We are saddened to know of brothers and sisters enduring violence, natural disaster and poverty. We often ask, "Where is God?" though we know God is there. The question to be asked is, "Where are we?"
• Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 7-9 pm
• Brethren Voices, 11 am, more details
• Yoga, 5:45 pm in fellowship hall
• Handbell Choir Practice, 7 pm
• Kaizen Karate, 6:30 pm, maybe upstairs this week
• Community Choir Practice, 7:30 pm at AFUMC
• Yoga, 9 am
• Brethren Nutrition Program Yard Sale, 9 am - 4pm Sat. + Sun.
• Potomac Watershed Cleanup, 10 am, more details
• Centering Prayer, 10:30 am
• Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 5-9 pm
• Dinner for MAD Disaster Auction, 6 pm, Bush Creek COB
• Big Sunday School, 9:45 am, more details
• Big Bulletin Distributed, more details
• Brethren Voices, 6:30 pm, more details
Mon., 4/10 - Transforming Conflict Seminar, thru 4/15, Dundalk, MD
Thurs., 4/13 - Love Feast, 7 pm, more details
Fri., 4/14 - Good Friday Service, 7 pm, Bethel UCC, more details
Fri., 4/14 - Contemplative Music, 7 pm, Hagerstown COB
Sat., 4/15 - Egg Hunt, 10:30 am, more details
Sun., 4/16 - Easter Breakfast, 9 am, more details
Sun., 4/16 - Easter Worship, 11 am
Mon., 4/17 - Being Mortal Film Screening, 3 pm, Goodwin House
Thurs., 4/20 - Kingian Conflict Resolution, 6 pm, Online, Weekly thru 4/27
Fri., 4/21 - ACOB Young Adult Gathering, 6:30 pm *Note date change
Sat., 4/22 - Shepherd's Spring Benefit Supper, 4 pm, Bush Creek COB
Sun., 4/23 - Worship at Bethel UCC, 10 am *Note earlier time
Mon., 4/24 - Why Love Leviticus, Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center
Mon., 4/24 - Board Meeting with Bethel UCC, 7:30 pm
Thurs., 4/27 - Breakfast Bunch, 8 am
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
Church Board Meeting | This Mon., April 4, 7:30 pm
Everyone is invited to join the Church Board for a presentation concerning the possibility of sharing space in our building with Bethel United Church of Christ. This will be followed by a time of discussion and a question-and-answer session among those in attendance. Should the Bethel congregation decide to seek a relationship with us, the ACOB congregation would then work through our Church Board to determine the feasibility and practicality of a relationship. Ultimately a meeting of our Church Council (all church members) would be held to determine whether to move into this joint effort. Contact Everett, Warren, or Pastor Nancy with questions.
Big Bulletin Newsletter | Send Articles by This Thursday, April 6
The next edition of ACOB’s Big Bulletin newsletter will be distributed on Big Sunday, 4/9. Email or drop articles by the office. Those at the retreat might consider submitting their morning reflections for the newsletter, if you chose to write them down.
Stream Cleanup | This Sat., April 8, 10 am - Noon
Get outdoors and help Arlington restore its natural spaces! Wear waterproof boots. Bags and gloves will be provided. Meet at the intersection of Glebe and Chain Bridge or connect with a carpool. Contact Nate to connect and with any questions. Commit to volunteer by signing up on the sheet in the narthex.
Big Sunday School | This Sun., April 9, 9:45 am
All ages join together once every other month for Sunday School. We are introduced to a story or concept, explore it in fun multi-generational and interactive ways, and then often spend some concluding time with coffee in conversation amongst the older folks and crafts for the wee ones. Contact the office with questions.
Love Feast | Next Thurs., April 13, 7 pm *Note Corrected Time
The Love Feast tradition 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 Palestinian tradition (including vegetarian and gluten free options), and Communion. The Washington City CoB and other guests will join us. Everyone is welcome and free to participate as they feel comfortable. Contact Pastor Nancy with questions.
Good Friday Service| Next Fri., 4/14
All are invited to join in community worship at Bethel UCC (4347 Arlington Blvd), the Friday before Easter. Contact Pastor Nancy with questions.
Egg Hunt | Next Sat., April 15, 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. Contact the office with any questions.
Easter Breakfast| Next Sun., April 16, 9 am
The Life Ministry Team invite you to breakfast Easter morning before worship. Thanks to a generous bunch of volunteers, all of this year's breakfast donation will support Brethren Voices, the tv show about what Brethren do as a matter of faith. To help know how much food to prepare, please fill out the form in the bulletin and place it in the box in the narthex or contact Alma with the number in your family attending. Contact Alma or Donna with any questions.
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.
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.
One Great Hour of Sharing | Still Time to Donate
The Service Ministry Team invites you to participate in One Great Hour of Sharing. This special relief offering dates back to WWII and is an annual ecumenical effort to make the love of Christ real for individuals and communities around the world who suffer the effects of disaster, conflict and severe economic hardship. The Church of the Brethren designates our offerings to Global Mission and Service, Congregational Life Ministries, Brethren Disaster Ministries, Brethren Volunteer Service, Workcamps and the Global Food Initiative. Donate online and designate your donation for One Great Hour of Sharing by typing it in the "add special instructions" field. Contact Marcia with any questions.
Easter Flowers | Signup in the Narthex
Please sign up to bring flowers to decorate the church on Easter Sunday. Indicate the type of flowers: arrangement, plant or loose flowers for pinning on the cross and if your donation is honoring someone. Contact Pastor Nancy with questions.
This week's video was shared in worship yesterday and is about the White Helmets saving lives in Syria. Watch the video and read the accompanying scripture and prayer at the above link.
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
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.
Dunker Punks Podcast | New Episode! http://bit.ly/DPP_Episode26
Jenna Walmer composes a discussion on forbearance from many voices at On Earth Peace. The Brethren agency has revived the word for a 2017 emphasis on coming together amidst differences. Listen as they look back to Brethren statements to find a way forward, picking up on the signature Brethren practice of following Jesus by gathering around relationship instead of division. Listen by clicking the above link or subscribing on iTunes.
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- Family + friends of Michael Sharp, a Mennonite Central Committee and UN worker with refugees in the Congo, recently killed
- Roger, recovering from cataract surgery
- John, home from the hospital and welcoming visitors
- Rich Massabny's friends + family, Boulevard Manor neighbor, mourning his passing
- Communities in Northern Peru, where Sara lives, experiencing severe storms
- Pastor Mike, in ICU with complications from a kidney and liver transplant
- Charlotte, Amy's mom, in rehab after successful brain aneurysm surgery followed by a small stroke
- Tom, Stephen's Father, recovering from kidney treatments
- Karolina, undergoing renewed health treatments
- Walt's friends + family, Vicki's Father-in-Law, recently passed
- Ralph, home recovering from surgery for a broken hip
- 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.
Jesus raising Lazarus in John 11 is a story that shows a very human Jesus, even as he performs a very divine miracle. Recognizing the power of God seen in Jesus, we want it in our own human lives. We want the connection to God that comes in Christ, the power for daily living and true life eternal that Jesus promises, but do we truly believe that Jesus has power over death? God's consistent message to us is to fear not. We too can resurrect hope amidst the suffering and decay by answering the call of God in Christ to unbind from our fear and nurture and strengthen others. When faced with death, we are invited not to give into despair but to trust that with God, all things are possible.
Listen to the scripture and sermon here: http://bit.ly/ACoBMessage2April17
Supplement the audio by reading all of John 11 and watching this video shared during the message but not captured in the recording.
Gary brought greetings from the Mennonite Anabaptist church in Buenos Aires that he attends. The church sent ACOB gifts including a bag with Dirk Willems' picture and a mate bowl with an inscription, "There's no road to peace but peace is the road." During church they drink mate as part of their service. Gary further shared that it's a small congregation, and they are very enthusiastic and concerned about human rights and equal rights. Recently they have been talking about the Dirty Wars of the 1970s where people disappeared while under the rule of a military, U.S. backed government. Gary suggests that's a reason they feel so strongly about equal rights. Below are some picutres Gary sent along from his most recent visit to the church.