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Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 7-9 pm
Bells Polishing Party, 7 pm
AFAC's Spring Carnival, 6:30 pm, more details
Young Adult DC Gathering, 6:30 pm, a week early this month
Kaizen Karate, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Immigration + Refugee Services Info Session, 7 pm, more details
Community Choir Practice, 7:30 pm at AFUMC
Children's Play Group, 10:30 - 11:30 am in church nursery
Dranesville CoB Yard Sale + Fish Fry, 10 am, more details
Kelsey Court Meeting, 10 am downstairs
Brownies, 1 pm in youth room
Andy + Ralph's Students' Recital, 2 pm in sanctuary
Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 5-9 pm
Intergenerational Big Sunday School, 9:45 am in side yard
Outdoor Worship, 11 am in side yard
Refreshments after Worship, 12 pm in side yard
May 26 - Breakfast Bunch, 8 am at Metro 29 (4711 Lee Hwy)
May 30 - Executive Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm
June 4 - Oakton CoB Community Flea Market + Bake Sale, more details
June 4 - On Earth Peace Online Peace Training, more details
June 5 - Unity Sunday Worship + Picnic
June 5 - AFAC Volunteer Appreciation Picnic, more details
June 5 - Biking for Peace, more details
June 6 - Board Meeting
June 10 - ACoB Young Adults Gathering
June 11 - Summer Worship Hours Start, 10 am
June 11 - Refreshments to Congratulate Graduates
June 11 - Lucas Scott Finet's Piano Recital, more details
Refugee Services Info Session | Thurs., May 19, 6:15 pm
Attend this Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services meeting to learn more about a potential church initiative to sponsor a family fleeing violence in Syria. Meet at 6:15 at the church to carpool. Contact Debbie with questions.
AFAC’s Spring Carnival | Thurs., May 19, 6:30 pm
Tickets for this fancy fundraiser include valet parking, hors d'oeurves, drinks, and camaraderie. Entertainment includes aerialists, acrobats and characters from the Wizard of Oz. Wear your best ruby red slippers! Each attending in red shoes is entered into a raffle for a $200 gift certificate to Rent the Runway, Georgetown. Buy tickets starting at $175 online: http://bit.ly/AFAC_Oz
Dranesville CoB Yard Sale + Fish Fry | Sat., May 21, 10 am - 4 pm
This event by our neighborhing congregation in Herndon is a fundraiser for the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN). Email DCOBOffice@aol.com or call 703-430-7872 for more details.
Community Flea Market + Bake Sale | Sat., June 4, 8 am – 1 pm
Oakton CoB’s community flea market, with food and a bake sale will be held rain or shine. Sales space is available for a $15 donation to the church and must be reserved in advance. For information or to reserve sales space, see www.oaktonbrethren.org or call 703-281-4411.
OEP Online Peace Training | Sat., June 4, 12:30 pm – 6:30 pm
This interactive, online webinar will give participants a brief introduction to the philosophy of Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation, a methodology that was developed out of the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Bernard Lafayette, Jr., and David C. Jehnsen, who both worked directly with Dr. King. Learn more and register online: http://bit.ly/PeaceWebinar
AFAC Volunteer Appreciation Picnic | Sun., June 5, 5 pm
Volunteer for the volunteers! Help with set up and food distribution is currently needed. Otherwise AFAC volunteers should save the date to attend. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Lucas Scott Finet's Piano Recital| Sun., June 12, 4 pm
As part of celebrating his graduation from South Lakes HS in Reston and in lieu of an Open House, Lucas will be sharing his love of music with a piano recital at Oakton CoB. Lucas will be attending Elizabethtown College majoring in music therapy and at this recital he will feature his classical, college audition pieces. In the second half of the program, Lucas will introduce his incredible works of music composed for video games! Refreshments will follow the performance. Lucas' mom, Angela, interned here at ACoB and now serves as pastor of Nokesville CoB. RSVP to her at email@example.com.
Dunker Punks Podcast | http://bit.ly/DPP_Episode6
The latest episode features Nate Hosler, Director of the Brethren Office of Public Witness talking with Segma Asfaw at the World Council of Churches and Jeff Boshart with the Global Food Crisis Fund, and introducing us to the vulnerable state of being without a nationality. Stateless people are legally invisible beyond the margins and without the basic human rights we take for granted. Beyond listening to their story, let us do all we can to make them known.
Worship Audio | Online
In case you miss a Sunday service, sermon audio along with a selection of hymns and readings is posted online or subscribe on iTunes
Travellers for Peace Need a Place to Stay | June 5
On June 5, Michael and David will have daily biked 100 miles for 23 consecutive days and they will be looking forward to 2,700 more miles to bike: all to raise at least $100,000 for peace organizations like Christian Peacemaker Teams. They are in need of a place to stay the evening of June 5 after a bonus speaking event at Oakton CoB, co-hosted by ACoB and will leave around 4 or 5 am the next morning. If you can offer 2-4 people a room for the evening, contact Marcia.
Coloring Book Collection | Throughout May
With children out of school for the summer months, our nieghbors relying on AFAC food assistance often have to bring their kids along to pick up food. The wait can be long and coloring books and crayons can help the kids pass the time. Perferated coloring books are ideal, so children can more easily take home their art work. Place donations in the collection basket in the office hallway throughout the month of May.
Prepare Meals | Tuesdays and Fridays
Ongoing health appointments make prepared dinners a big help for the Walkin-Haskes at this time. Sign up in the narthex or contact Silena if you can help. She is keeping a schedule so our efforts are spread over time for the family.
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- Alan Thawley, friends + family, Jo Ann's Grandnephew, grieving his wife's death during surgery for an ectopic pregnancy
- Fred Thawley, Alan's dad and Jo Ann's nephew, in ICU recieving treatment for leg blood clots
- Stephen Jr., Ralph's nephew, at home recovering from a heart attack at age 35
- Mary Smith's family + friends, mourning her passing at age 99
- Alan, Hazel's son, experiencing health problems
- Charles, Hazel's son, needs lung surgery
- Affeldt Family, Melody's good friend's aunt suddenly passed recently
- Minnie, palliative care at Goodwin House, Rm 248, visitors welcome
- Walkin-Haske Family, ongoing health treatments
- Jummai Paul, kidnapped Chibok girl and others
- Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN)
Hear Sunday's sermon along with a selection of hymns and readings: http://bit.ly/ACoBMessage15May2016
Ever since the day that Jesus ascended, the Christian community has been and is in danger of amnesia, of forgetting what at one time it did know. The Holy Spirit, the Companion Jesus spoke of, is here to teach and remind us of who and whose we are. The Holy Spirit’s arrival changed everything, forming a vital, vibrant missionary effort from Jerusalem out to Judea, Samaria and the ends of the Earth. The viral spread of Christianity is both a reminder and an accountability network.
The viral social media campaign closest to our hearts is the movement to #BringBackOurGirls. Originating out of Nigeria, this reminder and accountability effort to hold up 276 school girls kidnapped by terrorists has shed much meaningful light on making visibility and voice to the invisible and voiceless. Achingly, the campaign continues because the girls have yet to be freed. So, we must not forget them. We will keep praying and calling for their return to safety and persist in holding influencers to account by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Because we are part of the viral spread of Christianity, we are empowered by God’s Spirit to use the resources at our command: our voices, money, power and the sway of our combined efforts to do great works in Jesus’ name.
A special Happy Birthday to Minnie! Looks like everyone had fun at the celebration after church on Sunday!