Suzanne, you are a unique, gifted child of God and a blessing to our vital faith community.
This e-update is just one way we connect with each other as together,
we live for the glory of God and our neighbor's good.
Kaizen Karate Sumer Camp each weekday, 7:30 am-6 pm
Independence Day Ice Cream Social with Boulevard Manor, more details
Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 7-9 pm
Brethren Voices, Channel 69 or 38 at 11 am, more details
Yoga, 6 pm in fellowship hall
Kaizen Karate Evening Class, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Playgroup, 10:30 am in nursery
ACoB Young Adults Gathering, 6:30 pm
Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 5-9 pm
Deacon Meeting, 11 am in fellowship hall, lunch provided
No Sunday School, Worship at 10 am
Big Bulletin Distributed
Brethren Voices, Channel 69 or 38 at 6:30 pm, more details
July 11 - August 1 - Pastor Nancy on Vacation
July 16 - 23 - Suzanne on Vacation
July 16 - Plot Against Hunger Demonstration, more details
July 17 - Bagging Oatmel for AFAC after church, more details
July 20 - Deposit for Brethren Heritage Tour Due, more details
July 28 - Breakfast Bunch
July 28 - Young Adult DC Gathering
August 1 - Board Meeting
August 4 - Community Choir Practice Resumes
August 5 - Volunteer at Brethren Nutrition Program, more details
August 6 - Shepherd's Spring's Sprint and Celebrate Summer, more details
August 7 - Community Worship Summer Series Starts at ACoB
August 14 - Community Worship at Bethel UCC
August 21 - Community Worship at Arlington Forest UMC
August 28 - Community Worship at Lubber Run Park
August 29 - Executive Committee Meeting
Sept. 3 - AFAC Volunteer Service Saturday
Sept. 10 - Shredding for AFAC
Sept. 11 - Big Sunday School Resumes
Thank You! | AFAC Volunteers
Big thanks to Nancy W., Warren, Donna, James, Melody, Alma, Karen, Abby, Toby, Robyn, Diane and Marcia for serving our neighbors in need on Saturday at the Arlington Food Assistance Center.
Independence Day Ice Cream Social | Mon., July 4, 7:30 pm
A neighborhood tradition since 2002, this Fourth of July event is co-sponsored by Boulevard Manor and ACoB and is a great way to meet our neighbors. Free ice cream, toppings, and water are provided. Participants may choose to bring a lawn chair, blanket, soft drinks, snacks, and mosquito repellent. Please do not bring fireworks or alcoholic beverages to the event. Many stay after ice cream to watch the fireworks above the National Mall, which typically begin around 9:15 pm.
Deacon + Caregiver Meeting | Sun., July 10, after worship
Deacons and Caregivers will meet in small groups based on function. Other agenda items include lunch, new deacons, and point persons.
Beginner Yoga | Wed., July 6, 6:00 p.m
Join others in the fellowship hall for simple, gentle beginner yoga, especially designed to include folks 55+. $9.00 per session. To continue weekly or bi-weekly (TBD). Contact Pastor Nancy with questions.
Plot Against Hunger Demonstration | Sat., July 16, 1 - 4 pm
This event will be showing off a Plot Against Hunger site's great volunteer-built compost bins, rain barrel and olla irrigation system, nomadic gardens and raised beds, and giving away free seeds for fall planting. Contact Suzanne if you're insterested in attending or helping with our Plot Against Hunger garden.
Brethren Heritage Tour | Oct. 14-16, Deposit due July 20
Shenandoah District's Pastoral Support Committee will host a second Brethren Heritage Tour this fall, Oct. 14-16, with stops in Maryland and Pennsylvania at historical sites significant to Brethren. The announcement in the district newsletter noted that the tour will travel by chartered bus and stay at Budget Host Inn in Lancaster, Pa. Cost is $175 per person (double occupancy) or $267 per person (single occupancy) and covers transportation, lodging, admission charges, instructor fees, and dinner in an Amish home. The registration form and a $50 deposit are due by July 20 with the balance due by Sept. 1. For more information, click here. To register, click here.
Brethren Voices | Sundays at 6:30 pm + Wednesdays at 11 am
Brethren Voices is a monthly public access TV show featuring what people of the Church of the Brethren do as a matter of our faith. Arlington CoB partners with Brethren Voices to share the show locally as an invitation of welcome to everyone in our community. In Arlington, Brethren Voices airs on Arlington Independent Media: Comcast channel 69, Verizon-FIOS channel 38 and streams on AIM’s website. Each monthly episode repeats throughout the month on Wednesdays at 11 am, Thursdays at 2 am and Sundays at 6:30 pm. Contact James with any questions.
Sprint to the Spring| Aug. 6, Register by July 23
Walk or run the scenic paths and trails of Shepherd's Spring on Sat., 8/6 at 8:30 am. Register with a suggested donation of $15. 100% of the proceeds from this volunteer-driven event benefit the Camper Scholarship Fund at Shepherd's Spring. Register before July 23, 2016 to receive your goodie bag! Stay after the race to enjoy Celebrate Summer: the camp’s free annual event featuring live entertainment, open pool, ice cream, bake sale, face painting, Heifer Global Village tours, food and more! Call the main office at (301) 223-8193 with any questions.
Worship Audio | Online
In case you miss a Sunday service, sermon audio along with a selection of hymns and readings is posted online or subscribe on iTunes
Bagging Oatmeal for AFAC | Sun., July 17, 11 am
Join together downstairs after worship to bag oatmeal for AFAC to distribute to hungry families. No additional supplies necessary, just you and your helping hands! Contact Diane with questions.
Volunteer for Brethren Nutrition Program | Fri., Aug. 5, 9 am - 3 pm
Mark your calendars for Friday August 5th. We will meet at the church at 9 am and carpool to Washington City CoB to prepare and serve a lunch for the homeless and needy participants in the Brethren Nutrition Program. We will return by 3 pm. Sign up on the bulletin board in the narthex and contact Cindy with any questions. Thanks for your help!
Donate Baked Goods | For Shepherd's Springs Summer Celebration
Volunteer to contribute to the Outdoor Ministry Center's bake sale at their annual Summer Celebration on August 6. Needed are items that don't need to be refrigerated (pies, 1/2 dozen packages of cinnamon rolls, bread loaves, 2 pack of brownies, 6 pack of cookies, 6 pack of scones and small cakes). All items must be prepackaged and ready to sell, labled with ingredients and state if the food contains nuts. Contact Nancy McCrickard if you can help at 410-848-8090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dolls + Stuffed Animals for Nigeria | Crafty Volunteers Needed
Children’s Disaster Services is working with women theologians of EYN on a “Healing Hearts Curriculum” that provides trauma healing for children affected by the violence of Boko Haram. They need 100 hand-sewn/knit/crocheted soft dolls and stuffed animals as examples of the kinds of comfort items that could be made locally in the future. Contact Marcia to participate and for design specifications.
Volunteer in the Nursery | Sign Up in the Narthex
A new sign-up sheet with dates through the fall has been posted in the narthex. In addition to child care volunteers who stay with the children following the children’s message through the end of the service, helper volunteers are also needed to pop in the nursery one or two times during the service.
Thunderclap | Help Spread the Word about Community Worship
Thunderclap is an online application that amplifies a message by enabling supporters to post it at the same time. Sign up to post an invitation to our August Community Worship Series: http://bit.ly/CommunityWorship2016
Refugee Assistance | Prayerful consideration needed
The violence of settling scores has resulted in a huge number of displaced people: 60 million at last report. What are we to think of people in such desperate circumstances and what are we supposed to do? Some in our congregation are gathering information about how to help refugees. Is it a place where ACoB is called to act? Could these strangers become friends? Read over the commitment choices we have, but the first choice is, can we help? Are we willing to let God surprise us with new community?
Follow this link to learn more about how Lutheran Social Services assists refugees and ways our congregation could help a family fleeing violence. http://bit.ly/ACoB4Refugees Contact Debbie with questions.
Pray. Call. Write.
- Lisa, volunteering with Children's Disaster Services in WVa
- The people of West Virginia and California, experiencing natural disasters
- The people of Iraq, Bangladesh + Turkey, in the wake of violence
- Pastor Mike Vess, being treated for liver disease
- Margarta Owen, dear friend of Carole Compton, awaiting surgery
- Edwardo, Fitzgeralds' neighbor, with tumor diagnosis
- Frieda + Stan Thawley, Jo Ann's sister-in-law and Fred's parents, supporting family through a difficult time
- Fred Thawley, Alan's dad and Jo Ann's nephew, recovering from a third surgery for leg blood clots
- LGBTQ Community, mourning lives lost at Pulse in Orlando
- Minnie, palliative care at 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)
Listen and share last week's sermon, the third of a three part Galatians series: http://bit.ly/ACoBMessage62616
And don't miss this video of last week's humorous drama about a fictitious church planning team that can't seem to agree on doing things 'the way they've always been done' http://bit.ly/ACoBDrama
- Opening Prayer, 13s
- Meditation: Peace for our brothers and sisters in Nigeria, 1m6s
- Call to Giving, 3m50s
- Scripture: Galatians 5:1+13-26, http://bit.ly/GalatiansFive1to26, 6m33s
- Galatians Sermon Series Review, 9m26s
- Message: 'Dear God, Please Pass the Fruit,' 12m5s
The drama reminds us that silly arguments can have negative effects. Not all conflicts are silly, but we can act silly about all conflicts. Paul faced strong disagreement in Galatia and other locations about his revelation that the Gentiles were to be welcomed into Christian community without adopting the law and practices of Jews. He was not willing to compromise the revelation he received. We have freedom in Christ he says, but the freedom is not unrestrained. We are gifted with "Fruit of the Spirit" that keeps us from selfish desires. In this worship, we discarded the types of selfish desires and each put on a spirit fruit. We are to use these gifts for others. God believes in us! That makes us able for all things, even difficult situations of conflict.
ACoB's latest video devotional comes from a YouTube clip posted on CoB Newsline's Brethren Bits. The video features Elizabeth Ripley of Stover CoB in the Northern Plains District showing how she makes communion bread upon the occasion of her retirement of this service to the church. Click here to watch the video and read the accompanying Scripture and prayer: http://bit.ly/BlessedBreak21
This week we worshiped with our community partners at Bethel United Church of Christ. Worship included beautiful songs, a mesage about our denominational traditions and concluded with a sacred one that we share: communion.