Poor Thomas, he only asked to see what the others had seen! And the risen Jesus granted just what he asked. Perhaps we can learn to ask and then receive what we need when doubt overtakes us.
From Sunday's Sermon
• Ten Plus Reasons to Love Leviticus, Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center
• Ecumenical Advocacy Days Prayer, Vigil, Walk + Public Witness, noon, more details
• Meeting with Bethel UCC, 7 pm in library
• Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 7-9 pm
• Brethren Voices, 11 am, more details
• Yoga, 5:45 pm in fellowship hall
• Handbell Choir Practice, 7 pm in sanctuary
• Breakfast Bunch, 8 am, Bentley's (6654 Arlington Blvd.)
• Centering Prayer, 4 pm in library
• Kaizen Karate, 6:30 pm in fellowship hall
• Community Choir Practice, 7:30 pm at AFUMC
• VA 211 Access to Health + Human Services Resources, 1 pm, VA Hospital Center
• Church Workday, 9 am, more details
• Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 5-9 pm
• Sunday School Class on Environmental Concerns, 9:45 am
• Brethren Voices, 6:30 pm, more details
Wed., 5/3 - Bible Study, 10 am in library
Wed., 5/3 - Community Dialogue, 6:30 pm, Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center, more details
Thurs., 5/4 - Rocklands' Benefit for Doorways, 5:30 pm
Fri., 5/6 - Birdwatcher Retreat, thru 5/7, Shepherd's Spring
Sat., 5/6 - Volunteer at AFAC, 8:30 am
Sun., 5/7 - Sunday School Class on Race, 9:45 am
Fri., 5/12 - Shepherd's Spring Quiet Day, 8:30 am
Fri., 5/12 - Young Adult Group, 6:30 pm
Sat., 5/13 - Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive
Sat., 5/13 - Gay Spirits Conference, thru 5/14, Alexandria
Mon., 5/15 - Affordable Housing: Federal Upheaval...Local Consequences, 8 am
Sat., 5/20 - Volunteer for AFAC at Taste of Arlington, thru 5/21
Sat., 5/20 - RiP Project, 2 pm, more details
Sat., 5/20 - The Brethren Sister's Sing for Supper, 4:30 pm, Glade Valley COB
Mon., 5/22 - Executive Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm
Fri., 5/26 - Young Adult Conference, thru 5/28, Camp Harmony
Church Workday | This Sat., April 29, 9 am-2 pm
Projects are available for all ages and all levels of activity and you can choose whether to work inside or outside. Contribute to making our church look welcoming and enjoy fellowship while you work. We'll be working from 9am to 2 pm and pizza and drinks will be provided for lunch. Contact Warren with questions.
Big Bulletin Newsletter | April Edition
The spring edition of the Big Bulletin Newsletter is out! Contact the office for a paper or click here for an e-copy. Special thanks to this edition's contributing writers!
2017 Directory | Paper copies in the Narthex
The latest directory is now available. Pick up a copy in the narthex or contact the office to have one mailed to you. An electronic version is available online using the case-sensitive password "NewLife". Contact the office with any updates to your information.
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.
Mother's Day Gratitude Project | Mail Donation by Early May
Honor a woman you know and love by celebrating and supporting women around the world through Global Women's Project. Instead of buying more material gifts for your loved one, express your gratitude with a gift that keeps on giving. Your donation allows GWP to fund women-led projects in Haiti, India, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda, and the United States focused on women’s health, education, and employment. In return, your chosen recipient(s) will receive a lovely, hand-written card indicating that a gift has been made in her honor, with a brief description of GWP.
To participate in the Mother’s Day Gratitude Project, mail your donation to:
Global Women’s Project
c/o Emily Matteson
6456 Adobe Circle Road South
Irvine, CA 92617
(write checks to GWP)
Remember to include your name(s) and recipient’s name and address. You may also make memorial donations, which will be listed on our website: www.globalwomensproject.wordpress.com. Gratitude cards will be mailed in time for Mother’s Day if you send your request to Emily by May 8th, 2017. After the 8th, she will mail them as soon as she receives them.
RiP Project | Sat., May 20, 2 - 4 pm
ACOB's service ministry team is sponsoring a RiP (Removal of Invasive Plants) event at Madison Manor Park (6225 12th Rd.) to help reclaim natural areas in our community. Wear long sleeves and pants, bring garden gloves and a water bottle. Garden tools will be provided, but if you have some of your own to use, please bring them so there's enough to go around. Commit to volunteering by singing up on the sheet in the narthex. Contact Marcia with questions.
Volunteer in Our Community | VA Hospital Center, THRIVE, NVFS + AFAC
Virginia Hospital Center is seeking patient companions for the dying. Training is provided. Contact Chaplain Bardsley to learn more or express interest.
THRIVE is looking for at-home volunteers to take calls from social workers requesting emergency financial assistance for their clients two weekday afternoons per month. Learn more on the flyer in the narthex or contact Nicole LaFragola at 703-558-0035.
Northern Virginia Family Service (NVSF) is currently highlighting a need for life skills mentors in their Falls Church shelter from their list of top volunteer opportunities and donation needs.
Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) is need of shelf stockers and morning distribution volunteers on weekday mornings and a Saturday morning van driver 4-6 x per year. Contact Laura Jackson to volunteer.
Ecumenical Advocacy Days | Today is Lobby Day
A record number of attendees are currently meeting for the 15th annual national gathering of Christian advocates for justice, peace, and integrity of creation. This year’s theme is Confronting Chaos, Forging Community to grapple with the local and global impact of racism, materialism and militarism. The weekend of training culminates today with a Lobby Day on Capitol Hill. EAD has provided several ways to get involved beyond conference attendance. Plenary sessions are streamed and saved on Facebook, a conference app is available for both attendees and at-home advocates, anyone is welcome to the vigil planned for today at noon (Methodist Building), and at-home advocates are encouraged to follow tips in the social media tool-kit and to call Congress today. Learn more and get involved at advocacydays.org.
Worship Audio | Online
Brethren Voices is the TV show featuring what Brethren do as a matter of our faith. The episode for April features a second edition about a group from Elizabethtown COB on their learning tour in Nigeria. The response of US Brethren has been amazing with nearly $5 million provided from 2014-2016. The effort has saved lives and averted starvation for many. Watch in Arlington on Comcast 69/Verizon-FIOS 38 on Sundays at 6:30 pm, Wednesdays at 11 am or online anytime.
This video was created by Bread for the World and was passed along by Marcia, inspired by Earth Day on Saturday. Watch the video and read the accompanying scripture and prayer at the above link.
Brethren Voices | Take 10, Tell 10: The Rest of the Stories
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.
Dunker Punks Podcast | http://bit.ly/DPP_Episode29
The newest episode, "Peace Not Pieces" features Nate Hosler in the Office of Public Witness interviewing Yusef Dahar of the World Council of Churches in Jerusalem about the struggle over land in Israel/Palestine. Listen by clicking the above link or subscribing on iTunes.
Pray. Call. Write.
- Family + Friends of Perry Tailferro, Hazel's nephew, mourning his passing
- Family + Friends of Julia Golloday, Julia, a former Deacon, passed at age 99
- James Thomas, coworker of Lisa, recovering from a kidney transplant
- Family + friends of Michael Sharp, a Mennonite Central Committee and UN worker with refugees in the Congo, recently killed
- Rich Massabny's friends + family, Boulevard Manor neighbor, mourning his passing
- Pastor Mike, in rehab after organ transplant
- Karolina, undergoing renewed health treatments
- 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.