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Open House at Bethel UCC

Bethel UCC extends a special welcome to worship with us on Sunday, January 27th at 10:00 am…

and then stay for a particularly warm (literally and figuratively) welcome at fellowship hour afterwards when we’ll be serving chili and cornbread.  We’ll have crafts and games for children.

This is an opportunity to learn about Bethel UCC and meet others who are seeking a faith community.

Click here for a flier.

Advent 2012

Welcome to the Season of Advent!

May it be a season filled of hopeful longing, spiritual exploration and soulful awakenings as we prepare for the birth of Jesus.

Each Sunday during Advent we light our Advent wreath prayerfully preparing for God’s light to come into the world.  We celebrate the expectation with our children as the ABC (All Bethel’s Children) Choir  sing their joyful response.

On December 16th during worship we tell the Christmas story with voices of all ages adorned in costumes and singing familiar songs as we remember the Christmas miracle.

We gather in community on Christmas Eve at 7 pm for Candle Light Lessons and Carols on the holy night when we give thanks for the birth of Jesus – the son of God, the Messiah, Emmanuel.

Click here to see a copy of our Advent brochure.

Arlington CROPwalk 2012 – Oct 20th

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Do you like to walk? If so, please consider walking for a good cause. The 2012 Arlington CROPWALK will be held on Saturday October 20, 2012, starting at 8:30 AM at Arlington Forest United Methodist Church (4701 Arlington Blvd., Arlington, VA). 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). Last year Bethel’s walkers raised $6305, which meant $1576.25 went to AFAC. With more walkers we could raise even more. If you want to walk for CROP, please contact Art Lipman (703-920-6423). If you can’t walk, please sponsor our walkers generously.

*To donate to the 2012 Bethel UCC CROPWalk Team, please click here.*


The Lenten Journey

This is a season of reflection and meditation where we cleanse our hearts and minds as we journey towards the cross.  It is a time to think about your relationship with God and seek new way to renew that relationship which is central to who we are as people of faith.

This year instead of giving something up for lent as many of you may do, maybe this year try adding something – ten minutes each morning of journaling, making one call to a friend each day or reading a psalm each evening.  I’d like to encourage everyone to find a daily faith practice and add it to your routine.  Adding something new to your day is a way to honor and remember Jesus’ sacrifice.  As you do this practice each day reflect on how you are connecting with God.  Drawing nearer to God, this is the heart of the lenten season.

Join us each Wednesday evening during lent for a soup dinner at 6:15 followed by a lenten bible study at 7:15.

Holy Week, April 1st through 8th -We enter Holy Week with Palm and Passion Sunday.  During our 10 am worship we’ll move from the triumphant entry into Jerusalem to the communion table and betray that follows.  Maundy Thursday we will share a feast and tell the story of the Last Super at 6:30.  Good Friday worship will be hosted at Arlington Church of the Brethren with our ecumenical partners.  Join us stand with all the saints before us at the cross of Jesus.  Easter Sunday we will gather at 10 am to experience the joy and new life that comes on Easter morning.

Something This Way Comes…

The season of advent is upon us.  We wait with great expectations for Christ’s birth.  As we prepare for Christmas we’ve been busy enjoying the season…

Deck the Halls


Advent Luncheon and Workshop

Sanctuary during Advent

Works of Creativity









Finishing Touches

Everyone helps!


Food and Fellowship

Making Advent Wreaths










Working Together

Fun for all Ages









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Mission 1

Bethel exceeded it’s goal of 111 items and collected 121 bags of beans and rice as part of the United Church of Christ’s Mission 1:  ONE UNITED UCC CHURCH on a shared mission to feed the hungry and confront food-related injustice.  Thank you for your support as we confront hunger here in Arlington. 

Your next chance to work against hunger is Friday, December 2nd at 7:00 pm at AFAC where we will bag groceries. 

To learn more about the UCC’s united Mission 1 efforts click here.

New Members

On Sunday, September 25th Bethel welcomed ten new members into our community.  Each person brings their own gifts and experiences to church; everyone enriches our community by being here.  We are blessed by each new member.  Welcome!

Mission Trip

UPDATE – We’re back!  To read more about the trip, click here.

Sunday, July 3rd Ben, Kristen, Ward and Rebekah joined more than 50 youth and adults leaders from the Potomac Association UCC set out for Franklin, West Virginia and a week long Blitz Build at Almost Heaven, Habitat for Humanity.

In one week we’ll transform a cement slab into a house for a deserving family.  It’s a week that transforms lives, both for the volunteers and for the homeowners.  Stay tuned for photos and more stories from the work site during 2011’s Potomac Association’s Summer Youth Mission Experience.





Synod is Here

On July 1st delegates from the Central Atlantic Conference joined delegates from the 37 other UCC conferences at the 28th General Synod in Tampa, Florida.  Over the next five days the General Synod will consider 13 resolutions and major revisions of the Constitution and Bylaws.  These decisions will guide the direction of the church for years to come.

The changes in the Constitution and Bylaws were proposed by a Unified Governance Working Group which sought to streamline the organizational bodies of the church to increase efficiency and save resources.  There are strong voices both for and against the reorganization.  If the proposed changes are accepted, the UCC will go from four ministry boards to one unified board.  This will decrease meetings costs substantially, but one consequence will be fewer voices at the table.   Some wonder whether having fewer people at the table will mean that valued experiences and perspectives are left out of the conversation.

In addition to the reorganization the Synod will consider a resolution called “Common Agreement on Mutual Recognition of Baptism.”  After seven years of talks among leaders of Reformed denominations, including the Presbyterian USA, Reformed Church of American, UCC, and the Catholic Church, this agreement would affirm that Baptism performed in any of these churches be recognized as true baptism in any of the other churches.  If affirmed this will be a great stride forward in ecumenical ministry.

You can follow the decisions of the General Synod online click here for all things Synod – resolutions, news, worship, webcasts.  This is our church at work.