May we celebrate a faith that is as ancient as the stones around us and as relevant as the air we breathe.
- from yesterday's Benediction, by Rachel & David Witkovsky
• NOAC, through 9/8 at Lake Junaluska
• Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 7-9 pm
• Brethren Voices, 11am, more details
• Community Choir Practice, 7:30pm @ AFUMC
• ACoB Young Adults Gathering, 6:30pm
• Centering Prayer, 10:30am
• Shredding 4 Hunger, 10:00am, more details
• Bethel UCC Attic Sale, 9:00am - 3:00pm
• Sunday School Classes Resume, 9:45am
• Worship, 11 am Shepherd's Spring Sunday
Wed., 9/13 - Yoga Returns, 5:45pm
Wed., 9/13 - Handbell Choir, 7pm, first practice
Thurs., 9/14 - Community Choir Practice, 7:30pm @ AFUMC
Sat., 9/16 - Children's Weaving for Peace Day, 10 am, more details
Sun., 9/17 - Peace Sunday, 11am, worship emphasis
Sun., 9/17 - Annual Dunker Church Service, 3 pm at Antietam Battlefield
Wed., 9/20 - Yoga, 5:45pm
Wed., 9/20 - Handbell Choir Practice, 7pm
Thurs., 9/21 - International Day of Prayer for Peace
Thurs., 9/21 - Community Choir Practice, 7:30pm @ AFUMC
Sun., 9/24 - BNP Celebration BBQ, 1 pm, more details
Wed., 9/27 - Young Adult DC Gathering, 6:30pm
Wed., 9/27 - Handbell Choir Practice, 7pm
Thurs., 9/28 - Breakfast Bunch, 8am
Thurs., 9/28 - Centering Prayer, 4pm
Thurs., 9/28 - Community Choir Practice, 7:30pm @ AFUMC
Mon., 10/2 - Board Meeting, 7:30pm
Fri., 10/13 - ACoB Young Adults Gathering, 6:30pm
Fri., 10/13 - MAD District Conference, thru 10/14 at Frederick COB
Fri., 10/20 - Power & Privilege conference, at Bridgewater CoB, more details
Fri., 11/10 - Simple Living Weekend, at Brethren Woods, more details
Laying Down BNP
In a letter last month, Jenn Hosler and Faith Westdorp shared that the Washington City CoB has decided to "lay down" the Brethren Nutrition Program. Citing declining numbers of people served, the need for large-scale kitchen renovations, and the changing dynamics of the Capitol Hill neighborhood, the church community has decided to end the program, giving thanks for what's been done, meals shared and relationships built. They are still in need of volunteers through the month of September, and invite you to a Celebration BBQ on Sunday, September 24. You can sign up to volunteer here and RSVP for the BBQ here. See Pastor Nancy with more questions, or to read the original email.
Interfaith Unity Walk | September 10
From the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington: Today, more than ever, spreading the message of friendship and unity is critical. Join us s we walk down Massachusetts Ave NW and visit houses of worship and other religious centers in a public celebration of solidarity among different faiths and cutures wiht our community. September 10, 12:30-5pm. Several of us from ACoB will join the walk after we assemble our CWS School Kits. Find more information here.
Power, Privilege and the Journey Toward Justice | October 20-22, Bridgewater, VA
Registration is now open for this timely conference event, co-sponsored by BMC and OEP. Facilitators Regina Shands Stoltzfus and Matt Guynn will help participants meet the goals of the weekend: to examine how power and privilege affects our individual and corporate lives; to analyze how power operates within the church; to learn new ways to use power to further nonviolent change; and to share experiences of liberation through storytelling, worship and conversation. CEUs are available. Registration cost increases October 9. For more information, click here.
Simplify: A Simple Living Weekend | November 10-11, Brethren Woods Camp
Simple Living has been a core Brethren value since our earliest days as a denomination. But what does it mean to live simply in a busy, modern, 21st century world? What does it mean for us, for our relationship with God, and for the Earth? Join inspiring practitioners and experts on simple living as they offer practical, engaging, and hands-on workshops and experiences to help us consider what simple living looks like for us today. We’ll have opportunities for worship, fellowship, and great food. More information here.
Big Bulletin | July, 2017 Edition
Find the latest edition of the newsletter online here or request a paper copy from the office.
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.
Shredding 4 Hunger | September 9
Every year we partner with Ann Wilson Reality to provide a document shredding truck service in exchange for non-perishable food donations for AFAC. This is always a very successful service project for Hunger Action Month in September. Even if you don't need to shred documents, consider bringing by a food donation to fill AFAC's shelves. The event will be September 9. Contact the office if you can volunteer.
Church World Service School Kits | Collecting through Sun., Sept. 10
It's time again to collect the basic tools for learning for children around the world in impoverished schools, refugee camps and other difficult settings. Please donate an entire kit including all brand new items. No pencils are needed this year as we have enough from last year. Lisa will buy kits for folks preferring to make cash donations. For the Sundays we are worshiping at other churches, Lisa can collect donations each week except at Lubber Run. Contact Lisa with questions.
Children’s Weaving for Peace Day | Sat., Sept. 16, 10 am-12 pm
To celebrate this year's Peace Day, our Service Ministry Team invites children to join in making woven potholders and book marks to symbolize the 2017 Peace Day theme of "Peace and Justice Together." We will then offer the creations to our congregation in return for a donation to Children's Disaster Services or a new Montessori Preschool in Nigeria, so the children's projects can in turn help other children. Contact Marcia with questions.
Volunteer in the Community | VA Hospital Center + AFAC
VA Hospital Center is circulating information about free pap smear and cervical cancer screenings on the morning of September 9. Contact the office if you'd like to help spread the flyer around our community.
- ● One pair of blunt round-tip scissors
- ● Three 70-count bound, spiral, wide-lined notebooks
- ● One 30-centimeter, 12 inch ruler
- ● One hand-held pencil sharpener
- ● One large eraser (no pencil cap erasers)
- ● One box of 24 Crayola brand crayons
New Episode! Dunker Punks Podcast | http://bit.ly/spiritual-ancestry
In the most recent podcast, Nolan McBride takes us on a journey through history. The episode includes a walk in the lives of people of faith, Dunker Punk history, and more. Nolan’s reflections provide an in-depth understanding of Brethren background. 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.
New Episode! Brethren Voices | Families Remake Their Lives from War
Brethren Voices is the TV show featuring what Brethren do as a matter of our faith. The episode for September features Carol Mason, who has just returned from Nigeria after compiling stories and photos of families devastated by Boko Haram. Watch online now! Watch in Arlington on Comcast 69/Verizon-FIOS 38 on Sundays at 6:30 pm, Wednesdays at 11 am.
New Devotion! #BlessedBreak | http://bit.ly/BlessedBreak64
This week’s video is from Children’s Disaster Services, a ministry of the Church of the Brethren. Last week, two dozen CDS volunteers were deployed to Texas to serve in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. They’ll be joined by 30 more volunteers this week.
Pray. Call. Write.
- Teresa M., in the hospital
- NOAC travelers and attendees
- Hurricane Harvey storm refugees and victims
- Charlotte, Nancy's mom, in rehab after another hospitalization
- Carole C. , in rehab at The Virginian
- Yoder Family, transitioning at work ahead of overseas transfer next summer and mourning a close colleague and friend killed in a car accident
- Barbara's family, Ralph's sister-in-law, following her death
- Joe, Chris' friend, facing resurgence of lymphoma after several year's remission
- Maxine, Hazel's sister, broke two ribs and fractured a lung from a fall and is also struggling with Alzheimer's
- Karolina, at home but continuing 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.
Listen to Sunday's sermon: http://bit.ly/ACoBMessage9317
"We RAGE and respond with “another way of living”. Paul isn’t giving us just a list of do’s and don’ts. He describes a whole ‘other way of living.'"