Special Thank You for CLC Generosity


Dear Pastors and members of Community Lutheran Church.

My heart is overjoyed and my words are not enough to express my gratitude. Thank you so much for supporting me to pay my medical bill.
It was very hard for me to pay all my medication costs. I received the money from Jacob Sprang.

God’s grace unfolds through your generousity and i hope to walk again and go to school and ministry soon. Thank you and may God bless all the wonderful people of community lutheran church.

Gratefuly Edward Makara

For those that are not aware of what happened to Edward here is a short version for 6/24:

MAKARA had a bad accident on June 24th after a motorcycle which was carrying him was hit by a vehicle. His leg was broken and now is at Kanombe Hospital undergoing surgery.  Pray for him and his family.

And an update on his condition as of 6/29:

Thank you for prayers
The accident took my left leg to the extent that all bones were broken
and the operation to fix them took 5 hours.
In one month I may be able to use a wheel chair and may be late
clutches. I thank God I survived bleeding to death.
I am surrounded with love from you and others here.I remain in good
hands of God for total healing. I can’t wait to serve God again with a
powerful testmony in a few months to come.
stay blessed as you bless me with prayers.

Farewell and Godspeed for Pr. Joe and Debra

On July 31, we blessed and sent Pr. Joe and Debra as they head off for Pr. Joe’s three month Sabbatical.  During this time, he will be visiting, thanking and interviewing his “saints” – mentors in the faith who have impacted his life, relationship with God, and his ministry.  He and Debra will be returning on November 6.

In the meantime, we had a wonderful send off which included quite the spread of food, some roasting from Council President Mike Turner, and a nearly life-size cardboard cutout of Pr. Joe.  This cardboard has been scaring the office staff, but do check it out in the Narthex because over the next three months, there will be different sayings from Pr. Joe on it! Thank you to the Sabbatical Team, the Church council, and all of those who made the Farewell and Godspeed a success!

We wish Pr. Joe and Debra a time of rest and rejuvenation.  May they be deeply blessed by this intentional time away to connect more deeply with God, family and friends.  See you soon!

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CLC Goes to the Nationals Game

Debra Vought organized a Community Lutheran outing to the Washington Nationals Game on Sunday July 24.
We had approximately 40 persons signed up but due to the hot weather we had a few cancelations.  Who would know when we booked this trip 2 months ago that the day would bring 100 degree temperatures.
In spite of the heat, we had a wonderful time of fellowship.
Tom and Sherry left the game in the 7th inning when the Nationals were winning and were interviewed by Fox News on their way out of the stadium.  The reporter wanted to know if they were leaving due to the heat and they answered in unison a resounding YES.  The reporter then wanted to know if they knew it would be that hot at the game to which they answered yes but the tickets were purchased two months ago with their church group and decided to go and enjoy.
We had some very wonderful feedback of the fellowship that was part of the heat and the game with comments and pictures.
Thanks Debra for all your efforts. Thanks also for the reminder that putting in the effort brings great rewards of fellowship and friendship.  I’m truly thankful for my CLC family. It may have been a hot day but it was still very cool to have spent it with all of you.
Hugs to all
Thank you Debra for organizing the event.
Bob and I had a great time.
Debra, thank you for doing all the planning and worrying about everyone.
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Confirmation Camp – July 17-22 at Mar Lu Ridge Camp, Jefferson MD

Confirmation Camp 2016

19 Youth, Youth Minister Becca Shelor and Pr. Joe Vought attended Confirmation Camp the Week of July 17-22 .   They joined 50 other Lutheran Youth and Leaders from the Maryland and  Metro DC Synods.   Under the theme “Freed From and Freed For” the Youth recalled the Journey of God’s People out of Captivity in the story of the Exodus to be God’s Servant People in the world.

Themes for the Week were:

Sunday:                “Loved by God”

Arrival and Worship with Remembrance of Baptism and Holy Communion

Monday:              “Freed from Captivity”   God brought freedom to His children in Egypt, We are freed from sin, death and the devil.

Bible study and conversation about how  God’s people and we are held captive and our freedom by God to live anew

Tuesday               “Freed for Vocation”   God called Israel to be light to the nations, Jesus calls us to use our gifts and talents to serve the neighbor

Bible study and conversation about how people are captive today and how we are called to serve and use our gifts for others

Wednesday        “Freed for Community”    We are called to live in community with each other, there is one body with many members”

Bible study and conversation about living together in community with differences and group games for team building

Thursday             “Freed to Serve”  With our freedom in God and Christ comes responsibility to serve those in need

Lutheran World Relief project: Making blankets for people around the world and learning about LWR’s service in 37 countries

Friday                    “Taking it Home”   Remembering all the Ways in which God led us, set us free and helped us to learn and serve

Commissioning on the Mar-Lu Ridge mountain to go home as God’s servants, letting our light shine, serving others, doing justice

The Youth also enjoyed: swimming, cookouts, challenge courses, hiking, worship each day, silly songs, snacks and games.

Here is what the Youth have to say about Confirmation Camp in their own words”

Dear CLC,

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to go to camp!!

“I had so much fun, hope to see you next year at Confirmation Camp, again.”


“I had a really, really fun time at this amazing experience.”


“I am so thankful that I got to go and it was super fun.”


“This camp was such a huge blast, and I wouldn’t have learned so much if I hadn’t come here.”


“I can assure you all of us had an awesome time.”


“I really liked this place!”


“Thank you to Pastor Joe and Becca.”


“Thank you, CLC.”


“I had an amazing week!  Can’t wait for Houston!”


“I had an awesome time, and I met a lot of new people.”


“I appreciate all the support we got.  CLC is awesome”


“I enjoyed talking to everyone and learning more about Mar-Lu-Ridge.”


“I had great times during the challenge courses making strategies and new friends.”


“We all had a great time and furthered our Christian beliefs as we talked about captivity.”


“It was really fun.”


“I really enjoyed going and I look forward to going next year.”


“Thank you Mar-Lu-Ridge for the good food, the fun activities, and the funny skits.”


Confirmation Camp 2016


On Sunday, July 17th, Community Lutheran blessed 19 Youth, Pr. Joe and Becca Shelor as they embarked for Confirmation Camp at Mar Lu Ridge, July 17-22.   Through Bible Study, Worship, Group Building Activities and Small Group Learning, the Youth, Leaders and Pastors will explore what it means to be a follow of God and a disciple of Jesus with the theme:   “Freed From…(sin, evil and fear) Freed For… (service, vocation and discipleship).   Thank YOU CLC for paying half-tuition to allow our youth to experience this great faith formation event in God’s great outdoors!

Blooming Hill Lavender Farm


On June 25, 2016 several CLC members from the Women’s Breakfast Group traveled to Blooming Hill Lavender Farm in Philomont, Virginia. We left CLC around 9:30 a.m. after enjoying a Lavender-Thyme Scone with Devonshire Cream, Orange Marmalade and Lemon Curd. Great conversation was shared on our car trip to Philomont. We arrived and met by the owner Cyndie, she related her story about how they started the farm and her love for lavenders. We had a wonderful walk through the gardens, enjoyed some delicious blueberry lavender ice cream on the beautiful porch and shared a little time with everyone and later shopped in her amazing gift shop.

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The Blooming Hill Lavender Farm is usually open on Saturday & Sunday, check out their website and plan a visit when you have an opportunity. I am sure the following ladies will be glad to share their experience; Shirley Bookwalter, Marilyn Bowers, Peggy Darr, Peggy DeWeese, Kathy Shaffer, Margaret Selland, Lynn Tinman, Debra Vought and guests Sandy Behrs and Sharon Conley.


Everyone is invited to join the Women’s Breakfast Group. We normally meet the first Saturday of every month at 8:15 a.m. in the church library. Plan to attend our next meeting August 6th. We hope to see you there. If you have any questions you can contact Shirley Bookwalter at shirleybookwalter@verizon.net.

Giving Garden


Our Giving Garden is doing great in spite of the heat or perhaps due to the heat.  Many pounds of squash and cucumbers (and a few pounds of peppers) have been delivered to the LINK food pantry.  Hopefully, the tomatoes will do as well.  The families served by LINK appreciate fresh veggies.

Thanks to all who have watered, weeded and harvested.  There are still available slots to help in September and October, so give Marilyn Bowers a call (703-450-4813) or email at mbowers8@verizon.net if you can lend a hand.

“CAVE QUEST” Vacation Bible School



Vacation Bible School “Cave Quest” a week of fun sharing the Good News of “Jesus the Light of the World.”   Over 75 children and adults participated in worship, learning, crafts and song

LWR VBS Project

101 Personal Care Kits (towels, toothbrushes, combs and soap) were assembled by our VBS children and sent around the world through Lutheran World Relief to those in need.     We thank the Lamberty family, Debra Vought and some of our VBS youth for delivering the Care Kits to New Windsor, MD and Lutheran World Relief for distribution around the world


2016 Metro D.C. Synod Assembly

“For the Healing of the Nations” 

The 2016 Metro D.C. Synod Assembly Meets Saturday, June 18, 2016. 

  Pastors and Congregational representatives from the 77 congregations of the Metro DC Evangelical Lutheran Church in America met at Good Shepherd Lutheran in Gaithersburg, Md.  John White, Synod VP attended along with Pastors Joe Vought and Annabelle Markey as well as Council President Mike Turner and Vice President Mike Andress. Synod Elections occurred for various Boards and Committees, Vibrant Worship was held and several Resolutions were passed:   “African Descent, Lutheran Lives Matter;”  “Current American Political Discourse”  authored by our own Council President, Mike Turner; “Gratitude and Support for Military Members & Vets;”  “Repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery;” “U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.   For more information, see the article at: metrodcelca.org/events/synod-assembly.