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Second Sunday of Advent, December 4

We will light the advent wreath and celebrate Holy Communion.  All are welcome at the Lord’s Table.  We celebrate with grape juice and bread.

All-Ages Christmas Pageant December 18

We will tell the well-loved story of God With Us; the baby born in a manger.  If you would like to participate, select a costume and join in!  We’ll light the Advent wreath and celebrate the last Sunday of Advent.

Farewell to Angie December 11

Our music director Angela Stevens is taking another position.  We will light the Advent wreath and celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent.  Come and say Godspeed to Angie during the worship service and enjoy a potluck afterwards.  A Congregational Meeting will follow the potluck.

First Sunday of Advent, November 27

We await the birth of Jesus Christ during the season of Advent.  During this four weeks, Bethel UCC will contemplate finding peace in a fractured world:  inner peace, peace in relationships, peace in creation, and global peace.  May peace be with you!

Ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve Service November 23

Join Bethel UCC, Arlington Forest United Methodist Church and Arlington Church of the Brethren for a Community Service on Thanksgiving Eve, 7pm November 23, at Arlington Church of the Brethren, 300 N. Montague St.  All are welcome.

Thanksgiving Sunday Food Drive November 20

We will thank God for all God’s blessings during the 10am worship service by bringing non-perishable foods for Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC).  All canned and boxed food is welcome, but especially proteins and cereal with low sugar content.

“An Ordinary Hero” film screening

“An Ordinary Hero” is the amazing true story of one woman’s courage to help change the world. By the time she was 19 years old, legendary Civil Rights Activist Joan Trumpauer Mulholland participated in over three dozen sitins and protests, and was put on death row in Mississippi’s notorious Parchman Penitentiary with other Freedom Riders. A 2015 National Civil Rights Museum Freedom Award Recipient, she was involved in one of the most famous and violent sitins of the Movement at the Jackson Woolworth lunch counter and helped plan and organize the 1963 March on Washington.

Join us Sunday, Feb. 7 at 6 pm for a community screening of this film. Movie followed by remarks and panel discussion with Joan Trumpauer Mulholland and religious and community activists.

No charge. Donations to the Joan Trumpauer Mulholland Foundation welcomed.

Click here for a flier with more information about this event.

Search update

Bethel is currently in the process of searching for an interim Senior Pastor following Rev. Kristen Curlee’s call by another United Church of Christ. We tearfully bade her farewell at the beginning of 2016. We are being ably served during this period by our long-time Associate Pastor, Rev. Carolyn Richar, and our Seminary Intern, Jason Thompson. Various guest preachers will also be invited to our pulpit during this time, and we invite you to join us as well for regular Sunday worship at 10 am followed by Fellowship Hour at which visitors are our honored, cherished guests and the recipients of our famed friendliness and warm welcome!

2015 AFAC goal surpassed!

We closed out 2015 by delivering to Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) a total of 76 boxes of cereal collected from the congregation in the month of December. This brought the number of boxes donated by Bethel during all of 2015 to a grand total of 636, exceeding our goal of 600! A sincere thank you goes out to all those who donated, making this year’s drive such a tremendous success!


Thanksgiving Eve Worship

All are welcome to worship with us on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 25th. We will gather at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Please bring a food offering for Arlington Food Assistance Center.