Christ has no body but ours, no hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes with which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands in which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, yours is the body.
- Teresa of Avila, quoted in Sunday's service
• Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 7-9pm
• Brethren Voices, 11am, more details
• Bell Choir Rehearsal, 7pm, in the sanctuary
• Love Feast, 7pm in the fellowship hall, more details more Fr
• Good Friday Service, 7pm, at Bethel UCC, more details
• Egg Hunt , 10:30am, more details
• Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 5-9pm I
• Let's Chat! Small Group at the Parsonage, 4pm, more detailses
• Easter Breakfast, 9am
• Easter Choir Ensemble Rehearsal, 10am
• Easter Worship, 11am
• Cambodian Alliance Evangelical Church, 1-4pm I
• Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 5-9pm I
• Brethren Voices, 6:30pm, more details
Mon., 4/2 - Church Board Meeting, 7:30pm
Fri. 4/6 - 4/8 - Roundtable, Bridgewater
Fri., 4/6 - 4/8 - Mission Alive, Frederick CoB
Sun., 4/8 - Samuel Sarpiya, AC Moderator at Oakton COB, 11am, more details
Fri., 4/13 - Young Adults Gathering, 6:30pm
Sat., 4/14 - ACOB Yard Sale, more details
Sun., 4/15 - Big Sunday School, 10am, more details
Sun., 4/15 - Special Council Meeting, noon, more details
Thurs., 4/19 - AFAC Shining a Light on Hunger, 6:30pm
Fri., 4/20 - 4/23 - Ecumenical Advocacy Days
Sun., 4/22 - Vision + Vitality Reunion, 10am
Thurs., 4/26 - Breakfast Bunch, 8am
Sat., 4/28 - Spring Church Work Day, 9am
Mon., 4/30 - Executive Committee Meeting, 7:30pm
Sat., 5/5 - AFAC Service Saturday, 8:30am
Sat., 5/12 - Camp Mardela Auction + Flea Market
Holy Week | 2018
Join in for the services and events leading up to and including Easter worship. Click here for additional details on Holy Week and a few pictures form last year. Send the link to a friend! Next week’s bulletin will include an insert flyer for your fridge.
Love Feast | Maundy Thurs., Mar. 29, 7 pm
The Love Feast tradition includes a time of personal reflection, 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 Palestinian tradition (including vegetarian and gluten free options), and Communion. Neighboring congregations Washington City COB, Arlington Forest UMC, Bethel UCC and University Park COB will join us in the downstairs social hall. Everyone is welcome and free to participate as they feel comfortable.
Good Friday Service | Fri., Mar. 30, 7 pm
We remember the crucifixion of Jesus the Friday before we celebrate his rising on Sunday. This year we’ll join with our community partner congregations at Bethel UCC (4347 Arlington Blvd.) for an evening service.
Egg Hunt | Sat., Mar. 31, 10:30 am
Our annual egg hunt with the Boulevard Manor neighborhood is for children aged 11 and younger. Everybunny will enjoy snacks, games, raffle prizes and a visit from the Easter bunny. Don’t forget your Easter basket to gather eggs and tote home a favor of each child’s choosing.
Easter Breakfast | Sun., April 1, 9 am
Don't forget to RSVP for Easter Breakfast so the cooks have a good idea of how much food to prepare: http://bit.ly/ACOB_EasterBreakfastRSVP. Thanks to their generous contribution, all donations collected that morning will support the Dunker Punks Podcast.
2018 Annual Conference Moderator in Town | Sun., April 8, 11 am
Samuel Sarpiya will be speaking during 11 am Sunday worship at Oakton COB on April 8. After a carry-in lunch, Sarpiya will lead a workshop discussing ways to reach out into the community. If you can’t make it to meet him in person, Episode 30 of the Dunker Punks Podcast features an interview with Sarpiya: http://bit.ly/DPP_Episode30
Yard Sale | Sat., April 14, 9 am - 2 pm
While cleaning out and organizing all of the church's storage areas, several nice but not needed items were found. Come see if you might need them at our Spring Yard Sale, Rain or Shine. Contact Jo Ann with questions.
Big Sunday School | Sun., April 15, 10 am
All ages join together for BIG Sunday School with activities planned for all in the fellowship hall. Come learn about the story of the rich young man, what Jesus asked him and how we should respond. We’ll explore the story together in fun multi-generational and interactive ways. Contact Alma, Jo Ann, or Donna with questions.
Special Council Meeting | Sun., April 15, after worship
Please plan to stay after worship in the sanctuary for a special all church council meeting to discuss increasing two line items in the budget: 411, Church Maintenance and 412, Parsonage Maintenance. Contact Warren, Lisa Martin or Everett with any questions.
Advocate, Volunteer + Give.
Unite to End Racism Rally | April 4
A rally to end Racism on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., is scheduled for April 4, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. The Office of Peacebuilding and Policy of the Church of the Brethren is volunteering at the event, encouraging Church of the Brethren congregations to attend, and working to provide hospitality/coordination for Church of the Brethren march participants. On Tuesday evening, April 3, an ecumenical worship service will be held. On Wednesday morning, April 4, a silent prayer walk will proceed to the National Mall, culminating in an interfaith prayer service preceding the 9 a.m. anti-racism rally. Thursday, April 5 is slated for advocacy and action efforts in the nation’s capital. “Fifty years ago, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. went to Memphis, Tenn., to support 1,300 striking sanitation workers battling deadly working conditions, low wages and white supremacy,” said an announcement of the rally. “The night before he was murdered standing on a hotel balcony on April 4, 1968, he told them, ‘We’ve got to give ourselves to this struggle until the end. Nothing would be more tragic than to stop at this point in Memphis. We’ve got to see it through.” The event is being held with several ecumenical partners including the National Council of Churches (NCC) and several of its 38 member communions. Next week, the Office of Peacebuilding and Policy will be sending out an Action Alert about the rally with more information.
Dunker Punks Podcast | http://bit.ly/DPP_Episode53
How do Christians advocate for what they believe in? More importantly, how do you? Join Emmett as he interviews Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy from the Catholics Mobilizing Network on their work to abolish the death penalty. 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 | Muted Voices of WWI through Today
The TV show about what Brethren do as a matter of faith features a look back at those who witnessed for and affected policies that led to greater peace. Hear from Andrew Bolton, organizer of a recent symposium on "Muted Voices in WWI," Dr. William Kostlevy, director of the Brethren Historical Library in Elgin and Dr. Kirk MacGregor of McPherson College this month on AIM (Comcast channel 69, Verizon-FIOS channel 38). Tune in Wednesdays at 11 am, Thursdays at 2 am or Sundays at 6:30 pm. Check out past episodes online at http://arlingtoncob.org/brethren-voices
New! #BlessedBreak | http://bit.ly/BlessedBreak95
This week's video features Sanctified Art, a visual liturgy focused on footwashing.
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- Dapchi Kidnapping Victims, thankful for the release of nearly all the girls kidnapped last month in Nigeria
- Tom, Sue's boss undergoing treatment for cancer
- Terra + the Behren family, Melody's friend who just lost her mother
- Peggy + family, grieving the loss of both her sister and brother in the last couple of weeks
- March for our Lives, lasting impact and action to prevent gun violence
- Carole C., healing well in Manor Care
- Ralph + Andy, celebrating the birth of their niece, Grace Sue
- Karen, Marsha's cousin, anticipating surgery on Thursday
Mary Edwards, Marcia's friend, being treated for cancer, helped to raise $67K for cancer treatment with Marcia and others at a recent skating event
Sherwood Library, Sara's workplace, where some are healing but many continue to struggle with health problems
- Gary S., traveling to Buenos Aires, taking ACOB's greetings to the church there
Cindy's Mother + Stepfather, as Cindy's mother was just diagnosed with dementia
Church in Ethiopia, that the ethnic conflict does not spill over into the church
- Pastor Wayne Judd's family and friends, including Donna, grateful for his life and their long-time family friendship upon his passing
- Richard, close friend of Karolina and Rich, fighting cancer and a slow recovery from a recent surgery with complications
Chuck Norton, Bethel UCC, undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer
- Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN), including 113 girls still captive
Keep in your ongoing prayers: 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.
Several ACoB folk at the March 4 Our Lives on Saturday: