* This year we collected over 120 calendars for our neighbors at Sunrise Senior Center!
* Volunteers joined together to make 107 scarves for our neighbors without homes.
* In 2016, we donated over 170 boxes of cereal to AFAC!
* Our annual Shred 4 Bread, Hunger Action Month event sponsored by Ann Wilson Holmes collected almost $700 and 461 lbs of food for AFAC!
*Together, we bagged 300 pounds of oatmeal after church for AFAC clients!
*Our Doorways Donation Day was very successful! We collected over $350 in gift cards, over 50 bottles of dish soap, 15 liquid bottles of hand soap, over 20 shampoo/conditioner bottles, 15 deodorants, 6 baby lotions, several laundry detergents, 12 disinfecting wipes, 4 sunscreens, several bottles of lotion and baby lotion, over 20 boxes of storage/sandwich bags, 7 boxes of trash bags, 6 boxes of swiffer pads, over 70 rolls of paper towels and $35 in cash, plus many other items. Our list is an underestimate since at times we were too busy collecting the items to record them. Many thanks to our volunteers! Doorways was very appreciative our support.
*One Great Hour of Sharing is a special ecumenical offering that makes the love of Christ real for individuals and communities around the world. Together, we raise funds for disaster relief, refugee assistance and developmental aid. It began in the late 40’s to help with reconstruction after WWII. The title was first used in 1950 to symbolize the fact that so many different churches were joining together. Ever since, the purpose has remained the same, as a special collection to assist others in rebuilding their lives after disaster and hardship. Specific allocations differ in each denomination. Our donations will go to Brethren Global Mission, Brethren Disaster Ministries, Brethren Volunteer Service and Brethren Workcamps. This year, our individual donations to this special offering total over $1000!
*Our total donations ahead of the Mid-Atlantic Disaster Relief Auction came to over $400. The items donated from our congregation for the event raised over $400 more! Thank you for giving to support disaster relief around the world!
*Together, we donated $450 in grocery store gift cards to clients of Doorways for Women & Children. Thank you for your generosity this Christmas!
*Thanks for bringing in your extra 2016 calendars. Over 75 calendars were collected and delivered to residents at Sunrise Retirement Community.
*Thank you to all who contributed generously with grocery gift cards for clients of Doorways for Women & Children. The total collected was $450.00.
*From March 2015 to October 2015 we’ve collected 108 boxes of cereal for AFAC. Thank you for your ongoing concern for hunger in our neighborhood.
*This year’s Crop Walk team raised over $800 to combat hunger in our community and around the world. Thanks to all who donated and especially to our walkers!
*Thank you to everyone who participated in our annual shredding event. Over 60 cars drove through, with participants donating over $600, 50+ boxes of food and 40+ other nonperishables for Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). Special thanks to Ann Wilson of Kellar Williams Realty for sponsoring the event.
*46 more children will have the tools for school thanks to your support of our CWS School Kits project.
*Thank you for making our Doorways for Women and Families collection at Walgreens a success! Marcia reported donations totaling $123 in cash, $200 in gift cards and 64 household items to help families find safety and stability.
*We gave 109 children’s books to Books for America along with 2 audio books and 6 CDs. Thank you to everyone who donated to help make books available to children who don’t have ready access to this important learning resource.
*Each year we support the Mid-Atlantic District‘s meat canning project to help fill food pantry shelves locally and abroad. This year our congregation contributed $150 to this effort.
*Great news! Together, we donated $900 for One Great Hour of Sharing!
*Thank you to everyone who supported the SNAP simple hunger awareness lunch on 3/8. We collected $422 for food insecure families!
*This month we donated 46 boxes of cereal on our AFAC service day. Volunteers who distributed food said they went fast and were much appreciated.
*Thank you to everyone who donated to the COB Disaster Relief Auction. We collected enough for a half-page ad. Proceeds offset the cost of the event so money raised at the auction can go directly to disaster relief.
*The Witness Committee thanks everyone for the donated calendars for the residents at Sunrise. We collected 31 calendars and received a nice thank you note.
*Big Sunday School in spring, 2015 has focused on service and caregiving. Our young and young at heart have enjoyed making cards and care packages for those needing healing.
*A successful scarf making project for people who are homeless was held in January at our church. Many from our congregation participated in this Community Service Project, along with several families from the neighborhood and members from Bethel UCC. We donated 143 scarves. Special thanks to the volunteer who brought extra material!
Service in action is an important Brethren ideal. The Arlington congregation contributes to many local and international family, housing, and food assistance outreach efforts through financial contributions, by providing volunteers to local outreach efforts, and through church-organized service projects. Regularly supported efforts include,
Some of our ongoing service includes sending 10-12 volunteers to AFAC’s distribution center (on Nelson St.) the first Saturday of every other month. The group helps to distribute food to the 100-130 families who arrive on that morning. Every week, we collect boxes of cereal for AFAC and at harvest, donate the fruits of our garden as well.
Each year we promote the Brethren Disaster Auction in addition to collecting items for relief kits.
The opportunities for service with us are quite varied!
Every fall our church supports the CROP walk for hunger relief. This Church World Service event enlists walkers who get supporters to pledge money for their walk. Our youth, advisors, and other members enjoy this event, rain or shine!
Each December, members and friends collect gift cards for the families who live at the Doorways’ shelter.
Our annual Soup & Pie event promotes Heifer International alternative Christmas gifts & SERVV’s fair trade merchandise.
We also do a simple service project following worship several Sundays during the summer months, like packing CWS school kits or bagging rice or oatmeal.
And we frequently join with our community partners to serve Arlingtonians in need.
Currently, we are encouraging support for our brothers and sisters in Nigeria.
Arlington Church of the Brethren has a long history of service projects and we seek new and helpful ways to serve locally and around the world.
Globally, the Church of the Brethren is a member of the World Council of Churches. The denomination contributes goods, services, and funds to global disaster relief efforts. Through Brethren Volunteer Service, the denomination provides volunteers in areas of conflict such as Northern Ireland and Bosnia, in Central and Latin America, and in the inner cities and rural areas of the United States. SERRV International, which provides fair trade opportunities for Third World artisans and Heifer International, were founded by the Church of the Brethren.
Jan 21, 2016. We moved up our scarf-making service project to get the scarves to our neighbors in need ahead of the big snow storm. Many thanks to the volunteers who came out on short notice. Together, they made 108 scarves in 90 minutes! God bless and protect the recipients of the scarves.