Our event was a huge success!! The families are ecstatic and grateful to the donors and the congregation—without you all this project would not have had the success we saw today. I, personally, will be forever grateful for the action on your part to spread the word. I am in awe at the amount of donations and pray that God blesses your congregation the way you blessed ours.
From Cindy Portillo's Thank You Email + Report on Saturday's Food Drive for IRPE Families
Thank you so much for donating gift cards to support and empower your neighbors at Doorways! Gift cards are a cricitical rescource for us and our clients, enabling us to respond to their needs quickly. We are so grateful for your ongoing support and advocacy, and we look forward to continuing to partner with you in the New Year.
From Linley Beckbridge's Thank You Note on Behalf of Doorways Shelter for Women + Families
• Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 7-9 pm
• Brethren Voices, 11 am, more details
• Blue Christmas, 7-8 pm, more details
• Kaizen Karate, 6:30 pm
• Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 5-9 pm
• Christmas Eve Worship, 6:45 pm, more details
• Christmas Worship at AFUMC, 10 am *Note Earlier Time, more details
• Camp Mardela Parade, 5:45 pm, more details
• Brethren Voices, 6:30 pm, more details
Sat., Jan. 1 - Volunteer at AFAC, 8:30 am
Sun., Jan 8 - Big Bulletin Distributed
Sun., Jan. 8 - Soup + Pie Meeting, noon
Mon., Jan. 9 - Board Service Team Meeting, 7 pm
Fri., Jan. 13 - ACOB Young Adults Gathering, 6:30 pm
Sat., Jan. 14 - Making Scarves for Homeless, 10 am - 1 pm
Thurs., Jan. 19 - Congregational Life Ministries Webinar, 2:30 pm, more details
Sat., Jan. 21 - Cub Scouts' Pinewood Derby
Sun., Jan. 26 - Breakfast Bunch, 8 am
Mon., Jan. 30 - Executive Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm
Fri.-Sat., March 24 - 25 - All Church Retreat, at Shepherd's Spring *Note New Date
Blue Christmas | This Wed., Dec. 21, 7-8 pm
Anyone needing a little company or extra prayer this season is encouraged to come to church this Wednesday night for a simple and intimate candlelight service with Pastor Nancy. We will pray the psalms and lift up any prayer concerns you bring for yourself or others. Contact Pastor Nancy with questions.
Christmas Eve Worship | This Sat., Dec. 24, 6:45 pm
Enjoy beautiful harp music by John on Christmas Eve as we gather for our annual candlelight service. Offering will support Children’s Disaster Services, specifically their trademark “Kits of Comfort.” Kits include carefully selected toys to promote healing through imaginative play at child care sites set up at disaster response operations. Worship will begin at 7 pm and will include dramas prepared by ACOB’s Players. Contact Pastor Nancy with questions.
Christmas Day Worship | This Sun., Dec. 25, 10 am
We’ll join in worship with our community partner congregations at Arlington Forest UMC (4701 Arlington Blvd.) this Sunday, Christmas Day. Note that worship is an hour earlier than usual at 10 am. Contact Pastor Nancy with questions.
Creation Care Survey | http://bit.ly/CreationCareSurvey
The study committee created at the 2016 Annual Conference—in response to a query that challenges us to respond more fully to the ’91 and ’01 resolutions on climate change—is seeking feedback on supporting congregations and individuals to take action. Follow the link to fill out the survey that takes less than 5 minutes.
Big Bulletin | Submit Articles through Wed., Jan 4
The next Big Bulletin newsletter will distributed on Sun., Jan. 8. Please submit articles to the office by the Wednesday before.
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.
Making Scarves for Homeless | Sat., Jan. 14, 10 am – 1pm
Join together to make no-sew scarves by cutting a simple pattern into strips of fleece material. Please bring scissors + yard sticks if you have them. Extra fleece is always welcome too. We will give the completed scarves to ASPAN to distribute to people without homes this winter. Contact Cindy with questions.
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.
#BlessedBreak | New Devotion! http://bit.ly/BlessedBreak37
The latest video devotional was inspired by yesterday's air-themed advent in creation service. Watch the video and read the accompanying scripture and prayer at the above link.
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.
The Office of Public Witness returns for a Part 2 in "Sacred Land." Hear the history behind the history being made at Standing Rock as Emmy Goering interviews Joel West Williams of the Native Rights Fund. Listen by clicking the above link or subscribing on iTunes.
Dunker Punks Podcast | http://bit.ly/DPP_Episode20
Pray. Call. Write. Give.
- Nancy Marion's Friends + Family, including Chris + Shelley, mourning her passing
- Charles Tuck, Hazel's son, recent health check and CAT scan
- Families of 25 Killed at St. Peter's Coptic Orthodox Church in Cairo, killed during worship yesterday
- Jaden Chao Reals + Family, Robyn + Gary's newest grandson, prayers of thanksgiving and blessings for the healthy baby boy born 11/27 at 8.2 lbs
- Dot Fravel, Dee's mom, hospitalized for fluid-filled lungs
- Carol Smith, Going to Nigeria to help start a preschool
- Gene Hagenberger, District Exec, struggling with sickness
- Rida, Friend of Gary S., facing challenges of corrpution and deception at his work in the Middle East
- Susan + Family, Silena's superviser, whose father John passed away after battling cancer
- Julie, yoga group member, continued pain after gallblader surgery
- Pastor Mike, continuing to deal with liver failure and awaiting transplant
- Jummai Paul, kidnapped Chibok girl and 195 others
- Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN)
Keep in your ongoing prayers: 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.
Angles in the sky are a key part of the Christmas story. In one of this week's scriptures, an angel speaks to Joseph in a dream. Following Jesus takes us to some mysterious and unlikely places where God's realm is becoming manifest in ways as unlikely as Joseph's circumstances. God's realm is a place of new life where everyday angels care for God's creation.
Listen to yesterday's sermon here: http://bit.ly/ACoBMessage18Dec16
Each year our congregation collects gift cards to help neighbors seeking help from Doorways shelter. This year, we also joined an impromptu effort to also help our neighbors who share our church building. Above are pictures from the recipients of Saturday's food drive where 9 families (with 4+ people in each) receivied 7 lbs of rice, 5 lbs of beans, Maseca, vegetable oil, cereals, an assortment of canned soups, store bought and fresh veggies and chicken. The last two screen shots are additional thank yous from Doorways online.
Our hope and advent joy is the One who lived God's love and showed us what God's peace costs, and how we might live lives of love.
From yesterday's Call to Worship