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Transitions Summer 2021

The summer of 2021 is another time of transition for Bethel UCC. The congregation continues to worship by Zoom believing that until everyone (children, infants included) can be together safely (vaccinated), we won’t worship in person. As of June 30, 2021, Senior Pastor Anne Holmes retired and Associate Pastor Carolyn Richar is acting as temporary interim while a Search Committee interviews prospective candidates for Interim or Designated Pastor.

Some groups and meetings are held by zoom, others when all members are vaccinated, may choose to meet in person. Worship remain virtual as a justice for all issue. We continue to celebrate PRIDE month (June) and other holidays and occasions, enjoying the expanded company of those who could not be with us physically due to illness, or distance. It is a joy to have the larger group together on Sundays.

Stay tuned for updates on the pastoral search and join for worship on Zoom at this LINK.


Stay At Home

Life is surely different now. We’ve stayed at home for a month and worshipped on-line with Zoom for a month. We are learning to reach out to each other in new ways – digitally – and at a distance with neighbors. Most are cooking more from home than before. Many are trying to support the local restaurants and small businesses that are still open. Bethel UCC is a small business but so much more. We have put a priority on connection. Therefore, Pastor Anne hosts Tuesday and Thursday coffee and conversation hours in addition to worship. These casual meetings help us reach out especially to those who are home alone.

I have found learning to shop in advance and plan meals better has been as big a challenge as exercising outside usually with a mask. Everything is challenging and new even as we do very ‘ordinary’ things. We invite you to share during the coffee and conversation times or when we solicit prayer requests. We also encourage you to reach out to each other. Who might need a call or text from you today?

May you continue to bless others in the tradition of Bethel’s welcome to ALL.

Pastor Nancy


Year of Clarity

Pastor Anne asked at the last congregational meeting if we, Bethel UCC, were ready for clarity. During the rest of this year we will reflect on questions and spend time in prayer, listening for clarity. What is God calling the congregation to do/be now?

You are invited to be part of that reflection.


Bridgewater College Choir March 31, 11:00 am

A special presentation by the Bridgewater College Choir will be during worship on March 31, at 11:00 am. Both congregations at 300 N. Montague St., Bethel UCC, and Arlington COB will be joining in worship at that hour. There will be no Sunday school that morning.


Winter crashing into Spring

Bethel’s welcoming and inclusive worship continues to be at 9:30 am each Sunday. Children are invited to attend Sunday School at 9:45 following a moment with children in the worship service.

Arlington Church of the Brethren’s children are also part of the Sunday School at 9:45 making it the best of an ecumenical partnership. (ACOBrethren worships at 11:00 am.)

Bethel’s designated Pastor Anne Holmes challenges us every week with a current interpretation of Jesus’ teaching. Often the preaching is from the Gospels and this year the Lectionary cycle is in Year C or The Gospel of Luke.

On Ash Wednesday, March 6, an evening worship service with ACoBrethren will be held as we enter the season of Lent. Ashes will be available for those who wish it. There will be a special lenten emphasis that is announced and coordinates with devotional materials for use at home.

You are invited and welcomed to come as you are – just the way God loves you! Please contact the office at 703-825-5557 or email Pastor Anne Holmes at aeholmes416 AT gmail . com if you have questions or wish to schedule a meeting with her.

 9:30 am Sunday worship

                                    300 North Montague Street, Arlington, VA 22203


Fall at the Church on the Hill, Bethel UCC

Bethel’s welcoming and inclusive worship is held at 9:30 am each Sunday. Children are invited to attend Sunday School at 9:45 following a moment with children in the worship service. After worship we share simple refreshments either downstairs in the Fellowship Hall or upstairs in the “Bethel Room”. Arlington Church of the Brethren’s children are also part of the Sunday School at 9:45. ACOBrethren worships at 11:00 am.

Sometimes we join together for worship. In those cases the children meet at 9:45 and joint worship is at 11:00 am. This coming Sunday, Nov. 11, is one of those opportunities where both congregations want to hear David Radcliff of New Community Project. Come at 9:45 or 11:00 or both! You won’t be sorry.


We Moved!

The first worship at our new location is September 2nd at 9:30 am. 300 North Montague Street, Arlington, VA 22203 in the Boulevard Manor neighborhood. All are welcome to join us!


Ecumenical Worship on August 20

Sunday, August 20 Bethel UCC will host an ecumenical worship service at 10 a.m. with Arlington Forest United Methodist Church and Arlington Church of the Brethren. All are welcome; services will be at 10 a.m. and there will be childcare. Come for a great services, enjoy good singing and stay for the fellowship.


Third Thursday Lunch March 16 Noon

Bring your lunch for a gathering on Thursday.  No agenda, just fellowship.


March 5 Worship at Arlington Forest UMC 10am

The Arlington Children’s Chorus will sing at this ecumenical community worship at Arlington Forest UMC, 4701 Arlington Boulevard.   Participating congregations are Bethel, AFUMC and Arlington Church of the Brethren.  Parking is tight so consider walking from Bethel or car-pooling.