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August community worship

Bethel UCC will be joining with our several other area churches at various times this month for ecumenical community worship, including an “end-of-summer service and picnic in the park.” We invite anyone to attend any of the services! Click here for the schedule and locations.

Welcome back Pastor Carolyn

We welcome back Associate Pastor Carolyn Richar after three months away on sabbatical. During her time away, Pastor Carolyn deepened her study and understanding of the historical Jesus with study that included the works of theologians such as John Shelby Sponge and Bart Ehrman. Pastor Carolyn will preach Sunday, Aug. 2 and Sunday, Sept. 6 when she will share some of her insights and personal reflections.

Vacation Bible School

Bethel UCC will be joining with our ecumenical partners, Arlington Church of the Brethren and Arlington Forest United Methodist Church, to offer a weeklong Vacation Bible School for all ages Aug. 3-7. Pre-registration required.

New Seminary Intern

We welcome Jason Thompson as our new Student Pastor. He will preach on Sunday, June 28th.

Jason grew up in a small rural community in upstate South Carolina and was active in his Southern Baptist church throughout much of his childhood. He joined the United Church of Christ in 2010.

Jason has been heavily involved at Little River United Church of Christ in Annandale, Va as a member of the Christian
Social Action Committee and the Board of Outreach and Social Justice and served on the Board of Directors of Shaw Community Ministry for three years, including one year as Vice President.

He graduated with honors from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies and a minor in Islamic
Studies. He is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity degree as a student at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC with plans to complete his degree in May 2016. Jason is acutely interested in traditional Reformed and more recent liberation theologies, believing that God longs for an all-inclusive Church where all God’s children will be extravagantly welcomed.

Jason lives in Fairfax with his husband Scott and their four cats. He is passionate about issues of environmental justice, racial equality and interfaith dialogue. He is very excited about serving as an intern at Bethel and looks forward to learning from Pastor Kristen, Pastor Carolyn and the entire congregation, especially the children. He is also delighted to be a part of Bethel’s continued growth and outreach.


“Neighborly” food drive

Thanks to everyone who contributed during our rcent “neighborly” food drive. All the food collected has been given to Arlington Food Assistance Center. We were honored to have AFAC Executive Director Charlie Meng with us on Sunday, June 7 as we blessed the donations during our Sunday morning worship service. The food is especially welcome this time of year; with school soon to be out there is expected to be increased need among students who would otherwise receive subsidized meals during school.

Community worship Sunday, July 5

We will be worshiping at Arlington Church of the Brethren on Sunday, July 5th following the July 4th holiday. Please make a note;
worship begins at 11 am at the Church of the Brethren, located at 300 N. Montague Street just further west off Rt. 50. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:45.


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