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All are welcome to join us for Holy Week services on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Worship on Easter Sunday will be followed by an Easter egg hunt.
For a complete listing of all our services during Holy Week, download our Lent 2014 brochure.
Sunday, April 27th will be a hymn sing at Bethel. We will enjoy some favorite hymns as well as learn about the composers, tradition of the songs and theology of the lyrics.
Bethel is supporting the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) in 2014 with an emphasis on donation of low-sugar cereals. We have set a goal of donating 365 boxes of cereal during 2014–and are already nearly halfway toward our goal! For the month of March we collected 77 boxes–bringing our year-to-date total is already 172 boxes. We extend a sincere “thank you” not only to Bethel-ites but also to Children’s International School, which uses our building on weekdays, for donating so generously.
Over one-third of those in need whom AFAC serves are children, and a nutritious breakfast is vital for children to succeed in school. We invite anyone to help us help those in need. Donation boxes are just inside the church’s entrance each Sunday morning, and are located outside the church office weekdays.
This month Bethel is holding a toiletry drive for those who find overnight shelter at Arlington’s Residential Program. We are collecting bath soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hand/body lotion and similar items in regular sizes. Only unopened donations can be used. Please place your donations in the box next to the Sanctuary doors any Sunday in March. Thanks to all who have already donated so generously.
Join us Saturday, March 15, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm for an evening of fun and fellowship for all ages centered around the theme of St. Patrick’s Day and the “luck o’ the Irish.” Children will search for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and enjoy other activities. Bethel Game Nights are always a delight to all!
Our Wednesday evening study group on theology world views continues until Lent. We all view the world through our own understanding of God, Christ, the Spirit, humanity and end times. There are five basic understandings of theology through which we see the world. Join us Wednesdays 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm in the library February 26 for this series.
Bethel had set a goal of donating 1,500 pounds of groceries to the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) during 2013–and we are proud to announce we met the goal. AFAC aids Arlingtonians in need by providing supplemental, nutritious food. AFAC currently distributes groceries to over 1,500 families every week. Over one-third of recipients are children.
Bethel helped found Arlington Academy of Hope (AAH), a school in Uganda, nearly two decades ago. AAH Director John Wanda will be our guest preacher at our 10 a.m. Worship Sunday, January 12, to update us on the impressive progress that has occurred. All are welcome to this special service.
The Christmas season is hard for many of us. For people burdened by grief, broken relationships, loneliness, financial hardship, chaos and stress, it can be difficult to find joy in the lights, music, and celebrations of the Christmas season. You are not alone. Join us at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 21st, the longest night of the year, for a service of pain and remembrance, comfort and hope.
Join us for a candlelight service of carols and lessons as we contemplate the birth of Jesus 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 24th. Fellowship with cookies and cider immediately follows the service. Those looking for a Christmas Eve service and members’ relatives visiting for the holidays are all warmly welcomed.