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.
Kaizen Karate Sumer Camp each weekday, 7:30 am-6 pm
All Function Groups Meet, 7:30 pm
Pastor Nancy on Vacation, thru July 31
Church Planting Lunch, 11 am - 12:30 pm, more details
Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 7-9 pm
Brethren Voices, 11 am, more details
Yoga, 6 pm, more details
Kaizen Karate Evening Class, 6:30 - 8 pm
Playgroup, 10:30 am in nursery
Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 5-9 pm
Worship, 10 am
Bagging Oatmeal for AFAC, after worship, more details
Brethren Voices, 6:30 pm, more details
July 11 - August 1 - Pastor Nancy on Vacation
July 16 - 23 - Suzanne on Vacation
July 16 - Plot Against Hunger Demonstration, more details
July 17 - Bagging Oatmel for AFAC after church, more details
July 20 - Deposit for Brethren Heritage Tour Due, more details
July 23 - Make Dolls + Stuffed Animals for Nigerian Children, more details
July 28 - Breakfast Bunch
July 28 - Young Adult DC Gathering
August 1 - Board Meeting
August 4 - Community Choir Practice Resumes
August 5 - Volunteer at Brethren Nutrition Program, more details
August 6 - Shepherd's Spring's Sprint and Celebrate Summer, more details
August 7 - Community Worship Summer Series Starts at ACoB
August 8 - Book Worms Meet
August 14 - Community Worship at Bethel UCC
August 21 - Community Worship at Arlington Forest UMC
August 28 - Community Worship at Lubber Run Park
August 29 - Executive Committee Meeting
Sept. 3 - AFAC Volunteer Service Saturday
Sept. 10 - Shredding for AFAC
Sept. 11 - Big Sunday School Resumes
Dunker Punks Podcast | http://bit.ly/DPP_Episode9
The latest episode features our own Laura Weimer interviewing OAR’s Executive Director, Elizabeth Jones Valderrama. Listen, then help the folks OAR serves by donating a gift or smart card through our current collection drive.
Big Bulletin | http://bit.ly/BigBulletin
The latest issue of the newsletter was distributed yesterday. Click the above link for an e-copy or contact the office to have a paper copy mailed to you. Email Suzanne at email@example.com.
Beginner Yoga | Wed., July 6, 6:00 p.m
Join others in the fellowship hall for simple, gentle beginner yoga, especially designed to include folks 55+. $9.00 per session. To continue weekly. Contact Pastor Nancy with questions.
Church Planting Lunch | Tues., July 12, 11 am – 12:30 pm
Head over to Washington City CoB to discuss multicultural church planting, followed by lunch at the Brethren Nutrition Program with Brother Yakubu Bakfwash, a prospective church planter currently on a “discernment journey” through the Mid-Atlantic District, organized by Gimbiya Kettering of COB Intercultural Ministries and supported by the Mid-Atlantic Church Extension and Evangelism Team. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending.
Plot Against Hunger Demonstration | Sat., July 16, 1 - 4 pm
This event will be showing off a Plot Against Hunger site's great volunteer-built compost bins, rain barrel and olla irrigation system, nomadic gardens and raised beds, and giving away free seeds for fall planting. Contact Suzanne if you're insterested in attending or helping with our Plot Against Hunger garden.
Brethren Heritage Tour | Oct. 14-16, Deposit due July 20
Shenandoah District's Pastoral Support Committee will host a second Brethren Heritage Tour this fall, Oct. 14-16, with stops in Maryland and Pennsylvania at historical sites significant to Brethren. The announcement in the district newsletter noted that the tour will travel by chartered bus and stay at Budget Host Inn in Lancaster, Pa. Cost is $175 per person (double occupancy) or $267 per person (single occupancy) and covers transportation, lodging, admission charges, instructor fees, and dinner in an Amish home. The registration form and a $50 deposit are due by July 20 with the balance due by Sept. 1. For more information, click here. To register, click here.
Brethren Voices | Mutual Kumquat
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. The current episode is about Brethren's favorite band, Mutual Kumquat. Tune in on Comcast channel 69, Verizon-FIOS channel 38 or watch on AIM’s website on Wednesdays at 11 am, Thursdays at 2 am or Sundays at 6:30 pm. Contact James with any questions.
Sprint to the Spring + Celebrate Summer | Aug. 6, 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.
GaySpirits Conference | Fri., Sept 23 + Sat., Sept. 24
Discover and explore your spiritual path at Little River UCC (8410 Little River Trnpk). Visit gayspirits.com for more details.
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
Support OAR Clients | Donate Gift + Smart Cards
Bagging Oatmeal for AFAC | Sun., July 17, 11 am
Join together downstairs after worship to bag oatmeal for AFAC to distribute to hungry families. No additional supplies necessary, just you and your helping hands! Contact Diane with questions.
Offender Aid + Restoration supports persons in the criminal justice system, particularly those transitioning back to the community after being in jail or prison. OAR has amazing results—its employment project has a low 8% recidivism rate. To help support OAR clients the Witness Commission is collecting $25 Target cards for clothes and other essentials and $20 Smarttrip cards for transportation to job interviews and employment while waiting for a first pay check. Contact Marcia with questions or listen to the latest Dunker Punks Podcast to learn more about OAR.
Make Dolls + Stuffed Animals | Sat., July 23, 9:30 am
Volunteer for Brethren Nutrition Program | Fri., Aug. 5, 9 am - 3 pm
Mark your calendars for Friday August 5th. We will meet at the church at 9 am and carpool to Washington City CoB to prepare and serve a lunch for the homeless and needy participants in the Brethren Nutrition Program. We will return by 3 pm. Sign up on the bulletin board in the narthex and contact Cindy with any questions. Thanks for your help!
Donate Baked Goods | For Shepherd's Springs Summer Celebration
Children's Disaster Relief Services is collecting hand-sewn, knitted, or crocheted dolls and stuffed animals to help provide comfort for Nigerian children in trauma healing workshops. Folks with and without experience in these craft techniques are invited to join together to make comfort items from patterns that will be available. Contact Marcia or Cindy with questions.
Volunteer to contribute to the Outdoor Ministry Center's bake sale at their annual Summer Celebration on August 6. Needed are items that don't need to be refrigerated (pies, 1/2 dozen packages of cinnamon rolls, bread loaves, 2 pack of brownies, 6 pack of cookies, 6 pack of scones and small cakes). All items must be prepackaged and ready to sell, labled with ingredients and state if the food contains nuts. Contact Nancy McCrickard if you can help at 410-848-8090 or email@example.com.
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
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. Call. Write.
- The communities of West Virginia and California, experiencing natural disasters
- Our national community, in the wake of multiple incidents of gun violence
- Donna, following elbow surgery
- John, following a procedure
- Pastor Mike, being treated for liver disease
- Margarta, dear friend of Carole Compton, health concerns
- Edwardo, Fitzgeralds' neighbor, with tumor diagnosis
- Minnie, palliative care at Goodwin House, Rm 248, visitors welcome
- Walkin-Haske Family, ongoing health treatments
- Jummai Paul, kidnapped Chibok girl and others
- Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN)
Listen and share yesterday's sermon: http://bit.ly/ACoBMessage62616
The audio includes a beautiful duet by Eleanor on the violin and Andy on the organ of "Arioso" by Bach.
- Call to Worship + Opening Prayer, 17s
- Children's Church, 1m38s
- Isaiah 58:1-9b, 5m7s
- Message: Take It In, Give It Out, 8m10s
- Blessing + Sending, 24m17s
The latest #BlessedBreak is a reminder to stay after worship next week to help bag oatmeal for our neighbors in need. Click here for the video, scripture and prayer: http://bit.ly/BlessedBreak22
“We claim a Light that comes to us across the space of two thousand years and from the beginning of creation; a light that warms us, heals us, comforts us, nourishes us, guides us and grows us.”
We must carry the light in our hearts. Start within our own lives and develop good habits of spiritual attention in prayer and through scripture. When we listen we can hear God calling us to new visions and tasks. When we listen we can bring a deeper wisdom and understanding back to the body.
We must focus the light together in church. Communal devotions, discussions and shared leadership will help us find clarity and ensure our decision-making represents the congregation as a whole.
We must spread the light in our community. We have already accepted the call to be a witness to our denomination. If that makes us a thorn to some brothers and sisters, then it is all the more important to work with those whom we disagree on God’s priorities.
We must be the light in the world. We already partner with the community through gardening, distributing food, collecting personal care products and educational supplies, donating money and so much more. How can we do even more?
What stirring of the Spirit of God have you felt as the flames of God’s light within are flamed? For this, we rededicate ourselves to carry the light.
Lisa reported about the disaster response status in West Virginia, just back from serving there with Childrens Disaster Services. Be sure to contact her to learn more about the communities devestated by floods and her experience helping the children find relief.
With so many from our young adult group out of town and so much violence in our world, a group decided to stand with #BlackLivesMatter at the DOJ this weekend in lieu of their monthly meet up.
And a few snaps from Annual Conference including Pastor Nancy's flair and Brethren symbolically carrying the light. Check out Silena's reflection from being our delegate to conference this year in the latest edition of the Big Bulletin, distributed yesterday.