadest possible crosssection of the congregation as our Task Forces turn our IMAGINE ideas into action. I was struck by how much fun we had together as a group. Yes, we had serious discussions and even some disagreements. But we each brought a spirit of goodwill and openness to the meetings that allowed us to enjoy each other’s company, truly hear ideas and suggestions, and find the fun in even the most mundane of tasks. I hope this spirit will be contagious and that we can continue to demonstrate that the work of the church, while serious, does not have to be drudgery.

We closed the retreat with a moving Communion service led by Janet Parker and Elizabeth KluegelNiblock. Standing together around the table, we were nourished by the Spirit and by the experiences we had shared.

Ashley Martinage Council President

Over the weekend, we were also nourished around other tables, thanks to the generosity of several members of the congregation. This was, by far, the most delicious Council Retreat I have ever attended! We give thanks to Martha Huelsbeck, Laurie & Dwight Rodgers, Edith Heins, Amy Bergner, Susan Limberg and Takako Dickinson for their gracious hospitality. I left the retreat feeling that the table had been set for us to work together effectively this year. I suspect that we will come back to these discussions throughout the year, and look forward to engaging the congregation in many ways as we move forward.

One session that I particularly enjoyed was led by Hank Fairman, based on the book StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath. The book’s premise is that each of us should develop and share our strengths and talents, rather than constantly seeking to overcome our weaknesses. Before the retreat, we each took a 30-minute online assessment to discover our top 5 individual strengths. It was illuminating to see where we were strongest as a group, the unique strength combinations that each individual brings, and the strength areas we need to actively seek out as we engage in our tasks this year. It was refreshing to spend time exploring our gifts and how to work effectively with those gifts as leaders in the church.


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This year, our Sunday School is exploring the new UCC curriculum, Faith Practices.

Each month, we’re taking a moment to meet one member of the Rock Spring family who shares their time and talents with our children and youth. This month, we give thanks for the gifts of John Parcell and Courtney Klamar.

This resource will be used by all grades: 9:00 a.m." Multi-Age 11:00 a.m." Pre-K; Kindergarten-1st; 4th-5th; Middle High; and Senior High


As we come into the season of Lent, we begin our third Faith Practice: Being Stewards-Living Stewardship. This session is described as: As a way of life, expressed in gratitude, living stewardship is a practice that involves all that it means to live as faithful followers of Jesus Christ. It grows out of a deep caring for and joy in who we are as God's created people and the natural world in which we live. Living stewardship is about how we live our lives and how our lives express our values. It affects all of our decisions, especially the ones we make about the natural and human resources entrusted to us for care. Living stewardship is shalom: living in harmony with others and the world. It is about our relationships, liberation, grace, justice, peace, and mutuality as well as our material possessions. As faithful stewards, we are joined by our common gift of life and the reality of finite resources. We recognize that each of us is a mixture of neediness and fullness and so have responsibility to care for each other as we honor the holy in creation and ourselves. As faithful disciples, we are called to live as generous creatures created by a generous God who mutually shares responsibility with us for all creation. Stewardship involves all people because all are connected in mutually covenanted stewardship within God's original intent for creation. In sharing our Lenten journey, we will look deeply at the wholeness of our living and being, and how we impact the creation of which we are part.


Mr. John Parcell and Ms. Courtney Klamar are the teaching team for the 4th-5th grade Sunday School class. John has been teaching Sunday School at Rock Spring for the last five years. This is Courtney’s first year teaching at Rock Spring, but she has been a Sunday School teacher since age 11. Most recently, Courtney taught the 1st and 2nd grade class at Westmoreland UCC in DC. Why did they decide to teach at Rock Spring? John stated, “Sunday School is where I think I can give back most effectively to Rock Spring.” Because 4th and 5th graders are at an age where they can read and understand Biblical passages, John focuses on the text with the class. He also brings in the historical context and looks at how artists have treated the passages. Courtney said she teaches because she enjoys the opportunity to be creative and connect with her “inner-kid.” She aims to craft fun lessons that promote understanding and that are memorable. “My hope is that I can be a part of the reason a new generation loves Sunday School and church.”

Courtney Klamar

John and Courtney are committed to creating a loving and supportive church environment for our children and youth. They wish for each child to feel that church is a safe place where she or he can take risks and be her or himself. They want to help the young people gain an understanding of the love of God and the church family.

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Why does the Confirmation Class take part in the New Members Exploration Sessions? Because they are joining the church, too! Several years ago, the decision was made to welcome every person to share in these sessions. Having the Confirmands take part has changed the gatherings and added a layer of understanding that our church is one for every generation.

March brings us to our time of Lenten Reflection. Because of the various special activities we have coming up, we actually started our annual time of thinking and feeling early in February. Over these weeks, we will ask ourselves the question, “Who am I when nobody’s looking?” How do we find our ethics and decide on our beliefs? How do we live with integrity in our daily lives? How can we live with compassion for each other and for our neighbors?

Confirmation Class Dates:

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SH YoRS: Lenten Reflection, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Annual Seder Meal! Information coming in next month’s RSN!

CONFIRMATION CLASS OF 2011 This month, the Confirmation Class will share in several sessions with their Mentors and join in the Spring New Members Exploration Sessions. Our Mentors are folks from our congregation who have been called on to share their own faith journey and walk together with one of our youth. We thank each of them for opening their hearts with our youth as they journey in faith. ROCK SPRING NEWS VOL. 07 NO. 03

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March 20" No YoRS Meetings: Rev. Dwyer’s " Installation


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In the traditions of the United Church of Christ, all are welcome at the Communion table. Recently, we have made an intentional decision to include our children of every age in our celebration of Communion. This invitation is the first part in our ministry with our children; the second is helping them understand what we believe Communion is, and why we hold this time with God and each other as sacred. On Sunday, March 6, children grades 2-8 are encouraged to remain in the Sanctuary for the entire Service of Word and Sacrament. For our younger ones, our regular Sunday School programs will take place. Parents, please use this time in worship and celebration to engage your child on the meaning of Communion, and your family’s individual traditions and beliefs.

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What does it mean to be a spiritual person? What are some of the spiritual practices you can weave into your already busy life? Join Doreen Mannion for a look at meditation, prayer, fasting, journaling, and service. five-workshop series begins Monday, March 14 and will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. No prior weaving experience required.

Come join us for five 90-minute sessions, after the 11:00 a.m. service in Late Spring, location TBD. Janice Langholz and Dwight Rodgers will address the questions: What did Jesus say? What did Jesus come for? What was Jesus’ message? How do the multiple Gospel accounts of Jesus’ birth and death differ? Questions? Write

March 14: Meditation: What’s the difference between meditation and prayer?


March 21: Prayer: What is it, anyway? You may be surprised!

Take a first look at the Biblical passages that will be used during worship on Sunday. The preacher of the week joins this group for lively discussion where all questions, insights, and opinions are encouraged! We meet every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Saegmuller Room

March 28: Fasting: Is this an “all or nothing” proposition? April 4: Journaling: This is NOT your teenage diary! April 11: Service: How is service to others a spiritual discipline?


To sign up, see the signup sheet on Kathy Dwyer ’s door, or contact Doreen at or 301-352-4336.

ADULT EDUCATION SUNDAY 10:00 A.M. CLASS Each Sunday at 10:00 a.m. (or 9:00 a.m. on oneservice Sundays), the class watches a 30-minute video, usually from The Teaching Company, and shares questions and comments. We meet in the Interns’ Office classroom of the Hunter Building, and coffee is served. During 2011 we will be discussing Classical Archeology of Greece and Rome; Unlocking the Dead Sea Scrolls; The Mystical Traditions in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Questions? Write

CHRISTIANITY: TEN QUESTIONS THAT ARE TRANSFORMING THE FAITH BY BRIAN MCLAREN "Wherever the willingness to rethink has been squelched, wherever that sense of quest has been buried under convention and complacency, the Christian faith in all its forms is in trouble. But even there, something is trying to be born. Even now, right here, among us, inside you, inside me. You may feel it as a curiosity, a desire for better answers than you inherited so far. You may experience it as frustration, knowing that there must be more to faith than you currently know. You may know it as hope, hope that God is seeking humble people whose hearts and lives can be the womb of a better future. . . . In you, your family, your faith community, and circles of friends, among people of peace and faith everywhere, something is trying to be born."—from A New Kind of Christianity (continued on next page)


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We are in the midst of a paradigm shift in the wider church. Not since the Reformation five centuries ago have so many Christians come together to ask whether the church is in sync with their deepest beliefs and commitments. These believers range f from those of evangelical Christians to those of mainline Protestants to the beliefs of Catholics, and the person who best desvribes them is author and pastor Brian McLaren. In this much anticipated book, McLaren examines ten questions facing today's church—questions about how to articulate the faith itself, the nature of its authority, who God is, whether we have to understand Jesus through only an ancient Greco-Roman lens, what exactly the good news is that the gospel proclaims, how we understand the church and all its varieties, why we are so preoccupied with sex, how we should think of the future and people from other faiths, and the most intimidating question of all, what do we do next? Here you will find a provocative and enticing introduction to the Christian faith of tomorrow. (Description from HarperCollins Publishers) Join Kathy and Dale Dwyer for a five-part exploration of this book. Dinner will be included. Books are available in the church office for a suggested donation of $16. To register, please email Kathy at or call the church office. Sunday evenings, March27, April 3, 17, May 1, 15 (Location TBD)

BOOK STUDY: AN ALTAR IN THE WORLD BY BARBARA BROWN TAYLOR In An Altar in the World, Brown-Taylor shares how she learned to encounter God beyond the walls of any church. From simple practices such as walking, working, and getting lost in deep meditation on topics like prayer and pronouncing blessings, Taylor reveals concrete ways to discover the sacred in the small things we do and see. Something as ordinary as hanging clothes on a clothesline becomes an act of devotion if we pay attention to what we are doing and take time to attend to the sights, smells, and sounds around us …Under Taylor’s guidance, we come to question conventional distinctions between the sacred and the secular, learning that no physical act is too earth bound or too humble to become a path to the divine. Join Kathy Dwyer for a six-week discussion of this book. The book is available at the church for a suggested donation of $16. To register, please email Kathy at or call the church office. Thursday mornings, March 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

VOCATION, CALLING, AND LENT: WEDNESDAY EVENINGS DURING LENT Lent is a time to turn our hearts inward and to examine our lives in preparation for the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus. As we meditate on ourselves we ask questions: Who am I? What is God calling me to do? What is God calling me to be?  These are the questions of vocation and calling. Each of us is called to work for the building up of God’s reign on earth. What does that look like for you? Our Pastoral Intern John-Forrest Douglas, will offer a five –week Lenten study on what it means to live a life focused on vocation. We will explore vocation in stories from the Bible, as well as in contemporary literature and film. The course will be held on the following Wednesday evenings during Lent: March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13 and 13, begining at 7:30 p.m. ROCK SPRING NEWS VOL. 07 NO. 03

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SAVE THE DATE! LENTEN WEDNESDAY EVENING SERIES RETURNS The Board of Deacons is again sponsoring a layled vespers service of prayer and reflection on Wednesday evenings during Lent, beginning on March 16.  This year the service will be followed by a Wednesday night class being led by Pastoral Intern John-Forrest Douglas (Details of the class are above; everyone is invited to attend both the service and class, or attend just one or the other, as they may wish).  Anyone wanting to participate in the services, or just learn more about them, should contactJason Henderson Jason Henderson or   Dick   Metzger Vespers   will take place on March 16, 23, 30, April 6 and 13 from 7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Rock Spring Recital Series presents: Elizabeth KluegelNiblock, soprano Carl Banner, piano

LENTEN SERMON SERIES Beyond Belief: Wrestling With Some of Faith’s Ultimate Questions

Why do bad things happen to good people?

Featuring Liederkreis by Robert Schumann

What happens to us after we die? Is the Bible True? What is the meaning Jesus’ crucifixion and death? These questions and more will be addressed by the pastors during the sermons during Lent, beginning Sunday, March 13 through Easter Sunday, April 24.

Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 4:00 p.m.

WANT TO HEAR A PREVIOUS SERMON? Did you miss a sermon, or would you like to share a sermon with someone else? Each week the audio portion of the sermon is posted on the web site, and CD and print versions are available in the church office.


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SOCIAL ACTION & MISSION NEWS ADOPT-A-FAMILY HITTING THE GROUND RUNNING—SOCIAL ACTION AND MISSION RETREAT The Board of Social Action and Mission is poised for action. We held our annual retreat on January 29, just a week after the church’s 2010 Annual Meeting, and were inspired by the IMAGINE exploration, which has led to the theme for Rock Spring in 2011, “Setting the Table: A World of Opportunity in a Community of Faith.” If a table is set, then a menu is needed. So our theme for the day—and for the coming year—was “Creating the menu for social action and mission at Rock Spring” (the use of lower case letters is deliberate). This captures the importance of having a menu of opportunities for the congregation to engage our communities—local, regional, national, global—while still having an overall focus or framework for what we are doing. We considered options under four headings: Advocacy, Community Organizing, Direct Service, and Financial Support. We reflected on what we are offering now, what we should add, and what we should drop. We will be communicating more about “where next” in the weeks ahead. Stay tuned. But even more importantly, if you have ideas about what should (or should not) be on the menu let one of the Board know or send an email to We see some continuity in leadership this year: Michael Bell continues as Chair, and Martha Huelsbeck continues as Vice-Chair.

Rock Spring has “Adopted-A-Family” through the Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless (AACH)! Rock Spring has a history of participating in this program which partners with AACH to assist families in achieving financial independence.   AACH provides a rental subsidy, career counseling, and other financial management and vocational education tools to assist clients in increasing job options and personal assets.   Rock Spring’s role in the program is to offer a supportive network and assist with social and economic needs that may arise. We are very pleased to introduce you to Patricia, Alex, and their three-year-old daughter, Tatiana.  The family currently lives in an apartment in Arlington, and Patricia works in a Verizon store in Manassas.   Alex does not have legal status and works seasonal jobs when he can.  The family could use our support on a variety of social issues including obtaining legal status for Alex in hopes of obtaining more stable employment, helping to find child care for Tatiana, supporting Patricia in studying for her GED, and helping the family locate housing for when they exit the program in August.  If you are interested in assisting the family with any of these challenges, please contact Amy Ovuka at, and stay tuned for future updates!

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING One mark of a globally conscious congregation is the generosity of our response to the annual One Great Hour of Sharing offering. This is particularly relevant this year, as one of our IMAGINE challenges is to explore the implications of being a Global Mission church. By sharing our resources through this offering, combined with offerings from thousands of other congregations in eight denominations across the United States, we help to: (continued on next page)


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homes, schools, • build medical clinics, and clean water and sewage facilities in villages devastated by earthquakes, floods, and poverty, • bring safety, shelter, and food to refugees after often violent circumstances have made their hometowns uninhabitable, and • nurture stronger futures and self sufficiency through health care, education, job training, and tools for livelihoods. The offering will be received on Sunday, April 3. Keep an eye open for more information in the weeks ahead. Children and youth too! Contact Amy Ovuka o r M i c h a e l B e l l a t .

ECO NOTES GREEN TIP: Rethinking the way you use the stove can save time and energy. Simple measures include putting lids on saucepans to stop heat from escaping, selecting a pan no larger than required for the amount of food you're cooking, using a burner no bigger than the pan, and chopping up food into smaller pieces so that it cooks more quickly.  You can even get the most out of each burner's energy by cooking several items on top of each other in a stacked steamer.   Try it!   Brought to you by Rock Spring's EcoJustice Committee.

YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US! Are you interested in participating in activities that benefit the environment at Rock Spring, in Northern Virginia, and beyond? Rock Spring's EcoJustice group welcomes you!   We are transforming ourselves away from being a traditional "committee" and toward becoming a network of individuals who, based upon their interest and availability, participate in one or more projects each year.


It doesn't matter if you are age 16 or age 96, or anywhere in between -- you can make a difference as part of the EcoJustice network! To learn more, please come to a meeting in the Saegmuller Room at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, March 29.   In the meantime, please contact Jim Alverson at with any questions.

WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP NEWS JOIN US FOR THE 2011 WOMEN’S SPIRITUALITY RETREAT! by Sara Fitzgerald and Eileen Jinks Now is the time to sign up for the 15th annual Rock Spring Women’s Spirituality Retreat, to be held Saturday morning April 9 to Sunday afternoon April 10. A gifted retreat leader, Marjory Zoet Bankson will lead this year’s retreat, focusing on the theme “Living Water, Living Well: Finding the Spirit in a Noisy World.” Marjory’s previous two retreats with us were very well received. Each year the women’s retreat provides an opportunity for women to escape their normal routines, recharge their batteries, and ponder and play, explore and share, worship and rest and develop deeper relationships with other Rock Spring women. Marjory will draw on the story of the Samaritan Woman at the well (John 4) throughout the course of the weekend, as well as exercises from her book, “The Soulwork of Clay.” For more about Marjory, see etc/MZB.html. We will return to Shepherd’s Spring Retreat Center, a Church of the Brethren facility near the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal in the countryside around Sharpsburg, MD. (See http:// (continued on next page)

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The cost to share a double room is $155; a limited number of single rooms are available for $185. Registration forms are available in the Saegmuller Room or you can print out a PDF of the registration form by going Fill out the form and mail it along with your check to the address indicated on the form. We are offering an optional extension on Friday night for those who would like to start the weekend early. Please contact Kathy Morland or Judy McDowell if you want more information on this option. Some scholarship money is available for those who need financial assistance; please contact Janet Parker by March 1 to apply. Registration closes March 13, so please act now to reserve a spot. Questions? Contact Kathy Morland, Judy McDowell, Sara Fitzgerald, Eileen Jinks, Ann Divecha, or Myra Britton.

A SPECIAL DAY FOR SHAW COMMUNITY MINISTRY Saturday, April 2, 2011 at Lincoln Temple 1701 11th St., NW Washington, DC 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Please join neighbors and friends of Shaw Community Ministry as we celebrate the Installation of our executive director, Rev. Anne Troy, as a minister in the United Church of Christ. The Installation service will begin at 3:00 p.m., and will include joyful music, words of inspiration, and communion. Taking part in the service, along with UCC notables and SCM board members, will be the children and families who benefit directly from Rev. Troy’s leadership of SCM programs. Following the Installation service there will be a Twentieth Anniversary celebration of Shaw Community Ministry. What better way to join in fellowship following the service than to link Rev. Troy’s spiritual call with the call to service that SCM represented twenty years ago and continues in ever more dynamic and creative ways today! There will be delicious food, kids’ presentations, and gratitude expressed for the many forms that support takes in keeping SCM a lively force in the community.



All are welcome to join in this afternoon of praise and gratitude.

Be part of an action weekend addressing legislation that will equip you to speak boldly on behalf of people-centered sustainable development and economic justice, physical safety, security and peacemaking, with a particular focus on those most impacted — women, girls and families. Worship and dialogue with hundreds of faith-based advocates at Ecumenical Advocacy Days, March 25-28, 2011. Join us as we visit Capitol Hill to advocate remedying this global injustice. More info:


For more information, contact Susan Johnson, Julie Aamoth, or Elizabeth Ravesteijn, Rock Spring’s representatives on the SCM Board.

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MARKERS AND MILESTONES Condolences are offered to Jim Kane, whose beloved mother, Pauline Kane, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 9. Pauline is survived by seven children and 13 grandchildren. Congratulations are in order for Mike and Julia Hoglund, who gave birth to their first child, Caroline Hope, on January 31! We welcome the newest Rock Springer with joy.

For now, I want to share with you some matters of more immediate interest to you: staff coverage of my areas of responsibility while I am gone. Here’s how Kathy, Hank and I have parceled out my work while I am away: Board of Social Action and Mission: "Hank Fairman ONA Committee: Hank Fairman


Eco-Justice Committee: Hank Fairman

Out of office staff schedules:

Kathy will be out of the office from March 7 to March 12.

Caring Ministry Program: Kathy Dwyer

Moveable Feast: Hank Fairman

It’s almost like being a senior in high school again! That feeling of anticipation and the slight air of distraction that comes over a pastor as the days count down to one’s sabbatical. If you notice such symptoms manifesting in me, please forgive me. But it’s true, my sabbatical begins on March 28th, and the countdown has begun.

I am working hard to make sure that the bases are covered before my departure, and that I have closed as many loops as I can with groups that I work with before I leave for three months. Please look for an article covering what I will be doing on my sabbatical in the April issue of the Rock Spring News. For now, suffice it to say that it is in the area of eco-theology and eco-ethics; an exploration of how to transform our understanding of what it means to be a human being in relation to the rest of creation on a planet that we are changing profoundly by our power and our presence. What ancient stories and new stories can we find that will help us understand ourselves as next-of-kin to all life on earth, rather than as earth’s masters and ROCK SPRING NEWS VOL. 07 NO. 03

Board of Deacons: Kathy Dwyer Pictorial Directory: Kathy Dwyer " " and Hank Fairman


Janet Parker

owners? How does the very way we read the Bible need to change? These are some of the questions I will be pondering.

Global Mission Task Force: Hank Fairman 5th Sundays Task Force: Kathy Dwyer VOICE core team: Kathy Dwyer I cannot thank Kathy and Hank enough for their cheerful willingness to pitch in and cover these bases while I am away. I look forward to being in conversation with you about my sabbatical both as the time approaches and upon my return. I will have much to share with you after I am back, and I trust that my time away in study and renewal will bring many blessings to Rock Spring in the future. Sincerely, Janet Parker

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: PATIENT COMPANIONS FOR CRITICALLY-ILL PATIENTS AT VIRGINIA HOSPITAL CENTER To learn about the program contact Rev. Dr. Graham F. Bardsley, Director of Pastoral Care at Virginia Hospital Center, 703-558-6128,, or Carol George 703-536-6510, There is also an informational brochure on the bulletin board at the church.

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by Emory Hackman

Rev. Dr. Kathryn Nystrand Dwyer

The Men's Group Lunch is on the first Friday of each month. We have been meeting at Mylo's Grill in Chesterbrook.   Hum "do not forget me oh my darling" to the tune of High Noon to remember that lunch starts at High Noon, except some of the guys arrive earlier. This is an opportunity each month for the men to escape their normal routines, ponder and recharge their batteries, talk and share, and develop stronger relationships with other Rock Spring men.  Meetings are free format with each finding its own common ground.   There is no requirement to bring or contribute anything but everybody finds something interesting. For further information or to coordinate a ride, call me (Emory Hackman) at 703-288-2941.

as Senior Pastor of Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ Sunday, March 20, 2011 4:00 p.m. Reception to follow Clergy are invited to robe and gather in the Saegmuller Room at 3:30 p.m. for the processional. Christian clergy who robe are encouraged to wear red stoles.

FROM THE BOOKSHELF NEW BOOKS FOR MARCH IN THE ROHRER MEMORIAL LIBRARY You only think you don't have time to read. Go ahead; try to resist picking up one of these:


• Four PerCent Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality; Richard Panek;

MIXER/POT LUCK SATURDAY, MARCH 26 AT 5:30 P.M. Join the Movable Feast and get to know other Rock Springers in fun and enjoyable small groups. Our next mixer will be a potluck dinner on Saturday, March 26, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.. in Carpenter Hall. Children of all ages are welcome. Childcare will be provided at the mixer. Singles, couples, (spouse, significant other, partner, or friend), or families will be randomly assigned to a group of six to eight people. Groups arrange their own schedule to meet three times over the next four months. To make sure we can organize the groups and provide clear information, we ask you to sign up no later than Wednesday, March 23. Please include the ages of all children. You can sign in several ways: email Richard Lee (, call (703) 521-0163, or sign up in the Saegmuller Room.

• The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein; • Chinaberry Sidewalks, by Rodney Crowell; • Clara and Mr. Tiffany, Susan Vreeland; • Escape from the Land of Snows: the Young Dali Lama's Harrowing Flight... Stephanie Talty; • Heartstone, C. J. Samson; (mystery) • Metropolis Case, Matthew Gallaway; • Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, Karen Armstrong; • Zora and Me, Victoria Bond; Back ordered: • Urban Churches: Vital Signs: Beyond Charity.... Nile Harper; • Unless it Moves the Human Heart: The Craft and Art of Writing, Roger Rosenblatt. From your Library Committee; Anita Cline


MARCH 2011



Regular Weekly Scheduled Events

Regular Sunday Scheduled Events


9:00 a.m. Worship and Sunday School

5:45 p.m.

10:00 a.m. Adult Ed. Video Series Intern’s Office

The School of Tai Chi - Carpenter Hall

Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. Lectionary Study - Saegmuller Room 3:00 p.m. Weekly Staff Mtg. - Saegmuller Room 7:30 p.m. Troop #106-Neighborhood House

10:00 a.m. Choristers - Choir Room 11:00 a.m. Worship and Sunday School


4:30 p.m. MH YoRS - Neighborhood House

10:00 a.m. 6:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m. SH YoRS - Neighborhood House


12:30 p.m. Youth Choir - Choir Room

Brass Ensemble - Sanctuary A Just Peace Church-Saegmuller Room Bell Choir - Sanctuary Balalaika Society - Carpenter Hall

6:00 p.m. Thursday Night Supper - Carpenter Hall

Monthly Board and Committee Meetings First Monday of the month: 7:30 p.m." "


Second Saturday of the Month

Board of Christian Education -

9:00 a.m."

Saegmuller Room

Third Tuesday of the Month

First Tuesday of the Month: 5:30 p.m."

Leadership Staff Mtg. - Parsonage

12:00 p.m."

Arlington Ministerium-


Saegmuller Room


First Wednesday of the Month: 9:30 a.m." 10:30 a.m."

Worship Planning - Saegmuller Room Book Selection - Library

7:30 p.m."

Church Council - Saegmuller Room

7:30 p.m."

Bead Workshop - Archives Room

Third Wednesday of the Month

First Friday of the Month 12:00 p.m."

Property Board - Library


Men’s Monthly Lunch - Mylo’s Grill

7:30 p.m."

Second Tuesday of the Month

Board of Music - Choir Room

Third Thursday of the Month

7:30 p.m."

Board of Finance - Library

7:30 p.m."

Social Action and Mission -

7:30 p.m."

Women’s Fellowship - Peace Room


Saegmuller Rooom


Third Sunday of the Month

Second Wednesday of the Month 10:00 a.m."

Bead Workshop - Archives Room

12:00 p.m."

7:30 p.m."

Board of Personnel - Library

Fourth Tuesday of the Month: 7:30 p.m."


Prayer Circle - TBD Board of Deacons - Saegmuller Room

MARCH 2011


Sunday, March 6


Wednesday, March 23

6:00 p.m. Art of Possibility Session II - Parsonage

7:00 p.m. Lenten Vespers - Sanctuary 7:30 p.m. Vocation, Calling & Lent - Saegmuller Room

Sunday, March 13 9:00 a.m. New Members Class - Saegmuller Room

Thursday, March 24

4:00 p.m. Rock Spring Recital Series - Sanctuary

10:00 a.m. An Altar in the World - Saegmuller Room

Monday, March 14 Saturday, March 26

7:00 p.m. Weaving Spirituality Into your Life - Peace Room

5:30 p.m. Moveable Feast Mixer - Carpenter Hall

Wednesday, March 16

Sunday, March 27

12:00 p.m. Ladies Lunch Out - Oriental Gourmet

9:00 a.m. New Members Class - Saegmuller Room

7:00 p.m. Lenten Vespers - Sanctuary

6:00 p.m. A New Kind of Christianity - Paronage

7:30 p.m. Vocation, Calling & Lent - Saegmuller Room

Monday, March 28

Thursday, March 17 10:00 a.m. An Altar in the World - Saegmuller Room

7:00 p.m. Weaving Spirituality Into your Life - Peace Room

Wednesday, March 30

Saturday, March 19 9:00 a.m. All Church Clean-Up - RSCUCC Campus

7:30 p.m. Vocation, Calling & Lent - Saegmuller Room

Sunday, March 20

Thursday, March 31

4:00 p.m. Installation of Rev. Dr. Kathryn N. Dwyer - Sanctuary/Carpenter Hall

10:00 a.m. An Altar in the World - Saegmuller Room

Monday, March 21 7:00 p.m. Weaving Spirituality Into your Life - Peace Room


MARCH 2011

Church Staff:




Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ 5010 Little Falls Road Arlington, Va 22207-1810

Kathryn N. Dwyer Senior Pastor

Elizabeth Kluegel Niblock

Don Bauman

Property Manager

Janet L. Parker

Edward Roberts

Pastor for Parish Life Henry E. Fairman

Pastor for Children,Youth & Families

Director of Music

Assistant Director of Music Ellen Flores

Office Administrator

Fern Lawrence, & Magda Keegan Child Care Providers Willis Gardner & Vicki Morales Custodians

RSN Vol.7 No. 03: March 2011  


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