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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.

It’s a Party


Community Ministry 2.0


Thank you to everyone who took time to fill out Survey Monkey about our August Community Worship Series. We received feedback from more than 45 people! The theme was overwhelmingly positive. You loved worshiping in a space filled with voices, you liked meeting new people and learning about other traditions. You thought the series created positive energy for all our churches. cw1Though you are excited about the way the Spirit is at work in our midst, you worry about losing our own identity, about over extending ourselves with too many new programs, about visitors or members who missed worship this summer because they didn’t know what was happening or that the logistics were overwhelming. We hear your concerns and seek to move forward, carrying the energy of the Spirit, in a positive, intentional way. Your feedback, support and prayers are welcome!

cw2World Wide Communion Sunday is October 5th and we will celebrate the multi-cultural, ecumenical service by welcoming the Rev. Nancy Fitzgerald for a pulpit exchange. In order to continue to learn about one another, but to minimize the logistical challenges of moving congregants, the clergy of our three churches are exchanging pulpits. I will be worshiping and preaching at Arlington Forest United Methodist Church while the Rev. Mike Vess will be at Arlington Church of the Brethren. If you are interested in helping with worship that day, we are looking for extra support including scripture readers, liturgists, and a children’s message. Please let me know if you willing to participate.


Looking ahead, in November we will welcome all three churches into our sanctuary for the Thanksgiving service on Wednesday, November 26th at 7 pm. We hope you will join us.


Continuing the conversation on marriage equality

We had two productive discussions around marriage equality in July. Please join us either:

  • Wednesday, September 10th at 7 pm  or
  • Sunday, September 21st at 11:30 am

as we transition our conversation from listening to writing covenantal language about marriage equality.


Community worship in August


Bethel will be joining with two nearby Arlington churches for joint worship services the first four Sundays in August. All are welcome to attend. Click here for the schedule.