In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being.
What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
- John 1
• Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 7-9pm
• Funeral for Charles Tuck, 12pm, more details
• Brethren Voices, 11am, more details
Funeral for Charles Tuck | Wed., Jan. 3
We will celebrate the life of Charles Tuck at Mullins and Thomson Funeral Home in Fredericksburg, Va at 12pm on Wednesday. Visitation for the family will be at 11am, and Pastor Nancy will be presiding.
Pastor Nancy’s Last Day | Sun., Dec. 31
Sunday, December 31 was Pastor Nancy’s official last day. She will lead worship for the final time on January 7 with District Executive Minister Gene Hagenburger preaching.
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.
Advocate, Volunteer + Give.
AFAC Food Distribution | Sat., Jan. 6
ACOB is traditionally committed to providing at least 8 or 9 volunteers to cover the morning food distribution at AFAC on the first Saturday of every other month beginning in January. We are scheduled to help out on Saturday, January 6 (the first Saturday following the Christmas holidays). Those interested in assisting are asked to contact Diane Micker (firstname.lastname@example.org). Many hands make light work!
Global Mission Office Prayer Requests
The Church of the Brethren Office of Global Mission and Service is requesting prayer for the people of Honduras as the country is divided over the contested results of the November 26 presidential election. The confrontations have led to protests, riots, and destruction of public buildings. This crisis threatens the stability of a country that has experienced relative peace and achieved significant economic and social improvements in recent years. Prayers are also requested for the people of Jerusalem, where tensions are high following the recognition of the city as the capital of Israel. For more information, see the prayer update here.
AFAC Empty Bowls | Sun., Feb. 14
Empty Bowls is a fundraiser luncheon featuring delicious hot soups donated by local restaurants and served in beautiful hand-thrown bowls created by local artists. Choose from 2 seatings: 11:30am - 12:45pm or 12:45pm - 2:00pm. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 400 Lorcom Ln. Each $35 ticket includes a bowl of your choice to take home, plus soup, bread and dessert. Children 5 and under are free. All proceeds from this event go directly to helping feed the 2,200 Arlington families AFAC serves each week. Questions? Please contact email@example.com.
Dunker Punks Podcast | http://bit.ly/DPP_episode47
Sarah Ullom-Minnich presents a special podcast related to the holiday season. In this episode, Sarah reminds us of what’s really important in the Christmas season as she shares reflections from one of her community’s beloved holiday events, the Alternative Christmas Bazaar. Along with insightful yuletide contemplations, this episode offers us some new Christmas-themed music. Type in the case sensitive url to listen on the showpage or subscribe on iTunes. Listen by clicking the above link or subscribing on iTunes.
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.
New! Brethren Voices | Alternative Gift Giving
Brethren Voices is the TV show featuring what Brethren do as a matter of our faith. The episode for December features alternative gift suggestions. This year the United States has experienced so many natural disasters that have swept though countless neighborhoods across the country. Now, we're in the Christmas Holiday Season. It's that time of the year to find the special gift for the person who most of the time has everything that they already need. With many survivors of these disasters, just needing a place to live, we suggest an alternative gift for the person on your list who probably has everything. Each year, "Brethren Voices" features Alternative Gift Giving Ideas. For that person, probably the best gift is you, but we do have an alternative gift idea, a financial gift to the Brethren Disaster Ministries, in the name of that special someone on your list. Watch online now! Watch in Arlington on Comcast 69/Verizon-FIOS 38 on Sundays at 6:30 pm, Wednesdays at 11 am.
New! #BlessedBreak | http://bit.ly/BlessedBreak82
This week’s video offers a visual meditation on the text from John 1 from A Sanctified Art.
Pray. Call. Write.
- Family of Charles Tuck, who died 12/24
- Chip, recovering from surgery, anticipating regular dialysis
- Joe M., friend of Chris D., cancer
- People of Honduras, Israel and Palestine, more details
- Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN), including 113 girls still captive
Those recovering at home: Ralph, Carole, Andy
Keep in your ongoing prayers: Erin Julca, Steve Shuss, Minnie Simmons, 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.
We shared in Community Worship at Arlington Forest UMC on Sunday, so there is no sermon podcast this week. Look for a new episode next week.
More photos of joy from our Christmas Eve service last week: