We are in awe before you, O God, for your have provided for us in rich abundance. There is beauty all around us from the work of your hands. You surround us with people who care about us with the love of Christ. Teach us to count our blessings. Stay close to this community as we worship together this month. Bless our worship that it may inspire our service to you and to our neighbors. Amen.
From yesterday's Opening Prayer, adapted from Bayler
• Board Meeting, 7:30 pm in library
• Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 7-9 pm
• Brethren Voices, 11 am, more details
• Hymn Sing, 7 pm at Nokesville COB
• Yard Sale Benefit for Nigerians, 8 am - 1 pm at Dranesville COB
• Centering Prayer, 10:30 am in library
• Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 5-9 pm
• Brethren Response in Nigeria, 6 pm at Dranesville COB
• Community Worship at AFUMC, 10 am, more details
• Brethren Voices, 6:30 pm, more details
Thurs., 8/17 - Shepherd's Spring's Sprint to the Spring
Sun., 8/20 - Community Worship at Bethel UCC, more details
Sun., 8/20 - SCN's Annual Conference, thru 8/22 at Bridgewater COB
Mon., 8/21 - Meeting with Bethel UCC, 7 pm in library
Wed., 8/23 - Bittersweet Gospel Band, 7 pm at Hagerstown COB
Thurs., 8/24 - Breakfast Bunch, 8 am
Sat., 8/26 - Picnic in the Park, 4 pm hosted by Frederick COB
Sun., 8/27 - Community Worship + Picnic at Lubber Run, more details
Sun., 8/27 - Golf Tournament, 1 pm hosted by Frederick COB
Fri., 9/1 - Family Camp 2017, thru 9/3 at Camp Mardela
Sat., 9/2 - Volunteer at AFAC, 8:30 am
Mon., 9/4 - NOAC, thur 9/8 at Lake Junaluska
Sat., 9/9 - Shredding 4 Hunger
Sun., 9/10 - Sunday School Classes Resume, 10 am
Sun., 9/10 - Worship at 11 am
Sun., 9/10 - Assembling School Kits, after worship
Sat., 9/16 - Children's Weaving for Peace Day, 10 am
Sun., 9/17 - Annual Dunker Church Service, 3 pm at Antietam Battlefield
Thurs., 9/21 - International Day of Prayer for Peace
Fri., 10/13 - MAD District Conference, thru 10/14 at Frederick COB
August Community Worship| “God Makes a Way Out of No Way”
Each Sunday in August we will meet with our community worship partners, taking turns at each of our churches. At the end of the month, we’ll worship together at Lubber Run Park amphitheater followed by a picnic at the pavilion there. Everyone is welcome; invite a friend! See below for topics, times and locations.
This week! August 13, 10 am @ Arlington Forest UMC
“Jesus Walks on Water”
Pastor Alex preaching on Matthew 14:22-33
4701 Arlington Blvd. (at N Henderson Rd.)
August 20, 10 am @ Bethel UCC
Pastor Anne preaching on Matthew 15:21-28
4347 Arlington Blvd. (b/w N George Mason + Trenton St.)
August 27, 10 am @ Lubber Run Park
“Midwives + Moses”
Several reflections on Exodus 1:8-2:10
200 N Columbus Street (at 2nd St. N.)
Environmental Baby Shower | This Fri., August 11, 6:30 pm
The Young Adults are sponsoring an "Environmental Baby" shower for Suzanne, Josh, and Marylynne Lay in the fellowship hall. This is the usual YA night and vegetarian soup will be provided. Anyone who would like to is invited to attend. Please bring something to add to the dinner. It is informal and will be fun to celebrate with them. She is due on the 20th!!! Direct questions to Pastor Nancy. The url to environmental diaper supplies is here: www.abbyslane.com/apps/giftregistry/registry/24384
ACOB's Library | New Books!
Check out the latest books added to our collection on our online Library Thing account and then check out the ones that interest you from our library. The online listing includes Google reviews to learn more about the books in the next to the last column. Contact Cindy with any questions.
Big Bulletin | July, 2017 Edition
Find the latest edition of the newsletter online here or request a paper copy from the office.
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.
Volunteer at Brethren Nutrition Center | This Fri., August 11
Each summer we volunteer together to serve food at Washington City COB’s soup kitchen. We’ll help prepare the days meal, serve it and help clean up. Contact Cindy early this week to volunteer and join a car pool. We’ll work together from 10 am to 2:30 pm.
Church World Service School Kits | Collecting through Sun., Sept. 10
It's time again to collect the basic tools for learning for children around the world in impoverished schools, refugee camps and other difficult settings. Please donate an entire kit including all brand new items. No pencils are needed this year as we have enough from last year. Lisa will buy kits for folks preferring to make cash donations. For the Sundays we are worshiping at other churches, Lisa can collect donations each week except at Lubber Run. Contact Lisa with questions.
Volunteer Point Person Needed | September Shredding 4 Hunger Event
Every year we partner with Ann Wilson Reality to provide a document shredding truck service in exchange for non-perishable food donations for AFAC. This is always a very successful service project for Hunger Action Month in September. Much of the details have been confirmed, but because of a conflict with the NOAC conference, a point person is needed. The event will be September 9. Contact the office if you can volunteer.
Children’s Weaving for Peace Day | Sat., Sept. 16, 10 am-12 pm
To celebrate this year's Peace Day, our Service Ministry Team invites children to join in making woven potholders and book marks to symbolize the 2017 Peace Day theme of "Peace and Justice Together." We will then offer the creations to our congregation in return for a donation to Children's Disaster Services or a new Montessori Preschool in Nigeria, so the children's projects can in turn help other children. Contact Marcia with questions.
Volunteer in the Community | VA Hospital Center + AFAC
VA Hospital Center is circulating information about free pap smear and cervical cancer screenings on the morning of September 9. Contact the office if you'd like to help spread the flyer around our community.
- ● One pair of blunt round-tip scissors
- ● Three 70-count bound, spiral, wide-lined notebooks
- ● One 30-centimeter, 12 inch ruler
- ● One hand-held pencil sharpener
- ● One large eraser (no pencil cap erasers)
- ● One box of 24 Crayola brand crayons
AFAC is seeking friendly, experienced volunteers who understand their mission and want to share it at their booth at this year's Arlington County Fair, August 18-20. Sign up on their online calendar.
Dunker Punks Podcast | New episode! http://bit.ly/DPP_Episode37
In a new episode just posted, Laura continues her series on Arlington non-profits by talking with Charlie Meng, the executive director of AFAC. You are guaranteed to learn something you didn't know about one of our favorite and most essential local nonprofits in this informative interview. Laura grew up serving others with ACOB in one the richest places in the world where the poor are too easily unseen. Jesus also had a special concern for those left out, and as his followers, we are called to the margins, to recognize the divine beauty of each one's existence, and to meet their needs. 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 | Song and Story Fest
Brethren Voices is the TV show featuring what Brethren do as a matter of our faith. The episode for August features musicians from Song and Story Fest. Watch online now! Watch in Arlington on Comcast 69/Verizon-FIOS 38 on Sundays at 6:30 pm, Wednesdays at 11 am.
#BlessedBreak | New devotion! http://bit.ly/BlessedBreak60
The video from this #BlessedBreak was collected at Oakton COB's Vacation Bible School last week. Watch the video, and read the prayer and Scriptures paired with the video at the above link.
Pray. Call. Write.
- Yoder Family, transitioning at work ahead of overseas transfer next summer and mourning a close colleague and friend killed in a car accident
- Charlotte, Nancy's mom, in rehab after hospitalization
- Tom, Bill's brother, being succesfully treated for an infection originally diagnosed to be antibiotic resistant
- Karolina, at home but continuing health treatments
- James + Melody, expecting a baby in mid-November!
- Marie, Marcia's friend, recently discovered resurgance of cancer and meeting with a doctor this week about radiation treatments
- D. Senko Family, following her sudden death, family friends of Chris
- Families of 2 men kille din CSX accident, both family friends from Shelley's hometown
- Barbara's family, Ralph's sister-in-law, following her death
- Joe, Chris' friend, facing resurgence of lymphoma after several year's remission
- Maxine, Hazel's sister, broke two ribs and fractured a lung from a fall and is also struggling with Alzheimer's
- Sarah + Kathy, special prayer requests from Cindy's friend, Dennis
- Noel, son of Marcia's friend Sandy, still working with doctors to figure out mysterious and serious dizzy spell
- Pastor Mike, continuing rehab after organ transplant
- Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN), including 113 girls still captive
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 withdraws to a deserted place after learning about John's murder. The disciples, overwhelmed with so many hungry people, seek out Jesus who, in spite of or perhaps because of his pain, reacts with compassion.
The miracle of the "Feeding of the 5,000" is important enough to appear in all four gospels and follows the mustard seed teaching. It's a story that reaches us today, indoctrinated into powerlessness by political definitions of what power is.
Jesus' disciples are given what they need to continue his work. In Jesus' alternative reality, even the most meager resources mimic mustard seed and grows to overtake the powers and principalities of this world with compassion until every deserted place is where the weak are served and healed, because compassion is the law of the land. When we need it, God will give us the power to work for good in the world and it will be enough.