Weekly Bible Study

Weekly Bible study on Zoom is every Thursday, 7:30-8:30!  Click here to join the Zoom - jump in any Thursday you can. Pastor Brett (or occasionally others) leads and we simply read and discuss - no homework, being "called on" - no prior experience necessary! 

On the Thursdays of Lent (2/22-3/21) we'll read together Jesus' passion stories. We'll focus (as much as we ever "focus" - the Holy Spirit takes us all kind of ways) on how we feel about this tough story, characters and their development, and antisemitic interpretations. 

Relic Baroque Concert, 2/25

Relic is a conductorless period chamber orchestra that connects with audiences through intimate, imaginative and dramatic representations of early music.  They will be performing at Georgetown Lutheran Church on February 25 at 3pm.  The concert is free but Relic will accept tax-deductible donations. The ensemble performed the same program Thursday in Greenbelt, MD, and Friday in Alexandria, VA.  The concert will be honoring the goddess Juno and all she represents: love, fury, devotion, youthfulness, and vitality.  The concert will feature music by Handel, Scarlatti, and Charpentier.

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Little Lutherans and Sunday School
Attention parents and kids!

Little Lutherans (parents and birth to pre-K) and Sunday School (school age kids) is offered on the second Sunday of each month plus additional dates.

 Click here to view our 2024 schedule (includes topics and special activity dates). Please also complete  the parent survey (includes photo release permission) if you haven't already so that we can best support your child and family's faith together!

Pub Trivia Night

Join GLC friends (and make new ones) for trivia at Breadsoda in Glover Park,  Monday, February 26 at 7pm. Let Jim Sievert. or Pastor Brett know if you plan to attend. Participants will purchase their own drinks/meals, and we’ll put our heads together for rounds of pub trivia and see how we do for this fellowship night!

Book of the Year (other the Bible)

Low Anthropology by David Zahl

We haven't done this in the past, but this year I've selected a "book of the year" to be a common touchpoint for conversation. (Of course the Bible is the "book of the year" every year!) I hope that by reading it together, we each find hope and connection in wrestling with the topics and as the subtitle says, "the unlikely key to a gracious view of others (and yourself)." This was the best book I read last year, and I re-read it again on my recent retreat/reading week and felt moved to encourage it as a community read for the whole congregation.
Zahl's book starts with an intro connecting a relatable feeling of struggles and our society's messaging around self-help and competition. He offers this framework he calls "low anthropology" which means viewing humanity - all of us - as actually not that great and why this starting point actually leads us in much happier, healthier understanding of people and the world around us.
I'll offer a few discussion gatherings (dates TBA, in-person and on zoom) on:
- Low anthropology, how it's Lutheran, and why you need it
- Low anthropology and parenting (how we've all been parented, applicable for non-parents too!)
- Low anthropology and relationships
- Low anthropology and politics (and surviving this election year)
We'll take our time with this. It's not a homework assignment, but an invitation to something I really think will be enriching and a helpful tool for us all. Join us in this community read for 2024!
                                          - Pastor Brett
From the publisher's description: "Many of us spend our days feeling like we're the only one with problems, while everyone else has their act together. But the sooner we realize that everyone struggles like we do, the sooner we can show grace to ourselves and others.

"In 
Low Anthropology, popular author and theologian David Zahl explores how our ideas about human nature influence our expectations in friendship, work, marriage, and politics. We all go through life with an "anthropology"--an idea about what humans are like, our potentials and our limitations. A high anthropology--thinking optimistically about human nature--can breed perfectionism, anxiety, burnout, loneliness, and resentment. Meanwhile, Zahl invites readers into a biblically rooted and surprisingly life-giving low anthropology, which fosters hope, deep connection with others, lasting love, vulnerability, compassion, and happiness.

"Zahl offers a liberating view of human nature, sin, and grace, showing why the good news of Christianity is both urgent and appealing. By embracing a more accurate view of human beings, readers will discover a true and lasting hope."
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Study Guides & Resources

On our Read & Explore Faith page there are a few blog entries on various topics, which also point in the direction of further resources. We've also (just) started a Goodreads page to share reviews of different books - detail here.
Early in the summer we had two one-session topic studies - on topics which, given current events, our wider church has encouraged us to study our denomination's statements and faith perspective/resources on.  Pastor Brett created a study guide for self study or learning more about each topic: Abortion and Community Violence.