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Strawberry Festival – Saturday, June 6

Save the date for Bethel’s annual Strawberry Festival, scheduled for Saturday, June 6th. Strawberry shortcake, hot dogs, hamburgers, a bake sale, children’s activities, a yard sale, and more!

Weather permitting, this fun event will be held outdoors in the shady area next to the church building. If rain occurs, we will move inside to our Social Hall.

The money raised from this 50+ year annual event  supports the Red Cross and Bethel’s ongoing ministry.

Parking is available in the lot at the adjacent Red Cross building.

Click here for more information.

Long range planning continues

Bethel’s long range planning effort continues this month with two more dialogue and listening sessions on how to best update and modernize our church building and facilities so that they support our current ministries and set the stage for the next phase of Bethel’s growth. This month’s discussion sessions—both a Sunday post-worship (May 17th) and a weeknight session (May 20th) to facilitate our busy schedules and encourage broad participation—will seek to go beyond last month’s start by focusing on our committees and their work (Worship and Music, Christian Education, Fellowship, Outreach and Evangelism, and Social Concerns).


Cereal drive progress

One-third the way through the year, Bethel has delivered a total of 192 boxes of cereal to AFAC—close to one-third of our goal of donating 600 boxes by the end of the year. Thanks to everyone for your strong, continued support of this community ministry!


Community worship this Sunday at Arlington Forest UMC

Bethel will be joining with Arlington Church of the Brethren and Arlington Forest United Methodist Church for joint ecumenical worship at Arlington Forest UMC this Sunday, April 12. Sunday School for all ages offered at 10 a.m. with worship following at 11 a.m. Regular 10 a.m. Sunday worship resumes at Bethel UCC on April 19.

Come learn about autism

Statistics show that one in every 68 children in the United States is affected by autism–costing families an average of $60,000 per year. Bethel and the organization Autism Speaks present a special community Autism Awareness Month showing of an acclaimed documentary followed by a panel discussion with:

Deborah Hammer, Autism Specialist, Arlington County Public Schools

Dr. Jennifer Ulbricht, Child and Adolescent Psychologist, Fort Belvoir

The Rev. Todd Thomas, Senior Pastor, Church in Bethesda

Sunday, April 26th at Bethel
6:00 pm: Documentary
7:45 pm: Discussion

Open to the public; donations to Autism Speaks welcomed

Click here for a flier

Clothing drive a huge success

Thank you to all who so generously donated clothes during March for the male and female adult residents at RPC, the Residential Program Center, a homeless shelter and substance abuse recovery center in Arlington. All the clothes were blessed during Time with our Children on Palm Sunday, March 29th.



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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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”