May we walk among our brothers and sisters as a blessing, bearing light into dark places, hope to displace despair, and love that casts out hate.
- From Sunday's Call to Prayer
• Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 7-9pm
• Pastor Christy in Town
• Brethren Voices, 11am, more details
• Ash Wednesday Service, 7:00 pm at Bethel UCC, more details
• Community Choir Practice, 7:30pm at Arlington Forest UMC
• Cambodian Alliance Evangelical Prayer Service, fellowship hall
• Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 5-9pm Igles
• Worship, 11am
v • Soup + Pie Meeting, after worship in sanctuary, more details
• Brethren Voices, 6:30pm, more details
Mon., 2/19 - DC Interfaith Leadership Summit, noon in Chevy Chase
Thurs., 2/22 - Breakfast Bunch, 8am, City Diner (5616 Leesburg Pike)
Sun., 2/25 - Deacon Meeting, 12pm in fellowship hall
Fri., 3/2 - Christian Minority Communities Seminar, more details
Sat., 3/3 - Volunteer at AFAC, 8:30am
Fri., 3/9 - ACOB Young Adults Meet, 6:30pm
Fri. + Sat., 3/16-17 - Church Retreat, Shepherd's Spring
Mon., 3/19 - Shepherd's Spring Quiet Day, 9am
Sun., 3/25 - Palm Sunday
Ash Wednesday Worship | Wed., Feb., 14
Soup + Pie Meeting | Sun., Feb. 18, after worship
All hands on deck are needed to help wrap up 2017’s Soup and Pie Bazaar event and start planning for 2018. Contact Alma with questions.
Begin Lent with our friends at Arlington Forest UMC and Bethel UCC at a community worship service at Bethel (4347 Arlington Blvd.). Contact the church office with any questions.
“Growing in God’s Garden” | 2018 Lenten Devotional
Lent invites forty days of intentional soul work. It gives us time to reflect on God’s word and pray, trusting God to tend our llives and bring forth new life. Pick up this year’s Lenten Devotional by Erin Matteson in the narthex. Consider donating in the nearby basket to offset the cost, if able.
Global Women's Project (GWP) | Lenten Calendar
Request GWP’s free printed or email Lenten Calendar by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. GWP was created in 1978 as an outgrowth of Church of the Brethren women gathering at Manchester College challenged by Dr. Ruthann Knechel Johannsen to reflect on our privileged position and to do more by “tax” ourselves to create structures to help others. The calendar follows that idea by suggesting ways to “tax” ourselves each day of Lent along with scriptures about poverty and information on problems faced by women and GWP’s projects.
Washington City CoB | Seeking Office Manager
Our friends in the city are looking for someone to work 20 hours a week supporting the ministry team, managing the building and running the office. Find more details online and please share with anyone who might be interested.
Packing Help | For Karolina
If you're able to help with packing for a multi-tiered move, Karolina and family appreciate help. If you can help, be in touch with Karolina or Silena.
Lenten Devotionals | Misprint
More Details | arlingtoncob.org/calendar
Lenten devotionals picked up before Sunday (2/11) were missing several pages in March. Corrected reprints are in the narthex. Please pick up a new one and recycle the misprinted edition.
For items under “This Week” and “Looking Ahead” that are not listed in the descriptions under “More Details,” find more information on the online calendar at the above url. Bolded items are ACOB events, other listings come from our denominational and community partners. The bulletin boards also have more details received directly from our partners in the mail. The narthex board includes ways to give, the board to the right of the office has events, and newsletters and thank you notes are on the one to the left. The one on the left also includes an editorial board for you to post interesting articles and funny cartoons.
Advocate, Volunteer + Give.
Child Care | Volunteer during Worship
Disaster Response Auction | Donate by Feb. 18
The 38th annual auction will be held May 5th in Westminster, MD. Last year $60K was raised to help victims of disasters across the world. Help by donating auction items or monetary gifts for the auction booklet. Every auction booklet sponsorship makes sure more of the auction profits go to victims of disasters. Sponsors levels are set at $10, $25, $35 and $50, and you can designate your donation in the offering. Write checks to ACOB and they will be forwarded from the church. Contact Marcia with questions.
Two volunteers are needed during every worship service to care for the children in the nursery. At the same time, we no longer have a paid child care provider two weeks out of the month as we had recently. New volunteers are needed and would be very appreciated. All volunteers both new and returning, please connect with Jacque or Suzanne in the office to see about meeting our new insurance safety requirements.
Altar Flowers | Volunteer to Bring Flowers
Each week, flowers from folks in the congregation decorate our altar. Sign up on the sheet in the narthex to be part of this tradition. Contact Alma with questions.
After Worship Socials | Volunteer to Host One Month
Once a month we gather in the library after worship to chat and check-in. Volunteer to bring refreshments. Sign up for any Sunday out of the month on the sheet in the narthex. Contact Alma with questions.
Request for Comments | Tell Your Service Story
The National Commission on Military, National and Public Service
is currently accepting comments from the public. While their mandate remains heavily focused on military service, their definition of service includes both national volunteer service and service in the military. Our Office of Public Witness is currently highlighting this opportunity to share your story and impact the focus of this commission. Share online: http://www.inspire2serve.gov/content/share-your-thoughts
Christian Minority Communities | Sat., March 2nd
Join the Office of Public Witness for a day-long seminar discussing the historic and current situation, relevant U.S. and international policies, and the theological implications of these communities. The day will consist of guest speakers from government and faith-based organizations, discussions, and action items for further reflection and advocacy. Register online: http://bit.ly/OPWSeminar_2March18
Dunker Punks Podcast | http://bit.ly/DPP_50
For our 50th episode (!) Dana Cassell returns, this time interviewing Brethren Volunteer Service Director, Dan McFadden. Listen as the two exchange stories from BVS throughout the years. And find out why BVS will “ruin your life” in the best way possible. Type in the case sensitive url to listen on the showpage or subscribe on iTunes. Listen by clicking the above link or subscribing on iTunes.
Worship Audio | Online
Listen again to this week's sermon, catch a sermon from a Sunday you were out or peruse the archives. Each Sunday message along with a selection of hymns and readings is posted online or subscribe on iTunes.
New! Brethren Voices | Christian Peacemaker Teams
The TV show about what Brethren do as a matter of faith features Christian Peacemaker Teams this month on Arlington Independent Media (Comcast channel 69, Verizon-FIOS channel 38). Brent interviews Cliff Kindy, a reservist with CPT since 1990. Watch online now! Watch in Arlington on Comcast 69/Verizon-FIOS 38 on Sundays at 6:30 pm, Wednesdays at 11 am.
New! #BlessedBreak | http://bit.ly/BlessedBreak89
This week’s video, from Miel San Marcos, was a part of Pastor Christy’s Sunday sermon. Her cousin encountered this song while worshiping with a Latino congregation in California, and how surprised he was to encounter God in the act of praise.
Pray. Call. Write.
Keep in your ongoing prayers: Erin Julca, Steve Shuss, Minnie Simmons, Carolyn Studds
Note: Prayer concerns will ordinarily be listed for four weeks. If you would like one to be kept on or added back in, please let the office know. Names in bold are new to the list or updated this week.
Listen to Sunday's Sermon: http://bit.ly/ACoBMessage21118
On Transfiguration Sunday, Pastor Christy invites us to consider the “thin places” in our own faith journey.
ACoB Young Adults met last week for food and fellowship:
After worship on Sunday, we welcomed Pastory Christy Dowdy and her husband, Dale, with a potluck meal: