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“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.

Movie Night

Join us for pizza and a movie on Saturday, November 21 at 5:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. God’s Not Dead will be screened for adults and Two by Two, God’s Little Creatures for the children. Movies start at 6 p.m.


‘Tis almost the season

Advent worship begins Sunday, November 29th at Bethel.  Join us for lunch at 11:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall and Advent crafts to help kick off this season of joy and anticipation.


2015 AFAC cereal drive

Our AFAC cereal drive is within sight of our 2015 goal of donating 600 boxes. As of the end of September we have collected a total of 437 boxes. With just slightly more than 50 boxes donated in each of the remaining three months of this year, we can easily meet our goal! Thanks to everyone for your strong, continued support of this community ministry!


Children’s Sunday School

With school back in session, our church School for children has resumed. This year we have four classes: nursery (under 2 years of age); toddlers (2 and 3 year olds); pre-kindergarten and kindergarten; and elementary and middle school. Thank you to all our dedicated teachers who created this program for another great year of learning.

Faith formation class

Our new faith formation class for adults continues through Sunday, Oct. 11. The class meets on Sunday mornings from 9:10 to 9:40 am  (childcare provided) and is called “Telling Our Stories.” It focuses on encouraging us to share our stories of God’s work in our lives. All are welcome.


Open House Sept. 13

Sunday, Sept. 13 is our Open House and you’re invited. Come to our 10 am worship service and then stay for fellowship, food, programming tour and door prizes. You’re sure to receive an extravagant welcome that is a Bethel hallmark!