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Because Service Doesn't Stop on Sundays.

Ministry is not one thing, and it is not done by one person.

- From yesterday's sermon


        Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 7-9pm  


        Brethren Voices, 11am, more details
        Yound Adult DC Gathering, 6:30pm at DC private residence
        Handbell Choir Practice, 7:00 pm


       Town Hall with Samuel Sarpiya, 8pm online
       Community Choir Practice, 7:30pm at Arlington Forest UMC


       Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 5-9pm  Igles


       Classes for All Ages, 9:45am
; Worship: Bell Choir Playing, 11am
       Souper Sunday, noon at Shepherd's Spring
       Brethren Voices, 6:30pm, more details

Looking Ahead.

Mon., 1/29 – Executive Committee, 7:30 pm
Thurs., 2/1 – Community Choir Rehearsal, Arlington Forest, 7:30 pm
Mon., 2/5 – Church Board Meeting, 7:30 pm
Fri., 2/9 - ACOB Young Adult Gathering, 6:30pm
Sat., 2/10 - AFAC Spring Garden Kick Off, 9am
Sun., 2/11 - A Taste of Winter, 3pm at Shepherd's Spring
Wed., 2/14 - Adult Cooking Class, Schedule at Shepherd's Spring
Wed., 2/14 - Ash Wednesday
Sun., 2/18 - Soup and Pie Meeting, after worship in sanctuary, more details
Fri., 3/2 - Christian Minority Communities Seminar
Sat., 3/3 - Volunteer at AFAC, 8:30am


More Details.
New Office Hours | 571-243-5344
Thank you to Shelley, with assists from Amy and Pastor Nancy for keeping up with the in-office tasks over the fall and early winter. Suzanne is back in the office now. Dana will continue the online tasks as Suzanne transitions, including creating and sending the e-bulletin and sharing on our social media sites.   Feel free to call or text the office cell, listed above, at any time. Suzanne will be working in the building Sundays after worship until 3 pm, Wednesday mornings from 9:30 am-11:30 am and Thursday afternoons from 3-4 pm. Please send announcements for the bulletin by Wednesday morning.

Names + Contact Information  |  Notify the Office
Please let Suzanne know if you need a new or updated name tag. This is a way to be welcoming to our visitors. Also check in with Suzanne if you have an update to your contact information. The new directory is being updated now. Call or text Suzanne at 571-243-5344 or email at acob@arlingtoncob.org.

Worship + Transitions | What to Expect
Next week, Dave Johnson will return to preach. The first Sunday in February is Scout Sunday when our interim Pastor Christy Dowdy will join us to preach. Contact Everett with any questions about these upcoming worship services.

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.

Thank You | From Pastor Nancy
Thank you, thank you! I can’t say it enough. The send off party last week and all your cards and comments meant so much to me! You gave me an incredibly generous goodbye gift which we will put to good use on our ski “sabbatical”. The Star Trek theme, as you know = my favorite, was such a surprise and so very much fun. It mirrored all the good times we have had together as we have walked the path of the Jesus Way. You have blessed Fitz and me in a million ways in our nine years together. I know you will be a blessing to others and I trust they will bring you the blessings and challenges you need for the next steps in your journey. You will always be in our thoughts and I shall keep you in my prayers.
thank you

Gratitude | From Robyn Reals    
You truly showed your big heart Sunday 7th, for Pastor Nancy's Retirement Party. Thank you for sharing wonderful food and for sending Pastor Nancy and Fitz off with lovely gifts.  Your generosity was more than appreciated. There are not enough fitting words to thank each of those who spent many hours helping all the components of the day come together. I personally thank those below for their creativity, time, hard work, humor and love toward the planning and the gifts. I send my apologies if I have missed anyone! 
Dana Cassell; JoAnn Cubbage; Jenny Ditta; Donna Fields; Everett Fisher; Alma and Lisa Gallego; Paul Heisey; Sue Hillmer; Pastor Anne Holmes; Suzanne Lay; Debbie Miller; Westen and Mark Muntain; Ralph Pricington; Gary Reals; Pastor Carolyn Richar; Marcia Sowles; Warren and Nancy Weimer; Shelley Wright
Stephen, Amy, Lily and Elijah Ziehm
Hope you all had fun, I know you made wonderful parting memories for the loved Fitzgerald family!

More Details | arlingtoncob.org/calendar

For more information on neighboring church, denomination and non-profit events listed, check the calendar at the above link or contact the office.

Advocate, Volunteer + Give.

Parsonage | Furniture Needed
Nancy and Fitz will be leaving the personage soon, so there will be very little furniture there. When Christy Dowdy comes in February, she will stay in the parsonage over the weekends. It would be nice if she did not have to stay in an empty house. If you have any pieces of furniture you could spare for 6 months, please let Warren know.

Packing Help | For Karolina
If you're able to help with packing for a multi-tiered move, Karolina and family appreciate help on the following days and times. If you can help, be in touch with Karolina directly.
Sun, Jan 281-6 pm; Sat., Feb. 3:  starting at NOON and going as long as we can.  (We will order food late afternoon/ early evening and hope to keep going.); Wed., Feb. 7:  9-5 with lunch break; Sat., Feb. 109-3:00

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.


New! Dunker Punks Podcast | http://bit.ly/DPP_Episode49
In this episode of the podcast, Sarah Ullom-Minnich chats with Anna Lisa Gross about her new year. They talk about Anna Lisa’s plans for a simple life in a van with the complex goal of creating a permaculture on her uncle’s acre of land in Mexico. Anna Lisa explains, in some ways it feels very exotic and strange, but it’s also a very normal lifestyle for so many people in so many parts of the world. Sarah shares the conversation to challenge us to live into the difference we want to see in ourselves and the world around us. 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.

Brethren Voices | Alternative Gift Giving

Brethren Voices is the TV show featuring what Brethren do as a matter of our faith. The episode for December features alternative gift suggestions. This year the United States has experienced so many natural disasters that have swept though countless neighborhoods across the country. Now, we're in the Christmas Holiday Season. It's that time of the year to find the special gift for the person who most of the time has everything that they already need. With many survivors of these disasters, just needing a place to live, we suggest an alternative gift for the person on your list who probably has everything. Each year, "Brethren Voices" features Alternative Gift Giving Ideas. For that person, probably the best gift is you, but we do have an alternative gift idea, a financial gift to the Brethren Disaster Ministries, in the name of that special someone on your list. 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/BlessedBreak86

Blessed Break


Pray. Call. Write.
  • Christy & Dale Dowdy, upon the passing of Christy's mother at age 97
  • Richard, friend of Karolina and Rich, battling metastatic colon cancer
  • Joe Mourano, family friend of Chris D., passed after a battle with cancer
  • Friends and family of Craig P., who passed away following a heart attack
  • Sandy Wright, friend of Sue and Bazaar attendee, is cancer free!
  • Donna Fields, recovering from cataract surgery
  • Hazel Tuck and Family, following Charles’ passing
  • Chip Dettra, facing dialysis
  • Joe Mourano, family friend of Chris D., battling cancer
  • Karolina Walkin, suffering from pain from neurological damage
  • Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN), including 113 girls still captive
Those recovering at home: Ralph, Carole
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.


Due to technical difficulties, there is no audio for this week's sermon. Catch up on previous sermon podcasts here: http://arlingtoncob.org/sermons/

A special thanks to Debbie for her leadership in worship this week: an in-tune message during this time of pastoral transition, encouragement for all of us as the priesthood of believers. We had hands on experience working to be in ministry together.

pianist    children

discussing    ministry possibilities

Debbie    singing together

Gathering to singGathering to sing.

More Pictures. 

We had a great group of ACoB friends young and old at Thursday's Breakfast Bunch gathering:

breakfast  bunch
baby breakfast

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