"True reversal of an opponent's opposition is not another act of opposition. Rather, true reversal is an act of non-opposition. It's a creative response that works toward extinquishing not the opponent but opposition itself."
Matthew Boulton quoted in yesterday's sermon
• Boulevard Manor Meeting, 7 pm in fellowship hall, more details
• Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 7-9 pm
• Brethren Voices, 11 am, more details
• Hunger Buffet Mission Meal, 11 am at Shepherd's Spring
• No Yoga this Week
• Ash Wednesday Service, 7 pm at Bethel UCC, more details
• No Handbell Choir Practice
• Bible Study, 10 am in library, more details
• Kaizen Karate, 6:30 pm in fellowship hall
• Community Choir Practice, 7:30 pm at AFUMC
• Volunteer at AFAC, 8:30 am, more details
• Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 5-9 pm
• Community Worship at Arlington Forest UMC, 10 am, more details
• MAD Lenten Service Series, 6:45 pm, Bush Creek COB
• Brethren Voices, 6:30 pm, more details
Wed., March 8 - Lenten Quiet Day, Shepherd's Spring
Wed., March 8 - Doorways Donor Appreciation Event, 6:30 pm
Fri., March 10 - ACOB Young Adults Gathring, 6:30 pm
Sat., March 11 - Four Mile Run Stream Clean Up, 10 am, more details
Sun., March 12 - Race Sunday School Class, 9:45 am *Note changed date
Sun., March 12 - Community Choir Singing during Worship, 11 am
Sun., March 12 - MAD Lenten Service Series, 6:45 pm, Meadow Branch COB
Sun., March 16 - Bethany Seminary Forum on Creation Care, thru 3/19
Thurs., March 16 - AFAC Fundraiser: A Light Exists in Spring
Fri., March 17 - New Windsor Days, thru 3/19
Fri., March 17 - Poetry as Prayer Workshop, Shepherd's Spring
Sat., March 18 - Art for Worship, Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center
Sun., March 19 - MAD Lenten Service Series, 6:45 pm, Piney Creek COB
Mon., March 20 - EMU STAR Training, Lancaster, PA, thru 3/24
Thurs., March 23 - Breakfast Bunch, 8 am
Fri.-Sat., March 24 - 25 - All Church Retreat, at Shepherd's Spring, more details
Sun., March 26 - MAD Lenten Service Series, 6:45 pm, Union Bridge COB
Fri., March 31 - Roundtable, Bridgewater College, thru 4/2
Mon., April 3 - Board Meeting, 7:30 pm
Sat., April 8 - Dinner for MAD Disaster Relief, Bush Creek COB
Boulevard Manor Meeting | This Mon., Feb. 27, 7 pm
Come to the fellowship hall a bit before 7 pm and stay for a few minutes to welcome our neighbors ahead of their civic association meeting.
Ash Wednesday Service | This Wed., 7 pm at Bethel UCC
Join with our community partners for an Ash Wednesday service to start the season of Lent. Contact Pastor Nancy with questions.
Also, note that Lenten devotionals are available in the narthex including one from the Upper Room, a Church of the Brethren devotional by Theresa Eshbach and for a coloring devotional see Pastor Nancy.
Bible Study | This Thurs., 10 am
Come to a mid-week study of the Sermon on the Mount. Meet in the library. Contact Pastor Nancy with questions.
Worship at AFUMC | This Sun., March 5, 10 am
This week we join at Arlington Forest UMC (4702 Arlington Blvd.) with Bethel UCC for worship with AFUMC to enjoy music from their special children’s choir guest. Please note the earlier worship time at 10 am and that there will be no Sunday School that week. Contact Pastor Nancy with questions.
Four Mile Run Stream Cleanup | Sat., March 11, 10 am-1 pm
Our Service Ministry Team is organizing a group of folks to help Arlington County Park Rangers clean up Four Mile Run. Get outdoors and help Arlington restore it's natural spaces. Wear waterproof boots and bring gloves. Bags will be provided. Meet at Glencarlyn Park at 10 am or connect with a carpool from ACOB. Contact Nate to connect, commit to volunteer and with any questions.
All Church Retreat | Friday + Saturday, March 24-25
Everyone is welcome to attend our annual all church retreat at Shepherd's Spring. This year's retreat will be led by Rev. Ken Kline Smeltzer on "Finding Common Ground: Facing the Other and Healing the Divide." A group of folks carpool up and have dinner on the way, Friday night. Those staying the night enjoy a worship service beginning at 7:30 pm and fellowship before bed. Another group carpools up early in the morning to meet before breakfast and a morning and afternoon full of retreat activities. Contact Everett with questions.
Decals | No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor
Immanuel Mennonite in Harrisonburg, VA posted a literal sign of welcoming love that has inspired thousands across the country. ACOB is making some available in our neighborhoods too. Only decals are left. Note that they include ACOB’s address! They are $2 each. Please reimburse Cindy directly who picked them up from Ayuda, a metro area immigrant aid organization.
New Office Hours | Thursday Morning, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Church office hours on Wednesday evening have moved to Thursday morning. A big thanks to Alma for making this possible by generously offering to care for Marylynne at this time!
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.
Volunteer + Give.
Volunteer at AFAC | This Sat., 8:30-10:30 am
Last call to help distribute food this Saturday at AFAC (2708 S. Nelson St.). Contact Diane by early afternoon today if you plan to volunteer. She needs to give AFAC a count by close of business.
Donate Playing Cards | Teaching in Haiti
Carole Compton has a friend who teaches children math using playing cards. She's preparing to teach in Haiti and could use additional decks of cards in any condition to take with her. Contact Carole to donate.
Food Drives | Donation Bins in Office Hallway
Keep the ongoing food collections in mind on your regular grocery shopping trips. Throughout the year, we collect whole grain, low sugar cereals to donate for distribution to families served at AFAC. Throughout the winter, we are continuing to support families of our building partner congregation, IRPE, who have been laid off from seasonal jobs like construction with non-perishables like cereal, beans, rice, and canned goods. Donate in the bins by the window in the office hallway. Contact the office with any questions.
Dunker Punks Podcast | http://bit.ly/DPP_Episode25
Laura Weimer is featured in the latest episode interviewing folks from our local Doorways shelter. Hear how people navigate out of domestic violence and homelessness and how we can walk with them. Listen by clicking the above link or subscribing on iTunes.
Brethren Voices is the TV show featuring what Brethren do as a matter of our faith. February features our very own ministries here at ACOB! In this first episode of two, Pastor Nancy is interviewed about the creative ways she leads us being church and in community. Watch in Arlington on Comcast 69/Verizon-FIOS 38 on Sundays at 6:30 pm, Wednesdays at 11 am or online anytime.
Worship Audio | Online
Brethren Voices | ACOB's Ministries
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.
#BlessedBreak | New Devotion! http://bit.ly/BlessedBreak43
The latest video devotional is a prayer for Black History Month in February. Watch the video and read the accompanying scripture and prayer at the above link.
Pray. Call. Write.
- Paul White, friend of Carole Compton, recovering from brain surgery
- Roger Cubbage, home from the hospital after treatment for sodium deficiency
- Ralph, home recovering from surgery for a broken hip
- Linda, Suzanne's mom, home from the hospital
- Erica Whitaker, Elaine's great niece, recovering from recent surgery after multiple serious health concerns including dialysis
- Charlotte, Amy's mom, anticipating surgery on 3/13 for a brain aneurysm
- Hubert Wright's Family + Friends, Shelley's grandfather and best friend who passed suddenly from pneumonia
- Hazel, moved to Woodbridge, contact the office for her new address/phone
- Orin, seeking housing and employment in Arlington
- Walkin-Haske Family, cotinued health improvments and ongoing health treatments
- Pastor Mike, continuing to deal with liver failure and awaiting transplant
- Jummai Paul, kidnapped Chibok girl and 195 others
- Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN)
Keep in your ongoing prayers: Minnie Simmons, Dorothy Fravel (Dee’s mom), Theresa McCary, Erin Julca, Steve Shuss, Elizabeth Smucker, 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.
Jesus invites us to imagine and devise extra measures of neighbor love that include our enemies. Turning to the expected and rational reactions of self-protection, the invitation is foolishness and appears to be collaboration with evil. Jesus' instructions are actually profound resistance. Turning force into a choice is a refusal to accept the rules of dominion through acts of generosity. What would it look like to not participate in our enemies' aggression? What would it look like to drop food and medicine instead of bombs? The Jesus way is non-cooperation with harm in all its forms by choosing to give, just as God first gave to us.
If we are tempted to look down at those who need help we have turned our back on your family, Lord. If we are too proud to accept, too proud to ask for help when it is needed then we have bought into the myth of independence that plagues our stiff-necked society. We need each other, and we need you. Forgive us. Heal us and bless these elements to enlighten us. In Christ we pray, Amen.
Prayer of Confession by Ramirez from yesterday's communion at the end of worship