Do you believe in Jesus as the revealer of God's love and purpose for the world?
Will you endeavor by God's grace to live according to the example and teachings of Jesus?
Will you be loyal to the church, supporting it by your prayers and your presence, your substance and your service?
Our Baptism Vows
• 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
• Congregational Life Ministries Webinar, 2:30 pm, more details
• Kaizen Karate, 6:30 pm in fellowship hall
• Community Choir Practice, 7:30 pm at AFUMC
• Cub Scouts Derby Set Up, 8 am - 10 pm in fellowship hall
• Women's March, more details
• Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby, 6 am - 5 pm in fellowship hall
• Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 5-9 pm
• Bell Choir Playing, during worship
• Brethren Voices, 6:30 pm, more details
Sun., Jan. 26 - Breakfast Bunch, 8 am at Merrifield Silver Diner
Mon., Jan. 30 - Executive Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm
Sat., Feb. 4 - A Brave New You, Shepherd's Spring Workshop
Sun., Feb. 5 - Book Group Sunday School, 9:45 am, more details
Sun., Feb. 5 - Worship with Cub Scouts, 11 am
Sun., Feb. 5 - Empty Bowls for AFAC Fundraiser, 12:45 pm, more details
Mon., Feb. 6 - Board Meeting, 6:30 pm
Thurs., Feb. 9 - Bible Study, 10 - 11:30 am, more details
Fri., Feb. 10 - ACOB Young Adults Gathering, 6:30 pm
Sun., Feb. 12 - Community Choir Singing, during worship
Sun., Feb. 19 - Big Sunday School, 9:45 am
Sat., March 4 - Volunteer at AFAC, 8:30 am
Wed., March 8 - Lenten Quiet Day, Shepherd's Spring
Fri., March 17 - Poetry as Prayer Workshop, Shepherd's Spring
Sat., March 18 - Art for Worship, Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center
Fri.-Sat., March 24 - 25 - All Church Retreat, at Shepherd's Spring *Note New Date
Yard Signs + Stickers | No matter where you are from, we are glad you are our neighbor.
Immanuel Mennonite in Harrisonburg, VA posted a simple and literal sign of welcoming love that has inspired thousands across the country. ACOB is helping spread the word by making a little more than a dozen of the signs available in our neighborhoods too. Please reimburse Cindy directly with cash if you would like one for your yard or a bumper sticker for your car. She has picked up 15 yard signs for $10 each and 30 bumper stickers for $2 each via Ayuda, a metro area immigrant aid organization.
Women's March | Sat., Jan. 21, 8:30 am
Several folks from our congregation will meet at 8:30 am at Virginia Square Station to metro together to Independence and 3rd in DC for the Women's March. The march is scheduled to begin at 10 am. Contact the office with any questions or to connect with a carpool to Virginia Square.
Book Group Sunday School | First Sundays, Starting Feb. 5
A new book group will meet the first Sunday of every month at 9:45 am in the library. We'll be reading, The Fire This Time: A new Generation Speaks about Race edited by Jesmyn Ward. The book is a collection of essays, memories, and poems dealing with issues of race in America. Our first meeting will be on February 5th. Please come having read the Introduction. Contact Melody with questions.
Bible Study | Thurs., Feb. 9, 10 – 11:30 am
Meet in the library for a new Bible Study on the Sermon on the Mount. Contact Pastor Nancy with 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.
Assistance for Orin's Move | Contact Pastor Nancy by Mid-Week
After the passing of his landlord over Christmas, Orin was forced to search for a new place to live. Unfortunatly for us, he had better luck finding a home and employment in Florida. For anyone who didn't get a chance to wish him well yesterday or would like to help him with the rental van and new phone costs, contact Pastor Nancy by Wednesday to be connected and donate.
Food Drives | Donation Bins in Office Hallway
Keep the ongoing food collections in mind on your regular grocery shopping trips. Throughout the year, we collect whole grain, low sugar cereals to donate for distribution to families served at AFAC. Throughout the winter, we are continuing to support families of our building partner congregation, IRPE, who have been laid off from seasonal jobs like construction with non-perishables like cereal, beans, rice, and canned goods. Donate in the bins by the window in the office hallway. Contact the office with any questions.
Empty Bowls Fundraiser | Sun., Feb. 5, 12:45 pm
AFAC's annual fundraiser on Super Bowl Sunday to help fill the empty bowls of our Arlington neighbors in need. Come to St. Andrew’s Episcopal and enjoy hot soup, bread, dessert, Irish and contra dance music by the Simon's Junction trio, and receive a beautiful bowl made by a local artist. Individual tickets can be purchased online for $35 apiece.
Watch the latest from the TV show featuring what Brethren do as a matter of our faith. Matt Guynn, Program Director for Nonviolent Social Change at OEP, discusses their ministry rooted in the active, positive, nonviolent philosophy and leadership of MLK to build the beloved community of well-being and dignity for all people. Watch in Arlington on Comcast 69/Verizon-FIOS 38 on Sundays at 6:30 pm, Wednesdays at 11 am or online anytime.
Big Bulletin | http://bit.ly/BigBulletinJan2017
A new edition of ACOB's Big Bulletin newsletter was distributed Jan. 8. Stop by the office for a paper copy if you were out or click on the above link for a pdf version.
Brethren Voices | New Episode! On Earth Peace on Systemic Racism
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.
Take a listen as Josh Brockway and Jarrod McKenna talk about continuing the story of the New Testament by embodying the character of our faith. Listen by clicking the above link or subscribing on iTunes.
Dunker Punks Podcast | http://bit.ly/DPP_Episode22
#BlessedBreak | New Devotion! http://bit.ly/BlessedBreak40
The latest video devotional is from the Sermon on the Mount. Watch the video and read the accompanying scripture and prayer at the above link.
Pray. Call. Write.
- Charlotte, Amy's mom, tests Friday for brain aneurysm
- Orin, moving to Florida this week
- Walkin-Haske Family, cotinued health improvments and ongoing health treatments
- Marion, a year recovered and doing well after brain aneurysm
- Dorothy Dodson's Friends + Family, including Marcia who shared a love of ice skating, theater and tennis during their close friendship. Dorothy passed on Dec. 27 at age 93 after a full life and recent diagnosis of leukemia.
- Jan. 17, 2017 Anabaptist Meeting in Buenos Aires, upcoming meeting of brothers and sisters of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Bolivia and Peru to work on issues related to identity of faith and building fraternal relationships
- Georgina's Family + Friends, Orin's landlord who passed just before Christmas
- Charles Tuck, Hazel's son, cleared of cancer in recent health report
- Nancy Marion's Friends + Family, including Chris + Shelley, mourning her passing
- Dot Fravel, Dee's mom, hospitalized for fluid-filled lungs
- Carol Smith, Going to Nigeria to help start a preschool
- 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: 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.
New names indicate new realities. Throughout the Bible, God enters a life and changes it forever, many times signified by a new name. In baptism, we too are named. It can be daunting to realize we have a new reality after baptism. We are declared to be children of God and are brought into the direct family line as siblings of Christ. Everyone has deep hopes for fulfillment of life and salvation, and Jesus' answer to them all is, "I am. I am the bread of life. I am the living water. I am the light of the world. In me you will find life, truth and the way." Let us be filled and fulfill the names given us by God. How will you live the name Christian? What will others see in those named Arlington Church of the Brethren?
Listen to yesterday's sermon here: http://bit.ly/ACoBMessage15Jan2017