Washington, D.C. – July 8, 2011: On Sunday, July 31, 2011, Resurrection Lutheran Church will hold a special service concluding their ministry in the Kensington, Md. area. The congregation voted in May to “close as an act of mission” and sell its building to the Oromo Christian Fellowship which has been worshipping at the facility in recent years.
Resurrection Lutheran Church has been in ministry for 60 years. The Oromo Christian Fellowship is an ELCA congregation under development. “Former Resurrection members will be able to watch the Oromo Christian Fellowship grow as they grew sixty years ago,” said Amy Acland, staff member of the Metro D.C. Synod office. “The Oromo people will maintain a Lutheran presence serving the communities of Wheaton and Kensington, perhaps for another sixty years.”
The closing worship service will be held at 4:00 p.m. The Rev. Phil Hirsch, Director of Evangelical Mission and Assistant to the Bishop in the Metro D.C. Synod, will preach. The service will be a traditional Lutheran service with many favorite Lutheran hymns and traditional liturgy elements. A dinner will follow.
Information about the “close as act of mission process” is available at http://metrodcelca.org/for-congregations/close-as-act-of-mission/.