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We had two productive discussions around marriage equality in July. Please join us either:
as we transition our conversation from listening to writing covenantal language about marriage equality.
If you like to walk, please consider walking for a good cause. The 2014 Arlington CROP Hunger Walk will be held on Saturday, October 18th, starting at 9:00 am at Arlington Forest United Methodist Church, 4701 Arlington Blvd., Arlington. The aim of the walk is to help raise money for Church World Service to fight hunger around the world. One-fourth of the money collected comes back to Arlington for the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). Last year Bethel’s walkers raised $7,195, which means $1,798.75 went to AFAC. With more walkers we could raise even more. If you want to walk for CROP, please see Art Lipman. If you can’t walk, please sponsor our walkers generously.
Bethel’s Social Concerns Committee is delighted to announce that our community has already surpassed its 2014 goal of donating 365 boxes of cereal to AFAC (Arlington Food Assistance Center)–four months early. August brought in 51 more boxes for a year-to-date total of 379 boxes. Let’s keep going to ensure children get a good breakfast–especially with school resuming.
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.
Just a bit past the halfway point in our year-long cereal drive, our goal is well within sight! In January, we set a goal of donating 365 boxes of cereal to Arlington Food Assistance Center to help Arlingtonians in need–particularly children. As of the end of July, we have donated 328 boxes of cereal–only 37 boxes to go. But the need is great…and we hope to far surpass the goal. Track our progress over time here.
More than 40 people from the community gathered at Bethel on Sunday, June 22th for a screening of Bridegroom and a conversation about marriage.
The film, Bridegroom, tells the true story of two young men in a loving and committed relationship that is cut short by a tragic accidental death. The film powerfully documents how people without the legal protections of marriage can find themselves shut off and ostracized.
If you missed the screening, but want to see Bridegroom, speak with Pastor Kristen to borrow the film.
The conversation continues at Bethel as we explore our position on marriage equality, with two listening sessions held in July. If you have not had an opportunity to voice your thoughts, feel free to speak with Pastor Kristen or Lisa Peterson.
Bethel is delighted to host the monthly meeting of the Arlington Interfaith Council (AIC) on Monday, June 16th at 7:30 p.m. (Refreshments and meet-and-greet from 7:15 to 7:30)
AIC consists of representatives from 48 Arlington faith communities and 18 Helping Hands agencies that provide direct services to people in need. Contributions from member congregations provide grants so that agencies can help the homeless, feed the hungry, assist ex-offenders and victims of
domestic violence, and put supplies in the backpacks of homeless children.
For more about AIC, visit their website.
The first Friday of each month Bethel members and friends get together for a community service project. On Friday, June 6th we will be bagging food at the Arlington Food Assistance Center at 2708 S. Nelson Street beginning at 7:00 pm. Meet there or join us beforehand for dinner at 6:00 pm at Boston Market on Columbia Pike at Glebe Road.
Bethel will be joining in the Eighth Annual Northern Virginia Interfaith Pride Worship Service. The service of praise and prayer will take place at Little River United Church of Christ on Thursday, June 5, 2014 beginning at 7:00 pm. Click here for more information.
Bethel’s annual Strawberry Festival is scheduled for this Saturday, June 7th–but at a new time of day: 12 noon to 4 p.m. instead of our usual late afternoon event. Click here for a flier.
This makes it a great opportunity to come for lunch or even early dinner (grilled hot dogs and hamburgers–including veggie–will be available) and then top off your meal with a delightful strawberry dessert, including the famous “Bethel special” — strawberry shortcake complete with ice cream and whipped cream.
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.