“IIn the reassurance of your kingdom on earth, inspire us to share the joy of this season with those who are lonely; help us spread the joy by giving deeply to those who have need; show us the places where our presence, the gift of time will answer someone’s prayer."
- from yesterday's Pastoral Prayer
• Finance Team Meeting, with Bethel UCC, 7-8pm
• Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 7-9pm
• Brethren Voices, 11am, more details
• Handbell Choir Practice, 7:00 pm
• Yoga, 10am
• Sunday School, 9:45am
• Brethren Voices, 6:30pm, more details
• Christmas Eve Harp Music & Service, 7pm (music at 6:45)
Sun., 12/31 - Community Worship at AFUMC, 11am
Sat., 1/6 - AFAC Food Distribution, more details
Sun., 1/7 - Pastor Nancy's Final Sunday
Thank You to the Gallegos!
A big thank you to the Gallegos for their annual gift of delicious refreshments after worship yesterday, for creating space for fellowship, celebration and JOY.
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Advocate, Volunteer + Give.
Christmas Eve Offering | Dec. 24, 7pm
This year's offering will be donated to New Community Project, a small organization with a big goal - to change the world by changing the way we relate to the planet and its people. We offer resources that challenge us, experiences that change us and a community that gives us hope.
AFAC Food Distribution | Sat., Jan. 6
ACOB is traditionally committed to providing at least 8 or 9 volunteers to cover the morning food distribution at AFAC on the first Saturday of every other month beginning in January. We are scheduled to help out on Saturday, January 6 (the first Saturday following the Christmas holidays). Those interested in assisting are asked to contact Diane Micker (firstname.lastname@example.org). Many hands make light work!
Global Mission Office Prayer Requests
The Church of the Brethren Office of Global Mission and Service is requesting prayer for the people of Honduras as the country is divided over the contested results of the November 26 presidential election. The confrontations have led to protests, riots, and destruction of public buildings. This crisis threatens the stability of a country that has experienced relative peace and achieved significant economic and social improvements in recent years. Prayers are also requested for the people of Jerusalem, where tensions are high following the recognition of the city as the capital of Israel. For more information, see the prayer update here.
Dunker Punks Podcast | http://bit.ly/fearofinite
Emmett Witkovsky-Eldred, a host of the Dunker Punks Podcast, speaks with Reverend Tim Smith of the organization Center of Life about his work in the area of economic equality. This podcast addresses the overarching question of how it can be possible for everyone to have enough. 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.
Brethren Voices | Passion for Practical Peacemaking
Brethren Voices is the TV show featuring what Brethren do as a matter of our faith. The episode for November features Samuel K. Sarpiya, 2018 Annual Conference Moderator of the Church of the Brethren. Samuel first had contact with the Brethren as a young man in Nigeria. He remembered that the EYN Church of the Brethren was very accepting of others and "they made really good peanut butter.". Watch online now! Watch in Arlington on Comcast 69/Verizon-FIOS 38 on Sundays at 6:30 pm, Wednesdays at 11 am.
New! #BlessedBreak | http://bit.ly/BlessedBreak80
This week’s video offers perspective on Joy, the theme of the third week of Advent. Where is your joy rooted?
Pray. Call. Write.
- People of Honduras, Israel and Palestine, more details
- Ralph, recovering at home
- Hazel's Son, cancer
- Carole C., recovering from surgery at home
- Chip, recovering from surgery
- Donna Fields, cataract surgery on Tuesday
- Co-worker of Leslie, looking for a safe living situation
- Andy Price, vision difficulties
- Family and friends of Theresa M., after her passing last week
- Hermella, Amy's neighbor, an 11 year old with seizures
- The Weimer Family, following the loss of Nancy's mother, Charlotte
- Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN), including 113 girls still captive
Keep in your ongoing prayers: Erin Julca, Steve Shuss, Minnie Simmons, 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.