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Going out into all the world, serving + welcoming all.




We gratefully acknowledge Your request to love You both in an agape way but also in a phileo way. May we strive to be closer to those around us and be friends to them; to become their servants and open ourselves to the challenge it is to be close and friends with one another. As we go forward let us remember that we can always turn to You, that You will always be our friend, and we can walk with You as we enter into new challenges and accept Your call to love one another. #ACOBAmen
Adapted from Sunday's Prayer of Reflection by Stephen
This Week
  • Spy Hill Neighborhood Association, 7 pm in fellowship hall
  • Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 7-9 pm downstairs
  • Minnie’s birthday!
  • ACOB Office Hours, 9:30-11 am
  • Brethren Voices, 11 am
  • Handbell Choir Rehearsal, 7 pm
  • ACOB Office Hours, 4-6 pm
  • Kaizen Karate, 6:30-8:30 pm in fellowship hall
  • Community Choir Rehearsal, 7:30 pm at AFUMC
  • Andy's Organ Practice, 9 am-1 pm
  • CAEC Prayer Service, 11:30 AM-1:30 Pm in fellowship hall
  • Iglesia de Restauracion Pacto Eterno, 5-9 pm downstairs
  • Chris Delgado’s birthday!
  • Bethel Worship, 9:30 am
  • Sunday Classes, 9:45 am 
  • Worship, 11 am
  • Third Sunday Cereal Collection, during worship
Looking Ahead
W 5/22, Breakfast Bunch, 8 am at Metro 29, *Note new day of the week

Sa 6/1, Volunteer at AFAC, 8:30 am

Sa 6/1, MAD 1st Annual Worship + Prayer Service, 10 am at Frederick COB

Su 6/2, Unity Worship + Potluck, 11 am

Su 6/2, Reevesland Lettuce Washing, thru 6/6

M 6/3, Church Board Meeting, 7:30 pm

W 6/5, Leckey Forum on Affordable Housing in Arlington, 3 pm at Central Library

Sa 6/8, Bethel UCC Strawberry Festival

M 6/10, Bread for the World Advocacy Summit

F 6/14, Young Adults Meet, 6:30 pm

F 6/14, National Jr. High Conference, thru 5/16

Sa 6/15, Doorways Collection Day, 10 am-2 pm

Sa 6/15, AFAC Volunteer Appreciation Picnic, 5 pm at 2708 S. Nelson St.

Sa 6/22, Open House at the Rittle's, 1-5 pm at the parsonage

W 7/3-7, Annual Conference

M 9/2-6, National Older Adult Conference (NOAC)
News, Notes + Event Details
Open House with the Rittles | Saturday, June 22, 1-5 pm 
Robin and Pastor Matt invite you to the parsonage (6017 6th Street, N.). Snacks and cold beverages (water, lemonade, tea) will be provided. Bring a lawn chair. Be sure to wander the house to take in all the hard work the church has put into this home in preparation for our arrival. Come as your schedule allows. If the weather is not in our favor, we will bring our chairs inside! Contact Pastor Matt or Robin with questions. Thank you!
Church Board Meeting Notes | Posted in Office
The Church Board minutes from 4/1/19 are available. For updates on the latest Church Board conversations and decisions please see the clerk’s minutes now posted in the office. Find them in a clear hanging folder on the red bulletin board right inside the door.
Give + Volunteer

Cereal Collection during Worship | This Sunday, May 19
Every third Sunday the children help us highlight our ongoing cereal collection for our neighbors served through AFAC. Donations can be dropped off in the box in the office hallway any time, but we dedicate time during worship on the third Sunday so children can help collect cereal from individuals and we can see our collective efforts come together. Low sugar cereal is an easy and healthy way for families to start the day and fill gaps at times they may not be able to prepare a meal. Thanks to Marcia for volunteering to purchase additional cereal with monies donated during the third Sunday collection. Contact Marcia with questions.

Doorways Collection Day | Saturday, June 15, 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. A volunteer is also needed to transport the donations to Doorways after the last shift. Contact Marcia with questions and to sign up.

Help Tidy Our Pews | Volunteer
Can you offer an hour or so one-time or every couple weeks to make sure pencils are sharpened, hymnals are right side up and visitor cards are sans scribbles in our pews? Please contact
Nancy with the Welcome Ministry Team to volunteer.

Strawberry Festival | Volunteer
Bethel UCC's annual Strawberry Festival is around the corner (June 8). Please consider volunteering if you can. Connect with Pastor Anne to find out what's needed and how you can help.

Help Families Separated at Our Border | Note Cards for RAICES
Donate for note cards featuring original artwork of Westen Muntain and a line from the treasured hymn, In Christ There Is No East or West. All of your donation goes to 
RAICES providing legal and social services to underserved immigrant children, families and refugees. The suggested donation for the cards are $3 each or 6 for $15. Contact Suzanne, Amy or Westen to donate.

Last month the US District Court that ordered reunification of families separated under the "zero tolerance" policy issued an order giving our government six months to identify and locate children separated from their families before the official policy was enacted. An OIG report estimates that thousands of children were affected. According to news reports, HHS will start by searching records of 47K immigrant children taken into government custody between the summers of 2017 and 2018. News reports also indicate that families are still being separated in various ways due to a variety of anti-immigration policies, and some of the 2,800 originally identified children still haven't been reunified with their families almost a year later. 

Thank You Note
Dear friends of Arlington Church of the Brethren,

Dale and I want to thank you for all the love and support we received while I served as interim pastor with you. The last Sunday, April 28, will always be a special day to remember. Agatha is loving her new ACOB T-shirt and we have hung the "connection" artwork in our office. Your words of gratitude, along with the memory book are treasures which touch my heart. Thank you for the lovely, delicious abundant refreshments, and your generous gift certificate for a very special restaurant in Harrisonburg was quite a surprise! We will enjoy that immensely as we dine and savor the memories we share with you.

May you move into the future with Pastor Matt with joy and conviction, as we all give great thanksgiving for relationships which fill us with love. Thank you, dear friends; I do miss you!

In Christ's love,
Pastor Christy
Identity| New! Dunker Punks Podcast
“The Church of the Brethren is unique, they have certain values that are incredibly distinct [to the] church itself.” Does the Church really have room for everyone? In this episode, Emmy, Evan, and Hannah explore the ideas of accepting people of differing faiths and beliefs while identifying to a similar culture. Listen online at or where you can subscribe. (Photo by Khaled Reese from Pexels).

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Pray. Call. Write.
Dale, undergoing heart surgery this week, on May 16

Ed Groff, Brethren Voices producer, in treatment for a blood infection diagnosed on vacation, unable to travel home

Kathy D., Robyn’s dear friend just diagnosed with a rare cancer

Gladys + family, Gladys lives next to the parsonage and recently reached out to ask for prayers as her husband Jesus entered hospice, Jesus passed the other week

Ruby Shenk’s family + friends, Donita Keister’s mom who has died; Donita is this year’s annual Conference Moderator

Chabad of Poway Synagogue, after the horrific shooting

Joanne, Jacque's sister-in-law who just discovered she has cancer

David's family +friends, Marcia's cousin who was only in his 40s and died of a stroke

Iglesia Anabautista Menonita De Buenos Aires, Gary just returned and brings greetings from our sister church in Buenos Aires!

Josh + family, James' friend, Josh's mom passed away unexpectedly just a year after his father died

Sisters + Brothers in Sri Lanka

George Krebs's family + friends
, George passed April 2 at age 87, he was a director of the COB mission to Ecuador and close with Rosario and Vicente who say the community there has a great appreciation for his work; find a bit more about his life here 

Jo Ann, successfully completed two eye surgeries

Keep in your ongoing prayers, Steve Shuss, Minnie Simmons, Carolyn Studds
Peter singlehandedly draws the net of people... I mean fish... to Jesus. The same net several people previously struggled with, but with the call of Jesus, the ability to move tasks becomes easier. #AroundACharcoalFire #SundaySermon
Peter denied Jesus three times. Now, around another charcoal fire, he says he loves him three times. #AroundACharcoalFire #SundaySermon
Jesus first asks Peter, do you agape love me. A love that means laying down your life for others. Jesus asks again. Then Jesus asks, do you phileo love me. A brotherly love. Do you love me like a sibling? #AroundACharcoalFire #SundaySermon

Read all of Sunday's Scripture: John 21:9-19
Sometimes, it might be easier to make a sacrifice than to do the difficult day-to-day work of being there for someone. #AroundACharcoalFire #SundaySermon 
It's when we move closer to people in the margins, in a mutual relationship way, that we realize we are not responsible for bringing hope to the hopeless, rather it is they who restore hope. #AroundACharcoalFire #SundaySermon
A great example in our church is the Lybrook Ministry. Instead of advocating for indigenous people of our land, missionaries engage in mutual community. #AroundACharcoalFire #SundaySermon
A bit young yet for the sermon, our children spent that part of the service worshiping with art supplies. The Death Row Support Project sent us the names of five people incarcerated in Pennsylvania with birthdays in May. As Pastor Matt preached about love, our children took great care to create very special birthday cards for those five people, because love is something everyone deserves. #KindnessClub
You can't fake relationship. We must give of ourselves to love in a phileo, sibling way. #AroundACharcoalFire #SundaySermon
God meets us on the shores of our lives. God calls us to other seas. God is there in the choppy and the smooth waters. God is there when the harvest nets are full and when we struggle to find our sustenance.

Wherever we are, God, find us today. May we be renewed and transformed to go back out in the ocean of life ready to be fishers for You. #ACOBAmen #byYourside #LordYouHaveComeToTheLakeshore
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Thursday, 4-6 pm
Sunday, 12-3 pm

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