"The Spirit is loose in the world in surprising and disruptive ways, transcending human understanding and control. No human rules or traditions can contain the Spirit. It is unpredictable, bringing light and warmth to cold and dark places. No corner of creation is off limits to the Spirit's transforming power."
Amy Plantinga Pauw quoted in yesterday's sermon
• Boulevard Manor Meeting, 7 pm in fellowship hall
• Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 7-9 pm
• Stewards of Life Ministry Team Meeting, 10 am at Alma's
• Brethren Voices, 11 am, more details
• Yoga, 5:45 pm in fellowship hall
• No Handbell Choir Practice this week
• OEP Racial Justice Organizer Clinic, 7 pm online
• Bethany Seminary Forum on Creation Care, thru 3/19
• AFAC Fundraiser: A Light Exists in Spring, 6:30 pm
• Kaizen Karate, 6:30 pm in fellowship hall
• Community Choir Practice, 7:30 pm at AFUMC
• New Windsor Days, thru 3/19
• Poetry as Prayer Workshop, Shepherd's Spring
• Art for Worship, Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center
• Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 5-9 pm
• SS Class on Environmental Concerns, 9:45 am, more details
• Rockingham Male Chorus, 6 pm, Hagerstown COB
• MAD Lenten Service Series, 6:45 pm, Piney Creek COB
• Brethren Voices, 6:30 pm, more details
Wed., 3/22- Bible Study, 10 am in library
Wed., 3/22 - Young Adult DC Gathering, 6:30 pm
Thurs., 3/23 - Breakfast Bunch, 8 am at Metro 29 Diner
Thurs., 3/23 - Centering Prayer, 4 pm
March 24-25 - All Church Retreat, at Shepherd’s Spring, more details
Sun., 3/26 - SS Class on Environmental Concerns, 9:45 am
Sun., 3/26 - MAD Lenten Services Series, 6:45 pm, Union Bridge COB
Thurs., 3/30 - Listening Session with David Steele, 7 pm, Oakton COB
Fri., 3/31 - Roundtable, Bridgewater College thru 4/2
Sun., 4/2 - Sunday School Class on Race, 9:45 am
Mon., 4/3 - Board Meeting, 7:30 pm
Sat., 4/8 - Dinner for MAD Disaster Relief, Bush Creek COB
Sun., 4/9 - Big Sunday School, 9:45 am
Sun., 4/9 - Big Bulletin Distributed
Thurs., 4/13 - Love Feast, 7:30 pm
Fri., 4/14 - ACOB Young Adult Gathering, 6:30 pm
Fri., 4/14 - Contemplative Music, 7 pm, Hagerstown COB
Sat., 4/15 - Egg Hunt, 10:30 am
Sun., 4/16 - Easter Worship, 11 am
Sun., 4/12 - Community Worship, 10 am *Note earlier time
Mon., 4/24 - Why Love Leviticus, Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center
Sat., 4/29 - Church Workday, 9 am-2 pm
Sat., 5/6 - Volunteer at AFAC, 8:30 am
Sat., 5/20 - Volunteer for AFAC at Taste of Arlington, thru 5/21
All Church Retreat | Friday + Saturday, March 24-25
Today is the last day to register. Contact Everett as soon as possible if you'd like to attend. Everyone is welcome to our annual all church retreat at Shepherd's Spring. This year's retreat will be led by Rev. Ken Kline Smeltzer on "Finding Common Ground: Facing the Other and Healing the Divide." A group of folks carpool up and have dinner on the way, Friday night. Those staying the night enjoy a worship service beginning at 7:30 pm and fellowship before bed. Another group carpools up early in the morning to meet before breakfast and a morning and afternoon full of retreat activities. See the registration form in Sunday's paper bulleting or contact the office for an e-copy of it.
2017 Directory | Paper copies in the Narthex
The latest directory is now available. Pick up a copy in the narthex or contact the office to have one mailed to you. An electronic version is available online using the case-sensitive password "NewLife". Contact the office with any updates to your information.
Lent | Devotionals in Narthex
Lenten devotionals are available in the narthex including one from the Upper Room, a Church of the Brethren devotional by Theresa Eshbach and for a coloring devotional see Pastor Nancy.
SS Class on Environmental Concerns | Sun., March 19, 9:45 am
The upstairs class is reading This Changes Everything: Capitalism v. Climate Change by Naomi Klein, a book suggested by David Radcliff for her "challenging indictment of our inactivity accompanied by a clarion call to recognize the urgency of the moment and get busy reversing course." She finds hope "in people and groups who reject the culture of consumption and practice interdependence." All are welcomed to this weekly class that skips the first Sunday to join the downstairs book group and every other second Sunday to join Big Sunday. Contact Nancy W. with questions.
Decals | No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor
Immanuel Mennonite in Harrisonburg, VA posted a literal sign of welcoming love that has inspired thousands across the country. ACOB is making some available in our neighborhoods too. Only decals are left. Note that they include ACOB’s address! They are $2 each. Please reimburse Cindy directly who picked them up from Ayuda, a metro area immigrant aid organization.
New Office Hours | Thursday Morning, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Church office hours on Wednesday evening have moved to Thursday morning. A big thanks to Alma for making this possible by generously offering to care for Marylynne at this time!
More Details | arlingtoncob.org/calendar
For more information on neighboring church, denomination and non-profit events listed, check the calendar at the above link or contact the office.
Volunteer + Give.
Food Drives | Donation Bins in Office Hallway
Keep the ongoing food collections in mind on your regular grocery shopping trips. Throughout the year, we collect whole grain, low sugar cereals to donate for distribution to families served at AFAC. Throughout the winter, we are continuing to support families of our building partner congregation, IRPE, who have been laid off from seasonal jobs like construction with non-perishables like cereal, beans, rice, and canned goods. Donate in the bins by the window in the office hallway. Contact the office with any questions.
#BlessedBreak | New Devotion! http://bit.ly/BlessedBreak45
Brethren Voices is the TV show featuring what Brethren do as a matter of our faith. The episode for March features a group from Elizabethtown COB on their learning tour in Nigeria. Despite horrific devestation by Boko Haram, the Etown Brethen experienced wonderful hospitality by the Nigerian people who continue to witness their faith and joy during very turbulant times. Watch in Arlington on Comcast 69/Verizon-FIOS 38 on Sundays at 6:30 pm, Wednesdays at 11 am or online anytime.
Worship Audio | Online
The latest devotion was inspired by yesterday's sermon. Pastor Nancy concluded her message on being born again with this powerful video. Watch the video and read the accompanying scripture and prayer at the above link.
Dunker Punks Podcast | http://bit.ly/DPP_Episode26
The latest episode comes from Jonathan Stauffer on standing with those most likely to bear the brunt of ecological degredation. It features an interview with On Earth Peace's Bill Schuerer and an awesome new version of an old hymn by Jacob! Listen by clicking the above link or subscribing on iTunes.
Brethren Voices | Experiencing Nigeria
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.
Pray. Call. Write.
- Pastor Mike, in ICU with complications from a kidney and liver transplant
- Charlotte, Amy's mom, undergoing surgery today for brian aneurysm
- Stephen's Father, recovering from kidney treatments
- Karolina, undergoing renewed health treatments
- Walt, Vicki's Father-in-Law, just entered hopsice
- Paul White, friend of Carole Compton, recovering from brain surgery
- Roger Cubbage, home from the hospital after treatment for sodium deficiency
- Ralph, home recovering from surgery for a broken hip
- Orin, seeking housing and employment in Arlington
- Jummai Paul, kidnapped Chibok girl and 195 others
- Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN)
Keep in your ongoing prayers: Minnie Simmons, Dorothy Fravel (Dee’s mom), Theresa McCary, Erin Julca, Steve Shuss, Elizabeth Smucker, 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.
I lift up my eyes to the hills—
from where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
The Lord will not let your foot be moved;
The Lord who keeps you will not slumber.
the Lord who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all evil;
the Lord will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time on and forevermore.
Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.' The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?
“Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.