Suzanne, you are a unique, gifted child of God
and a blessing to our vital faith community.
This newsletter is just one way we connect with each other as
together, we live for the glory of God and our neighbor's good.
Dine Out for AFAC, Joe's Place, more details
Iglesia de Restauración Pacto Eterno, 7-9 pm
Bell Choir Practice, 7 pm
Community Choir Practice, 7:30 pm, AFUMC
Kaizen Karate, 6:30-7:30 pm
Children's Playgroup, 10:30-11:30 am in nursery
Dine out for AFAC, 6 pm, more details
AFAC's Spring Garden Kick-Off, 9 am at St. Andrew's, more details
Brownies Meeting, 1-2:30 pm in youth room
Cambodian Alliance Evangelical Church Wedding, 12-4 pm
Iglesia de Restauración Pacto Eterno, 5-9 pm
March 24 - Love Feast, 7:30 pm, more details
March 25 - Good Friday Service, 7 pm at Bethel UCC, more details
March 26 - Easter Egg Hunt, 10 am, more details
March 27 - Easter
March 30 - Young Adults DC Gathering
March 31 - Breakfast Bunch, *New Date
April 3 - Community Worship, 10 am at Arlington Forest UMC
April 15 - 18 - Ecumenical Advocacy Days, more details
Memorial for Mary Jo | http://livestream.com/livingstreamcob/MaryJoMemorial
As we mourn the passing of Mary Jo Flory-Steury, Associate General Secretary of the Church of the Brethren, you are invited to celebrate her life among us. Click on the above link to watch the memorial service held on Sat., March 12 at Bridgewater CoB.
Dine Out for AFAC at Joe's | Mon., March 14
Invite a friend to eat out for a good cause today (3/18). Joe's Place Pizza + Pasta (5555 Lee Hwy) will donate 5% of all sales to Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC).
Dine Out for AFAC at Taste of Italy | Fri., March 18
Take the family to a Taste of Italy at the Knights of Columbus (5115 Little Falls Rd.) on Friday (3/18) for dinner, dessert and dancing. RSVP by 3/16 at (703) 536-9656. Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for children and a monetary or non-perishable food donation for Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC).
Love Feast | Thurs., March 24, 7:30 pm
This traditional service includes a time of personal examination, feet washing in circles (a hand washing option is available), a simple meal with a variety of foods from 19th century Brethren and 1st century Palistinian traditions (including vegetarian and gluten free options), and communion.
Good Friday Service | Fri., March 25, 7 pm
Join with our ecumenical partners at Bethel United Church of Christ for an evening worship service to commemorate Jesus' crucifixion.
Egg Hunt | March 26, 10 am
Come meet the neighborhood at our anual Easter egg hunt with Boulevard Manor. Children aged 11 and younger will enjoy the egg hunt, snacks, games, raffle prizes and a visit from the Easter Bunny. We'll also have tables to share about Heifer International's good work, Big Sunday School, AFAC's Plot Against Hunger program and Lawns 2 Lettuce 4 Lunch.
Oakton CoB Classical Concert | Sun., April 3, 4 pm
Pianist Raffie Kasparian, Cellist David Cho and violinist Judith Cho will perform musical selections by Schubert, Shostakovich, and Rimsky-Korsakov. The hour-long performance is free admission with donations accepted for outreach programs of the church.
Telling God Your Story | Small Groups Forming
We are in the middle of an immersion sermon series for the season of Lent. You are invited to join a small group that will go into greater depth for each week's message. Both adult Sunday School classes are small groups. For others, email the office to join a group meeting outside of Sunday School: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In case you miss a Sunday service, sermon audio is posted online or subscribe on iTunes
AFAC Spring Garden Kick-Off | Sat., March 19, 9 am
Spend the morning at St. Andrew's (4000 Lorcum Lane) to learn more about Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC)'s Plot Against Hunger program, along with tips and tricks for your garden, and stock up on seeds to help you grow food donations for AFAC. RSVP to email@example.com and connect with Suzanne and Josh who are planning to attend.
Ecumenical Advocacy Days | Fri., April 15 - Mon., April 18
Speak truth to power with faith partners from across the country. This year's theme is "Lift Every Voice: Racism, Class and Power" guided by Luke 18:1-8. Through prayer, worship, advocacy training, networking and mobilization with other Christians, participants will face the reality of racism, class and power impacting politics and policies and advocate for the liberty of "Every Voice!" - all culminating with a Congressional Lobby Day on Capitol Hill. Keynote speakers include "Moral Monday founder, The Rev. Dr. William Barber, The Children's Defense Fund founder, Marian Wright Edelman, and IMA World Health executive, The Rev. Amy Gopp. March 18 is the deadline for early registration. Register at advocacydays.org
Refreshments | Sign-up in Narthex or E-mail Office
Once a month we gather together in the library after worship. Volunteer to bring simple refreshments to fuel the fun! Sign-up for any Sunday in the month.
- Gallego Family, safe travels to Cuba
- Beahm Family and Friends, From Nokesville CoB, Robert Beahm, father of Charlotte Bear has passed at age 90
- Stephen's Family and Friends, From Nokesville CoB, a young man at 25 has died of menengitis
- Gary S., safe travels to Panama
- Maria Contreras, recuperating from hospitalization
- Everett, home recuperating
- Flory-Steury Family and Friends + Brethren Community, Mary Jo, Brethren Assistant General Secretary, has passed - More details
- Winn Family and Friends, Cindy's former co-worker Lisa Winn has passed
- Thomas Jefferson Middle School community, in the wake of an adjuct faculty member's death
- Cross Keys Village, Brethren retirement home, a fire destroyed the Memory Care center under construction
- Manchester College community, in the wake of the death of three students in a car accident
- Rich Haske, Karolina’s husband, Briana’s father, home recuperating
- Jummai Paul, kidnapped Chibok girl and others
On Sunday morning we heard four scriptures that told stories to us today. From Isaiah, the story of God's promise of resotration to Israel at a desperate time. From Psalm, the story of Israel, God's people, continuing to have faith while they petition God for the promised restoration. From John, the story of a woman's response to Jesus' acceptance and her restoration to her community. And from Philippians, Paul's story of his perspective and encouragment for us to continue on. In each, we hear part of someone's God story: a gift to the listener.
Like any gift from God, your story is not meant to be horded, it is a gift to be shared!