| ACoB E-Bulletin
Because Service Doesn't Stop on Sundays.
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.
Pastor Nancy on Vacation, thru Sunday
Executive Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm
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
Volunteer at AFAC, 8:30 am, more details
Iglesia de Restauración Pacto Eterno, 5-9 pm
AFAC Service Saturday | THIS SATURDAY
At least 8 or 9 people are needed to assist with Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC)'s food distribution. This is one of those special opportunities to serve our community as a community. Please make a commitment to help by emailing Diane: firstname.lastname@example.org
March 11 - ACoB Young Adults Gathering
March 13 - Intergenerational Big Sunday School
March 13 - Deacon Meeting
March 17 - DC Young Adult Gathering
March 19 - AFAC's Spring Garden Kick-Off, more details
March 24 - Breakfast Bunch
March 24 - Love Feast
March 25 - Good Friday Service, at Bethel UCC
March 26 - Easter Egg Hunt
March 27 - Easter
Dunker Punks Podcast | "Engender"
Posted Saturday, the latest episode features Dylan Dell-Haro engaging National Older Adult Conference goers in a fun exploration of gender. Click through from the show page, subscribe on iTunes, add on Stitcher or search the show name on Beyond Pod.
Annual Conference | Registration Opens 2/17
Thanks to Silena for serving as our delegate to Annual Conference this year in Greensboro, NC at the end of June. If you'd like to join her, registration is open online
Telling 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: email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
- Everett, preparing for surgery on Thursday
- Winn Family, 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
- Mary Jo Flory-Steury, CoB Assoc. General Secretary, hospitalized
- Reals Family, grieving the death of Gary's sister, Gail
- Ralph Berg, Robyn's close friend preparing for kidney surgery
- Gary S., safe travels to Mexico
- Berg and Craft families, a relative of Robyn's close friend has died following a motorcycle accident
- Samuel Dali, EYN president in serious car accident
- Jummai Paul, kidnapped Chibok girl and others
Yesterday we celebrated Shepherd's Spring's 25th year of outdoor ministry. The special offering plate started from a tree at Shepherd's Spring (look closely to see the rings of the tree!) and has been travelling all around the district. We rejoice in the many rings of Shepherd's Spring that have rippled out and touch so many!
The nursery bunch watches the Sheperd's Spring slide show before heading off to play and craft. Hear the lovely 25th anniversary camp song by Peter Haynes here.
And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?’ And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down." -Luke 13:6-9
Our faith stories are those times when God reached out to us, granted us mercy, pardon for another year of opportunity and fertilization, so that we can bear fruit. Our stories, might be just the encouragement that someone else needs to walk with you until they too can bear fruit.
Tell your story of faith this week. Tell a friend to practice, then wait for the moment, it will come, to tell it to someone who needs to hear it.
Arlington Church of the Brethren
Wednesday | 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Saturday | 8:00 - 11:00 am
Sunday | 12:30 - 3:30 pm
Mobile (call anytime): 571-243-5344
Fax (call ahead): 703-524-4109