It is not you who shapes God,
it is God who shapes you.
If then you are the work of God,
await the hand of the artist
who does all things in due season.
Offer God your heart, soft and tractable,
and keep the form in which the artist has fashioned you.
Let your clay be moist,
lest you grow hard,
and lose the imprint of God's fingers.
Irenaeus (2nd Centry Bishop) read over the weekend at our All Church Retreat
• 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
• Listening Session with David Steele, 7 pm, Oakton COB, more details
• Kaizen Karate, 6:30 pm, maybe upstairs this week
• Community Choir Practice, 7:30 pm at AFUMC
• Roundtable, thru 4/2 at Bridgewater
• Cambodian Alliance Evangelical Prayer Service, 11:30 am
• Bridgewater College Chorale + Jazz Band, 1 pm, Manassas COB
• Fellowship Hall Rental, 2-5 pm
• Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 5-9 pm
• SS Class on Race, 9:45 am, more details
• One Great Hour of Sharing, 11 am, more details
• MAD Lenten Service Series, 6:45 pm, Sam's Creek COB
• Brethren Voices, 6:30 pm, more details
Mon., 4/3 - Board Meeting, 7:30 pm, more details
Sat., 4/18 - Potomac Watershed Cleanup, 10 am, more details
Sat., 4/8 - Dinner for MAD Disaster Relief, Bush Creek COB
Sun., 4/9 - Big Sunday School, 9:45 am
Sun., 4/9 - Big Bulletin Distributed
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
Fri., 4/14 - ACOB Young Adult Gathering, 6:30 pm
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
Sun., 4/23 - Community Worship, 10 am *Note earlier time
Mon., 4/24 - Why Love Leviticus, Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center
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
General Secretary Listening Tour | Thurs., March 30, 7 pm at Oakton COB
David Steele, our General Secretary of the Church of the Brethren is holding listening sessions around the denomination. This is a way for David to listen closely to people within the church. It's also a good opportunity to meet our General Secretary. For questions or to RSVP, call 847-429-4363 or email.
Sunday School Class on Race | Sun., April 2, 9:45 am
Join us in reading The Fire This Time: A new Generation Speaks about Race edited by Jesmyn Ward. We’ll meet the first Sunday of every month at 9:45 am in the library. The book is a collection of essays, memories, and poems dealing with issues of race in America. Contact Melody with questions.
Church Board Meeting | 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 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 | 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.
Love Feast | 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.
Egg Hunt | 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| 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.
Messenger | Subscription Reimbursements Welcome
You are invited to contribute towards the cost of your Messenger magazine subscription, if able, by designating a $14.50 donation in the offering.
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.
One Great Hour of Sharing | Sun., 4/2 during Worship
The Service Ministry Team invites you to participate in One Great Hour of Sharing the Sunday worship after next. 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. Contact Marcia with any questions.
This week's prayer is a poem passed along by Roseann Harwood years ago. The video features the Arlington Children's Choir singing "Amazing Grace" at a recent community worship service at Arlington Forest UMC. 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 | http://bit.ly/DPP_Episode26
The latest episode features Dylan Dell-Haro continuing his exploration of gender with a fun and fascinating conversation with the Bible. Listen by clicking the above link or subscribing on iTunes.
Pray. Call. Write.
- Roger, undergoing cateract surgery today
- 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
- Stephen's Father, recovering from kidney treatments
- Karolina, undergoing renewed health treatments
- Walt's friends + family, Vicki's Father-in-Law, recently passed
- Paul White, friend of Carole Compton, recovering from brain surgery
- 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.