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Social Concerns

Service and outreach to our community and the world are central to who Bethel is as a community of Christians. We live out our faith by service to others. We partner with other organizations locally and internationally to be effective in our mission and advocacy.

 

Here are some of the ongoing opportunities to serve the wider community at Bethel:

First Friday Program

Bethel members and friends gather on the first Friday of even months for a quick shared dinner and then to serve those in need in our wider community.

Residential Program Center (RPC)

1554 Columbia Pike (right at S. Glebe Road)

Arlington, VA 22204

RPC provides temporary shelter for homeless men and women, and runs a 12-bed detoxification program for those seeking help with addiction. Our members and friends gather to stage a “Game Night” at the RPC in the odd-numbered months.

Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC)

2708 South Nelson Street

Arlington, VA 22206

Arlington Food Assitance Center provides supplemental groceries to Arlingtonians who cannot afford to purchase all the food that they need. AFAC helps solve this problem by distributing groceries – milk, eggs, bread, canned goods, produce and other foods – to Arlington families and individuals in need.

Another way to help AFAC is to donate canned or dry food. Each week we have a box in the foyer outside the pastor’s office for donations of canned and dry food to be given to AFAC. Our 2012 AFAC donation goal is 1,500 lbs. of food; we have already donated almost 300 pounds toward that goal! Last year we exceeded our 1,500 lbs. goal and delivered is 1,748 lbs of food to AFAC.
Suggested items to drop off include:

  • Mesa (corn flour)
  • Powdered Milk
  • Oatmeal (canister)
  • Cooking Oil
  • Rice
  • Canned Tuna, Chicken or Salmon
  • Breakfast Cereal (low-sugar)
  • Pasta
  • Dried Beans

Annual CROPWALKers

Each year Bethel puts together a team to particpate in the CROPWALK.  Held generally the third Saturday in October, the aim of the walk is to help raise money for Church World Service to fight hunger around the world. A quarter of the money collected will come back to Arlington for the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). In 2012 Bethel’s walkers is $5875.00.  Thanks to our walkers for their efforts in getting sponsors, walking and collecting and especially to all who supported our walkers so generously.  This means the $1468.75 goes to the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) and the rest to Church World Service for its campaign against hunger around the world.

 

Vision of God Clinic
In a village near the Pacific Ocean in El Salvador, the people of San Luis Talpa live a simple life. Most
families live on only a few dollars a day—woefully little to cover housing, a healthy diet, medical care, clothes, and education.

The Vision of God Clinic makes a big difference for the adults and children in the community. From a church basement, it serves as a center where people can access medical supplies and basic health care services, food, clothing, and help with children’s education. Members and friends of Bethel United Church of Christ in Arlington, Virginia, and La Luz Verdadera, which uses Bethel’s building, donate
funds needed to staff the clinic with a doctor. The two congregations also collect first-aid supplies; over-the counter medicines such as pain relievers; vitamins; clothing; and other items that are transported periodically to the clinic.

Click here to learn more about the clinic or how to make a donation.