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Snowy Sunday

With the current weather predictions we plan that there WILL BE worship tomorrow Sunday, February 22nd at 10 am at Bethel.  Please use utmost caution if you are able to join us.  We expect it will be rather slippery.  Our first priority is to safety.

We’re hoping to donate 600 boxes of cereal in 2015

Bethel is seeking to help our neighbors in need by donating 600 boxes of cereal to Arlington Food Assistance Center during 2015. That’s just 50 boxes a month. The need for low-sugar cereals to give children a good start to each day is ever growing. Donations are accepted in our narthex every Sunday morning during and after worship and outside the church office every weekday.  We’re already off to a great start with 47 boxes contributed in January!

Join us to bag groceries Friday for families in need in Arlington

Every other month Bethel volunteers join together to bag rice and other staples at Arlington Food Assistance Center to help families in need in Arlington. Join us this Friday evening at 7 pm at AFAC, 2708 South Nelson Street.

Valentine’s Game Night Feb. 14

Join us Saturday, February 14, from 5 to 7:30 pm for Valentine’s Day themed fun and fellowship. Arts and crafts–including making Valentine’s Day cards–as well as games, puzzles and other activities for all ages. Plus mac’n’cheese, mini hot dogs and other munchies! All are cordially invited.

Spreading some warmth

Our January donation drive to collect socks for homeless individuals was a great success. 46 pairs of warm socks were delivered to A-SPAN (Arlington Street Peoples Assistance Network). Thank you for your donations.



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.