God of Abraham and Sarah, God of Prophets and Mystics, God who inspires this congregation. Fill us and renew us as you open us to new insight from ancient scripture. Your message comes through people as well as words. Help us to hear each other and help each other. We follow you, our leader, our Sovereign. Amen
From yesterday's Opening Prayer
• BMCA Meeting, 7 pm in fellowship hall
• Service Ministry Team Meeting, 7:30 pm in library
• Bread for the World Lobby Day
• Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 7-9 pm
• Bible Study, 10:30 am at Goodwin House, more details
• Brethren Voices, 11 am, more details
• Dinner + Intro to the COB, 6:30 pm at Bethel, more details
• Yoga, 5:45 pm in fellowship hall
• Doorways Collection Day, 10 am-2 pm
• MAD COB Night at Camden Yards, 4 pm
• Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 5-9 pm
• Summer Hours, Worship at 10 am, more details
• Brethren Voices, 6:30 pm, more details
Mon., 6/19 - Shepherd's Spring Golf Tournament
Wed., 6/21 - Dinner + Intro to UCC, 6:30 pm, more details
Thurs., 6/22 - Breakfast Bunch, 8 am
Wed., 6/28 - COB Annual Conference, thru Sun., July 2
Sat., 7/1 - Volunteer at AFAC, 8:30 am
Sun., 7/2 - Song and Story Fest, thru 7/8, Camp Brethren Heights, MI
Sun., 7/2 - Community Worship at ACOB, 10 am
Fri., 7/14 - Volunteer at Brethren Nutrition Center, 10 am
Mon., 7/24 - 44th Brethren Bible Institute, thru 7/28, Etwon College
Mon., 7/31 - Executive Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm
Sun., 8/6 - Community Worship at ACOB, 10 am
Mon., 8/7 - Board Meeting, 7:30 pm
Fri., 8/11 - Volunteer at Brethren Nutrition Center, 10 am
Sun., 8/13 - Community Worship at Arlington Forest, 10 am
Thurs., 8/17 - Shepherd's Spring's Sprint to the Spring
Sun., 8/20 - Community Worship at Bethel UCC, 10 am
Sun., 8/27 - Community Worship + Picnic at Lubber Run, 10 am
Summer Study Journal | 12 Weeks on Abrahamic Family Narratives
These messy narratives are full of complexity and promise that often hold a mirror up to our current society, perhaps more than we’d like. To dig deep, request from the office a booklet that is part devotional, part Scripture study, and part personal journal. Dive in with art, visio divina mediation, Scripture study, artist reflections, creative writing prompts and prayer. It is organized around the weeks of June 18 – September 3, but work through it at whatever pace/timeline you chose. Several weeks in June, July and the Lubber Run community service will feature messages on these scriptures that were foundational for Jesus.
Bible Study | This Wednesday, June 7, 10:30 am
Join in for our mid-week study of the Sermon on the Mount at Goodwin House (3440 S. Jefferson St.). Contact Pastor Nancy with any questions.
Dinner + Intro to the Church of the Brethren | This Wednesday, June 7, 6:30 pm
Come to Bethel UCC (4347 Arlington Blvd.) for a simple soup dinner and presentation by Pastor Nancy on the history, belief and practices of the Church of the Brethren. This is an event to introduce our denomination to Bethel amidst talks of a creating a covenantal relationship with them. Contact Pastor Nancy with any questions.
Dinner + Intro to UCC | Next Wed., June 21, 6:30 pm
You're invited to a dinner and presentation to learn more about the United Church of Christ. Amid talks of creating a covenantal relationship with Bethel UCC to share our building, this special event is intended to provide a historical and theological overview of the United Church of Christ. A few volunteers are needed to help prepare and serve a simple soup dinner. Contact the office to volunteer or learn more about the event.
Summer Hours | Worship at 10 am
Summer hours continue with Sunday School on break and worship starting an hour earlier at 10 am. Summer hours continue through the second Sunday in Septmeber. Contact the office with any questions.
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.
Doorways Donation Day | This Sat., June 17, 10 am – 2 pm
Volunteers (in pairs for hour shifts) are needed to staff ACOB’s donation table outside of Safeway on Harrison Street just north of Lee Highway. Doorways will furnish us with its wish list (normally diapers, paper goods and cleaning goods). Volunteers will give customers the opportunity to purchase these items for Doorways clients: women and families escaping domestic violence and homelessness. Contact Marcia to sign up.
Volunteer to Water the Garden | Weekly or In Turn
Each spring and summer, our garden beds are used to grow lettuce for the neighborhood Reevesland Learning Center Lawns 2 Lettuce 4 Lunch program. Their twice a year lettuce lunch at Ashlawn Elementary is a big celebration to encourage the children’s interest in homegrown vegetables. Overage and additional vegetables are donated to AFAC. Help make this neighborhood partnership possible by volunteering to water the garden. Depending on rain, the garden will need to be watered 2-3x a week. Multiple volunteers could divvy the load. Contact the office to help.
Volunteer with Our Denomination | Brethren Disaster Ministries
Volunteers are sought for the Disaster Recovery Support Initaitve in Ottowa and Naplate, Illinois, following a tornado that hit on Feb. 28 leaving 68 nursing home patients homeless and approximatly 600 homes damaged. Contact Tim Shaeffer by email or call 717-713-3834.
Volunteer in Our Denomination | Arlington Food Assistance Center
Volunteers are needed to pick up nightly donations from Trader Joes around 9:30 pm on weeknights, for a Saturday from 12:30 - 1:30 pm donation pick up at Marymount Farmer's Market, and to restock shelves early weekday mornings from 7:30 - 9 am. Email for more information.
MAD District Disaster Response Auction | Collecting Change
Our folks who attended the MAD Disaster Response Auction brought back a big barrell of pretzels to enjoy and then repurpose the container for collecting change ahead of next year's auction. Save your change to drop in the barrell now in the narthex. Contact Alma with questions.
#BlessedBreak | New devotion! http://bit.ly/BlessedBreak56
The prayer from this week's video devotion was taken from Sunday's sermon. It's paired with a Psalm and video of a one-week old baby falling asleep. Check it out 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.
Dunker Punks Podcast | http://bit.ly/DPP_Episode33
The Podcast turns the tables to feature our favorite Brethren TV show and get the story on the storytellers. Listen to Kevin Schatz interview Brethren Voices' producer Ed Groff and host Brent Carlson. 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.
Brethren Voices | Dunker Punks Podcast
Brethren Voices is the TV show featuring what Brethren do as a matter of our faith. The newest episode features our very own Dunker Punks Podcast and includes interviews with Laura, Meloday and Suzanne. Watch online now!
The episode for May is still running on our local TV station. It features Portland Peace COB members talking about their switch to alternative engery cars and features some new electric cars shown at the Portland Auto Show. Watch in Arlington on Comcast 69/Verizon-FIOS 38 on Sundays at 6:30 pm, Wednesdays at 11 am.
Pray. Call. Write.
- Brenda's Family, friend of Marcia who found her mother had passed when she went to pick her up for Brenda's son's wedding
- Joe, Chris' family friend, facing resurgance of lymphoma after several years remission
- Bretzfelder Family, Karl's mom, Deborah, passed away this week from complications of Parkinsons
- Ralph, hospitalized over the weekend
- Cindy's Mom, health troubles
- Karolina, undergoing renewed health treatments
- Carole Compton, home from Manor Care following foot surgery
- Donna Horn's family + friends, Don's sister, passed at age 65
- Elissa's family, Vicki Tuck's friend whose sister, Sandy, died in a tragic car accident
- Marie, Marcia's friend, recovering from successful surgery
- Weimer Family, following the death of Nancy W.'s sister Becky who died peacefully after a massive stroke. Becky's daughter, Layla, was with her at the time.
- Nixon, Nancy W.'s grandnephew, healthy baby boy born to Becky's daughter Roya
- Charlotte, Nancy W.'s mom, recovering from hip surgery
- Alan, Hazel's son, recovering from surgery
- Jummai Paul, among the 82 Chibok girls recently released
- Pastor Mike, in rehab after organ transplant
- Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN), including 113 girls still captive
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.
Listen to Sunday's sermon: http://bit.ly/ACoBMessage11June17
When Jesus gives “final instructions” to the disciples he is also instructing us, including giving us the promise of the same empowering fellowship with God that he has. Humans were made for community, maybe that’s why the disciples were first sent out in pairs. Like the great nation that God makes of Abraham and his descendants, the church that forms from this small beginning becomes a great family of faithful followers of God. As we work together to continue spreading God’s love, we can rely on God who cherishes relationship with us.