Help us, Lord, to forge ahead, to keep our heads down against those winds, our hearts warm to all of your children, our spirits strong to face new challenges, comforted and knowing we have a rock, always, always, upon which to stand. Amen.
From Gary R.'s Closing Prayer at Yesterday's Church Council Meeting
• Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 7-9 pm
• Brethren Voices, 11 am, more details
• Ecumenical Thanksgiving Worship, 7 pm, more details
• Arlington Turkey Trot, 9 - 11 am
• Kaizen Karate, 6:30 pm
• Yoga, 9 am, more details
• Hanging of the Greens, 10 am, more details
• Cambodian Alliance Evangelical Prayer Service, 11:30 am
• Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 5-9 pm
• Advent Sunday School Series Starts, 9:45 am, more details
• Brethren Voices, 6:30 pm, more details
Thurs., Dec. 1 - Northern Virginia Family Service Benefit, 7:30 pm at Jammin Java
Sat., Dec. 3 - Antietam Battlefield Luminaries Bus Tour
Mon., Dec. 5 - Board Meeting, 7:30 pm
Fri., Dec. 9 - Young Adults Gathering, 6:30 pm
Sat., Dec. 10 - Theresa's 103rd Birthday Party, noon - 4 pm, more details
Sun., Dec. 11 - Intergenerational Big Sunday School, 9:45 am
Mon., Dec. 12 - Shepherd's Spring Holiday Banquet, noon + 6 pm
Thurs., Dec. 15 Congregational Life Ministries Webinar, 2:30 pm
Sun., Dec. 18 - Bell Choir Playing, 11 am
Thurs., Dec. 22 - Breakfast Bunch, 8 am
Sat., Dec. 24 - Christmas Eve Service, 7 pm
Sun., Dec. 25 - Christmas Worship at AFUMC, 10 am *Note Earlier Time
Sat., Dec. 1 - Volunteer at AFAC, 8:30 am
Sun., Jan. 8 - Soup + Pie Meeting, noon
Thurs., Jan. 9 - Congregational Life Ministries Webinar, 2:30 pm
Thanksgiving Service | This Wed., Nov. 23, 7 pm at ACOB
Join with our community partner congregations for an ecumenical service the night before Thanksgiving, here at Arlington Church of the Brethren. Contact Pastor Nancy with questions.
Poinsettias | Order through This Sun., Nov. 27
Poinsettia orders will continue to be collected until Sun., Nov. 27 to decorate our sanctuary in memory and honor of our loved ones. After Christmas, you are invited to take your poinsettia home. Please include with your order and payment ($15 each) the names of loved ones each poinsettia purchased honors or remembers. Contact the office with questions.
Advent Sunday School | Sundays, Nov. 27 - Dec. 28, 9:45
Our drop-in, rotating Sunday School class will take a break while Ralph leads a special 4-week advent-focused Sunday School class in the library. Contact Ralph with questions.
Theresa McCary’s 103rd Birthday Party | Sat., Dec. 10, noon – 4 pm
Theresa's family invites you to help celebrate her 103rd birthday! Email her son Richard to RSVP and also let him know of any food allergies. Contact the office if you're interested in carpooling.
Beginner Yoga | 2nd and 4th Saturdays, 9 am
A new 2nd and 4th Saturday class has been added! Join others in the fellowship hall for simple, gentle beginner yoga, especially designed to include folks 55+. $9.00 per session. Contact Pastor Nancy with questions.
Waste Not, Want Not: Think Before You Toss | Nov. 1 – Dec. 1
Arlington Central Library will feature an AFAC exhibit about food waste and food distribution throughout November. Learn about issues on a local, national and international level, as well as how to extend the shelf-life of your food.
Ecumenical Advocacy Days | April 21-24, 2017
Registration is now open for the annual national gathering of Christian for just and peaceful policy. This year’s theme is, “Confronting Chaos, Forging Community: Challenging Racism, Materialism and Militarization.” Save the date and register here: http://bit.ly/EAD2017
More Details | arlingtoncob.org/calendar
For more information on neighboring church and non-profit events listed, check the calendar at the above link or contact the office.
Volunteer + Donate.
Hanging of the Greens | This Sat., Nov. 26, 10 am
Join together to help decorate the church for advent and Christmas. Contact Pastor Nancy with questions.
Music as We Gather | 2nd Sundays
Share your musical gift on any instrument as one of our Sunday morning music greeters. There is currently a need for someone to play music while our congregation gathers for worship on the second Sunday of each month, but your commitment can be flexible if preferred. Contact Pastor Nancy or Andy with questions or to volunteer.
Calendar Drive | Through the End of the Year
Help us collect 2017 wall calendars for the Sunrise Retirement Community. Put them in the basket in the hallway. We'll donate them to Sunrise before the new year. They are much appreciated by the residents. Contact Marcia with questions.
Alternative Christmas Gifts | Continue to Donate to Heifer through Dec. 4
The Soup and Pie Heifer table raised a total of $1,491 at the event, including $116 from merchandise sales, $255 from goat basket raffle, and $1,150 for animal donations. Animal donations for alternative Christmas gifts or otherwise will continue to be accepted through Dec. 4. Please see Lisa and write checks directly to Heifer.
Volunteers Needed| Shepherd’s Spring
Volunteer opportunities include: Kitchen/food service; Housekeeping; Hosting retreat groups; Facility/maintenance; Summer camp program; Heifer Global Village; Road Scholar; Board of Directors; Special committees including the 2017 Golf Tournament, 5K Run planning and board committees for finance, development, personnel policies, and program. Contact Robin Haywood by email or phone: 301-733-6665.
Big Bulletin | http://bit.ly/BigBulletin
The latest Big Bulletin newsletter was inserted into last week's worship bulletin. Extra copies are available in the office. Please contact the office if you would like a paper version mailed to you, or click here for a pdf version.
Brethren Voices | Brethren Workcamps
Brethren Voices is a television show about what Brethren do as a matter of faith. An episode about Brethren Workcamps will repeat throughout November. Tune in Sundays at 6:30 pm or Wednesdays at 11 am on Comcast, 69; Verizon-FIOS, 38 or on Arlington Independent Media's live stream. Contact James with any questions.
Worship Audio | Online
How do we feel about inheriting the benefit of those who desired their neighbor's land? The latest Dunker Punks Podcast features Emerson Goering at the Office of Public Witness interviewing Mark Charles about the long-term effect of conquest and possession. Listen by clicking the above link or subscribing on iTunes.
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 | http://bit.ly/DPP_Episode18
Pray. Call. Write. Give.
- Rheda, Friend of Gary's working amidst a lot of corruption and being ostracized for not participating
- Susan + Family, Silena's superviser, whose father John passed away after battling cancer
- Julie, yoga group member, undergoing emergency gallbladder surgery
- Pastor Gilberto + Family, mourning the passing of his father
- Carole Compton + Family, following the death of her sister Darlene’s son
- All affected by Hurricane Matthew, consider donating to Brethen Disaster Ministries respone in Haiti here.
- Marina, Mark + Wes, adjusting to ongoing health treatments for Marina
- Pastor Mike, continuing to deal with liver failure and awaiting transplant
- Charles Tuck, Hazel's son, diagnosed with cancer throughout his body
- Minnie, Goodwin House, Rm 248, visitors welcome
- Walkin-Haske Family, ongoing health treatments
- Jummai Paul, kidnapped Chibok girl and others
- Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN)
This Thanksgiving we can see clearly in spite of any controversy at the dinner table, or more outrageous headlines in the news. We can keep Paul's simple list—let's call it a "simply living list"—before us as a guide. From now on, brothers and sisters, if anything is excellent and if anything is admirable, focus your thougts on these things: all that is true, all that is holy, all that is just, all that is pure, all that is lovely, and all that is worthy of praise. Practice these things. The God of peace will be with you.
Listen to yesterday's sermon here: http://bit.ly/ACoBMessage20Nov16
Sharing food is one of the best ways for communities to gather and connect. We can meet and join contributions to a potluck meal and savor the taste of food both familiar and new. Whether in Ukraine or in Arlington, VA, a meal together brings us closer together. This week is Thanksgiving, when we anticipate a big meal. Thanksgiving is a wonderful celebration that is not religious but still very connected to thanking God for God's gifts. We eat traditional food and remember the richness of our lives. We gather with family and friends to share the bounty of our land and blessings of being with people we love. At this time we need to remember too the needs of others without the blessings we have. At this Wednesday's Thanksgiving service you'll have an opportunity to contribute to our local Arlington Food Assistance Center, giving us a chance to share our blessings with others.
Gary S.'s Call to Giving from Yesterday's Worship