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Lenten Sunday evening worship–of a different sort!

Join us for Sunday Eevening Lenten Services at Arlington Forest United Methodist Church, 4701 Arlington Blvd. Each Sunday evening during Lent (through March 22) we will join with our ecumenical partners, Arlington Forest UMC and Arlington Church of the Brethren for a 5 pm service followed by a meal (at Arlington Forest) . The service will be casual but worshipful, intergenerational, mission-focused, and infused with a spirit of generosity. Themes include: Who is Jesus?; Caring for the Homeless; Practice of Prayer; Visiting the Prisoners; and Music as Worship. All are welcome!

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Clothing drive during March

As you begin your spring cleaning this month, please collect clothes for the residents at the Residential Program Center (RPC), a homeless shelter in Arlington that Bethel has worked with for many years.  Located off Columbia Pike near the Pentagon, RPC is Arlington’s only 24-hour substance abuse recovery center and homeless shelter.

RPC is relying on Bethel to collect these much-needed clothing items: sweatpants, socks, underwear, and professional clothing for job interviews.  RPC prefers new or gently used items.  RPC’s residents are roughly two-thirds male, one-third female.

RPC serves over 400 people each year.  The center features a 12-bed detoxification unit that provide detoxification services for up to 14 days; a 10-bed early recovery unit for post-detoxification treatment services for up to three months, and a 44-bed homeless shelter for high-intensity case management, education, training, and referral services.

Please look for the collection box as you enter the church.  We will collect donations through Palm Sunday, March 29.

We’re hoping to donate 600 boxes of cereal in 2015

Bethel is seeking to help our neighbors in need by donating 600 boxes of cereal to Arlington Food Assistance Center during 2015. That’s just 50 boxes a month. The need for low-sugar cereals to give children a good start to each day is ever growing. Donations are accepted in our narthex every Sunday morning during and after worship and outside the church office every weekday.  We’re already off to a great start with 47 boxes contributed in January!

Spreading some warmth

Our January donation drive to collect socks for homeless individuals was a great success. 46 pairs of warm socks were delivered to A-SPAN (Arlington Street Peoples Assistance Network). Thank you for your donations.



Community Service Project Sat., Jan. 10

All are invited to join a community service project to produce “no-sew” scarves on Sat., Jan. 10th from 10 am to 12 noon at Arlington Church of the Brethren. Bring scissors and yardstick (if you have them). Donations towards cloth welcome but not necessary! Anyone old enough to measure cloth or cut can do this project so children are welcome!


Upcoming Sermon Series

For five Sundays in mid-January through mid-February, the pastoral message will focus on the theme of “Washed in the Water: Living our Baptismal Vows.”


Jan. 18th: “In Community

Jan. 25th: “Pray Often”

Feb. 1st: “Forgive and Forgiven”

Feb. 8th: “Gifts and Service”

Feb. 15th: “Legacy of Faith”

“Outpouring” of support for AFAC cereal drive

Bethel members and friends donated a grand total of 584 cereal boxes, along with other nonperishable food items, to Arlington Food Assistance Center during 2014, surpassing our original goal of 365 boxes (one a day) by 60 percent! Thanks to everyone for your generosity.
In 2015 Bethel will continue to focus on collecting low sugar cereals.
Other healthy nonperishable food items may be donated also. Food donations are collected every Sunday and delivered to
AFAC monthly.


Bethel UCC will be worshiping with neighboring churches this Sunday, Dec. 28  in an intergenerational ecumenical holiday worship service.  It is a service of Christmas joy filled with carols, puppets and praise to our Emmanuel at 11:00 am at Arlington Church of the Brethren, located at 300 North Montague Street.

Over $7,000–a Bethel record–raised to alleviate hunger locally and globally

The blisters are all healed and the money all collected from the 2014 Arlington CROP Walk held on October 18. The total from Bethel’s walkers is a Bethel record $7,270. Thanks to our walkers, Ralph Buglass, Kristen Curlee with Ward and Bekah, Cheryl Falcone with TimMyiah, Jaila, Annabel,
and James Jr., Bill Graver, Richard Lee, Art Lipman with Judy Lipman, Amy Mills, Susan Peters, Lisa Petersen, Peter Rich, Carolyn Richar, Laura Wells with Mike Palermo, Judson and dog Jeter, and Kristen Wheeler for their efforts in getting sponsors, walking and collecting and especially to all who supported our walkers so generously. This means that $1,817.50 goes to the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) and the rest to Church World Service for its campaign against hunger around the world.


Give Thanks


Join us on Wednesday, November 26th at 7:00 pm to give God thanks for all the blessings in our lives.  We will gather in ecumenical community at Bethel with Arlington Church of the Brethren and Arlington Forest United Methodist Church for music, prayer, and scripture.  All are welcome and invited to join us.