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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. Though 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!
World 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.
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.
What a great team! Thank you to everyone who came out and walked on Saturday. To date we’ve raised over $6,500. There is still time to support our walkers and help fight hunger here and around the world. Click here to support the team with an online donation.
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.