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“Neighborly” food drive

Thanks to everyone who contributed during our rcent “neighborly” food drive. All the food collected has been given to Arlington Food Assistance Center. We were honored to have AFAC Executive Director Charlie Meng with us on Sunday, June 7 as we blessed the donations during our Sunday morning worship service. The food is especially welcome this time of year; with school soon to be out there is expected to be increased need among students who would otherwise receive subsidized meals during school.

Community worship Sunday, July 5

We will be worshiping at Arlington Church of the Brethren on Sunday, July 5th following the July 4th holiday. Please make a note;
worship begins at 11 am at the Church of the Brethren, located at 300 N. Montague Street just further west off Rt. 50. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:45.


Long range planning continues

Bethel’s long range planning effort continues this month with two more dialogue and listening sessions on how to best update and modernize our church building and facilities so that they support our current ministries and set the stage for the next phase of Bethel’s growth. This month’s discussion sessions—both a Sunday post-worship (May 17th) and a weeknight session (May 20th) to facilitate our busy schedules and encourage broad participation—will seek to go beyond last month’s start by focusing on our committees and their work (Worship and Music, Christian Education, Fellowship, Outreach and Evangelism, and Social Concerns).


Community worship this Sunday at Arlington Forest UMC

Bethel will be joining with Arlington Church of the Brethren and Arlington Forest United Methodist Church for joint ecumenical worship at Arlington Forest UMC this Sunday, April 12. Sunday School for all ages offered at 10 a.m. with worship following at 11 a.m. Regular 10 a.m. Sunday worship resumes at Bethel UCC on April 19.

Come learn about autism

Statistics show that one in every 68 children in the United States is affected by autism–costing families an average of $60,000 per year. Bethel and the organization Autism Speaks present a special community Autism Awareness Month showing of an acclaimed documentary followed by a panel discussion with:

Deborah Hammer, Autism Specialist, Arlington County Public Schools

Dr. Jennifer Ulbricht, Child and Adolescent Psychologist, Fort Belvoir

The Rev. Todd Thomas, Senior Pastor, Church in Bethesda

Sunday, April 26th at Bethel
6:00 pm: Documentary
7:45 pm: Discussion

Open to the public; donations to Autism Speaks welcomed

Click here for a flier

Holy Week at Bethel

You are cordially invited to join us for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter morning worship services. Details here.

Clothing drive a huge success

Thank you to all who so generously donated clothes during March for the male and female adult residents at RPC, the Residential Program Center, a homeless shelter and substance abuse recovery center in Arlington. All the clothes were blessed during Time with our Children on Palm Sunday, March 29th.



Lenten Sunday evening worship–of a different sort!

Join us for Sunday Eevening Lenten Services at Arlington Forest United Methodist Church, 4701 Arlington Blvd. Each Sunday evening during Lent (through March 22) we will join with our ecumenical partners, Arlington Forest UMC and Arlington Church of the Brethren for a 5 pm service followed by a meal (at Arlington Forest) . The service will be casual but worshipful, intergenerational, mission-focused, and infused with a spirit of generosity. Themes include: Who is Jesus?; Caring for the Homeless; Practice of Prayer; Visiting the Prisoners; and Music as Worship. All are welcome!

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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.

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.