We receive this news with great joy. As a church we have been in active prayer for these individuals since their abduction. Congregations continue to pray specifically for each girl. Jesus said that we should pray always and not lose heart and we have steadfastly been doing so and we will continue to do so.
Jay Wittmeyer of CoB's Global Mission + Service on the Release of 21 Chibok Girls
• Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 7-9 pm
• Brethren Voices, 11 am, more details
• Yoga, 5:45 pm, more details
• Handbell Choir Practice, 7 pm
• Kaizen Karate, 6:45 - 7:45 pm
• Community Vocal Choir Practice, 7:30 pm at AFUMC
• CROP Walk, 9 am - noon, more details
• Clarendon UMC Bazaar + Pig Roast CROP Walk Benefit, noon
• Oakton CoB Pumpkin Party, 4-6 pm
• Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 5-9 pm
• Wear Purple, more details
• Rotating Sunday School Class: Brethren Voices, 9:45 am
• Let's Get Ready to Welcome, 12:15 - 1 pm, more details
• Grossnickle CoB Music Festival, 3 - 7 pm
• Oakton CoB Community Concert, 4 pm
• Brethren Voices, 6:30 pm, more details
Mon., Oct. 24 - Executive Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm
Thurs., Oct. 27 - Breakfast Bunch, 8 am at Silver Diner (3200 Wilson)
Sat., Oct. 29 - Church Work Day, 9 am - noon
Sun., Oct. 30 - Brief Deacon Meeting, noon
Sun., Oct. 30 - AFUMC Fall Festival, 11:30 am - 3 pm
Sun., Oct. 30 - The Politics of Anabaptism, 4 pm in Harrisonburg
Sat., Nov. 5 - Soup + Pie Bazaar, 9 am - 2 pm, more details
Sat., Nov. 5 - Shepherd's Spring 25th Anniversary Campfire, 4 pm
Sun., Nov. 6 - Bell Choir Playing for Worship
Wed., Nov. 9 - ACoB Young Adults Gathering, 6:30 pm *New Date
Sun., Nov. 13 - Big Bulletin Distributed
Wed., Nov. 16 - 19 - Oakton CoB Craft Fair
Sun., Nov. 20 - Church Council Meeting
Let’s Get Ready to Welcome | This Sun., Oct. 23, 12:45 – 1 pm
Calling all greeters for a fun and brief training session to help us fine tune our welcome. Come enjoy skits and light refreshments in the fellowship hall. This event is for everyone, because we are all hosts to others who are new to our church. Contact Robyn with questions.
Purple Out | Wear Purple, This Sun., Oct. 23
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month and we are partnering with Doorways to help spread the word. Wear purple for a congregation picture that we will send in to support their local awareness campaign. Contact Suzanne with questions.
Deacon Meeting | Sun., Oct. 30, noon
Brief meeting downstairs after church to affirm new chair.
Beginner Yoga | Wednesdays, 5:45 pm
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.
Summer Worship Survey | Take 2-3 Minutes to Share Your Thoughts
Follow this link to answer 10 questions about your experience of our summer ecumenical community worship: http://bit.ly/SummerWorshipSurvey
More Details | arlingtoncob.org/calendar
Many of our neighboring churches and organizations are hosting events throughout the fall. See an upcoming event you’re interested in or want to learn more about? Follow the above link to get the details from our online calendar.
CROP Walk | Sat., Oct. 22, 9 am
This 5K/10K walk is part of a nationwide network of Hunger Walks sponsored by Church World Service to raise money for hunger relief both locally and abroad. Donate and/or sign up to walk: bit.ly/2016CROPWalkACOB. Contact Marcia with questions.
Craft for Nigerian Montessori Preschool | Contact Marcia to Help
Carol Smith of South Bend, IN will head to Nigeria in November to set up a preschool at a refugee camp. Marcia is currently coordinating another craft project to equip the preschool with emotional dolls and matching games.
Soup + Pie Bazaar | Sat., Nov. 5, 9 am – 2pm
Sign up to make soup and pie on the board in the narthex. Plan to make baked goods too. See Sue if you have craft items. Click here or for a pdf flyer to print or email and feel free to contact the office for printed copies to post and distribute.
Dunker Punks Podcast | New episode! http://bit.ly/DPP_Episode16
The latest episode, “It's Not Easy Being Peace-y” features Jenna Walmer from On Earth Peace talking about the recent International Day of Prayer for Peace. Listen by clicking the above link or subscribing on iTunes.
#BlessedBreak | New devotion! http://bit.ly/BlessedBreak29
Our latest video devotional is inspired by yesterday's worship drama. Click through to see the video, scripture and prayer.
Brethren Voices | Caring for the Earth
Brethren Voices in Arlington features an interview with David Radcliffe on caring for our earth throughout October. 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
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.
Pray. Call. Write. Give.
- All affected by Hurricane Matthew, consider donating to Brethen Disaster Ministries respone in Haiti here.
- Eliana, Ralph's friend, undergoing surgery for a hip replacement
- Denise, Lisa's co-worker, Denise's father is preparing for hospice care
- Marina, Mark + Wes, adjusting to ongoing health treatments for Marina
- Ed Varner and family, following death of Vivian
- Pastor Mike, continuing to deal with liver failure and awaiting transplant
- Charles Tuck, Hazel's son, diagnosed with cancer throughout his body
- 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)
We have a very human tendency to equate success with blessing. When we do that, we end up comparing the other side to curses from God. We all too easily equate 'my good' and 'their bad' with God's choice. Let us not define answers to prayer with our limited vision, let us be open to finding answers in unexpected places, and let us continue to pray. Our faithful and persistent prayers keep us close to God. So, we pray for the Chibok girls, victims of sexual assault, for black lives to matter in our society, an end to the death penalty, decent homes for everyone, food for hungry children, and an end to the bombing. We can be persistent, because God is persistent and God answers our prayer.
Listen to yesterday's sermon here: http://bit.ly/ACoBMessage16Oct16
During yesterday's Big Sunday School we explored Luke 6:46-49 all together.
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and don’t do what I say? I’ll show what it’s like when someone comes to me, hears my words, and puts them into practice. It’s like a person building a house by digging deep and laying the foundation on bedrock. When the flood came, the rising water smashed against that house, but the water couldn’t shake the house because it was well built. But those who don’t put into practice what they hear are like a person who built a house without a foundation. The floodwater smashed against it and it collapsed instantly. It was completely destroyed.”