O divine master, grant that we may not so much
seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood
as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in
giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are
pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
- Prayer of St. Francis, from yesterday's Call to Prayer
• Executive Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm, in the library
• Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 7-9pm
• Brethren Voices, 11am, more details
• Handbell Choir Practice, 7:00 pm
• Community Choir Practice, 7:30pm at Arlington Forest UMC
• CAEC Prayer Service, 11:30am - 1pm in the fellowship hall
• Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 5-9pm Igles
• Worship with Cub Scouts + Refreshments, 11am, more details
• Brethren Voices, 6:30pm, more details
Thurs., 2/1 – Community Choir Rehearsal, Arlington Forest, 7:30 pm
Mon., 2/5 – Church Board Meeting, 7:30 pm
Fri., 2/9 - ACOB Young Adult Gathering, 6:30pm
Sat., 2/10 - AFAC Spring Garden Kick Off, 9am
Sun., 2/11 - A Taste of Winter, 3pm at Shepherd's Spring
Wed., 2/14 - Adult Cooking Class, Schedule at Shepherd's Spring
Wed., 2/14 - Ash Wednesday
Sun., 2/18 - Soup and Pie Meeting, after worship in sanctuary, more details
Thurs., 2/22 - Breakfast Bunch, 8am, location TBA
Sun., 2/25 - Deacon Meeting, 12pm in fellowship hall
Fri., 3/2 - Christian Minority Communities Seminar
Sat., 3/3 - Volunteer at AFAC, 8:30am
New Office Hours | 571-243-5344
Call ahead to stop by the office with any needs or questions at these regular times: Sundays, 12 – 3 pm; Wednesdays, 9:30 – 11:30 am; and Thursdays, 3 – 5 pm. Feel free to call or text the office cell, listed above, at any time. Please send announcements for the bulletin by Wednesday morning.
Soup + Pie Meeting | Sun., Feb. 18, after worship
All hands on deck are needed to help wrap up 2017’s Soup and Pie Bazaar event and start planning for 2018. Contact Alma with questions.
Names + Contact Information | Notify the Office
Please let Suzanne know if you need a new or updated name tag. This is a way to be welcoming to our visitors. Also check in with Suzanne if you have an update to your contact information. The new directory is being updated now. Call or text Suzanne at 571-243-5344 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scout Sunday | Feb. 4, 11am
The first Sunday in February is Scout Sunday when our interim Pastor Christy Dowdy will join us to preach. Stay after to enjoy refreshments together in the social hall. Contact Everett with questions about worship and Alma with questions about fellowship.
More Details | arlingtoncob.org/calendar
For items under “This Week” and “Looking Ahead” that are not listed in the descriptions under “More Details,” find more information on the online calendar at the above url. Bolded items are ACOB events, other listings come from our denominational and community partners. The bulletin boards also have more details received directly from our partners in the mail. The narthex board includes ways to give, the board to the right of the office has events, and newsletters and thank you notes are on the one to the left. The one on the left also includes an editorial board for you to post interesting articles and funny cartoons.
Advocate, Volunteer + Give.
New Sign-Up Sheets for the New Year
Volunteer to bring refreshments. Once a month we gather in the library after worship to socialize. Sign up for any weekend out of the month to host. Each week, flowers from folks in the congregation decorate our altar. Sign up to be part of this tradition. Two volunteers are needed during every worship service to care for the children in the nursery. If you're interested in volunteering, please connect with Suzanne in the office to see about meeting our new insurance safety requirements. All the sign-up sheets are in the narthex on the bulletin board next to the sanctuary. Contact Alma with any questions.
Parsonage | Furniture Needed
Pastor Christy and her husband come in February and will stay in the parsonage over the weekends. We still need additional furnishings for her stay. If you have any pieces of furniture you could spare for 6 months, please let Warren know.
Packing Help | For Karolina
If you're able to help with packing for a multi-tiered move, Karolina and family appreciate help on the following days and times. If you can help, be in touch with Karolina directly.
Sun, Jan 28: 1-6 pm; Sat., Feb. 3: starting at NOON and going as long as we can. (We will order food late afternoon/ early evening and hope to keep going.); Wed., Feb. 7: 9-5 with lunch break; Sat., Feb. 10: 9-3:00
Free Tax Preparation Clinics | Help Spread the Word
There are several upcoming tax clinics in Arlington for people with low or moderate income. If you’d like to help post or share a flyer with details around the community, please contact the church office.
Disaster Response Auction | Donate by Feb. 18
The 38th annual auction will be held May 5th in Westminster, MD. Last year $60K was raised to help victims of disasters across the world. Help by donating auction items or monetary gifts for the auction booklet. Every auction booklet sponsorship makes sure more of the auction profits go to victims of disasters. Sponsors levels are set at $10, $25, $35 and $50, and you can designate your donation in the offering. Write checks to ACOB and they will be forwarded from the church. Contact Marcia with questions.
New! Dunker Punks Podcast | http://bit.ly/DPP_Episode49
In this episode of the podcast, Sarah Ullom-Minnich chats with Anna Lisa Gross about her new year. They talk about Anna Lisa’s plans for a simple life in a van with the complex goal of creating a permaculture on her uncle’s acre of land in Mexico. Anna Lisa explains, in some ways it feels very exotic and strange, but it’s also a very normal lifestyle for so many people in so many parts of the world. Sarah shares the conversation to challenge us to live into the difference we want to see in ourselves and the world around us. 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 | Alternative Gift Giving
Brethren Voices is the TV show featuring what Brethren do as a matter of our faith. The episode for December features alternative gift suggestions. This year the United States has experienced so many natural disasters that have swept though countless neighborhoods across the country. Now, we're in the Christmas Holiday Season. It's that time of the year to find the special gift for the person who most of the time has everything that they already need. With many survivors of these disasters, just needing a place to live, we suggest an alternative gift for the person on your list who probably has everything. Each year, "Brethren Voices" features Alternative Gift Giving Ideas. For that person, probably the best gift is you, but we do have an alternative gift idea, a financial gift to the Brethren Disaster Ministries, in the name of that special someone on your list. 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/BlessedBreak87
This week’s video echoes a prayer from Sunday’s worship service. Often attributed to St. Francis, the prayer invites us into God’s work of peacemaking.
Pray. Call. Write.
- Carole C., doctor's appointment on Tuesday
- Christy & Dale Dowdy, upon the passing of Christy's mother at age 97
- Richard, friend of Karolina and Rich, battling metastatic colon cancer
- Friends and family of Joe Mourano, friend of Chris D., passed away after a battle with cancer
- Friends and family of Craig P., who passed away following a heart attack
- Sandy Wright, friend of Sue and Bazaar attendee, is cancer free!
- Hazel Tuck and Family, following Charles’ passing
- Chip Dettra, facing dialysis
- Karolina Walkin, suffering from pain from neurological damage
- Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN), including 113 girls still captive
Those recovering at home: Ralph
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.
Listen to Sunday's Sermon: http://bit.ly/ACoBMessage12818
We welcomed David Johnson as our guest preacher this week. David works with GRID Alternatives, a non-profit solar installer whose mission is to increase solar energy access to homeowners who otherwise might not be able to afford it. Previously, Dave served as a Global Mission Fellow through the United Methodist Church. We were honored to have Dave with us, and grateful for his message about turning it around.