Suzanne, you are a unique, gifted child of God and a blessing to our vital faith community.
This e-update is just one way we connect with each other as together,
we live for the glory of God and our neighbor's good.
Shepherd's Spring Golf Tournament, 8 am
Book Worms Meet, 7 pm, more details
Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 7-9 pm
Racial Justice Field Report from Flint, 8 pm, more details
Webinar Series on Kingian Nonviolence, 9 am, more details
Brethren Voices, Channel 69 or 38 at 11 am, more details
Young Adult DC Gathering, 6:30 pm, *New Date, contact Pastor Nancy for a ride
Breakfast Bunch, 8 am, Original Pancake House (7395 Lee Hwy)
Kaizen Karate, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Yoga, 6 pm at AFUMC, $9
Community Choir Practice, 7:30 pm at AFUMC
Playgroup, 10:30 - 11:30 am
Doorways Donation Day, 10 am - 2 pm, more details
Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 5-9 pm
Summer Worship Hours, 10 am
No Sunday School
Brethren Voices, Channel 69 or 38 at 6:30 pm, more details
June 24 - July 1 - Suzanne on Vacation, more details
June 29 - July 3 - Annual Conference, pray for AC
July 2 - AFAC Service Saturday, more details
July 3 - Community Worship at Bethel UCC, 10 am
July 3 - 9 - Song + Story Fest, more details
July 4 - Independence Day Ice Cream Social with Boulevard Manor, more details
July 8 - ACoB Young Adults Gathering
July 10 - Big Bulletin Distributed, more details
July 17 - Bagging Oatmel for AFAC
August 1 - Board Meeting
August 5 - Volunteer at Brethren Nutrition Program
August 6 - Shepherd's Spring's Sprint and Celebrate Summer, more details
August 7 - Community Worship Summer Series Starts at ACoB
Coloring for AFAC | Thank You!
Thank you to all who contributed coloring books for the AFAC waiting room. We donated 25 including a wonderful variety of themes!
Big Bulletin | Articles Due July 1
Submit articles for the next newsletter by July 1. Saving event announcements for the bulletins, newsletter articles are requested to report on an achievement, inform about a topic or appeal for a cause. Don’t forget to answer June’s Big Question too, “What cost are you willing to pay for unity?” Send articles to Suzanne in the church office.
Book Worms | Tonight, 7 pm,
Join our Book Group to discuss the latest selection, Grounded by Diana Butler-Bass in the church library. All are welcome. This will be our first discussion for this book. Aim to at least read the introduction. Contact Pastor Nancy with any questions.
Racial Justice Field Report from Flint | Tues, June 21, 8 pm
The call will provide a multi-ethnic and multi-denominational reflection and update on the Flint, Mich., water crisis, with an exploration of issues of underlying racism. Click here for more information and to register.
Webinar Series on Kingian Nonviolence | Wed., June 22, 9 am
Join this cohort-based online learning community for an orientation to the philosophy and methods of Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation, to dive deep into Dr King's writings, and to explore its applications for today! Click here to learn more and register.
Brethren Voices | Sundays at 6:30 pm + Wednesdays at 11 am
Brethren Voices is a monthly public access TV show featuring what people of the Church of the Brethren do as a matter of our faith. Arlington CoB partners with Brethren Voices to share the show locally as an invitation of welcome to everyone in our community. In Arlington, Brethren Voices airs on Arlington Independent Media: Comcast channel 69, Verizon-FIOS channel 38 and streams on AIM’s website. Tune in: Wednesdays at 11 am, Thursdays at 2 am and Sundays at 6:30 pm. Contact James with any questions.
Sprint to the Spring| Register by July 23
Walk or run the scenic paths and trails of Shepherd's Spring on Sat., 8/6 at 8:30 am. Register with a suggested donation of $15. 100% of the proceeds from this volunteer-driven event benefit the Camper Scholarship Fund at Shepherd's Spring. Register before July 23, 2016 to receive your goodie bag! Stay after the race to enjoy Celebrate Summer: the camp’s free annual event featuring live entertainment, open pool, ice cream, bake sale, face painting, Heifer Global Village tours, food and more! Call the main office at (301) 223-8193 with any questions.
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
Doorways Donation Day | June 25, 10 am – 2 pm
One more volunteer is needed for the noon to 1 pm hour. Volunteer to staff ACoB’s donation table outside of Safeway on Harrison St. just north of Lee Hwy. 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. Contact Marcia to volunteer.
AFAC Service Saturday | Sat., July 2, 8:30 am
This is one of those special opportunities to serve our community as a community. At least 8 to 9 people are needed to assist with the food distribution process for the day. We’ll be there from 8:30 am to 11:30 am. Please make a commitment to help by signing up on the volunteer sheet posted on the bulletin board in the narthex or by emailing Diane at dmicker[at]verizon[dot]net.
Independence Day Ice Cream Social | Mon., July 4, 7:30 pm
A neighborhood tradition since 2002, this Fourth of July event is co-sponsored by Boulevard Manor and ACoB and is a great way to meet our neighbors. Free ice cream, toppings, and water are provided. Participants may choose to bring a lawn chair, blanket, soft drinks, snacks, and mosquito repellent. Please do not bring fireworks or alcoholic beverages to the event. Many stay after ice cream to watch the fireworks above the National Mall, which typically begin around 9:15 pm. Contact Alma to help serve ice cream.
Dolls + Stuffed Animals for Nigeria | Crafty Volunteers Needed
Children’s Disaster Services is working with women theologians of EYN on a “Healing Hearts Curriculum” that provides trauma healing for children affected by the violence of Boko Haram. They need 100 hand-sewn/knit/crocheted soft dolls and stuffed animals as examples of the kinds of comfort items that could be made locally in the future. Contact Marcia to participate and for design specifications.
Plot Against Hunger | Volunteer to Dry Sage
Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) would like to distribute the abundance of sage in our garden. Volunteers can pick the sage anytime it's not wet to take home and dry in your oven. Contact Suzanne for drying instructions.
Volunteer in the Nursery | Sign Up in the Narthex
A new sign-up sheet with dates through the fall has been posted in the narthex. In addition to child care volunteers who stay with the children following the children’s message through the end of the service, helper volunteers are also needed to pop in the nursery one or two times during the service.
Thunderclap | Help Spread the Word about Community Worship
Thunderclap is an online application that amplifies a message by enabling supporters to post it at the same time. Sign up to post an invitation to our August Community Worship Series: http://bit.ly/CommunityWorship2016
Member of a CSA? | Donate fresh produce to AFAC
AFAC is looking for CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) members willing to ask fellow CSA members/hosts about sharing extra summer produce with our neighbors in need. If you receive too much of a vegetable or you’re going on vacation, consider donating. Recent client surveys show that the families really enjoy and make good use of the fresh produce they receive. Contact Puwen.firstname.lastname@example.org to donate.
Help with Housekeeping | Fridays + Sundays at Shepherd’s Spring
Consider assisting Shepherd’s Spring in carrying out God’s work of providing a place for spiritual renewal and growth along with teaching stewardship of God’s creation. During its busy season (fall and summer) the camp needs extra help with changing beds, cleaning rooms/cabins, vacuuming and doing laundry. Call the main office at (301) 223-8193 to volunteer.
Refugee Assistance | Prayerful consideration needed
The violence of settling scores has resulted in a huge number of displaced people: 60 million at last report. What are we to think of people in such desperate circumstances and what are we supposed to do? Some in our congregation are gathering information about how to help refugees. Is it a place where ACoB is called to act? Could these strangers become friends? Read over the commitment choices we have, but the first choice is, can we help? Are we willing to let God surprise us with new community?
Follow this link to learn more about how Lutheran Social Services assists refugees and ways our congregation could help a family fleeing violence. http://bit.ly/ACoB4Refugees Contact Debbie with questions.
Pray for Annual Conference | Sign up online or set aside any time
Annual Conference chaplain, Karen B. Cassell, has created an online site to help us continuously hold the work of Annual Conference in prayer. Sign up online: http://bit.ly/Pray4AC2016
You can also participate in Annual Conference even if you're not attending by watching worship and business sessions streamed online. Find links to watch on ACoB's calendar for Annual Conference events posted between June 29 and July 3.
Pray. Call. Write.
- Frieda + Stan Thawley, Jo Ann's sister-in-law and Fred's parents, supporting family through a difficult time
- Fred Thawley, Alan's dad and Jo Ann's nephew, recovering from a third surgery for leg blood clots
- Alan Thawley, friends + family, Jo Ann's Grandnephew, grieving his wife's death during surgery for an ectopic pregnancy, back in Ireland
- LGBTQ Community, mourning lives lost at Pulse in Orlando
- Alan + Charles, Hazel's sons, both recovering well from surgeries
Minnie, palliative care at Goodwin House, Rm 248, visitors welcome
Walkin-Haske Family, ongoing health treatments
- Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN)
The following new additions have been added to our church library.
Click here for all the latest additions to the church library this year.
- The Green Bible by Harper Bibles
- Tokens of Trust: An Introduction to Christian Belief by Rowan Williams
- Renewing the Face of the Earth by David Atkinison
- The Seagoing Cowboy, a children’s book by Peggy Reiff Miller
- Minutes of the 229th Recorded Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren by CoB Annual Conference 2015
- Down in the Valley: An Introduction to African American Religious History by Julius H. Bailey
- Fear of the Other: No Fear in Love by William H. Willimon
- The Bible’s Yes to Same-Sex Marriage: An Evangelical’s Change of Heart by Mark Achtemeier
Pause by clicking play on ACoB's online video devotional. #BlessedBreaks include a short video, Scripture and prayer. Check out the latest here: http://bit.ly/BlessedBreak20
Pulse was a place where LGBTQ people found the support, joy, and love denied them in many other social places, including in the church. In this place of sanctuary, 49 heartbeats of God's dear children were violently stopped, targeted because of their identity. Our world is full of lines separating us by who we are, yet Paul says the dividing lines don’t exist for those who are in Christ. Accepting this freedom radically unites all of us on the basis of Jesus. This leaves us with some decisions to make in living out our faith in community. Are we really ready to accept the freedom of Christ not just for ourselves but for all Christians? Do we sit under cover of an otherwise silent rainbow of inclusion and call it enough? Where is Christ calling us to stand up and speak up against violent hatred and silent permissivness? When our pulses race, fed-up with frustration and deep sorrow, what would Jesus have us do to continue his work peacefully, simply, and ALL together?
Listen and share yesterday's sermon, the second of a three part series: http://bit.ly/ACoBMessage61916
Read Galations and bring any questions next Sunday as our sermon series continues: http://bit.ly/Galatians_Bible
*Note: Church office hours will be Thursday night instead of Wednesday night this week. Suzanne will be out of the office for vacation after that through Friday, July 1. Normal church office hours will resume Saturday, July 2. Contact Everett or Pastor Nancy with items for the bulletins or other matters for the office.