Congregational News and Events

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES START UP AGAIN ON SEPTEMBER 12

As we return to our regular worship schedule on September 12, Sunday School classes will also get under way again.  Based on the present ages of children in our congregation, the following classes will be offered:

  • Ages 4 through 5th Grade:  Kindergarten Room (Teacher: Alma Gallego).  This younger class will be using Gather Round material, the latest curriculum from the Brethren Press & Mennonite Publishing Network.
  • Grades 6 through 12:  Youth Room on Third Floor (Teachers on rotating basis: Everett Fisher, Lisa Gallego, and Nancy Fitzgerald).  The Youth will use a variety of curriculum.

Two Adult classes will continue to be offered:

  • Library class will be reading and discussing the best seller:  "The Shack."  Ralph Maxwell has agreed to continue teaching this class.
  • Class on the Third Floor will continue to study the challenging book of essays:  "Simpler Living/Compassionate Life: A Christian Perspective."

Following worship on Sunday, September 12, everyone is invited to the Fellowship Hall for our annual Ice Cream Social, which signifies the return to our fall schedule.

Looking Ahead:  Special presentation during the Sunday School hour on October 17 by Glen Kauffman, Mennonite Mutual Aid Partners on Stewardship of our Finances.

 

PASTOR'S POST

As I write, it appears the worst of the very hot days of summer are over.  Beautiful weather is a gift that we take for granted until the temperatures rise above 90 degrees.  When we sweat and groan as we step out of air conditioning, we remember the gift of "good weather."

Even as we enjoy a few cooler days, complete villages and towns in Pakistan struggle to survive severe flooding.  Life on this planet is diverse and calls us to constantly be aware of our surroundings and all humanity of which we are a part.  Each day we view life in both small and large perspective.

Each day we pray for those close to our hearts: family, friends, AND those far away who hope someone remembers.  May we live in the challenge of holding near and far together in our prayers as we enter the usually busy fall season.

 

FALL EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

Paper Shredding will again take place in the church parking lot on Saturday, September 18, 10:00-1:00.

The Arlington CROP Walk is October 16.  Plan now to be part of the team and gather donations or pledges for your walk.  CROP is sponsored by Church World Service and benefits hunger relief around the globe.

For our Youth, a Fall Hike is being planned, along with other fellowship times still to be scheduled.

Mid-Atlantic District Conference will be held at the Manassas Church of the Brethren on October 8-9.

 

ONGOING NEW INITIATIVES FROM THE WITNESS COMMISSION

Meeting needs in our immediate community has been an ongoing desire of the Witness Commission.  We talked with representatives of the local Sunrise Retirement Community, just a few blocks from the church.  They were receptive to our inquiry and offered two concrete suggestions:  brief visits on Sundays to some of the residents and bingo callers for Sunday evenings.

We were told that playing bingo is a favorite pastime for some of the residents and that they have been disappointed in the past when bingo callers did not show up as they had promised.  Who would have thought that calling for bingo might become a ministry of our church.  We are starting out slowly so that we can fulfill whatever commitment we make.  For the time being, we are providing callers once a month -- usually on the fourth Sunday evening of each month.  Openings are available for October 24, November 28, and December 19, from 7:30-9:30.  Please see the sign up sheet in the narthex or check with Robyn Reals.

Several individuals have taken the opportunity over the past several months to visit with residents after church on Sunday.  This will continue into the fall.

 

MUSIC/CHOIR UPDATES

We give thanks for the organ chimes that were installed over the summer.  Thanks to a gift from James Frazier and the labor of John Dettra, Andy Price, and John Harshbarger, we now enjoy the new sounds of bells.

Adult Choir practice will resume on Wednesday, September 8, at 8:00 p.m.

Handbell Choir practice will begin on Wednesday, September 15, at 7:00 p.m.

New members for either choir are invited to attend any rehearsal.

 

BACK TO SCHOOL DRIVE

Thank you to everyone who helped make the Back to School Drive for a local Arlington Elementary School quite a success.  In addition to the many items which people purchased and brought in based on the posted list, several hundred dollars were donated toward the additional purchase of school supplies.  With this, Lisa Gallego was able to completely fulfill the school's requests.  When the list had been completed, Lisa called the school to find out what other items might be needed.  Based on their recommendation, she purchased containers of hand soap for the younger elementary classrooms where it is sometimes hard for children to reach the installed hand soap dispensers.

 

BUDGET PREPARATIONS IN PROGRESS

Commissions are preparing their budgets prior to the October Church Board meeting.  The congregation appreciates the consistency of giving that is maintained through the summer months and gives thanks for those who "make up" their pledged giving when returning from vacation.  Your support makes possible the mission and ministry of this congregation.  Thank you!

 

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Peace is a big subject and there is a multitude of ways to be involved.  Choose one that fits your interests and join with others to make a difference by finding the "things that make for peace."

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