I’m no longer in the world, but they are in the world, even as I’m coming to you. Holy Father, watch over them in your name, the name you gave me, that they will be one just as we are one.
John 17:11 CEB
• On Becoming a Dancing Monk, thru 5/24, Shepherd's Spring
• Executive Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm in library
• Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 7-9 pm
• Bible Study, 10:30 am at Goodwin House, more details
• Brethren Voices, 11 am, more details
• Yoga, 5:45 pm in fellowship hall
• Breakfast Bunch, 8 am, Original Pancake House (7395 Lee Hwy)
• Centering Prayer, 4 pm in library
• Community Choir Practice, 7:30 pm at AFUMC
• Young Adult Conference, thru 5/28, Camp Harmony
• Yoga, 9 am in fellowship hall
• Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 5-9 pm
• SS Class on Environmental Concerns, 9:45 am upstairs
• Outdoor Worship, 11 am, more details
• Brethren Voices, 6:30 pm, more details
Sat., 6/3 - Oakton COB Flea Market, 8 am - 1 pm, more details
Sat., 6/3 - National Trails Day, 8:30 am, Shepherd's Spring
Sun., 6/4 - Sunday School Class on Interfaith, 10 am in library
Sun., 6/4 - Unity Sunday Worship + Picnic, 11 am, more details
Sun., 6/4 - 50 Years: CMEP Advocacy Event, thru 6/6, more details
Mon., 6/5 - Board Meeting, 7:30 pm in library
Tues., 6/6 - 34th Annual Capital Pride Interfaith Service in DC, 7:30 pm
Fri., 6/9 - ACOB Young Adults Meeting, 6:30 pm
Sun., 6/11 - Worship at 10 am begins
Sun., 6/11 - AFAC Volunteer Appreciation Picnic, 5 pm, more details
Tues., 6/13 - Bread for the World Lobby Day
Sat., 6/17 - Doorways Collection Day, 10 am, more details
Sat., 6/17 - MAD COB Night at Camden Yards, 4 pm, more details
Mon., 6/19 - Shepherd's Spring Golf Tournament
Wed., 6/21 - Dinner + Intro to UCC, 6:30 pm, more details
Wed., 6/28 - COB Annual Conference, thru Sun., July 2
Sat., 7/1 - Volunteer at AFAC, 8:30 am
Sun., 7/2 - Community Worship at ACOB, 10 am *Note New Location
Fri., 7/14 - Volunteer at Brethren Nutrition Center, 10 am
Mon., 7/24 - 44th Brethren Bible Institute, thru 7/28, Etwon College
Mon., 7/31 - Executive Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm
Sun., 8/6 - Community Worship at ACOB, 10 am
Mon., 8/7 - Board Meeting, 7:30 pm
Fri., 8/11 - Volunteer at Brethren Nutrition Center, 10 am
Sun., 8/13 - Community Worship at Arlington Forest, 10 am
Thurs., 8/17 - Shepherd's Spring's Sprint to the Spring
Sun., 8/20 - Community Worship at Bethel UCC, 10 am
Sun., 8/27 - Community Worship + Picnic at Lubber Run, 10 am
Bible Study | This Wed., May 24, 10:30 am
Our drop-in, weekday Bible Study on the Sermon on the Mount will be held at Goodwin House (3440 S Jefferson St.) this week. All are welcome. Contact Pastor Nancy with questions or to carpool.
Outdoor Worship | This Sun., May 28, 11 am
Join us for our annual tradition worshipping in God's beautiful creation. We meet in the church yard for our regular worship hour. Dress comfortably and bring a lawn chair. Contact the church office with any questions.
Oakton COB Flea Market | Sat., June 3, 8 am-1 pm
Head to Oakton COB for grilled hot dogs, food, drinks and bake sale. You never know what you'll find at the flea market! Vendor setup begins at 7 am. Sales space is available for a $15 donation to the church and must be reserved in advance. Email or call the Oakton COB church office, 703-281-4411.
Unity Sunday | Sun., June 4
All three congregations that use our church building share a Unity Worship Service (11 am) once per year which is conducted in all three languages. (God’s Spirit does the translating.) Following worship there is a picnic (noon) and wonderful fellowship where we learn about each other across cultures and language. Please bring a pot luck goodie to share. We thank everyone who has already volunteered for set up and are counting on everyone pitching in to help clean up too. Come early (10 am) for a special Sunday School class in the library. We’ll watch and discuss a TED talk on breaking the taboos of interfaith. For questions, contact anyone on the Welcome Ministry Team including Robyn, James or Paul.
AFAC Volunteer Appreciation Picnic | Sun., June 11, 5 pm
Celebrate your important contributions to our community food assistance center by attending this year's volunteer appreciation picnic at Bluemont Park. They'll be great food, music, fun and camaraderie. Partners and children are welcome. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or call 703-845-8486 and RSVP online.
Dinner + Intro to UCC | Wed., June 21, 6:30 pm
You're invited to a dinner and presentation to learn more about the United Church of Christ. Amid talks of creating a covenantal relationship with Bethel UCC to share our building, this special event is intended to provide a historical and theological overview of the United Church of Christ. A few volunteers are needed to help prepare and serve a simple soup dinner. Contact the office to volunteer or learn more about the event.
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.
Coloring Book Collection | Throughout May
With children out of school for the summer months, our neighbors 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. Perforated 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. Contact Marcia with questions.
Doorways Donation Day | Sat., June 17, 10 am – 2 pm
Volunteers (in pairs for hour shifts) are needed to staff ACOB’s donation table outside of Safeway on Harrison Street just north of Lee Highway. Doorways will furnish us with its wish list (normally diapers, paper goods and cleaning goods). Volunteers will give customers the opportunity to purchase these items for Doorways clients: women and families escaping domestic violence and homelessness. A volunteer is also needed to transport the donations to Doorways after the last shift. Sign up in the narthex and contact Marcia with questions.
Volunteer to Water the Garden | Weekly or In Turn
Each spring and summer, our garden beds are used to grow lettuce for the neighborhood Reevesland Learning Center Lawns 2 Lettuce 4 Lunch program. Their twice a year lettuce lunch at Ashlawn Elementary is a big celebration to encourage the children’s interest in homegrown vegetables. Overage and additional vegetables are donated to AFAC. Help make this neighborhood partnership possible by volunteering to water the garden. Depending on rain, the garden will need to be watered 2-3x a week. Multiple volunteers could divvy the load. Contact the office to help.
Volunteer in the Community + Denomination | AFAC, NVFS + Camp Mardela
The Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) is recruiting volunteers to staff a table at a neighborhood event and to help pick up food donations. Check their online calendar to sign up or email with questions.
Northern Virginia Family Services (NVFS) currently has top volunteer needs for summer camp, children's activities leaders, and shelter passenger drivers. Search their new database for a good fit.
Camp Mardela has passed around a list of summer camp needs including bleach, soaps, cereals, homemade cookies and other snacks and treats, pillows, pool noodles and brooms. Contact ACOB's office for a copy of the needs list.
End Hunger | Prayer, Fasting + Advocacy Resources
There are currently two big efforts to raise awareness about and action on behalf of the hungry. Yesterday, congregations across the world joined the World Council of Churches' Global Day of Prayer. Take time for this week's #BlessedBreak video devotion to participate. The same day, Bread for the World launched a 3-day and once-monthly following fast to convince members of Congress to protect poverty-focused programs. Pledge to participate and receive ongoing prayer, fasting and advocacy resources. (Consider also a 'modified fast' if you are unable but want to support the effort).
50 Years Too Long: A CMEP Advocacy Event | June 4-6, 2017
Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) is a coalition of 27 national church denominations and organizations in Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant traditions. June 2017 marks 50 years of the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Hosted by CMEP, “50 Years Too Long” is an advocacy summit for American Christians to gather, learn, and advocate for constructive ways to pursue a just and sustainable peace in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. Register at cmepsummit.org.
#BlessedBreak | New devotion! http://bit.ly/BlessedBreak53
Brethren Voices | What Would Jesus Drive?
The video and prayer for this devotion are from the World Council of Church's resources for a Global Day of Pryaer to End Famine. Watch and read the accompanying scripture and prayer at the above link.
Dunker Punks Podcast | http://bit.ly/DPP_Episode30
Whenever you have welcomed a stranger, you have welcomed Jesus. Ashley Haldeman’s interview with Church World Service’s Christine Bear teaches us so many ways to gladly receive folks. Christine makes sure refugees fleeing persecution and violence have the resources they need to make a new home in our community. Learn about her work, how you can support it and many more ways to welcome. 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.
Brethren Voices is the TV show featuring what Brethren do as a matter of our faith. The episode for May talks with Portland Peace COB members about their switch to alternative engery cars and features some new electric cars shown at the Portland Auto Show. 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
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.
Pray. Call. Write.
- Cindy's Mom, recovering from a car accident with no major injuries
- Carole Compton, in Manor Care in Arlington recovering from foot surgery. Calls and visits welcome (703-578-6161).
- Elissa's family, Vicki Tuck's friend whose sister, Sandy, died in a tragic car accident in Georgia last week
- Marie, Marcia's friend, recovering from successful surgery
- Weimer Family, following the death of Nancy W.'s sister Becky who died peacefully after a massive stroke. Becky's daughter, Layla, was with her at the time.
- Nixon, Nancy W.'s grandnephew, healthy baby boy born to Becky's daughter Roya
- Charlotte, Nancy W.'s mom, recovering from hip surgery
- Alan, Hazel's son, recovering from surgery
- Jummai Paul, among the 82 Chibok girls recently released
- Ralph, recovering well and continuing in rehab
- Pastor Mike, in rehab after organ transplant
- Karolina, undergoing renewed health treatments
- Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN), including 113 girls still captive
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.
At the end of the last super Jesus says a prayer on our behalf, those of us who believe through the disciple's words. Jesus prays that we may be one. Let us take heart 2,000 years later that Jesus' prayer will undergird, surround, fill and inspire us wherever we are led to come together.
Listen to Sunday's Sermon: http://bit.ly/ACoBMessage21May2017